In the first podcast ever to be picked up to series from the Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project, Dalton Wilcox, the self-described “Poet Laureate of the West”, will re-watch the classic TV show Bonanza! Dalton and his co-hosts, country music legend Mutt Taylor (Matt Gourley) and Biblical home and garden accessories entrepreneur and Bonanza superfan Amy Sleeverson (Maria Bamford) will welcome special guests each week for a deep dive into an episode of the beloved and enduring western series that, in Dalton’s words, “did more to teach people about the western lifestyle than anything else until me and my poems and stories came along”. High praise indeed. Hello friend, come on in, the gate is open wide - Bonanza!
Season 1, Episode 18: A House Divided
Mary Holland (Wild Horses, Happiest Season) joins Dalton, Mutt and Amy for an episode of Bonanza that has no relevance to contemporary events whatsoever! Amy opens up about the challenges of being married to a Frankenstein, before they watch Season 1, Episode 18 of Bonanza, "A House Divided," in which a shadowy businessman tries to fool Little Joe into siding with the Confederacy.
Season 1, Episode 17: The Outcast
On today’s Bonanas For Bonanza (aka The Know Your Place Dating Service Theater), the gang is joined by the rest of the Journeymen, Cubby Lauderbourne, Jimmy Blades and Shunt McGuppin (Mark McConville, James Bladon and Jeremy Carter)! After guessing the ages of different Bonanza guest stars, they watch Season 1, Episode 17 of Bonanza, “The Outcast,” in which a beautiful woman comes into the lives of our heroes and does not die.
Season 1, Episode 16: El Toro Grande
Dalton, Mutt and Amy welcome the great Paul Scheer to the podcast, who immediately horrifies them with his plans for a Bonanza reboot. Dalton explains you can't teach a stallion how to make muffins, and Amy pitches Paul on her Supreme Basket Wagon holiday special. Then they watch Season 1, Episode 16 of Bonanza, "El Toro Grande," in which Hoss fights a bear to protect a bull.
Season 1, Episode 15: The Last Hunt
This week Dalton, Mutt and Amy welcome the best-smelling creator of "The Complete Woman," Marabel May (Amanda Lund)! Marabel teaches Mutt what a grocery store is, and offers Amy some tips to spice up her marriage with costumes. Then they watch Season 1, Episode 15 of Bonanza, "The Last Hunt," in which Hoss and Little Joe disarm a knife wielding Shoshone woman.
Season 1, Episode 14: The Sisters
This week's guest is Merrill Markoe, legendary TV writer and the author of "We Saw Scenery"! Dalton, Mutt & Amy discuss her childhood watching Bonanza and the time she fell in love with a Nazi. Then they discuss episode 14 of Bonanza, "The Sisters," in which Adam and a saloon girl are spied on by a pervert horse.
Season 1, Episode 13: Vendetta
Dalton, Mutt & Amy welcome "True Detective" scribe Nic Pizzolatto to the show! He explains how writing is just "manipulating people with the alphabet," before luring Dalton into a conversation about bodysnatchers. Then they recap episode 13 of Bonanza, "Vendetta," in which Virginia City tries (poorly) to protect Ben from the murderous Morgan gang.
Looking for an insightful recommendation on Joel Olsteen’s book “Assful of Champagne and not a Cork in Sight,” or its prequel “The Bible” Author Unkown, or even just one of the most hilarious podcasts ever? Well then this here is your huckleberry. Dalton Wilcox, Mutt Taylor, and #godfearing #girlbossing #entrepregelical Amy Sleverson bring a timely and culturally sensitive celebration of the greatest single work in the 200 years of televised entertainment: Bonanza! Listen and laugh out loud.
Back in the saddle again!
I’m so glad that bonanas for bonanza is back. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Andy Daly, Matt Gourley, and Maria Bamford are perfection. I hope they keep doing it for all 431 episodes of bonanza and then moonanza and beyond. Yee haw!
Best of the best
This was my favorite character on CBB, and it’s top tier here. Andy is a genius—check out his appearance as L Ron Hubbard on the Dead Author Podcast.
Can’t wait for more! Bonanza was my father and I’s soap opera, he would have loved this show.