USUK Network

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The USUK Network is a collection of shows that are designed to look at the subtle differences in culture between the US and the UK. We have USUK: What's The Difference? With Alex Whiteley and Tom Bruno. A look at culture either side of the Atlantic. Whether it be movie stars, editors, producers, food, authors, artists. Anything is up for grabs here. Yelling At Clouds, featuring the one and only Erik Pflueger. If you are a fan of Hollywood Babble On, you know Erik to be a very talented artist. He is here to drop so art facts on you guys in the only way Erik knows how to. So grab a seat, school is in session. USUK: Wednesday "Not So" Live, an audio playback of our live show which is recorded live every Wednesday. Just the USUK crew, catching up. No script, nu agenda just banter and the odd game thrown in.

All Episodes

The efforts that go into making a movie like Jason Vs Freddy are never talked about. In fact there were a series of scripts considered for the concept of Jason Vs Freddy. Todays guest, author Dustin McNeill writes amazing books that fill lots of blanks. Offering lots of really interesting facts about movies and what could have been with many movies including Jason Vs Freddy, Halloween and Phantasm. Dustin speaks to Tom and David about what his influences were growing up and what inspired him to become the author he is today. You will be shocked at how much goes into the research and writing of Dustin's books, yet he somehow manages to pump out a book every year.  Dustin was a fantastic guest and we were grateful to have him come and chat with us, enjoy!

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Nov 2

55 min 39 sec

AL and Tom speak to New York born director Thomas J. Churchill who tells the guys how he became the director that he is today. Offering some very valuable advice for any budding young movie makers, Thomas takes us through the process of making a movie. Thomas' latest werewolf flick "Amityville Moon" may peak you interest. Brought to us via Lionsgate & inspired by Thomas' love for werewolf movies "Amityville Werewolf" looks like a fantastic offering for fans of horror. The Later Lounge is under new management and AL chats to Tom about the whole Alec Baldwin thing... If y'know what I mean!

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Nov 1

1 hr 22 min

We welcome back our good friend Mick Strawn to the show. Having previously featured on a live episode and on Chronicles Mick is back to talk us about his amazing career. From building the blood sprinkler scene in Blade to washing out a set in a freak accident on a TV set Mick takes us through so many stories. We find out how a well planned elevator pitch won Mick the opportunity to work on Nightmare on Elm Street 3 which featured one of his favourite death scenes of all time. This episode is a hoot

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Oct 24

1 hr 35 min

Tom Bruno and David Rabe speak to true pop culture creative genius, David Kirschner. You will be blown away by the achievements of this man who (for example) simply wrote Hocus Pocus for his daughter. The movie was slammed by critics originally and then went on to be the huge success we all know today and it DOESN'T STOP THERE. David wrote "An American Tale" and then sold it to Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy with an elevator pitch at an elaborate Hollywood party. We haven't even spoke about Child's Play or the fact that David co-owns Curious frickin' George!!  David is a top bloke. This is a great episode, full of lots of inside Hollywood info and I'm sure you are going to love it. If so, please give this a share!!

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Oct 18

1 hr 17 min

AL is joined by guest host David Rabe and our special guest Daniel Goodman. This episode is all about money. What is important to understand about money from a young age? Is there something we can learn from a young age that can help us learn about investments, stocks and the importance of money. How can you become a stock trader? What are the risks? What is the process from your first $100 onwards? Daniel talks to the guys about his experiences as a trader, including some inside information to feed your curiosity. We ask ourselves the question "When is enough, enough when it comes to making money?" When would you stop? In the Later Lounge AL and David chat about books, anime and the dangers of trying new things

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Oct 11

1 hr 39 min

Brought to you via a collaboration between USUK and TV Guestpert, AL and Tom speak to Jenny Black, founder of Media Trauma care. A company that is designed help those that are suffering the serious effects of social media and the use of devices such as mobile phones. When is comes to the devastating effects that the media that gets rammed down our throats, Jenny is the ultimate expert. A well respected therapist of mental health, parenting, marriage and  relationships, Jenny is witnessing the damage first hand. So what can we do to help our bodies reset and re-learn what is really important to us? Do you have an unhealthy connection to social media right now? Are you struggling creatively? does your entire life revolve around that machine we all carry around in our pockets? Well this episode might offer some very helpful advice.

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Oct 4

1 hr 29 min

AL and Tom speak to Teneisha Collins who joins them this week. Teneisha is a Canadian actress who starred alongside Kevin Hart in Fatherhood which is in the top 10 most viewed movies on Netflix of all time. Where does it begin for Teneisah though? What is it like as a Canadian actress trying to find work on American TV compared to Canadian TV, is it hard? And why did she pick up the nickname The Pebble? What was it like working alongside Kevin Hart and with Seth Rogan on the very popular Future Man TV show? This podcast is fun, light hearted and flows very easily. This was a breeze to record and Teneisha is absolutely a new fave of ours.

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Sep 21

1 hr 39 min

Thanks to the fine relationship that we have with https://tvguestpert.com/  AL and Tom bring you a fantastic guest in Dr Sheila Forman.  Dr Forman used to be a practicing attorney but now, she is a Psychologist and Life Coach dedicated to helping people better their lives. Today we discuss the healthy and unhealthy relationships we as humans have with food. For example, even though AL is on Keto there is always an urge to sit in front of the TV and annihilate a pack of Oreos. But why does he feel that way and how can he re programme his brain to not think that way? This is where Dr Forman comes in, this is here field.  Also we have to know, if you're already on your way to making it as an attorney, why the sudden change on career choice? If you have similar issues with Oreos, then this episode may be very helpful for you. Go to https://tameyourappetite.com/ to find out everything you need to know. Dr Forman has so much to offer. Her books look fantastic! Later Lounge: The guys discuss robotic farming and they breakdown that stunning Spidey trailer!

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Sep 14

1 hr 38 min

We are back for a big hefty slice of knowledge pie, washed down with a humongous swig of Strawberry flavoured, powdered milkshake. Today Erik is talking to Alex about the movie The Founder starring Michael Keaton. If you wish to go and watch the movie before you watch this, we will forgive you, but it is not necessary. The movie is based on the origins of McDonald's and the tense war of wits between Roy Kroc (Keaton) and the McDonald brothers. Why though has this sparked so much intrigue from world famous artist Erik Pflueger? Well step into our golden arched classroom and we will tell you all about it...class in session

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Sep 12

1 hr 39 min

Jon Levine joins AL today to talk about his career as an actor. Having recently starred in Loki as a dialogue counting office clerk, there is a lot of excitement in the air. I mean how would you feel if you became an official part of the MCU?! Jon has also starred in the amazing Kobra Kai as a health inspector. There seems to be a trend setting here right? Well Jon is anything but, the stiff office types that he has been cast as recently. Offering us a look into the life of a hard working actor who is determined to book that big role, Jon generously talks with AL. Where does all of this begin? How does one become and actor and most importantly, WHERE THE HELL IS TOM BRUNO?!!

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Sep 10

1 hr 2 min

AL is totally obsessed with the show Ted Lasso. So he is super excited to bring Moe Jeudy-Lamour AKA goalkeeper, Zoreaux to the show. We find out all about Moe's career. From his 1st experiences on the set of X-men and the amazing acting feats he witnessed from Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. How did Moe learn to play the part of a Premier League goalkeeper so convincingly and what did the cast and crew get up to during lockdown that helped them grow closer as a team? In the Later Lounge AL and Tom discuss the Turner and Hooch TV Series and they go all in with a spoilerific review of The Suicide Squad. Al grades the movie

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Sep 3

1 hr 22 min

Welcome to our 4th lesson, Yelling At Clouds Unheard Melody. Erik Pflueger tells his co-host Alex Whiteley all about a performance he saw when he was a student that blew his mind (see this week's brilliant artwork for reference) This performance is something that has resonated with Erik throughout his life, opening questions, then questions about the questions. Why is this important? Well Erik is here to explain, sit down folks, class is in session.

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Aug 29

53 min 15 sec

Join Alex Whiteley and Tom Bruno as they speak to actor Sean Kanan. Getting his big break from Karate Kid 3, Sean has had a depth of experience in acting in many things, including 2 movies recently with Bruce Willis. The guys try to get inside the head of this hard working actor to find out what is difficult, what are the rewards and also, will he feature in Kobra Kai? Take a listen to this fantastic interview with this high kicking but genuinely nice guy.

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Aug 25

1 hr 29 min

AL and guest host Andy Imhof speak to promising young actor, Slade Monroe. Slade is a young guy who shows so much drive and composure, it made AL and Andy really look at their younger selves and ask questions! Starring in 12 Mighty Orphans alongside Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen, Slade plays the part of the quarterback, the dream role for any up and coming talent. This episode is designed to explore Slade's experiences as "the new kid on the block" as he puts it. In the "Later Lounge" the carpets have just been cleaned and the bar restocked. AL and Andy discuss the most memorable, horrendous times they've had at work. We would love to hear your messed up work stories send them to usukglobal@gmail.com and we will read them out on our live show!

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Aug 18

1 hr 45 min

The final chapter of our coverage of The Battle Of Shrewsbury Weekend brings stories from around the arena. As we switched to mobile mode, we were able to get some interviews with folks from all over the Battle Of Shrewsbury showground. We bring you: An interview with a medieval field surgeon, Jules chats to Phil who is a blacksmith, Some pre-battle excitement, post-battle reactions from Hotspur and a man who was ridden down by a horse, and a closing interview from the man himself, Matthew Howarth. This interview got highjacked by 2 of the horses that came over to say hello and by hello we mean, gently nudged in the back until we gave them attention. At USUK and The Shrewsbury Biscuit, we want to say a huge thank you for letting us be a part of this fantastic weekend. Just being amidst the stunning atmosphere and sampling the passion that you guys hold for what you do was a real honour. We would love to be a part of things next year. Who knows maybe AL might don some armour and a battle axe...we shall see!

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Aug 16

36 min 44 sec

Join Alex Whiteley and the big brained Erik Pflueger for Yelling At Clouds: Maximilian Overdrive where they take a look at the 1979 movie, The Black Hole. Erik forced AL to watch the film, forced him! Leaving him totally perplexed. This shoddy 70's Sci-fi felt like a Star Wars rip off to AL and was full of problems. Erik's job is to educated us all as to why this movie can be considered as great as it is completely ridiculous. Bringing us evidence of both the flaws and the brilliance of this bright eyed (ahem!) 70's sci-fi.

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Aug 15

1 hr 58 min

While AL is away, Tom is here to play...at being a Pod-God! First off Tom speaks to Andy Imhof from The Horsepower Hour Podcast about their first cars and cars they always wanted when they were younger. Tom then brings in Jeramy Wilcox from Fandom Squad Podcast to help interview music legend, Blue October bassist Matt Noveskey. What is the life of an "Art Rock Star" like? What was it like joining a band that he was already fond of and where has this journey taken him? I need to add that I bailed on Tom so he had to build this episode together by himself and after watching it back, I am super proud of him. What a stunning podcasting superstar he is turning out to be. Well done my TransAtlantic amigo! - AL

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Aug 11

1 hr 43 min

As mentioned on "What's The Difference" AL was invited to The Battle Of Shrewsbury Weekend. We spoke to Matthew Howarth and the organisers on the show and we said we would release what content we got from the weekend on both USUK and The Shrewsbury Biscuit so this limited playlist is what we got. Here we speak to a few of the reenactors starting off with Matt and Craig who are donning medieval attire, Matt is wearing pretty heavy armour. What does it mean to these guys to be taking part in this event and exactly how awkward is it to move around in heavy armour? In part 2 we speak to Matthew Godwin, a local history teacher who has many years of history re-enactment under his belt. Matthew is playing the part of the King for the weekend which is an exciting part to be playing. We speak to Matthew about why this is important to him. 

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Aug 9

44 min 38 sec

As mentioned on "What's The Difference" AL was invited to The Battle Of Shrewsbury Weekend. We spoke to Matthew Howarth and the organisers on the show and we said we would release what content we got from the weekend on both USUK and The Shrewsbury Biscuit so this limited playlist is what we got. Here we have Peter from Nidhoggr Mead and Sandy from Mercian Mead. I don't know if you realise this but...AL loves Mead! So speaking to these guys with the aid of Leon Whiteley we find out the backstory for these 2 companies and the challenges that are faced when it comes to making mead.

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Aug 7

26 min 49 sec

USUK Not so Live makes a dramatic return to the world of audio podcasts with our 36th instalment. Tom brings in David Rabe, AL and special guest Phil Better from the Phil Better Show and the Invest In Yourself Podcast. A guest you say? Does that mean? Yes the return of The Gauntlet!! We apologise for the absence of Not So Live from our channel. There was a huge back-log of editing for a while there so the pressure got to us. We hope you enjoy this episode and laugh as much as we did - AL 

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Aug 5

1 hr 6 min

As mentioned on "What's The Difference" AL was invited to The Battle Of Shrewsbury Weekend. We spoke to Matthew Howarth and the organisers on the show and we said we would release what content we got from the weekend on both USUK and The Shrewsbury Biscuit so this limited playlist is what we got. Here is Al's interview with author, Robert Marsters. The encouragement of a loving wife and the ability to just sit and write stunning fantasy literature lead to a very popular series of books. What Robert calls the A, B, C of Karrak, starting with "The Ascension Of Karrak". AL discusses Robert's influences and drives when it comes to being the creator of his own fantasy world full of original species and creatures. This interview may develop into something further as there is potential for a future show post me and Tom Bruno reading the books. Watch this space!

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Aug 5

39 min 17 sec

AL and Tom speak a star of one of the most controversial documentaries of all time "Tiger King" Carole Baskin. At first we breezed over the documentary and the effects of it, then we get on to the main and most important topic of conservation. What were the primary problems in America with big cats when Carole first started compared to now, since Big Cat Rescue have been working hard for many years to offer refuge for poorly kept big cats. Has Joe Exotic or any of his kin been in touch with Carole since the doc? And what has Carole done to make sure that no more animals are ever harmed again on the former GW Zoo grounds? In the Later Lounge AL and Tom get deep into some Loki Spoilers and they discuss "War Of Tomorrow" Starring Chris Pratt.

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Aug 4

1 hr 44 min

As mentioned on "What's The Difference" AL was invited to The Battle Of Shrewsbury Weekend. We spoke to Matthew Howarth and the organisers on the show and we said we would release what content we got from the weekend on both USUK and The Shrewsbury Biscuit so this limited playlist is what we got. This is an interview with Thomas Corbett from Shrewsbury Wargames Society. Wargames have such a huge, yet diverse community around the world. Whether it's Warhammer 40k or historical battles, there is something for everyone. Tom tells us all bout where his obsession started with Wargames and what it brought to his life.

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Aug 3

25 min 18 sec

As you may have heard we are doing a thing in September...Pod Aid!  In this special hybrid episode AL sits down with the ladies from Lingen Davies as a way to introduce you all to the charity that we have chosen to help with Pod Aid. AL speaks to Naomi, Helen, Lizzy and Anna and finds out all bout their roles and what it takes to find innovative ways to raise money, the effects of Covid-19 and what the funds actually mean to to community that Lingen Davies strive to help. This episode was recorded in the sunny garden outside the Lingen Davies office in Shrewsbury, it is such a relaxed interview, yet it illustrates the hard work that these guys do and what it means to them. There is a real passion here from the team and we are so excited to be helping them in the best way we can. When Pod Aid arrives on the 29th September, I hope you guys can dig deep in your pockets and help these guys achieve their truly honourable goals.

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Aug 2

1 hr 11 min

Welcome to episode 2 of Yelling At Clouds: Jumpin' For Joyce. Join Mr Erik Pflueger as he teaches us about proper and improper art as coined by James Joyce. "Kinetic" and "Static art", what do these terms mean? What is real porno? ah, we have your attention now don't we? This is a real lesson into the effects we have when we get that "ah!" moment with art. Is it something that repulses you or stops you in your tracks or is it something that makes you desire the thing you see? What is all this and what do we know about it? Well we have Erik here to break some facts, so sit down son, school is in session!

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Aug 1

1 hr 17 min

AL and Tom speak to Jeffrey Weissman aka George McFly from Back To The Future Parts 2 & 3. Jeffrey talks to us about what is was like being flown in "on the eleventh hour" to portray the roll of George McFly in what went on to be one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. Jeffrey speaks highly of the BTTF fanbase and is super grateful for the kindness and support they have given him over the years. George was a stunning guest and boy does he have a great voice for podcasting!

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Jul 28

1 hr 36 min

Welcome to the thirty-seventh edition of USUK Chronicles - The Chronicles of Noel MacNeal This week we welcome into the chateau a man who has dedicated his life to the most noble of causes, putting smiles on children's faces. Noel is a puppeteer who has been working for a little production you may have heard of called Sesame Street for over 30 years! Noel talks all about his early career and how he got started in the Henson Productions, talks about his work on Sesame Street, performing at the o2 in London with The Muppets, the role he's most known for as we learn all about the iconic and wonderful Bear In The Big Blue House as well as his work with Toms hero John Oliver as the lead puppeteer on the show. All this and more inside this quite frankly raunchy and rude episode of USUK Chronicles! Including Callums Treachings, Toms Journal & Jamie's Audience Participation Challenge where we ask for your favourite chat up lines. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [15:02] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [41:43] Interview with Noel MacNeal [02:07:39] Audience Participation Challenge If you like what you hear here then please don't hesitate to drop us a a rating and review on all your favourite podcasting apps and while you're there go check out the other great podcasts here on the USUK Podcasting Network.

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Jul 21

2 hr 18 min

AL and Tom bring a very special guest this week. Casey Jost is a talented writer as well as being the producer for Impractical Jokers. Casey offers some real insight into what life is like working with Impractical Jokers as a show. What worked, what didn't work sometimes, why is New York such a perfect place to record the show? 4 guys in their mid 30's got launched into super stardom in what has become one of the biggest shows on the planet and Casey has had the best seat in the house. We have some great stories for you here.  So, there are some major inconsistencies in the audio here because our recording software screwed us a little. So AL had to strip the audio right down and rebuild it. This is a real, handmade, artisan podcast. Casey you were an absolute blast, we'd love to get you on again sir! Special shout-out goes to Caz, thanks for being an amazing booking manager for us!

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Jul 19

1 hr 24 min

In our first episode of Yelling At Clouds, you get to meet your teacher, Mr Erik Pflueger. Erik ponders on the phrase "This Am I"   This is Erik's very own podcast where he can discuss what he likes. He went away and put a lot of time putting together something of the highest quality. You will go away smarter after listening to this guaranteed, or your money back.

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Jul 18

44 min 53 sec

You may recognise Cody Lundin from the TV, you may have read his books, if not, Cody is a survival instructor of the highest calibre. AL and Tom speak to Cody about his life and what it means to be in his position when it comes to calling out all of the bulls**t that we see on TV when it comes to survival. Cody also gives you listeners some hand survival pointers just in case you find yourselves exposed to the elements.  In the Later Lounge AL gets Tom to score an American BBQ join that he visited in Shrewsbury, aka the Smoke Stop (they do a mean BBQ brisket). The guys also cover episodes 1-2 of Loki with some heavy spoilers.

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Jul 12

1 hr 29 min

Join Tom, David and special guest Keith McCleary as they spend an hour together catching up with the good hearted banter and hilarity that you deserve. This is Wednesday Night Liiiive! Except it's not live, and it's released on a Thursday...But it sounds great and will absolutely make you laugh so...enjoy!

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Jul 8

1 hr 7 min

Welcome to the thirty-sixth edition of USUK Chronicles - The Chronicles of J.C Reifenberg This week we welcome into the chateau a man who might possibly be the luckiest person on the planet and in his eyes he owes it all to a film series that was set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away... J.C is a director, producer, podcast producer, bar owner and mega Star Wars fan! We talk to J.C all about the start of his career and how he got to where he is now, his movies 'Hughes The Force' & 'Summer '78', We talk about his work with Kevin Smith and former guest Marc Bernardin on Fatman Beyond, we talk all about his bar in LA the infamous 'Scum & Villainy Cantina' and of course we talk a little Star Wars! We also ask the question......did J.C start the pandemic? All this and so much more! Including Callums Treachings, Toms Journal & the Audience Participation challenge where we ask about your School performances. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [18:00] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [34:32] Interview with J.C Reifenberg [02:12:15] Audience Participation If you like what you hear here then please dont hesitate to share us with your friends and family and help us spread the good word USUK and also if you could be so kind to please drop a little rating and review on your favourite podcast app.

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Jul 7

2 hr 23 min

AL and Tom take you guys on a trip to Medieval England for todays episode. They're speaking the Matthew, Tom and Lee. These guys know their stuff when it comes to Medieval Battle Re-enactment. Suited and booted in chainmail and wielding weapons of bollock destruction. We dive right into the gruesome nature of battles like the very bloody and violent Battle Of Shrewsbury which happened in 1403.  Matthew, Lee and Tom are portraying the Corbett Household, a prominent family from Medieval England, donning the family colours and arms, while wielding axes of historical facts. We also discuss the very exciting Battle Of Shrewsbury re-enactment which will be taking place on the 24th July, What can we expect to see and will AL get to battle T.S in the arena? (just so you know T.S if we do, I'm coming at you like Jim Carrey in Cable Guy so be warned!) This is so much fun! 

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Jul 5

1 hr 28 min

Join the USUK crew as they take you through an hour of unorganised, yet fun hilarity. Joining you on this episode are Orey, T.S, David and AL. We bring you a brand new edition of AL's Game which is a Rotten Tomatoes based game where we compare movie ratings and ask you "higher, or lower?" To catch these episodes live, make sure you join the crew live every Wednesday at 9pm UK or 4pm ET. That way you can join us in the comments and become a star of the show. Just visit the USUK Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

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Jul 1

1 hr 7 min

Joining AL is George Lugo, as a guest co-host today and New York based actor, Alan Rodriguez. This interview was beautifully put together by our booking manager Caz. Alan has such an amazing story and we dive right into where Alan begins, as a troubled teenager who had the desire to act. Now whenever you see a kid on a movie tell their parents that they want be an actor or an artist, there's always that cliché scene of "no you're not..." and we wanted to test that on Alan. Is it like it is in the movies? Well Alan's story sends him on a journey to becoming a Transit Cop in New York, to the point where eventually Alan took a leap of faith, to become the actor he always wanted to be. We get the opportunity to elaborate on all of this. Alan was a brilliant guest and we want to thank him dearly for coming on to talk to us and of course my stunning co-host for the week George Lugo, it was great having you buddy!

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Jun 29

1 hr 31 min

Join the USUK crew for their weekly catch-up, banter and general oral spew.  Is it illegal to beat your rug in public? We ask all of the important questions on our show. Especially with Tom's game, "You Can't Handle The Truth" this week it's crazy laws we look at.

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Jun 24

1 hr 5 min

Welcome to the thirty-fifth edition of USUK Chronicles - The Chronicles of Ian Danter This week we throw open the doors of the chateau for the legendary Ian Danter! Ian is a man of many talents and a man that has done so many cool things!  We talk to Ian all about his radio career, how he got started, all about his hilarious skits and songs during his time doing the Barmy Brummies show, all the way to dealing with loud fans at football games. Ian's time performing in several tribute bands over the years including Europes longest running KISS tribute band, which is a topic that made Jamie a very happy man! We also talk about his amazing two solo albums and his performances with theatre rock show Leather & Lace. As well as this we have your usual Chronicles favourites like Callums Treachings, Toms Journal and in this weeks Audience Participation we talk about your spontaneous moments. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [16:15] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [34:05] Interview with Ian Danter [02:21:20] Audience Participation If you like what you've heard here today then please don't hesitate to share this episode with your friends and spread the word of the good ship USUK, please give us a rating and a review on your favourite podcast apps and of course hit that subscribe button so you don't miss a single episode of the wonderful shows here on the USUK Network.

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Jun 24

2 hr 31 min

Join the USUK crew as the let off some steam in their fantastic Wednesday Night Liiiiiive, Except it's not live, or Wednesday. But we bottled this up and sent it out for you to enjoy!

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Jun 22

1 hr 21 min

AL and Tom's guest didn't make it, so what did they do? They hit record anyway and had a natter. The link for the studio was thrown out and anyone could join, but did they? ooooh it's a mystery. AL and Tom have a lot of fun really diving into vacations and the geography of a where to find a good British vacation/holiday. AL tells Tom of the most beautiful, but worst place to go in the UK. Rollercoasters, are you a fan? Well the guys sit through some YouTube clips of some of the UK's most famous rides, then Tom shows AL 'Bizarro', which makes Nemesis look like the teacup ride at the fair. This was actually a lot of fun, just chatting away and sharing some transatlantic comparisons. We hope you enjoy! - AL

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Jun 21

1 hr 16 min

Welcome to the thirty-fourth edition of USUK Chronicles - The Chronicles of Tom Stade This week we throw open the doors of the chateau for the returning Tom Stade! Tom previously joined us back in Big Dicks Halfway Inn for Superhero Barfight, now he joins us again for another crazy and hilarious conversation. We talk to Tom all about his upcoming tour 'You Aint Seen Nothing Yet', his live internet show 'Dangerous Space', Getting back on the stage after being away for so long. We also actually talk about his start in comedy, washing cucumbers? and a certain Welsh valley town....all this and so much more! As well as this we have your usual Chronicles favourites like Callums Treachings, Toms Journal and in this weeks Audience Participation we talk about your fantasy family of choice. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [13:45] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [32:15] Interview with Tom Stade [01:42:17] Audience Participation If you like what you've heard here today then please don't hesitate to share this episode with your friends and spread the word of the good ship USUK, please give us a rating and a review on your favourite podcast apps and of course hit that subscribe button so you don't miss a single episode of the wonderful shows here on the USUK Network.

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Jun 16

1 hr 50 min

AL and Tom are joined by Yorkshire bloke in New York, Rich Cook. A TV producer who started his career at the Big Breakfast (one of the greatest morning TV shows ever!) Rich then went on to create Channel 4's Popworld which has been officially declared as the best TV Music Show Ever in the UK. In this hilarious interview the guys ask Rich to take us back down memory lane as he discusses putting the Popworld team together, what it's like working in the US, his mis-hap thinking he was going to work for SPIKE but realising that in actual fact he was working with a very...famous other Spike. Jessy Nelson (Little Mix) released a very poignant documentary called "Odd One Out" in 2019, Rich helped to make that too and we talk about that. It was nice having a fellow UK ally on this show so we could gang up on Tom about certain aspects of US customs, Ice Tea being one of them. Just stop America! In fact Tom takes Rich through who he thinks does does things better US or UK. for example who has the better food, US or UK? How did Rich answer? listen her and find out!

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Jun 14

1 hr 37 min

Join the guys as they banter away with an hour long show of hilarity, fun and games. Including the return of the world famous AL's Game, come and test your film knowledge! Sorry this one is late guys, AL has been working like a beast to create great content, we love y'all. If you enjoy this episode please drop us a review, we really appreciate it!

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Jun 13

1 hr 8 min

Welcome to the thirty-third edition of USUK Chronicles – The Chronicles of Mat Ricardo This week we swing open the doors of the chateau to Mat Ricardo, Mat is a magician, show man, street performer and all around gentleman! Mat is a man capable of so many things that make you say words like 'OH MY GOD!' and 'NO BLOODY WAY!' his works needs to be seen to be believed! We talk to Mat all about how he got started on streets, all about the tricks he performs with table cloths, knives, glasses and so much more, his live shows, the importance of having a character, his friendship with wrestling legend William Regal and SO much more! As well as this we have your usual Chronicles favourites like Callums Treachings, Toms Journal and in this weeks Audience Participation we talk about your animal of choice. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [23:02] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [38:47] Interview with Mat Ricardo [02:01:14] Audience Participation If you like what you've heard here today then please don't hesitate to share this episode with your friends and spread the word of the good ship USUK, please give us a rating and a review on your favourite podcast apps and of course hit that subscribe button so you don't miss a single episode of the wonderful shows here on the USUK Network.

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Jun 9

2 hr 12 min

During the first lockdown, AL and Tom found a B-movie gem called The Velocipastor. They found this film at a time when it was needed the most. Simply because this film is...well...brilliant! With a budget of $35K Brendan created an absolutely, cult classic with a huge following. Now when you only have 35 grand to spend, how is it possible to make such a great film? Well Brendan is here to tell us his story. We find out so much about what went on backstage and we get some exclusive info about......a sequel!!  Tune in and listen to the story about how Brendan made all of this happen!

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Jun 7

1 hr 36 min

Welcome to the thirty-second edition of USUK Chronicles - The Chronicles of Leo Golden Child This week we swing open the doors of the chateau to Leo Golden Child. Leo is a rapper, a youth worker, a boxing gym owner, a vLEOgrapher and quite frankly the nicest most genuine man on the planet! They broke the mould when they made this guy! Leo has used his past to inspire him to be the man he is today and is using his time to try and make this world a better place. We talk to Leo all about his music career, his work in communities working with the local youth, we talk about some of the amazing projects he has put together, what he has planned for the future, his boxing gym he has in dedication to a lost friend and so much more including Tom asking about rap musics deepest secrets..... Aswell as this we have your usual Chronicles favourites like Callums Treachings, Toms Journal and in this weeks Audience Participation we talk about your karaoke stories. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [18:16] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [38:45] Interview with Leo Golden Child [01:53:00] Audience Participation If you like what youve heard here today then please dont hesitate to share this episode with your friends and spread the word of the good ship USUK, please give us a rating and a review on your favourite podcast apps and of course hit that subscribe button so you dont miss a single episode of the wonderful shows here on the USUK Network.

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Jun 2

2 hr 9 min

AL and David Rabe sit down with Jeff Hyman in a podcast that fate put together. Jeff is used to working around celebrities and getting them everything they need for festivals, gigs and events. Having previously worked with Kevin Smith on his Jay and Silent Bob Get Old tours (amongst others) as well as amazing events such as Live 8 we get some really interesting insights into what goes on backstage. After many years of experience Jeff is part of Degy Entertainment now and he works at festivals like Firefly and events across America. We get to hear what its like working with stars with super inflated egos. Including the dreaded "rider" and what is acceptable for a star to ask for. We put Jeff to the test by reading out the recent rider that went viral for Grace Jones to see what he thought of it. Straight out the gates Jeff launches into his accounts of working on the iconic Live 8 fundraiser, which still today is one of the biggest events in history. This story involves a brief discussion about a topless Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas.

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Jun 1

1 hr 39 min

We made it to 30!!! Tom, TS, David and AL bring a fun packed episode that if it was to have a name (not a number) it would be called "Soggy Biscuit Green Hairy Toes Rabies" as the guys figure out what their fragrances would be called. The guys have fun with commenters in the chat, discuss Slipknot and how overrated they are...or not. We also have the return of AL's Game. Grab a pen and paper and see if you can get a better score than the guys got!

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May 27

1 hr 31 min

Welcome to the thirty-first edition of USUK Chronicles, The Chronicles of Chris Raab aka Raab Himself! This week we welcome Chris Raab into the chateau or as he is more commonly known....Raab Himself. Chris came to fame as one of the original CKY crew alongside Brandon DiCamillo, Bam Margera and many more, this project then developed into the worldwide phenomenon that was simply known as Jackass. We sit down with Chris and talk all about his time with the CKY crew, how it al got started, how it developed into Jackass and then onto shows like Viva La Bam. We talk all about his personal demons, his production company Green Gate Entertainment, his podcast The Bathroom Break and so much more! If youre a fan of stories then this is the episode for you! Aswell as that we have your usual Chronicles favourites like Callums Treachings, Toms Journal and Jamies Audience Participation challenge. [00:00] Intro/Catch Up [20:12] Callums Treachings/Toms Journal [39:02] Interview with Chris Raab [02:28:11] Audience Participation If you like what youve heard here today then please dont forget to Subscribe to our feed so you dont miss a single episode of all the glorious shows here on the USUK Network, please also dont hesitate to drop us a little rating and a review on all your favourite podcasting apps and maybe even give this a little share so all your friends can enjoy too.

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May 26

2 hr 39 min

AL, Tom and David as they catch-up with this fantastic addition of USUK Wednesday Night Liiiiive! Except that it's not live. It was but it isn't any more. And it's been released on a Thursday, not a Wednesday. It's a week late too! That being said, this is a very fun episode, featuring some special guests at the end.

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May 26

1 hr 36 min

Coming to you all the way from Bogota Colombia we give you Ximena Rodriguez an award winning actress with a lot of infectious energy. AL and Tom sit down and discuss what life is like as a aspiring actress, who is classically trained and super talented. Discussed in this episode are the grim realities of expectations when it comes to auditions and what it means for Ximena do be doing what she loves, in a world that has made it so hard for her and many others to succeed. Does being classically trained, winning international awards and being featured at Cannes mean anything or can something as ridiculously superficial as being too short reduce chances of becoming cast in a role? Find out the real story of the life of a hard working, aspiring actress right here. Ximena has a great, positive outlook on life and we know that one day you will see her name in shining lights on the big screen.  

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May 24

1 hr 25 min