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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, Doug is joined by Twitch streamer and friend Wulfslore to chat about the trailer for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, what scares them the most in horror movies, and the short horror film that was written by an AI bot. The dorks then dig into a question posted in the Mind Gap Discord: would you rather restart your life at the age …
 
This week, Doug tells Justin all about the recent mini Mind Gap real life meet up before sharing some amazing conversations he recently had with his daughter. The dorks then dive into the recent controversy surrounding Facebook and Instagram allegedly knowing that their algorithms were causing mental issues to users, particularly young girls. The h…
 
This week, Justin returns to discuss the teaser trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. The dorks then revisit the lawsuit ruling regarding Epic and Apple and whether the situation is good, bad, or otherwise. Another question is posed for Practical Doug which dives into the concept of “soaking” and “jump humping.” Don’t know …
 
This week, Noah joins the show once again to fill in for Justin as he is off on a super secret mission. The dorks dive into the time loop trope that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Noah talks about how this has led to some games like Deathloop, Majora’s Mask, 12 Minutes and so many others. Doug talks about some of the movie…
 
This week, Doug tells Justin all about his recent vacation before taking the conversation on a wild tangent about dogs. The dorks then dive into the recent The Matrix Resurrections trailer, giving their thoughts and opinion and follow up with the same important pontifications about the Hawkeye trailer. The heroes then share their recent fitness goa…
 
This week, Doug begins by telling Justin some fun Dungeons and Dragons stories before diving into the meat of the episode: the pandemic is creating an opportunity for people to move to new places. Doug and Justin discuss where they would move if there were no boundaries. Doug considers whether he’s having a mid-life crisis and what it would take fo…
 
This week, Doug starts off recounting his experience rewatching The Matrix trilogy before making Justin’s mouth water as he describes how he made Cubano sandwiches from scratch. The dorks then explore the story about a man who sued his parents for throwing away his $29,000 stash of porn which leads the boys to remember times when their parents thre…
 
This week, the boys welcome back Australian dream boat Jarryd Urbas for his third appearance on the show! After recounting Jarryd’s 30th birthday celebration, the dorks discuss the recent news about OnlyFans banning sexually explicit content from the site. They dig a little deeper into the BBC investigation about the potential reason for the new po…
 
This week, the boys dive into the new trailer for Star Wars: Visions and discuss how they think the new show will benefit the Star Wars universe. Doug pontificates on why short stories and short films are so great before the dorks turn their attention to a recent trending topic on Twitter: what movies make you feel stressed. Doug and Justin fire of…
 
After a week stuck in the puzzle basement Justin is finally back and, like always, it feels like it was so much longer than just a week. The chat starts out with a little talk about Saturday’s video game stream on Twitch where Doug and the Discord crew played the Back for Blood Beta. Needless to say, Doug was not pleased with this game. After Doug …
 
This episode starts out with someone missing. That’s right for the first time ever a guest host atnoahreno is filling in for Justin who we can only assume is trapped in a puzzle basement. Doug and the new guy start off talking food like St. Louis Pizza (which barely qualifies as food) and the Deep Dish Deep State™. When things really get rolling, t…
 
This week the boys are back in town and they’ve got an itch to converse. This episode starts off with some hot talk about some chonky dogs with some bad attitudes that brought out the best/worst of Old Man Doug. This leads to a conversation on some of Doug’s parenting highlights. As Doug is talking about things he’d like to instill in his daughter,…
 
In this week’s episode, the boy’s return from an unexpected one week break due to a multitude of issues (looking at you Comcast). The show starts off with a recap of all kinds of things ranging from Doug’s burp flavors to the gift of mustard. After a discussion of the trials of last week, the boys dig into the topic of Anthony Bourdain’s voice bein…
 
This week, the boys are recapping their 4th of July holiday and feelings range from “Worst holiday ever and let’s cancel it” to “I love this holiday more than any other holiday ever.” Who feels what about this holiday may surprise you. This episode also features a very special new segment (and a theme song) called “Ask Practical Doug” where Doug’s …
 
On this week’s episode the boys kick things off with Doug trying the hot new trend of watermelon and mustard. It’s then revealed that Doug’s mustard had expired 2 years ago which spurs a donation drive to buy him some new mustard. Once the donations dry up, the boys move on to the story of Marvel editing the WandaVision post credits scene which mak…
 
This week the boys are back and they’re talking about Doug's weight loss journey, surprise weddings, and generally just catching up. Once they’re all caught up, they discuss the controversy surrounding DC saying Batman can’t be shown going down on Catwoman. After a long talk on the decidedly poor decision making by DC the conversation shifts to the…
 
This week the boys have a pair of very special guests, the creators of the aLiveShow stand-up comedy open mic app, Forrest Haigh and Ruben Cagnie. The guys start off fielding questions from the chat such as, “Who was your favorite superhero?” This leads to talk about a now recurring theme of He-Man and the Thundercats, among others. After the house…
 
On this episode the lads welcome back the venerable Austen Reno to celebrate the release of his new music video and his album Drivin’ 25 (premiering June 11th)! Austen is very much a friend of the podcast and the episode gets started with him describing a bit of the genesis of his single “No Hesitation” and talking about his influences. The guys go…
 
This week is a very special week. 94.6 percent of podcasts never make it to episode 100 (stat check us, we dare you) and this small but mighty podcast has made it that far three whole times. The 300th episode of the Mind Gap Podcast is finally upon us and the guest couldn’t be any more special than the better half of 2 East 8th, Mr. Drew Dull himse…
 
Recalling the last episode about bad food choices, Doug and Justin start this episode off with the news that Mountain Dew is coming out with a new flavor called Cake Smash. Just like you’d expect, it’s Mtn Dew just artificially flavored to taste like cake...for some reason. This spins off into the guys’ favorite soda choices, foreign portion sizes …
 
In this special recording of the Mind Gap Podcast, the guys are all by themselves (on a Saturday no less) and when you get these two alone that’s when podcast magic happens. After establishing that Justin’s sound is still broken (and the sound board along with it) the boys get into the meat of their discussion. It starts innocently enough as the gu…
 
This week the boys welcome the comedic duo and frequent contributors, Chris and Matt, of the Chris and Matt Show (or of The Chris and Matt since the rebranding) - the brains behind Life After Thanos Snapped. The guys talk about the resurgent and somewhat sudden success of their video Life After Thanos Snapped, what it feels like to start to get not…
 
This week the boys welcome another podcast to their podcast and it’s possible that never before have two podcasts ever meshed so well. The fellas from Hollywood Already Did It join Doug and Justin and two worlds that have ran almost parallel finally collide when these guys talk about how they break down movies, comics and TV. The four nerds talk ab…
 
The boys are back! Though the podcast release schedule didn’t change, the live Twitch stream is back with Doug and Justin talking about Doug’s recent vacation...and of course his farts. After they explore the finer points of both these thrilling topics the real conversation starts when Justin plays a famous sound bite from the classic video game Mo…
 
This week the boys welcome Mr. Rob Walch, the VP of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn (the podcast hosting service we use)! The show kicks off with Rob describing a bit about his job at Libsyn and how he gets to talk with and help out all sorts of different podcasters from James Arnold Taylor (the voice of Obi-Wan on the Clone Wars) to Joe Rogan. The …
 
On this special edition of the podcast, the boys welcome members of the You Haven't Heard This Music Podcast all the way from jolly old England. Ritchie and Eimear join the podcast after welcoming Doug and Justin on to their podcast a few times. The dorks talk with Richie and Eimear about their podcast which highlights music from musicians that you…
 
This week the boys welcome back the delightful Twitch streamer extraordinaire, and Apex Predator according to Doug, Carly aka see_twoo to the show. The dorks talk with Carly about why she’s vowed to never play Among Us, why she LOVES playing Apex Legends, the grind of streaming and working full-time, the news that the next Batman comic is crossing …
 
This week the podcast was honored to welcome back the prolific Mr. Tex of Tex Talks Battletech and The Black Pants Legion Podcast (“The #1 BPL Podcast. Fuck you Berkley Public Library”). The podcast starts off with a bang as Tex talks about his recent happenings including buying a machine gun. This of course naturally leads to a proposal for a pett…
 
This is the week it feels like we’ve been waiting on for so long; it has finally arrived. All 4 hours of the Snyder Cut have dropped and the time to dissect this beast is here. The always amazing Noah Reno takes a break from his busy streaming schedule (which you should totally check out) to help break down this titanic movie event. The show starts…
 
This week’s show kicks off with a bunch of rambling about so many different topics. From the types and styles of onion that Doug will tolerate to the many musings of the Twitch Stream chat. When things really get started, Doug jumps into the deep end with the big question: does anyone care about the GRAMMYs anymore? We’ll give you 1 guess who doesn…
 
This week the boys are all alone and things get out of hand in a hurry. Justin shows off his impression skills with both Pacino and Gilbert Gottfried making an appearance in the pre-show on Twitch. One of those gems is available in the clips section of the show Discord. The show kicks off with Doug sharing his excitement to be starting a new health…
 
On this very special episode of Mind Gap Podcast, the boys welcome back the one and only mega friend of the show, Jamie Jirak, of comicbook.com and the Hollywood Already Did It Podcast! We’ve held off on all talk of WandaVision up to this point, saving it all up for this exact moment. Jamie is perhaps the single most perfect person on this planet t…
 
In this week’s episode, the boys are all by themselves and they are on a roll. They start the show off by bouncing rapidly from impressions, to stories, to housekeeping, and more as Doug and Justin keep a hectic pace. We find out it is in part due to Justin spending the day watching Entourage and Doug going through a small blackout and rediscoverin…
 
For this week’s episode, the boys welcome a friend of the podcast, multi talented musician, and social media mogul, Austen Reno. You can listen to Austen’s new album, Pull Yourself Together, on Spotify. The guys talk about all things music starting with Austen’s musical lineage. His Grandfather was Don Reno who was responsible for one-half of the f…
 
This week, the boys welcome avid day trader and friend of the podcast, Daniel Pawlishyn, all the way from Philadelphia! He brings his knowledge of the Stonk Market and breaks down the madness that transpired around GameStop. The panel discusses the story of Roaring Kitty kicking off the hype around GameStop, the concept of the short squeeze, the ro…
 
This week the boys welcome fellow Twitch streamer and leader of the Positive Thots community, ForSale18. Check out all of his promoted links here to find out more. The show kicks off with a short talk about social media, the viral nature of TikTok, and why Vine couldn’t make it in a world that is now flooded with short video social media. After the…
 
On this week’s episode, the boys are all alone again and talking about a little bit of everything. The first real topic out of the gate is the release of the trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong. This movie was on Justin’s list of things he was excited about and the trailer did nothing to keep his enthusiasm up. After they exhaust the Godzilla vs. Kong co…
 
This week the boys are joined by the very talented Mind Gap all-star Chris Charles. Chris is co-creator of Throughline Films and the writer of the upcoming film The Marksman starring Liam Neeson. Chris tells the gang about the thrill of seeing the film he wrote for the first time and being on set with Robert Lorenz and Liam Neeson. The topic turns …
 
This week the boys welcome back the official Mind Gap DCEU Correspondent, Rob Ballmaier, to talk about Wonder Woman 1984. *Spoiler Alert* This episode is absolutely filled with them. Doug makes a point at the start of the podcast to let it be known that their goal was not to shit on Wonder Woman 1984. What happens after that we’ll call a very criti…
 
It’s a brand new year and the boys are back after a one week break to ring in 2021 on Twitch! After a bit of housekeeping, the boys dive into the concept of New Year’s resolutions, The Daily Wire picking up a possibly controversial film Run Hide Fight for distribution, and a spoiler-laden wrap-up of The Mandalorian Season 2. This week’s throw-down,…
 
This week the boys welcome back Chris and Steve from the Reviewniverse Podcast. The show opens with the esteemed guests describing their podcast where things get reviewed and their gaming channel The Streamviewniverse on YouTube. After a bit of mischief, Doug and Justin welcome Mind Gap’s first Special Correspondent JJ “Pogchamp” Howard who gives u…
 
This week the boys are all alone for the first time in a long time. Topics discussed include Marvel’s rollout plan for movies and TV shows on Disney+ in the next 3-4 years, the ever-evolving state of Spiderman 3’s cast that seems to change weekly, and the rather serious story of Senator Thom Tillis proposing legislation that would end in a prison s…
 
This episode sees the boys welcoming back all-star, co-producer of The Quarantine Files and head of Smoose Entertainment, Adam Smestad. Adam speaks about his experience writing, acting in, and directing The Quarantine Files series. Justin also brings up Adam’s Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest “Best in Fest” winning film 6 months in 2063 …
 
This week, the boys welcome back the amazing Omari Brown. Many months ago, the Quarantine kicked off with Omari appearing on the show; so, with any luck his return will end this whole thing...because that’s how it works right? Omari of course was a member of the prestigious Late Show Apprentice Program on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Omari c…
 
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…
 
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