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Dav Pelton's Phenomenal Artist Interview Series - R2D2
March 30, 2012 08:46 AM PDT
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R2-D2 (phonetically spelled Artoo-Detoo, and called "R2" or "Artoo" for short) is a character in the Star Wars universe. An astromech droid, R2-D2 is a major character throughout all six Star Wars films. Along with his droid companion C-3PO, he joins or supports Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Obi-Wan Kenobi in various points in the saga. Along with Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO, he is one of only four characters to appear in all six Star Wars films.

R2-D2 was designed by John Stears and specially created by Australian firm Petric Engineering and English firm C&L Developments. Both the original props of R2-D2 and C-3PO used in filming are used as audio-animatronics in the queue area of Disneyland's Star Tours ride.

An Xbox 360 designed like R2-D2 was released in 2011. This shows his compelling cultural impact, but little is known about his personal life. Here we take a peak.

Captain Swartie Presents My Money Talks
March 29, 2012 10:16 AM PDT
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Major Captain Stebbins Swartie was born with less than 27 million dollars in the bank, and struggled to meet or exceed the expectations of his family. Once he took care of them, they were no longer a threat to his magnanimous empire. Since he is independently minded, he decided to go in to the studio and record songs that he would like to download. Don't despair if this music isn't to your liking, these songs exist primarily to boast his instant catalog.

Sigmond FraudCast w/ VEH
March 27, 2012 10:48 AM PDT
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While we are waiting on the Flagship Biscuit Show, here is a podcast that Erik Harmon helped me make. Updated 3/28/12

Stan Freberg - The Lost Besides - In the Shrill of the Night
March 22, 2012 10:29 PM PDT
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Born in Pasadena, California, Freberg is the son of a Baptist minister. His traditional upbringing is reflected both in the gentle sensitivity that underpins his work (despite his liberal use of biting satire and parody) and in his refusal to accept alcohol and tobacco manufacturers as sponsors—an impediment to his radio career when he took over for Jack Benny on CBS radio.

Freberg was employed as a voice actor in animation shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School. He began at Warner Brothers in 1944 by getting on a bus and asking the driver to let him off "in Hollywood." As he describes in his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, he did this, getting off the bus and finding a sign that said "talent agency." He walked in, and the agents there arranged for him to audition for Warner Brothers cartoons where he was promptly hired.

The popularity of Freberg's recordings landed him his own program, the situation comedy That's Rich. Freberg portrayed bumbling but cynical Richard E. Wilk, a resident of Hope Springs, where he worked for B.B. Hackett's Consolidated Paper Products Company. Freberg suggested the addition of dream sequences, which made it possible for him to perform his more popular Capitol Records satires before a live studio audience. The CBS series aired from January 8 to September 23, 1954.

The following series is dedicated to his failed attempts at satirical comedy that were previously unreleased.

Sir Alec Guinness - Born Thesis Way - NPR
March 21, 2012 12:08 PM PDT
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Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941, he entered the Royal Navy as a seaman and was commissioned the next year. Beyond an extra part in Evensong (1934), his film career began after World War II with his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946). A string of films, mostly comedies, showed off his ability to look different in every role, eight of them, including a woman, in one movie alone, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). His best known recent work was as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) trilogy. He earned a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and an Honorary Academy Award (1980) for "advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances". Academy nominations have included The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) (actor); The Horse's Mouth (1958) (screenplay); Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (supporting) and Little Dorrit (1988) (supporting). He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1959 Queen's Honours List for his accomplishments in theater and film. Sir Alec Guinness died at age 86 of lung cancer on August 5, 2000. Just before he passed away, he recorded some of his favorite poems.

Sigmond FraudCast Declaration of War
March 16, 2012 12:42 PM PDT
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Podcasts are the things that we must stand up and protect!

Sigmund FraudCast Censorship Admiration
March 13, 2012 10:11 AM PDT
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I have recently triumphed! What seems impossible has now become a complex reality - albeit a small trifle victory; but victory nonetheless!

Dr. Daniel Admal Dizh Revolutionary Sleep Therapy
March 12, 2012 09:45 AM PDT
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Dr. Daniel Admal Dizh a formulaic and brilliant psychotherapist on the board of the renowned Carl & Scholger Institute for advanced pharmacological medication. Once considered the premiere medicinal administrator in all of Southern Afghanistan, he now practices entirely out of the United Kingdom on a temporary liability waiver from the British government. Please enjoy this incomplete sample from Dr. Daniel Admal Dizh's prestigious 70 CD program to help restless patients achieve perfect Blissful Sleep Therapy.

Dr. Daniel Admal Dizh is unavailable online or in any store. He works out of his Ukrainian and Thrial home.

FraudCast Busting Through
March 10, 2012 07:40 PM PST
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I think this looks like it is actually online!

Sir Alec Guinness - Against All Odds
March 09, 2012 10:23 AM PST
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Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941, he entered the Royal Navy as a seaman and was commissioned the next year. Beyond an extra part in Evensong (1934), his film career began after World War II with his portrayal of Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946). A string of films, mostly comedies, showed off his ability to look different in every role, eight of them, including a woman, in one movie alone, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). His best known recent work was as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) trilogy. He earned a Best Actor Oscar and Golden Globe in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and an Honorary Academy Award (1980) for "advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances". Academy nominations have included The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) (actor); The Horse's Mouth (1958) (screenplay); Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (supporting) and Little Dorrit (1988) (supporting). He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1959 Queen's Honours List for his accomplishments in theater and film. Sir Alec Guinness died at age 86 of lung cancer on August 5, 2000. Just before he passed away, he recorded some of his favorite poems.

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