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99.5 Bonus: The Pilot Episode (w/ Rich Sommer, Matt Gourley, Mark McConville, Chris Tallman)  

In anticipation of the 100th episode SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins, we present to you the never-before heard pilot episode! Featuring Matt Gourley, Mark McConville, Chris Tallman, and special interview guest Rich Sommer. They chat about how Mad Men is going to end, Rich being upset after having Citizen Kane and Battle star Galactica spoiled for him, and Rich practicing chess for 9 months to have a perfect movie moment in real life. They then improvise a story set in A Non-Tropical Resort. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano! Plus, Paul answers your Twitter questions about the show!

99 Ice Cream Parlor (w/ Craig Cackowski)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone in these unwelcome times back to Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guest and SOLE improvisor is Spontaneanation's good friend Craig Cackowski! They chat about what rating Craig’s kitchen would receive if a health inspector were to enter his home, Craig's unexpected responsibilities as a bartender at a mall deli, and the lovely compliment paid to him by his dentist. They then improvise a story set in an Ice Cream Parlor. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!This episode is brought to you by Crashing on HBO. 

98 A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland (w/ Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all (including The beasts of the field) back to Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guests and improvisers are Nyima Funk, Daniele Gaither, Gary Anthony Williams, and Cedric Yarbrough of The Black Version! They chat about if they've ever called 911 to help a stranger, Gary getting involved in a dangerous situation near our studio, and how Cedric handled a childhood French fry fire. They then improvise a story set in A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: PFT).

9: Paul F. Tompkins Sees Dead Grass and Has Screwed Up Relationships  

Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins is known for being friendly and delightful both on stage and off. And that's pretty surprising given that he grew up in a home where his parents slept in separate rooms, each likely struggling with undiagnosed and untreated depression, and conflict and anger were all around. Hear how comedy and acting gave him some of the support he craved but couldn't get anywhere else. Hear also how, as is the case with many depressives with complicated childhoods, he struggles to figure out good, healthy ways to spend time with other people and with himself. All this plus tales of Paul's bleak time working in a hat store called Hats in the Belfry.

97 A Family-Owned Bagel Shop (w/ Cameron Esposito, Jeremy Carter, Colleen Smith, Gary Anthony Williams)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes himself to welcoming you back to Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special return guest is stand-up comedian Cameron Esposito of Take My Wife and Put Your Hands Together! They chat about what happens if the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe v. Wade, dog x-rays, and figuring out a group address to replace "guys." Paul is then joined by Jeremy Carter, Colleen Smith and Gary Anthony Williams, to improvise a story set in A Family-Owned Bagel Shop. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!This episode is brought to you by MVMT Watches (www.mvmtwatches.com/PFT), Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/PFT), and Indochino (www.indochino.com code: PFT).

PS Nation-Ep510-Liquid Heat  

New releases. Micro Machines World Series announced. Ubisoft acquires Freestyle Games from Activision. Playing & watching. 1st impressions: Platinum Wireless Headphones. Review: Job Simulator. Comedian is Paul F. Tompkins. http://psnation.com

96 The Bell House: Live from The Bell House (w/ Nathan Lee Graham, Chelsea Clarke, Shannon O'Neill, Gary Richardson)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes back the East Coast and it’s representatives to Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn! This week, Paul’s special return guest is singer/actor/writer/director Nathan Lee Graham! They chat about which song was playing when Nathan lost his virginity, performing at a petting zoo, and Nathan's "Harriet Tubman Tour" of Germany with "Jesus Christ Superstar." Paul is then joined by Chelsea Clarke, Shannon O’Neill, and Gary Richardson, to improvise a story set at The Bell House. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

95 Backstage At A Rock Club: Live from The Bell House (w/ Rhett Miller, Chelsea Clarke, Shannon O'Neill, Gary Richardson)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes New York to Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn! This week, Paul’s special guest is singer-songwriter Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s! They chat about how the movie 'The Sandlot' affected Rhett's life, unexpected reactions to Taylor Swift songs, and Rhett's young son taking a stand against the music industry. Paul is then joined by Chelsea Clarke, Shannon O'Neill, and Gary Richardson, to improvise a story set Backstage At A Rock Club. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!This episode is brought to you by Harold Ramis Film School (www.ramisfilmschool.com)

94 Art Gallery: Live from Largo (w/ Steven Yeun, Shulie Cowen, Tawny Newsome, Chris Tallman)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes the audience back to Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at the world-famous Largo at The Coronet! This week, Paul’s special guest is actor Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead! They chat about what day Steven would go back to relive & change, how Steven got a scar during high-school track warm ups, and Steven's church band. Paul is then joined by Shulie Cowen, Tawny Newsome, and Chris Tallman, to improvise a story set in an Art Gallery. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!Photos by Liezl Estipona.This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron ( www.blueapron.com/PFT ), GlassesUSA ( www.glassesUSA.com/Paul ), and Indochino ( www.indochino.com code: PFT).

93 Home Depot (w/ Nicole Parker, Brandon Johnson, Amanda Lund, Mary Sohn)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone back to this free show known as Spontaneanation! This week, Paul's special return guest is Nicole Parker of MADtv and the Broadway stage! They chat about Nicole’s first suit, bombing in front of David Bowie, and the appropriate title for a master of wigs. Paul is then joined by Brandon Johnson, Amanda Lund and Mary Sohn, to improvise a story set in Home Depot. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!This episode is brought to you by Glasses USA ( www.glassesUSA.com/Paul ). 

Best of 2016 Pt. 4  

Finally, the conclusion of the Best of Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 countdown with special co-host Paul F. Tompkins is here with your Top 3 episodes of the entire year and your number 1 on the Best of CBB Live 2016. Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!This episode is brought to you by Thursday Boots ( www.thursdayboots.com/bangbang ).

I Swear To God I Will Dropkick Those F***ing Dogs  

On this episode, Morgan Jeske and Sean celebrate Magnolia, In The Mood For Love and Search Party! 0:00:00 - 0:42:37 - Magnolia (1999), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Phillip Baker Hall, John C Reilly, Melora Waters, Julienne Moore, April Grace, William H Macy, Luis Guzman, Ricky Jay, Melinda Dillon, Henry Gibson, Jason Robards, Jeremy Blackman, Paul F Tompkins, Fiona Apple, Patton Oswalt, Michael Murphy, Alfred Molina, Pat Healy (YOU FUCK), Felicity Huffman, probably 30 other people.   0:42:38 - 1:00:14 -  In the Mood For Love (2000), directed by Wong Kar Wai, staring Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Siu Ping Lam, Rebecca Pan, and Lai Chen. 1:00:15 - 1:20:04 - Search Party (2016), starring Alia Shawkat, John Early, Ron Livingston, Rosie Perez, and Parker Posey.   Next Week: 2017? WILL WE MAKE IT? Our outro music this week: is "Success" by Iggy Pop. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.  You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. For a quick look at who has been on the show before and what movies have been discussed in each episode, look at our one-page episode guide. This is a Patreon-supported podcast, subscribing to the show can give you access to monthly criticism from the hosts. You can follow the show on twittertumblrletterboxd and facebook. The hosts are on twitter too - TuckerMorgan, and Sean

92 Boise, Idaho: Live from Now Hear This Festival (w/ Kulap Vilaysack, Howard Kremer, Dan Ahdoot, Tawny Newsome, Drew Tarver)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes the Anaheim audience to Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at The Now Hear This Festival! This week, Paul’s special guests are Kulap Vilaysack and Howard Kremer of Who Charted! They chat about the first joke they laughed at, Howard trying to write a Polish joke when he started doing stand-up because he thought his dad would like it, and Kulap reading the Encyclopedia as a child for fun. Paul is then joined by his Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ co-stars Dan Ahdoot, Tawny Newsome, and Drew Tarver to improvise a story set in Boise, Idaho. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!LOS ANGELES! Spontaneanation records its 100th episode LIVE at Largo on Saturday, January 7th! Be there for boring your future grandchildren purposes! Tickets:  bit.ly/SPONT100 This episode is brought to you by Smartypants Vitamins ( www.smartypantsvitamins.com/PFT )

Best of 2016 Pt. 3  

Scott and Paul F. Tompkins continue counting down The Best of Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 episodes as they go through numbers seven through four on the count down as well as number two on the Best CBB Live episode of 2016 as voted by YOU. You’re welcome!This episode is brought to you by Squarespace ( www.squarespace.com code: BANGBANG), Blue Apron ( www.blueapron.com/CBB ), and Leesa.com ( www.leesa.com/BANGBANG ).

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Holiday Funaround 2016  
Written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker Directed by Aaron Ginsburg Starring the WorkJuice Players: Paul F. Tompkins, Busy Philipps, Marc Evan Jackson, Annie Savage, Hal Lublin, Mark Gaglirdi, Joshua Malina, Craig Cackowski, Autumn Reeser, and Paget Brewster.  Guest starring Timothy Omundson, Chris Tallman, and Open Mike Eagle. Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style, featuring composer Jonathan Dinerstein. New songs: "End of the Line" by Ted Leo and "Lullaby of the Rails" by Rhett Miller.

Recorded at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on December 17, 2016.

Best of 2016 Pt. 2  

The Best of Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 count down continues as Scott and Paul F. Tompkins go through numbers eleven through eight on the count down as well as number three on the Best CBB Live episodes of 2016 as voted by YOU. Plus, a special Christmas surprise for all you precious listeners!This episode is brought to you by HUAWEI (www.huawei.fit/comedybangbang) and Leesa.com (www.leesa.com/BANGBANG).

Best of 2016 Pt. 1  

Another year, another special Comedy Bang! Bang! Best of Countdown with Scott and Paul F. Tompkins. Scott and PFT countdown numbers fifteen through twelve of the Best CBB episodes of 2016 and number four of the Best CBB Live episodes of 2016 as voted by YOU listeners. Stay tuned for Pt. 2!This episode is brought to you by Huawei ( www.huawei.fit/comedybangbang ) and Leesa.com ( www.leesa.com/bangbang ).

91 A Fast Food Restaurant Kitchen In An Alternate Universe (w/ Maria Thayer, Stephanie Courtney, Colleen Smith, Chris Tallman)  

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes grownups (children get out of here!) to this week’s episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special return guest is actress Maria Thayer of truTV’s Those Who Can’t! They chat about the time Maria’s primary caregivers let her down, the two different Berenstain Bears/Berenstein Bears universes, and the Lowly Worm. Paul is then joined by Stephanie Courtney, Colleen Smith, and Chris Tallman, to improvise a story set in A Fast Food Restaurant Kitchen In An Alternate Universe. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!LOS ANGELES! Spontaneanation records its 100th episode LIVE at Largo on Saturday, January 7th! Be there for boring your future grandchildren purposes! Tickets:  bit.ly/SPONT100 This episode is brought to you by Smartypants Vitamins ( www.smartypantsvitamins.com/PFT ) and Mack Weldon ( www.mackweldon.com code: PFT).

Beyond Belief, "Snakes in a Mane"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin as the Spooky Narrator; Annie Savage as a gorgon; Mark Gagliardi as Pterodactyl Jones; and Autumn Reeser as Bloody Mary.

Music by Jordan Katz & the Elements of Style, featuring Jonathan Dinerstein.
Written, produced, and directed by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.
Music by Jordan Katz and the Elements of Style.
"Love Ain't No Billy Goat" written by Jonathan Coulton.

Recorded November 16, 2016 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

463 Xmas: Jason Mantzoukas, Jon Gabrus, Mike Hanford, Paul F. Tompkins, Tawny Newsome, Tim Baltz, Neil Campbell, Rhea Butcher, Will Hines, Ryan Gaul, Jeremy Rowley, Drew Tarver, James Adomian, Zeke Nicholson, Brendon Small  

Scott is having the holiday blues and has some old friends and new friends join him to cheer him up on this year’s Holiday episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! Expect appearances by future CBB host Jason Mantzoukas, intern Gino Lambardo, John Lennon of The Beatles, The Smooth Criminal, The Time Keeper, Gary Urbansky and his brother Ron, Frosty the Snowman and many more. Eggnog Man.This episode is brought to you by Foot Cardigan ( www.footcardigan.com code: COMEDY), Dollar Shave Club ( www.dollarshaveclub.com/BANGBANG ), Leesa.com ( www.leesa.com/BANGBANG ), Soothe ( www.soothe.com code: CBB), and Omaha Steaks ( www.omahasteaks.com code: BANG).

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