Goblin Talk

A random, short format, variety show goblin podcast

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travis and susan As we continue to recover from our trek through the mythic realms of Spoutwood and Maryland, and Wedji prepares to do whatever it is she does to actually make a living (no seriously, Don’t Google That!) we catch back up with our favorite sword swallowing circus freak, Travis Fessler of Pickled Brothers Circus to discuss his sordid love life. Yes folks, it is strange but true, even the freakiest of folks can sometimes manage to find a match. Travis is a beacon of hope for all us lonely weirdos out there. It still counts if he had to resort to trickery, though… Right?

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Photo Credit: Cat Eicke Spoutwood Farms - 2014

Photo Credit: Cat Eicke
Spoutwood Farms – 2014

Wedji has asked me to write all the good words, to explain this episode. Icecream, world peace, fart jokes, faeries, green, tax refunds, boogers, children’s laughter, Azog smashing things, imagination, exploitation, excommunication! Ok, those last ones are just big words, but I got carried away. Anyhow, Wedji and I (and Azog) went to Spoutwood Farms May Day Faerie Festival, and we did three live recordings. The first one was eaten by zombies. This is the second one, with our special guests Quince and Kiwi from Faerie Ring Theatre (aka Sidetracked).

Please note that this is an uber long episode with minimal editing. It is LIVE! Which makes it extra special, but it also means we don’t have the same setup and control of our standard studio environment. We have not expressed all the funny bits into a mashy pulp to pick and choose and smoosh back together into well edited and polished comedy. Nope, you get us raw, uncensored, and still damn funny. You get the table thumps, the squeals of laughter, the bits that you just had to be there to witness, and everyone talking over each other all at once. But that’s ok – cause you rock. We know you will forgive us for the occasional ear splitting pop as you pee yourself with laughter. I know I did… and the folks at Panera were not to please about it either…

So here it is – part 1 of our Live Spoutwood recordings. Part two will be coming next week, or once we find another Panera to steal wifi and electric from. Enjoy!

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nosepicking It is that time of year again! Birds are singing, grass is growing, rains are falling, and we have 4 more days till Spoutwood Farms Mayday Faerie Festival… Crap! We have only four more days till our first Faerie Festival, and then MDFF right after that! So much to do, so much to pack! Stay cool Wedji, stay cool.

So, here it is – our Faerie Festival Frenzy, lets all get revved up and excited for the weekend, extra special, uber-important, bet you all weren’t even expecting one this week but we did it because we love you anyways and you all deserve the best goblinyness we can give, episode of awesomeness! In which: Gandersnitch the Goblin loses his voice, we recap almost everything there is to do at the festivals, Wedji and Azog give the goblin rules for being in public, and Raven finally clues our listeners in on the complete rules of Elfchess!

Give it a listen, and we will see you this weekend!

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wiggins On today’s program we taunt Jeremiah Wiggins, the “Human” Ambassador to the Faerie Courts. All ribbing aside, Wiggins is an amazing gentleman. Full of mystery, history, and magic, you can find him wandering around the grounds of many a Renaissance and Faerie Festival with his giant mushroom rekindling the magic in young and old alike. It was he who was instrumental in arranging the terms of Gandersnitch’s asylum among the Faeries, and he who introduced us Goblins to a more civilized way of playing elf chess. Sure we will sabotage him at every angle, but that’s just what Goblins do. He is truly a man of the people… Or well, he was. Whatever you do, don’t mention the tail.

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10155853_10152382430364365_6530021521251584133_nToday on the program we make friends with a gentleman that sounds like god, Joshua Beard. He is a photographer traveling Asia to teach kids about creativity. Do we really need to say anything more than that? I don’t think so. Go back and read that sentence again…

He is so awesome, that we spend almost ten minutes chatting with him. Well really, we spent over an hour talking to him and cut it down to the most informative 10 minutes. And there was still so much more to say. But we can’t do EVERYTHING for you. Listen to the podcast, and then check out his blog: www.strangetinypeople.com. Trust us, you will be glad you did!

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azog

Today we bring you a BONUS episode – all about everyone’s favorite over-sized lump, Azog Greater Goblin! Or at least that was the plan… But Azog is too to be bound by clocks or schedules. Seriously, if it is a fancy or expensive clock, he should not be anywhere near it, bound or not. Seeing as how time is money, and money is basically non-existent over here, we could not waste the recording session. And the nasty little gnomes in line behind us were adamant about starting their gardening program on time this week. So here it is: Waiting For Azog.

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chai

Everybody loves Chai! It is like the sheer essence of Autumn in a single gulp. This is what the Greeks meant, when they talked about the ‘Nectar of the Gods’. But like any good Greek tragedy, our friends from Sparkle Chai are in trouble. Their carriage has been felled, their finances tested, their mission of mercy to bring Chai to the needy masses of goblins has been placed in jeopardy, and they might just pissed of Zeus by not sleeping with cows. I mean, we don’t know how it actually happened, but that is the best guess I have got.

Anyhow, Bucky and Emily are our favorite Chai people. And heck, lets be honest, some of our favorite people period. And they need help to get stuff fixed and things rolling to the first festival of their season, Spoutwood Farms May Day Faerie Festival. And that is where you come in. Go to their site, support their fundraiser, get Chai. Easy right? Seriously. Do it. Right now. And reap the rewards of being a loving, and supporting fan. www.gofundme.com/SparkleChai2014

Or don’t… in which case there will be no Chai, and all treaties are off, and the goblins will be cranky, and we don’t take any prisoners. Just saying. The first option is way better for everyone.

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triogoblinsWe have decided to move to a bi-weekly format, in solidarity with… you know, people and stuff. Because you shouldn’t judge, or so they say. But do those people in turn judge those who are judging? Who judges the judges? That’s what I want to know…

Right, sorry – since people are having withdrawals from the schedule change, and are all discombobulated from the time change over in America, we decided to make things a bit more bearable and give you an extra special early episode this week! (Or late, if you were expecting it last week.) This one is all about our four favorite faerie festivals! It is also seven and a half minutes long, because we wanted to make sure all of them got a good bit of time. We also determine once and for all, which faerie festival is the best of the best!

Now, I know what you are saying – but these don’t start for over another month, and one of them isn’t even till the summer. This is true, but you have to plan now people! Buy your tickets, book your cabin, secure your tent space, take the kids out of school, come up with an excuse for forgetting Mother’s Day, and practice your emergency floatation survival skills in case of flooding! Don’t wait till the day before… Unless you do wait till the day before… I mean you can still go, even if you decide at the last minute. You could even wait till it has started and then come, that’s ok. But don’t wait till the day after, cause then you would be bored and all alone and tasked with cleaning the whole mess up.

If we didn’t name your favorite faerie festival here, it is because we either don’t know about it, have never been invited to it, or might have been banished from it, it requires us to swim across an ocean to get there, or we forgot about it in the magnificence of these other four.

Here are the links to the websites of our four favorite Faerie Festivals:
Festival of Legends – April 26th & 27th – Chapel Hill, NC.

Spoutwood Farm’s May Day Faerie Festival – May 2nd to 4th – Glenn Rock, PA

Maryland Faerie Festival – May 10th & 11th – Darlington, MD

NY Faerie Festival – June 27th to 29th – Ouaquaga, NY

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dali_pma_05_17We were supposed to get together and record this weeks podcast… Instead, Wedji and Azog were all excited about this new game they had found and insisted we try it out. Something about digging up graves and collecting the moustaches of famous dead people. Sounds gobliny enough for me! And then Azog had this awesome idea for a new segment of the show. So today, you get a bit of a backstage look at what we do when we aren’t exactly doing what we are supposed to do. Enjoy!

Oh yeah – you can find the game we played here: http://www.amazon.com/Moustache-Name-that-Stache-Game/dp/B00A0E0ZX8

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hissing cockroach like what Travis put in his mouth.  VS.  Fluffy! Wedji's pet bug

Today on Goblin Talk we get back in touch with our good friend, Travis Fessler. (www.pickledbrothers.com)
We discover the secrets of google, other things you can put in your mouth, and why genetically modified food might not be that bad for some folks. As always our show is short, to the point, and reeks of insanity. But don’t take my word for it – give it a listen.

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