How the producers of Fraggle Rock were indirectly trying to prepare Us for the people we would meet later on in life‏


by Ryan Meehan

One of my favorite shows growing up was Fraggle Rock. Jim Henson was one of the most imaginative minds in all of television, and I can remember genuinely being saddened when he died. I was obsessed with that show and watched it religiously because I loved the characters. There were so many of them, and I felt like I was being entertained without the preachy corporate sponsorship that the letter F was shoving down my throat over on Sesame Street. (Sometimes it was even the letter D, which I think speaks volumes about what was really going on with Ernie and Bert) My parents even bought us the vinyl record album, which always seemed to mysteriously disappear the day after my father held his head in anguish as my sister and I played “Catch the Tail by the Tiger” for the fifteenth consecutive time.

Now that I’m older, I tend to see characteristics in certain people that I should have been prepared for given my familiarity with that show. The producers of that series were really trying to prepare us for the people that we would later meet in real life. But this was a show for kids, so they couldn’t exactly be overtly suggestive when it came to the tendencies that we all now know those characters had. So this piece is a trip down memory lane. A tribute to the crudely constructed puppets that made Fraggle Rock their home done for the sake of analyzing their ins and outs and comparing them to our peers. These are the some of the theories I believe the producers were indirectly trying to hammer into our brains, starting with the characters themselves. Continue reading

A Holiday Tradition: Exposing the Annoying Nature of 20 Popular, Yet Terrible Christmas Songs


It’s that time of year once again where we here at Dubsism break out one of our holiday traditions.  For the next month, you are going to be ear-raped by Christmas music.  All of it is obnoxious, but some have ear-wormed a special place into our collective psyches for just how awful they really are. We won’t give you links to these songs; if you want to skull-rape yourself, we aren’t going to help you. But you won’t even need to do that; just walk into any place that pumps in that horseshit overhead music.  You’ll hear them.

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You need not look at a calendar to tell what time of year it is. All you have to do is walk into a store, where you will be bombarded with it. Every city in America has at least one radio station that will play this exclusively from now until after the…

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2015 NFL Coach’s Death Watch: Week 5 – The “Turkey Day” Edition

A fantastic article now available on Dubsism. You’re going to want to check this one out for sure!


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By Jason From Indiana

Thanksgiving is upon us. It is time to reflect on the things for which we are thankful. For me, that would be the continued buffoonery of NFL head coaches. Just like sitting down to that Thanksgiving feast, it is time for me to bust my pants on the meal that is the NFL Coach’s Death Watch.

1) Chip Kelly *NEW*

CHIP KELLY TURKEY LOAF “Of course, Chip’s Turkey Loaf ain’t got no dark meat in it, if you know what I’m sayin'” ~ Stephen A. Smith

I got this idea from a recent podcast in which J-Dub called Chip Kelly “a talking turkey-loaf.” Frankly, I’m surprised he was that mild.  I was actually expecting something more like “a pile of infected pig shit in a visor.”

Anyway, the question becomes how does one go from honorable mention to #1 on the charts?  Well, you start by losing back to back…

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Week Twelve NFL Preview


by Eight Thirty Seven with assistance from Dubsism and Jason from Indiana

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and the National Football League plans to once again dominate your television screen from your late morning hangover all the way through until you head to Kohl’s to trample other shoppers in search of a comforter you’ll just end up pissing all over at some point anyway. But we’ve done the stock Thanksgiving bits numerous times on this site, so fuck that shit…Let’s get to talking football. The bye weeks are done, and we will finish the season out each week with a full schedule of games. There were three games on my radar last week that had a drastic effect on a feeling I’m beginning to have about the future:  In Minnesota, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a convincing win over the Vikings that Green Bay had to win after dropping three straight. In Carolina the Panthers shelled the Redskins, and out in the desert the Cardinals pulled out a last second victory against the Bengals. These three games were very close to my heart because I am hungry for new blood to succeed in the NFL. To be honest, I’m getting a little bit tired of seeing the Packers win and that’s why I’m so jacked about seeing the Cardinals and Panthers succeed. We can’t just expect Rodgers to be there every year and keep hitting off of the same four guys year after year. It’s getting tiresome and nobody really wants to see that happen over and over, and it’s cool to see a guy who’s getting his second wind and become successful again while this other kid is ripping it up all the way across the country. New England is going to win the AFC unless something disastrous occurs, but watching the NFC playoff picture unfold has been a real pleasure to watch.

One guy that likely hasn’t been taking pleasure in watching any of this stuff is Dubsism, who is going to be taking out a second mortgage on his teepee in about a month. His wife just took a second job at Kohl’s to support his gambling habit, and their house cat Shadow is now moonlighting at Danzer’s off of McCarty Lane in Lafayette. I mean, I know you can’t win ’em all…but God we have really sucked with our picks this year.

J-Dub:  What a disaster this week was. Think of the Titanic showing episodes of Ken Jeong’s Godawful sit-com while it gets plowed into by the Hindenburg.  The gambling action was so dreadful that the highlight of my week actually came from getting blocked by Jeong for this:


Despite the fact I left out the word “commercial,” he clearly got the message.  That lead to this response, which I thought that was pretty funny.  It was actually a fuck of a lot funnier than anything I’ve seen from his soon-to-be-dead sit-com. 


A pro wrestler doing the “Ooooh, I’m soooo scared” thing.  Like I said, I thought this was funny…so much so that when I went to re-tweet it, I realized that Jeong had blocked me. What the…?
Believe it or not, Ken Jeong broke my “Twitter-blocked” cherry. The fact that I’ve been a blogger for six years, and this is the first time anybody’s ever blocked me is about as impressive of an accomplishment as remaining a virgin in Arkansas past the age of 11. At first, I couldn’t believe this guy gave a shit what some blogger thinks. Then I realized that he’s got the same problem as the J-Dub Gambling Challenge does. You can tell “Dr. Ken” was his “baby;” he saved up his cash and established himself in the right spot in the entertainment business to get that show made. This was his proverbial “pet project,” and I called his baby “ugly.” He’s going to end up working in a food truck somewhere on Wilshire Boulevard because he can’t write a network-friendly “butthole” joke, and I’m having juice and cookies with the winos at the plasma center because I drank the Kool-Aid on the Vikings not being hot, salty garbage.


But I also know what a big part of my problem is.  Sadly, I can’t fix it until next year.  I’m done betting on anything which happens on Thursday.  That’s a problem with this challenge because we need to publish before the Thursday games.  That creates a classic gambler’s dilemma. One the one hand, there’s something to be said for getting those early numbers. For example, buying the Broncos early last week meant the difference between a win and a push.  But on the proverbial other hand, you miss a lot of information that doesn’t come out until Thursday or Friday. I’ll gut it out to the bitter end this year, much as Ken Jeong will do with “Dr. Ken.” As for you, Dr. Jeong, I’m actually a fan of yours and I’m hoping you bounce back from this setback.  After all, I have a rule about trusting people who say they never failed at anything, because it either means they never risked anything or they are lying. However, if I knew I was going to get blocked, I would have got my money’s worth for it. Your baby isn’t ugly, Ken.  It should have been taken to Planned Parenthood and sucked into a bio-hazard bag. Having said that, let’s see how much further I can abort the J-Dub Gambling Challenge Bankroll.
Now that you know what’s up with Dubs, let’s take a moment to look at what we think will go down in week twelve of the NFL season.

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10 Questions with Blair Socci


By Ryan Meehan

Blair Socci is a standup comic from San Juan Capistrano, California. When she isn’t watching Vanderpump Rules, you can find her performing standup in clubs and bars all over Manhattan on mostly every night of the week. She is very excited to be starring in the upcoming MTV series, Ladylike. Since her start in NYC, Blair has appeared at Caroline’s on Broadway, The Stand, the Hollywood Improv, Laugh Boston, Sleepaway Camp, Crash Test, The Knitting Factory, Kabin CSL, and Broken Comedy at Matchless. She has participated in several festivals including the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Red Clay Comedy Festival, She Devil Comedy Festival, The Devil Cup, and the New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival alongside several of her favorite comics. Blair has also trained in both the improv and sketch programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in NYC. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in English, she recently earned her MFA in creative writing (fiction) at The New School. Blair has written for Reductress,,, Wmag.comRiviera Magazine, and Volleyball Magazine. Once a month, she co-hosts a popular show, Nacho Bitches, at New York Comedy Club that she co-founded with Corinne Fisher of Guys We F*cked fame. To view Blair’s web series with her best friend, Farah, please visit: and check her out as my guest today in 10 questions.  Continue reading