Villains of History
By Cat Alvarado
A mashup of true-crime and history, in this podcast comedians discuss the worst people throughout history. Hosted by Cat Alvarado, and featuring the hottest up and coming comedians.
The Pink Panther
Jorge Rafael Videla, nicknamed "The Pink Panther", was responsible for the disappearance of over 15,000 Argentine citizens. Learn about about him with this week's guest, Morgan Jay.
July 12, 2021
Shoutout to Tapeworms!
In this episode you'll learn about Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid in South Africa, along with guest comedian Jasmine Ellis.
July 05, 2021
Bull Connor Pt. 2
This is the second of two episodes on the infamous villain of the civil rights movement, Bull Connor, with guest Chip Nicholson. We also talk about Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and Chip's shocking experiences growing up in Alabama. Learn more about the Letter from a Birmingham Jail: https://www.litcharts.com/lit/letter-from-birmingham-jail/summary
June 28, 2021
Bull Connor Part 1: The Freedom Riders
Bull Connor was a real "piece of work" during the Civil Rights Era, and by that I mean he was awful. Guest, Chip Nicholson, and I dive in to the life of Bull Connor and discuss the Civil Right Era and how it relates to the movements today in Part 1 of this two part episode. More about slavery in the cobalt mines.
November 27, 2020
The "Builder" King
In this episode we cover Belgium's King Leopold II. Nicknamed "The Builder King", he was responsible for the maiming and starvations of millions of Congolese people. His reign still affects the Congolese people today. If you would like to donate to benefit people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo today, you can donate to Save the Children. To learn more about ethical capitalism and learn about your favorite consumer brands, check out The Good Shopping Guide. You can also check out Tyler Boeh's youtube channel here!
November 12, 2020
Hawaiian Shirt Nazis
You may have heard of white nationalists provoking violence and rioting at the protests earlier this year. Who are these wackos? In this episode we talk about the Boogaloo Boys, how they came to be, and the race war they hope to inspire. Featuring Co-Host of The Bad Libs podcast, Brendan Woodruff.
October 29, 2020
The Kabuga Man
This episode is one of our heaviest. We learn about the Rwandan Genocide and its financier, Félicien Kabuga. We did our best to deliver the history in a way that respected the victims, while also attempting to lighten and break things up because it's a heavy topic. This was one of the most difficult episodes for which to do that. Also, disclaimer, the episode contains some descriptions of graphic violence.
October 22, 2020
Heads Will Roll
French comedian, Noman Hosni, joins Cat Alvarado to tell the story of Maximillian Robespierre - which has some interesting commonalities with recent events in the US.
October 12, 2020
The Test Case Redux
In honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing, I'm re-airing "The Test Case", about a dictator who actually succeeded in outlawing abortion & birth control. Find out what might actually happen in the US, if similar laws were enacted.
September 22, 2020
The Reds Care?
Vladmir Lenin was a Russian Revolutionary who's impact changed the course of the 20th Century. For the last episode of Season 2, Steven Briggs (Netflix, Laff Mob's Laugh Tracks) joins to cover the story of Lenin and the Russian revolution. Follow @VillainsofHistory and @theCatAlvarado on Instagram & Twitter, and don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on Season 3!
March 19, 2020
The Man with all our Nudes
This week Molly Ruben-Long (Just for Laughs, Uproarious) joins me to talk about the life of the infamous FBI Director, alleged secret cross-dresser, and the keeper of everyone's nude photos, J Edgar Hoover!
February 03, 2020
The Pepsi Cola Kid
This week, hear all about the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy - whose vicious campaigns to root out communists upended the lives of many. Cat is joined by Kym Kral, of the Kim and Ken show on Dash Radio!
January 29, 2020
No Cereal for You
Would you want multiple wives/husbands? Warren Jeffs and the FLDS church certainly did. From child labor to child marriage, this guy was a real piece of work. Learn about him and his downfall with Cat & Rob Pugliese.
January 20, 2020
Bikram the Dickram
You've heard of hot yoga, but did you know that the founder was a sexual predator? Hear his story, and get perspective from a former yoga instructor & comedian, Bill Dawes (Broadway, Laugh Factory).
January 13, 2020
Be a Wayne (Not a Wang)
This week Jessica Wellington (The Mule, Gracie & Frankie) joins as we explore the story of AH Robbins and the Dalkon Shield - a medical device from the 1970's that severely harmed thousands of women. Learn about the device, the cover up, and the brave whistle-blowers who helped expose the truth. *Adult Content*
January 06, 2020
You too? OMG, Me too.
Camila Cleese joins to tell the story of a Hollywood predator worse than Bill Cosby...the infamous Harvey Weinstein.
December 31, 2019
Next Level Creepy
This week, we tell the super creepy tale of Adolfo Constanzo and the Narcosatanists - a true story with everything; a cult, kidnappings, black magic and even human sacrifice -- with guest Jesus Sepulveda (Netflix, HBO Entre Nos)
December 16, 2019
The Grey Eyed Man of Destiny
This week, Cat Alvarado & Nick Guerra (HBO, Last Comic Standing) dive into the bizarre story of the infamous filibusterer, William Walker - a weird guy who just up and decided he'd go colonize Mexico & Nicaragua.
December 09, 2019
The Emperor of Enlightened Peace
Japan's longest reigning emperor, Hirohito, ruled over Japan during World War Two. In this episode, featuring Caleb Synan (Comedy Central, Conan), you'll hear about the debate over his role in Pearl Harbor and the many other atrocities committed by Japan during the war. Disclaimer: This episode contains descriptions of war crimes.
December 02, 2019
This week's guest is Joe Kwaczala, fresh from releasing his first Comedy Central half hour. Joe & Cat dive into the real origins of the first Thanksgiving.
November 25, 2019
Caught in a Bad Bromance
This week Edi Gibson (Real Scary Stories Podcast) joins to help tell the story of Hitler's minister of propaganda and bff, Josef Goebbels.
November 18, 2019
Not unlike the U.S. today, 1930's Spain was super polarized, which lead to a major civil war and the rise of dictator Francisco Franco. Learn about his rise and brutal reign with Cat Alvarado and comedian David Rosenberg.
November 11, 2019
Frenemies of Doom
Mussolini was the Paris Hilton to Hitler's Kim Kardashian. This week, learn just what a buffoon "Il Duce" was, and how the US got pizza with Cat Alvarado & Mike Sasson (The Mike Sasson Show)
November 04, 2019
The Truth in Fiction
The week, Greg Alba of The Reel Rejects returns to unpack the stories behind the Amityville Horror and Scream movie franchises. The bad guys in this episode might not be dictators, but their actions have echoed through pop culture for decades. *Warning: Some graphic content...we're talking about horror movies, here.
October 28, 2019
Jamie Kennedy joins Cat at the Big Pine Comedy Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona, for the first ever LIVE episode of the podcast. This week, learn all about the horrific story of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.
October 21, 2019
Number One Fan
This week learn about the woman who murdered the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla. Yolanda Saldivar might not have killed as many people as other villains on the podcast, but this particular death shook the consciousness of Latinx people everywhere. With guest, Martin Rizo! Trigger warning: Content references sexual assault.
October 07, 2019
Cat teams up with nationally touring comedian & Iraq War Veteran, Jose Barrientos, to tell the story of Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega AKA Pineapple Face!
September 23, 2019
This week, Cat kicks of Latin American Heritage Month with Fabrizio Copano (Netflix en Espanol, Comedy Central)! Together they dive into a story of Chile; a country that never gives up hope.
September 17, 2019
Back to Year Zero
This week, Cat & Jackie Kashian (Conan, The Dork Forest, The Jackie & Laurie Show) cover one of the worst history has to offer: Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot.
September 09, 2019
Welcome back to Villains of History! We kick off Season 2 with good ole Richard Nixon, and this week's guest from Conan and the Netflix show "Cooking on High".
September 02, 2019
She Doesn't Even Go Here!
In the Season 1 Finale, Cat teams up with Daniel Franzese from the teen classic, Mean Girls, to tell the story of Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church and unpack what the bible really says about being LGBTQ+. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so we'll pop up in your feed when we come back in September!
June 24, 2019
Pogo The Clown
You've seen this week's guest, Alex Hooper, on America's Got Talent and Comedy Central's Roast Battle. This week, Cat and Alex tell the nightmarish story of John Wayne Gacy, and how it's healthy for men to express their emotions (just not through becoming a serial killer. Bottle that up.)
June 17, 2019
Cast Iron Skillet
Cat & Carmen Morales discuss Jim Jones & The People's Temple. This is the original cult that "drank the kool-aid." Learn about them and about cult manipulation in this dark, yet somehow still funny episode.
June 10, 2019
The Twinkie Defense
This week, Cat is joined by Julia Pels, who is internationally recognized and is one of WhoHaha's top LGBTQ Creators to Watch. This special Pride month episode covers LGBTQ Hero, Harvey Milk and the man who killed him, Dan White.
June 03, 2019
The Butcher of Baghdad
Cat & Iraqi American comedian, Reem Edan, talk about Iraq's infamous dictator, Saddam Hussein, and about what it's like to be an Iraqi-American.
May 27, 2019
The Test Case
One hour isn't nearly enough to cover Romanian Dictator, Nikolai Ceaucescu, but Cat and Joanna Castle-Miller gave it a shot. You may have heard about the Romanian orphan crisis of the 1990's, but do you know what caused? Find out on this week's episode.
May 20, 2019
The Curse of Nicholas Cage
This week Cat & Ben Gonzalez from HBO's Entre Nos, talk about some New Orleans lore & about the woman who pioneered adoption (but also stole children), Georgia Tann.
May 13, 2019
Cat and Brent Pella, viral comedian with over 50 Million views, celebrate 5o de Mayo this episode with a little bit of Mexican history! Learn about Mexican leader Porfirio Diaz, conquistador Hernan Cortez, & the origin of 5o de Mayo!
May 05, 2019
This week Cat Avlarado & Tamer Kattan discuss the guy responsible for the Armenian Genocide, and Tamer's experiences in Egypt under Mubarak.
April 29, 2019
You Can't Sink in Lava
On this episode, Cat covers Nicaragua's brutal dictator, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, and the guy responsible for bungling the Chernobyl disaster, Boris Shcherbina, with comedian Wyatt Grey from America's Got Talent.
April 22, 2019
Girl We Gotta Talk
Cat & comedian Ralph Guerra talk about Marshall Applewhite, the Heaven's Gate Cult, and the Night Stalker of 1980's Los Angeles.
April 15, 2019
To Live & Die in Leo Season
Cat & Anya Volz tell the tales of Stalin's Architect of Terror, Laventry Beria, and the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory.
April 08, 2019
Worst Uncle Ever
If you think your uncle is bad, wait until you hear this episode with Cat & Fizaa Dosani. Warning: this episode was about ancient Rome, so it's not for the weak of stomach.
April 01, 2019
Viva Cuba Libre!
This week, Cat discusses Fulgencio Batista & Fidel Castro with stand up comedian, Airforce Veteran and Cuban immigrant, Jose Sarduy! In this episode you can actually learn more about Fidel & Cuba from someone actually from there (not a rando who went there on vacation twice and thought it was lovely).
March 19, 2019
Operation Midnight Climax
Cat Alvarado and comedian Matthew Broussard discuss the director of the infamous mind control experiments by the CIA, MKUltra, as well as J. Robert Oppenheimer, who oversaw the development of the first atomic bomb.
March 11, 2019
Evil & Eviler
This week, Cat and guest, stand up comedian Ken Garr, host of We The People at the Hollywood Improv, tell the tale of the female cult leader with a bigger body count than Jim Jones, and WWII villain, Dr. Mengele. Heads up: this episode of Villains of History is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
March 04, 2019
Cat Alvarado and the host of the First Nations Comedy Experience, Graham Ellwood talk about Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears on this belated President's Day episode!
February 25, 2019
Beans & Bullets
Cat & Anthony Desamito talk about genocide in Guatemala (Frijoles y Fusiles), and the legendary Trunk Murderess of Arizona.
February 20, 2019
Cat and Theo Manhattan chat about the origin of the old urban legend of Bloody Mary, and the founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey.
February 09, 2019
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Cat Alvarado and Greg Alba from the Reel Rejects on Youtube discuss Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Wilkes Booth
February 05, 2019