Improvised & Analyzed

Case Studies

Buffum’s Fragrance Counter

Buffum's Fragrance Counter Pic

DIAGNOSIS: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Stroll into Buffum’s. You’ll be greeted by such wonderful smells and aromas and snob-ladies! They will cater to your olfactory bulbs and make catty comments about those horrible shoes you’re wearing, you two-timing, wolf-bearded hussy man. What’s that? You’re a woman? You’ll get no apology, non-shaver.

EPISODES: 3:9 / 3:11 / 3:13 / 3:17 / 4:5

SUPEREGO LIVE: January 17, 2015 • Riot LA / July 20, 2019 • The Bell House NY

Copeland’s Down Home Health Stop

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Due to the current economic downturn and rampant southern fatricide™, Copeland’s Truck Stop is going through a bold rebranding process. Once home to the mammoth Lumberjack Pancake Tower™, the Wettest Pork Chop In The West and of course, Mama Copeland’s Famous Milkfed Pie, Copeland’s Down Home Health Stop is now the place to get skinny. With that comes all the lack of excitement and non-thrills you’d expect with drinking breakfast, lunch, and dinner through a straw. Pull up a booth and choose from one of two meals on Copeland’s new anti-expanded menu. Bon appetit!


The Amtrak Heartland Flyer

DIAGNOSIS: Dependent Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Sit back, relax and enjoy the unique scenery unfolding outside the windows of The Amtrak Heartland Flyer, running its 4,618 mile daily round trip between Oklahoma City, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas. With stops along the way in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore, and Gainesville, there are thrills and attractions for everyone! The Amtrak Heartland Flyer is the transportation choice for those Americans who are too paranoid to fly, too fat to walk, and too questionable in the credit department to finance a 1993 Mercury Topaz with 179,000 miles on it. Put down your book, turn off your smartphone, and surround yourself in stupid. The Heartland Flyer will have passengers to their destination in just a few hours, but it will feel like a lifetime.

EPISODES: 3:9 / 3:17

SUPEREGO LIVE: May 3, 2013 • UCB / September 27, 2014 • LA Podfest

Rockstone Investments

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: When you require a personal investment company that is sound, secure, and devoid of any semblance of telephone customer service, look no further than Rockstone Investments. Founded in 2009, Rockstone is America’s oldest and most trusted financial institution. Whether you’re looking to diversify your portfolio or navigate the volatility of the stock market, Rockstone’s dedicated specialists are devoted to finding solid investments for your golden years. Just don’t expect to get any of this valuable information over the phone.

EPISODES: 3:7 / 3:8

Relaxation with Mudge Claughlin

DIAGNOSIS: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Mudge Claughlin wants you to relax. Using his unorthodox methodology, scores of beachcombers, parolees, and volunteer drifters have found the relaxation they have so desperately sought. Untrained, other than that time he got his cousin T-Rex to calm down behind the burned out J.C. Penney, Claughlin has eschewed common relaxation practices. Those who reap the rewards swear by his program. Those who do not swear at his program.

Mr. Claughlin would prefer if you just call him Mudge.

EPISODES: 3:7 / 3:11


Stop Smoking Now!

DIAGNOSIS: Antisocial Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Smoking and smoking related illness is the leading killer of Americans, Europeans, and whatever the other people are. In an effort to stop the global nicotine pandemic, several leading healthcare officials got together over a carton of cigarettes and developed this simple, easy to use program that will make you feel so good, you’ll wonder why you ever needed lungs in the first place. They are dedicated to the eradication of this disgusting and addictive habit that looks really, really cool and you should try.


Cylon Jim and Cylon Phil

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: First of all, Cylon Jim and Cylon Phil are happy to have jobs, don’t get them wrong. The way things are going, most centurions are either begging the gods for enough to feed their families or selling their shiny bodies behind one of Baltar’s base stars. Jim and Phil just, I don’t know, feel like the responsibilities are a bit much sometimes. It’s tough to balance galactic raids and colonial subjugation with understudying Curly in Oklahoma.

EPISODES: 3:6 / 3:9 / 3:16 / 3:17

The Cobblefax Abbey Busalong Ghost Tour

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: New England’s premiere Yelp-ignored paranormal ghost tour and only winter-operating open-air double-decker bus, Doc Jimmy and Paolo Tibbets have been running this macabre descent into the darker side of New England’s history for the last eight weeks. From young girls buried alive to young boys buried in young girls, Doc and Paolo have a love for all things supernatural. Their shared interests end there. Doc and Paolo began the Cobblefax Abbey Busalong Ghost tour in an attempt to renew their own friendship, and pay off the mountains of debt accrued from the purchase of double-decker busses and paying locals to use their apartments as haunted mansions.


SUPEREGO LIVE: June 24, 2015 • The Bell House NY

H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger Pic

DIAGNOSIS: Paranoid Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Legendary gothic artist H.R. Giger, famous for his design of the eponymous ‘Alien’ in Ridley Scott’s classic film, is a man of enormous talent and frequent night terrors. His illustration and sculptures have remained heavily influential in the science-fiction, cyberpunk, and nightmare-birthfetish genres. He loves being interviewed.

EPISODES: 3:5 / 3:6 / 3:7 / 3:8 / 3:10 / 4:3 / 5:2


SUPEREGO LIVE: January 17, 2015 • Riot LA / February 7, 2015 • SF Sketchfest / June 24, 2015 • The Bell House NY / November 11, 2017 • The Bell House NY/ September 14, 2018 • London Podcast Festival


The Lavergne Family Dinner

DIAGNOSIS: Schizotypal Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: The Lavergnes haven’t successfully eaten a dinner in fourteen weeks. Try as they might to thank Jesus Christ for the gifts they are about to receive, they just can’t get through to their Lord and savior.

EPISODES: 3:5 / 3:8

The Treasure Island Preschool Parent’s Association

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: The Treasure Island Preschool Parent’s Association promotes a secular, free-trade, grass-fed, pre-kindergarten educational containment facility for children under the age of 4 and up. Located in the neighborhood of Silverlake, Los Angeles, admission to Treasure Island is a much sought-after feather in the caps of local parents of all ethnicities, genders, and phylums. A three-year-round school, Treasure Island introduces children to all categories of elementary education from their ABCs to international digital-rights piracy and hyper-local parking lot traffic flow patterns.


Don Dimello

With past collaborators John C. Reilly and Nick Nolte and Andrew Lloyd Webber and H.R. Giger

DIAGNOSIS: Schizoid Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Don Dimello’s theatrical extravaganzas have delighted audiences of all ages, but mostly Greek, raincoated men on dialysis. Dimello is best known for his edgy reinterpretations of classic theatrical works and for adding scantily clad women to plays that may or may not need them. Past productions include Three Sisters (In Bathing Suits and Later Nothing At All), All My Sons (And The Women They’re Poon-tanging), The Importance of Peeing, Earnest, Noises (and Clothing) Off, A Midsummer Night’s Dream About Two Girls Slathered in Chocolate Sauce Going at Each Other, and The Pajama Game. Last spring (break), Mr. Dimello launched his controversial adaptation of Sam Shepard’s True West starring John C. Reilly and Nick Nolte; which is apparently still running at some god-foresaken, ragged-edge-of-nowhere, hole in the ground. He is currently engaged in developing a neo-sci-fi musical, post-apocalyptic, cyber-bullshit production of Hey, Really Giger! with Andrew Lloyd Webber and H.R. Giger.

EPISODES: 3:4 / 3:7 / 3:8 / 4:2


Sam Elliott

DIAGNOSIS: Schizoid Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: The gravelly baritone of cowboy-poet Sam Elliott could assuage the last nickel from a Cincinnati skin-flint. Elliott is the most sought after voice over artist in the western world. His warm, rough delivery of the written word could sell water to a well, sand to a beach, and stars to a clear midsummer’s night. But c’mon, let’s get serious here. A beach doesn’t have a wallet. It’s a beach. Use your doggone brain for more than thirty seconds and get your head in the game, Templeton. For Custer’s sake, you’re better than this. Now let’s all go rope something.

EPISODES: 3:3 / 3:8


DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: In the treacherous world of espionage, no organization is more respected and feared than Her Majesty’s Secret Service. At the top of that storied and hallowed institution is Commander M. Shrouded in anonymity (his name is Myles Messervy), M Thebes casino orchestrates the defense of the free world with a bouillabaisse of effective methods, cutting edge technology, and when necessary, brute force. Mankind can sleep soundly at night knowing that M and his Double-Os are guarding the greater good for God, Queen, Country, and Adele.

EPISODES: 3:3 / 3:8


General Zod

DIAGNOSIS: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Why commit planetary genocide? Because it’s there, that’s why. General Zod is the megalomaniac’s megalomaniac. Cunning and powerful, he spits in the face of Kryptonian law and decorum. He is the very embodiment of the galactic Superego. Together with his publicly appointed defender, Leg-El, General Zod has faced trial after tribulation in Kryptonian courts, the waste moon of Wegthor, and even the dreaded Phantom Zone. Will he face off against his arch-nemesis, Superman? Or will he instead force himself ahead of an old lady in a gas station bathroom line? The latter, probably. General Zod, what a tit. He also hand-crafts his own patent-leather tunics.*


EPISODES: 3:3 / 3:8


Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council Pic

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: The City of Fremont was founded by Laotian explorers in the early 1800s. Once a blossoming apple village, Fremont is now a sleepy suburban bedroom community. Fremont, Oklahoma is home to tens of honest, hard working Americans with issues, complaints, and qualms. These residents have an opportunity to voice those concerns in an open forum once a month down at the municipal building that used to be a Long John Silver’s.

3:2 / 4:2

SUPEREGO LIVE: January 25, 2014 • SF Sketchfest / September 27, 2014 • LA Podfest / September 14, 2018 • London Podcast Festival


David Bowie

Shunt McGuppin 12 with David Bowie 1 Pic

DIAGNOSIS: Histrionic Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: David Bowie is a starman, glam-king, and Grammy award winning artist. His career has explored space, time, love, war, and spiders. Bowie is a member of the rock and roll hall of fame and was this close to being cast as Mr. Belvedere.


SUPEREGO LIVE: January 25, 2014 • SF Sketchfest

Colby Toboggan

DIAGNOSIS: Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Raw foods chef Colby Toboggan is a self-sustained, off-the-grid, environmentally-safe asshole. He hosts a partially syndicated radio talk hour entitled Raaaw, a discussion of the virtues of a lifestyle devoid of cooking, cleaning, and the creature comforts of the masses. Mr. Toboggan lives outside of Seattle in a hand-crafted, uncooked bio-dome made of found animal pelts and unsifted beachwater.

EPISODES: 3:1 / 3:8

The Orchard Glen High School Faculty

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Orchard Glen High School for girls and boys is one of the largest public high schools in America. It melds methods of education from all walks of life. The school is known for their commitment to excellence, their diverse student body, and their litany of morning school announcements. At times, these bulletins stretch well into third period mandatory shop class. If information is power, then this facility is a bright burning educational bulb.

In addition to a traditional education, Orchard Glen offers a cornucopia of extra-curricular activities, after-school programs, and a wide variety of alternative learning. There is also a strict hiring criteria at Orchard Glen High School. One must have their own transportation.

EPISODES: 3:1 / 3:6 / 3:14

SUPEREGO LIVE: January 17, 2015 • Riot LA / February 7, 2015 • SF Sketchfest

Eddy Buggy

DIAGNOSIS: Schizoid Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: In his seventh year at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Eddy Buggy is slowly cracking the hard-boiled egg of acting. A method actor to the bitter end, Buggy has been known to delve into characters so deeply, that when he finally emerges, he is dead. His commitment to the craft has led to an odd series of interviews as characters acting as characters. He is currently doing Sky Masterson doing Willy Loman doing Caliban. You’ve got to see this shit.


The White Collar Comedy Tour

DIAGNOSIS: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: They’re back! The finest fiscally conservative comics telling their finest fiscally conservative jokes to the finest fiscally conservative audiences around! Most topics are off limits! It’s a laugh a minute with several minutes of silence to contemplate the slow erosion of our great nation at the hands of socialism and other races.


The History Network

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: The History Network dusts off old footage from a bygone era and brings it straight to the homes of only the people from that era. Adhering to the notion that ‘history repeats itself,’ the station plays the same episode of ‘Ancient Civilizations: The Canadians’ on constant repeat.



DIAGNOSIS: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Brick Barrett and Tam Faulkner are New Mexico certified ‘Libation Chemists.’ Their touring tavern show celebrates the finer points of cocktail culture and has entertained and educated tens of people across America online casinos list. They are tirelessly searching for that golden recipe that will get a woman drunk enough to sleep with either one of them. Or both of them. Or one could just watch. Whatever’s easiest for you.


The Kawai River Mercenary Squad

DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: They’re armed. They’re dangerous. They’re stupid.