A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
There is no explicit take-home message. The implied theme is that humor can be fun and friendly
Positive Role Models
The fictional hosts are positive, energetic, and likable. They banter, relate, and laugh at one another's jokes. Humor is not mean or offensive toward any characters, people, or groups.
Violence & Scariness
Includes some jokes about fictional monsters like vampires, mummies, witches, and bigfoot. On a non-holiday episode, one joke was, "Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers? No, they eat them separately. Get it? Because they're zombies and they eat fingers…" Sometimes a related sound effect is included after the punchline, so some monster noises occur after monster jokes.
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Some jokes include potty humor, with mentions of pee, poop, burps, and toilets. Examples include, "Why did the elephant bring toilet paper to the party? He was a party pooper," ''If you're American when you go into the bathroom and American when you come out of the bathroom, what are you when you're in the bathroom? You're-a-peein'," and "What color is a burp? Burple."
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Products & Purchases
Some jokes relate to popular characters like Darth Vader, Superman, and Spiderman. In the free version, there are ads to purchase the Pinna app to gain full access to this and other podcasts
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the paid version of HiLL-LaRRy-uS!, which is available through the Pinna app or as part of a subscription to the Boredom Busters bundle on Apple Podcasts, provides a year's worth of daily one-minute episodes. Other platforms like Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher offer 20 free episodes with an ad for the Pinna app. Fictional hosts Hillary and Larry are energetic and positive. They tell a couple jokes, chat, laugh, and say goodbye in under two minutes. Jokes often align with the date's relevant holiday like April Fools Day or Halloween, or a lesser-known holiday like Old Rock Day or National Compliment Day. Jokes are mostly harmless, with some making reference to popular characters like Spiderman or Darth Vader, some mentioning monsters like witches or bigfoot, and others dabbling in potty humor about burps, butts, or poop.
Is It Any Good?
For a child who already loves jokes, this might be a fun daily listen. The humor in HiLL-LaRRy-uS! is never mean or offensive. The hosts do a great job keeping it silly, positive, and friendly. Some of the humor might be over younger kids' heads, and the episode titles will usually let you know whether popular characters, monsters, or potty humor might be in store. About half of the episodes are date-specific, so if you want to spark curiosity about the featured holidays, you'll need to pay for the ad-free bundle or Pinna app subscription and follow along day by day.
You might use this brief daily goofiness to smooth over a rough transition during the day, but don't expect it to spark any meaningful conversation. If you have more than two minutes of listening time, you may want to pick something more educational or thought-provoking.
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