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The No Bad Ideas Podcast is the creation of Gabriel Urbina, Sarah Shachat, and Zach Valenti, three writer and artist-types who, in order to stay fresh creatively, have an excuse to hang out with each other once a week, and check in on what they're working on, take a terrible idea they found on the Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (or worst?) absurdities the internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The No Bad Ideas Podcast is the creation of Gabriel Urbina, Sarah Shachat, and Zach Valenti, three writer and artist-types who, in order to stay fresh creatively, have an excuse to hang out with each other once a week, and check in on what they're working on, take a terrible idea they found on the Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (or worst?) absurdities the internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

    Bringing Your Witchcraft To Work

    Bringing Your Witchcraft To Work

    Ready for some terrible decisions, everyone? First, Sarah brings us a report of strange doings at a local Home Depot, and we turn it into a competition that turns into a war that turns into a supernatural battle between the forces of good and the forces of meh. Then Zach offers up the story of an odd house in California and we craft a themed murder mystery party perfect for a bunch of (un)suspecting billionaires.

    Plus: people having too much money, famous lines from Chinatown, out of body experiences, one little bitty curse, and getting dangerously close to dirty jokes about lumber.

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 33 min
    Bad Ideas Classic: A Boy and His Rock 'n' Roll Cricket (With Christian T. Kelley-Madera)

    Bad Ideas Classic: A Boy and His Rock 'n' Roll Cricket (With Christian T. Kelley-Madera)

    Gabriel, Zach, and Sarah are taking a brief summer break this week, but we didn't want to leave you without any No Bad Ideas! So check out this old favorite from our archives, featuring our good comrade Christian T. Kelley-Madera.

    This week on No Bad Ideas... bugs, bugs, bugs! But before that, the Bad Ideas Band is joined by their dear friend Christian T. Kelley-Madera, co-creator and director of The Once and Future Nerd. But soon, it's all business, and (thanks to Sarah's bad idea contribution) that business is a truly unhinged tale of illness and entomology in the Caribbean. Plus, cockroaches bent on world destruction, the wrong way to eat a Reese's, and a very different kind of Cuban crisis.

    This Week's Bad Idea™

    Listen to Christian's work at The Once and Future Nerd.

    Follow Christian On Twitter: @Ctmadera

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Terrible Ideas Happening In Cars

    Terrible Ideas Happening In Cars

    Today on No Bad Ideas: Phone calls! Arrests! Dystopias! Bad breakups! As many crimes as possible!

    In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings the squad the tale of a man who called the police to ask why he hadn't been arrested... and was then promptly arrested. The team turns it into a film about a world so broken and destroyed that going to jail may be preferable to what you'll find in the "free" world. Then, Sarah presents a report of a heartbroken woman who went on a traffic-offense odyssey in her ex's car to get revenge. The squad barrels through the best way to adapt it into a story of stolen identity in the not-too-distant future. 

    All of that, plus: raid ID, ten grizzled assassins, international incidents, an adult superstore, and public parental forgiveness. 

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    SuperCactusFriend!!

    SuperCactusFriend!!

    We’re back with a couple ideas that go deeper and deeper! First Sarah brings us the story of a very inappropriate toy and we turn it into a Harriet the Spy reboot working a case on a clock in time for the Christmas Rush. Then, Zach has an update on an old bad idea: the deep fakes a mom put together to sabotage a cheerleading team may not be so deep faked. We switch genres from superhero to mystery, with a high school journalist who gets in way over their head.

    Plus: WallStreetBets but more evil, classic clickbait headlines, the most precocious 12-year-old ever, a TRON battle situation, and the laugh this country needs. 

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 38 min
    Sorry, Ipswich

    Sorry, Ipswich

    We’re off to Europe this week, with a pair of historical farces from different eras! First Zach, brings us a tale of Swiss aristocrats trying to enforce feudal rights and we turn it into a Succession-esque thriller of a young heir who may or may not try to burn it all down. Then, Gabriel takes us all the way back to Biblical times, with a story of a Noah’s Ark stranded on the coast of England. We take it and create a contest to determine the one true ark, and the family who have devoted themselves to ark building for very varied reasons.

    Plus: Robber Barons, jackalopes, non-certified floating objects, three brothers named Noah, and a Boston Tea Party with Circe.

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

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    • 32 min
    Leave The Art On The Floor (With Jen & Chris Sugden)

    Leave The Art On The Floor (With Jen & Chris Sugden)

    Zach is out again this week but we’ve pulled in not one but two (three if you count the doggo that trotted up to Sarah’s mic) of our favorite people in podcasting: Victoriocity’s own Jen and Chris Sugden!

    First, Gabriel brings us a tale of an aspirational identity swap and we turn it up and add a bunch of twisty layers that culminate in a cross-country road trip to the lights of Vegas. Next, Sarah offers up a particularly silly idea from congress and we turn it into this summer’s next action-packed disaster movie, with trees… on the moon! Then we chat with them about the origins of their podcast Victoriocity, how they work as writing partners, and the refining process to bring an episode from idea to a script in the studio.

    Plus: that Midlands energy, 8-10 scientists and politicians in charge of The World, a very grizzled Bruce Willis, pulling a Christopher Nolan and heavy-handed metaphors.

    For more top-tier comedy from the Sugdens in your life, check out Victoriocity and follow both Chris and Jen on Twitter!

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

JadeMack82 ,

The. Best.

10/10 recommend,, it’s my favourite non-fiction podcast.. plus I get excited when other podcasters I know are on the show 💜💜

kiwi_chick6 ,

Love it!

You guys are hilarious! I love listening to your bad (amazing!) ideas 😂

Quality Podcasts ,

It’s just so good guys

I would genuinely recommend this not only to anyone that likes creating stories, but also to anyone who just likes hearing some good ones being told. Also definitely listen if you want a bunch of cool films/books/shows recommended to you
I’ve never before wanted to join in a podcast so much

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