Sound Engine-Nerd and Fact Wrangler Matt Lewis pinch hits this week for Eric while he is of searching for the Lost City of Zed! The Matts recap a week chock full of THINGs Just In, talk about the lasting legacy of grunge icon Chris Cornell, and recap not one...but TWO episodes of the outstanding series The Leftovers. Come on over to the other side for another week of the THING!

Our Sound Engineer and official Fact Wrangler is Matt Lewis.
All episodes are produced & edited by Kalin Brehler.
The THING Podcast is recorded every week in the Falling Down Stairs Comedy Bunker in beautiful downtown Traverse City Michigan.

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It's a special Throwback episode this week on The THING! Join Matt and Eric for a discussion of Sean Penn's 2007 modern classic Into the Wild. Charting the story from Jon Krakauer's book of the same name, the film follows the short but fully lived life of Christopher McCandless. It's not just an excellent adventure film, it's a modern meditation on materialism, companionship, and what it means to be a human on this planet earth. (hint: Money and power are an illusion and happiness is only real when shared). Come share with us as we celebrate this truly excellent film.

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The Guardians of The THING, Eric and Matt, ride again! They recap the highlights of the week with some comedy talk, look ahead to some upcoming THINGs just in, and "take on" the outstanding new episode of The Leftovers. Then they join StarLord and the crew for the new summer kickoff smash wam-bam hit Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Come on in and join us and, by the way, does anyone have some tape?

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The guys are back in the bunker to review highlights from the week and reflect on the recent passing of a couple legends who have made massive contributions to creative culture. They make a stop Down Under for the weekly discussion on the Leftovers, and then dig in to some of the high water marks so far this year in film, music, podcasts, and more. What are we doing? Just preventing the Apocalypse...come join in!

Our Sound Engineer and official Fact Wrangler is Matt Lewis.

All episodes are produced & edited by Kalin Brehler.

 The THING Podcast is recorded every week in the Falling Down Stairs Comedy Bunker in beautiful downtown Traverse City Michigan. 

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Eric And Matt sound better than they ever have in their lives after a professional upgrade from their new Sound Engineer (and special guest). Matt explains the life decisions that led to a recent...uh...revealing comedy experience, the guys get stoked about some upcoming summer releases, and they check in on the latest delightfully weird episode of The Leftovers. Don't be ridiculous, tune in now!

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The boys are back in toooooooooown...the boys are back...the boys are back! Eric and Matt are excited to be out of the bunker for "Season 2" of The THING. Join them for an update on what's been going on and for some exciting news for the future of the show. The crew also digs in for a discussion on all of the amazing stand up comedy specials on Netflix right now (Louis C.K! Dave Chappelle! Mike Birbiglia! WHAT!?!). Come on in to the hidden den in your mind and welcome the crew back, they have missed you.

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This week, Eric and Matt discuss whether or not to step aboard the Essex for the Moby Dick inspired "In the Heart of the Sea" and recap a week that brought a new collection of acoustic Jack White recordings as well as some excellent satirical comedy. 
Finally, we ride out to West Texas to chew on the THING of the Week: Hell or High Water, a new era indie-western that manages to feel like an instant classic and refreshingly new. As you will hear, we do our best to temper your expectations to maximize your viewing exper....AAAAAGH, just put on some giddy-up music and get out and see this movie, ITS EXCELLENT!! 
This weeks episode of the THING is brought to you by the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, happening worldwide on Sunday Setpember 25th.The DGR is focused on raising funds and awareness for men's health by bringing together the vintage, retro and classic inspired motorcycle community for a one day dapper celebration. To find a ride near you and to learn more about how you can donate to Suicide Awareness and Prostate Cancer Research, visit www.gentlemansride.com
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Join our intrepid THINGcasters as they round up the week by bringing the heat for a discussion on the Netflix documentary "Fastball", talk Teddy tough in a shout out to Ken Burns examination of "The Roosevelts", and recap a Throwback Tribute to the late, great Gene Wilder: "Young Frankenstein" on the big screen!
Finally, Eric and Matt bring it home for the THING of the week: the gripping new HBO limited series "The Night Of". They discuss how this series combines outstanding acting, brilliant cinematography, and pitch-perfect writing to examine some of the big issues facing our modern society. You could say discussion is really really...ARRESTING (Sorry, we will show ourselves out).
This episode is brought to you by the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, a global single day vintage and classic inspired motorcycle event focused on rasing money for prostate cancer research and suicide awareness. The 2016 DGR is taking place on Sunday, September 25th. For more information on how to participate in a ride near you, or to make a donation to SUPPORT Men's Health, visit www.gentlemansride.com
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Eric and Matt 'rassle up a week of creative goodness by discussing the work and enduring legacy of Woody Allen, praising the genre bending mastery of writer Benjamin Percy, and take a THROWBACK to 1985 for the cult classic Real Genius. Or, as Chris Knight says, "It is yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility"...truly words to live by.
Finally, for the Thing of the Week this week, Eric and Matt discuss the beautiful, thoughtful, one-of-a-kind family adventure drama Captain Fantastic. It's a great discussion on the absurdity of civilization, the power of family, and what it means to truly be alive. Come on in and join the party, it's like Noam Chomsky day came early!
This weeks episode is brought to you by the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, an annual charity motorcycle ride focused on raising funds for Prostate Cancer Research and Suicide Awareness, two of the biggest issues facing men worldwide. Find a ride near you and make a contribution to men's health at www.gentlemansride.com.
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Eric and Matt are back to recap a week that included an audience with Rock Royalty (Sir Paul McCartney himself), a look at the life and times of legendary creative force Nora Ephron, and a THROWBACK to 1986 for some Big Trouble in Little China (as 'Ol Jack always says, "What the hell").
The main event this week is a look at the newly released "Dont Think Twice", about an aging improv troupe looking at the next phase in life. The guys take on the heavy topics of creativity, growing up, ambition, love and loss that are all posed by this masterwork from writer and director Mike Birbiglia. You will want to pull up a seat and say "yes and" to this weeks installment of The Thing...is that how that works?!
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