Second time lucky:  Merrick Watts makes his debut on this podcast talking about his first stand-up show "Man of the Hour", his start in comedy and career across stage, radio and TV.  (Opening audio fixed.)

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Comedian Ben Ellwood rejoins the show to talk about the ongoing advancements in technology and what it means for the every day person, the density of the work of Alan Moore, the hilarity of some new movies in the cinema, the best place to deal with your rage, why 3D technology doesn't quite work and why Atlanta and The Leftovers may have inspired a re-thinking of my career.

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We begin this podcast with a long rambly intro before settling into a fun chat with Sydney comedy newbie Jared Jekyll.  Sure he's been around for 6 years but he's right at the beginning of his career and he entertains with stories about 21st birthday parties, being trampled by Goths and when you discover your favourite punk band is punky for Jesus.  A really fun interview.

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Possibly our most positive podcast yet as we scoot through the ethical decision I had to make about wiping out some cockroaches before launching into what we thought of Logan (we warn there are spoilers and then proceed to give none away), Donald Glover's "Atlanta", the short stories of Ted Chiang, the attitude of Alan Moore and just a hint of magic.

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In this latest episode Ben and I talk about excellent sequels in "Trainspotting 2" and "Logan" (NO SPOILERS!), advert auditions going horribly wrong, the compulsion of collecting and Ben's amazing time as an advice dispensing rack of meat.  

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Comedian Ben Ellwood returns to discuss karma, what my face would be like as an Emoji, the latest in the lying president debacle, All That Jazz and why does a movie's box office get confused for whether it was good or not.  Also:  we inch ever closer to Ben's story we promised a few weeks ago.

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Tom Gleeson is not only the star of Hard Quiz and The Weekly but also one of Australia's best and most popular comedians.  We recorded this podcast the Perth Fringe in between breakfast and lunch, discussing his new show "Cheer Up" and his approach to staying at the top of his game.

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Time for the second flashback from the defunct "Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks!" podcast spotlighting an interview with director Mike Mills about his wonderful movie "Beginners".  I also give my two cents worth (or should that be 5 cents now?) on movies "Jackie", "Lion" and "Moonlight" (yay!) and "Passengers" (boo!).  Also a little update on the joy of living in a post general anesthetic world.  Warning:  contains a story about inappropriate use of toothpaste.

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Sydney comedian Nikki Britton is my guest for this podcast and we have a great chat about people who love being furious, Captain Starlight and Nikki's wild encounter in the jungles of Borneo.

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Don't let the title mislead you, this isn't a Cheech and Chong tribute podcast.  If you've ever had to be rushed to hosptial with kidney stones then sit back, wince and relate.  If you haven't then let me talk you through it.  Ben Ellwood helps talk me through the experience, how our heroes influenced us and why we should watch the film, "All That Jazz".  

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