15 Bonkers Facts I Learned While Listening to How Did This Get Made? AKA The Best Podcast Ever.
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15 Bonkers Facts I Learned While Listening to How Did This Get Made? AKA The Best Podcast Ever.

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | January 13, 2014 | Comments ()


How Did This Get Made is an amazing podcast that looks at terrible movies and wonders how in the holy hell did they got made. It is hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, NTSF:SD:SUV::, his wife June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV::, Burning Love), Jason Mantzoukas (The League, The Dictator), and at least one celebrity guest every episode.

The group talks about the strange, the idiotic, and the baffling parts of bad movies they love (Crank, Fast and Furious) and those they loathe (Nothing But Trouble, Battlefield Earth). They’re highly hilarious and sometimes they’re even educational, occasionally cracking eggs of knowledge all over the place.

Episode 64 After Earth

1. Will Smith came up with the story that the film was based on, so he’s responsible for the existence of both the movie and Jaden Smith.

Episode 65 Howard the Duck

2. This was the first ever Marvel movie. I can’t wait until Howard the Duck shows up in the post-credits scene for Avengers 2.

3. George Lucas, executive producer, was allegedly far into debt after the building of his Skywalker Ranch. ‘Howard the Duck’ was to be his ticket back to financial stability. Instead, it tanked, he tanked, and the LucasFilm CGI animation division was sold to Steve Jobs. Thanks for Pixar, Howard.

4. Jay Leno auditioned for the role that ultimately went to Tim Robbins.

5. John Cusack and Martin Short auditioned for the speaking voice of Howard.

6. Co-writer Willard Hyuck also wrote ‘American Graffiti’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, and ‘Radioland Murders’.

Episode 66: Demolition Man

7. The scene where Wesley Snipes speaks in Spanish was improvised by the actor and kept in the movie because the director thought it was funny.

8. Jack Black played one of the underground dwellers aligned with Denis Leary’s resistance.

9. Lori Petty originally played the part of Lenina Huxley, but was fired after two days and replaced by Sandra Bullock.

10. Mantzoukas has a very credible theory that Bullock’s character is actually the daughter of Stallone’s John Spartan. Ew.

Episode 70: Gymkata

11.This gymnastics and ninja hybrid movie is based on a book, The Terrible Game (1957) by Dan Tyler Moore. There are no gymnastics in the book.


Episode 71: The Glimmer Man

12. Steven Seagal decided he didn’t want to kill bad guys in his movies anymore because it conflicted with his Buddhist beliefs. Stephen Tobolowsky, the film’s villain, convinced Seagal that killing his character would allow him to reincarnate and redeem himself. Seagal killed the villain.

13. The songs in the film called “Bulletproof” and “Snake” were written by Seagal.

Episode 72: Toys

14. This film was Jamie Foxx’s first onscreen role. He watched Robin Williams and Robin Wright bone via hidden camera. In the movie. Not in real life.

15. I have a HUGE crush on Mantzoukas. HUGE.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Siyabonga Africa

    Jason Mantzoukas is one of the best things about the show...not that the others suck. But his mannerisms and voice are just hilarious.

  • Sarah Weissman

    I don't listen but I've had it suggested and MAN AM I A FAN OF JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL.

  • Bodhi

    I love this podcast so much that I have a hard time talking about it. I get all Chis Hardwick & gush "Its just so cool, you guys!"

  • Any time they have a movie with Pacino is amazing (I think 88 Minutes and The Devil's Advocate might be the only two). Jason and Paul doing the sleezy screenwriter/Pacino hybrid in those episodes coming up with story ideas (I think it was 88 minutes where Mantzoukas pretended to fall asleep and jokes about just snoring for the rest of the show) has me in danger of pissing myself and looking like a complete jackass laughing uncontrollably on the subway. Also, can't remember the exact episode but the live show with "Did someone here bring a baby?" was amazing as well.

  • My absolute favorite fact was that halfway through filming Trespass, Nicholas Cage halted production in an attempt to start playing the villain instead of his original role.

  • ManWIthoutHat

    If you like HDTGM, you might give The Flop House a chance. Two Daily Show writers and one funny bartenders watch a bad movie every two weeks and then discuss it. It's a very different kind of podcast than HDTGM--much more likely to go off in strange and unexpected directions by way of hilarious tangents--but it's my favorite bad movie podcast, and maybe my favorite podcast, period.

    I wouldn't start with this week's episode if you've never listened before (one of the regular hosts is on paternity leave). Instead, you might try their treatments of The Oogieloves, Stolen, or Foodfight.

  • AudioSuede

    The Flop House episode on Marmaduke is so good. It sold me on that show. I still don't like fellow AV Club comment thread movie trashing favorite We Hate Movies, because those guys are the worst, but HDTGM and The Flop House are both in my regular rotation.

  • ManWIthoutHat

    Yeah, I don't get the love for WHM among some of the commenters there, or the seeming need of those commenters to prosthelytize by shitting all over every other bad movie podcast in existence. There's plenty of room on the Internet for everybody.

  • AvaLehra

    I liked Toys.

    I'll show myself out...

  • dizzylucy

    I ended up listening to this podcast thanks to Pajiba, and it's easily my favorite now. Plus, you can learn about stuff like tornadoes from June.

  • The Fast Five/Fast Six, The Wild Wild West with Kevin Smith, Street Fighter, and 88 Minutes episodes are just incredible.

    Punisher: War Zone and Skyline are probably the best in terms of actual insider knowledge.

  • AudioSuede

    The Birdemic episode also has a great interview with the woman who played the model girlfriend.

  • BendinIntheWind

    "Wild Wild West" is the only episode I have yet to revisit. It's about 10 minutes talking about the movie, and 50 minutes of Kevin Smith being self-indulgent. Drove me crazy.

    But "88 Minutes" was the turning point in me liking Pete Holmes, so at least we have that in common!

  • Davis

    Jason Mantzoukas is awful, it's suprising considering he's a improv comedian. Him and his pals a little bit ahead of the curve I guess, so i guess a big beard and calling demolition man is genius.

    The fact that these 'lol random' improv comedians are praised at the best shows the state that comedy is in at the moment and why does everyone have a podcast? They all have the same guests and talk about the same shit.

  • opiejuankenopie

    He improvs better than you type. Not to be mean, but parsing your post was problematic. Maybe I just need some coffee. That's probably it. Sorry to involve you.

  • Davis

    Yes it's you and anyone can improv, some of those guys should write something that would be challenging for them.

    But according to everyone on the internet perfect grammar at all time or you're a retard I guess.

  • Improv isn't something just anyone can do well. Thinking quickly on your feet is a skill a lot of people don't have and coming up with material on the fly that's both funny and easily built-upon is pretty tough. That seems challenging enough.

  • Davis

    'ok let's do a scenario...Angelina Jolie buying a big mac but she's in a rush to pick up her kids' That is what improv comedy is.

    It's the easiest form of comedy you can do and most of them are just smug pricks

  • AudioSuede

    Bullshit. BULLSHIT.

    Listen: I have done improv comedy, standup comedy, comedy screenwriting, and sketch comedy, and improv is not the easiest form of comedy. Doing improv in a way that's convincing and funny is really really challenging, which is why there are full-on classes on how to do it. Mind you, no form of comedy is "easy"; as you've demonstrated in your posts, it's really hard for most people to be respectable and coherent and also humorous. Most sketch writers survive on timing and wordplay, standups on tone and presence, and improv comedians need to be able to juggle those skills with a quick intellect that's not unlike scrambling to get out a car that's plummeted off a bridge into an icy river.

    If it was easy to be a great improv comedian, everyone would do it, because comedians are the sort of people who do what they do because it's the thing that makes the most sense to them and is there for the easiest thing for them to do. If improv was so easy, every comedian would be an improv comic. But they're not.

    TL;DR - Fuck off.

  • Davis

    Improv is awful, if you've got some balls and you think you're funny try stand up comedy not some hacky shit 'okay give us a scenario' shit write a joke.

    I wasn't trying to be funny just giving my opinion but you're crying because i don't like improv comedy, but site is full of the typical whiny entitled hyper sensitive millennial crowd so anyone with a different opinion is a hater or a troll.

  • AudioSuede

    Yeah, it's not like you're outright insulting every improv comic in the world like a hater or a troll would do, or that you seem to lack a basic understanding of how improv really works. Why should anyone think you're trolling? Clearly, you're just being an asshole.

  • Davis

    Nope just giving my opinion, so are these people on the podcast being dicks? How many people worked hard on the movies they are trashing? But because you're butthurt because I think improv comedy is terrible it makes me fucked up person for having different tastes?

    Take the stick out bro

  • opiejuankenopie

    Yes and.

    BOOM! I can see why Davis thinks it's so easy. Because it is.

  • Ian Fay

    Have you ever actually listened to it?

  • Davis


  • Afferbeck

    I've always wondered how bad movies get made. The years of writing and planning, the hundreds of cast and crew members, the countless hours of editing and scoring, the large amounts of money involved, even on a small movie... how does anyone not notice they're making a pile of shit? I'm going to check this podcast out.

  • chrisahl

    Hello people of Earth!

    I listen to a fair number of podcasts, and this one is my favorite as far as re-listenability.

    Probably my favorite is the previously cited Punisher: War Zone episode with Patton Oswalt and the director Lexi Alexander. Hilarious and eye opening.

  • Jess

    The Catwoman episode is my very favorite. Followed closely by the Abduction one.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Do you follow Mantzoukas on Twitter? He's SO FUNNY.

  • chrisahl

    Still not on twitter guys.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I love you.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I'm waiting for his Nundercover script to hit the web.

  • Jake Cashill

    There can be only one... Nundercover.


  • googergieger

    I don't even think it's the best podcast on earwolf, or as I like to call it, how I get through my workdays. That and Thrilling Adventure Hour, anyways. Though sometimes I listen to radiolab and startalk when I wants to gets smarts.

  • Head over to Comedy Bang Bang to get more Mantzoukas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • AudioSuede

    I've listened to roughly a billion episodes of that show, and the episode with Jason and Dalton Wilcox is my favorite by far.

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