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For years Doug Cochrane and Justin Strandlund have been good friends and frequent improv partners. They share a love of debating any topic, although their discussions usually come back around to two things: movies and space. Their most infamous debate involved a 2 hour discussion (while at work) about the actual possibility of time travel and it's potential ramifications on mankind; this included a full diagram drawn on a wall-sized whiteboard. Time well spent. MindGap is what happens when t ...
 
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This week, the boys welcome back Matt Lamson, one half of the power duo Chris and Matt from the Chris and Matt show (hint: he's the Matt half). He’s also the star of the season or series finale of The Quarantine Files. He describes his experience filming remote and his playfully hateful relationship with 2 East 8th’s own Drew Dull. The guys also di…
 
This week the boys welcome back a true Mind Gap veteran the delightful Jamie Yates. Jamie is also the star of the penultimate episode of the critically acclaimed lockdown web series The Quarantine Files. She describes the unique experience of playing 5 characters while taking direction remotely on 2 computers and being filmed on a single iPhone. Th…
 
In this episode, the boys welcome back the star of episode 6 of the critically acclaimed* The Quarantine Files web series Seth Gersbach. The dorks talk about Seth’s episode of The Quarantine Files as well as the other web series Seth and Justin worked on together, Chicago HR (which you can find on the Our Work page). Other topics include favorite v…
 
Auditory Hallucination Warning: Just before the 6 minute mark there is a touch of audio echo that lasts about 1 minute. We just wanted to let you know that it's real and not insanity creeping in on you. This week, the boys welcome the multi-talented actress and singer Kristi Alsip, star of episode 5 of The Quarantine Files! As it sometimes happens,…
 
In this episode, the boys welcome Mind Gap All-Stars and the stars of 2 East 8th’s upcoming 4th episode of The Quarantine Files, Ashyln Seehafer and Chris Vellucci. After a conversation about the fun and interesting nature of filming the Quarantine Files, the group slips into an update about the state of the Naperville Swingers. This is of course a…
 
In this episode, the boys welcome back the lovely and talented Robin Minkens to the show. She is the star of 2 East 8th’s 3rd episode of their Quarantine Files series now on YouTube. The episode kicks off with some catching up with Robin who performs at the Mad Hatter’s Tea and Gin party in Chicago’s South Loop. This rather quickly dips into the to…
 
Come join us for this week’s episode with Mind Gap All-Star, Matty Robinson! Matty is also the star of the second episode of 2 East 8th’s Quarantine Files project. The first topic on tap is Bill Burr’s enigmatic first hosting experience on Saturday Night Live. The opening monologue drew plenty of attention and ire and the gang breaks down why the p…
 
Check out this week’s episode featuring power duo Karla Serrato and Michael Sherman, who star in Episode One of the upcoming The Quarantine Files project from 2 East 8th Productions. Talk starts off with the pandemic and how its nature spawned The Quarantine Files project. The heroes move into a discussion about legendary Chicago comedy institution…
 
In this week’s episode, the guys kick things off talking about artificial intelligence researchers trying to teach an AI to be a Dungeon Master. The show’s resident DM, Doug, weighs in on how cool this would be but also how difficult the concept seems given the highly improvisational nature of a round of Dungeons and Dragons. This leads to a discus…
 
After a string of amazing guests, the dynamic duo thought it’d be fun to nerd out with just the two of them this week. The episode starts off with a bit of a discussion on a recent video posted of supposed ghosts recorded at Gettysburg. This launches into a much larger discussion on the concept of ghosts and whether or not they exist or if the evid…
 
This week the guys welcome in regular stream contributor and resident wildcard, Noah Reno. Noah is a regular in the Mind Gap Podcast stream, on the Saturday night game streams, an all around great guy, and quite the character. The dorks talk about the resurgence of the video game Among Us, a VR attempt of the game Fall Guys, and what Facebook is do…
 
This week the boys were delighted to welcome back a true gem of the YouTube underground, Mr. Tex of Tex Talks BattleTech and Space Station 13 notoriety. A podcast host himself, Tex helps the guys navigate a treasure trove of topics while adding his trademark humor to each one. The dorks kick things off talking about tabletop games gone bad and what…
 
In this episode, the boys welcome a fellow creator Jay Schultz who made the card game Skittykitts. They talk about Jay’s game before the conversation turns to the remembrance of actor Chadwick Boseman who tragically passed recently. They discuss the importance of his role as the Black Panther and how the actor made that role and those films so spec…
 
In this episode, the guys welcome back to the show the wonderful and talented Mind Gap All-Star, Jamie Jirak! Jamie is a writer for Comicbook.com, perhaps the world’s biggest Agents of Shield fan, and absolutely hilarious. They talk about her turn moderating an Agents of Shield cast Q&A and rubbing elbows with Agent Coulson himself. The dorks then …
 
This week, the boys celebrate 5 years in the podcast game by welcoming Aussie superfan and constant Twitch companion, Jarryd Urbas, better known as Jurbas. The guys chat about Jarryd’s sketchy past as a dealer at Crown Casino in Perth before quizzing their mate from down under on all things Australia. Naturally, the conversation turns to Shark Week…
 
This week, Justin and Doug welcome back the very talented, very funny Twitch streamer extraordinaire and Mind Gap All-Star, Carly Heiser, better known as see_twoo on Twitch. She and the boys talk about her stream and how she chooses games to play. The conversation eventually leads, as it always does, to Smash Mouth and their recent concert at the S…
 
This week on Mind Gap Podcast, the boys dive into a story from Japan about a robot created to feel pain in order to teach it empathy and ponder if teaching a robot to feel pain is the best way to go about teaching anything empathy. They move into the story of a man who lost his penis to a blood infection and has a new one currently being incubated …
 
Shocked it hasn’t happened earlier, Doug and Justin talk about the story of the creation of KFC branded and scented Crocs, which are now sold out! If fried chicken-scented footwear isn’t your thing they dive into the new deal between AMC and Universal which ends this months-old feud between titans. They argue the merits of AMC getting a cut of dire…
 
This week, the boys talk about Christopher Nolan’s Tenet getting delayed indefinitely and the ways we could watch it but probably won’t be able to. They dive into John Oliver’s attempts to smack down conspiracy theories with the help of Paul Rudd and Alex Trebek. Alex Trebek’s 80th birthday this week prompts Justin to serenade the “man with all the…
 
On this week’s episode, Justin and Doug investigate why everything is cake before discussing the uncanny valley in video games. The dorks then reminisce on the very first X-Men movie as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Thanks to sir_loin 84, we had a fan submitted throw-down featuring The Beast from Krull vs. The Lord of Darkness from Legend. Fo…
 
On this week’s episode, Justin describes his interaction with a man who offered unsolicited advice on how to train his dog, Doug asks Justin what orifices he’d be willing to dive into to help his wife, and Justin finally weighs in on The Mandalorian. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring a tickle fight between Doug and Justin. Follow us…
 
On this week’s episode, Doug and Justin are visited by the very funny and amazing Seth Trammell, better known as Slatibartfast. The dorks discuss Amazon Prime’s watch party feature and whether it’s a suitable substitute for the movie theater experience before debating whether or not subtitles improve or detract from the movie viewing experience. Th…
 
On this week’s episode, Doug and Justin dive into the news about Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman, movie budgets and what should be considered a financially successful movie, and how passionate fans create better special effects than movie studios. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring George Clooney’s Batman vs. Val Kilmer’s…
 
On this week’s episode, DC super fan Rob Ballmaier returns to discuss the upcoming Zack Snyder cut of Justice League that will be hitting HBO Max in 2021. The dorks also run through the enormous slate of DC movies that are in production as we speak. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Sylvester Stallone vs. Jean Claude Van Damme. Foll…
 
On this week’s episode, Justin shares his thoughts on his recent D&D board game experience before sharing a list of movie sequels with Doug that have come out 10+ years after the original. The dorks discuss how these stories were affected by the delayed release. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Bill and Ted vs. Lloyd and Harry. Fol…
 
On this week’s episode, Justin shares his sadness in discovering a gray hair in his sideburns before the dorks dive into the new movie trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Doug then puts Justin to the test and makes him choose which of his three greatest fears he must face for 24 hours. The heroes then respond to a fan question about musical and …
 
Doug and Justin are joined by retired comedian and podcast host, Matty Goldberg. The heroes talk about Matty’s new podcast, Last Words, and why we should take an objective look at our past relationships. Matty shares some of his experiences as a stand up comedian, particularly how he’s handled hecklers and then chats about his passion for poker. Th…
 
This week, Doug puts Justin in the hot seat and asks him some important questions in order for listeners to learn more about him. Doug then recounts the latest video game stream on Twitch featuring Jokeboat from Jackbox Party Pack 6. Then the dorks talk about some bad customer service stories they’ve experienced. Things are wrapped up with a throw-…
 
Mind Gap All-Star and co-founder of Throughline Films, Chris Charles, returns to the podcast to chat with Doug and Justin about the entertainment industry and how it’s being affected by COVID-19. The heroes discuss how film productions and content creation is adapting and Chris shares an amazing story about how a script he worked on for over 10 yea…
 
This week, Doug and Justin talk about how different genres of movies will be affected by the recent pandemic and how art and storytelling will reflect on these times. The dorks then discuss the future of movie theaters and if they survive, how they will be undoubtedly changed forever. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring The Thing vs. …
 
This week, Doug has an epiphany about what it must be like to view Avengers: Endgame as someone completely new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Justin posits that any sequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t a good standalone film, the dorks talk about the Mind Gap Video Game stream on Twitch, and Doug asks Justin when things will get back to…
 
This week, Doug and Justin are joined by the very kind and intelligent Mark Shaffer, who is a co-host of the Text and Rock podcast. Mark discusses how he takes his knowledge of religion and history and makes it awesome for everyone else by helping others read the Bible in its own context for what its own authors are saying instead of focusing on al…
 
This week, Doug and Justin are joined by the one and only Omari Brown. A humble man of comedy, he talks about his experience in the apprentice program on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, what it’s like writing jokes amidst the pandemic, and what it was like to have one of his comedic bits get produced and aired on the show. Things are wrapped up…
 
Heads up, Mind Gap lovers: this week’s audio is rough. We had some technical difficulties and we apologize in advance. It’s going to get better - we promise! This week, Doug and Justin play a game gleaned from Your Mom’s House Podcast where they pretend they are single and meet the perfect person. That person presents a behavior or situation in whi…
 
This week, Doug and Justin continue their remote recording routine and discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy theater and their layoffs of 160 employees. The dorks discuss the difference and impact of doing what is legally right vs. what is morally right. The nerds then discuss when and how improv comedy perf…
 
This week, Doug and Justin are social distancing and recording through Skype. They discuss what sport they think they’re best at and how they capture their creative thoughts. The dorks then talk about how the coronavirus has impacted the world and their day-to-day life. They then celebrate the creativity and the good that had flourished in these di…
 
This week, Justin and Doug chat about Hulu’s new advertising strategy and how gross corporate dialogue and PR can be. The dorks then discuss how often they apologize, who they would and wouldn’t accept an apology from, and whether or not they hold grudges. Things are wrapped up with a fan requested throw-down from Sam Koch featuring Elsa vs. The Ni…
 
This week, Justin and Doug talk about the state of commercials, finding ways to look at adult content as teenagers, and the bonkers things we did as kids that made no sense to the adults that witnessed their actions. The dorks then talk about the new trailer for Ghostbuster: Afterlife before Doug gives his hot takes on Frozen 2 and the three-and-a-…
 
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