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It's “That Guy… Who Was in That Thing” meets "WTF" but with people even less well known! Sure it's fun to interview the crazy famous and ask them about the difficult years, but that's been done. Memories are plastic - we're getting the real dirt from people still crawling through it. Laura Scruggs is the playwright and Jake Scruggs is the technical guy who listens to a lot of “This American Life” and thinks that qualifies him to interview people.

Jun 16, 2014

Guest: Leonard Franks


0:02:04 The podcast's first awkward pause.

0:02:39 Bryn has had an eventful last few days including another stint on Nat Geo's "Brain Games".

0:07:20 Nilsa's intense temp gig actually helped Bryn prepare for his second "Brain Games" spot!

0:15:00 What do Nilsa and Laura think of beards?

0:17:05 Nilsa gets real about her situation… and Jake throws Bryn under the bus.

0:19:10 Jake shares his cousin's money saving techniques.

0:25:30 Jake aims Bryn at the bus again… and he hits the target.

0:28:50 Leonard Franks- Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists (

0:31:50 "Door Jam"- Leonard's door slam farce set in parallel universes

0:35:40 Instead of trying to submit to his university's literary magazine… he started his own.

0:38:40 Leonard loves to teach math. If you don't love math, "Euclid's Elements - Book 1" may change your mind.

0:43:10 "(Math) is something that you do for it's own sake."

0:47:40 "Art Meets Science" (July 11-13 at Chicago Dramatists) Playwriting Festival and a discussion about Sci-Fi.

0:54:10 "I don't like to just do one thing at a time."

0:59:00 Gong Geishas and Nilsa's first role as an actor.

1:03:05 Leonard, ideally, would like to teach AND continue developing plays.

1:08:20 Jake drops the knowledge that Topher Grace edited the Star Wars prequels into a single film- how do we get invited to that screening?

1:09:00 Track down the "Star Wars Holiday Special" and watch it for the commercials and Nilsa zings Bryn about the 1977 "House" ("Hausu").

1:11:00 Leonard lays out the rules of the drinking game based on the Japanese zombie movie "Wild Zero".

1:15:05 Leonard asks the actors on the podcast how to best recruit actors for readings.



Outro Music: "Everything's Coming Up Roses"

Performed By: Klea Blackhurst


Written By: Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim