MAT FREEMAN

Ridiculous Podcast and Game Show History

A Ridiculous Podcast History

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MAT FREEMAN

What’s A Podcast? 

Before I ever listened to one, I needed a podcast. After all, I’m a white male in America, and AND  I fancy myself a “comedian”.

I was the Office Manager at a comedy club, so it only made sense to interview comedians. Some were dope fuckers like Gilbert Gottfried, Lynne Koplitz, and Jamie Kennedy. Most others were dope fuckers whose names are less known, but their acts are no less dope.

I recorded Freeman’s Table in my home studio, at the club, the condo (gross), and once tried/failed recording in a restaurant.

When it was clear my guests expected to do the bulk of the talking, I was forced to switch it up. If anything, the fuckers should be interviewing me

Naturally, I transitioned to Booze+Bud-induced buffoonery. I was no longer at the club and life began to spin me right round, like a record, baby. Right round. I scratched and clawed to get shit uploaded but it was tough.

Then THEN life kicked me in the dick, and it kicked me somethin’ fierce. While big changes happened personally, and globally, I was creating a game show comedians could play against each other over the phone.

About 11 episodes in, I hit the brakes again to reformat the entire show for video broadcast.

MORON ALERT! 

I produced the entire thing live by myself. Single handedly. Solo. No help. No team. Alone. 

You with me? 

No one else was. 

Actually, for a while, I had help writing some of the show. Taylor is in episodes 8 and 18 playing against Clark Brooks and Mike Baldwin. For much of the games, she kept me anchored with laughs and welcome workmate shenanigans. Hope to write and create with her again. Soon!

As the world took on the pandemic, and loads of social insanity, the weight of personal losses also face-planted me into depression. For the first time, I finally saw how it could incapacitate you physically. Apologies to anyone I’ve ever dismissed in similar circumstances. 

But I finally found therapy, so now I’m perfect. 

The end…

…of this post. Not of the podcast! 

Soon I’ll start recordingggggggggggggggggg something else.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE A MOCK-UP OF HOW THE GAMES ARE PLAYED / SAMPLE: Your Mum vs. These Nuts

FREEMAN'S TABLE GAME SHOW // HOW TO PLAY

PODCAST GAME SHOW Your Mum vs. These Nuts

How We Played The Games

I put together this mock episode to show you how the games are played.

SAMPLE CONTESTANTS: Your Mum vs. These Nuts

I'm guessing Your Mum would put a hurtin’ on These Nuts because – well – you know Your Mum.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Games 8 Rounds

4 Games / 8 Rounds

We play 2 rounds each of Cards, Trivia, Words, and Dice - with a bonus round of Cards, if needed.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Trying Trivia

GAME 1: Trying Trivia

It’s like most trivia, but the question is harder than it needs to be, the hints are damn-near useless, and the answer is really simple – like the host.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Trivia Question

Trivia Sample

Answering a trivia question correctly on the first try moves the player forward on the board 4 spaces. Three hints available per question, dropping one space moved per hint.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Word Manaje

GAME 2: Word Manaje

Players have 10 seconds to come up with a 3-6 letter word in Word Manaje (Manaje is pronounced like ménage à trois, but more Brooklyn-nasaly on the 'aje'). Bonus space awarded if they manajalate a word outta their ass - and the host likes it.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Deck o' Deuces

GAME 3: Deck o' Deuces

Five pairs in each Deck o’ Deuces, with players exchanging turns – no make-it take-it. Themed sets are Schitt’s Creek and The Office. Players move spaces equivalent to pairs found.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Dammit Dice 1

GAME 4: Dammit Dice

Midway through the games, we play Dammit Dice, like, “Dammit, dice!” So, that’s what it’s called. The players gotta come up with a sentence that corallates – no. Collarates? Caroleats?

PODCAST GAME SHOW Dammit Dice 1

Dice Sample

The letters and words gotta match the dice. Their sentence is scored by the host, from no points, to 5. Points equal spaces moved.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Deuce Caboose

BONUS 1: Deuce Caboose

If there’s no winner yet, we’re in the Bonus Round with Deuce Caboose, which is the same as Deck o’ Deuces, but at the end, and with 15 cards: 7 pairs and a rando. Each pair automatically moves the players 2 spaces toward the finish line.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Run It Back

BONUS 2: Deuce Caboose

Finally, if Your Mum and These Nuts still haven’t brought it home, we do another round of Deuce Caboose with the cards face up.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Winner

We Have A Winner!

First player to cross the Finish Line on the board wins! They get a Smiling Panda over their face, and the winner get's a Crying Panda.

PODCAST GAME SHOW Your Mum vs. These Nuts

And That's The Game

Your Mum probably wouldn’t play these games, but These Nuts, and many other nuts, certainly would. Maybe we'll run it back some day . . .

MAT FREEMAN

MAT FREEMAN

Mat Freeman is an author, artist, performer and producer (and a recovering restaurant consultant). He's developed podcasts, a YouTube game show, and performed standup comedy for over 20 years.

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