John Branyan's Comedy Sojourn Podcast
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - E.B. White
info_outline The Peaches New Book, Replacing Ships, and Kindred Spirits 04/22/2019
The Peaches New Book, Replacing Ships, and Kindred Spirits This episode was meant to follow up after Jonnie W. - but got postponed. Luke bought Peaches a book. She tells me, with no shortage of enthusiasm, about how great it feels to have found her kindred spirit. We ponder the Ship of Theseus. I'm outraged to find out my marriage analogy isn't unique to me. Peaches tries to remember the name of a law but can't (then she does later). You're not entitled to fairness. Tolerance will make us less discerning.
info_outline Poker, Gateway Games, and Hate Speech 04/15/2019
Poker, Gateway Games, and Hate Speech The Peaches and I discuss my status as a board game hipster. The McKinneys are headed to Ruby Tuesday because of Luke's gutsy poker play. I had a gay Frenchman dedicate a new blog to my hate speech and we discuss the insanity of all that. Beware of associating with me since I'm sort of a crazy people magnet. Mandy confesses she's not attracted to her husband but kinda digs boy-band members. I'm triggered. If you're gonna settled down with a cheeseburger...and it goes downhill from there.
info_outline Front Wallets, Tiny Eggs Over Easy, Bridge Mix and Christians Triggering Folks 04/08/2019
Front Wallets, Tiny Eggs Over Easy, Bridge Mix and Christians Triggering Folks We ponder what to do about our cranky bird and her tiny eggs. My sister renames Bridge Mix. I can't stop raving about my front wallet. Then Juan ('The Bridge Builder') and Melody Devevo help us figure out when it's acceptable for Christian people to upset non-Christians. The Peaches, Luke and Lori contribute their thoughts on all these topics while we shout over the din of the lunchtime crowd at City Market in Indianapolis.
info_outline Normal Comedy Life with Jonnie W and Marty Simpson 04/01/2019
Normal Comedy Life with Jonnie W and Marty Simpson Jonnie W. and Marty Simpson roar into town to do a show with me so I take the opportunity to record a podcast...and then the batteries die in my recorder. Then I restart the recording and we discuss the importance of hanging around normal people who aren't impressed by comedians.
info_outline Wonka, New Voice of Feminism, and Paid Church Organizers 03/25/2019
Wonka, New Voice of Feminism, and Paid Church Organizers Big news from Cami today! She'll tell us why she's striking a pose. The Peaches thinks it's time for a new voice to speak to women. It's gotta be a woman though...not a dude. I'm able to squeeze a few words in about the Mayor of South Bend. We end up with some awkward admissions about the need for church group organizers as payed staff.
info_outline Anita Renfroe, Horrible Gigs and Colonoscopy 03/18/2019
Anita Renfroe, Horrible Gigs and Colonoscopy If you've been longing for a conversation with a top-notch Christian comedian set against the ambient sounds of Cracker Barrel, this is your episode! Anita Renfroe talks with me about the proper way to take a picture of cheesecake, why you can't put an 's' at the end of Oreo and we talk about her husband's take-home pictures of his colon. It's fun! I'll also explain the only time I've ever missed an airplane and how it was Anita Renfroe's fault.
info_outline Hatmaker Incident Update and My Favorite Fish Story 03/11/2019
Hatmaker Incident Update and My Favorite Fish Story My buddy JT Oaks drops in for a visit and makes up a song about popcorn in the style of Mr. Rogers.JT shares an outraged letter he wrote to a seller of multi-colored confetti. A week after The Peaches was thrown out of a conversation, the conversation continues without her. I discuss the age of consent with a gay French atheist. JT gives a simple one sentence answer to the question, "Are people basically good?" We finish up with my favorite JT Oaks story (and JT has LOTS of stories).
info_outline Introvert Confessions, Cleveland Airport and PG-13 Shows 03/04/2019
Introvert Confessions, Cleveland Airport and PG-13 Shows This episode is kinda short, Pkarlgh. There will be a longer one uploaded later because Peaches has a story to tell but I didn't get home in time to record it.
info_outline Behind The Scenes with Luke, Public Sleeping, Folding Chair 02/25/2019
Behind The Scenes with Luke, Public Sleeping, Folding Chair This episode features a run-down on what Luke McKinney (The Peach's husband) does to get ready for a stand-up show. Plus, we hear some stories that he hasn't even told on stage yet! Andrew and Tabby help me process a guy flat-out sleeping at the airport. And I'll tell you a completely stupid bit that I pulled at a recent show I did with Tim Hawkins.
info_outline What In The World is Romance? 02/18/2019
What In The World is Romance? I blow Collin's mind with a proposal that he simply cannot imagine being possible. Cami laments having nothing to wear for President's Day. But, this episode is mostly about romance, Pkarlgh. Peaches relays a scandalous story that happened at the library and we springboard into a conversation about the meaning of the word "romance".
info_outline In An Uber with Kenn Kington 02/11/2019
In An Uber with Kenn Kington This episode was recorded in an Uber with Kenn Kington on the way to the Philadelphia airport. We talk about how much we're going to miss Becky (Kenn's road manager) because her grievous, unforgivable mistake required us to abandon her in Pennsylvania. Kenn learns about WaWa. If you have a bunch of gold bars and you're trying to figure out where to store them for safe keeping, we'll tell you. We discuss some comedy stuff too. It's a pretty random episode, Pkarlgh but that's kinda what you expect, isn't it?
info_outline When God Gives You A Job and Then Fires You 02/04/2019
When God Gives You A Job and Then Fires You My buddy Chris Edgington joins me on the podcast this week. Chris has some great stories. Today, he's going to tell us (mostly you, Pkarlgh, because I've heard the story before) about the time God told him to change jobs and then crashed his career. We spend a few minutes talking about how that seems to be the way God operates. Most of the Biblical characters suffered for their faith.
info_outline Chex Mix, Knowing You're Wrong, and Toxic Masculinity 01/28/2019
Chex Mix, Knowing You're Wrong, and Toxic Masculinity The benefits of sitting next to Collin when eating Chex Mix. Peaches and I discuss how you know somebody else knows they are misbehaving. For some reason, Peach has a potty mouth today... We discuss the theory that religious people invented guilt. Peaches reads a comment from a person she triggered on Facebook talking about razor blade ads. Emmi isn't having a good day and I try to cheer her up. I fail. The last part of this episode is dripping with toxic masculinity (I guess)...
info_outline Cartoonists, Unemployment, Razors, and unfriending Mike Pence 01/21/2019
Cartoonists, Unemployment, Razors, and unfriending Mike Pence Hey, Pkarlgh! Gary Varvel is back on the podcast but this time - HE'S UNEMPLOYED! Just like me! We discuss the state of culture, razor blades, Donald Trump, and Jesus making bread from stones. The ambiance is Honeybaked Ham which has one of the loudest air circulation systems in the State but it's nostalgic (see video link below). Gary gives his theory on Mike Pence.
info_outline The Tick, Murrrderrrerrrr, Marriage Advice for Pkarlgh 01/14/2019
The Tick, Murrrderrrerrrr, Marriage Advice for Pkarlgh The kids are trying to remember a line from a movie that they want Andrew to say as Patrick Warburton. They can't find it so we dig up some random lines for him to dutifully repeat. Mandy reads an email she got from Pkarlgh asking how to handle an unfaithful spouse. Tabby gives some perspective cause, y'know, she's Catholic.
info_outline Remarriage, Holiday Updates, Tragic Morality and Real Talkin' 01/07/2019
Remarriage, Holiday Updates, Tragic Morality and Real Talkin' This episode, The Peaches rants about how she was right about the TerKeursts. We discuss the truth that terrible holidays are still wonderful. Hurricanes aren't a good reason to rob a Wal-Mart. Finally, Tabby (and Marci) talk to me about how to have a real relationship instead of a distant, disconnected internet relationship that only SEEMS real...
info_outline Fortnite addiction, upset Christians, Michael O'Brien again 01/01/2019
Fortnite addiction, upset Christians, Michael O'Brien again Yes! I know I'm late again. The holidays have been a bit chaotic and I've been on the road, Pkarlgh. I'm sure you understand... Michael O'Brien joins me and he confesses his addiction to video games. We discuss gigs we've lost because we can't keep our opinions to ourselves. Christian artists might, possibly, perhaps, maybe, have some theological shortcomings. Michael tries to jam his reformed theology down my throat but I'm not upset because since he's a Calvinist, it isn't his choice to do that.
info_outline Christmas Snot Snakes and Kissing Dating Goodbye 12/24/2018
Christmas Snot Snakes and Kissing Dating Goodbye Peaches and I take notice of the massive amount of mucus and sadness in the house. We discuss what bakers have in common with dead snakes in jars. The guy who kissed dating goodbye is sorry he ever did that (except for the parts he's not sorry about). And we try to figure out what the "purity movement" is and how it has destroyed so many innocent lives.
info_outline Amish folks, Disney Vacations and Cold Pizza 12/17/2018
Amish folks, Disney Vacations and Cold Pizza A week before Christmas, Pkarlgh! We're in a festive mood. Tabby passes on her father-in-laws wisdom regarding Amish people. We talk about losing children and sticking beans up noses. Mandy shares about how a salad crushed her soul. Coffee is better with cinnamon and love. Collin has a crush on Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" but he denies it. I make a recommendation for a game you should buy to play with family over the Holidays.
info_outline Jealousy and Melted Purity Rings 12/13/2018
Jealousy and Melted Purity Rings Tabby tells a heart-wrenching story about a cartoon baby and cigarette butts. Luke confesses his jealousy of Matt Walsh. I insist that it's impossible to tell the your fingers apart when they're detached from your hand but the girls argue with me. Naked men are never seductive. And we discuss using melted purity rings to fashion golden genitalia.
info_outline Daigle Debacle, It's Cold Outside and Humor as A Weapon 12/13/2018
Daigle Debacle, It's Cold Outside and Humor as A Weapon Podcast is late this week, Pkarlgh. I'm driving to Dave Pendleton's house so I've got 15 minutes to explain myself regarding Lauren Daigle. At Pendleton's I see how long I can hug David. Robert G. Lee talks with us about banning Christmas songs and the racism of Veggie Tales. Finally, we discuss the inherent offensiveness of comedy and what in the world we, as comedians, should do about it.
info_outline Andrew Confronts a Smoker, Paying For Murder and Stuffing Booze in Your Dress 11/26/2018
Andrew Confronts a Smoker, Paying For Murder and Stuffing Booze in Your Dress Happy Thanksgiving!
info_outline Brant, Misfits, Aspies, Glass Blowers and Kindness 11/19/2018
Brant, Misfits, Aspies, Glass Blowers and Kindness Brant Hansen is on this episode! If you've not heard Brant talk before, Pkarlgh, you've not listened to every episode (shame on you). I'll tell you the snapshots I use to remember Brant. Peaches will mock me for doing so.
info_outline Word of God Explanation (Part 2) 11/12/2018
Word of God Explanation (Part 2) We got into a bit of trouble on a recent podcast. Actually, I thought it was just The Peaches who was in trouble but it turns out, I said some far out stuff too. We revisit the conversation on the "perfection" of the "word of God" and try to express ourselves a bit more clearly.
info_outline Old Testament Foreigners, Christian Conmen, and 1996 Revisited 10/29/2018
Old Testament Foreigners, Christian Conmen, and 1996 Revisited Old Testament Foreigners aren't like immigrants (really). Collin gives a Power Ranger update. I tell The Peaches about a guy who think Christians are being conned. Either Christians are stupid or they're ignorant. I suggest their might be another possibility. The Peaches talks about "the word of God" and it's pretty upsetting. Eventually, we read the Peaches journal from 1996 in an effort to find something "fun" to discuss.
info_outline Dead Pets, Bereaved Strangers and Tabby's Movie Review 10/22/2018
Dead Pets, Bereaved Strangers and Tabby's Movie Review Freight Mabrey on this episode and his wife, Susan, calls in to tell me about how she got over the loss of a family pet because Freight was no help at all.
info_outline Canadians, Ventriloquists, Chili and Female Abusers 10/15/2018
Canadians, Ventriloquists, Chili and Female Abusers Leland Klassen, who's Canadian, takes his first bite of Skyline Chili because David Pendleton and I know how to party. We tell some insider stories about other comics to demonstrate that you only talk smack about the ones you love. I bungled a joke recently and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Then, I don't help Peaches with the laundry while she rants about some crazy talk she read on a Christian woman's blog.