Jul 132016
 
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We’re back, with a Fiasco inspired by Valve’s Portal series! At the Aperture Science Enrichment Center, the AI programmers are hard at work trying to bring their boss Cave Johnson’s dreams of digital immortality to life. Drs. Helena Carlyle and Phillip Reingold, two members of the elite team of GLaDOS programmers, are a bit out of sorts after their project’s first test activation took a potentially deadly turn. For unknown reasons, Helena has been tasked with trying to seduce the Materials Science Sphere, while Phil finds himself competing with Tape Dispenser 437, a robotic arm that was slowly upgraded and given sentience over the course of four decades, for his job as an AI programmer. Meanwhile, Mat and Aperture’s genius-level janitor Franklin are manufacturing a stockpile of deadly neurotoxin for…experimental purposes. When they begin to suspect that Tape-y has augmented itself to superhuman levels of intelligence, Helena and Phil rush to stop it from (maybe?) taking over the facility and (potentially?) ending human life as we know it. However, it soon becomes clear that Franklin harbors deep-rooted paternal feelings for the Aperture AIs, and that he’ll sink to threats, blackmail and possibly even murder to keep his robotic children safe. Can two scientists save The Enrichment Center (and everybody inside it) from techno-armageddon, or will their attempt turn into a complete Fiasco?

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Oct 212015
 
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It’s opening night of Waiting for Godot (The Musical!) at the Blue Box Theater, and the house is packed—with zombies! With the dead rising, it should hardly matter that the show’s writer / composer / director / producer is having a whirlwind showmance with the actor playing Estragon, or that he gave the role of Vladimir, which he had written for himself, to an amazingly talented newcomer. Now, the cast and crew will have to set aside the petty drama if they want to survive. Will they be able to pull off a graceful exit, or will backstage squabbles bring down the curtain, permanently?

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Jul 152015
 
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Packed to bursting with quirky living objects, Mrs. Ketcham’s attic has always been a special place, but is it a fantastical wonderland of enchantment and whimsy, or an eldritch prison for those unfortunate enough to meddle with ancient cosmic forces? Two hapless Cthulhu Mythos investigators find themselves transformed into toys after a confrontation with cultists, but that may be the least of their worries. One finds acceptance in the attic as a hero of the Red Team on the Foosball table, while the other skirts the edges of madness as he adjusts to his new life as the littlest Matryoshka doll. When Old Mrs. Ketcham unexpectedly dies and her relatives put the house up for sale, the denizens of the attic worry that they will surely be junked. Their only hope is to retrieve a copy of The Necronomicon from a neighbor’s private collection and use the lunatic ravings of Abdul Alhazred to restore the two toys to their former human forms. Aided by the largest Matryoshka doll, they set out to make the perilous journey, but the forces of madness conspire against them. A rival from the Yellow Team vows to get to the book first, invoking the fearsome power of his unspeakable King to do so. Can they defeat the agent of evil, break the curse that stripped them of their humanity, and rescue the rest of Mrs. Ketcham’s living sundries from the scrap heap? Listen to find out!
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May 202015
 
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Are you ready for the most awesome, the most intense, the most bone-shattering Rag-NERD-rok Fiasco to date? Well, here it comes, brother! The King and The Duke used to be the tag-team stars of the FUCW, back before the feud that split their promotion into two rival groups. Now, with their separate franchises flagging, the two showrunners decide a merger is necessary, but they only have the funds to keep one of their two rosters on staff. Their star performers, The Prince and The Jester, will do whatever it takes to make the cut. The wild card in this bout-to-end-all-bouts is a former wrestler turned stagehand who works for both promotions, a man who suffered a career-ending injury and now has a score to settle with just about everybody. Five characters will enter the ring, but only one will emerge as the FUCW pro wrestling star of the Dakotas! Find out who gets pinned, who taps out, and who reigns supreme in this week’s Fiasco! (Only $9.95!)

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Mar 042015
 
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In the cyberpunk future, when shady mega-corporations have the world in a chokehold, net-jackers and cyber-criminals make their living the only way they know how. Drex Hardline and his team of hackers, TekBunni and Terra-Flash, decide to break into the Cronos Biochem building intending to toss the company’s servers for corporate secrets that they can sell off for a quick payday. What they don’t know, however, is that Drex cut a deal with Mr. Q-Bit, President of Cronos’ Prisoner Rehabilitation program, selling out his two compatriots in exchange for a cushy job and a fresh start. Two years after their disastrous run, TekBunni has been uploaded to a time-dilated virtual prison where she’s serving three consecutive life sentences, and Terra-Flash, who was assumed dead after an explosion, has been replaced with a reprogrammed clone that is completely loyal to Cronos. When a scarred cyborg calling himself The Laughing Saint approaches Drex, now a VP working for Q-Bit, he’ll have to choose between his new life and the friends he betrayed to get it. Will these gritty anti-heroes get a second chance to make one last run? Listen to this unbelievably cyberpunk Fiasco to find out!

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