How much money do you have on your right now? Ten bucks? A hundred bucks? A thousand bucks? Even more? Nick Woolworth is a man who regularly had hundreds of thousands of dollars to his name, in cash and chips and other forms of currency. And he made it all by games of skill, with a strong component of luck. He was a professional gambler, and he made millions and lost even more in places as diverse as Lad Vegas and rural Minnesota. He sits down with Collin to talk about poker, black jack, luxury, sin, odds, love, loss, and so much more! It’s a good one!
Simona Signoret is from Latvia, a small country between Lithuania and Estonia on the Baltic sea. It is not Latveria, the fictional country Doctor Doom is from. Collin makes that mistake sometimes. When Simona left her home country, it was still under the auspices of the Soviet Union. Soon after, the Soviet Union fell apart. Simona sits down with Collin to talk about her memories of that time, her parent’s impression of being Jews in the USSR, boobs, and so much more!
To quote Louis CK, “the meal isn’t over when I’m full. The meal is over when I hate myself.” To Courtney Peterson, that struggle with self control, and compulsive eating is a part of everyday life. She used to weight damn near 300 pounds, until she decided to get a dangerous and invasive surgery to literally force herself to eat less. She sits down with Collin, who has his own damn problems with food, to talk all about self-control, self-hate, self-aggrandizement, and so much more about ourselves!
Andrew Pauli is not a normal guy, for reasons apparent at the outset of the interview and for other reasons that slowly begin to be revealed as the interview progresses. He was in the military sure, and he worked on planes with nuclear capabilities. Like, he’s probably been in the same room as a straight up nuclear bomb. He has feelings about his time in the military, and about all kinds of engines (including, perhaps most importantly, his own goddamn mind), and he sits down with Collin to dig into everything he’s been through and where his head and his body are at nowadays.
Awkward Moments with Collin A. Bullock is going to be live at the Chicago Laugh Factory this Sunday!
Birdies go chirp, chirp, chirp! They’re some of the all-around loveliest creatures around (most of the time, sort of, arguably not) and everyone sees tons of them everyday. But how much do you really know about birds? If you’re Chris Churchill, it’s quite a bit. He’s a bit of an expert on birds, which is good because they’re one of the only things that has helped him get cope with his often times debilitating mental health issues. He sits down with Collin and they go on a journey through depression, panic attacks, self-harm, and lots of birds. Lots and lots of birds! Check out Awkward Moments LIVE! at the Chicago Laugh Factory on Sunday, May 29th!
When you get pregnant, you have three options: You keep it, you abort it, or you give it up. Katie Oliver got pregnant at 21, way before she was ready to have a family, and so all three options scared her. Coming from a very catholic background, she was confused and needed help. What she eventually decided to do about her pregnancy is the basis for a chat she had with Collin, where we talk about all the ways Katie is and isn’t a parent to a wonderful 13 year old boy. Also, Collin talks about how this episode completes a trilogy of episodes about parents, more or less. Awkward Moments will be LIVE at the Chicago Laugh Factory on May 29th!
There are certain issues that inspire a real passion in people, for better or worse. If reproductive rights isn’t right at the top of that list, it’s at least damn close. A woman’s right to choose (or, as the flip side might argue, a fetus’ right to live) is integral to someone’s identity, and it makes sense that it would inspire people to make signs and yell at each other in public. Staying above the fray is a group of people called escorts. No, not the escorts you’re thinking of (although Collin would love to hear their opinion on reproductive rights as well). Amanda Cohen and Jo Beth Harrison are two of many women who escort people into and out of abortion clinics, doing their best to keep them calm and protect them from protesters. Collin sat down with them to talk all about the ins and outs of abortion, women’s issue, and basic goddamn human decency. Also, Collin plugs a LIVE AWKWARD MOMENTS AT THE LAUGH FACTORY ON MAY 29TH!
What does your dad do? Collin’s is retired, but he used to be a professor. Maybe yours is a doctor, lawyer, waiter, construction worker, what have you. Erica Clark’s dad is actor/pop-culture-personality Mr. T. Yeah, the guy with the mohawk and the gold chains and the pitying fools and all of that. There’s no way that you don’t know who he is, but for Erica he was always just a dad, with all the good and bad things that entails. She sat down with Collin to talk all about the man behind the persona, what it’s like to grow up with celebrity all around you, and her new book “How to Be A Stalker”.
There’s just something about the American south and southwest that just makes drinking stories and sex stories even crazier. Maybe it’s the accents, maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s just the whole outlaw vibe. Jack Avery grew up in Texas, and then moved to Arkansas, and all the while he was devoting his life to the pursuit of wine (really whiskey), women (the drunker the better), and song (but none of that Nickleback shit). He sat down with Collin to talk all about being a real-deal good ‘ol boy and all that entails: the good, the bad, and the ugly. That, of course, refers to the women Jack fucked. We’re not subtle around here.
Heavy metal and movies go together like thrash guitars and not girls! Mike McPadden (known as “McBeardo” to his friends and also podcast hosts) is a writer whose stuff has been published on VH1 online, Mr. Skin, and classy publications of that nature! And he recently decided to combine his dual loves for all things metal and all things cinema into one badass tome: HEAVY METAL MOVIES! He sits down with Collin to talk about the various different kind of metal, what it’s like to write for basically porn, how he more or less hates everything, Mad Max, and much more! Plus, Collin talks about his new band!