Thanks for all the hours of content! This podcast makes my workday fly and also scratches my fantasy/D&D itch without getting bogged down in rules and mechanics. Itâs just the fun role playing aspects and itâs hilarious!
So funny and so many buttholes.
A friend reccomended this podcast to me, and I have not been dissapointed. These guys really know how to hold an audience, and I can't wait to see where the story line goes.
Consistently funny, amazing chemistry and improv, great guests, well produced. How is it that Lore has its own TV show and this doesn't?
Although Iâm unsure if I am doing you a disservice or an honor by continuing to listen, I just really adore this podcast.
Love these guys.
I find my self falling more and more in love with Eusador the wizard(spelling). Not sure if heâs in to guys but if so..back off guys!
I am only up to episode 51, but I am taking my time and enjoying it. Usidore is an Uber Mensch and needs his own podcast. Just wanted a chance to rate you guys at 5 stars because six is unavailable.
Honestly if you want to laugh and enjoy your down time this will do it! ð¹ These guys are perfect lololol
Just wrapped the Happy Hagbum episode with the Great Blue Tigers - I donât know how they do it, but this podcast gets better and better every week. The guests are always tremendous, but itâs clear that the heart of the show is the joy and camaraderie between Arnold (âitâs Arnieâ), Usidore, and Chunt. Nothing but love, actually for this wonderful podcast.
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Just silly and fun. Thanks, I need that sometimes.
Itâs a super comforting formula.. feels like mst3k
The best comedy podcast I've heard in a while. Some of their jokes go a little far, but the character work is great.
Just discovered this gem and canât stop listening to it. Absolutely amazing chemistry between the hosts. I laugh out loud every episode. Start from episode 1 and enjoy.
Iâm new to podcasts. Still exploring a bit but so far this is my favorite!
I've made it through nine episodes of Hello ("Goblins"), and this just isn't funny.The program started off with a premise interesting enough to try -- Human Male discovers that alternate universes are real, and this one is *magic*! -- but quickly devolves into the same tired "joke" multiple times.Arnie, the name of both the character and the program's apparently main creator, is an inconsiderate sod who constantly runs afoul of the "Stranger In a Strange Land" syndrome where he inevitalbly treads upon some social more of The Magical Land of Foom. His mainstay cohorts, Chunt the Shapeshifting-Into-Whatever-Animal-He-Sexes-Next-Currently-A-Badger and Usidore the Blue a-sort-of-Wizard, run off the premise that it's funny to always malign the Guy From Another World who doesn't understand their culture: each and every time, they act as if hapless Arnie should know these things already and clearly hold it against him.After a certain point, the joke wears thin. For me, it wore very thin by the third episode. Either Arnie needs to stop being so clueless and actually learn about the society he appears to be studying, or Usidore the Blue needs to transfigure Arnie into that stein as he threatened to do early on. Beyond that, there is NO payoff to this one-note joke. It's just "Arnie critically offends someone over some facet of Foonian society he doesn't know, or more likely just hasn't bothered to learn, Chunt and Usidore insult and belittle him, and we're on to the next repetition." If Chunt mauled him, or Usidore transfigured him into a variety of different things, perhaps there might be something. But it's just a series of people who get critically offended. The fact that Chunt sees Arnie as a friend, or the other way around, is beyond my understanding, as Arnie has done little to appear to earn the title & Chunt alternates between abusive and somewhat-less-abusive.I honestly don't understand why Usidore hasn't blown Arnie into his constituent particles or Chunt hasn't found the right rumor to drop that would cause the denizens of the Vermillion Minotaur to burn Arnie at the stake.This represents the main joke of at least the first nine episodes.That's not the only joke, of course, even if it is entirely overdone. HFtMT also features "Strange crossovers of Earth into Foon in *WACKY* ways!" with Arnie making the requisite wink-and-a-nod to the Earthlings noting how odd that is. Every. Time.As a for instance, the daughter of the keeper of the Minotaur is named Activia. Cue Arnie's giggling wink-and-nod, and his sidekicks' occasional singing of "Activi-aaa!" and the weak handwave of "sometimes we just like to sing it but we don't know why."The problem with this is, again, there's no real payoff. "Wow -- that's *WACKY*!" might work once or twice, but, at least nine episodes in, there isn't anything else to go on. There needs to be an explanation of *WHY* this has been happening. And if that explanation is still forthcoming, then it needed to come sooner.I've seen some people compare the vibe of HFtMT to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". I get it. There's a vibe there, but the problems noted above are what separates the Tavern from the Guide. Going by the original radio play, Arthur Dent (here, Arnie would be his analogue) at least starts learning things about his larger world (The Universe) at least by the time he's been flushed out of the Vogon airlock, where Arnie still stumbles every single time in his (The Magical Land of Foon). Arthur has grasped the idea that Vogons, as horrible as they are in literally every aspect, might still appreciate flattery of their equally repulsive poetry...yet Arnie still is making the mistake of ignoring the magical nature of his sideman Usidore (a freaking WIZARD) and sidething Chunt (a shapeshifter).Which again dovetails into the constant, flat, "joke" of how inept Arnie is at adapting to a new society and how horrible both of his side...things...treat him for it.Additionally, HFtMT feels largely unscripted and unrehearsed. I have no doubt that they've hammered out the main story points of each episode but I also would be unsurprised if that's as far as it went. Given some of the credits for the performers sound like they come from improv backgrounds, that would make some sense. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work because it feels so unpracticed: actors largely stumble through their lines, hemming and hawing as, presumably, they struggle to find something "in character" and not repetitive to say.Additionally, the only actor who, so far, has managed to consistently keep character is Matt Young, playing Usidore. The wizard is a perennial straight man, and has yet to even sound like he might be trying to hide a grin at some of the things he says. Pretty much everyone else cracks multiple times and laughs or smothers a chuckle where the jokes, such as they are, would indicate they should not laugh.Feeling unscripted is fine, but feeling unrehearsed is just bad form.At twenty to thirty minutes run-time for each, that represents an investment of about three to four hours. That is plenty of time to level the following criticism:HFtMT smacks of the failure of many comedy writers, who appear to set out to "write something funny" but wind up trying to force it. Yes, it is hard to write comedy. But that makes it even more important to not celebrate comedy that isn't good.And, at nine episodes in, Hello From the Magic Tavern just isn't funny.It could be: three-and-a-half hours or so is plenty of time for them to show the quality of the writing.The premise is sound. But they just don't quite get there.
This podcast is an absolute riot. In case you donât know, Arnie fell into a dimensional portal behind a Burger King and wound up in the mystical land of Foon. He befriends a most powerful wizard named Usidore and a talking badger named Chunt. Arnie and his boon companions interview random inhabitants of Foon.If you enjoy fart jokes and high fantasy, subscribe immediately! Unless you donât like your wizards with three anuses.
As with most good improv, it is funny when it works and also funny when it fails.
Recently started at the beginning. Best podcast ever!
This is one of the most creative podcasts I've encountered, with multiple layers of storytelling and meta-commentary. I love all the pop culture references disguised as fantasy worldbuilding and never get tired of the word games between the cast. It sounds like everyone is having so much fun!
This show has some real talent on it and I really canât get enough.
This thing is a joy to listen to. Strongly recommend for people who like smart comedy!
These guys crack me the hell up. Very goofy, satirical, and just SO funny. I literally look forward to my commute thanks to this podcast.
What a lovely tavern. What a great theme song! What a mediocre wizard....I mean, a great one! Love the pod. Hope you get home soon, Arnie.
Just discovered this. So glad I did. The premise Is great. The cast is hilarious. Very fun to listen to. Great improv always funny. Give it a listen you won't regret it :)
I love this show every episode is better than the last I love exploring foon with Arnie
I've been listening since episode 6, and I'm still loving this podcast. Silly and absurdly fun, I got to keep coming back to find out what new shenanigans are going down in the in the town of Hogsface.
I have been listening non stop for the past three months. I love the live shows.
One of my favorites but it feels likeItâs starting to stagnate after 2 seasons, then again, that seems to be what Arnieâs character is all about so maybe itâs purposeful. Either way, Iâll continue to listen. Always good for a laugh.
absurdist fantasy improv? with an extensive and ever-expanding canon? yes pls.
Hello from the Magic Tavern is the cup of coffee to my week. Start from the beginning. It's so worth it.
So far Iâm really impressed with the improv and witty banter!
I wish I could come to Foon and drink a rainbow bowl win my goon companions.
Yay for making me laugh out loud. I canât wit for the next episode
Love this podcast! Always makes the day more fun!
Been listening still listening... You should too!
After all this time, this is still my favorite podcast. So worth a listen!
Firstly I must state that I am in individual of wonderful and beautiful fantastical thoughts. Being such an individual it would be a travesty not to applaud the unapologetically wondrous accident that is FOON. I implore you dear reader of this review to dive in head first into the seemingly never ending depths of foonish lore that your eardrums beg for. ððð§ð»ââï¸ð§ð»(and shapeshifting badger)
This is such a strange, delightful podcast. I've been missing the Thrilling Adventure Hour terribly, and while it's a very different show its filling that comedic fictional podcast hole. Edit: A couple years in and still loving the show. Arnie, Chunt, Usidore and friends (or enemies) always make for an entertaining show!
Thank god this is a weekly podcast! Hilariously entertaining and who truly gets enough butt jokes in their day? Arnie, Chunt and Usidore, Wizard of the twelfth realm of the sneeziest are three very talented hosts that keep this show at the top of my list. It's the best part of my Monday morning and I awake eager to hear the latest debauchery. Keep up the great work and why not..."BOY'S NIGHT!"
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Mind numbing and glorious all at once! After one episode I was hooked. The strange and random array of guests on each show is refreshing. The show takes random turns through out. Iâm digging Usidore. Def my fav! Keep it up! Good luck Arnie!
I stumbled on this podcast several months ago - I don't even remember how - and figured I'd try it out for an ep or two. Now, over 100 episodes later, Usie, Chunt, and Arnold have become my boon companions. Where did the time go? Does anyone care? What are the other elevel realms of Ephysius? Is that even how you spell Ephesious? Bah, who cares. Pass the spiced potatoes!
This is what all high fantasy meets comedy podcasts ought to aspire to. Delightfully lewd and overflowing with cooking tips. Loved the spiced potato advice.
I just stumbled on HFTMT and love it. Hilarious and definitely binge worthy.