10 episodes

True stories are told and musical improvisers cut in and out with songs moving the story along. Each episode is about 15 to 25 minutes long. The show is put together by comedian and musician Matt Griffo. It’s recorded in his tiny studio in Chicago.

Then This Happened: Musical Stories Matt Griffo

    • Comedy
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

True stories are told and musical improvisers cut in and out with songs moving the story along. Each episode is about 15 to 25 minutes long. The show is put together by comedian and musician Matt Griffo. It’s recorded in his tiny studio in Chicago.

    The Brunost Cheese Fire

    The Brunost Cheese Fire

    About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese - a delicacy known as Brunost - caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway in 2013.
    The fire raged for five days. 
    Told by Asgeir Døhl Dybvig from Oslo, Norway.

    BAND:
    Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)Lily Emerson (vocal)Gordon Walters (bass)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

    • 18 min
    Mercy The Coyote

    Mercy The Coyote

    A coyote bit a little boy, Chicagoans wanted the coyote dead, but Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in suburban Barrington, IL stepped in to show everyone Mercy.


    Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  --

    Malic White (Storyteller)
    BAND:
    Matt Griffo (vocals, ukulele, keyboard, bass)Brittany Flynn (vocals)Andy Masters (electric guitar)Robbie Ellis (piano)Mike Amandes (cajon)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

    • 11 min
    Super Massive Black Holes and LIGO

    Super Massive Black Holes and LIGO

    Cosmic science. Black holes and how we know about them thanks to multiple scientists and LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). 

     Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  --

    Drake Shrader (Storyteller)
    BAND:
    Matt Griffo (vocals, bass, electric guitar on "I'm On The Sun" song)Brittany Flynn (vocals)Andy Masters (electric guitar)Robbie Ellis (piano)Mike Amandes (cajon)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

    • 27 min
    The Story of Streeterville

    The Story of Streeterville

    This is a Story about Cap Streeter, a drifter who schemed his way into creating what is now one of the most expensive parts of Chicago.



    Steph Charaska (Storyteller)
    BAND:
    Drake Shrader (vocals) Holly Souchack (vocals)Mary Hynes (vocals)Lexi Alioto (vocals) Arne Parrott (guitar) Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)Dan Krackhardt (cajon)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

    • 26 min
    The Waitangi Day Protest Dildo

    The Waitangi Day Protest Dildo

    The woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on New Zealand's national day.



    Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  --

    Robbie Ellis (Storyteller)
    BAND:
    Drake Shrader (vocals) Brittany Flynn (vocals)Andy Masters (guitar) Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)Mike Amandes (cajon)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

    • 23 min
    Operation Varsity Blues

    Operation Varsity Blues

    In 2019, a scandal arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities. The investigation into the conspiracy was nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues.

    Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  --

    Danielle Elizabeth (Storyteller)
    BAND:
    Drake Shrader (vocals) Holly Souchack (vocals)Lexi Alioto (vocals) Arne Parrot (guitar) Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)Dan Krackhardt (cajon)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

girl with backpack ,

Hysterical AND informative!

This is exactly the kind of content we all need right now! The stories were all nee to me and I actually feel like I learned way more because it was delivered in such a cheeky and fun way! MORE MORE MORE!! I never thought I’d say this but I want all of my history, from this point forward, delivered in this form.

BRose2011 ,

Then this happened is sooo funny

I love this show. The stories are fun and interesting and the music and other effects add so much fun and laughter.

Mom458 ,

Jane Fonda

I loved this! As a Boomer I lived through this! I especially enjoyed the musical pieces presented! I look forward to more!

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