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Smash Fiction is a debate-style comedy podcast in which a rotating cast of nerds argue on behalf of their chosen fictional characters. Only one can win!

Smash Fiction Dan Mulkerin, Kit Mulkerin, Claire Mulkerin, Liz Logan, Miles Schneiderman,

    • Comedy
    • 4.8, 93 Ratings

Smash Fiction is a debate-style comedy podcast in which a rotating cast of nerds argue on behalf of their chosen fictional characters. Only one can win!

    September 2018 Bonus Content - "Our League Family"

    September 2018 Bonus Content - "Our League Family"

    This episode originally aired as the Patreon bonus episode for September 2018. The original description follows:
    Thank you to everyone for allowing me to finally use one of my two ukuleles and a harmonica in an actual meaningful context. This song truly is a tribute to my fellow podcasters in how much I enjoy playing League with them and how interesting it can be solving problems with characters who approach things very differently. This song is also a great way for me to ask for Kit's forgiveness regarding a certain episode (listen to Surprise Party 3, you'll understand).
    In terms of instrumentation chosen, you are listening to a ukulele, a standard size harmonica, a palm-muted electric bass, a Jamaican hand drum, my vocals, and Kit's lovely Stitch statements. It is me playing everything except Kit's voice. I used my condenser microphone for everything except the bass, which I just plugged straight into my audio interface. Just so you know, I was using pots and pans for percussion at first but it sounded so loud and ridiculous, I had to take it out.
    -Liz
    Lyrics:
    Did you know
    What family means in Hawaiian?
    Well I didn't know
    Until Stitch came along
    Ohana means family
    Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten
    ...stupidhead
    And then this motley crew
    Went and stepped on through
    To become ohana
    How would we have known
    That Stitch doesn't like whipped cream
    That Luna just wanted to have a pet
    'Cause she's sick of you assholes
    That Mordin clearly likes to watch the world burn
    Incinerate it all
    That Nico really likes to read that one weird book
    That Dante probably doesn't know what ohana means
    Hint, it's family
    And you know what
    Just like a real family
    We certainly have some problems
    Dante cares too much about his muscles
    And Nico has some homicidal urges
    Mordin sometimes wishes he could stay in his lab
    And Stitch has an issue with, SHINY... LET ME EAT IT
    And Luna is, wait, yeah I don't have anything for this one
    One big League family
    That everyone can see!
    Saving the universe
    One world at a time
    If we weren't together we wouldn't be ohana

    • 3 min
    5th Anniversary Supercut

    5th Anniversary Supercut

    Didn't feel right, not putting out a supercut of the last stretch of episodes on August 1st. Happy anniversary!

    • 20 min
    Extraordinary League - July 2018 Bonus Episode

    Extraordinary League - July 2018 Bonus Episode

    This episode originally aired as the Patreon bonus episode for July 2018. The original description follows:
    So I'd been wanting to do something a bit different with this month's bonus League episode and eventually settled on doing a plot a la the movie The Hangover, in which a group of people wake up, discover that they've lost all memory of the night before, and have to retrace their steps in order to figure out what happened.
    And then I got the results of the $5 Patreon poll and saw the characters that you wanted the hosts to play. Skeletor? Janet from The Good Place? Freaking Optimus Prime?! How was I supposed to do a memory loss plot with characters like that?
    This was probably the single most difficult session of League I've ever had to write, but in the end I found it very fulfilling and tons of fun to do. I hope that you all do too. Thanks for your support!
    -Dan
    Additional music this episode is "Noise Attack" and "Exhilarate" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    June 2018 Bonus Content - It's Okay To Not Like Being Sucker Punched (But Miles Apparently Does)

    June 2018 Bonus Content - It's Okay To Not Like Being Sucker Punched (But Miles Apparently Does)

    This episode originally aired as the Patreon bonus episode for June 2018. The original description follows:
    Miles' June bonus content is a little late, but better late than never! Unless you happen to be Claire Mulkerin, of course. In that case, you would have chosen the "never" option in a heartbeat if it meant never, ever having to re-watch Zack Snyder's much-maligned 2011 film, Sucker Punch. Unfortunately for Claire, Miles really likes Sucker Punch, and now they have to TALK ABOUT IT.
    What is Sucker Punch, anyway? What does it mean? Why can't Claire see past the violence, the implied violence, the lack of characterization, the inconsistent acting, the dubiously-constructed dialogue, and the shoddy action sequences to whatever the hell it is that Miles sees beneath, and finds fascinating? Fortunately, you support our work with your hard-earned money, so you get to find out!
    How's that for a sucker punch?
    -Miles

    • 1 hr 21 min
    April 2018 Bonus Content - Itchy Brains 2: "The Shape of Water" and Ethical Erotica

    April 2018 Bonus Content - Itchy Brains 2: "The Shape of Water" and Ethical Erotica

    This episode originally aired as the Patreon bonus episode for April 2018. The original description follows:
    It's that time again. Instead of Smash Fiction's usual brand of yelling and making lowbrow dick jokes, Itchy Brains is a time for having deep philosophical conversations about art and making highbrow dick jokes. This time I'm joined by MeganBob and Kit, and we're experimenting with the format a bit: whereas last time we centered our discussion around a single topic, this time we're centering it on a single work of art, "The Shape of Water."
    How does "Shape of Water" manage to be erotic without perpetuating the immoral qualities of pornography at its worst? How can you make an accurate period piece without endorsing the pervasive problematic attitudes of that time? What is "coding" and how has fiction used it to associate villains and monsters with certain real world marginalized groups? Would it have been more or less hot if we had seen that fish dick? Damn, didn't even make it to the end of the description this time... I think I have a problem.
    -Claire
    The music used in the episode is "Blip Stream" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 52 min
    March 2018 Bonus Content - "Skeletor Symphony No. 1"

    March 2018 Bonus Content - "Skeletor Symphony No. 1"

    This episode originally aired as the Patreon bonus episode for March 2018. The original description follows:
    I think it's safe to say that writing this song has been an exploration of Skeletor's sensitive and emotional, yet still very evil, side. Based on how many times he's utterly failed over the years, he's finally turned to a classical music piece to maybe make a name for himself, but even then, still can't escape He-Man.
    When I started out with writing this song, I was torn between writing a bombastic, dissonant piece or a more somber, emotional one. I basically attempted to combine all of those feelings into this twisted, classical amalgamation. I started out with samples of all the hosts' most terrifying Skeletor laughs and some extremely dissonant piano... and then, because I'm Liz Logan, thought it would be a great idea to go from evil (what you would expect) to something unexpected, i.e. pleasant sounding. Then, I wanted the end of the song to be Skeletor's mental snare and bass-driven march to actually completing something for once. Bravo!
    -Liz
    LYRICS for "Skeletor Symphony No. 1"

    No one cares for me,
    No one seems to see
    That I'm so powerful
    That I even impress myself.
    I like to feel evil.
    I live to be bad.
    You're a loser Skeletor!
    He-Man, you boob!
    Everything I do
    Is for the sake of evil!
    Too bad I'm surrounded by dolts and halfwits and brainless idiots
    Who couldn't even beat a motley group of gnomes
    Skeletor is love!
    Evil
    You poor metal munching morons
    And this is how it ends,
    With Skeletor triumphant, at last!

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

NBKar ,

Binge-worthy

Extraordinary League is absolutely captivating! I have fallen in love with the story and the characters... And the Battle Ladle

Brian Richird Curtis Russell ,

This is a fun podcast to listen to

I extremely enjoy this show specially the league, ship wrecked, vs and the collaboratory. I do have a couple of wishes can they finally rollpay an eventual sene with stitch being skeletal cause no gas addressed the fact he had gotten cursed by that coin, also stitch is now immune to drowning in the water when its nighttime. Also skeletal trex mount

Scimmy(the one and only) ,

TL;DR; It’s awesome!!!

Let me just tell you, these guys (gals and non-binary pals) rock! They do something they enjoy, they don’t take themselves too seriously (on air at least), and they are super interactive with the fans. Do you wanna hear your name in every episode? Then you could probably have it said 5 times if you played your cards right! What began as a people’s court version of ‘who would win in a fight’ has grown into an excellent and massively complex continuity of challenges that somehow all manages to make sense. Even if you don’t agree with their verdict, you can see why it was ruled a certain way, and you have names of who to blame for their lack luster job of advocating, so you could write them and let them know all the things they did wrong (don’t do that you jerk it was a joke)!

But wait, there’s more! You thought the vs continuity was complex, wait till you try and follow extraordinary league! A very well told story where the players continuously try and break the GM by riding, throwing, portaling, or undressing to meet the challenges. Did you ever wonder what would happen if your players put on a real musical with actual songs...wonder no longer, for not only is there singing regularly, but there is a musical episode (just like Buffy!)!

And that is not all! Instead of letting themselves go stale or forcing topics, they took their strengths and expanded to new things that, guess what, are just as fun! What would happen if your favorite characters were on a dating show...find out, what if Godzilla was basically in every type of movie...find out, what if we replaced the core characters in LotR with random other characters in the general archetype...find out! To quote my favorite actual play podcast “they’re havin fun” and it shows. Come have fun too!

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