S09.E06: You Can't Keep A Good Renaissance Man Down

Jul 10, 2023, 09:00 AM

Special appearances by Leo da Vinci plus real people in comic books.

As a result of this episode, we are now calling our Scorekeeper “Renaissance Dan.” Why? Cause he loves Leonardo Da Vinci, and included all sorts of pop culture representations of the previously most popular “Leonardo D.” But how well with our contestants Matt, Maxwell, and J-Mo fare? Almost as well as the bananas round two in which they’re tasked with identifying each half of a comic book crossover between a superhero and a real life person. Will Da Vinci pop up again? Who knows?!? Well, we know. We wrote the questions. But you can know by listening to all that, plus our customary lightning round. Enjoy!


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🏆 Joseph of Arimathea is a real saint, and Monty Python is in good company in linking him with the resting place of the Holy Grail in England.

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🛡️ In addition to an absolutely cut Da Vinci, Marvel’s SHIELD has historical figures like Galileo fighting Galactus.

🖖 A holographic Da Vinci shows up on Star Trek: Voyager, and Captain Janeway comments that Kirk met the real Da Vinci at one point.

🐍 Blackadder: Back and Forth has Dan’s absolute favorite Blackadder quote.

😬 Grandma Betsy’s Biscuit Powder scorebreak - Grandma Betsy’s Biscuit Powder. You know, most of Mr. Show has aged pretty well. [1/10 wooof]

🫡 Stan Lee’s appearance on Eureka in that same time frame is close – he plays a character named “Lee,” but he’s a general, and, to our knowledge, Stan Lee was not in the military after his WWII service.

🦸🏻‍♂️ Orson Welles turned up in 1949’s Superman #62.

🦆 If you missed him the first time around, Count Duckula is a cartoon duck who’s a vegetarian, like Bunnicula.

🤷‍♂️ Techcorp systems scorebreak. Techcorp systems – OK, I don’t know how to pronounce typewriter symbols. Sorry. [5/10 Yeah, amusing, but this is a family program]

🤔 Will Ferrell’s Casa de mi Padre is not quite a spoof, but exists most because Ferrell thought it would be funny to do a Spanish language telenovela.

🇲🇽 The US remake of Miss Bala reads very differently than the 2011 Mexican remake.

🔨 When it started in the 1930s, Hammer Films made historical films about British royalty.

🍿 The woman in the poster for Rochelle, Rochelle looks a lot like Lena Headey, but it’s an actress named Chela Holton.

🐦 Maxwell is on Twitter

📷 And on Instagram

🎶 And has a podcast called Musically Wright

✏️ Matt does crosswords for alternative newsweeklies

🌎 And puts everything he does on his website

🐦 He can also be found on Twitter

📷 And Instagram

📼 And even on YouTube

🎞️ J. Mo is on Letterboxd

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