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Anyone who is a fan of comedy and history will love the popular podcast known as The Dollop. Hosted by comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, the show has been airing since April 2014. There are over 400 episodes, so if you are ready for some peculiar facts from the history books and a good laugh, here are some of the best Dollop episodes to start with.
The Best Dollop Episodes
One of the highest-ranking of The Dollop, according to listeners on Owltail, is an early Episode 4, which was titled “Ghosts.” In this episode, the two American comedian hosts discuss the situation on ghosts, both in America and abroad.
This show runs for just over an hour. Ghost stories have been told throughout history and are often the subject of horror movies. Some people believe them, while others do not, but whichever side you’re on, this episode is a funny one undoubtedly.
Donald Trump (Part One)
Politics tend to be a highly divisive topic—both now and in the past. People often hold their political views and inclinations very firmly, with very little to no wiggle room at all. President Trump has had a rocky term in office, but before he became president, he was always a high profile individual and businessman.
In Episode 300A aired in November 2017, the hosts endeavor to examine the life of Donald Trump. This episode also ranked very highly among listeners on Owltail. You might want to give this episode a listen to hear more about the man himself before he was president. Expect to hear more about the businessman, the TV show host, and the author in this highly popular episode.
In Episode 239, podcast hosts Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on a company they call a “Wallstreet darling.” Aired in February 2017, this episode goes into the Enron scandal. The fall of a large energy company into bankruptcy and the ensuing dissolution of one of the largest audit companies—Arthur Andersen—is a tale with many twists and turns. Expect a lot of humor injected in as the comedians break down this momentous, modern-day financial scandal. For more information on what happened, you can see the details here.
Doug Evans and Juicero
In Episode 418, the comedians look into famous entrepreneur Doug Evans as well as his company Juicero. Its breakthrough product was a fruit and vegetable juicing machine, but it wasn’t cheap. The episode was recorded live at the San Jose Impro.
The juicing company was born out of Silicon Valley and was hugely popular until it went defunct in 2017. In this episode, the hosts dig down into what went wrong and other Silicon Valley challenges. If you are interested in startup companies and how and seemingly successful companies eventually fall, then you can learn a few things from this episode.
Episode 271 was all about Uber. It was aired in June 2017 and was highly rated by listeners. While it’s a long time since then and the ride-sharing app has made significant progress and changes, there’s nothing like a look back in time for some good laughs. You can judge for yourself how much has changed and how much has not. Join the hosts as they examine the company in the earlier years.
The Cereal Men
Cereal is one of the most enjoyed breakfast foods in the US and the world over. It is easy and convenient to prepare, and there is so much you can do with it. In Episode 46, the podcast hosts, comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds go live with Patton Oswalt, who is also a comedian and appeared in the popular sitcom, “The King of Queens.”
The topic for this episode is all about how cereal was created in America. It was released in January 2015 and was a very hilarious and eye-opening take on the history of a food class we often take for granted. Be prepared for some weird findings.
Swamp People of Carolina
In another live episode, you can hear the comedians’ take on the early history of the state of North Carolina. Episode 295 aired in October 2017 and is a 2-hour podcast worth a listen. Learn some fascinating history on the building of that state.
One of the most-American of holidays is the Thanksgiving celebration. There is a rich history of how the day was first celebrated to what it is today. It is a time for families to come together, share a meal, and express their gratitude for the many blessings in life. In Episode 35, released back in 2014, the show hosts take some time to examine the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Goat Doctor John Brinkley
Becoming a doctor takes many years of both theoretical and practical training. Doctors have a highly esteemed place in society because of their dedication to the health and wellbeing of their patients. The medical field and practice of a doctor are not to be taken lightly. It is a life and death matter.
Every once in a while, you hear about someone who pretended to have a qualification they did not. That was the case with John Brinkley, who fraudulently claimed to be a medical doctor in the earliest 20th century. His story is an unbelievable one; you can listen to the hosts break down the story of John Brinkley in Episode 62.