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Los Angeles, 2013: showbusiness lackey Chris Aballo starts his own podcast to keep himself busy in between voice acting gigs, music projects, and stints on The Only Podcast That Matters. New Jersey, 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing and the open-ended quarantine threatens the sanity of all, so Chris rallies his cavalcade of misfits and kicks the weekly show into high gear. That pretty much brings us up to date.
 
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The first ever midnight livestream went off last Friday and it's now available here for your listening pleasure. Chris is joined by Ryan and Christian to celebrate Jack's birthday, even though the conversation covers everything but that. Hear about the surprising promo Chris filmed at the last minute, misinterpreted Facebook statuses, the recent Er…
 
For the first time in the history of CAPE, there is a Chris-less episode! Guest host Ryan Taggart takes over and welcomes his friend Caroline (@glimmerofhop) to talk all about the convergence of beer and Instagram. These two enthusiasts discuss their love of craft beer, the local brewery scenes in Jersey and DC, the lengths they go to in order to n…
 
Comedians Joe Weber and Jon Beecroft (hosts of the Comics, Cartoons, and Craft Beers podcast) join Chris and Christian to perform some decent impressions, tell their darkest jokes, and get buzzed in the process. They also ask Chris to elaborate on his podcasting experience with both CAPE and The Only Podcast That Matters, which leads to a few revel…
 
Chris and Ryan return to Zoom as fluctuating weather forces the show to skip the studio this week. As they venture back out into a semi-normal world, the boys talk about their unusually short day at the boardwalk, Chris describes a car accident that nearly canceled April's live show as well as his returns to New York City and concert-going, and Rya…
 
Chris talks one-on-one with Mike Zapcic about basically everything you'd expect: how he ended up working at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, run-ins with various celebrities at conventions, how "Comic Book Men" came to be, and a lot of Ming Chen mockery. Chris also clarifies Mike's side of a story told on an early SModcast episode and revitalizes…
 
Chris and Andrew are joined by Munch and Sha, the hosts of Respek The Blackout Podcast. The guys share the origins of their show and how it has evolved into a showcase for adult talent. They also talk about emceeing swingers events, how OnlyFans has changed the game for women, and why it's important to put in the work to build up your podcast. You'…
 
The foursome from The Only Podcast That Matters reunites at A Shared Universe PodcaStudio for the first time in 2021. Chris, Andrew, Ryan and Jack kick off the show with good news about the availability of CAPE and TOPTM. Then Jack takes everyone through his weight loss journey, Ryan explains the biggest problem with meal subscription plans, and Ch…
 
Chris is joined by the hosts of The Extended Branch, a show which explores the business and fraternal aspects of freemasonry that is also co-hosted by Andrew. Billy Bilbow and Kevin Cotter join the conversation as Chris aims to find out what it’s like having Andrew as your leader, what kind of food members can expect, and what it means to be part o…
 
In the second part of their half serious/half humorous mental health discussion, Ryan opens up to Chris and Andrew about his anxiety, panic attacks and how therapy helped him overcome feelings he’d buried long ago but still needed to face. Andrew and Ryan also share how they’ve been mentally and emotionally affected by parenthood, as well as how me…
 
Chris, Andrew and Ryan sit down for an overdue discussion about mental health. In the first of two episodes on the subject, Chris discusses how he first came to recognize anxiety, the day his first panic attack led him to the emergency room, and when he decided to finally begin therapy. Andrew opens up about past suicidal thoughts, his psychologica…
 
The show makes its triumphant return to A Shared Universe’s Eatontown studio where Chris is joined by Andrew as well as Engineer Criss Jr. The trio gets into the continued issues with the Apple Podcasts app, Andrew’s family trip to the Philadelphia Zoo and his struggles with the recent downpour of pollen. They also follow up on people who refuse to…
 
Chris completes the Murano Trilogy by chatting with his cousin Mike Murano, drummer for The Mighty Pines and beyond. Mike talks to Chris about how he became a touring musician, what’s great about the St. Louis music scene, how his band had to get creative to promote their new album during the pandemic, and the importance of being confident enough t…
 
Chris welcomes sportscaster and host (and cousin) Joe Murano for his podcast debut so they can dig into his broadcasting journey. The pair discusses how evolving technology has changed the landscape for news and sports, how hosting is harder than people think, gigs that are too good to leave for retirement, and handling a 22 hour broadcast during a…
 
On April 16, the show returned to A Shared Universe PodcaStudio for the first time in four months and celebrated with a livestream. Here is the full audio of the episode featuring Chris, Andrew, Christian Cordes AKA Engineer Chris and Ming Chen. This all-star show takes the conversation all over the place, from street-fighting Muppets and Elvira to…
 
In the second half of their chat, Chris and Militia Vox explore her album The Villainess and how it evolved into visual and immersive experiences. They also delve into her newfound love of horror film scoring, how artists are more appreciated in death, why bands’ shirts are fashionable even when the music isn’t, lessons learned from the pandemic, a…
 
Musical multi-hyphenate Militia Vox joins Chris for the first episode of this two part interview. She shares her experiences of growing up in Maryland as a piano prodigy, clashing with administrators at Boston Conservatory, getting out from under the thumb of authority figures, her previous life as a backing vocalist and finding her own artistic vo…
 
Jeff Schnitzer sits in on the show so he and Chris can dive into how they will return to the outside world after being spoiled by grocery delivery and in-store pickup. The duo discusses Coming 2 America, superior and inferior sequels, and how edited-for-TV movies misled them as young viewers. Jeff also makes a surprising revelation about what he wa…
 
What does the title mean? Listen to find out! Chris welcomes back guitarist and cousin Pete Murano from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The two chat about their extensive family tree along with predictions for the return of live music, how it has felt to be off the road for an entire year, cooking for Instagram, 2021’s very unique Mardi Gras, and…
 
Chris welcomes Andrew, Ryan and Jack back to the show to share their vaccine status along with intense discussions about going back out into the world, ordering seafood at a steak house, the Anti-Ryan Movement, irresistible accents, and what to do when you encounter a drunken Midwestern mother. The post CAPE 159: ChrisIsBadForYou.com appeared first…
 
YouTuber and guitar gearhead Sean Johnson returns to CAPE for his third appearance to catch us all up on his evolution during the last year. He and Chris discuss how virtual conventions don’t cut it, the ways 2020 re-prioritized Sean’s review videos, why Uncle Buck is the best John Hughes movie, and how teen shows don’t go as deep as they used to. …
 
Since we’re approaching a full year since the pandemic and lockdown began, Chris looks at where we are today compared to last year, including how quarantine kickstarted the return of CAPE. He gives a brief history of the show for those of you who have come along since 2020, plus he details future plans for the show’s Patreon and gives a quick revie…
 
At long last, Chris chats one-on-one with Ming Chen, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men and co-owner of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. In this lengthy episode, they do a deep dive into how Ming connected to Kevin Smith and became part of the View Askew crew, the events which led him to become a Jersey transplant, and how the Comic Book Men TV series came…
 
Chris explains how delays and exhaustion caused this episode to be completed late (and offers a little tease for next week’s guest) before he and Jack commiserate about getting their parents to adapt to modern technology. The post CAPE 155: Ozzy Osbourne Is The Reason My Parents Have A Smartphone appeared first on ChrisAballo.com. ★ Support this po…
 
After chasing Andrew off the show with some ill-fated jokes at his expense, Chris follows up on his critter invasion from last summer. He also finally shares some fan mail with Andrew and Jack, rants about the need for the recently passed stimulus, and the three rightfully tear apart the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for this year’s nominees and snubs. …
 
Despite a massive snow storm pummeling the East Coast, the show must go on! Aside from pondering the sudden disappearance of Jack, Chris and Andrew introduce the world to yet another “Chris” who’s also an engineer. Criss Madd joins in on the conversation to talk about his band Serious Matters and how the pandemic has affected their plans. He also m…
 
Chris gathers together a few your favorites to talk about the perils of parenthood. Andrew, Ryan and Dan share their experiences with potty training, avoiding public embarrassment, flatulence etiquette and dealing with the repetitiveness of the same songs and TV shows being played over and over again. The post CAPE 152: Fatherhood Forum appeared fi…
 
Andrew returns to talk to Chris about how not everyone is New Jersey knows each other, as well as separating someone’s personal life from their art, the appeal of musicians’ signature gear and hating yourself for fattening behavior. The post CAPE 151: Traitors, Guitars, Chocolates (In That Order) appeared first on ChrisAballo.com. ★ Support this po…
 
In what is hopefully the last time anyone talks about 2020 for a while, Chris and Jack break down their favorite movies and TV shows from last year, along with a few to avoid. Being them, they don’t just rattle off a list, they discuss their picks at length! Plus, Jack recommends a few wrestling documentaries and Chris shouts out some albums which …
 
Chris is joined by Jack and Christian to have a spoiler-filled discussion about Wonder Woman 1984, two weeks after the rest of the internet shared their opinions. Christian didn’t actually see the movie so enjoy his reactions as the boys share their thoughts. There really isn’t much else to say without getting into spoiler territory so we’ll just s…
 
2021 has finally arrived so Chris puts 2020 in the rear-view mirror with the help of Andrew, Ryan and Jack. First, Chris announces the launch of the show’s Patreon page and breaks down those details, followed by a variety of topics including how the guys spent their Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, news stories whi…
 
To round out the year that was 2020, Chris has compiled all the segments featuring The Quarantine Questionnaire, a selection of questions meant to give insight into the personalities of this year’s guests (with some rude and inappropriate questions peppered in as well) and to make the ongoing pandemic a little more fun. The post CAPE: The Quarantin…
 
2020 has been mostly awful but at least CAPE has been here to give your week a bit of levity. This collection gathers the year’s best stuff, from Chris’ one-on-one chats on surviving the pandemic to the many reunions of the crew from The Only Podcast That Matters to the latest episodes from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Longtime listeners can revi…
 
Pour a drink of your favorite holiday spirit! Chris, Andrew and Ryan are joined by engineer Christian Cordes and special guests Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic, owners of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio and stars of AMC’s Comic Book Men. As the drinks begin to flow, so do the stories of run-ins with the law, toys of Christmas past, best gifts they’ve ever …
 
Chris is back with Andrew and Ryan to continue the holiday lunacy. Ryan has his house invaded by raccoons, struggles with hanging his Christmas lights and rallies for his own palm trees. Andrew resists sugary drinks while Chris shares his concerns with setting up his parents’ new tablet, and they all pile on to words that make some women uncomforta…
 
After the bliss of eating leftovers and shopping deep discounts has worn off, Chris, Ryan and Andrew return to talk about their families’ Thanksgiving traditions. Then they’ll take your mind off this past weekend by diving into the rise of ASMR, what we can learn from a dominatrix, and George Clooney’s million dollar surprise. The post CAPE 145: Fi…
 
Whether you’re up early to go shopping for deals or still in a food stupor after over-stuffing yourself yesterday, Chris and Jack are giving you this bonus show to help make this awkward Black Friday a bit better. The guys share tales of their perilous years in retail along with how they used to be lured in DVD deals during the busiest weekend of t…
 
Chris is joined by Ryan Taggart to share their experiences of working in the gig economy. They discuss the advantages of being an independent contractor vs an employee, the best food delivery app for drivers, cheapskates who don’t tip and unexpected surprises when showing up to drop off an order. Chris also shares stories from his time as an Uber d…
 
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