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Actor / Entertainer - LiveI am OliverBabish, the creator n' star of Binging with Babish - help me choose the next movie/tv food to recreate, and of course, AMA!

Feb 23rd 2017 by OliverBabish • 18 Questions • 8822 Points

Hey guys! I am a twenty-two year old Irish woman, working as a freelance content writer. I love whiskey, sleeping, Drake and dogs. I also happen to be a stage four cancer survivor.

I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2013, which had spread and metastasized/spread in the lining of my left lung. I was 18 years old at the time and had just started my first week of university.

After a grueling course of chemotherapy, I was given my NED/remission status on February 24th 2014. I developed both depression and PTSD post-treatment, which I have since overcome.

I have always been a storyteller and writer by nature, and my goal is to write a book about my experiences with cancer and the stigma of surviving. However, I'm not quite comfortable enough with it to write about it at the moment.

The objective of this AMA is to give me a little insight into the kinds of questions people have about cancer, young people with cancer and surviving cancer. It'll also help put me on the path to finally writing my book.

I'd really like to break down the stigma and preconceptions of what it means to "survive" the shit-show of cancer. If I've learned anything from past encounters as a survivor, it's that people are misinformed and often wrong. So with that in mind, there are no stupid questions!

Ask literally anything, it doesn't matter if you think it's dumb, offensive, disgusting etc. I will answer with frank honesty.

Let's go!

Proof: Me today, holding a sign with my username and the date.

A picture of my first ever PET scan results. All of the black is cancer, with the exception of the larger black shadow at the bottom. That's my bladder which was full of dye for the scan.

My lovely baldy head about four months into chemo.

Me on my last day of chemo.

My Facebook page and my Instagram.

Q:

Hey man, really enjoying the videos! How about something from Hannibal/Silence of the Lambs? Liver, fava beans, a nice chianti?

A:

How hard do you laugh during movies when two hackers are locked digital combat, typing at 1,000mph?


Q:

Hello Judge Caprio!

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever heard in court?

A:

Q. Wash my damn towels!?


Q:

Hey Frank,

I just found out yesterday that you were a writer on INVADER ZIM! What was it like writing on that show? Love you guys and your work!

A:

If you could've changed one thing in the Bates Motel storyline, what would it be?


Q:

Hello, Dr. Rojas.

How do you think the Black Lives Matter movement will be viewed 25 years from now in the context of civil rights?

A:

When you were going through chemo, did you ever act like sméagol in front of a mirror and scream "my precious"?


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Thanks very much!! Yes folks wanna see the food from Hannibal - I think the only thing I could recreate accurately (in lieu of human meat) would be the black silkie chicken soup - which looks pretty awesome anyway - so I'm into it!!

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I pretty much just role my eyes and chalk it up to non-technically astute writes. However Mr. Robot has changed that and are getting things spot on.

BTW, I do type at 1,000mph, 1,024 to be exact.


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One of the craziest excuses I ever heard was from a man who received a speeding ticket, and he said he didn't realize how hard he was pushing on the gas pedal because he'd just bought a new pair of shoes that were tight.

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A. bsolutely!


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Working around the designers and animators of Invader Zim was truly inspiring. -Frank

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In my own heart, everyone would live happily ever after. -F


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Great question. In some ways, BLM will be seen as a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement. BLM seeks racial equality and pushes back against policies that are thought to target African-Americans. In other ways, BLM might be seen divergent from the Civil Rights movement because of its focus on cultural nationalism.

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Dude. So many fucking times you wouldn't believe it. My mother used to ask me to do it for people.

Other favourites included Lord Voldemort and Sinead O'Connor.


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In the tv series, many of his recipe cards are written with animal organs as ingredients. I think mostly its chicken lamb pig or cow; Easy substitute if you were too busy to stalk, murder and surgically butcher another person. Cooking up a bunch of organs would make a good Halloween special.

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Keep working at it and you may eventually get up to 2600.


Q:

what is the toughest verdict you had to hand down?

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Crashing was amazing why did TBS cancel The Pete Holmes Show 2 years ago?


Q:

HI everyone! I love you guys! Thank you so much for MST3K. You helped me and my kids through some really rough times. Thanks for getting the band back together, you may not realize how much this show means to us fans but the whole cast kinda feels like family. Frank, I love your quips on Facebook about our butthead in chief keep up the good work. Anyway my question , do you all feel rather overwhelmed by your fans? Have the cast stayed in touch over the years? I always got the feeling that there was a closeness to the cast.

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Freddie, What's your favorite norman bates quote?


Q:

How can you compare all the good Martin Luther King did to what these people do?

note the sign that reads kill cops

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Stop waiting, write your book please

with writing like this, i'd buy it in a heartbeat


Q:

Ooo great idea!!! Fuck now I can't wait for it to be October...

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Well said


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I am very reluctant to incarcerate anyone unless it's warranted. One defendant was a repeat offender who I thought had become rehabilitated, but unfortunately he continued his old ways and I had to send him to prison.

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it was all numbers! not enough viewers. i think they liked it! at least that's what i tell myself ;)


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No, we love all the fan support. -Frank

Yeah, the cast has stayed in touch. Except Frank and I are no longer on speaking terms. -Trace

I met everyone at the MST3K reunion and everyone was super super cool. -Carolina

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Laughs Mother! The funeral scene when Norman is giving the eulogy, it perfectly encapsulates that dark humor...balanced with that heartbreaking insanity underneath it is. On the surface, it's all incredibly funny. --FH

That low guttural noise he makes. Whenever he gets close to a girl, he breathes and it comes out like a gurgle noise. That noise will always remind me of Norman Bates.--KE


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Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and BLM were deeply concerned with how the police interact with minority communities. Furthermore, many BLM activists adhere to a philosophy of non-violent protest advocated by King and his allies in the Southern Christian Leadership Council. There are clearly points of departure between classic civil rights activism and BLM, but there is overlap as well.

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Omg thank you. I'm actually blushing!


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Is The West Wing your favorite Oliver Platt performance? And can we get a Paunch burger going from Parks and Rec?

A:

Kevin! Just completed some of your training from KnowBe4 for work. I have my completion certificate hanging on my wall. But could we maybe get it in a font that's not comic sans?


Q:

Hello and good morning, your Honor!

Born and raised in Lil Rhody here. My question to you is:

Do you get as excited as I do when someone or something from our state ends up on national TV or on a website like this that's viewed by millions?

Every time I see one of your videos pop up on here I'm always very happy to see it. Thanks for entertaining us and thanks for being an understanding gentleman.

A:

Pete you are one of the people my wife has told me she would leave me for. Your portrayal as batman is one of the best I've ever seen. Since rumor has it that Ben Affleck wants out what are the chances we see you take up the role in the Justice League future movies?


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  1. What are each of your personal favorite host segments?

  2. Is the lab in good hands with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt?

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It seems like I just got into the show only like a year ago, and I have been completely into it since season 1 was released on Netflix. What is your favorite season you have done? Least favorite?

EDIT: How did it feel for you when you got to direct an episode as well?


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Hi, thank you for taking the time to do this AMA. What is the best way you could describe racial equality; what does it look like, how does it impact cultural status quo, how do we go about implementing it, and is there a way to do so without "lessening the equality" of other racial groups to achieve a neutrality?

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It might be a stupid question, but I actuaöly don't know a single person who has/had cancer... how did you find out you had cancer? What are the symptoms? What made you go to the doctors office? (because obviously not everyone just calls up the doc to check for cancer...) What was the one thing that made you think "uh oh.. Sth is not right..."


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Lake Placid will always hold a special place in my heart as one of those movies I saw on TNT when I was 13, but yeah, West Wing is probably Platt's Pinnacle. Which is also the name of my forthcoming documentary about Oliver Platt.

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Ha! I'll tell you what, get your certificate over to KnowBe4 with a copy of this thread and I'll make sure that I sign it personally.


Q:

I am a big cheerleader for Rhode Island, and I am delighted with any favorable publicity for our great state. I think we have an extraordinary quality of life here. and we should all be very grateful.

A:

hahahaha, zero. i like muffins too much!

but i'm honored, and don't worry, you put on a batsuit your wife will see it's mostly the mask she loves :)


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RE: host segments, mine is the Rat Pack Chess set. I'm a big fan of both of Patton and Felicia. The lab is in good hands. -Frank

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Hmmmm.... I think season 4 and 5 have been perhaps the most challenging. Especially 5 because it's that sense of time running out and the countdown beginning. We wanted to make sure all the characters had a fitting conclusion. They were also the most fun to play for me. Norman changed and matured over these seasons and it was a lot of fun to play. - F

It's kind of like asking which child is your favorite. I love them all for different reasons. I'm closest to the last two right now, but I have to say I sort of love season 2 because it was a time when Norma was starting to hope that she could live the life she had dreamed. I thought that was really lovely and my favorite episode was the trying out for the musical. I remember questioning the decision to have that episode. There's just a lot of good storytelling in season 2. -K


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Hi, thank you for taking the time to do this AMA. What is the best way you could describe racial equality; what does it look like, how does it impact cultural status quo, how do we go about implementing it, and is there a way to do so without "lessening the equality" of other racial groups to achieve a neutrality

Thanks for the note. Equality would mean that people are judged on their actions, not their social status. What does it look like? Hard to tell, but we have hints. For example, some institutions are better at addressing inequality than others (such as the US Military). What matters is explaining to people how the rewards you get are tied to your actions.

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Not a stupid question at all! :)

Well I was consistently sick for a year and deteriorating rapidly. Spent 16+ hours a day asleep. I had all the B symptoms of Hodgkins which I listed somewhere else here. Every cancer has different symptoms but a lot of them overlap like lumps, weightloss and fatigue.

I asked my then-doctor what was wrong so, so many times. Over 20 GP visits in 8 months. And she kept bullshitting me with things like anaemia, low vitamin D levels and eventually she told me I was making it up in my head and being "over dramatic" (her words) so I stopped asking.

I got a real bad chest infection the end of August 2013. I still had it two weeks later. I woke up at 4AM and was coughing so hard I couldn't breathe. It felt like my lung had collapsed. I asked my mother to call an ambulance but she convinced me to wait til 9 and see my GP.

I had a different doctor that day, and thank God. Something felt different this time - I was really fucked up that day, grey in the face and panting when I walked. She sent me to casualty after listening to my lungs. Four hours in casualty later and I was put on a ward, in a bed, and being told nothing about what was wrong.

The next day they told me they suspected it, and I just knew in my heart they were right. The rest is history.


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I love that movie! "This could end up saving your life, which is meaningful to you, because the longer you live, the more sex you get to have with your sister!"

Although, I think we can agree that Oliver Platt didn't have the best line in that movie... "If I had a dick, this is where I would tell you to suck it." God love Betty White

A:

On a scale of 1-10, how paranoid are you on a regular basis?


Q:

Hi from the UK! Do you think the presence of cameras in the court changes how people behave?

A:

When are you going to be on Doug Loves Movies again? Miss you in there with TJ, Bert, and Garlin! Keep it Crispy


Q:

Will you guys ever make it to seattle? And how does carolina feel about parquet floors?

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Did any of the cast and crew members keep any of the props? I think one of the room keys would've been a pretty cool souvenir! :)


Q:

So, are you saying that a meritocracy would be a better way to implement a sense of cultural and societal worth? How is it possible to overcome what seems to be a natural predisposition towards forming groups and order from perceived accumulated generalities and commonalities (aka stereotypes)?

A:

Y'know, more and more, I feel that doctors don't give credence to women's pain as much as they should. Not that I have nearly the symptoms you have, but I have an old injury acting up in my hand and the doctors I've been to think I'm absolutely ridiculous. Like hey, dude, I wouldn't take off work to drive all the way here just for fun. Do you wonder if it all would have been caught earlier if they had just listened to you in the first place?


Q:

One of cinema's greatest insults.

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I wouldn't call it paranoid, skeptical is a better word. It depends on the situation. Let's go with a 6.


Q:

For the most part, court proceedings proceed in the same fashion with or without the cameras, however as always there are a few who think they are on a stage and act accordingly.

A:

we need to bug doug about this!! #BUGDOUG


Q:

You say parquet, I say butter. -Frank

Parquet floors? At first indifferent, but now strongly opinionated. - Carolina

A:

Oh yeah. I kept the manager's badge! Norman is more of a manager than ever before in season 5 so I was keen to keep the badge.- F

I kept some things from the house but nothing of great significance (I just liked them!) I also have the bunny in Norman's room that belonged to Emma. I also have a Norma dress. - K


Q:

There is no easy answer. But first, try to enforce rules that are transparent. Second, try to get people to break out of their small social networks. For example, a lot of occupations are built on social ties, which tend to be mono-racial. Third, try to create a new sense of in-group and out-group. Religions, for example, are good at getting people to see each other in terms of an in group.

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Literally! In Ireland it's every gender under a certain age, but women would have more onus put on them to say they're imagining their symptoms.

Without a doubt I would have been fine and dandy much quicker if my GP had taken me seriously. Over the course of eight months I visited her 20 damn times, and every time it was the same thing - blood test, more vitamins, exercise, see a therapist, try to calm down. Meanwhile I was wasting away as the cancer grew.

In Ireland, if you're not 40 with a massive lump sticking out from your breast or leg or something they just don't seem to be too bothered. My GP freely admitted to me she didn't send me for further tests because "people your age don't get cancer". It's a disgrace.


Q:

Babish, love your videos man! You and Chef John (Food Wishes) keep me inspired to cook and are by far the best youtube chefs out there.

Any chance you could give the Krabby Patty a try? I can only imagine how pissed Plankton would be if you nail the recipe.

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What was the most sensitive/surprising information you found out?


Q:

Hi from Bangalore, India. Love your show. When are you going to run for President?

A:

Did gamefly ever pay you?


Q:

Frank, I have your book "Twenty Five MST3K Flims That Changed My Life in No Way Whatsoever" and enjoy it very much - so what MST3K film did change your life? (And to make it more difficult "Manos" doesn't count, because we all know you changed the course of world history by finding that stinkburger.)

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Freddie,

How does it feel going from playing more lighthearted fantasy stuff (Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) to someone really dark like Norman Bates?

Also, happy belated birthday fellow Februarian!


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You're welcome.

A:

Can you sue in these kind of situations?


Q:

Thanks so much, I absolutely love hearing that these inspire you to cook!! And Chef John is my hero, so that's some high praise right there.

Krabby Patty is on the to-do list! Still trying to figure out which iteration to follow - the recipe is described differently in a bunch of different episodes. Don't want to piss off the ardent fans!

A:

That a federal judge in northern California had an intercept on his line. I would check to see if any of my friends had a tap on their lines and stumbled upon the fact that a judge had one on his line.


Q:

As a young boy I was told that we all had equal opportunity in the United States, and that through hard work and perseverance, we can be anything even President. I did get involved in politics, and in my early 20's was elected into the Providence City Council. Thereafter, I ran for the Mayor of Providence and was defeated. So, I guess my aspirations to be President were some what unrealistic.

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hahaha. yes! ALL THE GAMES!


Q:

No MST3K film changed my life. But meeting with and working with the cast and crew of MST3K did change my life. -Frank

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I don't think that Norman is really dark. Bates Motel has more humor than anything else I've done. It may be a dark humor but there's as much humor as anything else. That is what makes it something special. -F

I think Norman doesn't consider himself dark. He's very hopeful and optimistic, but the world around him is very dark. - K


Q:

Racial equality means that people are judged on actions, not their social status. It is hard to tell what it looks like, since it is so rare. We have some evidence. I think we can promote equality without lessening others by focusing on actions and responding thoughtfully to perceived and real discrimination. Thanks for asking!

A:

I probably could have sued, but what would have been the point? Dragging myself through courts while trying to recover from cancer just didn't sound like fun to me at the time.

I regret it sometimes, but I know that that particular doctor has definitely learned her lesson from my case. She cried and called me to apologise when she found out about my diagnosis.


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While you're at it, you should give the Krusty Krab Pizza a go as well.

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Q:

Hello your Honor. If you could, what is one thing, about the judiciary system that you would change?

A:

Hi Pete! Did you really walk in on your wife cheating? If not, how did you discover she was having an affair?

Love youuu! Congrats on everything!


Q:

It's truly amazing how big the concept of riffing movies has gotten, considering it was basically nonexistent when you guys started

A:

Hey Freddie! Love the show and everyone's acting, y'all are awesome :D

What are you planning on doing after Bates Motel is over? Were you perhaps already approached by someone for a new project (movie/show)? Thanks and have a nice day!


Q:

What is your opinion of race relations today and to what do you credit the current state?

A:

What were the odds of a positive outcome for you?


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Haha a pizza...made from a burger...actually that's pretty interesting.

A:

No, I wasn't interested. My goal was to determine that my communications were secure for self preservation.


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In my judgement, the judicial system in Rhode Island, ranks among the best in the country.

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no, but that's what it felt like! really she took me to dinner, got my a glass of wine or two and then told me on the bed, where we had all our serious talks. yikes. this one is sad. BONERS!!! BONERS ON CLOWNS!!


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RE: deep sadness. Santa Claus vs. The Martians. -Trace

A:

I think I'm still in mourning.--FH

I'm doing development. Two projects. --KE


Q:

I believe that we are in much better shape than we were decades ago. For example, legalized segregation is thankfully a thing of the past. It is hard to find people who would say that we would be better off returning to the pre-Civil Rights era. At the same time, there are some bad developments. For example, mass incarceration mainly affects African Americans and Latinos. There is also the issue of immigration. The harsh and draconian immigration policies of the last few years have fallen mainly on Mexican and Central American migrants. So, yes, I am clearly happy that we live in a post-Civil Rights world. It is a huge improvement. At the same time, there is still a lot of work to be done.

In terms of causes, there are many. Scholars who study mass incarceration note that it stems from concerns about drugs, harsh sentencing aimed at specific populations, and the public's willingness to tolerate these policies.

A:

Because I was so young and "mentally fragile" at the time, nobody would ever give me a straight answer on that one in case I had a second emotional breakdown. Instead they used flowery language and dressed it up to make me think I had a really good chance.

For example, if I asked the odds I would get "your cancer has the highest odds of survival out of every kind!" instead of "in stage 4 cases, the odds of survival drop from 90% to 65%."

Due to my lung tumour, I would imagine I had a 50/50 chance.

I must ask my oncologist the next time I see her!

Also, Hodgkin Lymphoma does actually have the highest cure rate of any cancer - 90% in the first two stages, 80% in the third and anywhere from 65% below in the fourth.


Q:

Have you thought about doing a Bob's Burgers video with some of the specials from Bob's board?

A:

I just want to thank you for your business card. Sadly I locked myself out of my house one day and had to take it apart in order to use the picks to break in.

In short you helped me break into a house and got me laid.

Where can I get more of your cards?


Q:

Some of the traffic violations you have been in the favor of the defendant since the signage was wrong or confusing. Do those issues get resolved after? The overnight parking ban is a matter of 3-4 hours. Seems silly, can we get rid of it?!

A:

Petey! First of all I would like to say that I love you and I think you are one of the most beautiful souls on this earth. You have inspired me, given me joy and happiness, and sometimes when I'm down on life YMIW has lifted me up out of those times. You talk a lot about how you learned to worry less about things and say yes more and you're quote "live it up, we all die one day" is one I repeat to myself almost daily. I'm wondering, how did you learn to believe this and apply it to your daily life? I struggle with it myself and am curious to how it happened for you. Thanks for being weird :) oh! Also I saw you at the Gramercy the other night at the first show and I laughed so hard I couldn't audibly laugh anymore, so thanks for that first in my life.


Q:

Love the podcast and hope to see you live soon. Did you guys discuss how much the podcast would focus on good vs. bad movies? I like how much of it is positive despite your background in snark.

A:

Kerry, which is your favorite Bates Motel episode that you wrote ?


Q:

For example, legalized segregation is thankfully a thing of the past.

Not true at all - and largely thanks to the desires of blacks to be able to legally exclude other people, not the other way around.

A:

Are there different odds of it coming back? All the best to you tho man!


Q:

Absolutely - Meatsiah and Baby You Can Chive My Car are high up on the list.

A:

Wow! I better raise the price of my cards!


Q:

When signage is defective, the bureau of prosecution reports the issue to the traffic engineer.

The overnight parking ban was originally created to allow the streets to be swept by street sweepers. This is no longer the case. However, there is an issue with some narrow streets, which would block emergency vehicles from entering.

A:

thank you for all these kind words! so nice to hear!

that's a tricky one. i try to live with an appreciation for impermanence (a very buddhist thing, if you're curious) -- meaning, we die, let's live! but i struggle with it, too. for every day i can go out and smile and meet people and have exciting experiences, there's probably a day out there somewhere where i just played video games or watched a movie alone. so it's a daily practice. i keep telling myself to rememeber so one day it will become second nature. let's LIVE IT UP! <3


Q:

A lot of it depends on which movie came out that week. If it's good, it's good. If it's bad, we shit on it. -Frank

We're fair. -Carolina

And I like that we don't always agree. -Trace

Agreed. -Frank & Carolina

... -Trace

A:

Oh gosh again, this is like asking which child do you love the most! I don't think I can answer, but the one that pops into my head is Norma Louise from season 3. It was very meaningful for me to write and was so interesting for me to get into that underbelly of who she really was and who she was before she came to White Pine Bay and trying to have this life of who she wants to be. Digging around in her emotional past and seeing her deal with it and trying to deal with it just gave us so many great complexities and contradictions for her character. The arrival of her brother especially, which is both devastating and rich. I wrote that ep with a fever in 48 hours. I also loved the whole Norman story of him for the first time ever being away from her and having a breakdown... Dylan realizing the fragility of his brother's psyche and of course the first connection of Dylan and Emma. -K


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My mistake - the AMA is longer. I will answer questions below!

A:

The odds of my cancer coming back in the same place, same manner are virtually none.

If I'm gonna get it again it'll most probably be somewhere else. Which is both comforting and terrifying, but hey - variety is the spice of life.

Thanks dude!


Q:

A Bobs burger episode would be great! I hope you'll consider the "Bet it all on Black" garlic burger!

A:

can you hack my wife's texts so i can find out if she's cheating on me with brett?


Q:

Hello your Honor, Can you tell us about any cases where you saw the defendant years later? And if they did or did not turn their lives around, how so?

Thank you, I love the show. You are so down to earth and sensible even when dealing with the biggest knuckleheads.

A:

Hi Petey Pants! First, I wanted to say thank you for the amount of joy you bring to my existence. Nothing makes me laugh more than re-listening to you and Bert Kreisher belt out some Celine and Kesha. I actually signed my divorce papers this Friday and watching Crashing last night, well, it put everything into perspective. I just wanted to know how you stayed positive after the big D?


Q:

Thinking about your episode on Ed Wood (and your careers in general,) it's prettt obvious that movies as a medium are particularly special to you guys. So my question is simply- why? What is it about movies that has compelled you for all these years?

Another question for Frank in particular, are you planning on doing anymore essays or blog on a regular basis? I enjoyed your book but that old blog you had on Cinematic Titanic just sticks with me as one of my favorite things you've ever done- especially pieces like "Wonderful Horrible" or "It Was a Very Good Year." Thanks for the ama!!!

A:

Freddie - What was the hardest scene to shoot in season 4 ?


Q:

Very interesting set of responses and questions...still wanted to ask if you were aware/had an opinion on the recent black british studies degree in England? Has black studies successfully dealt with the black experience in other countries as a discipline?

A:

So if you get cancer again, its legit just bad ass luck.


Q:

Yeah that one did sound pretty tasty huh...I smelt it and now I want him to dealt it.

A:

Brett already paid me to keep quiet


Q:

An aggressive panhandler appeared before me more than 20 times, and I told him that if he continued I would have no choice but to send him to jail. I did not see him for one year thereafter. One day, I encountered him on a downtown street and he came running up to me, thanking me profusely for changing his life. Happily, I asked him how I changed his life and he replied: "I now take the train to Boston and panhandle outside of South Station and make 3 times more than as I was making in Providence."

A:

that's a big one. you have to allow yourself to grieve and process that heartbreak. and it may be quick and it may be long. but allow it and love yourself through it. it's normal and you'll be okay. dive in.

then, slowly you'll see that every moment is a new opportunity to start again. we are swimming in infinite possibilites and your heart will soften. you'll laugh quicker, and, if you keep an eye out, you'll find joy has been there the whole time. joseph campbell says "joyfully participate in the sorrows of this world." with practice, we can!


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Thank you for the kind words. I have more books in the works, with one being published next month. Details TBS. -Frank

A:

The hardest scene in season 4 for me was when Norma died. It was so hard but I got violently ill and couldn't go to set- I'm CONVINCED its because I couldn't stand to go see it- K

I think some of the bigger moments with Dr. Edwards were challenging. For episode 10 Kerry and I chatted for a while about that one and tracked Norman through the entire episode to make sure everything lined up. It was an internal episode for Norman. - F


Q:
  1. I have heard of the degree but I have not looked into it. I wish them the best of luck.

  2. Black Studies has moved in the direction of "Diaspora Studies" to properly contextualize the Black experience across the world. It is a very promising avenue of thought.

Thanks for asking.

A:

Yeah, that or shitty genes. Cancer is rampant on my mother's side of the family.

My dad's side is all fine tho, so I'm hoping the first bout of cancer was the cruddy genes and the rest of my life will be dictated by the good ones.

This is completely unrealistic and impossible but hey, a gal can dream.


Q:

After the sunny special, I'd be down to watch you get hammered for a bit. Maybe an episode of a bunch of different cocktails from different shows or movies? Or maybe some of bobs burgers specials?

A:

Can you use visual basic to create a GUI Interface to track the killers IP?


Q:

Good morning, Judge Caprio! Love your show.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island drivers sometimes rank as the worst in the nation. What common 'driving culture' misbehavior(s) would you correct to most improve New England driving?

Edit: 'sticking your nose out so you block traffic, just so you can turn sooner' drives me nuts.

A:

Was that Doug Benson who yelled "my wife" when you were bombing in the premiere?

Huge fan and weirdo!!! Thanks for all the laughter!


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First off thank you for everything! I havent heard of Movie Sign with the Mads but it is now on my list.

If you all had a superpower what would you want it be? And would you use the powers for good or evil?

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Freddie- What is it like going FULL mother.... like wig and everything?


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In my English class, we spent last week contrasting various speeches from the Civil Rights movement. We ended up talking a lot about the role of the media in presenting direct actions to the American public, and how MLK's brand of civil disobedience wouldn't have been nearly so effective without the eyes of the news cameras immortalizing their bravery and self-control.

Do you feel that movements like Black Lives Matter are leveraging media technology as effectively as their forebears? Has the recent concern over partisan reporting and fake news influenced how social justice advocates are perceived by the general public?

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I'm sorry, this isn't really a question, just me being baffled. Your family has a cancer history and your doctor still didn't take you seriously? That should be enough reason to get at least some testing done.

But I'm glad you're okay, and you're an amazing writer. I'd love to buy your book when you get around to writing it.


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Would love to do a drinks special, I love drinks, how'd you know.

I've had my eye on the Meatsiah burger for some time now...been trying to go over the logistics of how to keep the beef tartare raw in the center of a medium-well patty in the center of a burger wellington...tricky!!

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No need, it's already been done.

Fun fact, when I had my role on the show Alias I was still on probation and not allowed to use a computer. For my scene with a computer I had a prop computer with a monitor that was being operated remotely to follow my actions.


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I have found that early childhood education, including safety on the highways, would be the most appropriate way to address this issue.

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hahaha, no but i wish it had been!


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I don't know. But I would NOT BE EVIL. -Carolina

The power to answer rhetorical questions. -Frank

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It was funny when Vera and I would wonder around in the same dress and wig... -F


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  1. It is different now than in 1965. Back then, people were just learning how to use TV as a way to project a movement. Now, everyone is way more experienced. Also, in an age of social media, people get desensitized.
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Yeah, just not a history of Hodgkins. Breast, bowel, liver, skin and brain, but not Hodgkins. And all of the relatives were in their 40s-60s when they got it, so in a fucked up way I can see her reasoning.

If I could go back and speak up about my google findings, I would. It was unprofessional on her part and unfortunate on mine. But oh well!

Thank you so much! This AMA has definitely given me the kick I needed to start. I was very apprehensive before as it's such a personal topic, but I think I'm ready.


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Why not a classic like Seinfeld? So many options to choose from!

Black and white cookies, jambalaya, marble rye, the big salad, calzones, muffins (from the muffin tops episode), frozen yogurt, eclairs (from the garbage), soup nazi soup, sausages, babka, bagels, Chinese flounder, gyros...

Or, just don't listen to me and keep doing what you're doing. Your channel is fantastic.

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What would you say to teens that are into hacking? Are the consequences now worse than when you were phreaking? What projects should they channel their energy to?


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Hi Judge! Thank you for embracing the media and public! I've got a few questions, so thank you for your patience :)

  1. What is the most memorable experience while doing your TV show?
  2. You have such a good heart bringing those kids to sit with you. Has any kid told you he or she wants to be a lawyer?
  3. What motivated you to go into law when you were younger?

Thank you again judge!

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I absolutely love your chase bank phone conversation bit! My mom, husband and I are constantly saying "This is SHE" we cracked up so much the first time we heard it! Do you have any other hilarious ways to go about talking to telemarketers?


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Now that there is a functioning information superhighway, is it more tempting to you today to do thorough background research on a bad movie, in order to generate riffs?

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Freddie, this character changed anything in you?


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Hello Professor Rojas,

A question for you on sociology more broadly: why do you think it is that insights from some of the 20th century's greatest economists (particularly Hayek and Mises) haven't seen a great deal of penetration into the discipline, when it seems like they would be highly relevant and informative to so many of the questions that sociologists grapple with today?

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What advice would you give to relatives/people of those who have cancer?


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A Seinfeld-stravaganza is definitely in the queue! This is the most complete list I've ever seen - thank you, gonna be consulting this!

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Don't follow in my footsteps. Become good at offense using virtual machines and the various toolsets that are available. Learn about development and network administration to get your fundamentals before going directly into security.

The consequences are certainly more severe, and likely will only get worse. This is because of rise in publicity of hacking with public events such as the Russian hacking during the recently election and news around Edward Snowden. What your seeing in the making is a "War on Hacking" to replace the "War on Drugs".


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Thank you for your questions!

1) There are too many to list.

2) I had one young lady indicate that she wants to be a judge, and I explained to her that she had to become an attorney first. Other than that, one instance, surprisingly I have not had more children respond as favorable to the law. However, I hope that I have inspired some younger people to enter the legal profession. I don't think I was as persuasive as my father was.

3) My dad was an immigrant from Italy, who came here as a fruit peddler, and like so many others had a hope and a vision that life would be substantially better for his children than it was for him. He told me at an early age, around 7, that I was such a fast talker that I had to be a lawyer and that I could not charge poor people like us. He also told me he couldn't afford to send me to college, but that I had no choice but to find a way to go. I never forgot that, and I never aspired to be anything else in life other than an attorney because of my father's influence. I worked three jobs to put myself through college. After college, I could not afford to go to law school so I taught school in Providence, and drove the 15 miles to Boston to attend law school in the evenings at Suffolk University. To this day, I have never charged poor people.

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hahaha, that's my best advice! I'M IN THE BATHTUB!! :)


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We just watch the movie. We proved on the original show that you don't need the internet to have a head full of useless information. -Frank

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It has awakened my darker side... I don't think so. I certainly changed since I've been doing Bates Motel, I was 19...and I just turned 25. There are huge events that happen in life that change you. And, the experience that Bates has had...but, it's hard to pinpoint any Norman traits that I've taken on my self and that's probably not recommended.


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Another great question. Here are my thoughts: a lot of sociology was initially framed as a response or critique to industrialization. So, you would not expect a lot of sociologist to embrace economic theory. But, at the same time, there seems to be a lot of similarity between some types of economics and sociology. For example, Hayek's most important idea is that society is a spontaneous order built from evolved norms and relationships. This is very similar to modern sociology, which sees society as built up from a web of decentralized social relations. I hope that there can be more contact between sociology and various schools of economics, such as Austrianism.

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During treatment: don't smother them. They're the same person, they just happen to have a tumour. Nothing else has changed. If they need help then they will ask. Trust them to make their own decisions, including on support groups, treatment courses etc. Trying to dictate everything feels like you're taking away the last bit of freedom cancer left behind.

Try to keep them busy. Idle hands are the Devil's work, and so is an idle mind IMO. Chemo is boring, staying at home all day is boring, being sick is boring. Get them Netflix and nice blankets, puzzle books, video games, whatever it is that'll give them something to look forward to on the nights where they can't sleep. There'll be plenty.

If they need to scream/cry/rant, let them. Don't try to soothe them if they're having a rage about cancer - it's therapeutic, and no one will ever understand it exactly like they do.

Always, always ALWAYS visit them in the hospital if they're in for a long-term stay. My town was 40 mins from the hospital and I spent so long wishing more people would visit. :(

Post-treatment: don't expect the world. Let them take their time. If they say they're not up for drinks at the bar etc., don't be mad because "hey, they beat cancer months ago, they're fine!" That's not cool.

If you think they might be depressed, encourage them to see a professional. Mental health post-cancer can really take a nosedive if it's not taken care of properly.

And most importantly, don't take any of it personally. If the person was snippy/upset one day, demand an apology because they're being an asshole and then brush it off.

PS: Don't forget to take care of yourself either! It's hard having a relative or loved one who's going through this. My mother struggled a lot when I was sick and it hurt me to see her in pain. Self-love, seeing a support group or a therapist, and taking care of your own needs is v v v important. :)


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Font forget the T-Bone.

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Hey Kevin, thanks for the AMA. What motivated you to go into Hacking and what tools did you start with?


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Last question your Honor, growing up with not a lot of money, did any of your friends take the wrong path? Did you ever see what became of them if so?

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Hey Pete. Love the podcast and loved the premier of Crashing.

With all the very talented and funny comedians involved in Crashing, I was curious to know how much of the show is scripted and improvised? In my head I imagine you're given an idea of what's supposed to go on in the scene, and then you guys improv some or all of the dialogue. I was hoping you could maybe provide some clarity on that for me?

Thanks, and keep up the awesome work


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Where should I start if I want to get into the music of Laura Nyro? And who among contemporary artists do you consider to be her equal?

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Hello Freddie, :)

Just wanted to say I'm a big fan of your work! My question is which dead Bates Motel character would you bring back to life?


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Many classical liberals charge that some civil rights legislation violates the rights White Americans. They see affirmative action as legal discrimination against Whites, the outlawing of racially restrictive covenants as infringing freedom of association, etc. Do they have a point? Shouldn't private citizens and businesses have the right to discriminate?

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Did you watch Breaking Bad, and if so, what did you think of it?


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Koko!

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What motivated me to get into hacking was because I was involved in phone phreaking and used to pull pranks on my friends. I wanted more control of the systems involved and one thing led to another. My first tool was a telephone, after that was a VT100 terminal and a Hayes 300 baud modem. Remember I started in 1978.


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Unfortunately, some of the young men from my neighborhood took a wrong path in life. It's very sad because most of them came from caring, loving, families. Some of them have spent time in prison.

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oh, so much was improvised! we'd shoot the script once or twice, then just let loose. the letting loose takes were most of what we used, at least for the comedy scenes. it was so fun!


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Frank gasps Start with the album "Eli and the 13th Confession". Any of her first five albums really. Laura Nyro has no equal. Although I love Kimbra and St. Vincent. -Frank

I have that first one on vinyl. Rilo Kiley is among her only equals. -Carolina

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I guess everyone always wanted Jiao to come back. I guess the question was if she ever really died. But I guess it's too late for that one. - F

Blair Watson. I really liked Blair. - K


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You have to be careful here. There is generally not legislation that mandates affirmative action. For example, the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not mention it. Affirmative action is a range of policies developed by private and public groups to address real and perceived discrimination. In my personal view, some types are more justified than others. For example, some institutions have tried to set up quota systems, which seems unwise to me. However, in other cases affirmative action means that the decision maker (a college admissions committee) consider that people from certain economic or social backgrounds may not have identical opportunities (e.g., not all high schools have AP courses). Being more sensitive in college admission to the fact that many African Americans don't come from well funded high schools seems like a reasonable thing to consider.

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I flat-out refused to watch it when I was ill because of the cancer storyline.

I started it last year and finished it about three weeks ago. I loved every minute of it and I'm sorry I didn't watch it when I was sick. Heisenberg was a bad-ass and I could have learned a lot from him, attitude-wise.


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You also got pudding singles, mutton, sensual pastrami!

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What was the most memorable or impressive item of the "FREE KEVIN" campaign that you recall seeing?


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Good Morning Your Honor, What is that one case you've presided over that you will never forget?

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Pete! The premiere of Crashing was incredible!

I want to thank you for the past five years of YMIW. Your vulnerability and honesty about comedy, relationships, and spirituality have meant so much to me. I broke away from an evangelical Christian church three years ago, and in that rough transition, I was immensely comforted by hearing your journey.

And then just two months ago, at the age of 26, my wife left me. Again, in the midst of the loneliness and hearbreak, your story has been a huge help to me. You give me hope that I can do the work of self-examination, stay open spritually, and maybe find love again someday. (Congrats on the engagement!!).

Keep being your authentic self! As I commented once, "I don't listen to the podcast to hear my own views represented."

Question: Leon Bridges added a lot of richness to the first episode. What was your process for choosing his music and all of the music for Crashing?


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Never heard of it, what's it all about?

A:

Thank you all for doing this! Love the show and I can't wait to see what's next from you both!

Norma always makes Norman eggs, bacon, and biscuits for breakfast. What's your favorite breakfast food?


Q:

So what do you think about the claims that alot of sociology professors are more concerned with indoctrinating students to an ideology rather than teaching from a neutral standpoint and introducing conflicting opinions thus promoting independent thought?

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Storyteller and writer? Sounds good! Did you have a favourite author/genre?


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Pudding singles - you just made my day. I might just make those for myself.

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While I was in a Federal Detention Center in LA I could look out the very small window and was able to see an airplane with a "FREE KEVIN" banner flying around.


Q:

The case of Ricky Baldwin, who continued to yell "Double Jeopardy", when asked about previous offenses and then threatened to kill me.

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First, thank you and HANG IN THERE! it really does get better :)

Two, judd was the one who picked heartfelt, soul music for the show to juxtapose against my pasty white dorkiness! i think it works!


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Carolina, Trace, and I talking about movies. And tangents. That's it. -Frank

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Tequila--KE

I'm enjoying bacon rolls back in England. It's like a bacon/sausage roll. Circular roll, bread roll, with ketchup. I like pancakes, scrambled eggs. Marmite. --FH


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In every discipline, there are some instructors who choose to indulge their own proclivities. It is also true that most sociologists are politically liberal But I have found that most sociology classes actually teach sociology!

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Haha it makes for interesting work anyway!

I'll read anything. Literally any book you hand me I'll give it a flick through as long as it's not something ridiculous like Nazi sympathizing or automotive repair or some other really specific niche.

Lately its been fantasy series like ASOIAF, but I do love me some Stephen King. Goddamn that man can write a creepy book.

In terms of poetry, it's a tie between Sylvia Plath and Charles Bukowski. Cliche, but I love them both. I've also been feeling some Rumi lately, and Jim Morrison's poetry is a trip from start to end.

After I get over my fantasy obsession I have a stack of classics I want to get through. I don't like being an Irish writer who's never read Ulysses.


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Can we see some ribs from House of Cards?

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Hi Kevin, big fan!

If you had never been exposed to computers when you were younger, what direction do you think your life would have taken? What would be your job today?


Q:

Have you or your brother ever considered writing something about how to implement a similar series through other courts? If my local court did communication like your show, I'd probably find them more easy to appoach.

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Hey Pete. I love the podcast. The Not Feeling It bit is one of the hardest times I have laughed. Would you ever consider having a random fan of the show as your guest on YMIW? It would probably get pretty weird.


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Freddie, what was your experience working with Rihanna like? Love you, Freddie!

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Hello Dr. Rojas! I was reading I've Got the Light to Freedom by Charles Payne, and one thing he said really interested me. Essentially, he said that the fact that lynchings were happening all over the south in the 1950s-1960s was not unique by any manner, but what was unique was that the national news actually started covering them.

Frankly, it feels similar to what is going on now with Black people and police brutality/violence. I'm sure there's no more or less of it happening now that in the last 20 years or so, but all of a sudden people/the media care enough to pay attention.

Anyway, just curious about your thoughts. Does the media need to cover these events for them to grow into a social movement? Does social media kind of negate the "mainstream media"?

Lastly, Payne also argues that grassroots movements are really what drove the Civil Rights Movement. That these smaller movements acted as a coercive pressure on federal government. Thoughts on how that mimics today's political atmosphere?


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The only Nazi book I ever read was Mein Kampf... but just for a research :P

I much prefer novels than poetry. Classics are good... can I suggest you Il Decamerone by Boccaccio?

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Definitely on the to-do list!


Q:

I would probably be competing against David Copperfield as a magician because I love magic.

A:

That is not part of our future plans.


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i'm trying to figure out how to do that! so yes!

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Oh she was wonderful. It's hard to say too much without giving away what she gets up to in Bates Motel...but she was incredibly engaged, professional and always gave absolutely everything. She threw herself into the role and made her Marion Crane unique and special with arcs back to the original performance in Psycho, but she made the character her own.


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Excellent point. A major argument in research on social movements is that movements need allies in the media. This was certainly the case in the Civil Rights movement.

Well, BLM is grassroots by most accounts. We'll have to see if they develop in a way that allows them to systematically apply pressure for state and federal agencies.

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I'd probably read it out of curiosity to be honest - but no other pro Nazi books hahaha

Really? I think poetry is good for a short, sharp burst of emotion. You can pick a collection up and put it down a thousand times over and you'll always get something different from it.

I'm always open for book recommendations! I've bookmarked it for later purchase. :)


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Hey dude have you ever thought of doing some dishes from Hannibal the TV show? Barring the human meat of course

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Do you have kids? If so, do they realize they will never be able to pull anything secretive past their father?


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How do you feel about the widespread use of plea-deals for defendants to quickly resolve small offenses, such as possession? Do you feel it forces innocent people to now have a criminal record to avoid court costs and longer sentences?

I love the work you're doing, thanks for doing this!

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Pete!! I'm such a big fan, and so grateful for all the times that you've made me laugh and cry, and restored my faith in humanity.

I've always been really curious about what it feels like to have this strange, one sided, intimate relationship with so many of your fans. Sometimes I'll read something, and catch myself thinking "OMG, Pete would think this was so cool!" and then I immediately feel like a huge creeper, because we're not actual friends! But when you've listened to someone be so open and emotionally vulnerable for literally hundreds of hours, it feels like we're good buddies! I promise that I hold no delusions that we are, but I've found myself thinking about how strange that feels many times. What's it like on the other side of that? Do you ever want to pull back and share less with your fans, or is it ever awkward when people that you've never met talk to you like you've been friends for years?

Thank you so much for everything you do, and putting so much joy out there, and especially for that amazing chicken that's never feeling it!!


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Freddie, in your opinion, what is the best scene between Norma and Norman?

A:

Professor Rojas, thank you for doing this AMA!

I am very curious about the circumstances of shifts in societies / public perception - what would you say were the most important factors that lead to the civil rights movement rising up at the time when it did? Which institutions were essential to its formation?


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You said one of your goals is to travel lots. Where do you wish to travel or where have you already travelled?

A:

Yes and I'm looking for volunteers


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I don't have kids yet but I believe they'll be the best social engineers in the world. They'll get good practice on their parents.

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It depends on the nature of the offense, and whether or not there is a valid defense to the charge.


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i think what's weird is that i don't think it's weird! i just did WTF with Maron today (a short talk) and was like I KNOW YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNOW! so i get it. i like that with fans we can cut to the good stuff, the personal stuff and just laugh.

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I think there are so many. One of my favorites is when he talks about moving to hawaii and sing Pearly Shells, knowing in the back of his head htat he's going ot trun the gas on. It's creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. Writing that scene I was thinking about if you hjad a kid and you knew something terrible was happening the next dayand you had to fkill them for their own good how would you do that? He had to think about how to put her to sleep peacefully and was so well done by Freddie and Vera. - K

In the first episode of this season when Norman comes home and they're at the dining room table and you get this sense of where their relationship is at, I feel that all the stories we've had are written with such nuance and and are never long but are done so well and so fun to play with Vera. It's really sad (not to be down about it!) that we won't working in a scene like that again. - F


Q:

We have had a lot of great questions. The classic civil rights movement (1950s) appeared after two things happened: the decades long development of Black political groups (like the NAACP and various churches) and the global attention given to American segregation (e.g., the Soviets could accuse Americans of hypocrisy). Also, there was a modest shift in public opinion, which helped Civil Rights groups enormously.

A:

Since recovering, I've been to Vienna and Budapest as well as places in Ireland that I never visited before.

My list is loooong. Top three currently are Venice, Bali and Machu Picchu. I'd like to do every major city in Western Europe, as well as a driving tour of Italy (my boyfriend and I are currently planning this one!)

I want to do the cliché cross-US roadtrip, and I'd like to do a historical tour of the world as well - concentration camps, catacombs and everything in-between. Asia, South America and Africa all have places on the list too.

If I get through a quarter of the list before I die then I'll be doing well.


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Please make homers Patented space age out of this world moon waffles. Most of the stuff he makes looks horrible, ala tom collins mix and cloves in a pie crust, but his waffles look delicious. With that out of the way I want to say your channel is high on my list of great youtube channels and I look forward to watching whatever you cook.

Edit:Don't forget the stick of butter.

A:

Do you still have business cards that are lock pick sets?


Q:

How do you feel about accents. Your rhodie accent is pretty distinct, so I'm wondering how you feel about other accents?

Thanks,

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Hey Pete, big fan and aspiring comic here.

So much of comedy is negative and cynical, but people tend to describe your comedy with words like "positive" and "optimist." Did you find it difficult when you were coming up in the open mic scene to keep up that upbeat outlook among a sea of depressed dick jokes and empty audiences?


Q:

Freddie & Kerry: If you could use one song to describe the show, what song would it be? I would choose Bohemian rhapsody lol

A:

Also, there was a modest shift in public opinion, which helped Civil Rights groups enormously.

Could you elaborate / speculate on the causes of this shift? How did rhetoric in e.g. media change?


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what 5 things would u try to experience if u could be the opposite sex for a day?

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Thanks so much!! And that sounds horrifying, I'm all over it.


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Yes, I don't think I could have any others at this time.

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I am a very tolerant person.


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hahah, of course! find the people who are keeping their inner lights alive and stick with them. it'll be less windy!

keep at it and before you know it you'll be in greener pastures. :)

A:

There have been so many great songs in the show. Mr Sandman. Dream Lover. You belong to me. --FH and KE


Q:

According to political scientist Taeku Lee (whose book describes this shift), local activism (e.g., court cases, protest) slowly chipped away at public opinion outside the South. This built up over time, and created a political system a little more open to reform. Also, the adoption of Ghandian non-violence helped enormously. It is hard to trash people who adopt a Christian, pacifist stance in the media.

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  1. Masturbate
  2. Walk down a street alone at night without putting my keys between my knuckles as a weapon
  3. Do the dick helicopter bc why not
  4. Pee standing up without soaking my thighs
  5. Get a blowjob because they look fun

Q:

Hello, love your videos, especially the one on Always Sunny foods!

Don't know how practical this one is... but in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, Reese cooks the Thanksgiving Turkey inside a Monkfish. The episode name is "Thanksgiving", you can find it on Netflix season 5 episode 4. Could you cook that one?

Another option is the ratatouille from... well... ratatouille!

A:

What are your thoughts on Fortran program language, is it good? Is it dead? My university is insisting that I have to learn how to program in Fortran, so here am i asking this.


Q:

Hi Judge Caprio.

You seem to be interested in community development. Are there any community programs in Providence that you would like to give a shout ?

A:

Hi Pete! I'm an old hermit that lives out beyond the Dune Sea. You haven't happened to have found an old R2 unit of mine, have you?


Q:

Kerry, in which scene did Romero really fall in love with Norma? Or was it love at first sight?

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I assume this is the monography you mentioned? I will look into it, thank you.

Taeku Lee, 2002. Mobilizing Public Opinion: Black Insurgency and Racial Attitudes in the Civil Rights Era. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Also, the adoption of Ghandian non-violence helped enormously.

That sounds very logical - thank you for your time and your answers!


Q:

Conversely, what advantages (physically) do you see being a girl instead of a guy?

A:

Hey thanks man! That sounds really, truly disgusting haha - I'll look into it! Ratatouille is high on the to-do list, perhaps this weekend if y'all upvote it enough!


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Funny thing you would ask, the very first program I wrote was in Fortran. It simulated the login process of my teachers computer and I used that to phish his login credentials. I never did "hello world", I got my teacher's password as my first project.

C and Python make more sense but if the university says you need it, well, you probably should learn it. But certainly don't stop there.

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I'm a strong advocate of community development however, I would like to give a shout out to Adoption Rhode Island for the wonderful work they do.


Q:

Old Ben No Bottoms?

A:

Personally, I think he started to fall for her around episode 6 of the first season. When he went into his office later that season and tried to play ball with him on a criminal level and he slaps that down, at that point she already has a little pull on him. I think that's when they both allow themselves to see it. - K


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You're welcome!

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Again, completely off-topic but I did say ask anything.

We get to play with our own boobs.

According to some guys a female orgasm is way more intense and complicated - I like the complication of it.

Also very hairy backs, faces and chests just seems like an awful effort. Shaving to the knee is an effort for me alone, can't imagine having to tackle my titties and my back too.

And penises just hang there, like do they not stick to your leg or flop around a lot? Everything we have is tucked away safely. Mother nature's pocket.


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Hey, just subscribed this weekend. I'm dying to try the Big Kahuna Burger. Hop any more chillies recently?

A:

Hey Kevin, big fan. What do you think your biggest accomplishment is both legal and illegal? Also, Did you have any thoughts of harming anyone (including yourself) when the FBI was coming?


Q:

Hello, what is usually the best route for a fellow to take, if he has been busted turning right on red without stopping, or caught going 55 in a 54, if he wants to receive clemency?

No disrespect intended, Sir. I am bringing examples of minor infractions where there were times when the judgement was strict at times, and lenient other times.

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Hi Pete! Just watched the first episode of Crashing, really dig it... congrats!

Judd asked you on the last YMIW if you were ready to face the possibility of losing your anonymity as a result of the show's success. Is that something you've seen people struggle with? Have any friends/colleagues dealt with there success in a way that you didn't like or that you would want to mimic?

Also any chance there's a second life for FrontPageFilms? Y'all were my favorite early youtube sketch comedy .-)


Q:

would you try the bad stuff, like getting hit in the nuts or a boner in public?

A:

Hey thanks! Yeah dude give it a try - the most important thing to take away from that episode is smash-burger-making. Especially when you're drunk and too uncoordinated to cook a big ol' patty to perfect medium-rare, but coordinated enough not to burn your house down. There's a sweet spot.


Q:

My biggest accomplishment was turning my life around, lemons to lemon-aide. I'm able to take all my skills and use them to improve security. I'm extremely fortunate that I've been able to take this "mischievous" behavior and use this to help businesses to protect themselves from the other Kevin Mitnicks that are out there. Look at it this way, it's like Pablo Escobar becoming a successful pharmacist.

Edit, to answer your last question, I never thought about harming myself. I did think about trying to escape but I didn't want to end up getting shot, that would go directly against my general desire not to harm myself or others.

A:

The best route is to always tell the truth.


Q:

i WISH we had more time for FPF! i love oren and matt dearly. so maybe!

i haven't had a friend lose their privacy to fame just yet. maybe Amy Schumer, but we're "work friends." so far, everybody is at a nice, even, workable level. which is great :)

A:

These questions are incredibly off topic even if they're making me giggle like a schoolgirl. But no, I would not try the bad stuff.

I only get 24 hours to play with my penis, I'm not gonna fuck that up with a kick to the sack.


Q:

Well I was intrigued by your take on "Fight Juice"..... I"m thinking of trying the bread you made as well this weekend. The loaf you took out was very impressive.... that is a weird sentence to have wrote.

Keep up the good work!

A:

What is your favorite tool? What tool blew your mind the first time you saw it?


Q:

Good Morning your Honor,

Have you seen the series "OJ, Made in America"? And if so, how accurately was a real court room portrayed? Thanks!

A:

How are you balancing all these projects?


Q:

So your blood test results through out the year that you felt symptoms and were called a hypochondriac never showed any signs of something being wrong? Red blood cells/ white blood cells, etc?

A:

Give that a try, and use rum instead of Everclear. I'm glad you enjoyed my hot steaming loaf. I really recommend you try it - it's a great technique dreamt up by my favorite cooking resource, America's Test Kitchen. It comes out pretty consistently closed-textured, but for such an easy recipe, it produces a fragrant, flavorful loaf. Having fun saying that.


Q:

Burp Proxy Pro is really a great tool. XKeyscore is what blew my mind the most. Back in the 90s it was direct access to the DMV in CA.

A:

I have not seen that series.


Q:

When it's all done and coming out it seems like i'm very busy. in truth i nap a lot and have played Witcher 3 almost to 100%.

i've also seen every episode of black mirror. and tons more. and naps.

A:

I was severely anemic and my vitamin D level dropped to 14, whereas a regular level is up around 70-75. I was dying and all she could do was tell me to get more exercise and hand me vitamins. My white blood cell count started to fluctuate too. But Hodgkins Lymphoma won't show up on any blood test, only scans, which I was never sent for despite asking.

I also had severe bowel issues at the time which she put down to IBS, and then tried to blame everything that was wrong with me on a bad diet.


Q:

Thank you for introducing me to smash burgers. They're perfect and my fiancee loves them. Maybe not the best idea but we have burgers on a weekly basis now

A:

I know nothing about hacking. Just out of curiosity, if someone really pissed you off with a question here, could you hack them? Is that how it works? Do you need a certain level of ability or could anyone do it with a YouTube tutorial?

If the answer is yes please don't demonstrate on me! Thanks for the AMA!

Edit: Aw, downvoted... hope I didn't seem rude...

Edit: Aw, upvoted! Glad I didn't seem rude!


Q:

What court case left you restless at night? Thank you :>

A:

Donde esta los drugos?


Q:

Yessss feel the cholesterol flow through you...

A:

Let's take this offline, I'll email you later ;)


Q:

I have on occasion thought on some of my decisions, and hoped that my judgement reflected a just disposition on the matter before me.

A:

yo no se. ask harvey dent! :)


Q:

Hey man, love the vids. Picked them up early from here, and it's nice to see we share the same tastes in shows we like to have on as background filler.

On the dessert side of things, how about Rachel's trifle from "Friends" (let us know if it, indeed, tastes like FEET), or Chef's chocolate salted balls from "South Park"? The latter has a recipe in the lyrics.

A:

What's the most important, or foremost thought process when attacking or protecting a digital entity?


Q:

Hello your Honor. What's the specific reason that your brother start the show?

A:

What is the very best cheese?


Q:

Thank you! Yeah that trifle gets a lot of requests - I gotta make a couple more tasty things before I do another gross-out episode :D

A:

Really thinking out of the box, expecting the unexpected. Really to me, the thought process is like puzzle solving. It's much harder to protect than it is to attack, the attacker needs only to find one hole to make it in.


Q:

My brother was filming the Mayor of Providence, and other events in the city, and my wife said to him "You film everyone else, why don't you film your brother(me)?". I resisted at first, because I didn't think that there would be an appetite for it. The first week it aired, it became very popular to my surprise.

A:

i don't really fuck with cheese. but it's blue cheese. SORRY GORGANZOLA!!


Q:

Have you seen Adventure Time? Jake's perfect sandwich could be fun to make.

A:

Hi Kevin, Do you think the rise of crypto currency (Bitcoins, etc.) will have a net positive or negative effect on society?


Q:

Hello your Honor.

In your years on the bench what were some of the strangest cases that were brought before you?

A:

Hi, Pete, huge fan (obviously by my username) I was just wondering if you ever kissed T.J. Miller and if he's good at it (better than Kumail?) Also wondering why Leif's Laverne and Shirley tattoo was never mentioned in the show because it had me rolling and no one brought it up.


Q:

Have heard that one a few times - would love to give it a shot, still working out how I can incorporate 'lobster soul'...

A:

I think it's a positive effect, it gives the public another way to pay for products and services somewhat anonymously. It's just another tool that can be used by society in a positive manner.


Q:

One of the strangest cases you may have seen on our YouTube channel titled: "Hibernate Like A Squirrel". A gentleman was having a dispute with his neighbor over parking in his driveway, and as a result he hit his neighbor with a 5lb hammer.

A:

hahahaa! that's george's real tattoo!! hahah. so funny. it's real!

and no i don't think i've ever kissed TJ on the lips. but on his scratchy face for sure and it was as good as kumail. BOOM! :)


Q:

Also bacon pancakes

A:

What are your thoughts on Ed Snowdan?


Q:

Good morning judge, a simple one here: what's your favorite color?

A:

How challenging was it to decide which details of your breakup story (such as being left alone on your birthday) should be told as they truly happened vs. dramatizing for a better story?


Q:

Take some bacon and I put it in a pancake! Easy and delicious, right up my alley.

A:

My position is that Ed is a whistle blower, not a traitor. I was happy when he revealed that the US government was breaking the law by spying on our citizens. That was an illegal activity and needed to be revealed.

It's my position that Ed shouldn't have revealed our operations related to the monitoring of foreign entities, that's what the NSA is expected to as part of their mission, just like foreign entities do with us. That's the spy game.


Q:

Blue.

A:

that was Judd's expertise! he knew all the stories and picked the ones that, frankly, weren't TOO sad (like birthday, perhaps) and just right. Like Goldilocks, but for sadness!


Q:

You need to sing the song though. The making bacon pancakes song. It's important.

A:

Hello Kevin, Big fan, Have read you book tons of times. I am also a fellow ham radio operator and living in North Carolina. After reading your book I had some questions.

When was the last time you ever messed around with radios and police scanners? This is one of my current hobby's.

Also, to me one of the most interesting people in your book was Jonathan "JSZ". Have you ever talked to him since 1995?

After reading you book and reading about you editing the firmware and disabling registration in the Motorola MicroTac Ultra lite , I also have always wondered how knowledgeable you are in programming languages such as C and other languages.

Hope their is sometime in the future I can meet you in NC.


Q:

Good morning your Honor! What do you do to unwind after a hard day in court?

A:

Pete! I feel like too often I hear you ask your guests questions that I really want to hear you answer yourself. My biggest one is, "Dead over?" You are a beautiful soul and send my love to SLV


Q:

Duh - maybe Hugh Jackman will guest star and sing it for me.

A:

Nice to meet you as well. I haven't messed around with police scanners since the 90s. I do occasional ham radio.

I've spoke Jonathan very few times, he had really distanced himself from me due to the prior history with the Shimomura hack. Now that the statue of limitations has run he has nothing to worry about.

Regarding languages, my first programming was at 21st Century Fox as a COBOL programmer. I'm familiar with many languages but modifying the existing assembly was how I did the work on the Motorola.

I look forward to meeting at some point, I don't have anything scheduled in NC at the moment. Check my website as I keep my speaking schedule there. Mitnick Security


Q:

Good morning! My favorite ways to relax are to read a good book, watch a sporting event, or weather-permitting play golf.

A:

i like what ramana maharshi said when he was dying: "Where could I go?" the question isn't what happens when we die, it's "Who is dying?" The universe certainly seems to be into recycling, so while i don't think my ego makes it persay, i think our essence isn't going anywhere! :)


Q:

Be sure to use bacon grease instead of butter.

A:

How did you meet JSZ on IRC? , Also on your laptops were you running MS-DOS?


Q:

Hi

Do you some times feel like the minor cases are wasting resources?

A:

Pete, we discovered YMIW on a cross-country road trip this summer and your podcast made the miles fly by. But more importantly, when my Dad died in December, the many conversations you have had, especially in the lightening round, have brought me a weird peace in what is (still) a difficult time. The quote (I think its from Dana Carvey?) about not knowing where he came from before his life, so why be upset about what comes after, brought me a lot of peace especially. So thank you so much for your part of this thing you didn't know you were doing.

I also appreciate your silliness. It makes the dark times easier to weather. And from that, I pose my question: How do we make the world a sillier, more fun place?

Thanks.

(P.s., my dad also had Dupeytron's contracture. I wonder if CW CBD would have helped him with it and his illness. If only Louis had been on a year ago. I have since tried it, and I think I need a stronger dose, but think it's a great, quality product, so thanks for that too!)


Q:

Wisdom.

A:

I believe I was introduced via friend, we did communicate via IRC and telephone. At that time we were running MS-DOS, primarily to use comms programs and store data.


Q:

No, everyone is entitled to his or her day in court regardless of how minor the offense is.

A:

we're only not silly or fun or joyful when we're not locked into and tuned into the moment! when we can put aside our anxieties and fears and problems for a second, we can see silliness was there all along, just waiting for you to bounce the ball with it!


Q:

what's up Babish! You're my new favorite youtube channel in the last few months. Loved the Aglio e Olio from Chef, but wondering if you could take a stab at some of the other stuff he does in that movie, like the Cuban sandwiches.

How about a mafia movie pasta special too? Godfather and Goodfellas both have classic cooking scenes - you already did prison sauce from Goodfellas, but they've got the cooking scene at the end as well as he's freaking out about being chased by the feds.

There's also Ally Sheedy's sandwich (plus all the other meals) in the Breakfast Club!

A:

Could you start a nuclear war just by whistling into a payphone?


Q:

What is the most common type of case you have to decide on?

A:

Do you believe in aliens?


Q:

Hey thanks man!! Have gotten a lot of requests for those Cubanos, definitely gonna take a stab at them in the near future, see if I can out-rub John Leguizamo. We're gonna have us a rub-off.

That's a good idea, never thought of the Breakfast Club!

A:

I can not confirm or deny


Q:

The cases that come before my court are mostly traffic offenses, environmental issues, and misdemeanors.

A:

of course! i'm a big believer in most things. guys like me ruin medical studies. "This DID improve my eyesight!"


Q:

HAH. Masturbation jokes!

A:

Back in the day, when you were wanted, the tech was different, you did't have tools like Metasploit, Armitage, etc. Was it easier or harder to break into stuff? And also how long did it take you to adapt to the "new ways of hacking" after getting out and serving probation? Or did you need time to adapt? And, also, it this day and age it's unimaginable to be AFK for even a day let alone for the time you were, so how was it? Big fan! Keep whistling those launch codes!


Q:

Hitting someone with a 5lb hammer falls under that?

A:

This message brought to you by CW hemp and Alpha Brain.

I actually love your openness to try new unverified things. Pseudoscience can be fun! (I apologize if it's verified, I just assume both of those things are not evaluated by the FDA)


Q:

Always.

A:

I would say it's the same. Systems were less secure but to compromise them you had to write your own exploits. An effective method was social engineering the operators of the systems, a tactic that is still very successful today. That part works the same today as it did yesterday.

While I was in custody I continued to read and follow what was happening in the wild. I couldn't use a computer for 3 years so there was some catch up to do but I wasn't completely in the dark about what had been going on. People sent me books on HTML and whatnot while I had no access to computers.


Q:

He was before my court for the parking violation, not the assault. If you watch the case, titled: "Hibernate Like A Squirrel" he was explaining to me why he was going to Superior Court.

A:

hahaha, there are a lot of studies but honestly, those things make HUGE differences for me. not just wishful thinking, promise!


Q:

What's Jed Bartlett like in real life?

A:

In your opinion, how much protection does software like Norton provide for a personal computer?


Q:

What tips do you have for winning elections?

A:

Who would you rather actually have to crash with, big jay or Jim norton?


A:

AV is a necessary evil for a personal system. That said, whenever I'm involved in ethical hacking we always work our way around AV.


Q:

Personal contact with the voters, and being honest, forthright, and transparent.

A:

oh my god. that's a no-win situation.


Q:

Surprisingly* he** doesn't. He has a pinched nerve in his shoulder that limits his range of motion, so that quirk of the actor became one of the character.

*: I was surprised to learn this, anyway
**: The actor, Martin Sheen

A:

How often do people try to hack you?


Q:

I've been really enjoying your videos and its very refreshing to see a judge with an excellent sense of humor and common decency. Generally I do believe you are doing a fantastic job as a judge, however, recently there was a case I did disagree with and I would just like to hear a little of your input provided you have the time. Now, I am fully aware that you don't necessarily put the fines in place in regards to minimum/maximum, but you definitely do hold some power over adjusting the final amount paid, pay length, etc.. Red light violations typically carry a charge of $85 in Providence, running a red is a serious problem which can certainly end up in something disastrous. For the consequences which may come from running a red, I really don't feel the $85 is enough even for first time offenders (if they are flat-out guilty), but that's really just my opinion. My question is in regards to a young man you had on not too long ago who was fined $100 for playing loud music at noon. Why, as a judge that has been very fair and compassionate to his fellow man, did you see a $100 charge for a "crime" which has no victims as fair, but regularly (at least what is shown from the videos) reduce charges on more serious violations that have potential to hurt people? Thanks so much for your time and have a great day Judge Caprio!

A:

Loved the show and the soundtrack. Can you send a link for the music?


Q:

Oh my. I'm surprised to learn this as well. Thank you for sharing!

A:

Constantly, all the time. Since there are so many ways to compromise a target I completely reload all of my systems at least once every 6 months from a trusted source. If I was on Windows I would do it every week.


Q:

Loud music is an environmental offense which is a civil penalty and not a crime. The original fine for the offense you mentioned was $500 and I reduced it to $100.

A:

I don't have one! Leon Bridges!


A:

Hey there Kevin, What is one area of security/hacking that you would like to improve at? What is your favorite story in hacking history that you were not a part of?


Q:

You are one of the most infectious happy people in the business and it's hard not to smile when you're on screen. Also a few of my friends and I quote "DOUBLE SNAKES" often because of you.

Who is one of your biggest inspirations for becoming a comedian?

A:

Fucking, woah.


Q:

In the security and IT field there are so many things that are changing on a daily basis so you can't be good at everything. Right now there is a big need for people with the ability to find exploits in web apps.

An interesting bit of data is that when my company does engagements I still involve myself because I really enjoy the hacking process.

I have many favorite stories but I really enjoyed Kevin Poulsen's attack on Pacific Bell. I was very impressed by his bravado and how he would physically go into facilities. I would have liked to have met him earlier on in my hacking career when I was hacking the phone companies as that was my true love back in the 90s.

A:

thankyou!

steve martin, bill cosby was big before all the awfulness, seinfeld, brian regan!


Q:

How about some of Frasier's signature dishes? You ludicrous popinjay!

A:

How accurate was the book/movie takedown ?


Q:

Hey Pete! I started listening to your podcast and stand-up when I was in middle school, and now I'm a college freshman. You've helped me all through growing up, and I couldn't be more thankful. it's so cool to see you succeeding in such a big way. congrats! It's much deserved. I'm living in Manhattan and just starting to do stand up and writing things, and I'm sure you get this a lot, but, any advice? Thanks for all you've done for me and others, keep it crispy.

A:

Listen you little titmouse...

Believe it or not I've shot a whole Frasier episode where I recreated Frasier's Signature Pomegranate-Honey Sauce, along with cornish game hens, wild rice stuffing, beet carpaccio, and winter vegetables. You can see it here! I never ended up releasing the episode - I was hosting a dinner party so we could eat all the food, and we ended up getting a little too drunk and rowdy to finish shooting.


Q:

I would say the book was 90% false and defamatory, the movie was 99%. The good news is that Jeff Estin, creator of White Collar, is doing the script for Ghost in the Wires. I hope that the script is picked up and it turns into something picked up by a production company.

A:

1 get on stage as much as you can 2 do the comedy that would make YOU laugh 3 ask yourself WHEN would i laugh if i was listening to myself? if the answer is "i don't know" then neither will the audience 4 hang with people who don't tear you down or break your spirit 5 listen to the greats, let them influence you, then shed them when you find your voice 6 don't be a dick! good luck!


Q:

NILES, YOU JACKASS!

A:

Dear mr Mitnick,

Did you stay up to date on developments concerning your field of work during your incarceration and (iirc) supervised time? And if so, how?

And following up on that question; is it getting harder to stay up to date with the current developments while getting older?


Q:

Hi Pete! Loved Crashing! Congrats on it and your engagement to SLV!

I would love to hear you discuss the art of cartooning and creating new yorker cartoons! Any chance you will be having a cartoonist on the podcast again?

Also, I'm obsessed with seeing other people's writing process and habits, would you give us some insight to yours?

A:

I'M IN A BATHROBE, YOU JACKASS!


Q:

My kind supporters sent me lots of materials, including books, emails and information. At one point my watchers tried to stop this, saying that I was getting encrypted data on how to escape in the mime headers of the printed emails.

A:

I'd love to have another one on! So fun. Maybe Bob Mankoff himself! (The editor)

I get up early and write before i have a chance to remember that writing is hard. :)


Q:

Maybe a dumb question, but how do you figure out the recipes from maybe a couple shots in the movie/episode??

A:

Hi Kevin, do you think overall computer security is getting better as we devise way's to make things more secure, or is the growing number of tech illiterate people, or even techie people who just can't be bothered to keep to good security practices off setting the gains we are making?


Q:

Hi Pete! Loved the first episode of the show! One thing that I enjoyed was how natural the dialogue between characters were. And Artie's improv was fantastic!

Question: I hear you talk about meditation and it has really peaked my interest. I think it would be a good way to teach myself to be more present and decrease stress levels. Do you have any recommendations for some reading or people to look up about this?

Also, saw/met you in Philly this month and you were the best. Thanks for being so cool!

A:

Not a dumb question at all! Really depends on the movie, sometimes they very clearly show all the steps and ingredients (pasta aglio e olio, Chef), and sometimes it's totally ambiguous and I need to fill in the blanks (Strudel, Inglourious Basterds). Whenever I need to fill in the blanks, I try to do so however I think they most likely would've done it in the context of the film/tv show. So for Strudel, I read a whole bunch of old Viennese/Austrian recipes for old-school strudel, and tried to come up with an amalgam of those.


Q:

It's really hard to find skilled security people, we really need to help develop people's skills in security testing. Testing security is an important step that needs to be taken.

A:

the buddha (the story goes) just sat in a comfortable, seated position, straight back, and focused on his breath. the feeling of air going in, the feeling of air going out. if you have thoughts, send them love but go back to the breath. it's all in the going back. do that for 10, 15, 30 minutes! it's great in the morning or before bed. or before a party you're too anxious to go into.


Q:

Hey! Holy shit, I literally just got into your vids last night!

Do you think Carol's acorn cookies from The Walking Dead's season 6 would be a thing you would do? I'm pretty sure they had beets in them, too. Always wondered how they tasted. Also try Dirty Burgers from Trailer Park Boys. That would make my day.

A:

What's the most immoral/questionable thing you've seen while being involved in this whole hacking thing?


Q:

1) In 7 words or less, describe groping Lauren Lapkus' breast.

2) What does Rich Roll smell like?

3) Marry, Fuck, Kill: Kumail, Emily, TJ.

A:

Woah interesting - I'm gonna have to look into that.

By dirty burgers do you mean the one Mr. Lahey makes for Randy out of a bird?


Q:

The Albert Gonzalez case, you can read about it here

A:

no no no no no no no. Francensense. i'd have a polyamorous marriage with all three of them.


Q:

How about that massive breakfast John Candy cooks up in "Uncle Buck"?

A:

Hey Kevin. Big fan of your books, and you in general. I was wondering if you still have those nifty business cards, and how hard it would be to get one in Canada?


Q:

Did you laugh as hard as I did at Artie's line about his cousins best man speech?

A:

Haha that giant griddle looks like a logistical nightmare...but anything for my craft.


Q:

Thanks man. I do still have those cards and Canada shouldn't be a problem, you can get them from my website if you like, or catch me at a show.

A:

oh my god, it was SO HARD to not laugh at artie the whole shoot! he killed it!


Q:

Love your channel man. Kevin's Famous Chili is my favorite episode haha I love how you spilled it before you ate it. What made you want to start doing this type of thing?

How about ratatouille from Ratatouille, or some absurdly cheesey TMNT pizza!

A:

How come you don't have an online store? Why do you only take cash?


Q:

Hey Pete how bout you break out those testies?

A:

Thanks very much! Actually already did TMNT :D might not be available in your country, but poke around my channel! Ratatouille is high up on the list, I'm just scared to make it because it's so exacting and fussy!

EDIT: And to answer your other question, I actually started doing it as a food-lighting test in my apartment. Figured it'd be fun to do once, but people seemed to like it, so I kept going!


Q:

Seriously,because then I don't have to deal with fraud.

I actually prefer to give them out for free in person but I have them for sale if someone can't make it out to see me.

A:

hahaha, not now. ask when i'm drunk.


Q:

So uh, was milk steak actually that bad?

A:

If you could go back and give yourself any advice just before you started hacking, phreaking etc, what would it be or would you?


Q:

Pete,

I've been a huge fan for a while now. The podcast has helped me through a few down times in my life and honestly shaped my personal growth quite a bit.

I once had a dream about you in which you told me you were a little offended I hadn't come up to say hi when you were at the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver. I said I just didn't want to bother you. This was the real reason I would have told you in real life, and plus I was pretty sure I'd frightened Kumail the day before when I recognized him on the street, so I was a little wary in general. Either way, after the dream, I was listening to your podcast, and you mentioned your therapist, Dr. Gary Penn, asking you about one of your dreams, something along the lines of you being every character in your dream. I applied that same question to myself, realized I want people to admire me for my restraint, and decided maybe I was being a little too critical of people not noticing something designed to be unnoticeable. In effect, you ended up helping me learn about myself by being your own inter-dimensional translator.

I've always wanted to tell you that story, and I don't think I'll be relevant enough to be on the podcast in a short enough time that it's worth saving.

I'm not under the impression that putting a question here is going to make this less self-indulgent, so let's just lean into it. If you had to fight Paul F Tompkins for the title of my favorite comic, what would be your strategy, and do you think it would work?

A:

Yes. Bigtime.


Q:

Don't get caught and if you're using cell phone to dial in always keep moving :P

A:

I'd mess up his dapper hair and pull on his bow tie, of course! (Not IRL, love PFT!!)

and thank you! SEE YOU ON THE ASTRAL PLANE


Q:

What did it taste like? Was it just like a mouthful of milk with soggy meat? I know you said it was the texture in the video.

A:

Hey, What OS/tools do you use on a daily basis?


Q:

I went to the Comedy Cellar my first time in NYC but you weren't there (I was hoping to line up the trip so that I could see you, but it didn't work out). But then there was a pic of you there that very night, and Judd Apatow was there too, apparently I missed you guys hanging out. Which seems cruel of life to do. So I guess my question is, why?


Q:

I use this bad boy

A:

oh man. i just don't know.


Q:

Nice, Babbish likes Thugger.

A:

Oh are you the one they call 4Chan? Such a good hacker. In all seriousness, anything us average computer users should be doing/avoiding that may not be common knowledge?

Finally, what did you think of the show Mr. Robot?


Q:

Pete! The show was so great, I can't begin to say how happy I am to have you on my HBO lineup. It's you and girls so thanks Judd!

I've been shopping for religions. I was raised not practicing religion but I want spirituality in my life now. I can't help but feel that religion will be a superficial way to get this but I'm giving it a try. If it doesn't work out, what advice do you give in getting spirity in daily life without religion?

A:

You should get down with this slime shit.


Q:

I'm not actually 4Chan, sorry to break that news.

Not common knowledge? Use 2 factor authentication, use a password manager, use VPN when on public WiFi, and be aware of phishing attacks. Phishing is likely the number one way someone would be able to get you.

Regarding Mr. Robot, I love it. I've had the pleasure of meeting several of the people involved with that production.

A:

the buddha said, when you're looking for water, don't dig six one foot wells, dig ONE six foot well. so, pick a practice and stick to it until it's time to shed it. i love Buddhism, Sufi, all that, but really my MAN is Ram Dass who calls himself a Christ Loving Hin-Jew!


Q:

So Andrew Rea is your real name? Where does the babish alias come from?

A:

What's your reddit password?


Q:

Hey Pete, I'm a big fan of the podcast, Crashing, your standup (you really knocked it outta the park with faces and sounds) and just wanted to thank you for being your vulnerable, hilarious, loveable self.

I'm a standup comic from Canada who is about 3 years deep. I love every second I'm onstage and when I'm around my peers, comedy has really been my rock for the past 3 years. I'm wondering what your opinion on moving to a bigger city (New York/LA) would be for a canadian comic? I don't want to stay here for too long as it seems there is a real ceiling here for success but I also don't want to get swallowed by a bigger city. I really do want to do this for the rest of my life and would love any advice you have for any new(er) comics who are in my shoes as well.

Keep it crispy!

A:

Yep, and it comes from Oliver Platt's character on The West Wing!


A:

stay where you are until you're PRETTY sure you're one of the best. THEN move when you're 90% sure you should move. it will always be scary, but that's the whole game. you do things JUST AS you think you MIGHT be ready... if you wait until they ask you to come it will never happen. be bold! believe in yourself! but listen to what comedy is saying back to you, your path could be a multitiude of things. :)


Q:

I was thinking "hey! That's the West Wing lawyer name! Who does this guy think he is?" So I respect your choice.

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Recommendation on a Laptop? And what do you use and why?


Q:

Pete. I am a massive fan. I have heard every episode of the podcast and I am on my relisten.

I am an aspiring comedian and writer.

College may not work out for me and I am trying to figure out how to move to la and fully dive in.

I just wanted to know what advice you'd have for someone who is moving out to la to do comedy but more importantly

Can I be your prodigy?

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Thank you.


Q:

I could tell you but then I would have to kill you. Are you trying to do reconnaissance on me?

I will say I like OSX and I like the aesthetics of the Apple hardware. I'll use VM for my Windows systems. I do use Linux and I typically go with Debian or Ubuntu.

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haha, i'm honored! hopefully if you move to LA or wherever you do comedy you'll find a supportive scene filled with proteges for you to learn from and show things yourself. best of luck out there!


Q:

My wife and I love your channel. How amazing was the Timpano because it looks amazing? If you wanted to make something, I'm a fan of sandwiches, make the Cuban sandwich from Chef or the Broodwich from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

A:

With all the news we've seen lately about security, what do you feel is under reported or over exaggerated?


Q:

Riddle me this, If you aim to give us a shot, we'll riddle you. What are we?

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The timpano was totally amazing.

Hah I have not thought about that episode for years...they do pretty well describe what's in it! Going to be hard to source though...


Q:

I think sophistication that was behind the John Podesta phishing was highly exaggerated. This was a case of standard phishing, basic security awareness training would have prevented this. It wasn't a huge technological achievement, it was simple spear phishing.

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Helicopter?


Q:

All these baseball movies, not one episode about hotdogs or popcorn or any of that.

Hmm. How about When Harry Met Sally's "I'll have what she's having" pastrami MADE FROM SCRATCH. Or is 14 days brining and then smoking too long to prep for an episode?

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What does your playlist consist of and what is your fuel when locked in a long work session?


Q:

Loved the show Pete!

First I just want to thank you for being so open with your life on your podcast. Many people including myself share a similar background of youth groupy closed-mindedness, and it's refreshing to hear how you had to change the way you experience the world.

How do you prepare for your podcasts? I hear you taking and referencing notes that you take on the fly, but how much prep goes into a show that ends up being a 2+ hour session? What are your tactics for working with a guest who doesn't want to open up?

P.S. Dear Sweet Lady Val, you are the spirit of positivity and perfect for Pete. Congratulations to both of you!

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Maybe for this weekend it is, but I am absolutely trying that - my buddy out in the 'burbs has a smoker and I plan on shooting that episode in his kitchen when I go out and visit him next!


Q:

I don't play music while I'm working because it's distracting. When I am listening it's Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, AC/DC and other classic rock. And throw in some Eminem and Black Eyed Peas.

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thank you for the kind words!!

i spend the 30 minute drive to meltdown just thinking about the guest and how i want it to go. picture them laughing, myself listening, us connecting. a little visualization. then a quick Wiki search, three Alpha Brain (for real, not a plug -- www.alphabrain.com/weird) and ONE sip of coffee. :)


Q:

Man, it is super easy to make. You can even make corned beef with what you don't smoke. Make sure you keep the meat submerged! Such a fun thing to do.

Please consider calling it the above in honor of Estelle Reiner, the mother of the director of the movie, Rob Reiner. I mean, everyone does a knockoff Katz's deli sammich, but the secret? The secret is LAYERS OF MEAT.

edit: I am ashamed, I misspelled Katz.

A:

Why did you choose Condor as your hackername back in the day?


Q:

Pete! Congrats on the show. Is 30 too old to get into stand-up will we ever get treated to more You Made It Movies? Thanks

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Well the thing is, I gotta try and be as accurate as possible - and Katz's brines, smokes, boils, and steams their pastrami.

That's a good idea!


Q:

At the time one my favorite movies was 3 Days of the Condor. In the movie Robert Redford called up the CNA bureau to get someones number. I was impressed that the writers had included such an accurate detail.

A:

no, and maybe! tim allen was in jail when he was 30. and rodney dangerfield didn't break till way later in life. it's never too late to try and live creatively and authentically! just take small steps.

i like to say, follow the dream that's following you. it has to want you back. so listen when your dream speaks back to you!


Q:

Hey Mr. Babish!

I love your channel, you have a very Archer-esque voice that makes your videos hilarious (+ you have the jokes).

Wanted to ask, have you considered making basic cooking video tutorials for like making bread, pasta, other of your favourite home dishes? Would love to know your input on different recipes (not just fictional ones).

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What's your favorite pizza topping?

Also, thank you for being such an incredible human being.


Q:

Why do people argue about the humor of women? Isn't comedy universal and therefore gender neutral?

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Everytime someone says I have an Archer-esque voice, I grow another hair on my chest.

Definitely, I have a concept for a full-fledged cooking show I'm hoping to fund in the near future. Keep an eye out!


Q:

Thai chicken pizza from CA Pizza kitchen!

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i think men are scared of giving the authority to women to make them laugh. it's a powerful position and sometimes my gender can be a little backwards when it comes to giving women a chance at driving the car, so to speak. but anyone who says women aren't funny needs to watch Natasha Leggero, Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman and countless others.


Q:

Can you make the brownie that Leslie Knope is talking about here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMF9S68O780

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How's your day? :)


Q:

Have you ever thought about writing a screenplay about Harris Whittles? Do you think it's appropriate? Would you help me write it?

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Ha! Been thinking about doing another P&R episode in honor of my 1-year anniversary of the first episode - will add this to the list of possible dishes!


Q:

It's well, thank you

A:

I love harris and whatever is done to honor him would be lovely and welcome. i don't feel like i'm the right person because we weren't SUPER close, but i do love him and miss him lots. but godspeed!


Q:

Love your channel. Any breaking bad recipes coming up? Maybe Los polls Hermanos fried chicken or Gus' recipe for fish stew? Keep up the good work man!!

A:

Is penetration testing as exciting as it sounds?


Q:

How many seasons do you envision the series lasting assuming everything goes well?

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Gus' fish stew is absolutely on the to-do list - thanks!!


Q:

Yes, I love it. It has been my passion since the 70s, hacking is the ultimate game. I love playing and I love winning.

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Six! PLUS A MOVIE (jk). But six is what i imagine when i map it out


Q:

What would you advise a new chef???

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I saw Takedown 15-ish years ago, so obviously I already know the whole story, right? :P


Q:

P. Pants,

I've read you saying here & there how responding to, or even checking comments on all the various sites is both tricky & sticky, and you generally abstain . . understandably !

But if you'd ever joined the weirdos ( and many of my friends ) who greatly enjoyed the "mash-up" I did just under a year ago, entitled You Made It Weird Again ( Not Feelin' Crispy ) (Pete Holmes - with Guests & Friends vs Steely Dan) . . would you say so ? ( Don't pause this AMA for a 6 min, audio w/ video just now . . maybe after ! )

You got me into "game-changing" hemp-oil a few months ago, and if I can distill the wide-ranging spirit of YMIW and give a bunch of heartwarming joy back to You, it would mean the whirled !

( I'd surely make my "joy noise" )

A:

Master. The. Basics. Most people starting out (myself included) are tryina make fusion-y miniaturized deconstructed whatever - make the best stew, the best plate of pasta you possibly can - figure out how food works before trying to fuck with it.


Q:

Yeah, not so much. Check out Ghost in the Wires for the full story.

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i'll check it! thank you!


Q:

I've been watching your channel from the get-go, love it!

How about a Twinkie Wiener Sandwich from UHF? I mean, it's definitely not enough to film a whole episode around, but maybe one day toss it in for fun? Perhaps a Weird Al themed episode, he has plenty of songs about food.

A:

If you suspected your wife was cheating, how would you catch her?


Q:

Hey Pete! Congrats on Crashing! I'm a huge fan of all your work, YMIW in particular. I love the episodes with other comedians where you really break down the art that is standup. Who are some new or lesser known comics that you like? Also, what advice would you give to someone interested in the humiliation that is getting started in standup? Thanks Pete! Keep it crispy!

A:

Thanks very much! Interesting, I hadn't thought about that...added to my ever-growing spreadsheet of ideas!


Q:

Hire a private investigator

A:

if you want to try it, just go to an open mic and watch. if it speaks to you at that level, try it out! it only gets better from there.

and i like Jo Firestone and, he's not new but, Matt McCarthy, Sean Donnelly, Aparna N


Q:

This may be prying too closely, but how the hell are you affording all these extravagant ingredients? Maybe its because all the independent filmmakers I know (myself included) subside on instant ramen and Criterion dvds, but surely these videos are causing more than just a dent?

Oh, and of course, I'm a big fan. I'm constantly sharing your videos. Keep up the good work!

A:

Do you have any plans to write a feature film?

I can't wait to see The Big Sick - though I can't look at Kumail without hearing your impression -- "EEMMIILLYYYY".


Q:

Hah well, I keep telling myself all the money I'm spending will come back to me someday in the form of innernette stardom...fingers crossed. But I'm really more of a freelance filmmaker, I'm lucky enough to have a steady day job in post production!

Thank you!!

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I'd love to at some point!

BIG SICK is amaze. OH GOD EMILLLLY!


Q:

What are your thoughts on beer?

A:

Hey, I like your new show. Are you really religious IRL?


Q:

Love it. Love beer. I'm partial to Belgian-style stuff, Tripels, golden strong's, etc - but also adore hoppy-as-fuck IPA's. Very proud to hail from upstate NY where some very exciting things are happening in craft beer making.

A:

I'm hugely interested in who we are and what we're doing here, absolutely. Ram Dass represents my views perfectly. He has talks on YouTube and iTunes!


Q:

UPSTATE REPRESENT!!!

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585 baby


Q:

Holy shit fuck yeah Rochester. Both my favorite YouTube cooking channels are originally from my hometown, Food Wishes being the other

A:

Pittsford baby! I live in NYC now but I still got that area code on my celly


Q:

I really enjoy your videos.

I have always been fascinated by the fact that Rusty (Brad Pitts character) in Ocean's 11 is constantly eating. I think that could make for another really great compilation video a la what you did for Always Sunny.

I see you drinking whisky in a lot of your videos. What's your go-to/favorite bottle?

A:

Dude there is an absolutely BRILLIANT cookbook called "Fat Brad" that tries to recreate the foods he's constantly eating in movies. I am literally shaking with jealousy that I didn't come up with such a fucking amazing idea.

My favorite bourbon is Angel's Envy, favorite scotch is Lagavulin 16 (at the moment).


Q:

Love your videos!

How about ramen from Tampopo? Or omurice from that movie.

Or for one that's a little....odd....the Numero Huit from Brazil. (It's braised eel in wine sauce, served as mint green mush.)

A:

Thank you! I've been dying to make ramen so Tampopo is up on the list!! And that sounds insane, I like it.


Q:

Absolutely love your videos man. As someone who knows next to nothing when it comes to cooking but is eager to learn what would you recommend to get started? Also have you considered making anything from GoT? Frey pie seems good to me.

A:

Thank you! Definitely get a $35/yr subscription to America's Test Kitchen - I have never learned so much so quickly.

And yes GoT beef and bacon pie is high up on the to-do list - maybe when the next season premieres!


Q:

Oliver! You are the man. I have gotten SO many compliments every time I've made the aglio, and it's because of your amazing way of explaining your ways! Thank you so, so much. Now, I don't know if you've watched Hannibal the series, but he makes something called Apéritif in the first episode of season 1 that looked delicious! What are the chances of you making a dish like that? (Excluding the human meat of course). Thank for doing this AMA!

A:

Aw man that's so nice to hear!! Thank you!

I'm gonna have to revisit that episode, I don't remember the Apértif...thanks for letting me know!!


Q:

Roz or Daphne?

A:

Daphne Seasons 1 & 2, Roz Seasons 3-11


Q:

Good call. I started watching Frasier and your videos separately around the same time and assumed the theme song was some common song that both used independently - was very happy when I realized that you're just an big Frasier fan. Love your videos and keep them coming

A:

Welcome, brother. To give you an idea of my dedication and love for Frasier, here's one of my more recent tattoos.


Q:

Love the videos, such a great choice for the intro. How do you manage to not make a mess? Every time I'm cooking, no matter how well prepared I am, I always end up with a mess, I mean I clean as a I go, but fuck, where am I going wrong Babish?

A:

Well check out my proof photo - you can see the results of a recent meal I cooked. Don't worry, I make plenty of mess - but I have a whole side of the kitchen you can't see where I can pile up the dishes, and if I spill something, I wipe it up when you aren't looking. Movie magic :D


Q:

What's the tattoo on your arm? It looks interesting.

What was your least favorite item that you've made so far and why was it so terrible?

A:

Which'n? Outside right arm is a lens focal length diagram, inside right is the original Kodak logo, inside left is the logo of my fantasy pot bakery, Born & Bread.


Q:

Hey Babish! I love watching your videos! What's your favorite dish to make that isn't from a movie/TV show?

A:

Beouf Bourguignon! Though I guess that's featured in Julie & Julia...I really oughta do that one sometime.