105 episodes

Prefer your books in comedy form, but still want to sound smart at parties? We got you. Discover the hilarity hidden in the classics with new episodes every Thursday.

Fire the Canon Jackie, Rachel, Theo

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Prefer your books in comedy form, but still want to sound smart at parties? We got you. Discover the hilarity hidden in the classics with new episodes every Thursday.

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Poppin’ a Wheelie on a Horse

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Poppin’ a Wheelie on a Horse

    Make sure you have your sleepytime tea and ZzzQuil (not sponsored) on hand for this one, because things are about to get spooky and you’ll need calming agents to keep your wits about you. This week, we regale you with the story of one Ichabod Crane’s very, very weird evening. Poor, gangly, big-nosed, gangly, awkward, and gangly Ichabod is not only easily frightened but also gangly, and he could sure have used a chill pill. Rachel cannot wait to live in a nursing home. Theo comes up with a truly horrifying game. Jackie bequeaths her shower to a cockroach. Topics include: the Kool-Aid Man, biblically accurate fingernail angels, the return of bloodhorse.com, the skinny man/plump woman archetype, Ichabod Crane: Ghost Lawyer, erasing inequality one child-whoopin’ at a time, thousands of escaped crickets, the kinematic equation of velocity, Dutch Elves, Cotton Mather’s “History of New England Witchcraft”, otome games, Ignus Carbunculus, Saint Vitus, dancing Transformers, and a truly pointless, but heated, argument about the fate of Ichabod’s bod.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Life and Times of Washington Irving: One Hundred Years of Crayon

    The Life and Times of Washington Irving: One Hundred Years of Crayon

    This week, we bring you the tale of Washington Irving, a delightful historical troll and one of our current favorite guys. Perhaps best known for being the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, he should be even better known for his many and varied pen names. Join us as we experience awe and delight at his weird life! Theo suggests a new cool podcast tradition. Rachel makes a slightly off-color joke (or does she?). Jackie’s hopped up on Irv. Topics include: man vs. nature/society/himself, Nell’s least favorite hosts, a list of ways to annoy Jackie, Andy Samberg, the Imperfect Man, rookie numbers, the perfidious Dutch, Italian witch La Befana, Eat Pray Love, Goat Man, weedos, the War of 1812, American presidents of Dutch descent, and accruing vast fortunes.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Talking Transformative Works with Author Nghi Vo: Call Me Fish Mail

    Talking Transformative Works with Author Nghi Vo: Call Me Fish Mail

    We talk to Nghi Vo, author of The Chosen and the Beautiful, one of the Great Gatsby adaptations that have been released since the book entered the public domain, about getting our grubby fingerprints all over the classics. She talks to us about her inspiration, her writing process, and the strange customs of the American Midwest. (She also shares a little secret info about upcoming projects!) Topics include: sushi bakes, Jackie’s chosen family, explicit bisexuality, costumed baby acts, chosen one mythologies, moderately caged eggs, building a magic system, coastal grandmother aesthetic, experimental corn, raccoons, and Latino Dracula.

    Books Discussed/Recommended: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, All-American Girl by Meg Cabot, An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Great Gatsby Finale: Enter the Multiverse; Any Timeline Works - Anyone Could Be His Child

    The Great Gatsby Finale: Enter the Multiverse; Any Timeline Works - Anyone Could Be His Child

    In the second half of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic (or is it?), Gatsby finally puts his plan to meet up with his long lost love in action. Things only go downhill from there! If you like fictional 1920s drama, you’ve come to the right podcast!
    Jackie brings us a question from her sister (because we know about gender things). Theo has 200 Microsoft Bing points. Rachel makes the case for gay Nick. Topics include: whether or not Nick Carraway is an aphrodisiac, Google vs. Bing, what Gatsby got up to at night as a teen, Nathan Fielder, Bing Boys, the function of holidays, underwear problems, The Room, Griselda the horse, ghosting, and cuddly buddies.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Fakespeare (Patreon Preview)

    Fakespeare (Patreon Preview)

    Here is a clip of our Patreon bonus episode this week, covering the fakeness or not-so-fakeness of Shakespeare!
    To get access to the full episode, go to patreon.com/firethecanon

    • 13 min
    The Great Gatsby, Part 1: Restaurant Workers Can’t Be Aliens

    The Great Gatsby, Part 1: Restaurant Workers Can’t Be Aliens

    Settle in for a discussion of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous work like you never heard it in school: by three highly distractible people who curse a lot, one of whom hasn’t read the book. We cover the first four chapters (of 9) and give you plenty of fun historical tidbits, like Fitzgerald’s abandoned title ideas, the true meaning of the book, and why there are so many goddamn gin and fruit cocktails everywhere. Rachel advocates the firebombing of Duke University. Jackie frightens a new friend. Theo discovers a new way to advertise the podcast. Topics include: Get Out of Jail Free cards, eternal bleeding, a Stephen prank, a restaurant staffed by aliens, mascot murder, ham/lox/pickled ginger/egg sacs, Emeril Lagasse, the second cousin of the Devil, costumed baby acts, Yahoo Answers, boys’ clubs, Jackie’s ancestral home, Oxford suspicion, and a very emotional nose.

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

grendel’s daughter ,

Literary love

What a great podcast! Theo’s hilarious jokes, Jackie’s bold opinions, and Rachel’s awesome overviews of great literature throughout history have kicked off several great conversations with my sister-in-law. Now, I know that the insect in Metamorphosis blew her eyes open to the wide world of literature. (Euf, really? that insect did it?) That she finds Catcher in the Rye hilarious. (What?!) That while she picked Jane as her English name after Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and especially Wuthering Heights, are her favorite. (I’ve never read Wuthering Heights. Should I just listen to the Fire the Canon podcast on it? 😉)

Hmm, so this turned into a love fest for my sister-in-law… haha, well, it’s all thanks to the Fire the Canon crew for spreading their love of literature. Thank you, crew!!

Edward Loveall ,

SO,

You know that one group of friends that everyone thinks is funny and they let that go to their heads and say to themselves, they say, "obviously, everyone else will think we are also hilarious" and then they hear about "podcasts" and how much money is made by exploiting some rural town murder or whatever that J. R. cockalorum is doing and consider stepping over the low, low bar of "yeah we can be classier than that"?

Well, that's Fire the Canon. And you know what? They pull it off. They take that bar, put it in their titular can(n)on, and fire it into space.

They examine books only a literature nerd would love and treat them simultaneously with the reverence and facetiousness they deserve. Everything from Odysseus to Dune comes with jokes, historical context, and personal anecdotes. They even make the human centipede (not a classic work of literature covered on the pod) fun.

I want these three to be my friends because they're my friends in my ears. They're my ear friends. Who wouldn't want that? I started listening to learn about books I'm "supposed to know about" but am "too lazy to read". I stayed because these are three long-time companions, with obvious, real-life chemistry doing something they enjoy. Today and everyday, that's something everyone can enjoy.

Cjohara ,

Oily Boys, ragged claws, and shrubberies… oh my.

Jackie, Rachel, and Theo, the hosts (and producer) do such a good job of finding a way to laugh, analyze, and explain the fantastic books in the western canon. I was tipped to this show by one of my good friends and I’m so glad they introduced me. The hosts provide a much needed breath of fresh air in relation to the (sometimes) stuffy conversation that tends to surround “classic” literature. It’s ok to laugh, it’s ok to question, and it’s ok to ask taxi drivers where the ducks go. Honestly. Those wily ducks. Thanks to all three of you. This show has really made my work-day go by a little faster.

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