Falling Uphill – Episode 6 – Father’s Wishes

For this narrator, a return to familiar surroundings is a completely alien experience. 



It’s hard to know where to start when you try to encapsulate Augustus’s* story in just a few pithy lines, so let’s try the beginning: born in the Phillippines to a Filipina mother and an American father, Augustus grew up in a privileged but dysfunctional home. Shortly after graduating college with a degree in philosophy in the US, he finds himself called back to the Philippines, a country to which he never wanted to return, managing a crayon factory for father’s company and being forced to entertain foreign business associates by taking them to brothels. To make things worse, Augustus, the closeted-gay son of an openly-homophobic dad, suffers from social anxiety and feels obligated to participate in everything that takes place in those brothels. At his wit’s end, he makes a last ditch effort at escape by landing himself in another place he doesn’t belong–business school. His father is thrilled of course, but the truth will come out.

*Not his real name.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Anonymous

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Creepy Atmo” David Szestay

“Here They Come” Slipper

“Maccary Bay” (ft. Brett VanDonsel) Kevin MacLeod


“Hail to the Chief” (U.S. Department of the Air Force) 


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Falling Uphill – Episode 5 – The Extended Engagement

A comedian’s friend books her a gig without telling her — in a country she’s never heard of. 

















Sometimes you get a phone call that changes your life. Mina Liccione got that call while living in San Francisco and wondering what the next step in her career would be. She was already a Broadway veteran and was ready for something brand new. Not long after she hung up the phone, she was on a plane to a country she had never heard of–Dubai–for a gig that a well-intentioned friend had signed her up for, without bothering to get her permission first. It would not be her last trip to the Middle East, and not only would she end up opening a pioneering  comedy school there–she would meet the man who would become her husband, comedian Ali Al Sayed. But how would it all sit with her traditional Italian, Catholic, New York family? A dowry, a boxing promoter, a stuffed turkey, tap shoes, and macaroni and cheese will all play a part.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Mina Liccione (http://www.minaliccione.com, http://www.dubomedy.com, @minaliccione on Twitter) 

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Maccary Bay” (ft. Brett VanDonsel) Kevin MacLeod

“Union” David Szesztay

“Ylanlar_Zaman (Yilanlar Zamani)” Hayvanlar Alemi

“Naraina” Kevin MacLeod

“Genghis Dreams on Horseback”  Desert Gears

“Spy Glass” Kevin MacLeod

“Oud Taksim/Batan Gun Kana/Through Years” Sherita

“Christe Adoramus Te” (Claudio Monteverdi) performed by Capella Ducisprovided by Klankbeeld

“L’elisir d’amore, Una furtiva lagrima” (Donizetti) performed by MIT Symphony Orchestra 

“Partytime” Infecticide

“After Party” Asthmatic Astronaut

“Desert Masks” Máscaras

“O Sole Mio” (Eduardo di Capua & Giovanni Capurro) performed by Sisell & Kalle Moraeus

“Habibi Ya Aini” Scott Wilson & Efendi



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Falling Uphill Episode 4 – “The Chairman,” Postscript: “Vito” Revealed (and out of a job)

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If you listened to Falling Uphill Episode 1 (“The Chairman”), you know that “Vito,” a filmmaker with no college teaching experience interviewed for a job at a small college, and through a series of unthinkable circumstances was named Chairman of the Film Studies Department shortly thereafter.

A few days ago Vito lost his job.

But with every* catastrophe comes a free bag of Gummi Bears. In this case the Gummi Bears are a rambling epilogue delivered by the no-longer-anonymous Chairman (real name: Tom Rizzuto) recorded at Sean Og’s in Woodside, Queens, detailing among other things, how he was hired, let go, why steak fries are called steak fries, and how it’s all related to the Arab Spring. 

*almost every catastrophe

Produced by Matt Elzweig 

Illustration by Richard Chance



Falling Uphill – Episode 3 – Center of the Universe

For this Godless Angeleno and his girl, nothing says romance like attending a Geocentrist convention in Indiana.

Richard Chance


Although Lou Perez ultimately chose atheism after a lifetime as a devout Catholic, he remained genuinely interested in people’s beliefs and why they held them. So when he saw that a convention of Geocentrists–those who still believe that the planets and the sun revolve around the Earth, that man and dinosaur walked by side by side, and who favor a literal interpretation of the Bible–would be holding their first ever convention at a Hilton in South Bend, Indiana, he convinced his then-girlfriend that they should fly from California to the Heartland for a weekend of Geocentrist festivities. Could it save their turbulent romance?  



Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Lou Perez (www.louperez.net and @LOUontheSUBWAY on Twitter.

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Beggin On My Knees Live” Frenzy

“Early One Morning (Assassinator Dub)” Hayvanlar Alemi

“Epiphany Chant: Introit – Ecce; Communion – Vidimus; I Vespers Hymn – Hostis Heredes impie” Freetime at University Pompeu Fabra

A Nation of Culls & Weeds” John Badger & The Moustache Riders of Doom

“Workin’ in the Office” Men

“Opening” Raphae

“Chords On The Floor” David Szestay

“Chords On The Floor 2” David Szestay

“Blizzard (PON I)” Kai Engel

“Morbid Imagination” Kai Engel

“Shaman’s Roar” Sergey Cherimisinov

“Satan in the White House” Comfort Cake



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Falling Uphill – Episode 2 – Smoking Is Good for You

A theater geek gets the callback he never wanted. 

It’s the mid-1960s and actor-director Jeff Bennett has realized he doesn’t have the stomach to pursue a career on Broadway. To make things worse, he’s just received a letter requesting his presence at an Army recruiting station to see if he’s physically fit enough to serve his country in Vietnam. Without enough teaching credits to spare him from what he sees as a pointless conflict and an all-around waste of his time, the only hope for Jeff is pneumothorax, a smoking-related lung condition. With papers documenting his ailment in hand, he reports to the center as instructed, but as he progresses naked through each exam station, no one in authority seems to want to hear about his extenuating circumstance. 



Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Jeff Bennett

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Maccary Bay”  Kevin MacLeod

“Spacial Harvest” Kevin MacLeod

“StompDance” Kevin MacLeod 

“Bronco Romp” Waylon Thornton

“Adders Tongue” Waylon Thornton 

“Goofer Dust” Waylon Thornton

Der Heyser Bulgar” Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet

“Cylinder Four” Chris Zabriskie

“Reveille” U.S. Army Bands Online (ABO)/ U.S. Army Bands Audio 

“Dig-Dig-Dig Dig For Your Dinner” Gene Kelly 



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Episode 1 – The Chairman

All Vito wanted to do was make a little extra cash so he could move out of his mom and dad’s place and take his film career to the next level. This isn’t what he had in mind. 

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When Vito* arrived at the interview, his teaching experience consisted of teaching English in Japan for six months and a job as a classroom assistant in a special needs school. Later, after a string of failures at various day jobs, he began working as a cameraman at a small TV station, all the while continuing to pursue his dream of making independent films on his own terms. When the opportunity to teach a video editing class at a for-profit college of mixed reputation came up he applied, for the extra money and because he was growing more and more ambivalent about his job in television. His expectations were low at the outset, but no one could have predicted what would happen when he met with school’s octogenarian president.
*not his real name


Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Anonymous

Technical Assistance by Alex Valle

Illustration by Richard Chance


“Collie Weed”   Kene Busma

“Revoilà le Beaujolais Nouveau”   Dugardin 

“Sieste Ocho”   Suerte

“Mátalas”   Oscar Silva

“Hero”   John Novak

“Fabricated Loony Commune”   Heifervescent

“Forest of Impaled”   Phantom

“Defloration”   Mary Poppins and the Dubitative Sex Toys Boys

“No Wings”   Keffy Kay

“Tense (Parte 01)” & “Tense (Parte 02)”   AlienAqtor, Disorder of Rage (DxOxRx), Flanicx, and Rod Brandao 

“Roc électrqiue à tailler”   Calame 



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