Sept. 29, 2021

Behind The M.A.S.S.K. Part Three

Behind The M.A.S.S.K. Part Three

Chad talks about the "Benchling Invasion" as he takes us "Behind The M.A.S.S.K."


Chad talks about the "Benchling Invasion" as he takes us "Behind The M.A.S.S.K." to tell the story of a batch of story submissions from listeners of 2 Girls On A Bench (@2GirlsOnaBench) including one that would change the face of the show forever. 

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:06.160 --> 00:00:11.550 Hey, everybody, welcome back. This is behind the mask. Are Three 2 00:00:12.789 --> 00:00:18.910 a overnight. Sorry, that's coming later to so this is a big this 3 00:00:18.989 --> 00:00:21.620 is a big set of episodes. Here, this next five. Here. 4 00:00:21.820 --> 00:00:24.820 This is eleven through fifteen. We're going to talk about tonight. This is 5 00:00:24.980 --> 00:00:30.460 the benching invasion. Yes, so, as I alluded to before, for 6 00:00:31.339 --> 00:00:36.890 Jordan came to us as a fan of podcast called two girls on a bench, 7 00:00:37.729 --> 00:00:40.490 right on the bench. They procrastinate a bench, they snack on the 8 00:00:40.530 --> 00:00:42.929 bench. I don't remember the order they do that in, but you get 9 00:00:43.090 --> 00:00:49.609 you get it. It's a writing podcast. It's a comedy podcast where they're 10 00:00:50.039 --> 00:00:56.000 because they're funny and and they have a their they're big in the writing community 11 00:00:56.159 --> 00:01:03.079 and they like the show. Sick bastards. So they reached out to us 12 00:01:03.200 --> 00:01:08.030 and said, Hey, we we do monthly writing prompts and we would like 13 00:01:08.390 --> 00:01:15.349 to do a writing prompt based on down to folk. We would like people 14 00:01:15.590 --> 00:01:19.980 to submit stories and and and we will give them to you to use on 15 00:01:21.060 --> 00:01:25.140 the show. And Fuck I was all on board with that because as I 16 00:01:25.180 --> 00:01:29.780 don't want to write shit because I can't. Did I mention that before? 17 00:01:29.780 --> 00:01:34.370 I can't write. So I gave him the green light, said let's go. 18 00:01:34.769 --> 00:01:45.090 So this kind of amped up things for us where we knew that we 19 00:01:45.250 --> 00:01:49.040 had stories coming in that we didn't have to wrecked. We had a stack 20 00:01:49.120 --> 00:01:56.599 of stories already done. So it was just a matter of putting it together. 21 00:01:56.840 --> 00:02:01.670 So I think we had I had like seven or eight episodes done and 22 00:02:01.790 --> 00:02:07.949 in the can ready to go. Ariel had three and more on the way. 23 00:02:08.870 --> 00:02:13.349 So I said, okay, yeah, we're here for it, we're 24 00:02:13.389 --> 00:02:17.460 in. So the stories came in. We got we got a total of 25 00:02:17.740 --> 00:02:30.129 five. We got a total of five from Mel Sharpie Hammer, some guy 26 00:02:30.129 --> 00:02:38.490 named Brett Jordan and and from attrition Shawna themselves. They they sent their story 27 00:02:38.569 --> 00:02:45.800 and themselves. So we got the stories and went through them. Ariel is 28 00:02:46.159 --> 00:02:53.280 a writer and a performer and preferred to just stick with performing things that she 29 00:02:53.439 --> 00:02:57.960 wrote. Cool with that. I'm not above do another people shit, as 30 00:02:58.240 --> 00:03:00.509 you will soon find out, and have already found out thanks to the Doogie 31 00:03:00.550 --> 00:03:07.870 Horner story. We talked about that last episode. So Trisia and Shana sent 32 00:03:08.110 --> 00:03:12.750 a story that was about witches. So we figure we kick off of that 33 00:03:13.180 --> 00:03:15.740 and they recorded dialog for it too. So I thought, okay, cool, 34 00:03:15.939 --> 00:03:21.819 I will read this story and then we'll interject their voiceovers into it and 35 00:03:22.180 --> 00:03:24.500 have fun with it. So we did. So episode eleven that came out, 36 00:03:25.419 --> 00:03:30.370 I went down and now an episode ten, I went down to one 37 00:03:30.530 --> 00:03:38.330 word titles, with the exception of episode sixteen, I think, but for 38 00:03:38.409 --> 00:03:43.240 the most part we went down to one word titles. Just seemed smoother, 39 00:03:43.360 --> 00:03:49.759 cleaner, looks good on a feed. But anyway. So outsiders was episode 40 00:03:49.800 --> 00:03:55.030 eleven and it featured Ariels Mermaid story, not her, but it was a 41 00:03:55.110 --> 00:03:59.870 mermaid story. Her take on the Little Mermaid is actually the Big Mermaid. 42 00:03:59.909 --> 00:04:04.349 But anyway. And then we had the which story from Sean and Trisha. 43 00:04:04.590 --> 00:04:11.300 So that was really good. It was really good. It was a lot 44 00:04:11.300 --> 00:04:15.379 of fun recorded that put it out in the world and it was the first 45 00:04:16.180 --> 00:04:23.180 visitors to mask, so to speak. So we leaned into that and also 46 00:04:24.730 --> 00:04:30.209 the other the other four stories. There was one that was just slightly not 47 00:04:30.810 --> 00:04:40.439 quite on point with DTF and to that person, you are not gone completely 48 00:04:41.399 --> 00:04:46.800 the way that the story is evolving, the actual mythos of down to folk. 49 00:04:48.040 --> 00:04:53.589 I have decided to sit on your story because I think I have an 50 00:04:53.589 --> 00:04:59.110 idea of bringing it in later this season. So I'm super excited about that. 51 00:04:59.470 --> 00:05:03.709 So the next story we pushed out was the the legend of St Fiona 52 00:05:04.110 --> 00:05:13.139 and Ariels like origin story of the black plague as they issue was called are 53 00:05:13.259 --> 00:05:16.980 the issue. The episode was called issue. As she is. She ash 54 00:05:17.620 --> 00:05:27.769 and again, Super Fun episode to record for me and it was just awesome. 55 00:05:28.209 --> 00:05:30.970 Now, around this time is when we decided to go to weekly releases, 56 00:05:31.089 --> 00:05:34.879 because we were churning out stories like he crazy. We were still on 57 00:05:34.959 --> 00:05:40.000 a biweekly release, but I thought this would be a cool point. Ain't, 58 00:05:40.120 --> 00:05:45.879 because we had five new stories, I had a stack, Ariel was 59 00:05:45.959 --> 00:05:49.750 churning out content again, so it was getting good. I was here for 60 00:05:50.029 --> 00:05:55.750 it. Let's go weekly, and we did so we push it. Pushed 61 00:05:55.790 --> 00:06:01.029 out episode twelve, which was ashy and that was a lot of fun. 62 00:06:01.629 --> 00:06:10.699 Next up was was the old mother Harvard Story. This was another submission from 63 00:06:10.699 --> 00:06:15.139 the bench links and it was fun. It was a lot of fun. 64 00:06:15.180 --> 00:06:25.129 Um Ariel did her got to flex her true crime chops here and we did 65 00:06:25.170 --> 00:06:29.889 a murder story is that was like an investigative drama and it was actually a 66 00:06:30.050 --> 00:06:34.560 prompt that I sent to her that I oh, I found a found a 67 00:06:34.639 --> 00:06:41.959 thing online and kind of did it as a Madlib where and it came out 68 00:06:42.040 --> 00:06:46.959 where there was a murderer on the loose and the they just kept finding feet 69 00:06:46.079 --> 00:06:50.389 everywhere. So she took that and ran with it and gave us the feet 70 00:06:50.470 --> 00:06:57.589 story and then we had the old mother Hubbard one. So around the somewhere 71 00:06:57.629 --> 00:07:01.660 in this this past three episode flex that we did this this run here, 72 00:07:04.180 --> 00:07:11.019 Brett offered to record his story. Now I got to tell you something about 73 00:07:11.220 --> 00:07:17.850 his story. I read it and I hated it. I hated it because 74 00:07:17.850 --> 00:07:25.569 I immediately wanted to go back and read it again because the reveal at the 75 00:07:25.689 --> 00:07:30.399 end I never saw coming and it pissed me off that I missed it. 76 00:07:31.120 --> 00:07:34.079 And then when I reread it, I was like it was there the whole 77 00:07:34.079 --> 00:07:41.279 time, asshole. So that I totally dug. Oh my God, I 78 00:07:41.360 --> 00:07:46.870 loved it so much. But Brett recorded a story for us. That's a 79 00:07:46.430 --> 00:07:48.750 lot of total, a lot of words just to say. Bright recorded a 80 00:07:48.790 --> 00:07:58.110 story for us and his audio was less than stellar, but I went with 81 00:07:58.230 --> 00:08:01.939 it. At this point I figured, you know, there's like three people 82 00:08:03.019 --> 00:08:07.459 listening to this podcast, so why not just churn it out? And and 83 00:08:07.100 --> 00:08:11.819 I don't care. I really didn't care. I don't care today I still 84 00:08:11.819 --> 00:08:16.810 don't care. So it was time. It was time for this. So 85 00:08:16.050 --> 00:08:22.129 I decided that I was going to bring in one of the stories that I 86 00:08:22.209 --> 00:08:31.240 had recorded earlier that, down the road, is going to to be there's 87 00:08:31.240 --> 00:08:35.639 going to be a huge there's still one story that, as of today, 88 00:08:37.080 --> 00:08:41.990 has not been released yet and it ties into this and another story that we've 89 00:08:41.990 --> 00:08:46.710 already done. So there's going to be two old stories that come together for 90 00:08:46.950 --> 00:08:54.629 this next story. But so reunions was coming out now, it's been three 91 00:08:54.669 --> 00:08:56.820 episodes into this run now, with two girls on a bench and, as 92 00:08:56.860 --> 00:09:05.820 I said, with what everybody had produced, I was out of arial stories 93 00:09:05.700 --> 00:09:13.769 and she was trying to make up time on her podcast. So this episode 94 00:09:13.889 --> 00:09:20.370 was going to be going out without her. So I made a little audio 95 00:09:20.649 --> 00:09:28.000 drama intro to it where I quote unquote, me come back to mask and 96 00:09:28.279 --> 00:09:33.320 attack Lloyd and kick off the show and I throw it over to Brett to 97 00:09:33.480 --> 00:09:39.070 read it because I locked arial in a closet. So I did my story, 98 00:09:39.710 --> 00:09:46.110 Brett performed his story with horrible audio and it's a running joke. Just 99 00:09:46.509 --> 00:09:50.830 stay with me on this. And reunions was born. It was boys night 100 00:09:50.870 --> 00:09:58.620 at mask and then we went into episode pisode fifteen. So Episode Fifteen, 101 00:09:58.659 --> 00:10:05.019 I knew it had to be Dr Callahan again because I had I had him 102 00:10:05.059 --> 00:10:11.169 on episode five. Episode ten I did my little I quit episode. So 103 00:10:11.330 --> 00:10:16.570 now I had this in my brain that every fifth episode was going to be 104 00:10:16.129 --> 00:10:24.399 some kind of production on my on my part. So Dr Callahan came back 105 00:10:24.440 --> 00:10:31.159 and my thought process was is he's just gone into area fifty one. Found 106 00:10:31.159 --> 00:10:35.399 out he was in a casino in Vegas, but we never acknowledge that until 107 00:10:35.600 --> 00:10:39.070 right now, or, you know, the first one that we did, 108 00:10:39.230 --> 00:10:43.350 the first behind the scenes we did. So it's up to me now to 109 00:10:45.070 --> 00:10:48.509 come up with something to rival that. And I immediately went to let's put 110 00:10:48.509 --> 00:10:54.379 him in a haunted house. Let's have him investigate a haunted house. But 111 00:10:54.620 --> 00:10:58.700 what haunted house should he investigate? I thought of all the most haunted places 112 00:10:58.820 --> 00:11:01.139 in the world that I could put him and make it really I the idea 113 00:11:01.340 --> 00:11:05.169 was I was going to put him there and have him just scared shitless. 114 00:11:05.409 --> 00:11:07.529 And then I got a you know, a little light bulb went off and 115 00:11:07.610 --> 00:11:11.250 I said now we got to keep it along the lines of the area fifty 116 00:11:11.330 --> 00:11:18.529 one. Episode so I put him at the haunted mansion in Disneyland. I 117 00:11:18.720 --> 00:11:22.799 did two versions of this. The first one was almost an hour long. 118 00:11:24.000 --> 00:11:28.039 So this is the it's only the second appearance of Dr Callaghan, but it 119 00:11:28.320 --> 00:11:35.669 was the first time I had to go back and rerecord it completely because it 120 00:11:35.789 --> 00:11:41.909 just went long. The original version, like I said, almost an hour. 121 00:11:41.669 --> 00:11:50.259 I put on the soundtrack to the haunted mansion in Disneyland and as it 122 00:11:50.460 --> 00:12:00.659 was playing I started almost narrating it as Dr Callaghan and had him reacting to 123 00:12:00.700 --> 00:12:05.769 the things that were happening and then, as it progressed, we find out 124 00:12:05.809 --> 00:12:09.409 that he was there right after lunch and he had had a few drinks and 125 00:12:09.610 --> 00:12:18.840 he was drunk as shit. It was funny because he was freaking out over 126 00:12:18.000 --> 00:12:24.080 things happening and then as it progressed he got less and less impressed by what 127 00:12:24.399 --> 00:12:28.320 was happening. But it went really long because if you listen to you know 128 00:12:28.519 --> 00:12:35.429 the hotta mansion rides like what, maybe four minutes long tops. I figured 129 00:12:35.470 --> 00:12:41.029 that was a safe bed. Well, the soundtrack to it is over thirty 130 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:50.419 minutes because it has every scene played out in full, where when you go 131 00:12:50.659 --> 00:12:56.659 on the ride the scenes change as the car moves through and you never hear 132 00:12:56.820 --> 00:13:00.610 the full soundtrack and it was just way too long. So I had to 133 00:13:01.169 --> 00:13:05.370 trim it back and I started editing and I just I couldn't keep the vibe 134 00:13:05.570 --> 00:13:11.169 and still have it sound cool. So I said Fuck it, I'm going 135 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:16.399 to rerecord it and I re recorded it and went with the later part of 136 00:13:16.519 --> 00:13:22.559 the original recording where he's just unimpressed. He is this, quote unquote, 137 00:13:22.559 --> 00:13:28.509 world renowned expert. He's at a haunted location and he doesn't really talk about 138 00:13:28.549 --> 00:13:31.870 the fact that it's haunted because it's the most haunted location. If something happens, 139 00:13:33.830 --> 00:13:39.549 you expect it, but if nothing happens, that's what should be talked 140 00:13:39.590 --> 00:13:45.299 about. It's the most haunted location in California. If nothing happens, then 141 00:13:46.059 --> 00:13:50.179 something's up. Why is it the most haunted location if nothing happened? So 142 00:13:50.659 --> 00:13:54.700 I went into that. As I'm recording the second go around, for some 143 00:13:54.899 --> 00:14:00.129 reason I wanted to bring back Ohu bear, his driver from area fifty one, 144 00:14:00.250 --> 00:14:03.409 and I thought this was and as I'm recording this pops in my head. 145 00:14:03.450 --> 00:14:05.809 I'm like, what if who bears there? And what if his name 146 00:14:05.889 --> 00:14:11.279 is really Hubar? And then I went through my list of voices. I 147 00:14:11.399 --> 00:14:15.120 can do all four of them and said, well, I guess I need 148 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:20.000 to make him some sort of Hispanic origin, and the last name that popped 149 00:14:20.039 --> 00:14:24.950 in my head was villain Awava. So Hubert, villain Awava was born, 150 00:14:24.269 --> 00:14:28.990 and the little funny line and is like who's this? This is zoo bear. 151 00:14:28.830 --> 00:14:35.149 Oh, your names really a bear? How about that? I thought 152 00:14:35.149 --> 00:14:39.700 that was funny. It's been a rough week, people. I'm sorry. 153 00:14:39.019 --> 00:14:43.299 It's been a rough couple of weeks and I'm recording this because I want to 154 00:14:43.299 --> 00:14:48.220 get into chapter two, but I've got to get through all of these behind 155 00:14:48.220 --> 00:14:50.980 the scene things. So I'm just sitting here recording all of them back to 156 00:14:50.059 --> 00:14:54.850 back and then I'll release him out as I release them out. That's transparency 157 00:14:54.929 --> 00:14:56.610 in this. I'm not even cut this out. You all know that I'm 158 00:14:56.610 --> 00:15:01.889 having a shit couple of weeks and I don't care right now. I'm just 159 00:15:01.049 --> 00:15:07.399 recording this because I need to put something out look at whatever. So yeah, 160 00:15:07.840 --> 00:15:11.919 so I really leaned into the Disneyland stuff. I put U bear on 161 00:15:13.039 --> 00:15:20.799 the phone and then just went all out on Disneyland and then got disgusted and 162 00:15:20.960 --> 00:15:24.509 ended it because he was on vacation. I want a vacation, I want 163 00:15:24.549 --> 00:15:28.350 to go to Disneyland, and that was that. That was that, that 164 00:15:28.509 --> 00:15:33.789 was believed and because I needed another voice on there. This is a time. 165 00:15:35.149 --> 00:15:37.139 This was around the time that we officially I think it was when we 166 00:15:37.299 --> 00:15:41.620 officially announced that Brett was joining the show, and he sent me as second 167 00:15:41.860 --> 00:15:48.700 and third recordings and they still sounded like ass. So I just went with 168 00:15:48.820 --> 00:15:54.289 it as it goes on. We just kind of leaned into the fact that 169 00:15:54.450 --> 00:15:56.769 his audio sucked while we figured out what was going on with his audio, 170 00:15:56.809 --> 00:16:00.889 which ultimately we did and now he sounds great, but in the early run 171 00:16:00.970 --> 00:16:06.960 with for Jordan, it was shit and he knows that, so I'm not 172 00:16:07.000 --> 00:16:11.600 saying anything evil or me. So then we needed to kind of put a 173 00:16:11.679 --> 00:16:15.919 button on this whole episode and so I brought in robot Chad to knock me 174 00:16:17.039 --> 00:16:19.549 out and we brought in a character that I wish we wouldn't have brought in, 175 00:16:19.750 --> 00:16:26.110 and it was kind of someone in charge. But I needed something here 176 00:16:26.669 --> 00:16:29.870 because I wanted to set something up. So at this point I was pretty 177 00:16:29.870 --> 00:16:34.740 much overwriting. I wanted to focus on Callahan and the production of the show 178 00:16:34.740 --> 00:16:44.460 at this point. So we did this little mini scene where they mind erace 179 00:16:44.620 --> 00:16:48.730 me. So I don't know that I'm a robot, but they mind wipe 180 00:16:48.769 --> 00:16:57.850 me too much and I turned into a drooling idiot and Dr Callahan suggests music 181 00:16:57.929 --> 00:17:03.039 there be which is going to set up the remainder of the show for me. 182 00:17:03.920 --> 00:17:10.279 So tune in next week for that whole evolution. And then we fell 183 00:17:10.559 --> 00:17:14.759 on my favorite story, and if I'm telling these out of order, I'm 184 00:17:14.759 --> 00:17:17.789 sorry. It's been, they say it's remember rough couple weeks. Anyway, 185 00:17:17.789 --> 00:17:22.869 we really leaned into this joke. Well, I leaned into this joke because 186 00:17:22.910 --> 00:17:26.509 I found it funny. This is June when this episode came out, which 187 00:17:26.549 --> 00:17:30.900 is what say it with me kids, pride month. So in the last 188 00:17:30.900 --> 00:17:36.180 episode we locked Ariel in the closet. So I threw in the joke that 189 00:17:36.339 --> 00:17:38.180 we couldn't let her out of the closet in the month of June because that 190 00:17:38.220 --> 00:17:42.099 would be in bad taste. But I'm pumps. Can't have people coming out 191 00:17:42.099 --> 00:17:48.089 of the closet in June. It's Cliche and it's in bad taste. Pride 192 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:53.769 Month, Hashtag bridmonth. So that explained why Ariel was not back in this 193 00:17:53.930 --> 00:18:03.680 episode. So now moving into the next five episodes. We have things happening 194 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:07.079 now. So we're going. We've got area locked in the closet, Brett 195 00:18:07.160 --> 00:18:14.750 is now on board and reading from a tin can and I have been turned 196 00:18:14.869 --> 00:18:19.509 into a blob of drooling nothingness, getting music therapy to get my brain back, 197 00:18:19.549 --> 00:18:25.829 but my thoughts back. So that was a big production in the end 198 00:18:26.069 --> 00:18:30.619 of the to with all of the characters except for Hubert popping in at the 199 00:18:30.700 --> 00:18:37.819 end to say let's do this, let's go, and that's that. Now 200 00:18:37.859 --> 00:18:42.250 I do want to say before I go off into the nothingness again and you 201 00:18:42.329 --> 00:18:48.690 wait for another week for another episode, I want to welcome and thank our 202 00:18:48.009 --> 00:18:56.680 latest supporter, Charlene. I cannot tell you enough how much it means to 203 00:18:56.799 --> 00:19:07.359 me, to us to have people support the show. You guys that support 204 00:19:07.400 --> 00:19:11.829 the show are amazing. Two more of these coming out and then we're going 205 00:19:12.029 --> 00:19:18.269 back into story mode. We've got a lot of fun stuff lined up question 206 00:19:18.430 --> 00:19:23.940 mark. What I've seen from the crew so far has been awesome. So 207 00:19:25.180 --> 00:19:32.859 we will be back next week with part four, where we dig into another 208 00:19:33.019 --> 00:19:41.490 five stories man and yet another return of Dr Callahan in the most disgusting bit 209 00:19:41.890 --> 00:19:49.250 ever. So that's it for this week. Thank you so much for coming 210 00:19:49.329 --> 00:19:52.799 in, checking it out with us, hanging out with us. Thank you 211 00:19:52.880 --> 00:19:57.000 to our supporters. Thank you to everybody that's already pounced into the disccord. 212 00:19:57.319 --> 00:20:03.359 I'm going to start posting a schedule of events for the discord. 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