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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 10 – Actually Cruisin’

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Chris and Gregg are on the road, literally cruisin’ while recording another “Special Version” episode, their 10th! TOP GUN: MAVERICK has been delayed once again, but this was an opportunity to record that couldn’t be passed up. Put your metaphorical (or literal) seat belt on for Six Degrees of Top Gun, Cruise Controlling the previous “Special Version” episode’s precaps, Chris tastes gray Skittles, Gregg forgets the third thing he’d use a time machine for*, the number that’s nearly 70, and talk of the second recording session that failed.

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 9 – 2020, The Year without Top Gun: Maverick

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Gregg and Chris return with another “Special Version” episode after a full calendar year…and what a year it’s been. 2020 brought upon many things, but none of them was the new Tom Cruise movie, namely TOP GUN: MAVERICK. But the cruse must go on, and there was no shortage of Cruise news to peruse: Tom in Italy at the start of the pandemic. Tom seeing TENET in a theater. And of course, Tom’s leaked audio rant on the set of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7!  Chris and Gregg get to the bottom of it, plus: Chris’ Science Corner, A Cruisin’ Carol, You the Listener, toy spoilers, bit on a bit, broken bits, and bit battle, sh*t for grapes, Goldie Hawn?!, a heaping helping of a whole lotta Hanks a Lot…and spoilers abound in the very first ever precap battle!!!

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 8 – The Cowboy Cruise Cameo Question (and) Cruisin’ Together: 10.5 – Young Guns

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Chris and Gregg saddle up for a very special “Special Version” episode, joined by “fan since day 2” Jon Thurmond to delve into the mystery of the curious case of the Cruise cowboy cameo in the movie YOUNG GUNS. Amidst talk of the 1980s, Rubik’s products, and witches, they examine roughly 7 seconds of footage to determine if a rumored cameo is indeed Tom Cruise in cowboy disguise.

And if it is Tom Cruise, how do they resolve YOUNG GUNS’ omission from their comprehensive and chronological assessment of Tom Cruise’s filmography?

That comes in the form of an unprecedented point-five episode inside a “Special Version” episode, where Gregg and Chris welcome “fan since day 2” Jon Thurmond to break down YOUNG GUNS, Cruisin’-style – plot recap battle is waged, Top Toms are told, and Cruise Controls are called out in between discussions of Jon Bon Jovi’s YOUNG GUNS 2 soundtrack, unused takes from YOUNG GUNS 2, high-pitch basketball, what’s the best Batman movie, a good bit of music talk and some singing, lot’s of apologies from Gregg, and…recoil!

Not to be outdone, during the break, there’s debate over pie, consideration of John “Bowser” Bowman, Chris ventures to name four listeners, and Gregg brings up another questionable Cruise cameo.

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 7 – InsTOMgram, Episode 2: Feel the Need?

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Chris and (Cousin) Mike strap in once again for another installment of their ancillary spin-off “InsTOMgram,” taking their patented deep dive into the first trailer (teaser?) for TOP GUN: MAVERICK. Lots of bird talk (i.e. ducks and wingspans) , sports talk (i.e. volleyball and football), and Star Wars talk (i.e. Chewbacca and Luke Starwalker). Plus, some dream casting, that show Friends, and they ask and answer the question, “Who is Goost?”

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Cruisin’ Together: Special Version Episode 6 – Crewsin’ Together

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Chris and Gregg present their friends’ show, CREWSIN’ TOGETHER, about the filmography of Terry Crews. Co-hosts Branwyn, Tyler, and David get right into discussing THE 6TH DAY, complete with segments like “Crucial Crews,” “David’s Science Nook,” “Terry Cloth,” trivia and more. They cover a lot of ground and laughs are had, but Gregg and Chris aren’t on the same page regarding their feelings about the CREWSIN’ crew and the show they did do.

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RIP Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, has passed away.

For over 18 years I have worked on SpongeBob-related material – character art, comics, coloring books, storybooks. That I was allowed to play with those toys as much as I have is a direct result of the approval and good graces of Stephen Hillenburg.

It has been a defining pillar of my career so far.

I’ve written about my career with SpongeBob (and Stephen Hillenburg), in 2010. And just last year I wrote about them again in my monthly e-newsletter.

Which is to say that I don’t know that there’s much more to say save for this is profoundly sad news.



First announced in my monthly email newsletter, I’ve started a series of YouTube drawing videos called STUFF SKETCHED. A pseudo-spinoff of my STUFF SAID podcast, these videos will feature my drawing something with a voice over commentary of some kind. So far there are two videos up on YouTube (and at, with more to come. This is a work-in-progress, and I welcome comments, questions, and suggestions for what I might draw, talk about, etc.

In the meantime, here are the first two videos in the series:

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Cruisin’ Together: 43 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Gregg and Chris return for a new episode, just like Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, for the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Fallout. And this time they’re joined from the other coast by writer, editor and podcaster David Brothers. After shaking off their ring rust, talk quickly turns to tricycles, big wheels and bicycle accidents. The case of Steve Winwood gets re-opened, Wikipedia woes are shared, and Gregg offers a fan theory connecting the Mission: Impossible franchise to another Tom Cruise film, Minority Report. Everyone brings something to a mixed medley of Top Toms and some controversial Cruise Controls, plus talk of what might be next for Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible films to come. And as they do, Gregg reports on shirtlessness, Chris gives everyone the fitness lowdown, and new words are coined! Plus, another epic-length mid-show break with talk of Duck, Duck, Goose, patents, and…the possible return of intern Jeff/Geoff?!

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