"No Bad Ideas"

Of course there are bad ideas. Like, a lot of them.
But any idea can become a good story.

About

No Bad Ideas is a storytelling gameshow where we take the worst ideas from the Internet and try to turn them into stories that are actually good.

It's the creation of Gabriel Urbina, Sarah Shachat, and Zach Valenti, three writer and artist-types who, in order to stay fresh creatively, have an excuse to hang out with each other once a week, and check in on what they're working on, take a terrible idea they found on the Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (worst?) absurdities the Internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

Episodes

Today on No Bad Ideas: Phone calls! Arrests! Dystopias! Bad breakups! As many crimes as possible!

In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings the squad the tale of a man who called the police to ask why he hadn't been arrested... and was then promptly arrested. The team turns it into a film about a world so broken and destroyed that going to jail may be preferable to what you'll find in the "free" world. Then, Sarah presents a report of a heartbroken woman who went on a traffic-offense odyssey in her ex's car to get revenge. The squad barrels through the best way to adapt it into a story of stolen identity in the not-too-distant future.

All of that, plus: raid ID, ten grizzled assassins, international incidents, an adult superstore, and public parental forgiveness.

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We’re back with a couple ideas that go deeper and deeper! First Sarah brings us the story of a very inappropriate toy and we turn it into a Harriet the Spy reboot working a case on a clock in time for the Christmas Rush. Then, Zach has an update on an old bad idea: the deep fakes a mom put together to sabotage a cheerleading team may not be so deep faked. We switch genres from superhero to mystery, with a high school journalist who gets in way over their head.

Plus: WallStreetBets but more evil, classic clickbait headlines, the most precocious 12-year-old ever, a TRON battle situation, and the laugh this country needs.

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We’re off to Europe this week, with a pair of historical farces from different eras! First Zach, brings us a tale of Swiss aristocrats trying to enforce feudal rights and we turn it into a Succession-esque thriller of a young heir who may or may not try to burn it all down. Then, Gabriel takes us all the way back to Biblical times, with a story of a Noah’s Ark stranded on the coast of England. We take it and create a contest to determine the one true ark, and the family who have devoted themselves to ark building for very varied reasons.

Plus: Robber Barons, jackalopes, non-certified floating objects, three brothers named Noah, and a Boston Tea Party with Circe.

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Zach is out again this week but we’ve pulled in not one but two (three if you count the doggo that trotted up to Sarah’s mic) of our favorite people in podcasting: Victoriocity’s own Jen and Chris Sugden!

First, Gabriel brings us a tale of an aspirational identity swap and we turn it up and add a bunch of twisty layers that culminate in a cross-country road trip to the lights of Vegas. Next, Sarah offers up a particularly silly idea from congress and we turn it into this summer’s next action-packed disaster movie, with trees… on the moon! Then we chat with them about the origins of their podcast Victoricity, how they work as writing partners, and the refining process to bring an episode from idea to a script in the studio.

Plus: that Midlands energy, 8-10 scientists and politicians in charge of The World, a very grizzled Bruce Willis, pulling a Christopher Nolan and heavy-handed metaphors.

For more top-tier comedy from the Sugdens in your life, check out Victoriocity and follow both Chris and [Jen](https://twitter.com/JenSugden
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Today on No Bad Ideas: Crime! Cheese! Photographs! Meditation! Corporate synergy! Personalized prompts!

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the story of a notorious crime boss that was brought down by an untimely social media post. The squad does their best to spin it into the story of a floating platform in the middle of the ocean, where you can find a free-for-all black market where everything is up for sale. Then, in our second idea, Zach presents a corporate giant's latest attempt to control the hearts and minds of its employees. The gang turns it into the story of a young woman who goes to work for a futuristic startup who is a little too concerned with what their employees really need.

All of that, plus: James Bond villains, ambitious underlings, company bureaucracy, a portrait of how someone loses their soul, and hardened criminals seeking revenge!

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Zach is out for the week but we’ve convinced Lillian Holman, a very talented audio creator and one of our dear friends, to pitch hit in the NBI Hot Seat and help us mix some metaphors!

First, Gabriel brings us a battle over exactly what’s in a name, and we turn it into a marriage plot based on the most convoluted inheritance scheme of all time. Then, Sarah presents us with an Italian artist’s latest project, and we turn it into a touching coming-of-age story about what can happen when you go to meet your heroes and see… nothing.

Plus: Casting gimmicks, horrible grad school flashbacks, whole new definitions of imposter syndrome, the ghost of Robert Mitchum, and Scenic La Jolla.

Check out Greenhouse, and for more of Lillian’s work visit her website and follow her on Twitter!

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We’re back for another round untangling the sad, the stupid, and the gross. First, Zach brings us a horrible, heartbreaking story of abandonment at sea and we feel the best thing we can do with the idea is launch it at Mars. Then Gabriel delivers a story of botched revenge and we turn it into a tale of spies who really wish their neighbors would leave them alone.

Plus: Teelon Tusk, a perfect comedy sketch, all sorts of bobby-traps, very petty vengeance, and dying of old age in the Zombie Apocalypse.

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We’re back to sift through fake posts and posers for another couple rounds of Bad Ideas!

First, Gabriel brings us an artifact from the depths of Reddit and we turn it into a battle of cartoon chefs for the ages (and for equal pay). Then, Sarah brings us a story of a wedding wrecked for an excellent reason, and we turn it into a long-running TV show that combines the best parts of Charlie’s Angels and 90-Day Fiancé.

Plus: a Ruse Cruise captained by Mr. Trollface, all the billionaires ex-wives, good season five problems, better George Orwell books, and the breakup version of Law And Order.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: 90's fads! Grief counseling! Erotica! Devious librarians! And special guest star, Sarah Rhea Werner!

First, Zach brings us the story of a 90's fad that, when it died, had its very own wake, funeral, and memorial service. The team turns it into a heartwarming period dramedy about families, grieving, and confronting our own mortality through parenthood. Then, Sarah presents an article about a town that made the news when a book swap box got a little too saucy. The squad turns it into a film about a library trying to get funding through erotica and scandal! Then, we have a short discussion with Sarah Werner about creating during the pandemic and the virtues of teaching others the craft of writing.

All of that, plus: disgruntled priests, digital life, holographic spouses, cesspits, and insatiable hungers.

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For more of Sarah Rhea Werner's work check out her website, follow her on Twitter, and tune into her shows Girl in Space and The Write Now Podcast.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: girlfriends! Birthdays! Scams! Tokens! Art!

On our first bad idea, Gabriel brings the team a report of a man who was dating a lot of women so that he could have birthdays all year round. We try our best to turn it into the story of a spy who is very desperately trying to get caught. Then, Sarah presents an article about an NFT whose auction may result in a real art piece getting destroyed. We come up with the elite team of museum curators who is going to save the art world from itself through theft and crime.

All of that, plus: the Dark Souls of dating sims, drawings on refrigerators, Silicon Valley villainy, establishments who have lost their mind, and terrible schemes.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: it's special guest star Christopher Dole, co-creator or Arden! Also bear fighting, incompetent criminals, and a conversation about creating content while the world is upside down!

In our first story, the gang takes Sarah's story about a man who (unsuccessfully) tries to fight a bear and turns it into a film about a has-been wrestler who tries to jump start his career by... yep, you guessed it! Then, Zach brings us the story of a scam based around getting young children addicted to gambling through apps that masquerade as kids' games. The squad does their best to figure out how to turn this into a film about the criminal screw-ups who accidentally find themselves in the middle of a digital goldmine. Finally, we have a conversation with Christopher about how he got mixed up in the podcasting racket, how Arden strikes it's one-of-a-kind balance, and how he finds the show's rhythm and musicality as Arden's editor!

All of that, plus: the stupidest case in the department, therapy being the moral of the story, disturbances in multiple parks, Don Corleone's daughter's wedding, and games with animated poop emojis.

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We’re back after a quick Unseen hiatus (have you listened to the latest episode of Unseen? It’s very good!) with some very visibly bad ideas! First, Sarah delivers a wheelbarrow full of pennies to Zach and Gabriel, who turn a story of petty bullying by a horrible boss into a Leprechaun with the absolute worst luck. Then, Gabriel presents a research expedition that no one asks for and we turn it into a psychological thriller that plays with the limits of human endurance and the passage of time.

Plus: the Scrooge McDuck, time-out island, radioactive nonsense, more tales of Job, and for sure a real website.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: the triumphant return of guest star Mike Schubert to the Bad Ideas Thunderdome! Plus two stories of theft, technology, art, and daring getaways!

In our first bad idea, a man's crypto misfortune is turned into a violent rampage of revenge... and its sequel... and then the sequel to the sequel. Then, Mike brings us the tale of a series of art thieves who take a very unusual escape route from the museum they have plundered. The gang does their best to adapt their story into something with depth and plausible character motivations.

All of that, plus: Schwarzenegger-style puns, an alternative version of the 1980's, the word "fungible," animal-based nicknames, and things going hog wild.

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Check out the Kickstarter campaign for Mike's new show, Modern Muckraker. And check out Mike's ongoing shows Potterless, Horse, and Meddling Adults!

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This week on No Bad Ideas: Airplanes! Stowaways! Performance art! Carbon dating!

For our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us the story of a woman who has made a habit out of sneaking into airplanes all over the world. The gang does their best to turn it into an epic space western opera of one woman's struggle to preserve her freedom from the evil empire. Then, Sarah presents the story of a woman who is trying to decide whether she should break up with her immature boyfriend or not. The team turns it into a tale of an epic relationship drama in the world of archeology.

All of that, plus: people who just want to be left alone, crude etchings, little kids who meet mythic figures, radical new origin stories, and the worst version of Carmen Sandiego in the world.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: road trips, excellent names, super villains, and gritty reboots!

In our first idea, Sarah brings us the story of an unforgettable man who took a very ill-advised plane ride with an extremely ill-advised cargo. The gang does their best to turn it into a modern, dark, gritty reboot of a beloved 90's family comedy film. Then, Zach presents the tale of a mother who crosses some terrible lines to help her daughter get ahead in life. The team reconfigures it into a story of mother-daughter bonding against the backdrop of an epic superhero-supervillain rivalry. 

All of that, plus: money of undisclosed origin, evil ice cream, the name of a franchise character, the drug master of wherever, and the most inevitable article that's ever existed. 

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We’re back with some of the most extreme bad (and good!) ideas we’ve had on the show in a while.

First, Zach brings us one of the worst kidnapping stories we’ve heard and we decide to ignore the awfulness entirely and build a tavern in a fantasy world where dumping annoying adventurers in a dungeon is much more understandable. Then Gabriel has a story made possible by Facebook, and having a fairly common name. We take a bad idea that turned out impossibly well and complicate it with some of the ambitions and heartrending drama of a band that wants to go big.

Plus: an Indiana Jones opening, dares from the Universe, Kafkaesque bureaucracy, #content, and the casino business.

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You can check out The Paul O’Sullivan Band on YouTube.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: social media, bad dates, vaccines, and grandmas!

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the story of a man who seeks a very distasteful kind of "justice" after a bad date. The gang tries their best to turn it into a romcom-y scheme involving a completely fictional pop star that isn't based on anyone in the real world. Then, Gabriel presents the story of two women who dressed up as grannies for the most timely heist of the year. Can the squad find a way to turn them into the unlikely heroes of a progressive crime film?

All of that, plus: our least sympathetic protagonist ever, ingenious medical knowledge, inside men, a year of absurdity, and high effort/low reward scams! 

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Content Warning: this episode's second idea contains mention of suicide. If you would like to avoid this content, please stop listening at the 19:00 mark. 

Today on No Bad Ideas: high-speed business opportunities and medical chatbots giving people dangerous advice! 

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the opportunity of a fast and furious lifetime: the chance to buy a rocket car at a steal. The gang feels the need - the need for speed - and does everything they can to turn it into an unlicensed sequel to Drive. Then, Zach brings us the story of a medical chatbot that gives some questionable advice. The gang does their best to turn it into the tale of an AI that goes rogue when it needs to impersonate a powerful gangster's psychiatrist. 

All of that, plus: Urbina-Landia, the boardroom of bad startups, Evird Garage, perfect grammar, and Simulated Bernie. 

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Today on No Bad Ideas... rings! Thieves! Railroads! Mind-control! Clowns! Ecology Professors! 

In our first story, Gabriel brings us the latest exploits of No Bad Ideas's favorite superhero: Florida Man! What's he been up to? Proposing to his girlfriend... with his secret lover's rings. The gang turns it into a Western about a group of badass wronged ladies who are out for revenge. Then, in our second story, Zach brings us the tale of a conference discussing censorship... which was then censored! The gang does their best to turn it into a new take on the concept of a society where the government controls absolutely everything, even who is allowed to exist within its society! 

All of that, plus: maximum, suspense, the champion we deserve, a supernatural curse, a party of a sort, and better television shows. 

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Today on No Bad Ideas, feline lawyers and extreme nuptials!

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the story of a lawyer who's video chat turns against them, and makes them look like a cat. The gang does their best to turn it into a high stakes, high pressure, public relations-based thriller. Then, Gabriel presents the tale of a couple who got married sixty feet beneath the surface. The team does their best to turn it into the next fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, with the added twist of a Martian setting! 

All of that, plus: the cesspool of all the bad things humanity has done, the Iguana President, mysterious weekend activities, Big Mars Productions, and pitches that are bought in the room. 

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We’re back with two more bad ideas from The Future… and the future is now.

Zach starts us off with an entrepreneurial idea that will surely have no unintended consequences and we turn it into a thriller that starts with the Stasi and ends among the stars. Then Sarah has a dilemma from the world of online education, which we turn into a con that brings a whole university together.

Plus: our ten minute TedTalks, a week of white void, nearly-there technology, the reference squad, and the five least believable words in the English language.

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We’re wasting no time and jumping from zero to sixty with the bad ideas this week. Gabriel starts us off with a car thief who found way more than they bargained for in a stolen vehicle. A deeply strange riff on the buddy comedy ensues. Then Sara raises, if not the dead, then a standoff between man and ghost. We turn it into a story full of supernatural misunderstandings and misplaced confidence.

Plus: the weirdest meet-cute, Ghostbuster merch, blinding nativity, small things going wrong, and a sublime lack of self-awareness.

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We’re back for another round of Bad Ideas Mayhem! And oh, oh the places that this week's bad ideas will go.

This time Zach starts us off with a very unconventional trip to Ikea, which we then turn into the charming (?) story of a burgeoning young artist who just so happens to be a monkey on the run from Animal Control Officer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Then it’s Gabriel’s turn… to bring back a blast from No Bad Ideas past. We already covered a flight to nowhere. Now, we take the story of a man who chose to be stuck in an airport and turn it into the story of a group of people who need to save their airport home… by making it run better.

Plus: Christmas-Present-Level headlines, remakes of The Prisoner, five to nine street cats in a trenchcoat, free chicken nugs, and a not-at-all-buddy-cop situation.

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And we're back! For our first full show of 2021, the Bad Ideas crew wastes no time, hitting the ground running with stories about Satanism, arson, dystopian government, and grandmothers!

For our first story of the year, Zach brings us a story about a group of Satanists who are looking for justice after one of their historic properties burns down. The gang turns it into a story of a young go-getter who is forced to reconnect with his roots, and face up to the past he's tried so hard to leave behind. Then, Sarah's story about a group of elderly women who need to party is one of our briefest bad ideas ever, but it is turned into one of our grandest tales yet. A story about an evil totalitarian government, the courageous resistance fighters that rose up against it, and the redemptive power of song. 

All of that, plus: small town Satanism, setpieces involving goats, power vacuums, wellness checks, and leader-approved music. 

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This week on No Bad Ideas: what is in a face? A rose by another face...

Sarah brings the gang a story about a man who is making masks that don't look like masks - they look like real faces. Together, they spin a story about a world where everyone wears a mask all the time, and where expression is a luxury that only the ultra-rich can afford. But when a prince and a pauper exchange masks, they'll find themselves hurled into a world of plots, schemes, and wheels that are in need of breaking. 

All of that, plus: nefarious purposes, evil puppet masters, seventh inning reveals, plots within plots, and mirrors that never lie. 

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Today on No Bad Ideas... Wolves! Robots! Monsters! Bears! Second grade teachers!

For the third time in the history of the show, two of our hosts brought the same idea: a Japanese showdown between bears and monstrous robot wolves. When a small town deploys the 2020 equivalent of a scarecrow in its battle against bears, it created a set up tailor-made for a No Bad Ideas story. The squad does what it does best: turn this into a post-apocalyptic story of heroism, friendship, and very extra showmanship. 

All of that, plus: parting curtains, the real Japanese wolves, a Dwayne Johnson movie waiting to happen, bear translators, and a society on its back foot. 

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This week on No Bad Ideas: Cosplay! Cats! Real Estate! Crime! Cats!

Gabriel brings the squad the story of a woman who does it all. She's a model! She's a real estate agent! She dressed up as Catwoman on Instagram! And commits masked robberies! The team discusses the best way to turn her harrowing tale into a rousing narrative - everything from a world where superheroes and villains are on social media to a portrait of someone reckoning with the meeting of badassery and geek culture. 

All of that, plus: the fandom hustle, Selina Kyle's instagram, Hulk speech, beloved characters, and real money problems. 

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The Bad Ideas Squad is going on a wonderful scenic tour to... nowhere! What? How does that work? Tune in to find out!

Sarah brings the team a story about how an Australian airline is providing travel-hungry customers with a rather eccentric way to get the airplane experience they so desperately want. The team tries to figure out what is the best way to adapt this into a good story, and how contemplative and arthouse their creation should be. 

All of that, plus: human absurdity, the Snowpiercer route, an industry in shambles, land dollars, and a lot of guys called Jake.

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On this week’s No Bad Idea, Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach check in for the first time in a few months about how their 2020s are going. Or, at least what they're working on and how they’re still coping, seven months into the coronavirus pandemic.

We cover psychic extremes, incredible highs, the brooding darkness, and trying to balance out the background noise.

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The Bad Idea Team returns with a story of bizarre science - as well as some quick announcements about No Bad Ideas for the rest of 2020!

Zach hits Sarah and Gabriel with a sampling of bad ideas that have been honored by the Ig Nobels, the long-established spoof price for... let's call it interesting scientific pursuits! The team turns the concept on its head, devising a pitch for a film about the overly intense scientist who gets put in charge of the awards themselves! All of that, plus: off-the-beaten path science, Flat-Earthers, literal fires, the new funder in town, and fake awards for silly science. 

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We’re delighted to be joined once again by the illustrious Beth Eyre, podcast actor extraordinaire.

Gabriel starts us out strong with the tale of an Australian man’s misinterpreted quest to get rid of household pest, and we turn it into a rom-com that we think has real legs - eight of them, in fact. Then Beth brings an idea of her own and enacts her revenge on all of us with a Canadian crime story involving the theft of that classic combination: hot tubs and beef. We sit in awe for a moment, and then concoct the comedy of what a crime family does for last-minute party planning.

Plus: Dan Levy's new project, very strange parties, really petty curses, the worst optics, and the things we do for love.

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For more of Beth's work, follow her on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats.

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The Bad Ideas Squad is joined by Wooden Overcoats's Beth Eyre, voice performer extraordinaire, for two terrible story ideas!

In today's first bad idea, Zach brings the team a terrifying profile of a museum exhibit that specializes in something truly sinister: disgusting food. The squad tries to find some way to spin it into a tale of charming bar that is trying to make more money with a gastronomical flop than with a hit. Then, Sarah brings us the tale of an author rolling a one on their research check, which leads to a tale of intrigue, trust, credibility, and despair! 

All of that, plus: TED Talks that go super viral, ancillary details, comedians everybody hates, many mistakes, and life-ruining tragedies. 

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For more of Beth's work, follow her on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats.

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We’re delighted to welcome the wonderful Em Mantoani back to the NBI digital hot seat for more bad ideas mayhem!

First, Sarah brings a story about the ubiquity of images in our digital age, and the gang turns it into a love affair with an artificial intelligence twist. Then, after briefly cancelling the episode, we chat with Em about the stories that have been helping us through 2020, what we find sustaining about art and the magic of playing pretend.

Plus: Richville, Maryland, real life Barbie and Ken dolls, terrible plot twists, a lot of plausible deniability, and Zach Talenti.

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To hear more of Em's work, visit The Van's website, or follow the show on Twitter.

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The Bad Ideas Team is joined by Em Mantoani, the creator of the Van Podcast, for two stories of food, identity, and poor impulse control!

In our first story, Zach brings us a tale of a kindly old British gran who has taken a McDonalds burger far, far beyond the point of no return. The team goes into overdrive trying to come up with a character who would want to follow her footsteps for more sensical reasons. Then, Gabriel's story of a man trying to avoid a humiliating reunion with an ex is taken to its logical conclusion: faking your own death. 

All of that, plus: pranks that were never activated, diamond packages, the psychology of a character, the ultimate grifter, and things that are found in both heaven and hell. 

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To hear more of Em's work, visit The Van's website, or follow the show on Twitter.

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More mayhem, more ideas, more Crowley!  We’re delighted to have the inimitable Tom Crowley back for one more ride in the Bad Ideas-mobile.

And the idea is Mr. Crowley’s! Tom lets us in on a secret source of revenue that a German circus has been taking advantage of during the pandemic, and we turn it into a rags to riches to bars fable of ambition… and animal poo.

We also settle down and talk to Tom about his sketch comedy work - how he comes up with ideas, how he structures episodes of his show Crowley Time, and his grand theory of joke types.

Plus: The re-skinned Burt’s Bees origin story, embarrassing censored movie posters, hilarious wacky mix-ups, Gabriel’s secret weakness, and a surprising emerging market.

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For more of Tom's work, follow him on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats, Victoriocity, and his website, where you'll also find Crowley Time (With Him, Tom Crowley).

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Writer, performer, and (comedy) sketch artist extraordinaire Tom Crowley joins the Bad Ideas Squad for two tales from beyond the grave!

For our first bad idea, Sarah brings us a witchy obituary like nothing we've ever heard before, and - naturally - the team tries to figure out how to turn it into a story of growth and self-actualization á la Amelie. Then, Gabriel presents the tale of the somewhat ghoulish thing a Belgian town has done with the heart of their mayor, leading the squad to spin up a yarn about a man who couldn't lie in the most improbable way. 

All of that, plus: old-school pyramid schemes, husbands of little-to-no importance, ladder embezzlement, oracular aunts from the beyond the grave, and Bentham Football. 

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For more of Tom's work, follow him on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats, Victoriocity, and his website, where you'll also find Crowley Time (With Him, Tom Crowley).

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About Us

Gabriel Urbina - Gabriel Urbina is a Costa Rican-American writer, filmmaker, and science fiction lover. When he’s not too busy taking dictation from the voices in his head, Gabriel juggles, has strong opinions about movies, and sleepwalks an alarming amount. He lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about him on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Sarah Shachat - Sarah Shachat is a writer and editor from New Orleans, even though she doesn't sound like it. She writes audio fiction, creative nonfiction, picks apart old films and tv shows, and drinks a lot of black tea. She knows, she knows, she doesn't have a website, but you can say hi to her on Twitter.

Zach Valenti - Zach Valenti is an artist and entrepreneur based in New York City. He is currently working as a filmmaker, author, voiceover artist, and full-time nerd. Learn more about Zach on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Music in No Bad Ideas comes from State Shirt and Jahzzar via Free Music Archive.