What’s this??? IIIITTTTSSSSS TIIIIIIIIIMMMMMEEEE!!! The Improv Punch Up is BACK!!!! Leslie and Tuong resurrect the show for a very special SONIC THEMED episode! Get ready for a brand new version of YOUR FAVOURITE HEDGEHOG just FILLED with Robots, Italian Art Knockoffs, a BUNCH of cocaine. and of course…..a BRAND NEW Re-Re- Design of Sonic! Get ready folks, cuz it gets bloody!

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

CREDITS

Source: Paramount Pictures

Directed by: Jeff Fowler
Written by: Pat Casey, Josh Miller
Produced by:  Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara Takeshi Ito
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Jim Carrey
Production Company: Sega Sammy Group, Original Film, Marza Animation Planet, Blur Studio
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Based on: Sonic the Hedgehog by Sega

When the Super Powered Handyman Tyler McTavish comes to the office Sal finally meets someone who is as into details and process as himself and Angus learns that sometimes the most heroic thing is a chair crafted with love.

Featuring Special Guest: The Improv Embassy’s Woody Field McAdden

All aboard the love train!

Look, every couple thinks they have the best romance since Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams from the Notebook, but the truth is there are certain romantic duos that have that certain iconic “presence”/”power” that tower over us common folk. These pairings are often looked up to as an unstoppable team that have a large amount of influence in the world. On this year’s Valentine’s Day special, we choo-choo-choose you to join Tuong La and the Love Triangle Shannon Leis, Lindsay Gordon, and Laura Gordon as they amorously rank a list of the Top 5 Real Life Power Couples of All Time!

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Ground Rules

  • They have to be a real couple (not fictitious)
  • At some point they had to have been a romantic couple (ie not just a strong duo or pairing)
  • The “Power” in “power couples” is subjective of course but we used the following as a metric:
    • how influential they are
    • how “iconic” they are
    • money can also be a factor
    • how successful they are
    • People need to know them and recognize them as a couple (not local power couples like friends you know)
    • It doesn’t necessarily mean the couple has to be well liked
  • They don’t necessarily have to be a “celebrity” or “Hollywood movie star” couple. They just have to be well known.
  • Since we are looking at “all time”, even if the couple is no longer together at this point in time, it still counts if they made a big impact back in the day
  • Both individuals don’t need to be famous
  • Bonus points if they are both independently successful but when put together they become an “unstoppable team” in their own right
  • NOTE: This episode was initially meant to also capture famous couples throughout our ENTIRE history (ie famous king or queen for example) but with this group we ended up picking 21st century modern couples so don’t @us for not putting er.. Julius caesar and Cleopatra!

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

4. Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

3. Bill Gates & Melinda Gates

2. Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) & Beyoncé Knowles

1. Barack Obama & Michelle Obama

Tuong’s List

  • Barack Obama & Michelle Obama
  • Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) & Beyoncé Knowles
  • John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
  • Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
  • Emily Blunt & John Krasinski
  • Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
  • Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
  • Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
  • Brad Pitt & Jennifer Anniston
  • Hillary and Bill Clinton
  • John and Jackie Kennedy

Shannon’s List

  • Bill & Melinda Gates
  • Victoria & David Beckham
  • Jack and Kim Johnson
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • George and Amal Clooney
  • Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

Lindsay’s List

  • Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossie
  • Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
  • Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen
  • Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton

Laura’s List

  • Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian
  • Lin Manuel Miranda & Vanessa Nadal
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
  • Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
  • Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis
  • Justin Timberlake & Brittany Spears
  • Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
  • Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor
  • Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade
  • Ben Aflfeck & Jennifer Lopez
  • Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra

 

Angus and Sal arrive at their desks to find a PA system that goes out to the entire Super Human Action Response Team office. Surely they will use this great power responsibly…right?

Talkin’ Tuong returns in it’s first episode of the decade to talk about a very eventful month!

Join Tuong La as he goes solo to ramble about all the news that came out in January as well as Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems, Sam Mendes’s 1917, and the nightmare that everyone can’t stop talking about…CATS!

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Time Stamp

Intro/News 0:00 -22:40

Uncut Gems

22:40 – 28:50

1917

28:50 – 36:00

CATS/End

36:00 –  End

And the Oscars go to…

[Warning: This episode contains some minor spoilers]

First off HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY to the PodCavern! **thunderous applause** It’s been a helluva ride and there are no plans on slowing down this Top 5 train!

Now let’s get down to why we are all gathered here today. Movies. Oscar season is quickly approaching and every year on Ranked’s birthday we do intensive research (aka binge) to discover the best movies of yesteryear. 2019 started off seeming like quite possibly one of the weakest years in movies in a long time, but in the last few months of the decade it managed to put out some truly remarkable films that managed to flip that entire narrative. So join Tuong La and Hollywood Big Wigs Nivala Maharaj, Doug MacKendrick, and Melanie Moshi as they vigorously regale and argue over the best movies of 2019!

Again HUGE thanks to YOU the audience for listening and we are excited for another bombastic year of Top 5’s!

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Ground Rules

  • Movies must have come out in 2019 in North America
  • Does not NEED to be an Oscar contender
  • Movies that are on our list are OUR favorite movies of 2019 and therefore don’t need to be considered the “best” for everyone else.
  • Documentaries count
  • THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THE EPISODE
  • Recently we put out a list of Top 5 Movies of the 2010 Decade.   and we want to be clear that the criteria for the best movies of the decade are different than best movies of the year. The short of it is that the Top 5 Movies of the Decade episode was weighed very heavily on what had the most influence over the movie industry whereas this episode is more based on what we liked more.
  • That said, I (Tuong La), put an arbitrary ground rule on this episode where I could not nominate any movie that I nominated in the best movies of the decade episode (just to spice things up and not repeat myself!).

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal Top 10 ordered lists

Group Top 5

5. Joker

4. 1917

3. Knives Out

2. Jojo Rabbit

1. Parasite

Tuong’s Top 10 List

10.Little Women

9. The Lighthouse

8. Booksmart

7. Us

6. Uncut Gems

5. Knives Out

4. 1917

3. Jojo Rabbit

2. Parasite

1.Avengers: Endgame (obviously)

Honourable Mentions: Toy Story 4, Klaus, Frozen 2, How to Train your Dragon: Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Rocketman, Hustlers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ford V Ferrari, Marriage Story, John Wick 3: Parabellum, Spider-Man: Far From Home, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Zombieland 2: Double Tap, Between Two Ferns Movie, Good boys, Dragon Ball Z: Broly, Joker, CATS (with the caveat that it’s only fun to watch with a theatre audience ready to yell and make fun of the film as it’s happening)

Dishonourable Mention: Hellboy (So…bad.)

Nivala’s Top 10 List

10. Fighting with my Family

9. Just Mercy

8. Joker

7. Marriage Story

6. The Irishman

5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

4. Dora and the Lost City of Gold

3. Jojo Rabbit

2. Knives Out

1. Parasite

Honourable Mentions: Abominable, Avengers: Endgame, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Ford V Ferrari, Frozen II, Harriet, Hotel Mumbai, Spider-Man: Far From Home, 1917, Spies in Disguise, Bombshell

Doug’s Top 10 List

10. The Lighthouse

9. Ford vs Ferrari

8. Midsommar

7. Avengers: Endgame

6. Us

5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

4. Jojo Rabbit

3. Joker

2. Knives Out

1. Parasite

Honourable Mentions: Uncut Gems, Rocketman, 1917, Yesterday, It Chapter 2

Mel’s Top 10 List

10. American Factory

9. Two Popes

8. Joker

7. Booksmart

6. Avengers: Endgame

5. Us

4.1917

3. Knives Out

2. Parasite

1. Jojo Rabbit

Honourable Mentions: The Two Popes, Little Women, The Farewell

Special Guest List and note by one Leslie Cserepy

Hello citizens of Ranked Nation.

It’s me, playboy billionaire philanthropist of the podcast, Leslie Cserepy. You maybe wondering why I, for the first time ever, am NOT on the annual “Top 5 movies of the year” episode.

Well ranked nation, it sickens me to say that I have been UNJUSTLY and ILLEGALLY BANNED from the airwaves of Ranked at the disgusting hands of one TUONGATHAN LA (That’s right I used your FULL NAME!)

Well it came as quite the surprise when I received a message from the supposed “host” that has ripped me BRUTALLY FROM YOUR EARS like a PUP from their mothers TEET…..asking for my personal Top 5 movies of 2019.

The only reason I agreed was so that I could tell you, citizen’s of ranked nation, THE REAL TRUTH as to my absence from the podcast. Tuong will try to distort you views of reality by saying I moved cities, and to that I say: FOR SHAME.

Anyway, here are my top 5 movies of 2019. I missed a lot this year unfortunately and as I catch up I’m sure it will change but for now this is my list:

5.The Irishman

4.The last hour of Avengers Endgame.

3. Us

2. Booksmart

1. I Lost My Body

If you want to hear my voice once again in the Podcavern I URGE you to message Tuong, tweet him, harass him on the street and MAKE HIS LIFE  A LIVING HELL so that I may make my TRIUMPHANT RETURN and the PRINCE of Ranked Nation may once again sit on his throne. Thank you.

 

 

Some wires must have gotten crossed because this week’s episode of … Villains Don’t Do Paperwork has Matthew and Seth Badfellow (Angus MacDonald) bring in Dr. ToxSixSixSix in an attempt to get him to be a bit more professional with his villainy.

Featuring Special Guest: Quest Friends Forever’s Rich Hilborn

Here’s to all the naughty foods that stuck by us all these years.

Look we all love food here in the PodCavern, but sometimes you don’t feel like cooking and need some reliable food that’s quick, dirty, and cheap. So join Tuong La and Instant Food Experts Laura Gordon, Taylor Fleming and Shannon Leis as they get their microwave/toaster oven ready to rank Top 5 Lazy Comfort Foods!

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Ground Rules

The food nominations for this episode are described (loosely) as follows:

  • Student budget food
  • Lazy Stoner food
  • Food that you’d eat after a long day and the last thing you want to do is make yourself a meal
  • Food with very minimal preparation (if any) and doesn’t take too long to “make”. NOTE: You don’t necessarily have to “make” the food, it can just be in a box or bag (ie snacks)
  • NO FAST FOOD
  • The “comfort” aspect of this is subjective. The spirit of this episode is food that isn’t good for you (high carbs, naughty food) but nominations can be “healthier” if you’d like as long as it is “comfort” to the nominator.
  • Not looking for “best food on a budget”. (ie what kind of “fancier meals” can I make with X amount of money). We are more looking for the type of cheap foods you can buy at a grocery store.
  • Looking for nominations with “Set it and Forget it” cook times like throwing something in the microwave for 2 minutes or putting it in the oven for 20. AKA Minimal prep work. Note:  The prep time is a factor but the cook time is not.

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Chicken Fingers

4. Instant Noodles

3. Mac and Cheese

2. Grilled Cheese

1. Frozen Pizza

Tuong’s List

  • Pizza Pops
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Pogos
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
  • Instant Noodle Soup
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Chips
  • Halloween Candy
  • PB &J
  • Asian Hot Dog Buns (pigs in a blanket with a sweet bun)
  • Ice cream
  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Naan Bread
  • Perogies
  • Store bought croissants
  • Tater Tots
  • Bagel Bites
  • Cracker nachos (melt cheese in the microwave on top of soda crackers)

Laura’s List

  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Baguette
  • Noodles and Butter
  • Eggs and Soldiers
  • Cheese
  • Tortilla Pizza (tortilla with tomato sauce and cheese)
  • Pizza Crackers  (ritz crackers with tomato sauce and cheese)
  • Pogos
  • Fried Bologna Sandwich
  • Ice Cream
  • Chips

Taylor’s List

  • Bologna sandwich
  • Instant Noodles
  • Chicken Fingers
  • PB & J
  • Pasta with oil and garlic
  • Uncle Bens
  • Leftovers!!
  • Mini Pizza
  • Naan and Hummus

Shannon’s List

  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Nachos
  • Eggo Waffles
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Popcorn
  • Nutella
  • Lunchables

Angus and Sal are visited by Colonel Freedom! While filling out his record they get to learn more about Super City’s #1 hero than they expected. Should you ever really meet your heroes?

Featuring Special Guest: The Making Box’s/PodCavern’s Tuong La

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We made it to 2020!

A brand new decade of PodCavern is here and the gang is prepared for yet another year of Top 5 Lists! But before we can properly ring in the new year, as per every year, we must give some love to video games. At the outset, it seemed like 2019 would be an underwhelming year for games as the world prepares for a new generation of consoles in 2020. Turns out we were delightfully wrong! 2019 not only had some wild gaming moments but it also gave us meaningful free-to-play/subscription serviced games, expansions that felt like full games, and remakes of games that were built from the ground up that went above and beyond. So join Tuong La and Game Guru’s Matthew Whalley, Angus MacDonald, and Ethan Howieson as they celebrate the best games of 2019!

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Also check out Ethan Howieson’s music as Dead Sect right here!

Ground Rules

  • Games must have come out in 2019
  • Expansions of games DO count so long as they bring in full game size experiences
  • Remakes of games DO count so long as they add something new, drastic, and is not just an uprezzed version of an older game. (ie counts if the remake was built from the ground up and had some obvious attention of detail added to it)
  • Free to play games count if they came out in 2019

Group Top 5

5. Apex Legends

4.Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

3. Outer Wilds

2. Devil May Cry 5

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Tuong’s Top 10 List (ordered)

10. Tetris 99

9. Apex Legends

8.  Heave Ho

7.  Pokemon Sword/Shield

6.  Outer Wilds

5.  Resident Evil 2 Remake

4. Super Mario Maker 2

3. Ring Fit Adventure

2. Devil May Cry 5

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Honorable Mentions: Borderlands 3, Sayonera Wild Hearts, What the Golf?, Grindstone, Kingdom Hearts 3, WoW Classic

Games I wish I played this year: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Luigi’s Mansion, Death Stranding, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Matthew’s Top 5 List (ordered)

5. Borderlands 3

4. Luigi’s Mansion 3

3. Remnant: From the Ashes

2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Angus’s Top 5 List (ordered)

5. Death Stranding

4. Borderlands 3

3. Heave Ho

2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

1. Devil May Cry 5

Ethan’s Top 5 List (ordered)

5. A Short Hike

4. Control

3. Outer Wilds

2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

1. Apex Legends