Extra: The Issues with Liani Pérez, Dale Cover, and Anthony Smith

Produced by Matt Elzweig

with Liani PérezDale Cover, and Anthony Smith:

of the WhatTheDealDale Podcast


“Waypoint F” by TeknoAXE

“Jah Rastafari Loop Dub” by The Impossebulls

“Reggaeton Bell” by GrWi2016

Spies Like Us 

When you’re in a park, in a country your parents told you was ‘off-limits’ after 9/11, and there’s a man following you who you think may think you’re a foreign spy, there’s only one thing to do–become one.

Story told by Adam Valen Levinson

Produced by Matt Elzweig



“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

The Oud Player of Rosslyn (Prelude 20 for Oud)” by Rob MacKillop

Oud Improvisation
by Hanawo “The Commoner”





September 11 2001 As It Happened – CNN live 10:11am – 9:00pm/cjnewson88/Published on Aug 12, 2012

Ahmadiyya Mosque Lahore Terrorist Attack 28.05.2010 On BBC/IneeMaakaYaMasroor/Published on Jun 7, 2010

Grenades Kill U.S. Troops In Iraq/palotiven/Published on Dec 11, 2008

CNN’s Michael Ware Reports on Afghan Death Highway/RagingProg/Published on Sep 9, 2009

Violence in Middle East, 29 Nov/newscompany/Published on Dec 31, 2007

Iranian students protest Ahmadinejad/donkeytipping/Published on Dec 11, 2006

Damascus Protest 15 March 2011/Syrianon/Published on Apr 2, 2011

Aleppo : 28.11.2011 – Massive gatherings to protest the Arab league decisions/Truth Syria/Published on Nov 28, 2011

Syrian Police & Thugs shooting at protesters in Hama on 03/06/11/freeknight2011/Published on Jun 4, 2011


Prince’s Assistant

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Uluç Ülgen


“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

“A Dixie Jam Session” by Armand Hug’s New Orleans Jazzmen; Armand Hug; Santo Pecora; George Girard; Bujie Centobie; John Senac; Fred King

“He-Man (Synthpop mix)” by Zapac 
Intoxicated By Distance by Christian Fiesel

“Intoxicated by Distance” by Christian Fiesel

“Pilgrimage – Awe” by Wayne Kinos 

“Black Chorale” by Pussyfinger

“Spiritual Dreams” by Spuntic

“Guy with the Stash” by TeknoAXE
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“Crypt Keeper” by TeknoAXE



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Extra: The Issues with John Dorcic

Produced by Matt Elzweig

with John Dorcic     



“Waypoint F” by TeknoAXE

“Jah Rastafari Loop Dub” by The Impossebulls

“Reggaeton Bell” by GrWi2016

Extra: The Issues with Erica Molfetto

Produced by Matt Elzweig

With Erica Molfetto                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FB: Erica Molfetto Comedy 
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“Waypoint F” by TeknoAXE

“Jah Rastafari Loop Dub” by The Impossebulls

“Reggaeton Bell” by GrWi2016

Running on Empty


Brian McCullough avoided even over-the-counter painkillers. But one night, aching from rugby and softball, and with a grad school paper to write, he decided to make an exception. The problem was, there was no Advil or Tylenol to be found in his house. His mother had a prescription, however. She was willing to share it. He may have underestimated its potency. 

Story told by Brian McCullough

Produced by Matt Elzweig


“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

“LSD Sky Chefs” by Loachfillet

“Instant Disorientation” by Sound Spread 

“Good Vibes” by JBlanked

“Three O’clock Mother” by Bruce Lenkei

“Night Loot” by Deal the Villain



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With so many people out of town, the Sunday before Memorial Day should’ve been an easy shift at the New York cocktail lounge where this husband and wife team works. It got off to a good start. Then all hell broke loose.

Theater of the Absurd


To actors trying to get work in New York City or anywhere else, acting and staging plays is a labor of love and insanity where every opportunity that presents itself could be that once in a lifetime break, a complete waste of time, or something in between. When Cherry Lou Sy graduated from theater school, she was willing to take almost any gig, even if she found it on Craig’s List. She was still too green to notice several red flags when she agreed to play the role of Juliet in …some sort of Alice in Wonderland-influenced Shakespeare review. When the writer/producer/director/star still hadn’t shown up as the audience began to file in, she realized she would have to take the reins and try to avert a complete disaster. 

Story told by Cherry Lou Sy 

Produced by Matt Elzweig


“Photo Morgana” Nightingale

“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane (cover) Donna Cedar 

“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane (cover) Liz Petty


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“Romeo and Juliet” Full-cast performance featuring Claire Blo

Scratching the Surface


You may remember Augustus* from Episode 6. He’s a guy to whom things tend to happen and then some. In this case, a pickpocket in Barcelona, a stolen suitcase, and a minor blemish on his passport set off a series of events that put his citizenship and his identity in question. Moments after arriving in San Francisco to catch his connecting flight to school, Augustus finds himself thinking not about how difficult the new semester will be, but whether he’ll be wasting away in a cell on the first day of classes.

*not his real name

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Augustus


“Being Reviled, We Bless, Being Persecuted, We Endure”  by Hertz – Metek

“Darkness” by Three Chain Links

“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

“Lights” by To Eris

“Running from an Evil Force” by Mystified

“Te Quiero” by Mila

“USS Sulaco” by N3rgul


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Amy Oestreicher was a gifted high school student who seemed destined for a career on the stage. After what seemed to be a auspicious meeting with a respected mentor to several Broadway stars took a very dark turn, her life began to spiral out of control, culminating in an unheard of medical emergency. She lingered in a coma for months, and when she awoke she was unable to eat or drink. Putting her life back together seemed all but impossible.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by Amy Oestreicher


“Innamorata” by Glenn Kramer

Uddling” (Piano Makeover) by Garmisch

“Colorless Aura” by Kevin MacLeod 

“Despair and Triumph” by Kevin MacLeod 

“Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

“Exodus (cover)” by Marcus Eaton

“Interlude – In Anxious Shadows” by Kai Engel

“Glorious Food from Oliver Twist

“Ephemeral (As Time Goes By)” by Karmic Interloper



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Rash Judgment

Dan woke up one morning and didn’t look or feel right. Fortunately, a doctor had sent a postcard to Dan’s house advertising his services not long before.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

The Third Degree


Curiosity can lead in all sorts of directions. John Dennehy’s passions for history and travel led him to a place called Transnistria. This would prove to be a disaster. In between Moldova and Ukraine, it doesn’t officially exist. It reveres the former Soviet Union and runs its institutions accordingly. When John stepped off the train in Tiraspol, its capital city, he was hoping to experience the closest thing to time travel. By the next day, he was in a police station just hoping he wouldn’t be locked up for a murder he didn’t commit.

Produced by Matt Elzweig

Story told by John Dennehy


“CatTerrogation (how they stay so relaxed)” Matt Burnett

“Desert City” Kevin MacLeod

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

“Monsoon Circus Dub” Hayvanlar Alemi

“Ruins of Soviets” Technology of Silence

“Under Suspicion” Lee Rosevere

“Walking Blind in New York” A Paranoid Android

Looperman.com: Davidgotskill, Decus



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Father’s Wishes

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


“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) 


DjDeeJaVu, highz



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The Extended Engagement


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.comhttp://www.dubomedy.com, @minaliccione on Twitter) 


“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 Ducis – provided 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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George W. Bush Speech 1/10/2007

Postscript -The Chairman


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

Guest: Tom Rizzuto

Center of the Universe


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.


“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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Smoking Is Good for You


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


“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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The Chairman


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


“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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