Stephen Kruiser

Comedian, author, and commentator Stephen Kruiser joins Jon to discuss impeachment, cybertrucks, and the state of comedy. Check out his new Kruiser Kabana podcast and get his latest book, Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage.

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  1. KarenZiminski Coolidge
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    @psmith

    I implore everyone who listened to this podcast, do not waste your time reading Infinite Jest. It is infinitely overrated. I love to read. I’m not hard to please. I like everything from Dostoevsky to Christopher Buckley.

    The book is set in the Boston area, where I live. Much  of it has to do with drug addicts and rehab. I have worked in detox and rehab facilities, as well as doing outpatient work with addicts. So much of the book just didn’t ring true.

    It’s a few years since I read it, and, mercifully, I have forgotten a lot of it, but it was like the author was trying to come up with the sickest, most disturbing images imaginable. Toward the end, I started skipping the animal torture chapters.

    I can’t remember how I got sucked into reading it. I’m not a particularly emotional person, but I am actually getting upset just thinking about anyone else reading this garbage when life isn’t long enough to read all the good books out there.

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  2. kedavis Coolidge
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  3. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    It may be interesting to note that the 1960s TV series “The Wild Wild West” starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, was about two extra-special government/Secret Service agents, during the time of President Ulysses Grant.

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  4. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    @OccupantCDN

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It may be interesting to note that the 1960s TV series “The Wild Wild West” starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, was about two extra-special government/Secret Service agents, during the time of President Ulysses Grant.

    Just like the movie.

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  5. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It may be interesting to note that the 1960s TV series “The Wild Wild West” starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, was about two extra-special government/Secret Service agents, during the time of President Ulysses Grant.

    Just like the movie.

    Better to ignore the movie.

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  6. kylez Member
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    @kylez

    The End of the Tour is the movie. A good one.

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  7. Joe D. Inactive
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    Interesting thoughts on Sondland here, because right here on Ricochet many podcasters think it was a big deal. I guess it depends on how reliable you think Sondland’s feelings are…

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  8. Joe D. Inactive
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    I tried to find a link to the old men talking about the Political Correctness wave and how long it lasted ‘about 6 years’, but I couldn’t find it.

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  9. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chris Cam… Coolidge
    MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chris Cam…
    @ChrisCampion

    KarenZiminski (View Comment):

    I implore everyone who listened to this podcast, do not waste your time reading Infinite Jest. It is infinitely overrated. I love to read. I’m not hard to please. I like everything from Dostoevsky to Christopher Buckley.

    The book is set in the Boston area, where I live. Much of it has to do with drug addicts and rehab. I have worked in detox and rehab facilities, as well as doing outpatient work with addicts. So much of the book just didn’t ring true.

    It’s a few years since I read it, and, mercifully, I have forgotten a lot of it, but it was like the author was trying to come up with the sickest, most disturbing images imaginable. Toward the end, I started skipping the animal torture chapters.

    I can’t remember how I got sucked into reading it. I’m not a particularly emotional person, but I am actually getting upset just thinking about anyone else reading this garbage when life isn’t long enough to read all the good books out there.

    I’m quite the opposite.  This is a fantastic novel.  I think you were missing some of the larger points around addiction and families.  As a piece of quasi-satirical fiction, it’s unparalleled.

    Wallace suffered from depression, some level of addiction, and had a similar upbringing not far from the tennis academy where much of Infinite Jest takes place.  It’s not sick and disturbing.  It’s not garbage.  But your mileage may vary.

    This isn’t a bad take on it.  It’s one of the very few novels I’ve re-read, several times, over the years.  I’ll read it again.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1996/02/the-alchemists-retort/376533/

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  10. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chris Cam… Coolidge
    MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chris Cam…
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    It may be interesting to note that the 1960s TV series “The Wild Wild West” starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, was about two extra-special government/Secret Service agents, during the time of President Ulysses Grant.

    Just like the movie.

    Better to ignore the movie.

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  11. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Is that supposed to imply that I felt offended by that movie, and I shouldn’t?  That’s not the case.  That movie is just a bad attempted reboot or whatever of the excellent series.  And there were already two GOOD movies from the series with the same characters and settings, The Wild Wild West Revisited from 1979, and More Wild Wild West from 1980.  If you have a hankering for a Wild Wild West MOVIE, see those.  And leave Will Smith out of it.

     

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  12. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chris Cam… Coolidge
    MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chris Cam…
    @ChrisCampion

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Is that supposed to imply that I felt offended by that movie, and I shouldn’t? That’s not the case. That movie is just a bad attempted reboot or whatever of the excellent series. And there were already two GOOD movies from the series with the same characters and settings, The Wild Wild West Revisited from 1979, and More Wild Wild West from 1980. If you have a hankering for a Wild Wild West MOVIE, see those. And leave Will Smith out of it.

     

    That’ll show ’em!

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