I love podcasts and how certain shows are so niche they could only exist as a podcast. So what started as a humor piece on niche podcasting turned into a real experiment where I simply interview other people named Brian:
4,000 Brians on Twitter:
(Despite the silly premise, there’s a bit more “journalism” than comedy in the actual episodes:)
Brian interviews Brian Klaas, the author of “How to Rig an Election”, Washington Post columnist, and fellow at the London School of Economics. Find out all the ways a Brian can rig various types of governments and become The Ultimate Authoritarian Dictator of Briantopia, formerly known as Earth in this episode recorded at the London School of Economics. Universal Brian questions at (23:18)
Brian interviews Monty Python’s “Brian” in beer form in the form of an interview with Black Sheep Brewery’s head brewer, Phil Douglas. Hear about the creation and character of Brian, and how the collaboration with Monty Python came about in this very naughty episode from the brewery in North Yorkshire, UK.
Brian interviews Brian Skuse, a UX designer in Boston for Jibo, the home robot companion. Hear his Rochester accent, his non-robotics background with Brian and Brian going way back as Brian comrades, and what really dumb name Brians should be glad they don’t have to respond to… from Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn. Universal Brian questions at (20:30)
Brian interviews Brian Hlavacek, the ballpark DJ at infamous Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs home baseball games. This Brian plays all the player walk-up music, along with whatever gets the crowd going during inning breaks. Hear the crazy reason he got this job and find out which superstitious player only enters the batters box on a specific beat in this episode from Happy Camper in Chicago. Universal Brian questions at (22:45)
Brian interviews Brian Havig, a brand writer/director at MTV and comedian who makes all sort of offbeat promos for his job and funny social experiments for himself. They include being a Comic-Con man on the really wrong street and seriously committing to a Thunderstruck dance routine around NYC while wearing a “Brian” shirt. Universal Brian questions at (25:45)
Brian interviews Bryan* Roth, the director of the North American Guild of Beer Writers and writer for publications like All About Beer, Beer Advocate, etc. and his own site, thisiswhyimdrunk.blog. Find out which beer would most represent a Brian in this episode from Fullsteam Brewery in Raleigh, NC. Universal Brian questions at (38:30)
Brian interviews Brian Spaeth, the proprietor of turtlecalls.com, a business where he gets paid to call people and pretend to be a turtle. Universal Brian questions at (44:00)
Brian interviews Brian Cohen, a Brooklyn public high school math teacher who’d give up pie before pi. He’s also an avid travel hacker so after he gives us a lesson on the New York public school system, he tells us how to beat the system when it comes to travel. Universal Brian questions at (1:00:40)
Brian interviews Brian Olsen, an author of hard-to-label novels who details what you need to know about the business of self publishing, and how to stop naming every character “Brian” by using a random name generator. Universal Brian questions at (37:45)
Brian interviews Bryan* Sapan, a construction company project manager who knows all too well the changes on the ground in Brooklyn, plus the craziness of The Diamond District from a past working life. Universal Brian questions at (13:30)
Brian interviews all the Brians on Bedford Avenue who just happened to be walking by where he was set up at a table with a microphone and a sign that read, “If your name is Brian, get interviewed for a podcast.” Over a couple hours, there were 8 Brians — 5 Brians and 3 Bryans. And a Brian Wolff and a Bryan Wolf. Crazy. This is all those Brians edited together into one compilation interview with Brian-tastic results.
Brian interviews Brian Hutchinson, a Wushu practitioner and systems admin for Major League Baseball. What is Wushu? It’s why Jet Li and Cung Le would kick your ass, but in the fanciest way possible. Universal Brian questions at (57:30)
Brian interviews Bryan* Schneider, the beverage director for Quality Branded restaurant group in New York. He has created inventive cocktails on menus across the city since 2005, from Michelin-starred Daniel to Brooklyn’s Clover Club, including the maybe-way-too-inventive “California Chardonnay.” Universal Brian questions at (1:12:00)
Brian interviews Brian Snyder, a fine fragrance perfumer technician at one of the “big four” perfume companies who knows way more about smells than the average Brian. Universal Brian questions at (45:45)
Brian interviews Brian Ellingsen, a double bassist who somehow makes a living as a classical musician. He performs at festivals around the world and as a chamber musician of the Carnegie Hall affiliate ensemble, Decoda. Universal Brian questions at (39:50)
Brian interviews Brian Gartside, a typographer and graphic designer, and finds out the difference between a typeface and a font, and then forgets it the next day. Universal Brian questions at (31:10)
Brian gives you some history on the name Brian.
All verified Brians gain access to The Brian Portal:
*this project is forging an alliance between Brians and Bryans
Brian Vs. Bryan spelling is a hot button issue within the Brian community.
Bryans are currently included because we’re all BRY-uhn, but I’m keeping the ratio of Brian to Bryan episodes proportional to the population. Buuuut, if the combined votes of “Bryan Cranston” and “Yes” get too far below even, there may have to be a change.
And since it’d be impossible for me to actually interview all the Brians, I wrote a Messenger chatbot to gather the stories of any Brians who want to participate (and play Brian trivia):
Sorry non-Brians, it only works for Brians/Bryans based on your Facebook profile name.
But you can follow along on Twitter: