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Each week a different guest from the comedy world tries to convince a couple of skeptics of get on board with their distinctive, sometimes downright unusual obsessions. But really, it's just an excuse for silliness, games, and surprise guests. Hosted by Ben Cassil and Thayer Frechette.
 
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Will your heart go on? That’s the question Alyssa Sabo (@alyssa_sab) tries to answer this week when she returns to the podcast to discuss her love of French-Canada’s crown jewel, Celine Dion. Celine gives Alyssa courage, but will Ben and Thayer get the courage to join her? Tune in to find out. That’s not all, we check-in on our letter writing, debu…
 
Warning! Warning! Tornado alert. Seek shelter immediately. JK, that’s just Vic Michaelis (@vicmmic) joining the podcast to discuss her favorite weather phenomenon. Ever since her first viewing of the cinematic masterpiece Twister, Vic’s love of tornados or “nades” has never stopped growing. Vic takes the Convince Me boys on a journey through tornad…
 
Are you the one? That’s the question Zander Frost (@zanderhfrost on the gram) asked the Convince Me boys on this week’s episode. Zander navigates us through the complicated and entertaining world of MTV’s dating show “Are You The One?”. Each week contestants are asked to find their perfect match among a pool of daters, if they find the right person…
 
You didn’t ask for it, but we did it again! The third late night conceptisode episode has it all! Week-old jokes about the news, Thayer’s comedy journal, and some interviews that will make you say “wow, this has run a little long, but I’m driving so I can’t fast forward”. That’s just the tip...of the iceberg. British comedian Stephen Fry joins the …
 
This week comedian, dating expert, and great human Richelle Meiss joins the podcast to get the boys on board with The Bachelor. Richelle has some unique perspectives on the dating life including: dating in LA is akin to emotional manipulation, falling in love isn’t real, and how we should all look to be with a “former fatty”. Not to be outdone with…
 
Comedian Rose (@ladyastronauty) thinks that the ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda can be helpful in our daily lives for everything from finding what types of foods agree with us to finding medicinal/lifestyle changes that can help disorders, such as using turmeric and reducing sugars. Along the way we discuss whether Thayer uses lotion as a food or …
 
Comedian Brett Maline (@breezy__f__baby) loves it when ads appear on his Instagram feed. His argument is that the algorithm is your friend, it knows what you want, and will offer you things you cannot find in other places. Along the way we talk about comedy, relationships, and get a visit from a real weirdo from the coast. We wrap up the episode wi…
 
100 episodes strong! Wow! We officially have more episodes than listeners. Hooray! In this retrospective episode Ben and Thayer take a look back at their most surprising convince, revisit some of their favorite characters, and talk with spokespeople from some of Convince Me’s most interesting advertisements. The Bug Lawyer, 100% Milk guy, and Mr. B…
 
Will Hines (@willhines) codes for fun. While he used to code as a profession for six years before becoming a comedian, and his love for computer programming and coding never left him. Ben and Thayer are real coding dummies, so Will breaks down how coding works in the language of cooking so they understand both how it works and why you might want to…
 
Comedian Jeremy Schmidt (@Ocarinaofcrime) thinks that a man getting hit by a football in the groin will always be funnier than a well-crafted joke from a respected comedian. He does not argue that there is no place for craft, but argues that the broken expectation of dumb, bad, and poorly-timed jokes provide gut laughs that supersede the heady laug…
 
It's another late night conceptisode! We bring you terrible monologue jokes, in-depth interviews, and some man-on-the-street. Extreme, insane hacker Cybergrime joins the show to discuss hacking tips and his plan for world domination. You’ve been warned! FBI Director Billings talks the biggest threat to national security and displays his obsession w…
 
August 19 2004, Justine Napsberg, was put into coma due to a silent, but deadly fart. The accused, Bart Forkman, claims he was innocent, but has trouble remembering where he was on the day of the gas explosion. In the the third installment of Serial, presented by This American Life, Sarah Koenig examines the details surround Bart Forkman and how hi…
 
Four more years! Four more years! That’s what Travis Alvarez has been chanting for William Howard Taft ever since his presidential term ended. With all due respect to number 45, Travis argues that William Howard Taft is the last great republican president. Sad! No Taft discussion would be complete without a direct comparison to Paul Ryan. That’s ri…
 
The delightful Patrick McDonald (@patrickmcd0nald) is obsessed with the Los Angeles resident mountain lion P-22. We discuss the popularity of this celebrity feline, his diet of muledeer, raccoons and occasionally a koala (who pays us a visit), and how we should all see ourselves in P22: a displaced Mountain Lion who crossed two freeways and survive…
 
Writer and comedian Josh Brown (@joshbrownjosh) loves the sitcom Frasier. But before we get into it we all discuss the recently-divorced single dad energy Thayer and Ben have following Geoff’s departure from the podcast. But then we get into the hit sitcom Frasier, discussing its nature as a spinoff from Cheers, the fun of seeing Frasier explode af…
 
Geoff Kaufman has had enough of the wide-eyed optimists, the skeptics, and the wacky and woodely times. This is his last episode as co-host of Convince Me. In this episode we discuss what led Geoff to quit, how many other things he is quitting, and we get into some real heart-felt discussions of what the podcast and each other have meant to us. We …
 
In a passionate attempt to win the hearts and minds of the Convince Me Boyz, verified twitter user/retired basketball champion Eileen Mary O’Connell (@i_Lean) invades the studio to talk about the greatest movie of all time: SPACE JAM. Eileen saw Space Jam opening day many moons ago and her love for the film has grown bigger than Michael Jordan’s ca…
 
Dancing--it's not just for the stars. At least that's what Sabrina Mahoney claims on this week’s episode of your favorite podcast Convince Me! Sabrina talks about the effect dance can have on your emotion and creativity. Tiny dancer, hold me closer to my headphones because this is one episode I’ve gotta listen to! Along the way, Geoff talks about a…
 
Pew pew pew! What up world? It’s the Convince Me Crew featuring Janine Hogan (@j9_hogan) coming to you live to freestyle. What happens when three average freestylers and one amazing freestylers get together? Three average raps and one amazing rap that’s what. Janine educates the boys on the art of freestyling, beatboxing, and self-deprecation. We s…
 
Grace. Grit. Technique. According to Olivia Indik, that’s what it takes to be a figure skater. Wacky. Woodley. That’s what it takes to be an episode of Convince Me. On this ep: Geoff compares figure skating to skateboarding a bunch of times, Thayer shows off how good he is at spelling, and Olivia is the first guest ever to give an opening statement…
 
WARNING CHUNKY EPISODE! What compels the Convince Me Boys to actually follow up with a “convince”? This week we hop in the time machine and go way, way back to find the answer to exactly that question. Wouldn’t you know it, the boys actually overlap on a lot of their follow-ups! We’re talking Weezer, letters, Cleveland Cavaliers, and much more. Thi…
 
Cars bad! Bikes good! That’s what cool, environmentally-friendly, and just friendly person Ky Guy (if you want to find out his real name, you'll have to listen!) says when it comes to alternative commuting. That’s right folks, take that car and put in the garbage because there’s a better way to get around town and it rhymes with sma-biking (the ans…
 
Comedian Carl Tart (@dammitCARL) is tired of LeBron James not getting the respect he deserves. From being blamed for every loss to people piling up online hate, Carl argues that LeBron is unfairly disrespected in the NBA and fan community. Carl takes us through his own NBA history, how LeBron singlehandedly pulled the Cavs into success, how he has …
 
Eugene Suen (@eugenesuen) is back for second-straight year of Oscar-picking fun. Eugene perfectly predicted the 2017 Oscars, including the Best Picture flub! He's on track to replicate those high standards this year by again taking us through the nominees and giving his opinions not only on what will win, but what he thinks should win. If you can p…
 
WARNING: The first 15 minutes of this podcast are dedicated to a a discussion with Nick Pilla about eating cereal with water instead of milk. After that, we talk about the city of Cleveland! Nick believes that Cleveland doesn't get enough credit. It's got everything the other cities got, and a great populace of blue collar Americans to boot. He als…
 
Comedian and fellow podcast host Cassi Jerkins (@CassiJerkins) is a cat foster parent, and wants to convince you to be one too! Cassi educates Thayer, Geoff and Ben about the ins and outs of fostering: how to get involved, the low cost associated, how much is required to adopt an animal, why fostering is a low-stakes introduction to pet ownership, …
 
This week on Convince Me, we talk to Amy Clark (@amsclr) about the horrors of the food industry! Amy shares some interesting facts, and shows us how we can change our diets to be healthier and less evil. For example, did you know when it says “all-natural” on food packaging, that means absolutely nothing? I had a feeling, but I didn’t know for sure…
 
Curry packets, self-building tents, and bear canisters oh my! Making his triumphant return to the podcast, comedian, philanthropist, and agnostic, Andrew Lindh (@druprint) tries to UNconvince the boyz that camping is good. We open with a quick pasta poll, discuss Ben and Geoff’s go to camp meals, and flashback to Andrew’s time in the boy scouts. An…
 
Ben takes us in the wayback machine to visit 2016's classic episode with Allison Gilbert! Is JonBenét Ramsey Katy Perry? Was Beyoncé even pregnant? Is Tom Cruise gay? Comedian, writer, and awesome human being Allison Gilbert (@AllisonWynifred) takes a deep dive into celebrity conspiracy theories. Case file in hand, Allison navigates us through the …
 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Boxing Day, Happy Honda Days, and a very special Toyotathon to you and yours. July Diaz (@julydiaz) joins the CM BOYS (TM) for a holiday party. While no one likes watching Fox News in a freezer, aka a Cold Fake, everyone loves a good Hot Take. So sit back with your mug of cocoa and listen to these Holiday Hot…
 
You just gotta listen to this one. In a very special ad-free episode of Convince Me, July Diaz joins us to talk about staying up into the wee hours of the night! July says staying up late feels like “being in on a secret”, but is it worth the decreased productivity? This is Geoff writing. Along the way, we hear about Thayer’s big Japan trip, we tal…
 
Josh Simpson (@MrJoshSimpson) wanted to talk about adoption and abortion, but we chickened out on that topic and he talked about Mushrooms instead. It's the final installment of our special series, "Rocktober but Actually Novemby (and a Little Bit of Decemby)" because Mushrooms make a music unlike any other, man. Josh first discusses the ideal mush…
 
One of our Convince Me favorites Mike Cullen (@mcpops) is back, and he brought his best Canadian guy Tyler Twiss as a guest! This week, Mike's talking about rock musician Sun Kil Moon. That's right, it's Part II of our special series, "Rocktober but Actually Novemby (and a Little Bit of Decemby)". Mike attempts to get us to embrace the melancholy b…
 
This is the first episode of Rocktober in Novemby and a little in Decemby, so you know we’re gonna rock out! Matt Apodaca (@MattApodaca) loves the rock band Weezer. Ben and Thayer are aware of them, but have no idea about most of the music, but are eager to hear it! Geoff’s on vacation. Matt takes us through almost all of Weezer’s discography from …
 
Szzzzzz. You know what that sound means, Alfred Aquino hops on the pod this week to talk about—you guessed it—Sizzler. Is this Doughboys? No, it’s still Convince Me. Alfred claims that Sizzler has more options than all the other buffet chains (e.g. Souplantation), with the same or even better quality! I (Geoff) think that violates the basic princip…
 
Can James Franco carry a movie? What kind of froyo would he eat? Did he actually lose his arm for 127 hours? We answer all these questions and much more when fellow Boardwalk Audioer, and cool human being, Kelly Mcinerney (@hollyweirdo) arrives at the studio to convince the Boyz to become full-blown Francofiles. Geoff throws a party, our humor beco…
 
First off, Happy Halloween! Secondly, this week Alyssa Sabo (@alyssa_sabo) joins us to talk about sending letters, cards, and in-class notes to loved ones. In a way, this description is a letter to you, our beloved audience. Along the way talk about writing letters for love, writing letters to a little ol' man by the name of G-o-d, and writing lett…
 
Comedian and writer Eileen Soong (@eileensoong) went down a YouTube rabbit hole watching mukbang. Mukbang are videos of people eating large amounts of food while talking to their audience. We watch a few fun mukbang videos, and learn about what makes them captivating, from curing loneliness to odd food combinations. We also hear about Geoff’s uncon…
 
This week Sarah Claspell (@claspy) sells us on the search for extraterrestrial life, although she makes it clear that she doesn't care whether we're convinced. We discuss the X-Files, government cover-ups, and pass judgement people who claim UFO sightings (including Ben's wife's brother!). If you're listening to this episode at a Convince Me listen…
 
Vintage wines are expensive. Vintage cinemas however, are an affordable and transportive experience into the past according to Courtney Sevener (@c7er). That’s right, Courtney throws it back on the pod to get the boyz on board with her love for the old theater experience. We start things off with some horrible jokes about goats, take a deep-dive in…
 
Allison Gilbert (@allisonWynifred) is back today to convince you that the Friends characters Joey and Rachel would have made an ideal couple. Sure, most people wanted Ross and Rachel to end up together, but Allison is not most people! A Soap Opera star or a Paleontologist, what is better? We discuss what makes a good couple, the histories of Ross, …
 
They say banana, they’re yellow, and they like butts, no we’re not talking about the Convince Boyz, we’re talking about Minions! Jarred McAdam blesses us with his presence to explain the on planet earth there is no on within 100 miles that doesn’t know about minions. We take a deep dive into Minions marketing, origins, and debate what it means to b…
 
A weekend filled with music, good food, and best friends. Sounds like it wouldn’t need convincing right? Well it does for these curmudgeons! This week, Ella Jenkin joins the ‘cast this week to talk about Music Festivals. The gang really picks it apart and breaks it down--is a music festival worth the time and money? What are the personal hygiene im…
 
Will Hines (@willhines) codes for fun. While he used to code as a profession for six years before becoming a comedian, and his love for computer programming and coding never left him. Ben and Thayer are real coding dummies, so Will breaks down how coding works in the language of cooking so they understand both how it works and why you might want to…
 
Mikey McCollor (@MikeyMcCollor) loves wrestling so much he did it! What is this, an episode of “You Should Love Wrestling?” No, it’s Convince Me. Check your podcast titles, sheesh. Mikey takes the guys through his favorite moments, from Stone Cold Steve Austin’s “heel turn” from a “babyface” to a “heel” (this episode is rife with delicious lingo) t…
 
Put on your harness and keep your hands inside the vehicle, 'cause this week Travis Rust (@etravisrust) joins us to talk about Roller Coaster Tycoon! The ep gets to a slow start, but once we get past an extended conversation about water shoes we really do get into it. Travis outlines all of the quirks of the original 1999 installment. For example, …
 
Leave your prestige dramas and raunchy sitcoms at the door, this week stand-up/online comedy person Candace Carrizales (@candacesucks) joins us to talk about shows aimed at kids ages 9-16! She claims that some kids shows (does Degrassi ring a bell?) have some real merit, and that they can be a form of art just as much as any prestige drama or raunc…
 
Convince Me joins Boardwalk Audio! Yay!! To celebrate the occasion we’re joined by comedian, actor, filmaker, and handsome devil Ben Kaplan (@TheBenKaplan) who tries to get the Convince Me boyz to give bad movies a chance. We take a critical look at such cinematic garbage as The Room, Transformers, the cult classic ThanksKilling and so much more. G…
 
Comedian and Convince Me Resident Scholar Alex Berg returns to educate us on the wonders of sperm whales. He covers a lot about sperm whales from diet (gross), to cultural references, to colonial whaling practices, to whether Noah got eaten by one. It's a fun and educational episode! As a bonus we also learn about quantum entanglement, teleportatio…
 
WTF is a podcast famous for its raw, unfiltered conversations between some of comedy's biggest stars. So it's no surprise M. Maron asked the Convince Me team to cover for this week's episode! Ben updates us on his travels, and talks about a recent beef with Aziz Ansari. Comedy's own Roast-Master-in-Chief Ron McCarrigan stops by, and Maron's cat Mr.…
 
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