Sinopsis

PrePopCulture is a weekly one hour podcast in which Jen Krueger and her guests tackle all things pop culture. They'll chat about cool stuff that's under the radar, examine how things currently in pop culture got there, and even take a stab at where trends might go in the future. It's pop culture before it pops.

Episodios

  • 86: Superhero casting

    86: Superhero casting

    06/02/2014 Duración: 01h03min

    Mark David Christenson joins Jen to dig into why fan fervor and furor are now de facto accompaniments to casting announcements for comic book movies. They examine factors that go into picking someone to bring a superhero from page to screen, from what can be interpreted about the intended treatment of a character based on the casting, to the weight physicality should take in comparison to acting chops, to the myriad of unexpected successes from people that would've been seen as odd choices at the time they received their roles. Spoiler alert: Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo couldn't come out better in this discussion. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Dave on Twitter and check out his UCB Harold team Mister Town City. Also check out the indie improv show Dave and Jen host, The Manifesto Show, and Dave's podcast One

  • 85: TV on TV

    85: TV on TV

    30/01/2014 Duración: 01h07min

    Jake Jabbour and Art Tebbel join Jen to talk about the niche of television that is TV shows about TV shows. From early examples like The Dick Van Dyke Show to currently running Episodes, there's no shortage of programs exploring the behind the scenes antics that can unfold when producing a show. There are many different ways to approach depicting a show-within-a-show though, from the specific tone taken while portraying television, to the amount of the fictional show the audience gets to see. And for a show-within-a-show experience of this podcast, just imagine Jake, Art, and Jen on a Sorkin-y walk and talk while you listen! If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Art and Jake on Twitter Art's recommendations: Android: Netrunner and game streaming on Twitch Jake's recommendations: Shameless and Justified The Dick Van Dyke S

  • 84: Subculture - Life at sea

    84: Subculture - Life at sea

    23/01/2014 Duración: 01h03min

    PrePopCulture is adding a new type of episode to the arsenal: exploring a subculture. This week, cruise ship performer Owen Wittekindt joins Jen to talk about what it's like to live at sea. From what constitutes a good cabin, to the things that are important to find when stopping in a port, to the way living on the boat affects his interaction with general pop culture and his perception of the passage of time, Owen shares the various details about his life on the ship that add up to make living apart from land feel surreal. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Owen on Twitter Owen's recommendations: That Mitchell and Webb Look and Sad Cat Diary Second City cruise line performances Theme song Alps by Motorama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

  • 83: Antiheroes

    83: Antiheroes

    16/01/2014 Duración: 01h04min

    James Mulholland joins Jen to dig into the idea of the antihero. From why they like a morally questionable main character to why depicting an antihero isn't the same as endorsing one, James and Jen have a lot of opinions on this method of characterizing a protagonist. But don't worry, it doesn't get too dark thanks to Greg Kinbear and Captain Ron. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: You can follow James on Twitter, but he doesn't necessarily advise it since he rarely tweets James's recommendations: fashion subscription services like Stitch Fix, and the Bullet Journal system Breaking Bad Michael Moorcock's Elric novels The Wolf of Wall Street Theme song Alps by Motorama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

  • 82: Tattoos

    82: Tattoos

    09/01/2014 Duración: 01h13min

    Alex Berg joins Jen this week to chat all things tattoo. With eight pieces and counting, Alex is no stranger to figuring out a design and where to put it, the tattooing process itself, and even a little tattoo regret. And while ink may be the sign of criminals and badasses in movies, Alex and Jen find it pretty run of the mill in LA. Heck, it may be even more common than they realize. After all, you never know what might be hiding under other people's t-shirts… If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Alex on Twitter, see him at Upright Citizens Brigade in LA on Thursdays at 11pm with his group Convoy and Saturdays at 7pm with his group Sentimental Lady, plus see Convoy with special guest Alex's mom at The Manifesto Show on 1/10/14! Alex's recommendations: the the Hardcore History podcast, indie games, and skulls Carl Zimmer

  • 81: 2013 year in review

    81: 2013 year in review

    19/12/2013 Duración: 01h17min

    This week Sarah Claspell and Dan Lippert join Jen for a two-segment episode to take a look back at the things in 2013 they were happy to see get big, were surprised to see get big, and thought would get big but didn't. They also take a look at what they hope will be big in 2014, from already established things they'd like to see grow, to new releases they hope will find success in the new year. Books, movies, TV, games, music, and social trends are all under the lens in this year in review! And whether you found PrePopCulture in 2013 or have been listening from the beginning, thank you for tuning in! New episodes will return on 1/9/14. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Sarah on Twitter, see her on Harold team Cardinal Redbird at Upright Citizens Brigade on Monday nights, plus see her sketch team The Get Go at UCB on 4

  • 80: The Birthday Boys

    80: The Birthday Boys

    12/12/2013 Duración: 01h08min

    Jeff Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Matt Kowalick, and Chris VanArtsdalen join Jen this week to discuss their sketch group The Birthday Boys. They chat about their approach to comedy, and take Jen through the group's history, from putting up their first sketches at a free midnight show at Upright Citizens Brigade, to working with Bob Odenkirk and now having their own TV show on IFC. They also wish Jen a happy birthday since this episode was recorded on her birthday, but that was just a weird coincidence. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow @thebirthdayboys on Twitter, go to thebirthdayboys.com to see some of their videos, and check out their sketch show on IFC Fridays at 10:30pm. You can also find their show on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-birthday-boys-season-1/id700993130?i=709889314 To

  • 79: Brand loyalty

    79: Brand loyalty

    05/12/2013 Duración: 01h01min

    James Mulholland joins Jen to discuss brand loyalty, and what actually constitutes it today. From tech to clothes to travel, and from online retailer to local business to giant corporation, there are a myriad of ways in which companies attempt to inspire brand loyalty. But since the reason a customer stays with a given company can range anywhere from true appreciation for a superior product, to entrenchment over time making it too difficult to jump ship, maybe the focus should really be on avoiding what kills brand loyalty rather than cracking the amorphous formula that inspires it. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: You can follow James on Twitter, but he doesn't necessarily advise it since he rarely tweets James's recommendation: the re-emergence of cyberpunk, like in forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 Apple Baum-Kuchen and th

  • A Thanksgiving thank you

    A Thanksgiving thank you

    28/11/2013 Duración: 01min

    A quick message from Jen to you this week in lieu of an episode. Happy Thanksgiving! If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Theme song: Alps by Motorama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

  • 78: What does nerd mean now?

    78: What does "nerd" mean now?

    21/11/2013 Duración: 01h16s

    Justin Donaldson joins Jen to chat about the word "nerd," and how its meaning has changed over the years. From its origin as slang for "square" in the 1950s to the connotation closer to "cool" that it has today, nerds have been wearing the term as a badge of honor for some time whether it was semantically positive or negative. There are even faux-nerds now! If only Jen could tell her 6-year old self not to worry… If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Check out Justin's Facebook page for updates on his projects and watch his videos on Funny or Die. Check out the Tournament of Nerds on Facebook and Twitter. This month it's at UCBLA on 11/23/13 at 10pm, regularly the third Saturday of the month at midnight. Justin's recommendation: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Etymology of 'nerd' Comic-Con '90s nerd poster boy Steve Urkel And that nerd

  • 77: The Marvel movie machine

    77: The Marvel movie machine

    14/11/2013 Duración: 01h15min

    Art Tebbel joins Jen to discuss the undeniable success Marvel has had with their properties since forming their own studio to control the adaptations of their comics. From their well planned phases, to universe cohesiveness, to ever expanding delivery methods, it seems like Marvel could teach DC a thing or two. Plus Jen reveals a compelling crossover pitch for Loki to which Marvel Studios and Paramount should give some serious consideration. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show links: Follow Art on Twitter and check out Box Office Democracy! Art's recommendation: masterofmalt.com All Marvel Studios movies fall under the umbrella of the Marvel Cinematic Universe DC Entertainment properties haven't had as much synergy in the past Marvel's extending its major releases beyond the Avengers cadre with Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel's also p

  • 76: Auditions

    76: Auditions

    07/11/2013 Duración: 01h08min

    Mark David Christenson and Casey Feigh join Jen to talk about the culture of auditioning, whether it be for commercials, TV and film, or comedy theater house teams. Along with great advice for UCB Harold auditions, Dave and Casey share some of the the weird things they've been asked to do in commercial auditions. But even being on the casting side of the audition process can be pretty strange, as Jen can attest to. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show links: Follow Casey and Dave on Twitter and check out their UCB Harold teams John Velvet and Mister Town City. Also check out indie improv shows Crashbar and The Manifesto Show, and Dave's podcast One Photo Reviews. Casey's recommendations: Kendrick Lamar, NBA basketball, and web series Dave's recommendations: Marnie Stern and Bleached Casey's Domino's commercial Dave's Burger King comme

  • 75: The Creeps

    75: The Creeps

    31/10/2013 Duración: 01h04min

    Dickie Copeland joins Jen for Halloween again this year to discuss The Creeps, the third book in John Connolly's Samuel Johnson tales. The main characters and villains from the first two books, The Gates and The Infernals, certainly have their place in this third installment, but that doesn't stop Connolly from introducing wonderful new elements, and much scarier ones too. Plus Dickie and Jen share the stories of their first kisses, because what could be more terrifying than that? Happy Halloween! If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show links: Follow Dickie on Twitter, check out her amazing writing on penandwhiskey.tumblr.com, and see her group D'Artagnan at Crashbar on 11-3-13! Dickie's recommendation: check out Supernatural and its uniquely influential fan community The first Samuel Johnson tale, The Gates The second Samuel Johnson tal

  • 74: Haunted attractions

    74: Haunted attractions

    24/10/2013 Duración: 59min

    Ben Webster joins Jen for the penultimate episode of this month's Halloween series to talk about haunted attractions. From traditional haunted houses and hayrides, to larger installations like the Haunted Queen Mary, to hell houses, to extreme attractions claiming to provide the experience of being the victim in a horror movie, there's something for pretty much every level of fright-seeker. Except people like Jen who don't like to be scared at all-- Ahhh, look behind you, there's a guy! If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show links: Check out the DeadHeads Facebook page and Twitter for more info on the movie, including upcoming air times on Showtime. And keep an eye out for Lose Feliz this December! Ben's recommendations: Dead Man's Bones and Scream Factory Blackout Los Angeles Haunted Hayride McKamey Manor The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor T

  • 73: Giving kids Goosebumps

    73: Giving kids Goosebumps

    17/10/2013 Duración: 56min

    Kevin Pedersen joins Jen this week to talk about children's horror. From Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, to Are You Afraid of the Dark?, to Goosebumps, there was no shortage of creepy entertainment aimed specifically at kids in the '80s and early '90s, but do children today have as many options when they're looking for a fright? And what exactly makes a scary story scary anyway? One thing's for sure: illustrations by Stephen Gammell certainly don't hurt. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Kevin on Twitter, and check out the 31 scary stories he's writing this October at modernhack.tumblr.com! Kevin's recommendation: Eric Carle's children's books Are You Afraid of the Dark? Deadtime Stories Christopher Pike Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark R. L. Stine's Goosebumps and Fear Street Theme song: Alps by Motorama is lice

  • 72: Late to the Ghostbusters party

    72: Late to the Ghostbusters party

    10/10/2013 Duración: 01h10min

    With Halloween fast approaching and some potential paranormal experiences of their own in their pasts, it seemed only appropriate for Stephen C. James to finally teach Jen who she should call if there's something strange in her neighborhood. Having just watched Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II for the first time, Jen may not have come away with the same love for it that Stephen has, but as always there's at least one thing they can agree on: Winston's pretty much just the token black guy. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Stephen on Twitter and check out his improv show The Sunday Social at iO West. You can also see his group Nerdvana at the Saturday Night Main Event at Second City LA on 11/16/13 at 9:30pm. And keep an eye out this holiday season for the 8th Annual Tiny Tim's Christmas Follies, a toy drive show benefi

  • 71: Halloween movies

    71: Halloween movies

    03/10/2013 Duración: 01h05min

    Roger Barr and Jake Jabbour join Jen this week to usher in October by chatting about Halloween movies. Jen doesn't like to be scared so her Halloween movie marathon is less than traditional, but Roger and Jake more than make up for her missed frights with their terrifying recommendations. From old classics, to forgotten gems, to kid favorites still enjoyable as an adult, all of your Halloween movie bases are covered! If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show links: Follow Roger and Jake on Twitter. Check out Jake's improv group Squeeze, see Roger in Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum and the Tournament of Nerds at Upright Citizens Brigade, and check out his two month celebration of all things Halloween at I-Mockery. Candyman Clue Dark Night of the Scarecrow There are multiple versions of Disney's Halloween Treat Halloween III: Season of the Witch

  • 70: The Breaking Bad phenomenon

    70: The Breaking Bad phenomenon

    26/09/2013 Duración: 01h06min

    John Ford and Nadia Osman join Jen to talk about the strangely singular popularity of everyone's favorite nearly finished TV show, Breaking Bad. From its unusually high word-of-mouth, to its delightfully pulpy elements, to the uniqueness of making the audience decide whether characters are good or bad rather than just telling the viewer, there are many reasons Breaking Bad has found itself with such a fervent fan base. And it's probably safe to say most of that fan base will need a hug after Sunday night. Since this podcast is airing just before the Breaking Bad series finale, be warned there are spoilers from the pilot right up through the penultimate episode. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: John isn't on Twitter but you can follow Nadia, and see them both in the Tournament of Nerds. Check out Nadia's UCB Beta team Sneak

  • 69: Reddit

    69: Reddit

    19/09/2013 Duración: 58min

    Chris Teregis joins Jen to talk about Reddit, a social news and entertainment site on which information about anything and everything is disseminated into categories to which users can contribute and subscribe. With literally thousands of subreddits available to explore, Jen's a little overwhelmed, but longtime user Chris has tips for easing in and figuring out how to curate your own experience on Reddit. If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show notes: Follow Chris on Twitter and check out his podcast A Throne of Games Reddit IAmA subreddit, the place to find Reddit ask me anything threads (AMAs) Here's Woody Harrelson's AMA, plus a breakdown of why it was an epic fail Theme song: Alps by Motorama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

  • 68: Mitchell  Webb

    68: Mitchell & Webb

    12/09/2013 Duración: 01h10min

    Dan Lippert joins Jen to talk about British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb. From their sitcom Peep Show, to sketch show That Mitchell & Webb Look, to comedy book This Mitchell and Webb Book, the duo kills with most people who know who they are. Unfortunately most people in America don't fit that bill. But Dan and Jen can give you a million reasons to check them out if you're not already familiar with them! And if you are familiar with them, Dan and Jen can tip you off to some of their lesser known projects. It's a comedy win-win! If you're enjoying PrePopCulture, please rate/review it on iTunes, and like it on Facebook! You can also follow PrePopCulture on Twitter. Want to suggest a topic for an episode? Email prepopculture@gmail.com! Show links: Follow Dan on Twitter, see him on Harold team Winslow at Upright Citizens Brigade on Monday nights, and check out his amazing show Friendship All-Stars! David Mitchell's Soapbox Magicians Peep Show That Mitchell and Webb Look This Mitchell and Webb Bo

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