comedy podcast roundup

Podcast and media suggestions if you need to laugh and forget the real world for a little while. Put Your Hands Together, Hosted by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher “Put Your Hands Together delivers 75 minutes of jokes and backstage chats with LA’s best and brightest comics directly to your earbuds.” Cameron and Rhea are the most energetic and engaging hosts of a comedy podcast I’ve listened to and have great onstage chemistry (which is not surprising, since they’re married). Listen to: Pete Holmes, Alice Wetterlund, Marcella Arguello, Goodrich Gevaart, Tony Sam, Danielle Perez and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher 2 Dope Queens, HostedRead More →

guardians

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 The Geek Embassy returns with our Summer Movie Series. Each month for summer, Mark, Ryan, and I will share our thoughts and critiques of some summer blockbuster movies. We launch the series with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 because of course. We start out our discussion with initial impressions which come back favorable. Ryan mentions the concern that the movie might become the “Baby Groot Show” and how the clever intro sequence put those concerns to rest. From there we spend some time talking about what we love about the movie (a lot) and what we disliked (notRead More →

harry potter house

Come on, admit it. You’ve taken a Harry Potter house quiz or two. It’s a great geeky time killer at the very least. This month, we decided to take a few quizzes and compare results. Isabela, Evan, and I have lots of opinions about all things Harry Potter, not just the house definitions and meanings. We open with a brief discussion of Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child to kick off our discussion. I get all the names wrong. All of them. For those who might not be as well versed in the Hogwarts houses, summaries of each house (taken from the Harry Potter Wiki):Read More →

girls

I wasn’t a fan of the HBO series, Girls, at the start of the show. To say I was slow to appreciate it is an understatement. My initial hesitation rooted in the lead character, Hannah’s, self-centered approach to life. She acted as if the world, and New York City in particular, owed her something. I couldn’t stand her or her attitude. I can’t quite say what it was that kept me watching the show. My usual excuse falls to being a story addict and having to know how the story ends. But I’ve given up on stories that didn’t annoy me to the lengths that GirlsRead More →

guilty

It’s that time again! For March, our staff are getting together to discuss guilty pleasures for our live hangout. What makes something you enjoy a guilty pleasure? Tune in to hear us discuss this very question. We will share our favorite TV shows, movies, books, games, and food. There might also be a disagreement over what makes something a guilty pleasure… Tune in live at 2pm pacific Sunday, March 26th and find out what I mean. Live on YouTube! Click on the link and we can read your comments as we chat. Until next time, get your geek on! Regina, Isabela, Mark, and Julie  Read More →

Deadpool

Not Another Top-Ten List You can blame Facebook for this one.  My friends and I had a lively Facebook discussion about Hugh Jackman, which, subsequently inspired this post.  The recent release of Logan got me all nostalgic, thinking back on his universally-lauded performances as Wolverine for the last 17 years.  My immediate reaction was to declare Jackman’s performances as the truest representation of a comic book character in film.  But then people starting challenging me.  What about RDJ?  Ryan Reynolds?  Chris Evans? Comic book movies have produced some brilliant performances over the years.  Who is truly the best at bringing a character from page to screen?Read More →

voice

A Gigawatt Jukebox  playlist From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control.  In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date.   Who hasn’t dreamt of being a rock star…the power of your music surging energy into a roaring crowd?  With popular singing competition TV shows like The Voice, living the dream can actually happen.   After years of watching others sing their way into stardom, it got us thinking.  What would we do in their shoes?  What kind of voice would we belt if we could?  Which songs wouldRead More →

rated r

As February closes, we see the inevitable gauntlet of summer blockbuster season looming.  This season starts with equal amounts of trepidation and tempered excitement for our opener, Logan.  This is Hugh Jackman’s final turn as everyone’s favorite gruff loner and reluctant hero Wolverine.  Logan received the go-ahead for an R-rating almost immediately after the breakout success of Deadpool in February 2016.  While this bold move turned some heads, I took it upon myself to conduct an informal study on the relationship between film success and an R-rating.  This is what happens when you’re a librarian, a comic book fan, and you stay up later than you should.  Also, my editorRead More →

creators of color

Something I’d like to do more of for The Geek Embassy is to highlight content and creators whose work online that I enjoy. For this first spotlight, check out some of the creators of color who are making kickass content that I adore! Websites Black Girl Create “Black Girls Create is a hub for black creators and nerds. Through our site, we showcase a variety of creativity including, but not limited to, essays, fiction, art, and other forms of multimedia. We strive to be a collaborative space committed to championing and highlighting the increased media representation of black girls and women specifically, and people ofRead More →

crescendo

A Gigawatt Jukebox themed playlist From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control.  In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date.   It’s happened to everyone at some point: the experience of lost time.  You’ll be doing something routine, when you suddenly snap out of it.  Without realizing it, you just spent a few minutes in a trance.  Without knowing it, you were almost hypnotized by a song.  Every song tells a story, but some have the power to lure you like a Siren from Greek mythology.  ItRead More →