Sofa King Podcast

Synopsis

comedy, entertainment, pop culture, and topics we want to talk about

Episodes

  • Episode 494: Kiddie Pageants: Big Hair and Big Money

    Episode 494: Kiddie Pageants: Big Hair and Big Money

    30/06/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we polish our tiaras and talk about child beauty pageants. They of course made national news with the tragic death of Jonbenet Ramsey in 1996. But after that, they stayed in the forefront of popular culture. HBO’s influential documentary called Living Dolls lead to the TV show Toddlers in Tiaras and the flaming turd filled train wreck that was Honey Boo Boo. Each year, over 250,000 children participate in America alone. From underage prostitutes to 8 year olds getting motel Botox, this one has it all. You would think that beauty pageants for children came from the sick minds of the current generation, but there is in fact a long history. P.T. Barnum organized a kid’s beauty pageant in 1855 called the National Baby Show, and it gained 143 contestants and an audience of over 60,000. This spread to other similar ideas, mostly judging naked babies like cattle. By the 1920s, however, the modern adult beauty pageants was born in New Jersey (of course it was…). From there,

  • Episode 493: Spanish Inquisition: Torture, Death, and other Catholic Fun!

    Episode 493: Spanish Inquisition: Torture, Death, and other Catholic Fun!

    26/06/2020 Duration: 01h24min

    On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to castle times and look at one of the worst crimes the Catholic Church ever committed: The Inquisition. While the Spanish Inquisition is the most famous, there were inquisitions in Rome, Portugal, The New World and tons of colonies in Central and South America. The Inquisition was based on a series of edicts passed by the Catholic church and enforced by local kings and queens. The purpose? To eradicate heretics, supposedly. And who were heretics? Well, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, those who committed sodomy, families that couldn’t produce children, and many more. In some areas of the world, the Inquisition was pretty mild. The point of the Inquisition was to get heretics to confess, and a few lashes later they were free to go on about their business (as long as the converted to Catholicism or got the hell out of town). But in other areas such as Spain, it got medieval. People were tortured on The Rack, The Catherine Wheel, and the Strappado. T

  • Episode 492: Johnny Knoxville: Stuntman, Prankster, Jackass

    Episode 492: Johnny Knoxville: Stuntman, Prankster, Jackass

    23/06/2020 Duration: 01h36min

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the stunts, injuries, films, practical jokes, and television shows of the one and only Johnny Knoxville. Knoxville was inspired as a child by Evil Knievel, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson, and he went on to live a life they all would have been proud of. He was the a producer and main performer in the wildly successful Jackass television show, which went on to spawn several films (with yet more in pre-production all the time). He’s been nominated for an academy award and has injured just about every part of his body that exists. Born Philip John Clapp in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was a very smart and sickly child. At one time he had the flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia all at once; on top of his asthma, it literally almost killed him. He got straight A’s in high school and earned a free ride to a drama school, but dropped out to do his own thing. He wanted to be an actor and stunt man, so he found a way. He started by writing articles for Big Brother, a s

  • Episode 491: Alchemy: The Science of Magic

    Episode 491: Alchemy: The Science of Magic

    19/06/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ultimate merger of science and magic, the ancient art of Alchemy. Everyone knows that Alchemy was an attempt to turn lead into gold using something called the Philosopher’s Stone. But it was much more than that. At the heart of Alchemy was a philosophy or religion about how the world works and how it ties to the nature of mankind. For centuries, they were considered valid scientists, but eventually, a bunch of Alchemical conmen and religious fervor persecuted them. At this point, they went underground and hid their chemical experiments in symbols and crazy works of art that are just being understood by scholars today. Alchemy is an ancient pseudo-science that dates back thousands of years. It was everywhere from India to China to the Middle East and Europe. Some of the greatest minds in science such as Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle were convinced that much of Alchemy was accurate. And it was. For centuries, some of the greatest minds dedicated themselv

  • Episode 490: The Hart Clan: First Family of Wrestling

    Episode 490: The Hart Clan: First Family of Wrestling

    16/06/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the First Family of Wrestling, the Hart Family. Even if you’re not a fan of the WWE, this one has it all. Shocking in-ring death during a pay per view, a massive corporate screw over at a pay per view, a family of amazing wrestlers for several generations, and training in a horrible place called "The Dungeon." We focus mostly on Stu, Brett, and Owen Hart out of this crazy legacy of amazing superstars, but we touch on plenty of other wrestlers as well. The Hart legacy started with Stu Hart. He was born to humble beginnings but soon became a wrestling phenomenon. He performed for various territories until he got tired of bad writing that never saw him going anywhere. Eventually, he got married and took his own wresting territory called Stampede Wrestling, which controlled Western Canada and Montana. Stu Hart made enough money there to buy an infamous mansion. In the basement of the mansion was The Dungeon, one of the most world famous wresting gyms in the wo

  • Episode 489: Richard Chase: The Vampire of Sacramento

    Episode 489: Richard Chase: The Vampire of Sacramento

    12/06/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we researched some true crime for you. We hit you with the case of Richard Chase—the Vampire of Sacramento. I know that title sounds lame, but this guy was as twisted as it gets. We’re talking making smoothies out of neighbor’s pets in a bloody blender. Injecting himself with rabbit’s blood. Obsession over Nazi UFOs. Several murders, cannibalism, and even drinking a baby’s own blood through a straw made of his own penis. Yeah. That kind of twisted. So, everyone says that Richard Chase was the picture perfect pre-serial killer. He checked all the boxes on a thing called the Macdonald Triad, which supposedly predicts your penchant to be a serial killer. He was an arsonist, he wet his bed late, he tortured and killed animals. He was also abused in a financially troubled household. He was very ill, mentally. As early as 18, his therapists said there was something deeply wrong with him. He would do things such as drop a dead cat at his mom’s feet and disembowel it to sta

  • Episode 488: Ozzy Osbourne: Booze, Bats, and Black Sabbath

    Episode 488: Ozzy Osbourne: Booze, Bats, and Black Sabbath

    09/06/2020 Duration: 01h49min

    On this episode of the World Famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, music, antics, and tv shows of the epic Ozzy Osbourne. Whether it be through his early time in the legendary Black Sabbath, through his amazing solo career, biting heads off bats (or doves), or his show The Osbournes, most people know the name Ozzy. His work in Black Sabbath created an entirely new type of metal rock and roll, and they crafted some of the greatest rock hits ever. Ozzy continued with hit after hit and drug after drug in his own solo career and lived a life worthy of discussion. He was born to a working class family in Birmingham. His birth name was John Michael Osbourne, but he took the nickname Ozzy as a child. He battled with learning disabilities and dyslexia, and he was sexually abused by other kids as a child, and this led him to hate school, rebel, and start doing drugs. After hearing the Beatles for the first time, he knew his path was going to be that of a musician. But he started in a short career in crime, g

  • Episode 487: Jesse James: Guerilla, Cowboy Style

    Episode 487: Jesse James: Guerilla, Cowboy Style

    05/06/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look back in time and explore the life, crimes, and assassination of Old West Outlaw, Jesse James. He was forged in the middle of the Civil War, and at the young age of 16, a brutal attack on his family farm made him join a confederate guerilla army along with his brother Frank. While there, they scalped, murdered, and mutilated the Northern forces. This gave them a very particular set of skills, skills which they turned to a life of crime. They joined or formed several of the most notorious gangs of the time, robbing banks, trains, and stagecoaches, murdering, warring with the Pinkertons, and living on the wrong side of the law. Jesse James was born to a wealthy preacher and plantation owner along with his brother Frank and a sister. They lived in a part of the border between North and South that was critical in the Civil War. Their county was rich with slaves, and when the war officially started, both sides committed horrible acts of savagery in this part

  • Episode 486: Sun Gym Gang: Bungling Murder

    Episode 486: Sun Gym Gang: Bungling Murder

    02/06/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore some true crime and hit you with the astounding tale of the Sun Gym Gang. This was a gang of bumbling criminals who did some awful stuff to people. It was made into a Michael Bay movie called Pain and Gain starring The Rock, but it was far more dark than that comedy seemed to make it all play out. This one involves a gang of people who met in a gym and their career of kidnapping, torture, drugging their hostages, murder, Medicare fraud, and dressing as ninjas. Yes. Ninjas. So where did it all start? In Florida. A man named John Meese owned the Sun Gym, a place for serious body builders. It was losing money, so he hired a conman named Daniel Lugo who immediately convinced Meese that he should be head manager. While there, Lugo looked for victims and found others who he’d trust to help with his upcoming crimes. People such as Noel Doorbal and Jorge Delgado. They eventually struck gold once they met Marc Shiller. Delgado had bought a scam Medicar

  • Episode 485: Jeff Bezos: Behind The World’s Richest Man

    Episode 485: Jeff Bezos: Behind The World’s Richest Man

    29/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the wealthiest man on earth, Jeff Bezos. Originally, a seller of books, Bezos has become our overlord. Most people in America rely on him for everything from groceries and clothing to furniture and even television shows. He runs one of the largest space exploration companies on earth, Blue Origin, and the Amazon servers are one of the largest hosting backbones on earth (even serving the CIA). From the birth of the Internet to controversy about how his workers are treated, this one has it all. Bezos was born to parents who divorced right away, and he was raised by his step father, an immigrant named Bezos. He was a smart child and did very well at school, graduating with top honors from both his high school and Princeton. When he was a teen-ager, he even started a group that was dedicated to space exploration, something he’s still focusing on to this day. He started working for various startups and landed a great job at a financial firm in New York, but in

  • Episode 484: Atari: Life Behind the Pong

    Episode 484: Atari: Life Behind the Pong

    26/05/2020

    On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we do a dive into the history of the video game and look at the rise and fall of Atari. The world of video games would not exist without the innovation of Atari. They started the video arcade with the invention of the coin operated video game, and just when that changed all of entertainment for millions of kids in the 70s and 80s, they created the at home video game console. Then there was the time they made the ET video game, considered by many to be the worst there ever was. It was so bad, they buried the unsold copies in a land fill instead of try to sell them. From rock star nerds at the birth of silicon valley to corporate sellouts, Atari had it all. The company was started by two visionaries named Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. They were computer engineers who would visit campuses like the University of Utah and MIT just to play the video games that only computer engineers could play on the only five computers in America that could run them. Eventu

  • Episode 483: Alexander the Great: History’s Ultimate Conqueror?

    Episode 483: Alexander the Great: History’s Ultimate Conqueror?

    22/05/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the greatest military leaders in human history, Alexander the Great. Alexander was born in the Greek kingdom of Macedonia in 356 B.C. He was the son of a powerful king and queen, and after Game of Thrones type ups and downs, he took Macedonia as king after his father was assassinated. From there, Alexander conquered Greece and moved to India, Egypt, and even Persia (the Middle East). By the time he was 32, he was considered "King of Babylon, King of Asia, King of the Four Quarters of the World." Alexander was born to King Philip II and Queen Olympia. While he was a boy, his father had him trained in everything from music to military, swordsmanship to horsemanship, and even philosophy (at the hands of the one and only Aristotle). By the time he was 16, he formed a cavalry and defeated an until then undefeatable group called the Sacred Band of Thebes. At the age of 19, his father was murdered by his own body guard, and after a brief strug

  • Episode 482: Father Yod: LA’s Vegan Sex Guru

    Episode 482: Father Yod: LA’s Vegan Sex Guru

    19/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss a cult leader (or commune founder?) and spiritual love guru named Father Yod. Yod (pronounced like “load”) was originally named James Edward Baker. James Baker was a very interesting man, if you believe the tales about his past. He was a World War II Marine who allegedly won the Silver Star at the battle Guadalcanal. He killed a man, twice, after the war. He was friends with Jack Lalane and the guy who founded Dr. Brag’s amino acid and vinegar company. All this lead to him being one of the most influential people in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s and a cult called The Source Family. James Baker left his family to move to LA and become a stunt man. It didn’t work, and he found himself hanging out with hippies and beatniks. Allegedly, he robbed two banks and made the money to open a restaurant called The Source. The Source was the first vegetarian/health food restaurant to ever open in LA. It was a massive success ($10,000 a day) and attracted movie star

  • Episode 481: Munster Rebellion: A Castle Times Cult

    Episode 481: Munster Rebellion: A Castle Times Cult

    15/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at a little known cult slash political revolt known as the Münster Rebellion. Back in Castle Times, the German city of Munster became home to a group of three men (Bernhard Rothman, Jan Matthys, and John of Leiden) who staged a coup against royalty and the Roman Catholic Church in 1535. They threw out the Bishop and the city council, and they replaced the town with their own communist, pacifists, polygamist sect known as the Anabaptists. This devolved quickly, and involved orgies, a brutal siege that lead to a siege, starvation, cannibalism, torture and beheadings. So many beheadings. The backdrop to this madness was a time in European history known as the Protestant Reformation. It was when the stranglehold of the Catholic church was broken by people like Henry VIII and Martin Luther. Once there were religious power vacuums, new ideas spread like wildfire. In fact, many historians liken the Anabaptist religion to a hydra with heads sp

  • Episode 480: Woodstock: Filth, Music, Love, and Drugs

    Episode 480: Woodstock: Filth, Music, Love, and Drugs

    12/05/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at Woodstock. Not only was it the most important music festival ever, it set the tone and soundtrack of an entire generation. It helped the nation stop thinking of hippies in so bad a light, and it created the careers of several of the largest musical acts of the era. What started as a music festival that was supposed to make people a lot of money and attract upwards of 50,000 people, became a free hippie love fest of a half a million people that bankrupted the concert planners. When four guys in the music industry decided to have a music festival in New York state, they named their new group after an area where musicians like Bob Dylan would play—an area known as Woodstock. They started looked for large areas of open land that could house their enormous dream, and they settled on Howard Mills Industrial Park in Wallkill, New York. The people of the town, however, voted against the dirty hippies and shut it down with only 6 weeks left to plan. T

  • Episode 479: Cursed Bread: The CIA, LSD, and Mass Hysteria

    Episode 479: Cursed Bread: The CIA, LSD, and Mass Hysteria

    08/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore a little known mass hallucination event in a small town in France. It was August 15, 1951, in the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in southern France. Roughly 300 people fell ill, including 50 people sent to insane asylums and 7 deaths. Theories range from ergot poisoning to tainted bleached bread, but the best of all links it to the CIA’s MK Ultra mind control program and the use of LSD. So, what happened in Pont-Saint-Esprit? The morning of August 15, people started to fall ill, and the waiting rooms at all doctor offices were at capacity. At first, the symptoms were basic stuff like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Then the symptoms got strange—mass insomnia, and people started to smell like dead mice. Then? The whole village went plumb crazy. Journalists on the scene recorded a staggering amount of hallucinations. For example, one man shouted to his room-mates “I’m dead! My head is made of copper and I have snakes in my stomach!” A girl thought she was

  • Episode 478: George Carlin: The Vulgar Prophet

    Episode 478: George Carlin: The Vulgar Prophet

    05/05/2020

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, laughs, and legacy of one of the greatest comedians of all time—George Carlin. Carlin was made most famous for his “7 Dirty Words” set. It got him arrested and made him fight the FCC all the way to the supreme court. He took on the mantle of the vulgar prophet, a man who would cut society and humanity to the quick but do it with a laugh. From cocaine heart attacks to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, George Carlin had a hell of a run. He was born in New York to a mother who left his drunken father to raise two boys by herself. He did well in school due to his sharp intellect but was kicked out due his bad attitude, and eventually dropped out before he could graduate. After a stint in the Air Force (where he was courts-martialed three times!), he took to work at the local radio station. He teamed up with Jack Burns, and they started a funny radio hour which was successful enough for them to get picked up by a bigger station in LA. From there, th

  • Episode 477: Jemeker Thompson: The Crack Queen of Compton

    Episode 477: Jemeker Thompson: The Crack Queen of Compton

    01/05/2020

    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at a very unique crime lord, the so-called Queen Pin of crack cocaine, Jemeker Thompson. She was overlooked by the competition and the feds since women didn’t deal drugs on that scale, but she is said to have been in control of virtually all crack coming in to South Central LA in the 1980s during their crack epidemic. Jemeker was born to a poor, single mother in South Central. She had five siblings. One fateful day, they all came home to find they had been evicted from their apartment. She looked at all her worldly possession sitting on the lawn and had no place to live. This lack of money and control set her on a path of greed and cunning. By high school, she was a talented enough runner to be training for the 1984 Olympics. At her meets she met a low end pot dealer named Anthony "Daff" Mosley. They fell in love, and she started to sell his pot in her high school. Eventually, she got addicted to the money and thrill and told Duff they ne

  • Episode 476: Madeline McCann: Murder, Abduction, or Stupidity?

    Episode 476: Madeline McCann: Murder, Abduction, or Stupidity?

    28/04/2020 Duration: 01h48min

    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at some true crime and investigate the disappearance of Madeline McCann. Madeline was a three year old British girl who was with her family on vacation in Portugal in 2007. While she slept alongside her two year old twin brother and sister, her parents ate tapas and partied at a restaurant on the other side of the pool. Several hours later, when the parents came to check on them, Madeline was famously missing. So, what happened? There is a lot of speculation about that. What is known is that the three children were asleep with the parents, Kate and Gerry McCann went to dinner and drinks. They checked on the sleeping kids from time to time. At one point, the father found them to be asleep but noticed their bedroom door wasn’t where it was when he last checked. At another point, a friend checked on them but didn’t bother going as far as the bedroom to actually look at the kids. Eventually, at 10:20 PM, Kate went in and found Madeline missing. She sounde

  • Episode 475: Buddhafield: Not Your Average Sex Cult

    Episode 475: Buddhafield: Not Your Average Sex Cult

    24/04/2020

      On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a little known cult that started in the 1980s called The Buddhafield. The Buddhafield was a group of people initially from Southern California who found a new type of family with each other, under the guidance of “The Teacher.” The Teacher, also known as Michel, Andreas, or Jaime Gonzalez, led them into some LSD type hypno therapy god hunting body trips. They loved each other; they loved him; they found peace. Until they didn’t, and Michel started to have sex with male members of the group (often against their will) and do your typical cult control over all of them. The story is mostly known thanks to a man named Will Allen who made a documentary called Holy Hell. He is an ex-member of this group, and due to his background in film, he was considered the unofficial documentarian of the group. He filmed The Teacher, the students, the spiritual retreats, and the daily lives of the Buddhafield family. In fact, he was one of Michel’s closest al

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