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The Skewer 47: March 2020
Another amazing Skewer. Unfortunately we lost host Tom Harrison's opener because he forgot to press the "Record" button. Oh well. The rest of the lineup was pure class. Donna Das discussed the infuriatingly stupid and fake idea of "electability." Dan Lastres explained how Lovecraftian role-playing-games are the perfect way to practice navigating the eldritch shores of 2020. Alisa Rosenthal covered this month in fluff with a recap of this season of the Bachelor. And Ian Randall explained how an American expat makes do when living abroad (note: "make do" may be an overstatement). Finally, erica dreisbach takes the Skewer debate crown unopposed due to her opponent's illness, but what a victory lap she took! Folks, it's a good one. Check it!
News Quiz with Kevin Johnson (Round One) - 00:00
Donna Das - 07:13
Dan Lastres - 17:30
Alisa Rosenthal - 37:00
Ian Randall - 47:53
News Quiz with Kevin Johnson (Round Two) - 59:46
THE SKEWER DEBATE: erica dreisbach vs. N/A - 1:07:00
The Skewer 46: February 2020
The first Skewer of 2020 is one for the ages. erica dreisbach, the champion of goofs, hosts a lineup that cannot be defeated. Onicia Muller offers practical advice to Carribbean politicians looking to use hurricane relief to line their pockets. Sadie Lancrete does one of the funniest fucking bits I have even experienced you have to hear to believe. Tom Harrison tells you about his fun vacation in Spain. And Joe Anderson explores how this country is so obsessed with signifiers of intelligence that we all have to pretend weird idiot sex perverts like Alan Dershowitz are important people we have to respect. Finally, Justin Parlette and Carrie Cook square up to debate which long-separated 90's duo needs to reunite. This one whips, folks. Enjoy!
erica dreisbach -00:55
News Quiz with Kevin Johnson, Round 1 - 6:43
Onicia Muller - 12:20
Sadie Lancrete - 19:50
Tom Harrison - 30:19
Joe Anderson - 51:25
News Quiz with Kevin Johnson, Round 2 - 1:07:30
THE SKEWER DEBATE: Justin Parlette vs. Carrie Cook - 1:14:17
The Skewer 45: December 2019
The last Skewer of the 2010s was an all-timer that will forever be one of the best. Tom Harrison let loose with a virtuoso performance of saying the words "ooze" and "goo" as he hosted a truly delightful lineup. erica dreisbach philosophized about the secret sauce that makes revolutions against corrupt leaders actually work. Devin Whitlock exposed the morally bankrupt right-wing scaremongering campaigns convincing your grandparents there's a war on Christmas. Tom McHenry decoded the incomprehensible power structures that led a mega-successful author to sic 250,000 furious soldiers on some rando college student. And Josh Watkins became the Skewer's official elections correspondent as he roasted his brain to a chewy leather with a deep dive into the Buttigeig campaign. To top it off, Alex Morales and Lindsay Eanet sparred in a screamingly good debate over the best way to strike back against the billionaires who are clearly building up their defenses against an uprising while there's still time.
Folks, it's very good! Check it!!
Tom Harrison - 00:34
News Quiz with Kevin Johnson (Round One) - 10:36
erica dreisbach - 19:40
Devin Whitlock - 29:33
Tom McHenry - 38:38
Josh Watkins - 53:58
News Quiz with Kevin Johnson (Round Two) - 1:13:51
The Skewer Debate: Lindsay Eanet vs. Alex Morales - 1:20:30
The Skewer 44: November 2019
The Skewer's fourth birthday bash was a triumph beyond triumphs. With excellent op-eds from Ken Mejia-Beal, Maya Marshall, and Arish Singh, plus a much-anticipated and deeply meta debate between Skewer co-producers Tom Harrison and erica dreisbach, it was a night whose strength and power will live on forever in our hearts. Here's to another year!
Tom Harrison - 00:42
News Quiz pt. 1 - 10:55
Ken Mejia-Beal - 20:05
Maya Marshall - 31:04
Arish Singh - 44:57
News Quiz pt. 2 - 1:08:22
THE SKEWER DEBATE: Tom vs. erica - 1:15:10
The Skewer 43: October 2019
Folks, it's one of the best editions of the Skewer ever. erica dreisbach as ever does a masterful job hosting, leading an all-star lineup of Chicago's best. Maggie Tomasek brings us up to date on the state of true crime content. Alex Borkowski correctly identifies Ross Douthat as one of the Earth's stupidest dullards. Jessie Cadle uses her own mutinous body as an example of why the country needs universal healthcare. And Sara McHenry rips sick clouds as she explores the unstable position vaping holds in the country. Finally, Tom Harrison debates himself in a truly goofy Skewer debate! His opponent was too ill to show up, so Tom argued both sides to decide what conspiracy the public should demand an answer to next: WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE SCARY CLOWNS IN 2016 vs. CAN JET FUEL MELT STEEL BEAMS. It's dumb! It's fun! Check it out!!!
erica dreisbach - 00:38
News Quiz round 1 - 8:17
Maggie Tomasek - 14:30
Alex Borkowski - 26:00
Jessie Cadle - 36:51
Sara McHenry - 49:22
New Quiz round 2 - 1:02:13
The Skewer Debate: Tom Harrison vs. DoppelTom - 1:06:58
The Skewer 42: September 2019
The Skewer forges on! Tom Harrison hosts a lovely lineup despite his Epstein-addled brain. Roxane West delivers a blistering eulogy of cruel hell-man David Koch. Calle Hack brings us up to speed on the bedbugs in the media. erica dreisbach outlines the death rattle of a social network using Snapchat as an example. And finally, Ray Goldberg and Josephine Maria Yanasak-Leszczynski debate to decide the best way to ensure no moralizing scolds spoil our celebration when Trump eventually dies. Folks, the Skewer owns and this is no exception. Get at it!!