What if the government actually did cover something up in Roswell? What if yetis exist and are just really shy? What if super-intelligent lizards are wearing human skin suits, influencing international affairs and recording podcasts? Conspiracy theories are cool because they appeal to our evolved logical human brains and our stupid mammal idiot brains. So join comedian and skeptic Katelyn Hempstead as her brilliant friends try to convince her of these and many other conspiracy theories.
Hey everybody! No new ep this week due to various goofs, spoofs, and Katelyn being a doof. But for your aural pleasure, here's an old episode that is an absolute delight from top to bottom. Matt Gourley stopped by to talk about Giger's connection with the Illumaniti, but things kind of spun out from there and got... paranormal.
Ever hear the one about Natalie Wood? You know, how she was a brilliant actor and beloved mother and died under mysterious circumstances??? Jimmy Fay is back on the 'cast and she's got a theory about how Natalie Wood really died. A theory that is both tragic and UPSETTINGLY NORMAL. But along the way we have some classic goofs about Christopher Walken impressions, mouth blood, the patriarchy, finding meaning in chaos, and wordplay.
Time to pull out the ol What If machine, because the fellas of improv group Dopetown 3000 have a theory that will potentiall change how you think about your entire life. The theory? What if Kanye West's conservative pivot and erratic behavior are part of an elaborate piece of performance art? What if Kanye has been planning this every step of the way? What if we're all just locked in a room with a coyote, metaphorically? Greg and Zora know a whole lot about the history of performance art, about Kanye lyrics, and about how to freakin RAP. And you'll get all that and more in this surprisingly sweet episode.
In 2016, a group of American diplomats at the US embassy in Cuba got sick. Weird sick. Many reported dizziness, memory loss, headaches, hearing problems, and more. But what happened to these intrepid civil servants? And could their sickness be tied to something nefarious? Mel Cowan thinks so, and Mel Cowan is very very smart. Mel has a theory that is so devious, so terrifying, so confusing, that it will change how you think about microwaves forever. Prepare to learn about political intrigue, audio engineering, the navy, Tanganyika, bugs, and puppies. Oh my god this puppy.
Look, the title of this episode kind of says it all. Cait Raft is a brilliant writer and comedian and she has a personal theory that Bradley Cooper's version of the film A Star Is Born doesn't actually take place in our universe. Her theory is a real sci-fi mind-freak, you're gonna love it. Along the way we discuss Saturday Night Live, the definition of country music, terrorism, Dolly Parton. Drag Race, Nicholas Sparks, and cocaine. You will never watch a film the same way again.
Well, Dave Child is back. And this time he's bringing with him some theories on what might really be going on with the Men In Black. If you think you know MIB from the films starring the entertainment industry's most charming man Will Smith, think again! Stories about the mysterious dudes in black suits get way stranger than anything Hollyweird could come up with. This week we're talking flying saucers, mystical weirdos, the American government, and the nature of belief. It's a doozy of an ep, let's just say that.
Ok so did you know that after Jesus was resurrected he allegedly stayed on earth for another MONTH? Just HANGING OUT??! The last days of our buddy Jesus Christ are truly shocking when you get down to the nitty gritty. But the theories about what might have happened to his body when it disappeared from his tomb get even more shocking. The biblically literate and hysterically funny Holly Laurent and Greg Hess stopped by to talk JC and religion in general this week, and it was an absolute delight. Get ready to parse the gospels and roast the disciples with us!
You might have heard somewhere about Michael Jordan's gambling habit. Boy oh boy, did it get habitual for a while there. But there's someone we don't talk about when we talk about MJ's golf wagers, and that's his papa James Jordan. Because some people out there in the dark corners of the sports internet believe that James Jordan's tragic death was the result of some jerk mob guys collecting on a debt that MJ owed. And one of those people is hilarious comedian and writer James Mastraieni! Yes, JM has some thoughts about MJ's betting problem, and also some thoughts on cannabis, South Carolina, and the mob. And he also has some personal perspective on how gambling addiction can really mess your stuff up. It's fun, it's thoughtful, it's Michael Jordan's dad.
Have you seen the sign? Do you know all that she wants? Do you live in a happy nation? That's right, this week we're taking a deep dive into the reggae-euro-pop band Ace of Base. Specifically, Ace of Base's secret neo-Nazi agenda. Adam Tod Brown joins us from the Unpops network to lay out his own personal theory that the chipper Swedes are in fact nazi nasties whose dark past reveals their ties to white nationalism. But whether they're nazis or not, we can all agree that Ace of Base was deeply, unsettlingly weird.
It’s our live London show! And the conspiracies are as thick as the smoke was in Victorian times or something. That was a thing right? Anyway our guests are the delightful and hilarious Brona and Tom, and they’re bringing that classic British heat to the stage. We talked about the animal rights organization PETA, and their extremely weird tactics for getting people to go vegan. Their tactics are so weird, in fact, that they just might be covering up the hidden agenda of Big Meat!
The elusive Sasquatch has entranced a nation with it's grainy videos and big ol' footprints. But where did Bigfoot come from? Are there multiple Bigfeet? And if the Bigfeet have always been with us, what did the people who lived here before European colonization think about them? This week we're joined by host of the Woman of Size podcast Jana Schmieding, who's asking the important questions. We talk about ambiguous poo piles, white neighbors, and how America can start decolonizing its cryptids. Get ready to LEARN, honey!
The Black Dahlia killing captivated a nation and freaked out LA real bad. Elizabeth Short's murder is still technically unsolved, but Joey Bergren and Justin Sherman think they just might have found the guy. All with the help of that guy's son! In this episode, we attempt to solve the 70 year old murder case with a journey through freaky sex parties, nasty VD doctors, and a shaky grasp on how dark a joke can be before it's messed up. Plus, a dramatic reading of a very polite email.
PS, content warning for murder and sexual assault in this one!
This darn president. Some people love hate him, some people love him, but pretty much everyone can agree that he wishes he could ride a horse shirtless with Vladimir Putin. But is Trump’s close relationship with Russia more than it seems? Are those hotel interests just fronts for an even creepier and more treasonous tie?
If only Tupac has lived to today. The brilliant rapper, writer, actor, and activist was killed in a Las Vegas shooting in 1996, depriving the world of a whole bunch of great music and poetry and smartness. But there are some who believe that we don’t know the whole story behind Tupac’s death. People like comedian Cara Meyers, who thinks Tupac maybe never died at all. She thinks he just may be living a beautiful carefree life in Cuba...
She’s a pop star. She’s a model. She’s a nihilist YouTube influencer. She’s a robot. She’s… the product of a manipulative narcissistic madman? Y’all who the HECK is Poppy? Comedian and podcaster Max Lasser stopped by to try to get to the bottom of this internet mystery.
Ready to get your brain squished up and shoved through a pasta press? Because this episode is gonna cook your noodle. Lee Rubenstein, writer and teacher and very smart dude, is here to explain the theory of Roko’s Basilisk. A basilisk, obvs, is a mythical creature that kills you if you look at it. And Roko’s version is an artificial intelligence from the future that may or may not be punishing us retroactively because we hindered it’s creation by talking about it.
Conspiracy theories surround Britney Jean Spears like flies around an empty frappucino cup. Was she in league with the Bush Administration? Is she actually a clone? Can she even sing??! And most poignant, is she trapped in an endless childlike limbo created by her dad and a shady lawyer? This week Rachel is back on the ‘cast to discuss the possibility that Britney Spears has not had an authentic moment of freedom since 2008.
Do you believe in birds? Well then you, my friend, are a chump. See Kyle Kenyon knows something that The Powers That Be don’t want you to know, something that might just lead to the greatest cover-up in history. He knows that birds are actually drones. Well, most birds. Well, there used to be more real birds but now some of them are fake. Well, when we say fake… Listen, it’s complicated.
Now picture this - you’re a 1st century Roman emperor with a restless populace to control. Sects of jews were fighting each other and the empire. How are you gonna chill out Rome’s Judean subjects without killing everybody? Well if you’re smart, maybe you make up a religious leader who wants everyone to be peaceful and non-violent and to render unto Caesar. Maybe you invent Jesus.
Have you heard The Hum? If you live in Taos, Bristol, Los Feliz, or Auckland, perhaps The Hum has become part of your life. Perhaps The Hum has even... driven you mad! This week we deal with the spooky phenomenon that’s irritating folks all over the world, with the ever delightful hosts of the podcast Ghost Town.
The Buffett Boys are in town, and nothing will ever be the same again! The delightful hosts of The Parrothead Podcast came on the podcast to try to convince us all that Jimmy Buffett is so incredibly powerful that he was able to break the Bambino’s Curse and lead the Red Sox to victory in the World Series. When you mix music and magic anything can happen, is basically their argument. It’s a treat!
In 2013, Vice News brought a documentary crew, three Harlem Globetrotters, and Dennis ‘The Worm’ Rodman to North Korea. What happened there… changed the world forever. Or maybe it didn’t? Regardless, delightful comedians and hosts of the podcast Dunktown Anastasia and Agata came by to talk Rodman and Kim Jong Un. Turns out that the unlikely friendship between the dictator and the volatile basketball star might be more than it seems.
Our guest this week is fan favorite (and creator of the Lizard People logo!) Ashlyn Anstee. Ashlyn is an animator and she knows some truly fascinating secrets about the secret world of animation. But one secret in particular fascinated her so much that she had to come back on Lizard People - the rumor that every Pixar movie is connected and they all exist in the same world!
You hear about the teenage boys who died mysteriously on train tracks and the series of shady deaths that knocked off three alleged witnesses? WELL YOU’RE ABOUT TO! Improviser and soothing-voiced comedian Cory Webster stopped by to tell the fascinating and also very sad tale of Kevin Ives and Don Henry, two kids whose deaths have been linked to meth, murder, the Clinton Body Count, marijuana overdose, and a missing tarp.
Michael Dean is BACK and he’s been watching sitcoms from the 80’s, baby! Friend of the show (and inventor of the term Hemphead Nation) has a theory about the sitcom that launched young Robin Williams to superstardom and helped cement bland earth-angel Gary Marshall as a major producer. Yes, it’s Mork and Mindy. And Michael thinks the show may have been a plot by the US government to get us all comfy cozy with the idea of living with aliens.
What do you add when you’re ready to upgrade a podcast? Booze and an audience. And we had both at Lizard People’s first ever live show! Plus our guests were the amazing improv team Area 51 (Sarah Claspell, Dickie Copeland, and Jessica Jean Jardine) and they really put things over the top.
The Kardashians are back baby! Are they eclipsing Bey and Jay to become the first family of conspiracy theories? Also, does Drake suck? All these questions and more will be answered on this extremely gossip-y episode of Lizard People.
The list of suspects in the death of pop star Michael Jackson grows ever longer. Soon it might even include… you??? Nah just playing. Todd McClintock is back on the podcast and he has an explosive theory about who might really be behind the slaying of MJ. Yes, good ol Todd thinks Sega did it. Sega. Maker of console and cabinet video games. That Sega.
What’s the deal with aliens? Folks have close encounters with them all the time, but they always look different and want different things and won’t fess up about whether they’re just angels or not. Aliens are a mystery! But Cody Ziglar, podcast producer and gifted writer/director, thinks he might know what’s up with our goggle eyed buddies from outer space. Namely, that they’re not from outer space at all.
Ever get an ear worm stick in your head? One of those tunes you just can’t stop singing? Ever think that maybe there’s a terrifying ominous conspiracy behind it involving the Catholic Church and every great composer of classical music and also the International Standards Organization? Because that’s what Jess McKenna thinks! And she’s pretty much a musical genius so you have to listen to what she says.
Can you even imagine a story that combines swingers, head injuries, America’s first family of scandal, tragic murder, and the ultimate baby daddy drama?! If you can’t you’re in luck, because comedy genius and podcast darling Carl Tart is here to tell you that very story. Carl suspects that Khloe Kardashian’s papa may in fact be OJ Simpson, and he’s got the facts to back it up. Along the way we also talk about whether football is worth it, who Playboy Carti actually is, and of course brunch.
Once again, friend of the show Ben Dietzel has learned the error of his ways. First he thought the earth was hollow. Then he realized it was flat. Then he learned that not only is it flat, there are no actual forests! Yes, Brainy Boy Ben is back and he’s here to argue that the things we think of as trees are just pale bushy imitations of the real thing, trunks of which still dot the landscape. What do those real trees look like now? You’re just gonna have to listen to find out.
Ever heard of ‘Britain’s Roswell’? If you haven’t, maybe it’s because ~they~ don’t want you to. But Colton Dunn wants you to hear about it, because Colton is both a talented actor AND a professional truth teller. What happened in Rendlesham Forest is still a mystery, but it definitely involves the US military, weird lights in the sky, possible rabbit warrens, maybe tons of LSD, Christmas egg nog, and more spooky details.
Do you love Hollywood gossip? How about celebrity drama? Do you wish that the tea about famous people also included just a sprinkle of the supernatural? Ooh honey, this is your episode. The delightful Jen Zaborowski (of We Need To Talk About Britney) stopped by to give us all the hot hot goss about how Keanu Reeves and Brent Bolthouse are totally vampires and have been covering it up for centuries. Plus we also get into Keanu’s sexy creepy home, how weird it is to be over 30 in LA, and of course The Hills
This episode is hard to describe. Oh everything started out normal enough - our guest was the gentle genius of podcasting Matt Gourley, host of Superego and I Was There Too (among a million other podcasts). Matt was desperate to tell the world the truth about the Illuminati and its most artistic member, H.R. Giger, illustrator of alien sex machines.
How old is Lorde? You know, the shockingly young pop-music sensation who won a Grammy as a teen and took the world by storm with her clever lyrics and stadium rock vocals? Like 22? WRONG. Stevie Nelson is convinced that Lorde is actually a 40-year-old masquerading as a teen for the publicity. Stevie (who’s also a genius actor/comedian/artist) has a lot of evidence to support Lorde being a big fake faker, and she shares it on this episode.
What connects shark attacks in Egypt, lizards in Iran, and an endangered vulture in Saudi Arabia? Why, nothing but the fact that they’re all trained spies sent by Mossad to snoop on Israel’s enemies!!! This wild and wooly theory comes to us courtesy of the insanely funny Zach Reino, and it’s a whopper. There have been many incidences of weird camera wearing animals around Israel, and we get into all the possibilities of what might be going on.
This week’s episode is a very special one. The guest may be incarcerated, but his soul and his intellect are free as a bird. Jesse Ray Beaumont is an amateur horologist and full-time small-town scapegoat who is currently serving a life sentence for a crime he may not have committed. He’s the subject of the popular podcast M-Towne. And he’s very convinced that soy gives men big saggy tatas.
Michael and Patrick are two delightful tv writers on the show Trial and Error. Y2K is the fun and catchy nickname for the epidemic of fear around the year 2000. This episode is where it all goes down. See, programmers in the early days of computers decided to list dates with two digits, which made 1900 the same as 2000, which made everyone freak out and think that all computers would go bust at midnight on New Years Eve. That didn’t happen.
Hey, how come they never found any bodies in the pyramids in Egypt? Like, if they were tombs where are all the bodies and decorations and stuff? If this question bothers you, then you have a lot in common with Suzi Barrett. The truly delightful writer/actor/comedian stopped by to drop some knowledge about what was really going on in those big geometric sons of guns.
Iran does NOT play when it comes to coups. So it makes sense that incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would have been nervous when protests broke out after he basically stole the 2009 election. But was he so nervous that he’d plan and execute the assassination of the world’s most famous pop star just to distract the world media??? Idk, maybe!
On September 7th, 1996, we lost one of the greatest minds America has ever produced. Tupac Shakur was a brilliant rapper and writer, a budding actor, and a surprisingly great ballet dancer. He also had a lot of enemies. So when he was shot in a car in Las Vegas, most people assumed one of those nemeses was behind the murder. But Casey Feigh thinks different.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth was a pretty cool guy. He had a bunch of good ideas about being nice, having fun, treating people with respect, redistributing wealth, and so on. But for being basically the most famous person on earth, it’s pretty weird that there’s a 16ish year gap in his biography. But Ptolemy Slocum has a theory about where JC might have been. Ptolemy thinks that maybe, like so many teens, he went to find himself in India.
At first it's gonna seem like Dave Child (actor and comedian and wonderful person) doesn't believe his own conspiracy theory. But about halfway into this episode things got really weird. Maybe the Bohemian Grove is just a campground where rich old Republicans get together to pee outside. Or maybe it's something...stranger.
The sinking of the Titanic was one of the great tragedies of the 20th century, an accident that claimed many lives and inspired many movies. But what if it wasn't an accident? What if it was an elaborate plot involving a wealthy banker, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and a FREAKIN MUMMY! The delightful Conor Dowling joins us this episode to educate us all about how the American finance system works, and what really sank the unsinkable ship.
Jonestown is one of the great American tragedies, a cautionary tale about cults and the scary narcissists who run them. MKUltra was a freaky freewheeling military department that tried to give people psychic powers by dosing them with LSD. At first glance, you’d think they have nothing in common. But Drew Droege knows better than that. The magnetic actor and comedian believes that Jonestown was in fact a large scale outdoor MKUltra experiment gone terribly wrong!
In 1942 the Air Force opened a base in Montauk, New York. What happened next… will blow your mind. Colleen Watson, stand-up and comedy writer extraordinaire, has a theory on the dark secrets behind the ‘air force’ base and what was really going on there. A theory that involves DARPA, the Philadelphia Experiment, alien grays, genuine psychics, time travel tunnels, and the malicious torture and brainwashing of an entire town. And also nazi gold!!!
Where has Melania Trump been for the past month? Why did she just return? Was it because the White House got wind that we were releasing this episode that would blow the whole thing wide open and they had to get her back before we unmasked them???? PROBABLY! The outrageously brilliant Emily Schmidt is here to reveal the truth about where Melania was, who she was with, and who ahem what she was doing. Let’s just say that Thelma and Louise ain’t got nothing on Melania and Karen Zucker.
Did you enjoy the royal wedding? All those pretty dresses and weird traditions. Well then you got played by one of the most classic distraction techniques in the book. See there’s a theory floating around that the British Royal Family aren’t just weird because of history and inbreeding. They’re weird because they’re Reptilians.
If you think all those nazis really died or escaped to Argentina, well, open your eyes ya dang sheeple. There’s a theory that nazis, aliens, and wooly mammoths are all living peacefully together inside the earth, in eternal sunshine and joy. It’s nuts! But Marcy Jarreau, wildly talented comedian and podcast host, has a theory that just might convert you.
This guests in this episode are… THE FANS! That’s right, it’s our call-in show, and you people called in with some serious doozies. These conspiracy theories range from Kanye to Roseanne, MK Ultra to alien lights, ghost doggies to Elizabeth II eating little boys. We got Benn, Scott, Summer, ‘Shawhan’, and Max on the line, and you’re gonna fall in love with every single one of them. Alexis and Katelyn sure did!
Finland! It’s the wacky Scandi country we all know and love. But whatever you think you know about Finland, throw it out the window like a package of rotten lingonberries. Because the country? It doesn’t exist. This week, Beth May stops by Lizard People HQ to educate us all about the secret pact between Japan and the USSR to fish the Baltic Sea restriction free by pretending that there’s a country there. Thinks that’s crazy? Wait til you hear about Katelyn’s grandma!
Beyoncé is art, Solange is an artist. Beyoncé is the sun, Solange is the moon. Beyoncé is… the mommy and Solange is her kid??? There are almost as many conspiracy theories pertaining to Beyoncé as there are for The Jews, prob because people are threatened by a powerful black woman. But Oscar Montoya, gifted actor and truly hilarious comedian, thinks this theory is different...
Geoff Ross has a theory. A theory so explosive, so stunning, and so well researched, that it might just make you freak out so hard you quit modern life completely and go live in the woods and like chop wood or whatever. Geoff thinks that the state of technological innovation in this country is at least 30 years ahead of what we really think it is, and a cabal of government and private industry players is keeping it from us for their own creepy purposes. It’s nuts!!!
Hunky action star meets starlet on the rise. Romantic photo ops are closely followed by a whoopsie baby and a way too extra engagement story. Then there’s something about a purification course and a silent birth and Oprah’s couch gets ruined? That’s right honeys, we’re talking about the historic romance of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise! Because while it might seem like just another quickie Hollywood marriage/divorce/falling in love with Jamie Foxx, there might be a whole Scientology conspiracy going o
Andy Kneis is back, and he’s been watching the YouTubes! This week we tackle the controversial experiments of a Russian YouTuber who has allegedly created a real life homunculus. What’s a homunculus? So glad you asked!! It's the process of generating spontaneous life by putting human sperm in an artificial womb. The little guys that are created by sliming into cows tummies and chicken eggs are called homunculi, and they are almost definitely not real.
Kelly Nugent is a podcast host (Teen Creeps, Hellmouthy), a nerd stuff afficionado (tabletop, Twitch) and a very funny person. But DID YOU KNOW that she is also one of the few people in the world who knows the truth about CERN?
You might know Michael Jordan from the timeless film Space Jam, his hilarious Hanes commercials, or from playing hella good basketball. But if you’re part of a select group, you might remember Michael Jordan from the high stakes world of sports gambling. That’s right, ol ‘Air’ Jordan had a gambling problem.
What if (and hear us out here) all those Y2K hysterics and Mayan calendar makers and apocalypse-predicting conspiracy theorists were right all along? What if 2000 (or 2001 or 2012) actually were the end of the world? What if all this bummer shit that’s happened since was like totally foreseen by Nostradamus? Grant Pardee has a theory that just might set the world ablaze.
Bitcoin is one of the great mysteries of the internet age. Who exactly created it? Where is it going? How did it blow up so fast? What the fudge is a blockchain and why don’t I have one? The delightful Sam Balter (of the equally delightful podcast Weird Work) joins to talk about cryptocurrency and the possibility that the OG cryptic coin was created by - get this - a artificial intelligence. Yes, Sam thinks that a true AI lurks inside the internet like some sort of Smaug, but with bandwidth instead of gol
Lyme disease blows. It hurts, its scary, it comes from a rude ass bug sucking on your blood. But could it be more than that? Could it be… a government superweapon accidentally leaked into the population from a creepy Nazi lab in Connecticut! Alie Ward, preternaturally charming podcast host, dares to ask the big questions! We talk about bug facts, scary science, how human cells work, the cutest types of bacteria, and terrifying swimming deer.
Ah, the enigmatic Elon Musk. Inventor, businessman, stunt-puller… alien? There’s a theory floating around the internet that Elon is not what he seems - that he may in fact be a higher being from another world who’s infiltrated our own to bring us technology beyond our wildest dreams. But is he doing this because he’s a nice guy? Or because he enjoys playing god? Or is he just a regular nerd with grandiose ideas and a head for business?
Every morning, unmarked planes take off from McCarran International Airport, bound for Air Forces bases all around Nevada. Every evening they return. Where do they go in between? Winston Carter knows where. The mysterious planes, the lights in the sky above Area 51, the long complex history of the Cold War space race - all these things come together in a conspiracy theory so original, it will blow your freakin mind.
What’s the moon’s deal, honestly? We’re supposed to believe it just floats up there effecting the tides and whatnot? Yeah right. Our guest this week - the extremely funny and opinionated Matt McCarthy - knows the shocking truth about what the moon is really doing up there, and it ain’t just floating. No, Matt is convinced that the moon is hollow, it’s full of aliens and gadgets, and we’re all DUMB SHEEPLE for thinking otherwise.
‘Just swipe your cheek and spit into a jar and we’ll tell you all about your ancestors’ they said. ‘We’ll sequence your DNA, it’ll be fun’ they said. But what aren’t ~they~ telling you??? The extremely talented and funny writer/performer/producer Dani Rosenberg stopped by to educate us all about what sites like Ancestry.com and 23AndMe are really doing with all that DNA. Guess what? It might be nefarious!!!
The earth is flat. This is a fallacy believed by human beings throughout time, and without reason. And yet for all the things that make no goddamn sense about flat Earth theory, people persist in insisting that it is a disc, that gravity is fake, and that the moon and sun for sure don’t work like you think they do. People like this week’s guest, very funny comedian and open minded man Ben Dietzel.
Stalin. Putin. Saddam Hussein. Melania Trump. What do these three public figures have in common? They’re all rumored to use body doubles! The controversy over Melania’s possible impersonators started in October of 2017 with video of her looking weird and plastic-y at a press converence, and it’s been bubbling ever since. And our guest, podcaster and feminist and truly brilliant writer/director Lindsay Stidham, is convinced that Melania employs one or more body doubles to serve in her place.
Sometimes Lizard People can be pretty wacky. But sometimes we just want to settle down, chill out, and talk about what really separates quantum mechanics from religion when you get right down to it. Michael Gardner stopped by LP HQ to discuss parallel universe theory, and how it relates to the Mandela Effect and the Berenstein/Berenstain Bears debate.
Who shot JFK? If you think it was Lee Harvey Oswald, the dude hiding in a book dispensary with a big ass rifle, you truly are a chump. This week we address the conspiracy theory that president John F Kennedy’s killers were, in fact, a buncha wiseguys!!! That’s right, Mary Sasson (wildly talented comedian and writer) believes that the mafia did it.
What blends true crime, paranormal activity, the Great Depression, adultery, murder, Hollywood glamour, and unsolvable mystical mysteries? What’s that you say? You already read the episode title and you know we’re talking about the Cecil Hotel? That was smart. The Cecil Hotel was built in 1924 in downtown Los Angeles and it quickly got a reputation for being spooky as all hell. The building has been home to an outrageous number of suicides, murders, and just plain messed up goings on...
Heating and air conditioning! They’re the humble inventions that make modern life possible. But do you ever walk past your wall unit and think ‘does it really need to be that complicated?’ Bryan Rainstein does. The comedian, cartoonist, and all around angel stopped by Lizard HQ to discuss his many brushes with the nefarious HVAC industry, and his theory that we may all be the victims of the biggest con in history.
What if, like, Satan is just in your mind, man? And like, all the popes are a bunch of pagan priests or whatever? The extremely thoughtful and talented Ariana Lenarsky joins us this week to discuss these groovy and far out questions, as well as to address the conspiracy theory that the Catholic Church is based in pagan idolatrous Satan worship.
Some people say that jesus was celibate his whole life. People like, oh, The Pope. Ever heard of him? But there is some extremely intriguing evidence that Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth was actually married, and his wife was none other than notorious foot washer Mary Magdalene. Our guest this week is the unbelievably funny comedian and actor Pam Murphy, and she has some pretty controversial opinions about Jesus, Mary, Judas, and all those freaky disciples. Listen in, religion fans!
In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt so infuriated the robber barons and business elite with his progressive socialist plans, they plotted to overthrow the government and install a fascist dictatorship. Sound far-fetched? Oh honey, is this episode gonna blow your mind. Our guest AJ Salas has an encyclopedic knowledge of American history and a HOT TAKE on FDR’s presidency, and he’s here to change how you think of the Great Depression.
In case you need another reason to hate Thanksgiving, we’ve got an episode that pertains to a whole bunch of Puritan f*ckery. Our guest is writer, actor, and podcaster Erica Bardin, and she’s got some pretty crazy ideas about how we got into this whole mess of sexual harassment and workplace inequality in the first place. So crazy… they just might be true. Erica suspects that it all goes back to the trial of Anne Hutchinson, the religious trailblazer, born leader, and extremely dope lady.
The conspiracy theory surrounding the Philadelphia Experiment is the stuff of nightmares. Believers argue that in 1943, in an attempt to speed up the arms race in World War II, the US Navy successfully caused the USS Eldridge to become invisible, teleport, and travel in time - which resulted in the horrifying deaths of several crew members. But also, that probably didn’t happen. Or did it?!? Nah. Maybe? Let our illustrious guest, comedian and actor and writer and genius Johnny Meeks, explain.
Everyone knows Mother Teresa. Her name is synonymous with goodness and charity and lepers. But there are darker secrets lurking behind the myth and the sainthood. And if you follow the money, you might start to suspect that something is amiss, just like our guest returning fan favorite Jessica McClintock does. In fact, it may be possible that Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (aka Saint Teresa) had ties to both the USSR and the US government, and that her purpose was never just to serve the poor.
Mix some fan favorite guests with absolutely no research and what do you get? Lizard People’s stupidest episode ever. The members of LA improv team Kid Scissors (aka Ben Dietzel, Alexis Preston, and Michael Dean) join the podcast to try to convince Katelyn that ghosts are real. Everyone discusses their own experiences with the paranormal, and we debate whether ghosts obey the laws of physics or not.
Halloween is so scary, y’all. There’s ghouls, goblins, and of course the ever-present danger that you’ll bite into a harmless apple and get your mouth all goofed up by a razor blade. But where did the urban legend of razor blades in Halloween treats come from, and who could be behind these dastardly deeds? Whatever you think you know about this, throw it out the window. Because Alison Stevenson - stand-up comedian and writer and mega-babe - is here with some red hot truth.
He’s been a beloved pop star for decades. He was a child prodigy who also managed to get married three times and create eight beautiful children. He has literally one million hits. He’s a vegan. But is Stevland Hardaway Morris really, truly blind? Because it probably won’t surprise you to know that there are people online who think Stevie Wonder is a big fake faker. Are they nuts? Or are they the only ones who know the truth?
Y’all ready for a spooky one??? Charlie Mihelich - writer, improviser, and performer - is here with a terrifying tale of the mysterious interruptions that haunt our airwaves. Where do broadcast signal intrusions come from? Who creates them? Why do they exist? How come so many of them are just porn? All these eerie questions and more are addressed in this week’s episode. We cover the Max Headroom TV event, the cliche as hell Montana zombies, the Christian Playboy hack, and way more.
A ghost haunts the Star Wars universe. A poltergeist, whose idiot gibbering has tormented fans of the series for decades. His name… is Jar Jar Binks. Pretty much everyone hates the hapless Gungan, and he’s been written off as a failed attempt at comic relief from the wacky brain of George Lucas. But what if Jar Jar is more than that? What if he’s the dark force behind all the suffering and death of the prequels. What if Jar Jar himself is the Phantom Menace? Our guest this week is the podcaster and musician and extremely talented writer Andy Kneis, and Andy thinks that Jar Jar just might be evil. Nevermind that George Lucas has never planned more than half a movie ahead in any of his scripts ever. He was for sure setting Jar Jar up to be the galaxy’s greatest villain of all time. FOR SURE. If you love hearing comedians roast child actors, you’ll like this one. Listen up, nerds!
Get ready to ride a real rollercoaster of an episode, y’all. This one starts out with Satanic panic in the 1970’s, takes a left turn to Hollywood pedophile rings, whizzes through a loop-de-loop of incredibly dark jokes about babies, and ends up in a sunny theme park of making fun of celebrities. Do you know what Corey Feldman is up to? You’re about to.
Our guest this week is comedian, podcaster and American hero Matt Rath, and he has a theory that could blow the lid off the whole damn country. Matt knows that the government is deliberately undermining so-called ‘conspiracy theorists’ in order to make them look ridiculous, so they can carry on with their shady business undisturbed. Think that all UFOlogists are fools? Think again, chump. Also as a bonus, we forced Matt to record this episode in 100-degree heat. See if you can hear the sweat hit the mic
Prepare your ears and gird your loins for possibly the filthiest episode of Lizard People ever. Our guest this week is Julie Brister, a bonafide comedy star with a list of tv credits a mile long and a passion for teaching and directing. But really our guest is 13-year-old Julie, who heard a rumor involving Rod Stewart, an onstage collapse, and eight pounds of human semen. Yeah.
It’s one of history’s great mysteries. What happened to the Russian hiking party that died under suspicious circumstances in the Siberian wilderness? None of the details line up, from the tent torn open from the inside to the mysterious orbs of light some villagers report seeing in the sky that fateful night. Could it have been the government testing dangerous alien tech? Or could it have been something even… dumber?
Willy and Wade of Real Life Sci-Fi and Katelyn from Lizard People join forces to discuss the conspiracy theories surrounding free energy. Does it exist? Is the government keeping it from us? Is gravity for real? Find out in this crossover episode.
It’s part two in our series of ‘Ruin Everyone’s Childhood’ series, and this time a beloved children’s movie is on the chopping block! Lots of people have pointed out that it’s pretty weird that Willy Wonka was fine with baking and stretching children in the film ‘Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory’. But few have dared to make the argument that in fact those children weren’t just juiced - they were iced. Heroic podcast producer/comedian and dear friend of the show Rian Kountzhouse stopped by to argue just that. We have a spirited debate about whether Gene Wilder was capable of killing the children, whether the Oompa Loompas are just brainwashed cult members, and of course about the nature of reality. It’s a classic episode!
This one goes out to the 90’s babies! And also to anyone who’s ever wondered if there’s a little more to their cartoons than meets the eye. Also people who love sad shit. This week we talk to the hilarious Franklin sisters, hosts of the podcast Trust The (Bachelor) Process and stellar comedians and writers. Sarah and Alex have a little theory about some of your Nickelodeon shows, and baby, it ain’t pretty. They believe that Doug, Rugrats, Spongebob Squarepants and Hey Arnold are actually about the ravages of loss and mental illness. Yes, your favorite cartoon kiddos are actual irradiated, depressed, schizophrenic, racist, and just downright old-fashioned grief phantoms. Fun!
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a meteor! It’s a comet! It’s… Tesla’s magic death ray gone wild?? Oh do we have a doozy of an episode for you, scouts. America’s podcast boyfriend Steven Ray Morris is here, and he’s got a fascinating theory about what really caused the Tunguska event. We talk about what might be behind the massive explosion that flattened thousands of acres of Russian forest, which has baffled scientists ever since. And we also cover band names, how much we both love cats, reindeer behavior, stupid asshole jerk Thomas Edison, and beautiful gorgeous nature. Also we straight up ROAST producer Alexis. It’s fun!
Whatever happened to history’s most famous fly girl?? That question has haunted many a PBS special and Florida retiree. And this week, we delve into the mysterious photo that’s re-opened the Earhart cold case and has us all wondering where she went. Our guest Mel Stephens - of the poignant podcast Fear Based Life - walks us through the events of the crash, and the possibilities for what might have happened. Along the way, we also talk drones, military goof-ups, and the fact that Ameelz was the dopest person of the whole 30’s. Miss you girl.
Do you like music? Of course you do! And you’re gonna love this extremely in depth conversation about George and Katelyn’s favorite players in the wonderful world of alt-country (whatever that means!!!) We talk Americana, the Nashville machine, those songs that stop you dead in your tracks and make you cry, the difference between honest and dishonest lyrics, which musicians are the funniest, and somehow we even manage to talk about a conspiracy theory. What theory? Why, that indie country darling Sturgill Simpson is secretly a Navy Seal turned CIA Assassin. Oh and listen all the way through for several bonus original country songs from your new fave musical duo. It’s your last chance (for a lil while) to get a Loot Crate for less and to help out Lizard People! Go to LootCrate.com/Lizard and enter our code LIZARD to money and support your buds.
Buckle up buddies because we are about to get POLITICAL. Our guest is the unbelievably funny and brilliant Travis Coles, and he has a theory so bold and shocking that it just might destroy politics and celebrity culture as we know it. He thinks that actor Stacey Dash and surgeon/politician Ben Carson are both robots created by white supremacist neo-cons to undermine black progressives and promote racism. Sound wild? You don’t even know the HALF of it. We talk about Hollyweird, DC, racism, Uncle Toms, narcissists, gender neutral bathrooms, and how trill and fun it is to be a progressive. Know who gave us money to make this episode? Loot Crate did. We love ‘em. Go to LootCrate.com/Lizard and enter our code LIZARD.
The Eye of Horus. The Pyramid. Bender’s shiny metal ass. All these things are powerful Illuminati symbols, designed to brainwash the masses and bring us sheeple peacefully into servitude. Don’t believe us? Well we got the RECEIPTS buddy!! In this mini episode, Katelyn explores the Illuminati symbolism within Matt Groening’s beloved animated shows. Are Homer and Leela and Fry and Lisa really pawns of the New World Order? Or are internet weirdos just looking for reasons to rewatch the greatest shows ever made. This whole dang episode was sponsored by Loot Crate. How cute! Go to LootCrate.com/Lizard and enter our code LIZARD to save on your box of excellent goodies. This month has Rick and Morty, do it do it do it!!!
Genetically modified organisms. Pesticides. Chemical fertilizers. They're on everything except a dang label. But are these integral parts of agriculture in the modern world? Or are they hot toxic garbage designed to make us sick so that They can benefit??? Unbelievably hilarious podcast host and comedian Jackie Michele Johnson (of Natch Beaut fame) stopped by the Lizards Den to argue that GMOs etc are part of a master plan, and that to feel clean you gotta eat clean. Everyone gets a little passionate about food, but gosh dang it food is important and why shouldn't we??? This episode is brought to you by Loot Crate, a box full of delightful fun. Go to lootcrate.com/lizard and enter code LIZARD!!
One of the great American mysteries of the 20th century began on Christmas Eve of 1945 in West Virginia. West Virginia!! The story of the missing Sodder children has haunted the country ever since, and what might appear to be a simple and depressing case of a house fire might be way more than that. In this ep, the extremely smart Tamar Stevens catches us up on the many possibilities of what might have happened to the tots, from for-profit adoption to Italian fascists to maybe even just like wandering out into the night. And if you get time, you absolutely MUST research what was in that box. This ep brought to you by Loot Crate. Loot Crate! It’s fun! Go to LootCrate.com/Lizard and enter our code LIZARD. Have fun!
JD Salinger’s seminal novel Catcher In The Rye has been THE classic teen angst bible for half a century. It’s beloved by alienated teens and weird adults alike. But what if the book is more than just the story of an emo little shithead wandering around New York City? What if it’s a government tool used to trigger assassins? OR ALTERNATIVELY what if it’s just a book written by a madman that appeals to the darkness inside other loonys? OR WHAT IF this whole episode is a pretext for the wonderful Cassi Jerkins to talk about her cats? WHAT IF?!?!?!?!? This ep brought to you by Loot Crate. Loot Crate! It’s fun! Go to LootCrate.com/Lizard and enter our code LIZARD.
Fan fave Dave Child is back! And this time he’s tackling one of the great American urban legends - the Mothman himself. This very serious look at West Virginia’s favorite cryptid and Richard Gere’s least favorite film covers all the possibilities for what the Mothman might really be. Is he an evolutionary throwback? A traveler from another dimension? Or a monster that reappears throughout world mythology - and in another episode of this very podcast? Listen up and decide for yourself, gumshoe! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate and Mack Weldon. Head to MackWeldon.com for all your clothing needs and get 20% off with our lil code LIZARD. Then pop by LootCrate.com/Lizard for some nerdy goodies and enter our promo code LIZARD. Thanks, love you!
Hasn’t every little girl dreamed of being a pop star? The fame, the outfits, the chance to goad your best friend into suicide so that you can take over her life and then record some cutesy pop albums. This wicked little conspiracy dates all the way back to 2007, but it’s having a resurgence for some reason. And comedian, writer, stripper and podcast host Kasey Koop is here to argue that Avril died and was replaced by her body double right after her second album. We talk about who married Chad Kroeger, the way artists evolve over a lifetime, Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Satan, our teen years, and whether astrology is just total bullshit. This episode is sponsored by our good buddies Loot Crate and Mack Weldon. Get your butt over to MackWeldon.com and use the promo code LIZARD for 20% off all their classy underwear, socks, shirts, sweats and swag. Then cruise by LootCrate.com/Lizard and sign up for their cool as hell subscription box using the promo code LIZARD. They’re awesome.
We’d like to buy the world a… SHAM?!? There’s an unsavory episode in the history of Coca Cola that the biggest soda company in the world would like you to forget about (actually there are a bunch, look it up). But in this case, we’re talking about Coke’s colossal and expensive 1985 misstep, the introduction of New Coke. The company lost millions of dollars because consumers refused to let them trifle with their beloved bev, and Coke quickly replaced the old formula. But here’s the thing. Some people think it wasn’t a misstep at all, and the company intentionally took an L so that they could bring back traditional Coke and blow everyone’s minds. What madman would be bold enough to argue this theory? WILL HINES THAT’S WHO. The phenomenal comedian, teacher, writer, and actor stopped by to blow all our minds with his wildly well-thought-out theory that Coca Cola planned the whole dang caper. Thanks Will! And thanks to you for listening. Hey and don’t forget to patronize our Brand! New! Sponsor! We love Loot Crate and we think you will too, head over to lootcrate.com/lizard and use promo code LIZARD to get your nerd swag.
The loveable lads from Liverpool led a laudable life and left a lasting legacy. But what if there’s more to the story than just ‘four dudes did good tunes’? What if the story of The Beatles also involved… A CONSPIRACY THEORY??!? The rumour that Paul McCartney died in 69 and was replaced by a lookalike has dogged the mop top crew ever since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, and it endures even unto today. And talented musician and comedian Greg Smith is here to argue that there’s more to this theory than meets the eye. We cover music, murder, money, and the real reason Katelyn hates the music of The Beatles. It’s a very bad reason.
You might think you know everything about the theory that Beyonce used a surrogate to give birth to little Blue. Honey? YOU KNOW NOTHING. Our wonderful guests for this episode - Molly Fite and Liz Jenkins - argue that there is a huge web of conspiracies and lies surrounding the precious little toddler. A web that includes egg donation, big ass fans, the comedy stylings of Wendy Williams, misogyny, celebrity culture, wigs on wigs on wigs, and one of the funniest comedy duos in the business. Molly and Liz are a dream, Blue Ivy is a cute baby, and at the end of the day you can always just throw up your hands and say WHO CARES. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon! Pop on over to mackweldon.com, use our code LIZARD for 20% off, and get you some cool new gear.
Elvis sightings. They're as all-American as IHOP and as elusive as an IHOP with clean tables. But why has the conspiracy theory that Elvis Presley faked his own death endured for so long? And why does the National Enquirer STILL post about it? These questions and more are answered by the excellent and thoughtful Clare Loughran, our guest for this week. Clare's got the inside scoop on all the things that are sus about Elvis' autopsy report, his gravestone, and his weird creepy legacy. There's a lotta weirdness there, y'all! This ep is brought to you by our good buddies over at Mack Weldon. Use promo code LIZARD for 20% off ya new drawers!
Did you know about the tragic story about what Epcot Center might have been? Do you know why Disney animators used to call Walt a tree in the woods (or something like that)? DO YOU KNOW WHERE WALT'S FROZEN BODY IS BURIED?? If you seek the answers to these questions and more, this episode is gonna rock your dang world. Talented comedian and Disney fanatic Rachel Chapman is here to argue that the creator of modern animation Walt Disney was in fact cryogenically frozen right after his death and is somewhere under one of the theme parks. It's an conspiracy old theory and a good one, and we had a real fun time talking Disney lore and animation drama.
Basketball is the only sport worth watching. What, is that too hot of a take for you? TOO BAD. Prepare to get fired up about sports minutiae, as our guest Naomi Villa walks us through the conspiracy theory that referees rigged the 2016 NBA championship. Naomi is a comedian and recent b-ball convert, and she has some strong opinions about those seven stressful games between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. We come up with some really great nicknames for the teams and players and managers in this one, feel free to tweet at them and let them know they have a new moniker.
Katie Holmes at Pilates? Oprah Winfrey riding in a John Deere tractor for charity? Chris Evans glazing pottery at a Color Me Mine? If they're a celebrity in public, you better believe they're wearing a wig. At least, according to our illustrious guest Erin Byrne. Erin makes the argument that all famous folks (pretty much) are follicularly deficient from years of tress abuse, and therefore have to toupee up. And along the way we talk about culture, gender, boring ass basic celebs, wig structuring, internalizes misogyny, and our hella awkward teen years. It's heartfelt and it's silly as shit.
This HAARP ain't in a philharmonic, that's for sure. Will that be the worst joke this episode? No. This week we get all up into the mysterious High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, located in glamorous Gakona, Alaska. HAARP is at the heart of numerous conspiracy theories, largely thanks to it's connection with the oh so strange Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, aka DARPA. Our brainy guest Maggie Monahan walks us through the various possibilities of what might be going on up at HAARP. She also tells us about some of DARPA's dumbest projects, the gnarly nuclear nun, several suspicious doctors, and Katelyn's greatest enemy, the University of Tokyo.
In a Lizard People first, we have TWO illustrious guests on this episode. And prepare yourself, because it's double the giggles. Julian Gonzales and Jesse Esparza of the Extra Extra Podcast are here to teach us all about one of the most dastardly murders of the 21st century. That's right, the time that Beyonce killed Joan Rivers. At first not very much connects the two celebrities, but once you get into it there's a whole world of mildly convincing numbers and signs. Buckle up for a wild ride through pop culture, high culture, Whitney Houston impressions, Jay Z doppelgangers, meditations on the nature of fandom, and way more. It gets silly as all hell.
Do we have a treat for you, precious Lizzies! This week's mini episode featured an in-depth conversation about all the Beyonce pregnancy rumors. We tackle the mismatched dates, the weird tummy fold, even that extremely credible story about the armpit c-section. And best of all, our partner in debunkery is best friend of the show Genna Lipari, a doula in training and a deeply funny and smart and empathetic woman. Genna walks us through all the 'evidence' that Bey faked her pregnancy, and all the reasons that those rumors are not only not credible, they're downright insulting. It's a fascinating conversation about gender, placentas, culture, womanhood, and gross squishy babies. Think you're gonna love this one!
You like professional wrestling? The thing is, even if you think you don't, you honestly do. From the pageantry to the hella ripped bods to the powerful community that's congealed around it, wrestling has become so much more than just a goofy rigged pseudo-sport. And in this episode our illustrious guest argues that the modern era of wrestling can be traced back to one shocking fight - the infamous Montreal Screwjob. Jon Mackey is a talented writer, director, and comedian, and he's finally going public about his passionate love for the art and sport that is wrestling. He's also addressing the true conspiracy behind the event that changed sports forever.
Wowie zowie, it's our 50th episode! It's been a blast to take this journey with all of you, and we think it was a blast to record this ep but somehow nobody really remembers doing it? It's weird, we all just sort of have a blank 48 hours in our memories. But it seems like that was when we were recording and editing this? Guess this is what happens when you set out to do a 9/11 episode. Anyway, huge thanks to all the people who apparently lent their talents to this, including: Matt Walsh, Sarah Claspell, Jon Mackey, Ele Woods, Ben Dietzel, Ryan Middledorf, Grant Martz, Sarah De La Isla, Cooper James, Clem, Maude, Michael Dean, and Alexis Preston. They were probably an absolute pleasure to have in the Lizard's Lair. Hope you like it! And... stay safe out there.
If you're like us, you're still waiting on your check for protesting from George Soros. What gives, Georgie? Turns ol Soros is at the heart of a lot of contemporary conspiracy theories, including the ones that paint Black Lives Matter as a violent group, and that argue that the Women's March was organized by the shady left. But are any of these true? Are all of them true? Is the New York Times Opinion section basically just The National Enquirer these days? All these questions and more will be answered in this fran-inspired mini-episode.
Tap tap. Tap tap. What's that sound? Why it's a gay bathroom scandal a-blowing in! It seems like with every passing year there's another crazy drama wherein a conservative politician who's actively campaigned against LGBTQ rights is discovered soliciting sexy gay sex online or in a men's room. But what's behind all that? Why does it keep turning out that the most hateful people are the very thing they hate? Our hilarious and brilliant guest Petey Gibson addresses that weird pattern in the very best way - by arguing that it's kind of a conspiracy! Petey also has some very wise words about marriage, vaudeville, gender, muffin tops, politics, seals, and which chest binder gives you the most bang for your buck. We have a lot of laughs, and we also do a lot of serious thinking! Take this journey with us, won't ya?
Ooh wee, one of the big ones! Folks have been rehashing the chemtrails/contrails controversy since way back in the 90's, and it seems like each new day brings a new Reddit subthread about it. But what exactly are chemtrails? And why do they keep appearing in the form of a Star of David? Our guest, the wildly talented actor and comedian Mike Lane, addresses just these questions. Plus he also tells us all about Chamillionaire, fashion, superbugs, vapor, nude planes, secret technology, big pharma, little effers, depression, and way way more. But one thing that none of us know about is video games! This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon, so head on over to mackweldon.com and enter the code LIZARD for 20% off!
Did you know that at one point the US government was just giving out free TV's? And did you know that Siri can totally hear what you're saying at all times? Doesn't that just wig you out??? For some of us, the answer is nah. But according to our illustrious guest, actor and comedian Sarah Claspell, we should all be a little more worried about exactly what data our TV's and smart phones and wise watches are collecting. We also touch on pie thumbs, geometry, bombs, the NSA, nerds, and much much more. This episode also features a WILD cameo from our friend Alexa. Still waiting on those 100 beers.
You're a good pet owner. You feed your fur baby (ew) the more expensive food, you make sure they get exercise and stimulation, you give them lots of nice pats, you microchip them. But what if that little piece of tech isn't there to track your cat? What if it's there... to track you? The hilarious actor and writer and comedian Haley Hepworth rolled through to argue that our pets microchips are just part of a bigger strategy from the government to keep us in line. And it's preeeeetty spooky, if you think about it!! We have a nice chat and get to describe lots of cute animal things. What more could you want?
When you make a weird ass movie, people are gonna come up with weird ass theories about it. And there's one weird ass theory about the movie Grease that states that Sandy died before the action of the movie even starts, and the whole film is her dying brain constructing an elaborate dream of what might have been. There's a lot of evidence, from the crazy fantasy sequences to that insane gosh dang flying car. Do those really happen? Or did Sandra Dee say good bye to life? You be the judge, dear fran!
If you're looking for the original day that will live in infamy, look no further! America was rocked by the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and a lot of folks credit them as the reason the US entered WW2. And look, we're for sure not historians. But you gotta admit, the US did a pretty weird job of preparing for this attack. And our brilliant guest Tiffany Reeves thinks that the failure to defend against the attack was 100% deliberate. Tiff's a real believer, and as such this convo does get a little more serious than our usually silly shit. But it's so interesting and so informative and you wouldn't believe how complicated our feelings for Hirohito are. Soooo complicated.
Do you believe that grassroots organizing can work and that people are inherently good? Well then you're a freaking doingus. At least, so SOME people would have you believe! Our guest Edgar Momplaisir - ridiculously talented comedian, writer, and actor - makes the argument that John Kerry's premature concession in the 2004 presidential election was a set-up orchestrated by the secret society Skull and Bones. And y'all, it only gets wilder from there. We have a very spirited argument about the value of protest, the nature of power, and whether fraternities and sororities are hella wack. The debate may get spicy, but don't worry, we're still friends in the end.
It's the return of the fran theory mini episode! And this one's a five-fer. So Fidel Castro was a pretty bad dude. He started out a footloose and fancy free revolutionary, but then he ruthlessly suppressed freedom of speech and executed just so many people. But! Did you also know that the dude sincerely loved conspiracy theories? Betcha didn't! Here are a few conspiracy theories that Castro believed, a few theories about Castro, and some good ol' fashioned Hempstead rambling. Hope you like! If you didn't, hit us up on the Lizard People Facebook page to yell at us!
Sex. Drugs. Rock n' Roll. Mental Illness. Plaid. The Pacific Northwest. Misogyny. Vocal Fry. There is A LOT going on in this episode! Actor and comedian and puppeteer Molly Fite rolled through the Lizard's Den to talk about the rumor that Courtney Love had Kurt Cobain whacked. Molly is a child of the grunge era, and this one gets right at the heart of fandom and the nature of mental illness. It's not exactly light-hearted but hey, neither were Nirvana and Hole. Everybody's got an opinion about this crazy relationship, and we're not exceptions.
It's a steam punk episode! Actor and talented person Jim Zimmerman rolled through to talk about the crimes of the century. HH Holmes was the owner of the infamous Murder Castle in Chicago, and was responsible for the deaths of dozens of unfortunate boarders. Jack The Ripper was the ghoul of White Castle (oops Chapel) who murdered numerous ladies of the night. But there are some out there in this wild old world who believe that they were in fact... the same person!!! Honestly, we were both a little drunk this episode, so it's a loosey goosey one. Also, producer Alexis makes a guest appearance! As does her boyfriend Cooper and her fat cat Maude. The whole gang's here! Except Ryan, he wasn't there.
You might think you know what the deal is with corks, but trust. You're about to have your little mind blown. Billy Merritt walks us through the connection between French wine, Portuguese corks, EU-hating terrorists, Long Island beef, and those magical dudes who always manage to find weed no matter where they are in the world. Billy Merritt - actor, comedian, writer, and host of the shows Uncorked - rolls through to tell us all about the greatest conspiracy ever to hit the wide world of wine. And also we talk sandwiches! It's a dang blast.
When BuzzFeed is the most reputable news source, and the government can do pretty much whatever it wants to private citizens, who can you trust? Kerry O'Neill, that's who! The wildly talented writer and comedian and dog mom stopped by to tell us the unnerving tale of the death of Michael Hastings. The controversial bad boy of digital journalism died in a fiery crash in 2013 under suspicious circumstances, while investigating the CIA. It's sad and weird at the same time. We discuss his legacy, as well as partisan politics, drugs, mental illness, war, the role of journalism, and the decline of American democracy. But also, we have a fun time and make a lot of goofy jokes! That combo shouldn't work, but baby? It does.
Industrial runoff. Atomic bomb test waste. Tap water. What do these all in common? THEY ALL CONTAIN WATER!!! Just kidding, they all have dreadful terrible fluoride in them. Fluoride is a controversial chemical with a shady past, and the hilarious filmmaker and actor Angela Gulner stops by the Lizard Lair to argue that it's in fact part of a great corporate conspiracy. Along the way we also discuss our favorite junk foods, laugh about how silly German sounds, explore the history of slimy PR guys, bring up psychic grandmas, sip Diet Coke, learn about history, and talk about Angela's amazing webseries Binge. Oh, and keep an ear out for a big disaster caused by Katelyn waving her arms around like an idiot. You'll know it when you hear it!
Can you believe this podcast is one year old? Feels like it's barely been 11 months! All (hilarious) jokes aside, it's been a pretty wild year. We've covered everything from yetis to Marisa Tomei to lightbulbs to the Illuminati to our Hollow Earth to the Build-A-Bear corporation. We've laughed, we've cried, we've sung songs and drank beers. And through it all, we've been really, really lucky to have you as our listeners. So as a fun wrap-up to this tumultuous time in our lives, in this episode Katelyn takes a little time to tell you something new about every episode we've recorded. Sometimes that 'something new' is a recently uncovered fact about an unsolved murder, sometimes it's just an observation that the guest from that old episode is now married. But it's all pretty fun, tbh. Happy listening, happy holidays, and have a wonderful start to your new year!
Okay, we gotta conspiracy theory ova heaaaaah! If you like bad Brooklyn accents and arguments about the importance of comedy in culture, this ep is for you baby. Patrick McDonald came on the podcast for a freewheelin' conversation about classic movies, Hollywood scandals, Oscar-bait, Saturday Night Live, the dangers of alcohol, and lots of cute bimbo impressions. Plus, Katelyn tells a story about her shameful past in the seedy underbelly of LA catering. And after all of that, we finally get to the shocking conspiracy theory that the talented Marisa Tomei won a Best Supporting Actress award erroneously, because Jack Palance was too drunk to see the card and therefore said the wrong name! Dram, if you're listening to this, really sorry and please don't sue.
Ready for some truly dumb dad jokes? This wholesome episode tackles the theory that Ferris Bueller's Day Off, classic 80's teen film, is actually a dark portrait of a deeply disturbed young man who invents a cool imaginary friend with powers he can only dream of. Wow, creepy stuff! Our guest Clara Baker is a big movie buff, and she delivers this wacky theory with a lotta panache and some very expert water drop noises. You're going to come out of this one seeing Cameron pretty dang differently, this we can promise. At the very least you'll agree with us that Alan Ruck has always been a sex symbol. Zamn, zaddy.
Some episodes of this podcast are silly. Some are thoughtful. And sometimes we have to just say to heck with conspiracy theories, it's time for some good goddamn conversation. This one is that third one. The incredibly funny and borderline genius comedian George Barber stopped by for what we thought was going to be a conversation about the loopy little theory that the media is conditioning us to accept fascism and stuff. But actually it turned into two buds talking about the election, the nature of conspiracy theories, what it's like to be working and middle class, American history, and everything that's been on our minds for the last few weeks. It may not be a normal episode of Lizard People, but it's a talk we were all glad to have. We hope you'll be glad too!
Wave Segal is a very funny comedian and actor. He's also a hardcore conspiracy theory nerd. And on this episode of Lizard People he presents the most meta, complex, shocking conspiracy theory of all - that there's a conspiracy to spread conspiracy theories! Yes, Wave argues that conspiracy theories are a tool used to distract from real government abuses. Did your mind just get blown? You ain't heard nothing yet. This episode is all about two conspiracy theory nerds nerding out hard and enjoying speculating about the nature of government. It's pretty silly, and it's also so so real. Also we mention the election because we recorded it before the election and wow were we young and happy and naive. Simpler times, y'all.
Sylvia Plath was a poet, essayist, novelist, and very interesting person. Her work was luminous, and her suicide was notorious. But some people think that her husband (notorious asshole) Ted Hughes had more to do with her death than he ever admitted. People including our guest Julia Meltzer, comedian and podcast host and extremely thoughtful person! We talk about how to deal with sadness, what makes a genius, and how we should think about our heroes. It's not easy stuff to discuss, but if anyone can do it it's a couple of literature nerds who've had a lot of therapy. Shoutouts in this episode include Ariana Lenarsky, feminism, grandmas, formerly fat boys, curses, literary theorists, and teenage girls. This is a bleak one but a good one!
You might think that the earth is solid all the way through, with different layers like a delicious baklava. But what if the earth is in fact hollow, like a sphere made of poptarts that are frosted on both sides? All these desserts and more come in to play in our fascinating discussion of the Hollow Earth theory. Stand-up comedian and improviser Ben Dietzel makes the case that the middle of the earth is not solid, but is actually the location of the land called Agartha, home of gentle giants and futuristic space craft. It's a very silly good time, and it's sure to make you hungry, so listen with a snack!
Whatever you're expecting from this episode, gird your loins for a wild surprise! Very fun comedian Elle Eckley stopped by the Lizard's Den to argue that the Patriarchy (the social system that defines our gender roles and keeps women down) is actually a global conspiracy. Which meant that Katelyn had to argue the reverse. It's Social Justice Warrior vs Men's Rights Activist in this episode, and everyone took part in the uncomfortable but still fun work of trying to be a more open-minded person. Did we do it perfectly? No! But imperfect conversations are what podcasts are for! Take the journey with us and see who convinces who.
Some people are scared of clowns. Some are scared of dying alone. Some are even scared of cute harmless little frogs. But one thing we can all agree on is that Satan is SCARY! Hilarious and erudite comedian Patrick Ehlers came on the podcast to tell us all about the maybe mythical but highly wacky book known as the Grand Grimoire, a book of magic that apparently spells out how to summon demons. Including Satan. The book tells you how to summon Satan. And that's not even the wildest thing we discuss in this episode! Patrick also knows a lot about comic books, the history of language, video games, and Academy Award winning movies. It's a very fun conversation and not as spooky as a Halloween episode probably should be, but oh well. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Patrick's wonderful new podcast Nintendo Cartridge Society!
We've covered some dark conspiracy theories on this podcast. Things like Illuminati sacrifices, owl murders, secret Republican orgies, and good old fashioned fake deaths. But this has to be the most twisted, bleak, disturbing one of all. What if Louis Tomlinson's baby... IS FAKE?? Yes we're talking about THE Louis Tomlinson, singing child and nice hair haver. A little while back he knocked up a lady and now they have a kid together. But a lot of the internet thinks that their baby is just a cover for Louis' passionate relationship with Harry Styles, also a handsome singing fetus. Comedian and pop-culture enthusiast Brooke Hartnett joined us on the podcast to talk about where that baby really came from, and how they covered the whole thing. It was a very fun and silly and shallow and scatter-brained wonderful time. Also, come on out to the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival from November 9th to the 12th! We'll give you lots of high fives.
Turn on your iTunes. She's there. Check your Facebook. She's there. Look up into the sky at a tall white crane that's soaring majestically through a cloud. Taylor Swift is there too. The gal is everywhere, and her career has been going strong for what, like 12 years now? Love her or hate her, you can't escape the huge impact Tay Tay has had on pop culture. No wonder, then, that conspiracy theories swirl around the lanky popster like so many preteen groupies. From 'Taylor is illuminati' to 'Taylor is a satanist clone', there are some wild theories about her, and in this mini-episode, Katelyn covers her favorites with the usual lack of regard for facts. So don't you worry your pretty little mind, because we're about to blow your brain straight our your ear holes.
Ever feel like the whole world is conspiring against you? Like the fat cats and the corporations and the government want to keep you down? Well according to our guest, brilliant comedian Scott Thiede, you're dead right!! Scott thinks that there's a plot afoot to keep the poor poor and the rich filthy stinkin rich. And he's got some interesting evidence to prove it. Gotta' listen to find out what, though! Because we're not gonna put it in the episode description.
Something is happening in the ocean. Strange deaths, unexplained disappearances, mean rude stingrays. But what if these odd coincidences are in fact... AN ANIMAL CONSPIRACY. Our guest Ele Woods - a smart and hilarious comedian and also excellent dancer and costume-maker - makes the argument that the many odd animal-related deaths around the world are actually part of a global inter-species conspiracy to kill all humans. Also our voices sound very similar, so if you can't tell who is who know that Ele is the funny one and Katelyn is the one that keeps cackling loudly. This theory is a lil spooky!
Do you enjoy hearing hardcore theatre nerds geek out over Shakespeare? Well then you're gonna go gaga for this ep! The very funny and shockingly smart comedian Jeff Zuschlag came on the podcast to cover on of the nearest and dearest subjects to our hearts: SHAKESPEAH! Namely, the theory that Shakespeare didn't actually write the plays that are attributed to him. We discuss the Bard, his buddies, horny theatre teens, zines, dead languages, and the eternal mystery surrounding the true source of genius. It's pretty fun!
In this episode acclaimed director, writer, and Canadian Matt Johnson stops by the studio to tell us the real deal truth about the moon landing. Namely, that it for sure actually happened! Turns out he knows more than just about anyone under 70 about lunar landings, because he had to become an expert to make his magnificent movie Operation Avalanche. If you're a fan of independent film, science, powerful storytelling, budget talk, car chases, movie tech, and strangers becoming friends, this episode is most definitely for you. Have a nice time!
In this episode, we find out that Jake Regal (actor and comedian and multi-talented man) can play a college student with uncanny accuracy. Plus, he knows literally everything about wrestling. This week we explored the dramatic (and probably rigged) 1985 NBA draft. It was wild! In addition, we compare NBA commissioners to Archie characters, explore the logistics of freezing paper, discuss the homoerotic nature of MMA, and do a mini-episode about the Montreal Screw Job. Enjoy hearing a very patient person explain sports to an idiot.
Get ready for a high-intensity, fast-talking, chakra-busting, Catalina-denying, chicken-teething good time! Genius writer and director Brandon Blanks stopped by to talk about interdimensional lizard aliens and the possible messiah David Icke. We say lots of possible slurs for aliens and planets, and spin out some truly wild ideas about what might really be controlling our beliefs and actions. Feat. fan favorite Omri Kruvi in a hot cameo!
JFK's assassination is one of the greatest American conspiracy theories. And our guest, the hilarious and crazy smart Maria Perros fully did it justice with her amazing argument that he was betrayed by the CIA. By his own CIA, people!!! In this intense episode we deal with Lee Harvey Oswald, dirty commies, unfortunate turns of phrase, fat babies, and Jewish teeth. It's a delight.
Our guest this week is Allegra Ringo, hilarious comedian and co-host of the amazing podcast Can I Pet Your Dog? This conspiracy involves the very sad passing of Kathleen Peterson, who seems like an extremely nice person. Her husband was jailed for her murder, but since the trial some very weird evidence has come to light. OWLY EVIDENCE. Guys, owls are metal as hell. Listen in for a sizzling hot critique of the justice system, and so so many swears. Sorry to both of our families!
It's the return of a champion! Fran fave Todd McClintock is back, this time with an appallingly stupid conspiracy theory involving The Beatles, eyebrows, earlobes, lies, money, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. This theory posits that there were multiple actors playing each Beatle, and that their deaths were staged. Sound insane? It is! This episode is mostly screaming and giggling and visual jokes, aka the greatest episode of any podcast ever. Bonus: Todd writes an original song!
What if angels were just aliens? What if the pyramids were build by lazers? What if the war on Christmas was a real thing? All these questions and more are answered on this episode, in which Mark David Christenson addresses the theory that ancient alien astronauts came to earth to teach us junk like architecture and then mess around with our DNA. And as a bonus, we get verrrrrrry fiesty about organized religion. Westboro Baptist, sashay away! iqz636ba
We all know Brit Brit had a pretty tough go of it in 2007. But not a lot of people remember that George W. Bush was doing the political equivalent of shaving his head and fighting paparazzi with umbrellas. Guest Sarah Franklin makes a SHOCKINGLY compelling argument that Spears was an off-the-books employee of the Bush White House. You might disagree with our politics, and you might disagree with our pop-culture obsession. But you can't disagree that Crossroads is the greatest film of our generation.
Melania Trump had a pretty bad night at the Republican National Convention. Oh well, everyone screws up sometimes and plagiarizes from one of the most famous people in the world. OR DO THEY??? Maybe Melania was actually sabotaged by one of the merry miscreants associated with the Trump campaign! But was it the campaign manager, the speech writer, the son-in-law, the mysterious dancer, or famed director Werner Herzog? You're about to find out, in Lizard People's first ever solo episode tackling a Fran Theory. Featuring accordion music!
At first it's gonna seem like Dave Child (actor and comedian and wonderful person) doesn't believe his own conspiracy theory. But about halfway into this episode things got really weird. Maybe the Bohemian Grove is just a campground where rich old Republicans get together to pee outside. Or maybe it's something...stranger.
Look, we all agree that the pharmaceutical industry is messed up. Like real messed up. But is it messed up...on purpose? Eh, probly not. Our guest this week, writer and funny guy Omri Kruvi, isn't quite a skeptic or a believer, and the conversation gets real silly and then real serious. Come along for the ride!
What is going on in the Denver metro airport? Were the Illuminati behind Nazi Germany? Can exes actually be friends? WHO KNOWS MAN. Artist, illustrator, writer and funny guy Oliver Carder came on the podcast in spite of his hatred for conspiracy theories, and discussed the strange details surrounding the Denver Airport. Listen to this ep if you want to hear a woman drive her former boyfriend to a mental breakdown.
And now, the extraordinary story of Katie Hitler, the nice, basic girl who happens to be Hitler's great-grand-niece. Just kidding! Just regular Hitler. Erika Curry is fascinated with World War Two, and she came on the podcast to talk about the theory that Hitler did not kill himself in the bunker, but in fact escaped to Argentina. We also talk about Korean spas, Captain America, accents, SoulCycle, race, guyabera shirts, and the nature of evil.
Comedian and director and writer and all around boss ass bitch Lindsay Stidham is on the show this week, and she's here to talk about a conspiracy theory surrounding one of the comedy greats. Andy Kaufman died in 1984 of complications from lung cancer. OR DID HE??? He said a lot of weird stuff before he passed about staging a hoax and escaping from celebrity. But was he just a big weird loon? Or was he the greatest comedian ever to live? Or both? Or neither? Either way, more comedians should take the audience out for milk and cookies.
Joe Quint came on the podcast to share a dangerous theory. A theory so powerful, it could undermine the very nature of existence. What if, like, The Matrix is totally real? But it's, like, scientists? Woah. This is the brainiest conversation ever to happen on LP and you're gonna either love it or hate it. But Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk just endorsed simulation theory so you better jump on the train ASAP dudes. Also was Katelyn right about Wil Wheaton, or was Joe?!?! Gotta listen to find out.
Ok ladies, now let's talk about the Illuminati. Where did it come from? Why is it still relevant? Why are we so afraid of powerful black artists and culture-creators that we need to make up stories about them being satanists? Writer and social media whiz Olivia Duncan knows more Beyonce lyrics than you do, and she brings us the terrifying tale of the global conspiracy that's taking over our awards shows and Walkmen. Way to go Olivia!
The Zodiac Killer is one of the great unsolved mysteries of American law enforcement. The string of deaths in northern California remains impossible to resolve, and the man who murdered as many as 37 people remains at large. OR DOES HE??? Michael Dean, funny comedian and very nice boy, believes that the Zodiac Killer is in fact none other than former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Why else would he drop out of the race? Not because he was losing (although dang did he get his butt handed to him). Not because he ate a booger on live TV. No, it's because he was about to be revealed as one of the most notorious serial killers in American History. Duh.
She was a tragic beauty, the first true royal celebrity, snatched away by a mysterious accident before her time. The world is still mourning Diana, even though Kate is arguably better at wearing nice dresses and waving. Join our guest Jamie Di Spirito, actor/writer/comedian/British guy, as he gets to the bottom of what may have really happened to the people's princess. Bonus: we all learn a lesson about what you're not allowed to call people in America.
1st question: Did you watch The People vs OJ Simpson? 2nd question: HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE SARAH PAULSON? For our guest on this week's episode, the answers are 'yes' and 'very much'. Nicole Jeans, social media impresario and comedic powerhouse, brings the heat with her argument that OJ wasn't the murderer after all. This ep features chef's knives, some meditation on the nature of mental illness, and a very mysterious lawyer!
The conspiracy that launched a thousand 90's TV shows is finally making an appearance. Area 51 was it the home of a downed spaceship, an experimental research facility, or just an airport with an adorable name? Ian Hamilton, brilliant writer and excellent friend, has all the answers. And also several nutso stories about his dog. This episode also features: hot rocks! Weird boat guys! A very nice salesman! A fully insane dude! Also, we all find out that Ian's real name is Scott! Don't miss it.
Hot celebrity gossip. Dating in LA. Hysterical giggling. This episode has it all! Comedian and writer and model co-worker Nina Concepción came on the show to discuss the very popular and very insane theory that Katy Perry is secretly JonBenét Ramsey, hidden for years and re-engineered as a pop star. This episode is notable for being the one in which we spend the least amount of time discussing a conspiracy and the most laughing directly into the mics. Also, the Illuminati make a cameo appearance! That's Hollyweird, baby.
This one's a doozy. The rumor that the moon landing was faked is slightly older than the actual moon landing. But why would America bother to film a fake landing, and how did they fake zero gravity, and also why would they pick Kubrick when his movies are obviously so incredibly boring? All these questions and more are answered by writer, cool guy and great co-worker Evan Ponter. Bonus: Katelyn tries to Science.
Imagine, if you will, the most dashing criminal of the mid-20th century. A man with a well-pressed suit and a way with stewardesses, a man who wears sunglasses indoors. DB Cooper was only sort of that guy. Colton Stickney, comedian and friend, brings us the mysterious story of the man who disappeared one stormy night over the Oregon jungle. Grab a bourbon and scotch, and let Colton tell you a tale.
Are you a person that gets upset when the new IOS blows up your phone just before the new iPhone 9sxsw comes out? This episode is for you. Hilarious person Jessica Christian tells the surprisingly fascinating story of the creation of the lightbulb, and the dark and disturbing mysteries that have surrounded it ever since. If you're in to cartels, shady business practices, and tech industries screwing us all over, this one'll really switch you on! Oh also puns, terrible puns.
Consider this: during Elvis' alleged funeral, there were a bunch of helicopters flying around. HELICOPTERS!! In this episode, comedian and writer Todd McClintock makes the case that Elvis did not in fact die in 1977, but went undercover as singer and insane person Jimmy 'Orion' Ellis. Expect special appearances from a sawed-off shotgun, psychotic fans, World War II, painkillers, and the grossest briefcase anyone has ever heard of.
Sure, you've never seen a Bigfoot. But have you ever not NOT seen a Bigfoot? Think about it! In this episode, we delve in to the weird universal appeal of big, hairy, human-like creatures. Call 'em yeti, sasquatch, or the Slim Jim dude, there's something irresistible about imagining those gentle giants out in the woods, living a simpler life free from human BS. Ashlyn Anstee, artist and author extraordinaire, argues that it's possible we don't know everything about Canada, and that there's something beautiful in the unknown.Music Provided by:Epidemic Sound"People Falling Down 3 - Gavin Luke""Devil In The Street 4 - Marcus Svedin"www.epidemicsound.com
December 30, 2015
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