A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
There's no explicit take-home message, but the implicit positive message might be to value and enjoy talking about entertaining nonsense with your friends. The humor is generally friendly and silly, not harmful or disparaging.
Positive Role Models
The hosts cheer each other on and laugh with each other more often than they put each other down. They are mostly friendly and respectful when they argue, but they also show competitiveness and use insults like, "That is so stupid," "Eat it," "You idiots," "You're a douche," and "Bougie boy."
The hosts, and the producer who occasionally chimes in, are all White male adults. Women and non-white people are not present and rarely mentioned. The host don't attempt to represent diverse communities or bring in cross-cultural perspectives.
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Violence & Scariness
The hosts casually discuss violence, weapons, and death but rarely in aggressive or gory detail. For example, they discuss whether they'd prefer to be the world's best archer or the world's best fencer, how each might be useful if someone broke into their house, and how guns make archery obsolete. They describe worrying about their kids when their messages go unanswered, saying they think, "Well, they're dead." They discuss whether they'd rather die from heat or by freezing. While chatting about their memories of Choose Your Own Adventure books, they talk about blowing themselves up with firecrackers and accidentally carrying a gun at the airport.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In debating whether a flying carpet or a flying broom would be better, a host mentions, "the sexier broomstick pick." A host talks about blueberries and Uranus as body parts. They sometimes mention their long-term relationships with their wives.
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Likeable adult male hosts casually use light insults like, "That is so stupid," "Eat it," "That sucks," and "You're a douche." They call people, things, and each other dummies, idiots, stupid, and pathetic. There is also some potty language like, "takin' a whiz," and, "pee pee cakes," and mild profanity like, "Oh crap." Some of the negative comments are about one another's traits or tastes, like, "You think I can't wipe? You think I'm that fat?".
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Products & Purchases
The hosts read some of the ads, and they happen before, during, and at the end of each episode. Sponsors include Rocket Money, Fastrak Bay Area, Acorns, Lowe's and a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The hosts talk about excessive drinking when they discuss whether they'd rather have too many adult beverages at a friend's wedding or a friend's funeral. They touch on the humor and inappropriateness of drunk behavior. In discussing the pronunciation of the word aunts, they say that some aunts, "crush the 40 ounce."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the hosts of Spitballers Comedy Podcast talk about their opinions on hypothetical scenarios and rankings lists, regularly veering into potty humor, imagined violence, and light insults. The three white male hosts model some creativity and kindness as they laugh with one another over the course of an hour. The hosts and producer are the same as those for Fantasy Footballers - Fantasy Football Podcast.
Is It Any Good?
Hearing three adult guys talk and laugh about generally harmless topics might be comforting for some listeners. Spitballers Comedy Podcast is sometimes funny and creative. The absence of any meaningful content, diverse perspectives, educational value, or good take-home messages might be exactly the point, but makes this podcast a better pick for adults passing the time than families seeking worthwhile listens for kids.
You should avoid listening to Spitballers Comedy Podcast with children if you want to spare them imaginary violence, potty humor, mentions of excessive drinking, names of junk food and products, and light insults. For more educational and kid-friendly debates, try Smash Boom Best. To hear some interesting father-son debates on meaningful topics for teens, check out Hold Me Back. And if the family's just in the mood for laughs, check out comedy podcast The Plop or the Mad Libs app.
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