November 22nd, 2012

(Yams!) I Feel Like A Turkey!

What I love most about this time of year is all the great Thanksgiving songs on the radio…


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November 20th, 2012

Wrestling Team on Pod Awful Marathon Podcast



Wrestling Team recently participated in Pod Awful's 13-hour Hurricane Sandy Relief podcast. A lot of fun was had, much more fun in fact than there was internet connectivity in host Jesse P-S's studio. Listen below and donate to the Red Cross! You have until November 23rd!

Wrestling Team can be heard in the following episodes:
Part 2: Jeff Rubin, Streeter Seidell & Wrestling Team (We show up at 1:16:00)
Part 3: Josh Gondelman, Wrestling Team & Pradogod (We split at 1:00:00)

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October 22nd, 2012

Wrestling Team on the Worst Gig Ever Podcast



Wrestling Team recently sat down with the great Mike Pace & Geoff Garlock of the Worst Gig Ever podcast to discuss eating shit in front of Pittsburgh punks, homophobic disc jockeys and hardened NYC open mikers alike, evolving their terrible sketch act into something more personal, and the long journey toward finding yourself that never actually ends. Please peep this! Check out more Worst Gig Ever because it’s a lot of fun, and stay tuned to Beginnings in the coming weeks for more Garlock magic.

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April 16th, 2012

Wrestling Team on the Here to Help Podcast



Mark and Andy were recently on Andy Rocco and John Robert Wilson’s great podcast Here to Help. Here to Help is a weekly live podcast with a panel of comedians and characters dispensing advice to those in need… or at the very least, they try to relate. On this podcast crossover edition, the Beginnings Boys talked to the Here to Help Hombres about falling down stairs, burning hands, blue hair, boner pills, cat carriers, deciding whether or not to live in a mansion and Microsoft Word shortcuts. This one’s a keeper.

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November 18th, 2011

Wrestling Team on the Sketch Block Podcast



Sketch Block, a live sketch-variety show which takes place every second Wednesday at the Theater Under St. Marks in the Lower East Side and is one of the longest running sketch shows in the city, has recently expanded its reach to the world of podcasting. With the Sketch Block Podcast, producer and host KL Thomas and compatriots Adam Lash and Nisse Greenberg are carrying on the Sketch Block live show’s goal “to give sketch comedy an opportunity to be seen” by interviewing and showcasing sketch troupes, writers, teachers, etc.

Recently, Wrestling Team sat down with the Sketch Block crew to discuss how they met, writing songs and sketches, their own podcast and whether or not it’s a good idea to juggle multiple projects at once.

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July 5th, 2011

Wrestling Team on the Mustache Rangers Podcast



Wrestling Team can be found impersonating some of your favorite American presidents on this week’s episode of the Mustache Rangers Podcast! The Mustache Rangers are an improv team from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They produce a weekly improvised podcast built around 60-second audio sketches recorded for the show by their special guests. For their 4th of July episode, they invited Wrestling Team to join the fun.

The Mustache Rangers are best described as a cross between Buck Rogers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Samuel Beckett. Check out the show! Below!

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April 26th, 2011

Wrestling Team on Pod Awful (Again!)



Wrestling Team returned to Pod Awful last week to discuss Andy Kaufman, Abbie Hoffman, Gaby Hoffmann and Famke Jansen with host Jesse P-S. We also plugged our favorite podcasts, carted out some of our beloved Kavalkade of Karakters and insulted people who were kind enough to listen to and call into the show! Check it out below, and be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of the Pod Awful Live! podcast, which we did yesterday.

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February 6th, 2011
Pittsburgh's No. 1 (in 1985) (Feat. Ken Thrice & Big Ted)
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Fun Jamz Fundraiser (Bonus)

Wrestling Team’s ancestral home, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is on the verge of a record seventh Super Bowl victory. What better time to sing the praises of The Steel City in verse?



Pittsburgh’s #1 (in 1985) (Feat. Ken Thrice and Big Ted)



I feel like I’m repping my hometown of Pittsburgh to anyone who will listen, and the idea of doing a Pittsburgh-themed rap has been rolling around in my head for years. Andy suggested, with the Super Bowl approaching, that the time was right to drop one. I reached out to my dear friend Matt Stidle (credited here as Ken Thrice) for a verse, and I got none other than Ted Gilliland (aka Big Ted) to rap on the hook while he was visiting from Carnegie. Matt and I rapped together for years as OSE, so it is particularly exciting to be on a track with him again. The song samples The Pittsburgh Polka, The Mr. Rogers theme song and WTAE’s “Hello Pittsburgh” promo from 1981. The hook comes from a song recorded in 1985 when Pittsburgh, in the wake of the Pittsburgh Renaissance, was voted the no. 1 city in the world by an unidentified authority. Enjoy, and Go Steelers!

-Mark


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January 31st, 2011
Forgetful Jones
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Fun Jamz Fundraiser

Wrestling Team pledged to write personalized songs for the people who donated $30 or more to their Fun Jamz Fun-draiser. Several generous people did, and Wrestling Team will be rolling out the hits this week! This one’s for:



Cory Palmer


Cory is a dear friend, Wrestling Team collaborator and fellow dreamer. He and Andy have been improvising together since meeting in their Level 1 class at UCB. They have formed several teams and have performed throughout the city and beyond. Cory also co-hosted the live Weeping Skull with Andy and I and is currently helping us develop an improvised podcast under the Weeping Skull banner. He’s super funny and a hugely talented performer. He’s also a generous guy, so it should come as no surprise that he donated to the Fun Jamz Fun-draiser.

Like me, Cory seems to harbor an unironic appreciation for top 40 radio, so my original plan was to make a bonafide club banger in his honor. When asked what subject he would like me to explore in the song, Cory offered that he had been feeling very forgetful lately, so a club banger about forgetfulness would fit the bill.

Throughout the writing process, the song evolved from a banger into more of a straight-up hip-hop song. It is now a typical boast track told from the point of view of a rapper suffering from a neuro-degenerative memory disorder. He may not be able to remember his birthday, but he’s still rockin Louis Vuitton. The song samples Dhjango Reinhardt, “Where there’s a whip, There’s a way” from the Rankin-Bass “Lord of the Rings” cartoon, the title song from “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Don’t Forget Me” by Neko Case and series five of the UK “Skins.” It also has an out-of-left-field, Panda-Bear-inspired hook.

-Mark


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November 22nd, 2010

Wrestling Team on Pod Awful



Last week, Wrestling Team sat down with New York improviser and roustabout Jesse P-s for an episode of his podcast Pod Awful. According to podawful.com, Jesse has been scouring the New York comedy scene in search of “pure, unadulterated COMEDY GOLD.” So what’s he doing interviewing those schmoes from Wrestling Team!? Boom! Wrestling Team is so dumb, they threw a rock at the ground and missed! Swish! Wrestling Team is so stupid, they thought a quarterback was a refund! Bullseye!! Wrestling Team are such morons, they thought the Tea Party was too insane to gain a political foothold in America! Yelp! For more dozens, click the links below, but don’t get caught in a patented Wrestling Team Logic Loop! Also, subscribe to Pod Awful in iTunes. It’s a fun show!

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