Best of: UNFTR Sketches
Guided by the one, the only, Manny Faces.
SUMMARY: We put this together right before a brief vacation, so we’re running something special today to highlight the lighter side of UNFTR: our inter-episode sketches. To guide you through our sketch journey is the one, the only Manny Faces. Catch you back next week for a regular episode, Unf*ckers.
Hey Unf*ckers and Sub*fuckers. I’m writing this right before I head on vacation to get some rest and chill out for a bit. But just so you know, my version of relaxing is to surround myself with books on a beach, listen to podcasts and drink. So the only thing that’s really going to change is that there will be a beach. (Ba dum tss!)
So we’re doing something special today to highlight the lighter side of UNFTR. I mentioned it last week that we would love to hear your thoughts on the mid show sketches. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us up on social and let us know.
We just restocked the warehouse with fresh coffee from the reservation so make sure to keep up with your orders to support the show and the folks at Native Coffee Traders. Every order really helps out and because of your support, we’re forging a positive and creative funding mechanism that also does some good in the world.
Anyway, enjoy this lighter side of UNFTR episode. Without further ado, here to guide you through our sketch journey is the one, the only Manny Faces. Take it away.
MANNY: Thanks Max. I hope you have a great week….
MEANWHILE, IN MAX’S HEAD: What if all the Unf*ckers are gone when I get back? What if 99 does a hostile takeover of the show? What if Trump does a hostile takeover of the country? Stop it, Max. You have to shut it down. You have to stop the nightmares of Milton Friedman smothering you in your sleep. Get some rest.
MANNY: So that little bit right there? Stuff like that? That’s the kind of shit that got us thinking a few episodes into this. When Max first introduced the concept of the show to me I understood exactly where he was going with it and why. He had a really solid concept and had fleshed out a number of episodes. We had experience working together so we were on the same page and things came together pretty quickly.
Along the way, I know he was getting kinda weighed down by some of the topics and he was worried that listeners would burn out before they got to some of the bigger episodes. One thing you’ve probably noticed is that he treats the show like it’s a curriculum. He talks about building blocks and scaffolding ideas like an educator would because he’s always thinking about natural entry points into a subject.
So we started fucking around with some - I’ll call them comedy concepts for lack of a better term - comedy concepts to cleanse the palate during the shows. I hesitate to call it comedy by the way because we both know a lot of great comedians and improv artists so we want to be clear that we are not that. But he has an ear for bad, over the top impressions, and I’ve produced some real comedians before, so we gave it a shot.
So what you’re going to hear today is the evolution of the inter-episode sketches that we’ve done. We only started doing them a couple of months into the show and, as you’ll hear, they’ve kind of evolved quickly. The best part for us is the recurring characters that honestly make us laugh every fucking time. So let’s check out a bunch of these together and I’ll give you a little peek behind the curtain along the way.
This is where it all started. This first one is not really a skit per se, but it’s the first time we started to take some liberties with the format because Max feared that we were veering into territory that might be less intriguing than making fun of Ayn Rand or scolding Rebekkkah Mercer. This is the longest one because it’s actually part of the episode. But it definitely got us thinking in terms of how to best break up the heavy stuff.
We were testing the waters here and liked how it broke things up a bit.
Now this was the first of the real inter-episode sketches.
We followed this up with another intervention and the introduction of Matt Gaetz as Butthead, which has obviously become a theme for us and makes us laugh every fucking time to be honest.
This next one is where we really went for it. And it’s inside the first episode that probably most closely resembles who and what we are today. It’s certainly the one that is most important for Max. In fact, if this was the only episode he ever put out, he’d be fine with it. If you want to know anything about my man, it’s all in this episode. This is really who he is.
As far as the show, I’m sure the format will continue to evolve, but this is the one that was featured in the New York Times and kind of put us on the map. I remember we actually talked about laying off the sketch in this episode because he wanted the subject matter to stand on its own. But ultimately we decided to go with it because we felt like it was a heavy show and it could use a palate cleanser, so to speak. Actually, I think this is when we started referring to these as palate cleansers. Sort of an intermezzo to break up a heavy meal.
By this time we were kind of addicted. Having way too much fun and hearing Butthead in our dreams so we decided to just keep going with it. In this one we met Lindsey Graham, which was a little over the top, a slurping Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz as Gollum and, of course, more Matt Gaetz.
We didn’t want the Republicans to have all the fun so in part two of this episode we took aim at the Dems. Personally, I think Max does a pretty admirable Bernie so we kicked it off with that. We snuck in Lindsey Graham for good measure. Biden, Harris, Schumer, they’re all in there. And, of course, we snuck in our favorite idiot as well as you’ll hear. My personal favorite, that we haven’t revisited since, was Corey Booker.
Our Assange episode probably got out to the fastest start since Culture Cancel. People really took this one in and was probably responsible for most of our growth on social media. On this episode we went into the Oval Office where VP Harris was desperately trying to put President Biden to bed so she could get back to running the country.
We got the Epstein crew together on a conference call in this episode. Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Bill Gates had a three way call about Epstein before someone interrupted them. I personally love this one because I was able to dig out a demon voice sound effect that I used years ago to create our now-standard demon sound effect for a particular recurring character. By the way, Max knows his Trump is pretty awful.
When the lunatic fringe of the GOP decided to shut down their extremely insensitive white supremacist America First Caucus and find a new name, we circled back to imagine what this conversation sounded like. It’s here we introduced Marjorie Taylor Greene and probably our second favorite recurring character, Lauren Boebert, who never actually speaks.
Because we knew the F*ck Milton Friedman episode was going to be our magnum opus of the first year we didn’t want to interrupt the flow for too long. But then again, we didn’t want to lose people. So we did a non-sketch sketch where we tried to explain to Matt Gaetz why he wasn’t going to appear on this episode.
Okay, Unf*ckers. You’re most likely caught up on the last couple of episodes so this is the last sketch we’ll do for today. It’s from Manufacturing Dissent. In it we feature a rather bored Rupert Murdoch who gets swept into a modern reverse fairytale version of Pinocchio where a real asshole boy becomes his favorite little puppet.
Alright. That about does it I think. Shout out to our friend Tom McGovern who produces all of the original music for the show. He’s responsible for the updated theme song, the quickie theme and show notes. And I know he and Max have some fun parody stuff brewing on the horizon as well so wanted to thank him for his talents.
Of course, our producer 99 deserves a ton of recognition as well. All of the artwork, the bookshop, social accounts, show notes, and honestly so much more. She does the work of 10 people so make sure to email her some love or give her a shout out on social.
Another quick thing - Before Max took off, we went over a bunch of the proposed topics and a lot of them are actually ideas submitted by Unf*ckers and Subf*ckers. Really smart shit. So on behalf of Max and 99, I just want to thank all of you for making our little show here like a real thing. Seriously, we’re blown away by the feedback and the love and support you’ve shown for us since the beginning. You’ve also honored us by supporting the Unf*cking Coffee Store and our partnership with Native Coffee Traders. I can’t say for sure, but I think it’s one of the most unique ways to fund an independent podcast like this, so Unf*ckers are helping to chart new territory. If you want to learn more about it check out the website at unftr.com.
We’ll be back next week with a full episode where we ‘Murica-splain Canadian politics with a little help from our friends up north.
Until then. Go Unf*ck yourselves and #FMF. I’m gonna be honest. I didn’t know how much I hated this fucking guy until we started doing this. But definitely fuck that guy.
Here endeth the Manny takeover.