Iâm recovering from PRK eye surgery & cannot see very well. The first day I sat in a dark room, unable to open my eyes, doing nothing. The second day I used Siri to find this podcast (knowing JV Last from twitter). This podcast got me through days of darkness. I can barely see to write this review & hope autocorrect is helping me, but I had to try. These 3 guys are highly entertaining & well worth subscribing to.
Iâm sure itâs fine
This podcast is my primary source of news. The news is all about how the hosts spent their weekends, which is precisely how much news I want.Good pacing, consistent level of energy throughout, excellent production quality. I love the spirit of the week segment too. Please keep up the good work, including the dirty jokes and anatomical references.
... and has real intro music, as opposed to that elevator swill on The Remnant
This podcast is so much more than 3 highly entertaining dudes chatting. It has introduced me to the artistry of Layer Cake and the refreshing sip of Schofferhofer. This podcast moves product. It is the only podcast for which eagerly anticipate new episodes, and I even went back to listen to the early episodes I missed. I laugh out loud every time.
I love you guys, very professional and hilarious. Loved you guys took the side of free expression while still not coming to Gunnâs aid as well as calling out the Ben Shapiro hate. Keep it up!!!
I donât go to the movies. Like ever. And these guys spend about half the podcast talking about movies. But this podcast makes me laugh out loud every single time â I never miss it.
Because to my ear they sound EXACTLY alike on this pod! You're still hilarious, man. You too, Vic/ Gene. Four voices from two people. Amazing. Keep up the good work, boys.
Enjoy the commentary on pop culture but could do without the personal stories. A little of that stuff goes a long way.
My favorite part is when Vic discusses his digestive problems.
Sonny is right on something. White chocolate is the best chocolate by far! The rest is TRASH.More Gene!!
Easily the finest produced and executed podcast on the pop culture. Always worth listening to on Tuesday and Thursday....plus Gene Shalit movie reviews!
These three guys are funny, smart, and very witty. There are enough opinions on the show so you will agree with at least one of them. Almost no politics (only where it effects the movie, tv show or other discussion points). You will hear about JVL's Lego obsession, his watch obsession, etc. Sonny will ask lots of the same questions the listener has, and Vic just continues being professional. There is a TWSSEU on Twitter a group of super fans that are totally devoted to the show and apparently do not have real lives.
The podcast is great and delivers every time. The perspectives brought to the table are insightful and necessary to break down the issues of the day. The time dedicated to what is being discussed during each episode provides the listener a space to gain a reasonable covenant with the presenter that what they are hearing is the truth. Download this podcast today and your life will be all the better for it!
Pleasant and fun and funny from the opening to the end.
Of my life listening to these hacks.
This podcast has become my guilty pleasure. Three minivan-dad bros talk pop culture and politics while trawling for free hooch, probably sitting in their basements in just their underwear. Totally lives up to its name. You should subscribe right now. Not as good as The Remnant, of course, but this scratches a totally different itch for me.
Canât wait to listen every week.
Funny, informative, interesting, and sometimes controversial. All the marks of a really great podcast.
If you haven't listened to this podcast, you should. iTunes only allows a five-star rating system, but it deserves 10/10 just for consistency. I highly recommend the Blade Runner and Harvey Weinstein episode. Best opening so far.I'm caught up on all the most recent episodes, but for the last few weeks (almost every day) I've listened to this podcast to catch up. It's been a great experience. â Christopher Elliott
Observational humor tied to movies. Iâve learned a ton and itâs sent me back to watch older movies that I had missed or misremembered. The Gene Shalit reviews are a particular highlight as are Sonnyâs lists and the general misanthropy.
I love this podcast! Contrary to the subtitle, it is not just for nerds. It is for everyone! The hosts are hilarious, and their reviews are thoughtful and funny. They always make me laugh!
Sonny Bunch is to the Devilâs Dictionary what Jesus is to the Bible: word made flesh. (You, like your admirers, think too highly of your opinions, but thatâs not unusual for seasoned cynics.)Vic, youâre my hero. Never change. If more people were like you, the world would be a worse but more interesting place. JVL, youâre the fresh and cool spring of sanity, like a SchÃ¶fferhofer Weizen on a hot day.
You know you are in good company when someone lays down an Arrested Development quote, the icing on the cake was the micro-episode on The Americans.
I canât get enough and have been binge listening!
I would say that this is a great podcast. Sonny is always right and JVL has the best laugh. Vic's Gene Shalit impression is awesome! Dudes chattin!
On the surface it may seem this is Seinfeld style conversation about nothing. Listen closely, and you will find the wittiest, most endearing, funniest podcast going. Every week they find an everyday topic to discuss. No rank punditry. No elitist condescension. Just an insane depth of knowledge about seemingly random topics keeps it interesting. They have no pretense about admitting failure or shortcomings. If I were part to Georgetown admissions committee, it would be my biggest regret we did not admit young Jonathan to our school. I routinely find myself laughing out loud in the car or more embarrassingly in the middle of the airport. These episodes are easily the highlight of the weekâs entertainment. For a bonus, Vic does the best transitions in the podcast world, and it isnât even close. Iâm sure all three of them have real job responsibilities, and yet they continue to prepare for the show like true media professionals. I for one believe Jonathan would have made a fantastic physician, but Iâm not sure Iâve met anyone in medicine with the breadth of knowledge as these guys. I fear medicine might have beaten out his worldly curiosity as it does to many. While Sonny is clearly mistaken about the Wire, his piece in the latest issue of the magazine is phenomenal. The Wire is the best TV show ever. It will endure. As Lester Freamon famously said, âA life, Jimmy, you know what that is? Itâs the sh*t that happens while youâre waiting for moments that never come.â These guys seem to be living life as we all should.
Sonny is like my Beyonce: whenever I hear one of his bitter yet sassy retorts, I mutter "slay queen!" under my breath while on my morning commute.
Question - is Substandard funnier than listening to Jerry Seinfeld do old standup routines on Netflix? Yes - unquestionably (although in fairness Jerryâs jokes were old). Just essentially binge listened to Substandard podcasts on long drive through Fla. Panhandle. I donât who know how anyone thought listening to these three guys - plus Gene Shalit - essentially MST3k the culture would work but by God does it ever. Vic is the glue. Listen to the one without him if you doubt it. Why would anyone bother with The Remnant with this out there?
I love the Weekly Substandard like I love Fresca. Itâs everywhere you wanna be.
I imagine this is exactily what it sounded like back in the day at City College of New York.
While this podcast is not quite as good as The Remnant, at least I donât have to listen to Jonah telling me to use his stupid âDingoâ discount code at all the sponsors. Man I hate the way he says dingo. Ding-goh. Ding-goh. Enough already!
Best Gene Shalit ever this week. I always look forward to this podcast. It's fun to see how far off into the weeds the boys go each week. This must NEVER end.
I'm sure it's fine...
I have no idea if these three are actually friends in real life but this podcast does a great job creating at least a simulacrum of the fundamentally antagonistic and rivalrous nature of friendship in middle age. Itâs like an Americanized version of the âThe Tripâ series, but they only do one impression.
A little light on politics but highly addictive and funny. JV is just so pompous but oh so willing to play the fool and Sonny so obstinate not to he winds up playing the fool anyways. Vic is the rock that holds it together and lovely Hannah makes it just fine.
I promised a five-star rating for a full episode about tennis. I'll take a micro episode.
The very prospect of a live show from vegas gives me hope.
This podcast is like having to babysit the little brother you never wanted and the dorky friends youâre not surprised that he has while they put together LEGOâs and quote every movie you ever hated in your entire life. And when they start trying to break into your parentsâ liquor cabinet you wonder what decisions lead you to this God-forsaken time in your life.
If you have yet to listen to this podcast, you are in for a real treat. Assembled here is a trio of the finest minds in conservative political pop-culture (it's a thing). Whether your interests are in box office performance, 1980's childhood, or garbage trends in our culture the Substandard proves to be a master class on the pulse of conservative political pop-culture (it's a thing). You will be regaled with stories of South Jersey life, Washington traffic, the wild adventures of child rearing, WWF history, Star Wars toys, as well as home improvement and woodworking. The product of this trio (w/ special appearances by the great Gene Shalit) makes all other competing podcast inferior by default.
Pop culture and life discussed by intelligent people with sophisticated humor and analysis. Not a hipster or poseur to be found.
What is wrong with you guys? Daniel Day Lewis is Great, to say his acting is mannered is like saying you guys are Relevant . I like a bunches Twitter because He talks about things like coconut, which I love, Daniel Day Lewis is the best actor of the last 25 years.
This is the one podcast I never miss. Great for people into movies and entertaining conversation :)
My husband refuses to listen to the Substandard because JVL always sounds like heâs chewing something. But in the latest episode, JVL scolded Sonny for eating Nerds near the microphone, and now it feels like we are really through the looking glass. Anyways, great podcast, glad Vic is back, like 9/10 even if you arenât into movies but are into dudes chattinâ.
I just listened to these argue about coconuts for 9 straight minutes. Both sides had great arguments and by the end of it I felt like I had learned something. I canât really describe what I learned but it was definitely something.
This was an excellent podcast to help me get to sleep on an intercontinental flight. Not sure if the ever got to the point, but itâs droning on helped to lull me to a wonderful slumber.
But it's still ok. If Vic leaves, this goes to one star immediately.
Funny and insightful!
If I only had 24 hours to live I would listen to this podcast because waiting for them to get to the point would feel like forever.