TTYL Podcast #14 – Strip Search Finale (2 of 2)

Strip Search - Penny Arcade and the Final Three

And lo, Strip Search did come to this. It was a gripping finale, pitting the insanely talented Maki Naro, Katie Rice and Abby Howard against each other in a battle of original comic pitches and on-the-spot strip creation. It was a finale that let a lot of personality shine through, and provided a perfect way for Penny Arcade to deliver on the “America’s Next Top Webcomic” premise.

That Thing You Like was lucky enough to attend the live screening of the finale, and we’ve got our FINAL STRIP SEARCH FINALE PODCAST ABOUT THE FINALE for your enjoyment. Having watched the finale in a room with 400 others and attended the official after party, we are able to provide never-before-heard levels of insight into the slice of reality show gold that was Strip Search season one! Next level podcasting!

In this episode, we spend some time discussing the events of the last two episodes, the winner, and what the future holds for each of the final three. Plus, the pros and cons of each artist’s strip pitch. Then, after showering praise upon a deserving champion, your fearless hosts talk about the show as a whole: What did we love? What would we change? Who would we want back for season two?

All of these questions are answered. And, if you can believe it, we discuss even more questions than I’m mentioning in this post! It’s a tremendous “questions-answered-per-podcast” value! We do this for you, dear listener.

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We loved the show. If you came to our podcast for Strip Search coverage, we appreciate your listenership! Hopefully you stick around to hear us talk about other things. Things that you like. Please share the show if you’ve enjoyed it, and get involved in that there comment-section!


TTYL Podcast #13 – Strip Search Finale (1 of 2)

Strip Search Finale - Maki, Abby and Katie

The Strip Search finale draws nigh! That Thing You Like has put together a little something to prepare you. To whet your whistle, so to speak. To stoke that fire, if I may.

In this shorter episode, we talk about the fantastic final challenge that seems to deliver on the show’s original premise, the Strip Search house liquor shelf, and Abby Howard, Katie J. Rice and Maki Naro’s individual chances of winning the whole damn thing.

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Isn’t streaming audio the best? Remember RealPlayer? Dear god.

Also, we’re going to be at the June 18th Strip Search finale! So, that’s cool. If you’re going, hit us up in the comments or on Twitter!

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TTYL Podcast #12 – Strip Search Day 9

Strip Search Day 9 Maki Lexxy

#StripSearch! Man, what a week for #StripSearch. The show got narrowed down to its #FinalThree, and the lead up to the show’s #conclusion brought a #truly #exciting #twist. Hashtag. With all this excitement, you might think That Thing You Like had abandoned its sworn duty to provide coverage of the show via the podcast medium; We are happy to report that, had you assumed that, you would be wrong!

Day 9 of the show was one of my (Brian!) personal favourites,with a heavy focus on unadulterated webcomic business in the elimination challenge. Maybe an episode about contract parsing isn’t for everyone. It is, however, definitely for me. Plus, Day 9 culminated in a contest of art-willpower between the talented, beardwall-ed Maki Naro and famed commenter-on-this-website / dino-roller Lexxy Douglass.

In this episode of That Thing You Like, your intrepid hosts talk about the negotiation styles displayed by the final four artists, Robert Khoo’s struggle against his brother’s early entry into the lunchbox market, and what exactly makes Lexxy Douglass an apparent internet lightning rod. Seriously, what is it about people believing in themselves that the internet hates so god damn much?

In the words of Khoo himself, this episode will move that tin.

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TTYL #1 – Strip Search (Elimination #4 Recap)


Podcasts. What are they? How do they help us understand the human condition? Since FDR first coined the term in 1936 while speaking to a nation of poor, jobless people, podcasts have captured the imagination of pretty much the whole dang world.

That Thing You Like is a new podcast featuring myself (Brian Shirlaw) and Chris Baxter; two men whose combination of free time and communication degrees make them uniquely qualified to think about things and then talk about them. Catch That Thing You Like fever.

In the first episode, we discuss the hit Penny Arcade webseries, Strip Search.

What makes watching a bunch of introverts trapped in a house so compelling? Who are our favourites so far? Who tops our official TTYL Strip Search Power Rankings after four eliminations? Fair warning: We spoil the crap out of everything up to “Elimination #4”.

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– Brian