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Superego: Episode 3:2

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SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul F. Tompkins from The Informant!, Mark Gagliardi from Drunk History, James Urbaniak from The Venture Brothers, Twitter Phenom Rob Delaney, Joe Randazzo editor of The Onion, and James Bladon as David Bowie’s Piano Talent.

CASE STUDIES: Smithsonian Audio Tours, Shunt McGuppin with David Bowie, Fremont City Council, Pete Balch, and Captain Ron Lindsay.

RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2011



Pete Balch

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DIAGNOSIS: Dependent Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Poor Pete Balch. Recently widowed when his wife died years ago, he sought to ease his loneliness by opening the Let’s Call It A Draw Trophy Shoppe; a store where you can buy such trophies as ‘Second Place in Facial Recognition,’ ‘Car Wash of the Decade,’ and ‘Best Vein.’ His wife recently died and also his wife died recently.

Pete Balch is the Hotel California of men: you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. His store is the kind of business that somehow stays open year in, year out, despite Balch’s complete inability to complete a simple transaction. The tedium of listening to him go on about his dead wife is overpowered only by the guilt you’d have in telling him to, ‘please for the love of all things big and small, shut your hole.’

Balch subjects his customers to unwanted lunch dates, stories of wars he wasn’t in, and descriptions of things that look swollen to him. Anyone who will listen is going to get more than an earful. He pushes the boundaries of the customer-salesman relationship at the expense of ever selling a single trophy.

PUPPETRY: Jeff Johnston

RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2010



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Superego: Episode 2:17


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SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul F. Tompkins from Best Week Ever, Tom Scharpling from The Best Show on WMFU, Drew Carey from The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Jeff Davis from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Mike Rock from Chelsea Lately, Andy Goldblatt from Adult Swim, James Bladon from Numb3ers, and little Aubrey Denzer from Oregon.

CASE STUDIES: My Baby Dreamer, Smithsonian Audio Tours, Campfire with Roy Cabras, NASA Mission Control, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber with Shunt McGuppin, Rodney Morelli’s International Cloud Registry/, and Pete Balch.

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2010


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Superego: Episode 2:15

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SPECIAL GUESTS: Jeff Davis from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Yacht Rock.

CASE STUDIES: The Remington County Folk Festival and Electronics Expo, Pete Balch, NASA Mission Control, Guillermo Lee, and Lars Cliegg.

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2010


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Superego: Episode 2:12

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SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul F. Tompkins from Mr. Show and Best Week Ever, Mark Gagliardi from How I Met Your Mother and Drunk History, Mike Rock from Chelsea Lately and TheTruth.com, Andy Goldblatt from Adult Swim, and Aubrey Denzer from Oregon.

CASE STUDIES: Pete Balch, The Hollywood Golden Guild Awards with Imogene Kanouse and Shunt McGuppin, The Golden Dusk Assisted Living Bingo Club, and My Baby Dreamer.

RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2010


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Superego: Episode 2:9

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SPECIAL GUESTS: Mike Rock from Chelsea Lately and TheTruth.com.

CASE STUDIES: FDR, Pete Balch, Lee Bell, Audio Book Classics, Janice Caaf, Coach Helzevec, and a special yuletide sermon by the Reverends Merlin Escondante Daniels and Allard H. Mundy Jr.

RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2009


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Pete Balch

Pete Balch


DIAGNOSIS: Dependent Personality Disorder

CASE HISTORY: Poor Pete Balch. Recently widowed when his wife died years ago, he sought to ease his loneliness by opening the Let’s Call It A Draw Trophy Shoppe; a store where you can buy such trophies as ‘Second Place in Facial Recognition,’ ‘Car Wash of the Decade,’ and ‘Best Vein.’ His wife recently died and also his wife died recently.

Pete Balch is the Hotel California of men: you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. His store is the kind of business that somehow stays open year in, year out, despite Balch’s complete inability to complete a simple transaction. The tedium of listening to him go on about his dead wife is overpowered only by the guilt you’d have in telling him to, ‘please for the love of all things big and small, shut your hole.’

Balch subjects his customers to unwanted lunch dates, stories of wars he wasn’t in, and descriptions of things that look swollen to him. Anyone who will listen is going to get more than an earful. He pushes the boundaries of the customer-salesman relationship at the expense of ever selling a single trophy.

EPISODES: 2:9 / 2:12 / 2:15 / 2:17 / 3:2