98 – King of the Badger

I do want to talk about badger stuff.


Arnie: Arnie Niekamp
Chunt: Adal Rifai
Usidore: Matt Young
Blemish: Martin Wilson
Talbot the Badger: Tugs the Badger
Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi
Tricia: Kate James

Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Evan Jacover, Ryan DiGiorgi
Editor: Garrett Schultz
Theme Music: Andy Poland
Magic Tavern Logo: Allard Laban
Audio Assistance: Jason Knox
Production Assistance: Garrett Schultz
Episode Art: Justin Osterling
Extra Art: Jessica Osterout

3 thoughts on “98 – King of the Badger

  1. Adventureless_Hero Reply

    Great episode guys! I’m interested to see what the repercussions of firing Blemish will be. And, just to be safe, I’d check that basement. But of course this podcast isn’t real, so no need for me to actually worry.

    Missed the Mysterious Man insulting everyone this time around.

  2. the-great-dragon Reply

    I think the evidence pointing toward Usidore was a…RED HERRING.

  3. Devin Harkness Reply

    I have LOVED every Magic Tavern episode since the beginning. This episode changed my perspective, and not in a good way. Here’s why. Some ugly Earth ideas seem to be seeping into Foon. Let me explain.

    First, in this episode, the only recurring female character on the show, Tricia, gets treated like crap…again. Tricia is usually allowed to at least speak her piece, but in this episode she is basically told by Craig to keep her mouth shut. “Can I do some outro stuff,” she asks. Craig shuts her down because “the Big Guy” has expressly forbidden her from doing so. It’s not a funny joke. It’s male dominance. Look at our current political climate. Women need all the respect they can get, especially in the arts. I always felt like Magic Tavern was a show that treated female characters with as much respect as male characters. Suddenly I am doubting that.

    This is a complex issue. As a white, male, improviser, I am part of the problem women face in improv. In my 20 years on the stage, I have taught, directed, performed and watched enough improv to know that the stories women tell me of how they are treated by males on stage, are true. Male improvisers pigeonhole women into stereotypical roles, moms, prostitutes, and whatever roles the men need. We talk over women constantly. We shut their ideas down, we bulldoze and steamroll. That’s what happened when Tricia opened her mouth. Boys’ Night used to be charming. Now it feels menacing.

    Second, Blemish gets treated like crap and expelled from the Vermilion Minotaur for reasons that seem borderline xenophobic. Blemish is a mixed race person, which seems to be part of his “evilness.” He’s half dwarf. His name is forgotten constantly. He is a very low status character, seldom seen because he is busy preparing food and presumably running the kitchen. His only crime seems to be that he is weird and lonely. He pukes up cats, steals Post-it notes from Arnie and creates a wife from flour sacks in the basement. Our heroes detest him because he is different, he has beliefs that feel threatening to them. So they expel him, ‘deport’ him, when according to thy story line, he seems to have as much right to be there as Arnie and the gang. He is given no trial, his being Blemish is reason enough to condemn him. I’m half expecting these characters, whom I have come to love, to build a wall to keep out folks like Blemish.

    I have listened to you all perform improv for enough hours to know that you as performers respect women, you try to break stereotypes, and you illuminate Earth Stuff by satirizing it. Bravo to you for that. We artists have a great opportunity–some say responsibility–to help create, through our art, the kind of world we want to live in. We all know that Foon, much like Earth, can be a brutal place. It can also be a beautiful place, where our Heroes shun sexism, slay xenophobia, meaningfully explore different belief systems and look beneath the surface of the weirdest Blemishes.

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