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Talking Nerdy Episode 101: Kickin’ It Nerd School with Chris Kluwe

Former NFL kicker and current activist, Chris Kluwe, joins us in between signing books on the road. We talk about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, the world of gaming, sports, and the BET Awards! We also play a special edition of Jose-Can-Say-So in honor of Jose Canseco’s birthday! Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisWarcraft

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Talking Nerdy Ep. 95: Drain The Rock Johnson

Special Guest Comedian Dan Scully joins us to talk movies, play games and discuss the Hot Billboard 100 in a way that only people who don’t listen to the latest pop music can do!

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Talking Nerdy, Ep. 84: 50 Ways to Leave Your Penis

In this week’s episode we go over our Oscar Winners once more and one of us gets to spin the Wheel of Pain to discover what their punishment will be. We talk about the new GTA Online expansion, Walking Dead’s slow burn, and the new comic book releases of the week!

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Talking Nerdy, Ep. 83: King Cake Baby Goes to the Oscars!

In this week’s episode, we reveal the new mascot for New Orleans: the terrifying King Cake Baby. We also place our sensible Oscar bets, talk new comic releases, and play some games! It’s the return of America’s Favorite: Jose Can-Say-So and our new social experiment: Dan Explains #Supernatural Tweets from FanGirls. Not a moment is wasted in today’s long episode–ENJOY!

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April 17, 2012 · 12:37 am

Super Dudes Power Show Podcast, Ep. 7–“Dress Code Strictly Enforced”

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February 29, 2012 · 11:20 pm

Dress Down Day No. 138

We all have our weird hobbies, and, for some, those include standing on a Boston street corner pretending to be a coin-operated dancer for tourists and passersby. Once upon a time, a kid stayed inside his room in Boston all the time, not doing this, and he created Facebook and now he wipes his ass with hundreds.

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Former Facebook employee creates useless Networking App

When it comes to Social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, some people take the use of words like “Friend” and “Follow” way too seriously. Are you really friends with the hundreds of people you connected with on Facebook? Obviously not. Do you really and truly “follow” every bit of information that people post on Twitter? You’d have to be out of your mind. Most information passed from human to human, to robot, back to human through these sites is not only useless, but completely inane. But it’s supposed to be. It’s entertaining.

Most of us are connected with our actual friends via Facebook, but we interact with them MORE in the REAL WORLD, because they’re actual friends.

Those who we choose to accept as our “friends” or “follow” on Twitter who we have no personal connection with serve only as a mutually beneficial, ego-stroking, sick fascination. And when life feels just a little bit empty, you can fall back on the knowledge that, unlike Ashley, you’re not currently eating at a Denny’s.

Former Facebook employee, Dave Morin, has created a new social network utilizing the scientific knowledge that no human can truly appreciate more than about 50 friends, or have a well-managed social network of over about 150 individuals. But while this is probably accurate, it seems irrelevant when it comes to the ways people use the major social networking tools currently available. His networking application is called Path and works much like a Facebook or Twitter feed, but allows you only to follow (at most) 50 people at once.

His hope is to created a more direct and personal social networking experience for…say…an individual, his family, and half his graduating class. There’s nothing wrong with having a modest group of close-knit friends on a social network, but why sign up for another account on another site that nobody knows about?

On one hand, the advantage is having a fresh start on a new network that hasn’t been sullied by overpopulation, ads, or Ashton Kutcher.

On the other hand, a new network with a fraction of the users severely diminishes the chance that anyone you will ever meet in person will have an account. Not only that, but a network with restrictions on how many people you may “add” severely diminishes any chance that someone with 49 connections will pick YOU to be number 50.

Facebook and Twitter both have “following/friend” restrictions, but many have not reached the large numbers required to peak on how many people you can follow, or how many friends you are allowed to have. Usually that number shifts in relation to how many are following you to create a fair balance.

The tech buzz that any new social network will receive in the blogosphere is inevitable, but for most of us searching to meet new people, interact with others in our field, or just piss the day away looking at how drunk someone we never met was last weekend, Path ultimately has no logical use.

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SuperDPS Interviews Comedian Alex J. Gross

Alex Gross (a separate entity from the Alex Gross of SuperDPS.com) is a comedian who performs Improv, Sketch and Stand-up in the Philadelphia area. He has been doing comedy since high school where he formed a sketch group called CWA (Crackers with Attitude). After an unsuccessful run at college, Alex decided to major in “comedy” at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. He has studied under Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, Risk!), Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade, Crossballs), Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) among others.

We were fortunate enough to catch Alex during some downtime in his busy schedule of chuckles and goof-abouts.

SuperDPS: In your performance career, is improvised sketch comedy a permanent place for you, or do you think you’ll drift over to one-person stand up comedy?

ALEX: I find it funny that I’m even doing improvised sketch comedy again. Back in 2007 after studying Improv 101 at the Upright Citizens Brigade NYC, I started college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The only Improv going on there was an improvised sketch group called F.L.U.S.H. which was awful. We sang a Rent musical song at the beginning of every show and the message was supposed to be anti-drug and abstinence which I hate. I quit about four shows in and swore to myself that I would never do improvised sketch again.

The difference between F.L.U.S.H. and The Gross Show is that everyone in my show is very talented and the show is promoting alcohol and sex. I’m trying to do what punk did to music, to comedy. I find if the performers are being outrageous and extreme while the audience watches and drinks, we all have a fun time. I want The Gross Show to be a comedy show but feel like a party as well. It really is a one-of-a-kind show.

As for stand up comedy, I’m not into the idea of making a set. I did it for a little at 18 but I get annoyed telling the same jokes. I’ve done storytelling but I’ve lost interest in that as well. I love doing characters though. This month I’ve performed a 9 year old boy of a single mom and a Demon who hosts a dating show called “The Lust Circle of Hell” but as for being a traditional stand up comedian, I don’t think it’s for me, yet.

Does your atheism play a large or significant role in your comedy style or writing?

I think it does a little bit because I’m not afraid to be sacrilegious. The problem with comedy and religion is I feel like it’s all been said so what’s the point of rehashing jokes. Whenever I want to write something making fun of religion I just listen to some Bill Hicks, David Cross, George Carlin, Doug Stanhope, etc. I love to study religions still; it’s one of my favorite hobbies. When I hung out with the Mormons it was the most fun I’ve ever had being an atheist.

What is your process for putting together one of your shows? Is there a formula or is it drastically different every time?

It’s a mix of people pitching me ideas and me creating my own segments. I wish I could say there is a formula but it’s more of a schedule. By this date, this needs to be done. I try and have meetings with people in advance and there’s a lot of Texting and Facebook messaging going on. The half hour before the show I do a lot of running around to each segment talking to them about their piece for the show. It’s organized chaos but it always turns out amazing.

What brought you from New York to Philly? Do you have any plans on going back to NYC to continue your career?

In Spring 2009, when I was taking level 401 and about to graduate from the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Improv program I felt like I had nowhere to go. There was no opportunity for me in New York City. I’ll never forget when an improviser told me, “You’re in a great position! You’ll probably get on a UCB house team when you’re 23, 24.” I’m so impatient and I was 20. Three to four years of waiting for something that isn’t even set in stone would have killed me.

The day I got my license back from getting arrested for underage drinking on my birthday there was an Improv festival at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. I jumped into my car without a physical copy of my ID and drove. I met a lot of cool people including Greg Maughan, the Executive Director of the Philly Improv Theater. We talked about me taking classes at PHIT and since then I’ve been having the time of my life in Philly. Our scene is great and hip, I would never have been this happy in NYC. I don’t plan on going back but I do occasionally perform there. I was just a guest performer for the show Self Image at the Magnet Theater.

What do you think is the basis or “framework” for ‘Alternative Comedy’?

Be yourself and do what you think is funny. Once you start worrying about making everybody else laugh you’re selling yourself out. Fuck everybody, if you enjoy this kind of humor, just do it. There are others out there like you and they will find you. Be unique.

Who do you look up to in the industry for what they’ve accomplished?

I love Bill Hicks. That man spoke directly from the heart and he didn’t care about anything else. He is a great example of a stand up comic using truth in comedy. It’s still a shame that we lost him. I respect him so much.

Bill Murray is my favorite actor hands down. He’s extremely funny in everything he’s ever done and reading about his off screen escapades is hilarious. Well everything he’s ever done aside from Garfield.

Also, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention Mr. Show with Bob and David. That show raised my humor growing up.

We’ve been discussing the idea of having a duel for awhile now. What conditions must be met for this epic duel?

We drink the same beer and whoever drinks the most wins. Vomiting is an automatic loss. No guns unless they shoot tequila and/or swords unless inflatable.

Does one of the two (improv or stand up) come easier to you as a performer?

I’ve been doing Improv for over five years now. It’s almost second nature but that doesn’t mean everything I do is good. Improv is a drug. You never know if it’s going to be a good trip or a bad trip until you jump in head first. You just have to have faith in yourself, everybody around you and then you almost always have an awesome time. If you don’t have confidence in yourself or in your fellow performers you can expect to have a shitty time. Improv is comedy on a high wire.

Do you have any horror stories of performances that went awry due to heckling or any other factors?

At Connie’s Ric Rac I did a show called “Beef”, it was half rap battle, half improv show. I was doing an Improv scene and a cell phone went off mid way through. I stood up, walked to the front of stage and screamed, “Are you fucking kidding me?!” and sat back down, continuing the scene. Of course the scene was ruined but it was a bad scene before the phone went off. I just used the phone as an excuse to let out my frustration.

At the first The Gross Show had a heckler who kept saying, “That’s so racist” and it drove me up a wall. Either she didn’t get the point of the segment or she wanted to be a part of the show, but it was stupid. I just ignored it but now my security guard, Husky Hesky, deals with hecklers by shooting them with silly string and that shit smells.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into improv in a time that is very competitive and, at-times, unforgiving?

Take classes and practice. Improv is a comedy form that goes against every human reaction we have. No one is born a great improviser and if someone is, they are locked up in a mental hospital or in jail. The Philly Improv Theater has classes every month and it is hands down the best Improv school Philadelphia has. All the teachers are awesome. For practicing, at the CEC (3500 Lancaster Ave) on Sundays 7 to 11 there is the Improv Incubator. Everyone is very nice, supportive and it’s donation only. Also, watch a lot of Improv, lots of different groups and especially people you enjoy. I’ve easily watched over 200 hours of Improv in my life and loved it.

For more info on Alex Gross’ regular Improv shows, check out his Facebook Page here.

For more on the Philly Improv Theater and future events, see their site here.

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