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comedy, entertainment, pop culture, and topics we want to talk about

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  • Episode 484: Atari: Life Behind the Pong

    Episode 484: Atari: Life Behind the Pong

    26/05/2020

    On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we do a dive into the history of the video game and look at the rise and fall of Atari. The world of video games would not exist without the innovation of Atari. They started the video arcade with the invention of the coin operated video game, and just when that changed all of entertainment for millions of kids in the 70s and 80s, they created the at home video game console. Then there was the time they made the ET video game, considered by many to be the worst there ever was. It was so bad, they buried the unsold copies in a land fill instead of try to sell them. From rock star nerds at the birth of silicon valley to corporate sellouts, Atari had it all. The company was started by two visionaries named Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. They were computer engineers who would visit campuses like the University of Utah and MIT just to play the video games that only computer engineers could play on the only five computers in America that could run them. Eventu

  • Episode 483: Alexander the Great: History’s Ultimate Conqueror?

    Episode 483: Alexander the Great: History’s Ultimate Conqueror?

    22/05/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the greatest military leaders in human history, Alexander the Great. Alexander was born in the Greek kingdom of Macedonia in 356 B.C. He was the son of a powerful king and queen, and after Game of Thrones type ups and downs, he took Macedonia as king after his father was assassinated. From there, Alexander conquered Greece and moved to India, Egypt, and even Persia (the Middle East). By the time he was 32, he was considered "King of Babylon, King of Asia, King of the Four Quarters of the World." Alexander was born to King Philip II and Queen Olympia. While he was a boy, his father had him trained in everything from music to military, swordsmanship to horsemanship, and even philosophy (at the hands of the one and only Aristotle). By the time he was 16, he formed a cavalry and defeated an until then undefeatable group called the Sacred Band of Thebes. At the age of 19, his father was murdered by his own body guard, and after a brief strug

  • Episode 482: Father Yod: LA’s Vegan Sex Guru

    Episode 482: Father Yod: LA’s Vegan Sex Guru

    19/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss a cult leader (or commune founder?) and spiritual love guru named Father Yod. Yod (pronounced like “load”) was originally named James Edward Baker. James Baker was a very interesting man, if you believe the tales about his past. He was a World War II Marine who allegedly won the Silver Star at the battle Guadalcanal. He killed a man, twice, after the war. He was friends with Jack Lalane and the guy who founded Dr. Brag’s amino acid and vinegar company. All this lead to him being one of the most influential people in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s and a cult called The Source Family. James Baker left his family to move to LA and become a stunt man. It didn’t work, and he found himself hanging out with hippies and beatniks. Allegedly, he robbed two banks and made the money to open a restaurant called The Source. The Source was the first vegetarian/health food restaurant to ever open in LA. It was a massive success ($10,000 a day) and attracted movie star

  • Episode 481: Munster Rebellion: A Castle Times Cult

    Episode 481: Munster Rebellion: A Castle Times Cult

    15/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at a little known cult slash political revolt known as the Münster Rebellion. Back in Castle Times, the German city of Munster became home to a group of three men (Bernhard Rothman, Jan Matthys, and John of Leiden) who staged a coup against royalty and the Roman Catholic Church in 1535. They threw out the Bishop and the city council, and they replaced the town with their own communist, pacifists, polygamist sect known as the Anabaptists. This devolved quickly, and involved orgies, a brutal siege that lead to a siege, starvation, cannibalism, torture and beheadings. So many beheadings. The backdrop to this madness was a time in European history known as the Protestant Reformation. It was when the stranglehold of the Catholic church was broken by people like Henry VIII and Martin Luther. Once there were religious power vacuums, new ideas spread like wildfire. In fact, many historians liken the Anabaptist religion to a hydra with heads sp

  • Episode 480: Woodstock: Filth, Music, Love, and Drugs

    Episode 480: Woodstock: Filth, Music, Love, and Drugs

    12/05/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at Woodstock. Not only was it the most important music festival ever, it set the tone and soundtrack of an entire generation. It helped the nation stop thinking of hippies in so bad a light, and it created the careers of several of the largest musical acts of the era. What started as a music festival that was supposed to make people a lot of money and attract upwards of 50,000 people, became a free hippie love fest of a half a million people that bankrupted the concert planners. When four guys in the music industry decided to have a music festival in New York state, they named their new group after an area where musicians like Bob Dylan would play—an area known as Woodstock. They started looked for large areas of open land that could house their enormous dream, and they settled on Howard Mills Industrial Park in Wallkill, New York. The people of the town, however, voted against the dirty hippies and shut it down with only 6 weeks left to plan. T

  • Episode 479: Cursed Bread: The CIA, LSD, and Mass Hysteria

    Episode 479: Cursed Bread: The CIA, LSD, and Mass Hysteria

    08/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore a little known mass hallucination event in a small town in France. It was August 15, 1951, in the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in southern France. Roughly 300 people fell ill, including 50 people sent to insane asylums and 7 deaths. Theories range from ergot poisoning to tainted bleached bread, but the best of all links it to the CIA’s MK Ultra mind control program and the use of LSD. So, what happened in Pont-Saint-Esprit? The morning of August 15, people started to fall ill, and the waiting rooms at all doctor offices were at capacity. At first, the symptoms were basic stuff like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Then the symptoms got strange—mass insomnia, and people started to smell like dead mice. Then? The whole village went plumb crazy. Journalists on the scene recorded a staggering amount of hallucinations. For example, one man shouted to his room-mates “I’m dead! My head is made of copper and I have snakes in my stomach!” A girl thought she was

  • Episode 478: George Carlin: The Vulgar Prophet

    Episode 478: George Carlin: The Vulgar Prophet

    05/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, laughs, and legacy of one of the greatest comedians of all time—George Carlin. Carlin was made most famous for his “7 Dirty Words” set. It got him arrested and made him fight the FCC all the way to the supreme court. He took on the mantle of the vulgar prophet, a man who would cut society and humanity to the quick but do it with a laugh. From cocaine heart attacks to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, George Carlin had a hell of a run. He was born in New York to a mother who left his drunken father to raise two boys by herself. He did well in school due to his sharp intellect but was kicked out due his bad attitude, and eventually dropped out before he could graduate. After a stint in the Air Force (where he was courts-martialed three times!), he took to work at the local radio station. He teamed up with Jack Burns, and they started a funny radio hour which was successful enough for them to get picked up by a bigger station in LA. From there, th

  • Episode 477: Jemeker Thompson: The Crack Queen of Compton

    Episode 477: Jemeker Thompson: The Crack Queen of Compton

    01/05/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at a very unique crime lord, the so-called Queen Pin of crack cocaine, Jemeker Thompson. She was overlooked by the competition and the feds since women didn’t deal drugs on that scale, but she is said to have been in control of virtually all crack coming in to South Central LA in the 1980s during their crack epidemic. Jemeker was born to a poor, single mother in South Central. She had five siblings. One fateful day, they all came home to find they had been evicted from their apartment. She looked at all her worldly possession sitting on the lawn and had no place to live. This lack of money and control set her on a path of greed and cunning. By high school, she was a talented enough runner to be training for the 1984 Olympics. At her meets she met a low end pot dealer named Anthony "Daff" Mosley. They fell in love, and she started to sell his pot in her high school. Eventually, she got addicted to the money and thrill and told Duff they ne

  • Episode 476: Madeline McCann: Murder, Abduction, or Stupidity?

    Episode 476: Madeline McCann: Murder, Abduction, or Stupidity?

    28/04/2020 Duración: 02h48min

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at some true crime and investigate the disappearance of Madeline McCann. Madeline was a three year old British girl who was with her family on vacation in Portugal in 2007. While she slept alongside her two year old twin brother and sister, her parents ate tapas and partied at a restaurant on the other side of the pool. Several hours later, when the parents came to check on them, Madeline was famously missing. So, what happened? There is a lot of speculation about that. What is known is that the three children were asleep with the parents, Kate and Gerry McCann went to dinner and drinks. They checked on the sleeping kids from time to time. At one point, the father found them to be asleep but noticed their bedroom door wasn’t where it was when he last checked. At another point, a friend checked on them but didn’t bother going as far as the bedroom to actually look at the kids. Eventually, at 10:20 PM, Kate went in and found Madeline missing. She sounde

  • Episode 475: Buddhafield: Not Your Average Sex Cult

    Episode 475: Buddhafield: Not Your Average Sex Cult

    24/04/2020

      On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a little known cult that started in the 1980s called The Buddhafield. The Buddhafield was a group of people initially from Southern California who found a new type of family with each other, under the guidance of “The Teacher.” The Teacher, also known as Michel, Andreas, or Jaime Gonzalez, led them into some LSD type hypno therapy god hunting body trips. They loved each other; they loved him; they found peace. Until they didn’t, and Michel started to have sex with male members of the group (often against their will) and do your typical cult control over all of them. The story is mostly known thanks to a man named Will Allen who made a documentary called Holy Hell. He is an ex-member of this group, and due to his background in film, he was considered the unofficial documentarian of the group. He filmed The Teacher, the students, the spiritual retreats, and the daily lives of the Buddhafield family. In fact, he was one of Michel’s closest al

  • Episode 474: John DeLorean: Cars, Corporations, and Cocaine

    Episode 474: John DeLorean: Cars, Corporations, and Cocaine

    21/04/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at a legend of the 1980s, John DeLorean. DeLorean was a very gifted engineer and marketer who invented the category of the muscle car with the creation of the GTO. His rise through the ranks of Detroit’s Big Auto made him the top rival of Ford, and a celebrity as well. He eventually built the iconic DMC-12 made immortal by the Back to the Future movies and then blew it all in an FBI arranged 220 pound cocaine deal. Like you do. John DeLorean was born where else, but Detroit Michigan. He was the son of two immigrants (and an abusive father), and he was smart. He went to the best schools due to his grades and intellect, and eventually got multiple degrees, even though he took a pause to go fight in WWII. When he returned, he took a few jobs and eventually got work at the Packard company. He thrilled his bosses there, and when Packard merged with another company, he left and joined General Motors. It was there that his star rose. He crea

  • Episode 473: Marilyn Monroe: Bombshells and Barbiturates

    Episode 473: Marilyn Monroe: Bombshells and Barbiturates

    17/04/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one of the ultimate sex symbols and icons of popular culture—Marilyn Monroe. She came from a horrible upbringing and through sheer force of will (and marketing savvy) rose to become of one of the greatest movie starts of all time. She married Joe DiMaggio and legendary playwright Arthur Miller, sometimes slept her way to the top, and allegedly had an affair with both John F Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. Love her or hate her, she was pure force of will in Hollywood and totally changed the way the town, and actresses, worked. She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in a hospital in LA. She never knew who her father was, and her mother was in and out of mental institutions her entire childhood. This left young Normal Jean at the hands of the foster system. She was raped at age 11 and had a horrible upbringing with no stability or love. At the age of 16, she married a merchant marine just to be able to get out of the foster system. When he was off ser

  • Episode 472: Killdozer: Modern Day Hero or Complete Lunatic?

    Episode 472: Killdozer: Modern Day Hero or Complete Lunatic?

    14/04/2020 Duración: 01h23min

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the notorious Killdozer. This homemade battle tank was created a man named Marvin Heemeyer in 2002. He used it in Granby, Colorado and went on a rampage of revenge against the big wigs in city hall and the owner of a cement factory that he tried to stop from being built. Some people celebrate June 4 as Killdozer day—the day a little guy got revenge against government can factories. Others think he was a nut job who was told by God to run rampant through town and put a lot of folks in danger. Marv was ex Air force, and he settled in Granby after he got out of the service. He found a home he loved and moved in and started work in a muffler shop. In no time, he owned his own muffler shop, and was an ideal citizen. He snowmobiled, did work for the police, and was the best welder in town. He bought some property, and in doing so, outbid a man named Cody Docheff, and this is where the trouble started. Docheff wanted to build a concrete factory right next to

  • Episode 471: Black Dog of England: Cryptid, Myth, or Hellhound?

    Episode 471: Black Dog of England: Cryptid, Myth, or Hellhound?

    10/04/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore a mysterious being that has been seen all around the world, but most prominently in England—The Black Dog. The Black Dog (commonly called the Black Shuck) is said to be a massive creature the size of a calf. It is seen at crossroads, typically with glowing red eyes. And while some people say they show up to guide people lost on sacred roads, others say that to hear their horrible howl and meet their fiery gaze is a portent. You will be dead within the year. So, where is the Black Dog myth found? Well, everywhere. But it most common in the UK and even in the Americas. It was first noted back in 1577 where it road into a church on a lightning bolt and killed several parishioners. Now that’s an entrance! After that, it has persisted enough in local legends that it is considered a mythical motif by professors of folklore. So, is this thing a pure myth that ties into some human unconscious, or is it an actual cryptid animal that has yet to be discovered? In Am

  • Episode 470: Jim Carrey: Method Acting and Rhino Butts

    Episode 470: Jim Carrey: Method Acting and Rhino Butts

    07/04/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the all-time legends of comedy, Jim Carrey. From a homeless childhood to eventually becoming the highest paid actors in Hollywood, his life has been quite a journey. He’s made some of the greatest comedic movies of all time, and his new life in Television and as a painter meet with critical acclaim as well. From his politics to his stance on vaccines, he’s always controversial. Jim Carrey was born in a suburb of Toronto to a lower middle class family. His father a was a sax player who eventually had to give it up to work and support his family. Work was tough, however, and at one point the family found themselves living in the back of a VW van. He and his brother worked as night janitors to helps support the family, but at 15, he discovered comedy, and his father supported him by taking him to different comedy clubs. The day he turned 16 and could legally drop out of school he did—school, after all, was only getting in the way of the fu

  • Episode 469: Tsavo Man Eaters: Woa-oh Here They Come!

    Episode 469: Tsavo Man Eaters: Woa-oh Here They Come!

    03/04/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we cover the unique and horrible tale of the Tsavo Man-Eaters. They were a pair of lions who plagued the construction of a railroad in 1898 and killed perhaps as many as 135 human beings in one year. A British military man was put in charge of the railroad, and he went on an epic hunt to stop these animals from killing even more people. The lions were far more aggressive than normal, had a taste for human flesh, and were abnormally large. In 1898, the Kenya-Uganda Railway was trying to build a bridge across the Tsavo River. The railroad officials probably should have to consulted the locals because Tsavo meant “place of slaughter” in the local dialect. (Big oopsie...) Once the camps were set up, and thousands of workers moved in to build this bridge, Lt Colonel John Henry Patterson arrived to handle the work crews. Also, within a few days of his arrival, the Lions of Tsavo started to eat people. A lot. Lions were always a threat, obviously, but it got to

  • Episode 468: William Wallace: For Freedom!

    Episode 468: William Wallace: For Freedom!

    31/03/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of a soldier, patriot, murderer, and traitor, Scotland’s own William Wallace. During the war for Scottish independence, Wallace grew to meteoric importance and was a cunning strategist and sometimes cruel warlord. He would fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble (or was that GI Joe?), and ultimately become the highest rank of knight possible in Scotland, while simultaneously becoming the worst villain England had ever known. Not much is known about William Wallace’s childhood. Historians claim he was born around 1270, and he was born to lesser nobility. Many think (based on accounts of him in battle and his personal crest) that was an archer in a mercenary army as a young man. Either way, he settled down and married Marion Braidfute. Now during all of this, Scotland was in strife. Its king died falling from a horse (like you do), and the country was on the verge of civil war trying to determine who would take the throne. Eventually, King Edward

  • Episode 467: Dalai Lama: The Thorn in China’s Side

    Episode 467: Dalai Lama: The Thorn in China’s Side

    27/03/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time, the Dalai Lama. His real name is Tenzin Gyatso, and he is the 14th Dalai Lama, supposedly the true ruler of Tibet and a beacon for Buddhism around the world. His life story is one that involves mysticism, war, conquering armies, power-hungry warlords, the CIA, and a world leader. Born in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was an unassuming child of horse farmers. But when the 13th Dalai Lama died, the extensive mystical search for his replacement pointed to Tenzin. There are many Lamas, and several of them are supposedly reincarnations of previous iterations. In fact, two of Tenzin’s siblings are just such lesser Lamas. The search for the Dalai Lama takes years and involves the highest monks of the order. Signs such as the floating head of the previous Dalai Lama and visions near a holy lake pointed them to Tenzin. He passed the tests they gave him, and before he could become the new Dalai Lama, there was a t

  • Episode 466: Eddie Murphy: The Era of Eddie

    Episode 466: Eddie Murphy: The Era of Eddie

    24/03/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the all-time greats of comedy, Eddie Murphy. This New York native had a meteoric rise to fame in the early 1980s, and it led to a legendary run on Saturday Night Live and a stream of films such as the standup classics Delirious and Raw. With classics like 48 Hours, Golden Child, Coming to America, and Beverly Hills Cop under his belt, he became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and for good reason. He started as a smart but unique child in Brooklyn. While his brother, Charlie Murphy, would be outside playing all day, Eddie would spend the time watching TV and perfecting his voices and impressions. Murphy’s parents split when he was three, and his father was murdered by his girlfriend when he was 8. In spite of it all, he was a well-adjusted, funny, confident child. In high school, he led a talent show and got huge laughs doing an impression of Al Greene, and from that moment, he knew he wanted to be a comedian. He started working comedy clubs

  • Episode 465: Ant Hill Kids: Worst Cult Ever!

    Episode 465: Ant Hill Kids: Worst Cult Ever!

    20/03/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a most disturbing Canadian cult, the Ant Hill Kids. Founded by Roch Thériault (aka Moses, aka Poppy), this group started as an offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventists, but soon turned to a sadistic torture house. From frozen babies and the cutting off of toes to homemade pain surgeries and lots of castration, this cult was about as bad as it gets. Thériault was born to a religiously hyper household. They were members of a group called the White Berets, a pseudo-military religion that was highly political and sold journals to make money. Thériault was bright and charismatic from a young age but finished school at 7th grade. His father was abusive, so he left home soon after and married and started a normal life. His life got flipped, turned upside down, when a surgery went bad, and the results were constant pain. He turned to alcohol to self-medicate. His wife left him for sleeping with other women and being drunk, and at his homeless lowest, Th

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