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  1. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 51 :: Back From the Future

    It’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    In December 2016, EPIC PIEcast celebrated the release of its 50th episode by going on hiatus, while the show’s hosts embarked on an excellent adventure through time. Today, in April 2017, DOC EMMETT LUGO and MARTY McSCHAFFER have arrived at their time machine’s coordinates: FOUR MONTHS INTO THE FUTURE! Now the boys must scramble to catch up on a quarter year’s worth of pop culture news and horrifying political developments in this bewildering future world.

    Has Lugo’s enthusiasm for Batman been compromised? Is Schaffer marking out for professional wrestling? Have our heroes landed in the darkest timeline? These questions will be asked as our time-traveling tramps struggle to make sense of strange new realities in this month’s episode. (more…)

  2. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 50 :: Worst of Times

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    This month, Lugo and Schaffer look back on the 21st century’s worst year yet and revisit its darkest sulfur-scented lows: from celebrity deaths, to the presidential election, to everything DC Comics splattered on the big screen. But things aren’t entirely gloom & meh in studio 6C as the boys also unpack their highlights of 2016, including a giddy dissection of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

    Will Schaffer’s sad devotion to his ancient robot buddy help him conjure up his lost data tapes? Will Lugo’s allegiance to some damn fool idealistic crusade turn him into an underworld extremist? Will 2017 suck as much as it’s prequel did? Well, that’s the thing about the future: nobody knows. Auld lang syne, loyal listener. Auld lang syne. (more…)

  3. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 49 :: Putrino Lab Heals the Future

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    This month on the EPIC PIEcast, Lugo and Schaffer celebrate the end of the 2016 presidential election by gazing slack-jawed in horrified disbelief at the results.

    Later, the boys look for hope in the future when Dr. David Putrino, Ph.D. drops by to discuss his lab’s use of cutting edge technology like mobile apps, virtual reality and robots to treat various physical and mental health conditions. What’s got Lugo frightened? What’s got Schaffer angry? OH MY GOD, IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?! Two of these questions will be answered as we face both terrifying and inspiring new realities in this month’s episode. (more…)

  4. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 48 :: The Court of Leslie Hendrix

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    This month Schaffer geeks out over Marvel’s Luke Cage and Alex Trebek’s insult to nerdcore hip-hop while Lugo suffers an unfamiliar artistic crisis. Later, actor Leslie Hendrix (Gotham, Law & Order) drops by to dish on her role as a Batman villain and her 19-year “part-time job” as a television medical examiner. Does Schaffer sleep on all of his collaborations? Is Lugo a music video producer now? Did fate land Hendrix her gig as the face of a shadowy cabal? We could answer these questions, but instead we suggest you just listen to this month’s episode. (more…)

  5. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 47 :: J’ai Une Âme Solitaire

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    This month, a looming deadline, a canceled guest, and a tardy co-host leave Schaffer no choice but to go it alone as he attempts to fill half the show with every bad idea he can muster. When Lugo finally arrives, the boys take note of how accurately two new Netflix series represent their respective childhood environments.

    What’s got Schaffer angry? Where the fuck [has Lugo] been? Is anyone there? These questions will literally be asked out loud in this month’s episode. (more…)

  6. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 46 :: Batman v Coolzey

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    As lifelong Bat-fans, Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord have been salivating for the seemingly endless smorgasbord of Dark Knight goodies that DC Comics and Warner Bros have been cooking up all year. However, after greedily gobbling up Suicide Squad, Killing Joke and Rebirth for this month’s episode of EPIC PIEcast, our co-hosts find themselves with stomachaches. Later, LA-based rapper Coolzey makes a tour pit stop at Studio #6C for a one-on-one chit-chat with Schaffer about life on the road and the thrill of challenging audience expectations. How many LL Cool J lyrics can Lugo recite? Where did Schaffer bomb the hardest? Did Coolzey know about the gun in the van? These questions will appear in the show notes of this month’s episode. (more…)

  7. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 45 :: Frontalot Ain’t Afraid

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.
    Ghostbusters.

    Does that word evoke strong feelings in you? Does it fill you with warm memories of a youth spent enjoying a beloved comedy classic, or does it enrage you with feelings of a childhood ruined by a politically-motivated remake? Have you been giggling in anticipation since learning a new film was in production, or have you been furiously condemning every detail that’s been made public since the casting announcement? This month, EPIC PIEcast looks directly into the trap on opening day of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. Along for the ride is Keymaster MC Frontalot who joins Schaffer and Lugo for an unedited booze-soaked examination of the picture and its polarizing pre-release buzz.

    Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever actually read any of these episode descriptions? Then don’t wait another minute; pick up your phone and listen to the professionals: EPIC PIEcast. We’re ready to amuse you. (more…)

  8. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 44 :: Hand Job Academy

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    Summer’s here, and you know what that means: more audible sirens in the background of the EPIC PIEcast! In this month’s episode, Schaffer adopts a hairless cat/demon, Lugo lands a gig as a (legitimate) clown and both hosts bat their eyelashes at Nathan Drake’s latest adventure. Then the boys are visited by Brooklyn-based hip hop trio Hand Job Academy for a chaotic convo about YouTube views, bad bookings, and peeing on the road. Is Schaffer in the grips of a pink nightmare? Does Lugo wield the healing power of laughter? Will Ash, Meg, and Clara reveal the truth behind Hand Job Academy’s origin story? The answers to these questions will be drowned out by air horns in this month’s episode. (more…)

  9. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 43 :: Uncomfortably Dumb

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    Spring is in the air this month as the EPIC PICcast celebrates Memorial Day, May Basket Day and Lugo’s birthday with a very special “golden episode”. When a number of personal and professional setbacks gives Lugo the blues, Schaffer makes his 800th attempt to convince his co-host to join him in indulging in his favorite medicine – despite the fact that Lugo has never tried an illegal substance in his life. This time, however, Schaffer frames his peer pressure as an opportunity to conduct a scientific experiment, complete with recorded results. Will Schaffer persuade him? Will Lugo give in? Is Pink Floyd lost on the drug-free? These questions will be asked, though nobody here remembers the answers, man. (more…)

  10. EPIC PIEcast :: Episode 42 :: Heidi Heilig at the Helm

    piecast reduxIt’s EPIC PIEcast! Party with Nelson Lugo and Schaffer the Darklord as they dust off every corner of pop culture for discussion, debate, and deconstruction with all the snark and witty banter that they can muster.

    Yes, it’s time for another monthly update on the lives of two middle-aged, childless divorcees who live in apartments filled with toys and spend their days scrambling around on crappy stages for handfuls of dollars! Schaffer feigns unbridled enthusiasm as Lugo talks about his new party bus gig before our dynamic duo tear into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then author Heidi Heilig drops by to discuss her critically-acclaimed debut fantasy novel The Girl from Everywhere and the time-traveling pirates found therein. How does one dress appropriately for a trip to Victorian-era Hawaii? Is there treasure to be found in the act of procrastination? What’s with the fanfare?

    Episode #42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. (more…)

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