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Season One Talk: aka formerly known as The Soup

Joel McHale returns to the green screen to share his pearls of wisdom, bash on his corporate overlords, and generally try to entertain us; now pick which one of these he succeeds at here.

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That was fun. I'll probably watch a few more, if only because it's Sunday morning, and there's nothing else on.

I'm glad they let the end credits song play on the first episode at least. I guess the Netflix "Watch Next" thing will appear sooner on future episodes?

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That was pretty much exactly The Soup, and I'm pretty much totally fine with that.

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Yay, The Soup is back! Oh, wait...

We could use Joel's incisive commentary right about now.

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Although I think the guests were hit or miss, I'm so glad to have the Netflix version of The Soup!

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It was fun but it felt like it could have been about 5 minutes shorter. It kind of dragged a little. The clips weren't the best. I am hoping that the length was just because it was the first episode. Lots of potential to be as awesome as The Soup though, especially once they build up some good reoccurring segments (reality show clip time!) and running gags (chicken tetrazini!) and start making fun of celebrities like they used to (like Miley and Seacrest). I did like how when he started he made it like he was picking up where he left  off with the Bachelor.

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Ahh I loved the Soup! I still have a Spaghetti Cat bag somewhere.

I laughed sometimes, I'll keep watching to see what they can establish as I think they can get better.

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At first I was a little disappointed, and I wondered: is it me or is it Joel? I can recall laughing nonstop for 30 minutes with The Soup, for most episodes. But then we got the mashup of Korean pedestrian runovers and....I loved it! Especially the little girl getting knocked over by the bike at the end...(hmmm that makes me sound kind of sick). So a little bit hit and miss, but I just think the show is a little rusty. Same crew of writers so I am expecting the magic to happen regularly. Missed Lou terribly, and the very funny intros they used to have for the different themes but I suppose E! has rights to those, the same way David Letterman couldn't bring Stupid Pet Tricks over to CBS. But at least we get Mankini er I mean OnePiece. 

My viewing companion Mr. Nic (the Kelpie) very much enjoyed the opener with the Siberian Husky massaging the pig. He also seemed fascinated by the Jehovah's Witness discussing masturbation. My dog is awfully smart but I'm fairly sure he was more fixated on that man's hypnotic way of speaking. Oh, and I loved the cameos by Jim Rash and Allison Brie, I was hoping we'd see celebrities I'm actually interested in. I plan on checking out several more episodes before I totally commit but generally, I am just happy that Joel is back.

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I turned Netflix on this morning and I was so happy to find this show. This makes me so happy. The Soup is back. 

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How tall is Jason Priestly? I know Joel's pretty tall, but I didn't realize how short Jason is. 

Loved the end credits, ha! And the South Korean mashup of people getting run over (boy that does sound horrible, doesn't it?)

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I really enjoyed this episode. They seem to be hitting their stride.

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On 2/18/2018 at 9:05 AM, starri said:

That was pretty much exactly The Soup, and I'm pretty much totally fine with that.

Me too!  I had a stupid grin in my face for the whole episode!  

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I could really do without the opening graphic to "Joel's Weekly Dump," however...

Loved Kristen Bell using the BELTBOX at the end because they couldn't afford the rights to the song from "Frozen"! 

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3 hours ago, trow125 said:

I could really do without the opening graphic to "Joel's Weekly Dump," however...

Was Joel's Weekly Dump supposed to be like the Clip of the Week? Because it was just more clips so I didn't see the point of the intro graphic.

Big improvement from last week, which proved my point that it is all about getting great clips. That kid in that life after lock-up clip was hilarious.

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18 hours ago, ElectricBoogaloo said:

“Do we though?”

I am going to be laughing about that all week. 

I'm with Joel.  That kid is my new hero.

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This was a hilarious episode. Loved the "do we though?" kid, pizza ghost guy, belt box, and the dog clip. Thanks Joel! I needed some laughs today.

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I'm not gonna lie, I kind of miss the suits because I think Joel looks awesome in them, but other than that I love the freedom Netflix gives.  I hope this sticks around for a long while.  

Paraphrasing: "Last week, or, since this is on Netflix, five years ago..." hahahaha. 

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My favorite 30 seconds of the entire episode, courtesy of Love After Lockup. I now want 15 year old Tennison to attend work meetings with me to question whether we really need to do what people say we should do.

Andrea: So we are gonna pack up for one hour, you guys get to sleep for five hours, and then I'm gonna get y'all up and put you in the car. You want to meet him, don't you?
Tennison: Yeah, but what if we wait until next month?
Andrea: That wouldn't be right. He's been in prison for over 15 years and you have to meet your stepdad.
Tennison: ...do we though?

Tennison: What did you even go to prison for?
New stepdad: Robbery. I did some robberies.
Nayla: Are you a gang member?
Andrea: Nayla! Don't do that.
New stepdad: I did some things, a few things I ain't proud of. I have a past.
Andrea: What are you going to ask him next? Is he, was he a drug dealer?
Tennison: I mean, was he?
Nayla: Were you a drug dealer?
 

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The story Kristen Bell told about the pinworms was TMI but I don't remember it airing on the show, did Netflix release this as a bonus clip or something?

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Jason is about 5'7".  Joel is about 6'4" I think. He played tight end in college.

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Pizza ghost had me in hysterics. "I'm-a gonna haunt you forever!" on the pizza box slayed me. I've been cracking up whenever I think of it. It could join my two favorite clips from The Soup--Jesus "half-animal" Vila who was going to jump through ten sheets of tempered glass, and "Bear"Brown, from one of those Alaska shows, who punched fish in the face so they wouldn't suffer. Those two always make my laugh like a hyena, every time.

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2 hours ago, Pepper Mostly said:

Pizza ghost had me in hysterics. "I'm-a gonna haunt you forever!" on the pizza box slayed me. I've been cracking up whenever I think of it. It

Pizza Ghost was really funny, but the best part was when the smoke machine pumped out way too much smoke.

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I'm starting to feel bad for Donna-Dorable.

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“Do we doe?” should be the newest meme.

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9 hours ago, starri said:

I'm starting to feel bad for Donna-Dorable.

I’m just waiting for the sexual tension to boil over and a Donna McHale sex tape is leaked 😂

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Billy Eichner ragging on Joel was probably the funniest bit. His line about how did you expect to make it on CBS when you couldn't make it on Yahoo was good.

I am curious though, how they ended up with Paul Feig as an Executive Producer. The guy directed Bridesmaids and created Freaks and Geeks. Why is he spending time on a show that makes fun of crappy reality TV?

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Paul Feig has executive produced several projects such as well known shows/movies like The Office, Nurse Jackie, and Ghostbusters. The title can mean different things depending on the project. Before he was a director and producer, he was an actor and he also did stand up so I think that he likes championing/supporting shows that he believes in. Not every project becomes successful though (do you remember some of the other shows he produced like Ronna & Beverly?) so you have to diversify. You can't put all your eggs in one basket. As for why he's specifically exec producing this particular show, my guess is that he liked The Soup and wanted to help bring back this version. Hell, I would have signed up to be an executive producer if I thought it would help in any way!

Edited by ElectricBoogaloo.
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I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that none of the clips this week lived up to “Do we though?” That kid is going to be hard to top. 

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21 hours ago, ElectricBoogaloo said:

Paul Feig has executive produced several projects such as well known shows/movies like The Office, Nurse Jackie, and Ghostbusters. The title can mean different things depending on the project. Before he was a director and producer, he was an actor and he also did stand up so I think that he likes championing/supporting shows that he believes in. Not every project becomes successful though (do you remember some of the other shows he produced like Ronna & Beverly?)

My husband LOVED Ronna & Beverly. We even went to one of their live shows. So for his sake, I'm sad that they didn't succeed.

Paul Feig face-down in One Piece Man's butt was hilarious. I love that he's made cameos on all the episodes and that he's game for anything.

Donna Dorable must be thrilled with the exposure. (Any publicity is good publicity, after all.) I'm sure that if Joel is in NY or Donna is in LA, there'll be some kind of crossover.

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I thought this one was the funniest yet. I laughed out loud multiple times.

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I had no idea that Quacker Factory had survived the passing of its founder.  I really didn't realize how much I had missed the home shopping clips.

Those Japanese clips were...disturbing.

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6 hours ago, starri said:

Those Japanese clips were...disturbing.

I am just trying to figure out how they rigged up a building with a fake elevator like that, since the person's whole body went in the opening. It was hilarous though. The whole episode was pretty awesome, especially the woman say she was going to spread her legs, that was hilarious. Although still nothing beats the "do we though" kid from a few weeks ago.

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Eric Bana, yes please. 

Also, I couldn't quite tell - it seemed like this week's Feig appearance might have been pre-taped? I do appreciate his willingness to be so silly.

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8 hours ago, Kel Varnsen said:

Although still nothing beats the "do we though" kid from a few weeks ago.

Let's be real - it's going to take a lot to top that kid!

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On 3/12/2018 at 5:41 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

et's be real - it's going to take a lot to top that kid!

was that the kid who didn't want to meet his step father from prison?

I knew it was going to be Quacker Factory. After she died, I thought a daughter took over. JFC who wears that crap? 

I was dying at the YouTube clips of the girls with their boyfriends, and then "we broke up".

The one that said "he dumped me, now who is going to film my music videos". I was howling. 

What exactly was chopping everyone in half on that one show? 

Those people are sick!  I knew Japanese game shows were fucked up but good lord. Why didn't we see the women after they had the holy shit scared out of them? 

On 3/5/2018 at 3:14 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

Paul Feig has executive produced several projects such as well known shows/movies like The Office, Nurse Jackie, and Ghostbusters. The title can mean different things depending on the project. Before he was a director and producer, he was an actor and he also did stand up so I think that he likes championing/supporting shows that he believes in. Not every project becomes successful though (do you remember some of the other shows he produced like Ronna & Beverly?) so you have to diversify. You can't put all your eggs in one basket. As for why he's specifically exec producing this particular show, my guess is that he liked The Soup and wanted to help bring back this version. Hell, I would have signed up to be an executive producer if I thought it would help in any way!

Yeah he seems like a really cool guy.  

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On 05/03/2018 at 3:14 AM, ElectricBoogaloo said:

Paul Feig has executive produced several projects such as well known shows/movies like The Office, Nurse Jackie, and Ghostbusters. The title can mean different things depending on the project. Before he was a director and producer, he was an actor and he also did stand up so I think that he likes championing/supporting shows that he believes in. Not every project becomes successful though (do you remember some of the other shows he produced like Ronna & Beverly?) so you have to diversify. You can't put all your eggs in one basket. As for why he's specifically exec producing this particular show, my guess is that he liked The Soup and wanted to help bring back this version. Hell, I would have signed up to be an executive producer if I thought it would help in any way!

Most of his tv work predates his directing of Bridesmaids. He is a big shot movie director now, which is why I am a little surprised he is showing up o  this show. It is kind of cool which is why I am curious how he got involved with it.

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Surprisingly what had me laughing the most was the clip of Carson Daly's laugh. 

Loved the clips from Japan. What I was originally perplexed about with the bus scene were all the feathers on the bus. I've never laughed so much at children getting sliced in half. Only this show could get me to find such things hilarious. 

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20 hours ago, MVFrostsMyPie said:

Loved the clips from Japan. What I was originally perplexed about with the bus scene were all the feathers on the bus. I've never laughed so much at children getting sliced in half. Only this show could get me to find such things hilarious. 

Lol. Me too. TherE was zero reaction from any of the girls to the feathers. Is this normal for Japanese school buses??

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I so missed this show. I'm halfway through the binge watch but the snark had me howling at some points. 

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On ‎3‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 3:25 PM, teddysmom said:

I was dying at the YouTube clips of the girls with their boyfriends, and then "we broke up".

I was only half paying attention and thought it was all the same girl!

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I felt bad for laughing, but the clip of bulging eye man who got murdered by his wife on the show Snapped, cracked me up. Especially when Joel pointed out that his family members thought that would be a good picture of him to show. 

I thought of myself. I literally have no good pictures of myself. I hate taking pictures and really only have goofy, stupid pics. 

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