The Happy Xen Podcast

The Happy Xen Podcast

Navigating the world from a Xennial point of view

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Did you miss us? The Happy Xen Podcast returns after Summer break, diving head first into pop culture controversy with the dreaded REBOOT! In this episode we go over what is good,  bad, and just plain unneeded with reboots. Plus we get into the differences (and which we prefer) between a reboot, a remake and the long after sequel. Will you agree with Adam or Matt? Or are they both… The post Ep. 48 – Giving Reboots the Boot appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Sep 6

102 min

He’s back! After over 2 years, the long awaited return of Canadian superstar game designer Jason Anarchy is finally here! Jason was one of our favourite guests during the early days of the show, so we were so excited that he was able to join us to talk about his new game up on Kickstarter called Your Friend is Sad. Jason walks us through this crazy, (and strangely fitting in… The post Ep. 47 – Anarchy Rules, With Special Guest Jason Anarchy! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jun 29

73 min

Welcome back! Well we knew this day would finally come. Adam has watched all of The Fast And The Furious and is ready to let loose! Will Matt be able to keep calm? Is this the end of the dynamic duo? No it’s not, but we certainly did have an interesting chat about the much maligned action series, and you don’t want to miss it! Plus we give our picks… The post Ep. 46 – Furious At The Fast appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jun 22

68 min

Hello Hello! The world is socially (and physically) distancing, so what is there to do? Joining Adam and Matt on this episode is a returning special guest to talk gaming in quarantine. We sit down virtually with the Manager of the Durham College Esports Arena, Sarah Wagg! Our hosts talk to Sarah about how this pandemic is bringing gaming and esports to the masses via mainstream media, and celebrity endorsement.… The post Ep. 45 – Gaming During The Pandemic, With Special Guest Sarah Wagg! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

May 6

44 min

Hello True Believers! March Madness didn’t happened this year, so we have the next best thing with the MCU March Madness! On this episode, Adam and Matt go head to head as they make their cases in the battle between the MCU heroes. Who will win between Hawkeye and The Falcon? Doctor Strange and Thor? or The Hulk and Captain Marvel? Tune in now to find out who is the… The post Ep. 44 – MCU March Madness! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Apr 28

88 min

Hello again! How has it only been a week? Are we in some sort of time paradox? On this episode, Adam and Matt bring you their favourite apocalyptic films to help get you through this pandemic (and boredom!). Each host brings you 5 films that they highly recommend with a world changing event.  Plus our hosts decide what future-world they would actually want to live in, and which one they… The post Ep. 43 – Apocalypse (Movies) Now! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Apr 6

53 min

It’s been a long few weeks right? There is no other way of saying this, things have changed….a lot! As the world braces and endures through the largest global pandemic of our lifetime, we have had to adjust. Most of us are working from home. self-isolating and social/physical distancing from one another. Anxiety is on high, and things are changing by the hour. We at The Happy Xen Podcast are… The post Ep. 42 – The New Normal? appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 27

56 min

Hello everyone! On this very special episode of the podcast, Adam and Matt sit with Sarah Wagg, manager of the Durham College Esports Gaming Arena, for an eye-opening interview. Sarah was kind enough to tell us how the varsity esports program and arena came to be, and the part she played in getting that dream realized. Listen as we talk varsity esports, gaming stigmas, college programs and career paths in… The post Ep. 41 – With Special Guest Sarah Wagg, Manager of the Durham College Esports Arena! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 5

65 min

It all comes down to this… Thank you for coming along for this wild ride as we head into the season one finale of The Mandalorian, Chapter 8: Redemption! We last left our heroes trapped and surrounded by the mysterious Moff Gideon. How will they escape? How does Moff Gideon know so much about them, and what will become of the mysterious child? Listen now for our Xennial perspective and… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 8 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Feb 24

52 min

Welcome back! We are here with the second last episode of The Mandalorian, Chapter 7: The Reckoning! Mando heads back to Nevarro with his rag-tag crew to carry out Greef’s plan to take out the client and get the Imperial troops off their tail. Will he succeed? What troubles will come upon our heroes? Who is the client working for? All this will be revealed! Listen now for our Xennial… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 7 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Feb 15

40 min

Welcome back, dear listeners! Episode 40 of The Happy Xen Podcast is here to fill your ear holes with audio entertainment! On this episode Matt reports back all the excitement from PAX South in San Antonio Texas. From legendary boardgames, to fantasy epics, hear the full rundown on a great trip. Plus, Adam contemplates going oldschool with his cell phone, by ditching his smart phone and going back to a… The post Episode 40 – PAX South & The Apocalypse appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Feb 8

79 min

Hey guys! In this episode of commentary for the hit show The Mandalorian, we are watching Episode 6: The Prisoner. This one definitely divided our hosts, as Adam wasn’t a fan of the side story, with Matt however being all in. Mando is seeking refuge from his hunters, and heads to one of his old stomping grounds. Subsequently The Mandalorian gets pulled into a prison break job for some much… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 6 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jan 25

45 min

Today we dive into The Mandalorian Chapter 5: The Gunslinger. In which The Madalorian looks to take refuge in a fan favourite location, Mos Eisley! Adam and Matt take you through the episode where we meet new bounty hunter Toro Calican, trying to prove himself by capturing the assassin Fennec Shand. Meanwhile, Toro spots The Mandolorian in the hive of scum and villany, and looks to recruit him for the… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 5 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jan 20

35 min

Happy New Year! The Happy Xen Podcast is back after a much needed break to bring you a Xennial view in 2020! First up we review the heavily anticipated Netflix fantasy epic, The Witcher. Both Adam and Matt have watched the entire first season and are ready to share their thoughts. Likewise, we couldn’t possibly go without talking about one of the biggest (and most controversial) film releases of 2019,… The post Episode 39 – New Year, Same Fools. appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jan 11

98 min

Welcome back! In today’s mini episode, we dive into The Mandalorian Chapter 4: Sanctuary, in which The Madalorian and his precious cargo are on the run and searching for a safe place to lay low. Have they finally found that place with this new low-tech planet? Listen as Adam and Matt break down the first episode that might be taking the show in a different direction. So do we think… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 4 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jan 4

39 min

Greetings! Today we’ve got commentary on The Mandalorian Chapter 3: The Sin. Adam and Matt are back dissecting the third episode in the awesome Disney+ Star Wars series, with as much class and charisma that they can muster! Join us for Chapter 3 where we see a bit more into the shrouded mystery of the Mandalorians. Meanwhile our hero(?) has to make his toughest call yet. As a result, he… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 3 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Dec 2019

36 min

Ho Ho Ho! Holy cow it’s almost Christmas! The Happy Xen Podcast is celebrating the only way they know how, by talking nerdy stuff and debating the ridiculous. On this episode Adam and Matt digest the brand new Black Widow trailer (Hint: One of us was NOT impressed). The end of the Skywalker Saga is here with Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, and we have theories! We… The post Episode 38 – Holiday Cheer! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Dec 2019

90 min

Hey guys! Today we’re back with commentary on The Mandalorian Chapter 2: The Child. We couldn’t wait to get another commentary out to you, so we’re dropping this one now! We’ll be back to our regular schedule programming next week. Until then, fill your ears with a Xennial point of view from the self-proclaimed “biggest nerds they know”, Adam and Matt. Join us for Chapter 2 where we see the… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 2 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Dec 2019

41 min

Hey guys! Today we are trying something a little different around here. Starting this week, and releasing every other week, we will drop commentary tracks that you can listen to while watching the new Disney+ series, The Mandalorian. Get a uniquely Xennial point of view from a couple of diehard Star Wars nerds as they explore each episode of this new story. So join Adam and Matt for Chapter 1… The post Mini Episode – The Mandalorian Chapter 1 Commentary appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Nov 2019

48 min

Hey guys! The weather is getting colder and the year is just flying by! On this episode of The Happy Xen Podcast, we celebrate Adam’s 38th birthday with some fine Scotch and geeky ramblings. Listen as Matt discusses the launch of the latest streaming powerhouse Disney+, our hosts fall down the rabbit hole of a certain Hockey commentator’s comments, and Adam discusses his Facebook exodus, and how his daily life… The post Episode 37 – Birthday Shenanigans appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Nov 2019

85 min

Welcome back! Do you remember the dark days of getting your first part-time job? How about the rush of getting paid (possibly) minimum wage, only to blow it on useless junk each week? Well then we’ve got the episode for you! Listen as Adam and Matt recall their epic list of part-time jobs spanning their teenage years. From babysitting, to bait shops and skate sharpening to Sears, our hosts detail… The post Episode 36 – Welcome To The World Of Work appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Nov 2019

98 min

Hey Guys! Well as the title says, (and Kevin Smith famously states), it’s been a minute since the guys have been back to the studio to record a brand new episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! We catch up on comic book movies (well duh), Film and TV ratings, NBC rebooting shows of our youth, Adam’s continued distaste for horror movies and Halloween(?), Matt’s new adventures on Twitch, Spider-man’s (quick)… The post Episode 35 – It’s Been A Minute! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Oct 2019

81 min

Hello fellow campers! It couldn’t last forever, Summer ’19 is over and it’s back to school and work! Listen as your hosts share their Summer vacation stories, Adam with his family trip across the ocean to England, and Matt with his family trip into Toronto for Fan Expo Canada. Get the answer to questions such as: Do the brits have have a better grocery system then us? Did Sean Astin… The post Episode 34 – The End of Summer appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Sep 2019

90 min

Hello listeners! We all know and respect the power that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what about other shared film universes? Which ones have come before and been successful? Which ones have been a failure? And which ones would we like to see? Listen now as The Happy Xen Podcast brings you our views and reviews of non-Marvel cinematic universes and their future! So click on, buckle up and… The post Episode 33 – Shared Universes appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Aug 2019

85 min

Hello listeners! On this episode of The Happy Xen Podcast, we have a very special sit-down interview with entrepreneur Brad Mavin, Owner of 8-Bit Beans, and Deadly Grounds Coffee Canada (as well as our new hero!). Listen as Brad lets us in on how he made his dreams of running his own coffee business come true, as well as injecting in his own passions of horror and gaming. It’s an… The post Episode 32 – With Special Guest Brad Mavin, Owner of 8-Bit Beans and Deadly Grounds Coffee Canada! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Aug 2019

92 min

Hello True Believers! It’s that time of year already, Comic-Con International: San Diego! Listen as our hosts run down all the late breaking news out of this year’s convention. From Top Gun: Maverick, to Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, to the enormous panel that was the MCU, Adam and Matt do a deep dive into all the reveals, news and highlights. Plus, find out our host’s Xennial thoughts on the… The post Episode 31 – The Marvel of San Diego Comic-Con appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jul 2019

90 min

Hello listeners! Welcome back to the Xennial buffet for your ears, The Happy Xen Podcast! On this episode the guys celebrate 30 episodes (give or take), of being on the air. They answer the question “How easy is it to make your own podcast?”, and what makes them delete a podcast from their playlist. Then once the self high-fiving is out of the way, it’s a deep dive into what… The post Episode 30 – A Xennial Guide to Podcasts appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jul 2019

90 min

Hello, Hello! After what seems like an eternity, The Happy Xen Podcast is back, and we have a lot to get caught up on! We dive into the rabbit hole of Disney’s new found love of the live-action remake, discuss upcoming movies including the newly announced Robert Pattinson Batman flick, Matt details his epic adventure at the Manulife Ride for Heart, and so much more! So click on, buckle up… The post Episode 29 – Back to the Xen of It! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jun 2019

81 min

Hey Guys! We know you’ve missed us, but we’re back! After what seems like forever, our intrepid hosts Adam and Matt hit the couch and get caught up on all things on their Xennial radar. The boys return to Emberwind with their impressions of a very epic tabletop campaign, the Star Wars Celebration news is digested with views on the new Episode 9 trailer and all the awesome Mandalorian info… The post Episode 28 – 2 the Core of Feldman appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Apr 2019

83 min

Greetings true believers! On this episode of the show, Adam and Matt dive deep into the three big Marvel stories that nearly broke the Internet: The Captain Marvel movie release, The most recent (and possibly last) Avengers: End Game trailer, and the shocking return of James Gunn to The Guardians of The Galaxy franchise! What more can be said? The guys were super excited! So click on, buckle up and… The post Episode 27 – Marvel-ous news! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2019

78 min

Hey gang! After a bit of break (we had to recover from that caffeine kick last episode!), we are back with what might be our best interview yet! On the show we have Mr. Derek Chung, president of Nomnivore Games and the creator of the super unique and amazingly beautiful tabletop RPG, Emberwind. What started out like your standard interview about gaming and game creation, quickly spilled out into life… The post Episode 26 – With Special Guest Derek Chung, Creator of Emberwind! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2019

96 min

Hello listeners! Well it took a little over a year, but it would seem our hosts have finally lost their minds! In this very special episode of The Happy Xen Podcast, Adam and Matt decide it’s a good idea to taste test SIX different varieties of coffee from our friends at Deadly Grounds Coffee (as well as their 8-bit Beans brand), in the span of just under an hour. They… The post Episode 25 -Get Deadly! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Feb 2019

67 min

Hey Everyone! We made it to 2019 with the latest episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! In this episode our hosts take us through the highlights of 2019 in film, TV, technology, gaming and more! Plus, Adam ponders if growing up in the digital age is actually allowing kids to form thicker skins (not literally!), and allowing them to deal with trolls and cyber-bullies better. All this and so much… The post Episode 24 – In The Year 2019! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jan 2019

89 min

Hello Everyone! For our last interview of the year, we have very special guest Peter Chiykowski, creator of Rock, Paper, Cynic as well as so many other projects! Listen as Peter tells us how he broke into web comics, how his work on his amazing short story book called Postcards From Impossible Worlds came to be, and how he got involved working on the new tabletop role-playing game, Emberwind! Peter… The post Episode 23 – With Special Guest, Peter Chiykowski of Rock, Paper, Cynic and so much more! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Dec 2018

69 min

Hey gang! Welcome back for another episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! This week we are back to our original home (Adam’s basement pub), and coming at you with some insight into the future tech we have today. The guys go through their average day 20 years ago, and compare it to today, highlighting the changes in technology that we would have thought was more SCI-FI, then common place back… The post Episode 22 – The Future is Now! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Nov 2018

85 min

Hello Again! Thank you for tuning into another episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! This time we are giving you a short but sweet episode on location at Deadly Grounds Cafe in Courtice Ontario. In this highly caffeinated episode, Adam tells the tale of meeting legendary Canadian curler Kevin Martin on a plane, Matt discusses the abundance of old Pontiac Grand Am cars in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s, and… The post Episode 21 – Bonus Episode Live from Deadly Grounds Cafe! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Nov 2018

35 min

Boo! We are back just in time for Halloween, with a new episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! In this episode, the guys countdown their top 10 favourite Halloween movies! Adam and Matt go from 10 to 1 talking about films that they love that fit the Halloween time of year. Not just straight horror movies either. We have horror-comedies, kids movies, summer blockbusters, and more. From the 1970’s right… The post Episode 20 – Top 10 Halloween Movies! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Oct 2018

80 min

Hello Hello Hello! We are back with another episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! Adam is on the road this week in our country’s capitol city of Ottawa, and Matt is back home at The Happy Xen Podcast office, so we’re doing it live! (via Skype). This week, the elephant in the room will FINALLY be discussed, Solo: A Star Wars Story get’s the attention is so rightfully (?) deserves.… The post Episode 19 – Why Solo? appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Oct 2018

77 min

Hello again everyone! You have stumbled upon another exciting episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! This week, the guys make a Rock sandwich, as we start and end the show discussing the phenomenon know as The Rock! Between that, the topics include family visits, streaming services becoming more and more like cable TV, some upcoming blockbuster movies, the fallout of Henry Cavill leaving the DC movie universe, plus much more!… The post Episode 18 – The Rock That Holds Us Together appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Sep 2018

82 min

Hello Hello! Welcome back for another exciting episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! On this week’s episode, the guys are all over the map discussing such hot topics as the firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3, Kevin Smith’s new secret writing project, and all the trailers to come out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! Plus Matt has finally seen Ant-man & The Wasp, so… The post Episode 17 – San Diego Comic-Con Fallout appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Aug 2018

74 min

Hello world! We welcome you back to the first new episode of the show in over 3 months! We know you’ve been anxiously awaiting our return and dying to know what has been going on.  So here it is, in our own words, we tell you every detail of the rollercoaster ride that has been the last few months!  Plus, we talk Avengers: Infinity War, candy, minimum wage and so… The post Episode 16 – A Stroke of Bad Luck appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Jul 2018

73 min

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the podcast that never stops (except those times when it does), The Happy Xen Podcast! On this week’s episode, the guys plant their feet and prepare for war in, The Great Franchise Wars! The good people at Birth. Movies. Death. put together the ultimate March Madness style bracket pitting some of your favourite franchises against each other to see who would come out on top.… The post Episode 15 – The Great Franchise Wars 2018! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Apr 2018

59 min

Hello Everyone! Yes it’s been quite the delay, but we are finally back with a doozy of an episode! This week we have an exclusive interview with the independent creator of such awesome games as the Drinking Quest series, Haiku Warrior, and his latest, Pretending to Grownup! If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get into the world of game design, this is the interview you’ve been waiting for!… The post Episode 14 (With special guest Jason Anarchy of Jason Anarchy Games!) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Apr 2018

70 min

Hey everyone! Today we’ve dropped a special bonus episode of Adam and Matt reviewing the latest Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Check out the guy’s thoughts, theories, criticisms and more, all in this bite-sized episode. So click on, buckle up and listen in, as we present you another Xennial point of view on The Happy Xen Podcast! Show Notes: Living under a rock and haven’t seem the trailer? Here it is!… The post Bonus Episode – Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Review! appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2018

34 min

Lucky episode 13! After that special 2 part episode on Marvel films, the guys are back talking all things in pop culture with a Xennial twist. The talk starts with haunted Alexa’s, AI and new tech to help people in physical jobs. Then the talk turns to alternative income for Xennials and Millenials including Youtube and podcasts. Lastly the guys round out the show talking about reboots, good, bad and… The post Episode 13 (Alexa, Tech, and Reboots) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2018

60 min

Hello everyone and welcome to part II of a special two-part episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! This week Adam and Matt wage war, as they each order the Marvel Cinematic Universe films from 18 to number 1. In part II (what you have right here), the guys countdown number 10 to 1, and you won’t believe how the two lists stacked up! Will the absence of alcohol help cooler… The post Episode 12 Part II (Our MCU Top 10!) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2018

76 min

Hello everyone and welcome to a special two-part episode of The Happy Xen Podcast! This week Adam and Matt do some serious tongue-biting as they each order the Marvel Cinematic Universe films from 18 to number 1. In part I (what you have right here), the guys do the heavy lifting of going through numbers 18 to 11, and some of their choices will no doubt surprise you! Listen as… The post Episode 12 Part I (Countdown to Infinity!) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2018

64 min

In some weird alternate universe, we have now had our second guest on The Happy Xen Podcast! This time we tricked Senior Coordinator of Volunteer & Intern Resources at Toronto International Film Festival (and friend/fan of the show), Katie Epp into joining us for a fun and slightly educational episode. Listen as Adam is schooled on the awesome responsibilities and perks of being a TIFF volunteer. Katie tells how she… The post Episode 11 (with special guest Katie Epp from TIFF!) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Mar 2018

77 min

Wow, we made it to episode 10! Take that haters! Two weeks have gone by in pop culture and the guys have lots of catching up to do. First up, how do Xennials handle Valentine’s Day? How have things changed since the terrifying days of public school and high school? After we open up those old wounds, we move right along to what may be the only time in history… The post Episode 10 (Cold Rocks and Hot Takes) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Feb 2018

69 min

Can you believe it finally happened? The guys suckered someone into joining them on the podcast! Not just anyone mind you, but Senior Hockey Writer (and on-air personality) at Sportsnet, Chris Johnston! Chris holds nothing back as he takes us down the road of getting to where he is today, (including some stories about the Olympics!), what it’s like working on the iconic Hockey Night in Canada, the future of… The post Episode 9 (with special guest, Sportnet’s Chris Johnston!) appeared first on The Happy Xen Podcast.

Feb 2018

74 min

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