Best and Worst moments of TGA


As you might be aware if you’re a fan of the podcast, TGA is about to celebrate show #100. Yes folks, we made it, and all it took was blood, sweat and eating cat food for a whole year (ok, so maybe it was just tuna)! With this historic number, I thought it might be interesting to get you guys to send us your opinions of our worst/best moments in the show. Was there anything super funny you couldn’t stop laughing at for days? Did I make a typical blunder that made you slightly uncomfortable, or cringe uncontrollably? Be sure to include as many comments as you can, and we’ll be sure to talk about them as well. The show is going to be up this weekend, so you have a few days to come up with something.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Bonus Show with Jeff!

Comments (25)

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    Isaac

    TGA doesn’t have any memorable moments, they just ramble on about current events revolving atheism and we nod our heads, and then we forget about them. Also:

    “Was there anything super funny you couldn’t stop laughing at for days?”

    Are you being serious? You’re not George Carlin. Deflating Jacob’s ego is a full-time job.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Is that supposed to be your job?

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    robert

    Probably when either you or Ryan try to do accents.

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    robert

    BTW I forgot to add that doing accents was one of the cringe-worthy moments ;)

    BTWBTW What has happened to the formatting of http://www.awinnerisme.com/? It seems to have gone all bizarrely post-modern.

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    Kerrie

    One thing I remember is right after the ’08 election Ryan sang something like “Obama! Sunshine, lollipops…” I catch myself repeating that after I hear someone either: 1) getting angry at Obama for not being the flaming liberal they thought he was before the election; or 2) making excuses for Obama because he really IS a huge liberal but “his hands are tied” with the huge mess left by Bush.

    Have you guys covered the kowtowing Obama does to the religious community in any depth? That’s a good topic.

    I love listening to you guys ramble on about current events, but for really memorable quotes and statements about religion and atheism I go to Pat Condell.

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    chocobar

    How about a compare and contrast of your first episode and latest episode? What have you and Ryan learned over the last few years about atheism, deism, podcasting, and the podcast/ internet business? Have your views changed at all since you started?

    I really enjoyed the interview you did with PZ myers. I’ve also liked the occasional cartoon you put up on the site.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Kevin V

    TGA has been the ointment for my religious rash I have to endure everyday. While many fans & patrons get upset over the amount of shows posted, I’m actually happy with the pace of the shows, myself having a addictive personalty would be overwhelmed by daily posts. I definitely laugh my ass off when you guys work blue, Plus I hope awinnerisme.com catches on so you guys pull some advertisers to the site.

    Dig what you do, Keep it rolling

    Kevin V from NC(Jesus Freaks USA)

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    Dayton

    How about all the times Jeff makes strange requests…like the one about reaching out to Yemen secular groups. Perhaps stitching together a string of Jacob’s rants about Catholics would also be amusing.

    It would be much easier to pick out other notables if there was a keyword system in place, though I’m sure you already have plans to make your older episodes more approachable.

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    Daniel McVey

    I liked the “fill you with his fisty love in your face” when you were talking about hate speech.

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    Alicia Trinidad

    i cant believe no ones said this already, when you guys broadcasted you undying love for the abortion, super hilarious!!
    worst moment for me i think was when jacob went on this rediculous tirade on how american media was focusing too much on the scandle with George Rekers and not enough on the gulf oil spill, which was absurd because at the time there was nooo escaping the story in the gulf. cnn might as well changed their name to Gulf Watch 2010. i dont know if it was just me who thought this, but i still looove the show long time ;)
    and i WOULD thank god that he gave us you guys to have atleast 1 listingable atheist podcast…but alas… i am a heathen, AND DARN PROUND OF IT THANKS TO YOU GUYS!

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    EazyNutz

    my favorite is just simply the witty banter that is two dudes (or 1 guy 1 girl) having a conversation. 1) “MORE RESEARCH!!” making fun of the fact/citation junkies… this isn’t a science journal, its two people dickin around making fun of absurdities in belief systems. 2) making fun of absurd atheist stereotypes (See ^^Alicia Trinidad’s abortion comment). 3) When Jeffery Jones takes Jacobs comments and makes them gay(er). recent instant classic was the “I want the giant cock package!” when Jacob said the same thing but in regards to Jahova Witness promise of ‘good things to come’ if you convert to their BS. Good Show Jeffery!

    Also, you see, I’m a horrible person and there’s nothing funnier than ironic jokes to me. So professing love for abortions or saying we should have abortion booths on street corners is hilarious because of how horrible the idea actually is and how some people believe atheists are ALLL about those horrible ideas.

    Your worst moments is your technology. I cant listen to podcasts in the car because i have to turn it up to hear Ryan or any other guest but then Jacob comes across screaming and I damn near blow an eardrum. I have to listen to the shows in areas of low background noise. maybe im just half deaf…

    keep it up though. I really like the show because i moved 1800 miles away from friends into bible bangin’ central florida. For instance there is a semi trailer, on the side of the interstate, in a trailer park, that has a huge gigantic “JESUS SAVES” scrawled on the side. Suffice it to say I HAVE NO ONE TO TALK TO about non-belief and you guys fill that void slightly. People down here like their god exactly like their teeth, just one, no questions about it.

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    Kat

    Yes, the Mobile Abortion Unit was good. Mm, we just love abortions!

    A rant montage would be popular, I think.

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    Issac

    Ok, how about “We atheists may be homosexuals, but we all like our dicks that get shoved in our mouth; pink!” That was my best quote said by TGA.

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    Ace.

    How you always tend to rant and complain at Jeff for taking you of topic when you seem to be the master of unplanned segways…

    Favorite moments? Making fun of homeopathy. I’ve listened to that a few times. You guys really need to work out how to pronounce shit BEFORE you decide to go on air. Real smart.

    I just cringe when you get shit wrong, mess-ups or mis-information fair enough, but piddly little mistakes make me start bitching out loud (not ideal when on a crowed bus – thanks for making me look as loopy as a J.W.)
    Oh and speaking of Jehova’s Witnesses, you’ve inspired a new sport between myself and my friends. Invite them in and pretend to be satanists and see how long it takes to scare them into leaving. Or starting a debate with people preaching in town. Have you ever seen a guy up a ladder preaching Christianity in the middle of a crowded shopping mall?

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    Ace.

    OH! And how could i forget Boob-quakes? Epic man.

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    Leigh

    Congratulations on 100 shows, no complaints this end about the rate of shows either, I just appreciate walking to work listening to the show and knowing that the skeptical, GOOD atheist message is out there and it’s relevant and hilarious.

    I think one of my favourite bits that keeps cropping up is Ryan’s complete disdain for welcome to the good atheist ‘dotnet’ podcast, and Jake’s constant attempts to stop him derailing the opening. Too many funny bits to remember anything else, although the glee you guy’s have had in pulling apart the catholic church during the recent scandals have been outstanding.

    Ryan, Jeff and Carisa are great, always funny and engaging, and Jake is the best host and the goodest atheist. And the book – where the fuck is the book anyway!? Keep it up, I’ll be here for #200.

    P.S. Just found out doctors at the British Medical Association BMA annual conference have voted 3 to 1 to ban NHS funding for homeopathic remedies. Yay!

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    Daniel

    I liked the discussion of whale songs–Ryan’s music was pretty funny.

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    eric

    Why did you put yourself on the US 100 dollar bill, and not the Canadian 100 dollar bill? It is because Canada sucks?

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    Daniel

    Sorry about posting so many times here–I’m new to the show and catching up.

    I also like your little impromptu songs–maybe you could put together a medley.

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    Isaac

    @Jacob Fortin

    “Is that supposed to be your job?”

    No, I don’t have the time. I will pitch in though.

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    Daniel

    The Bon Jovi at the funeral is pretty funny.

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    WCLPeter

    Best Moments:

    * Jake’s Rants. I always appreciate the unique viewpoint he has.
    * Getting PZ Meyers for an interview. Frikken awesome!
    * Carissa Hendrix. You have *got* to get her on the show again, something about hearing that cute girlish voice in your head during lunch just brightens up your day.
    * Jeff Jones. He’s an interesting guy who always has neat things to say.
    * Ryan Harkness. A great host who has *finally* started asserting himself and doesn’t let Jake talk over him. It is so nice getting to hear some of his viewpoints.
    * How you guys talk about topics the mainstream media often overlooks.
    * Stories about your lives. I wouldn’t want a whole show like that, but its neat to hear Jake’s lamentations of having to work again. But what about Ryan, does he too have a job or are you being a super nice guy and letting him live off the earning TGA is bringing in while you go back to work?
    * The site redesign, it is so much better than that white and green thing you started out with.
    * Your recent reporting on church-state issues in Canada, specifically the Human Rights violation by the B&B in BC. Nice to hear your take on it.

    Worst Moments:

    * Jake’s Rants. Sometimes he goes off on these wild tangents and ends up spending so much time ranting no one else can get a word in edgewise, then the show is over.
    * Not letting PZ Meyers talk! If you ask a question, let the guest answer. Don’t go into a 15 minute rant about how awesome the patronage system is and how its a viable way to monetize atheism. Its PZ Fucking Meyers and I only listen podcasts during my lunch break at work, so I don’t subscribe to many, it was my one chance to hear what he had to say!
    * The whole “Well, I don’t really know what the fuck I’m talking about and I should really research this topic but, ah, FUCK IT! This is my rant anyway blah blah blah!” Not that the rant isn’t informative or interesting, but admitting that you don’t know anything about the topic when recording computer is right there, directly in front of you, and that you could hit the magic pause button and take five minutes to at least become familiar about the topic. I’m not saying you have to Rhodes Scholars on the topic, but peppering your Rant with stuff like, “I don’t fucking know, I guess we should have researched this a bit more before the show huh?” makes you look a bit unprofessional. At the very least take five seconds to hit maps.google.ca and find out where the country is before you start talking about it!
    * The American slant on everything. A month or so ago there were TWO big church-state stories in Canada, I distinctly remember the PMO’s Prayer Breakfast, and I had to find out about both of them from the Friendly Atheist, an American site! You guys are based in Canada so I would kind of expect to hear you guys talk Canadian issues once in a while.
    * The fucking swearing all the fucking god damn motherfucking time, FUCK!!! You’re both fucking intelligent guys, can’t you speak for fucking sixty fucking seconds without fucking swearing? I mean fuckity fuck fuck man, everyone fucking knows that fucking swearing looses all its fucking impact when every other fucking word is the fucking word fuck. It fucking really is a fucking intellectual fucking crutch that makes you fucking look crass, childish, and fucking unintelligent, like you fucking lack the fucking ability to get your fucking point across unless you fucking pepper a few fucking dozen “fuck”s into your fucking speech. Don’t fucking get me wrong, I fucking love the show, its one of my fucking high-points in an otherwise fucking annoying fucking week at my piece of shit fucking job. But fuck man, it makes it fucking hard to fucking take you fucking seriously and fucking recommend your fucking show to other fucking people because I fucking know they sure as fuck don’t want to fucking listen the fucking kind of fucking swearing that would make a fucking sailor blush and want to fucking wash your fucking mouth out with some motherfucking soap. Do you fucking understand what the fuck I am trying to say, or do I fucking need to add a fucking few more fucks here?

    Closing:

    Anyway, that’s about all I can think of right now. In all seriousness though, I do want to thank you for making the show. It really is a high-point to my week and I always look forward to it. Once my financial situation clears up I will totally become a subscriber, until then I’ll just keep mooching off the free shows. ;-)

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    zomnificent

    It’s hard for me to remember all my favorite moments, and I’m too lazy to re-download and look them all up, but I do like it whenever you guys disagree about something. I also have very similar views to Jacob about a lot of things, and I really liked the rant about nationalism/patriotism.

    As far as bad moments, it’s usually when there’s a factual error. I cringe too sometimes, but given that you put out two shows every week, it’s bound to happen.

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    Pepe

    Richard Dawkins impression when the atheist bus campaign first came out. Priceless, I couldn’t stop laughing! “Why don’t we just dilly dally out of here”

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    Paul Smith

    For me the Good Atheist really got underway when you guys covered some Italian Catholic priest that had some illicit gay activity or other. As “research” or something. I knew I’d found some funny guys then.
    STENSIOOOO!!!!!!

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