Podcast: [BRACKET!]


[BRACKET!] is a weekly podcast that uses the single greatest hierarchy method known to mankind (the Sweet 16 Bracket) to sort out the absolute best in all fields: movie quotes, periods of time, cereals, logos, philosphical concepts, and types of sharks. Hosted by John Ryan "Big Shoes Please" Abbott, Cullen Jennings, Jesse "Bootaide" Knowles and Greg L. Mercer.

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  • Episode #177 - Best Disney Channel Original Movie

    Let's watch a Disney Channel Movie with Lucas and Emma from DCOMedy! Sixteen of them, to be exact. For the first time ever, ALL of your favorites are on here! We've got This Horny House, Phantom of the Opera But For Kids, Teen Wolf in March, Teen Wolf...

  • Episode #176 - Best Thing About Fall

    It's the (second) most wonderful time of the year! Bring your best flannel and join us around the bonfire for some hot cider. Hey one thing you have to know, though....on your way up here, you're gonna have to drive around this Oktoberfest thing. Whate...

  • Episode #175 - Best Ant

    See, because last week we did "Best Uncle" and so like, this week we're doing Ants. It's one of my favorite jokes, a homophone joke. This is probably the point where Cullen would chime in and say something along the lines of "You can't say that, Dan" b...

  • Episode #174 - Best Uncle

    Your four favorite uncles are back at it again! Also they're moving in and living in the basement, the attic, and your childhood bedroom. Look, the situation isn't exactly ideal for us either. You think we want to drive you to school? I'd much rather b...

  • Episode #173 - Best Sonic the Hedgehog Character

    Sixteen of SEGA's anthropomorphic animals go up but only one can come down as the winner of the worst episode idea we've ever had.  Follow me through an hour of regrets, set me free from John's deep well of Sonic lore, and trust me that we will escape...

  • Episode #172 - Best Place at the Mall Food Court

    Quick question before you start this episode: would you order the baked ziti from Sbarro? Like...and remember, this is just hypothetical...say they had every kind of pizza on the menu ready to go. Just out of the oven, hot and fresh. A veritable buffet...

  • Episode #171 - Tournament of Champions X

    It's time once again. Sixteen winners face off in an epic Tournament of Champions [BRACKET!] to claim eternal glory and enter the hollowed grounds of Tournament of "Tournament of Champions" Champions alongside Clone High, Hammerhead Sharks, and *sigh*...

  • Episode #170 - Best Mascot

    It's a Brand Battle Royale on this week's [BRACKET!] to determine which corporate conception can always close the deal. Join us as we create our own Flo-sonas, discover the origins (and death?) of Grimace, and revisit our favorite minor-league mascot,...

  • Episode #169 - Best Boy

    The boys are back in town, with Friend of the Show Will Kusleika.

  • Episode #168 - Best Carnival Ride

    MJ from Dungeons & Lesbians and Can't Let Go - A Nashville CMT Podcast rolls into town with the county fair, bringing sixteen iconic rides to our Miserable Midway! Get ready to Tilt-a-Hurl with us as we explore the psyche of a traumatized young Dan, ju...

  • Episode #167 - Best Cake

    In honor of America's birthday, we've put together the sixteen best kinds of cake in a dessert duel to the death to determine which slice reigns supreme! Also in this episode is a shocking revelation about the Virginia Dairy Queen, Boston-style birthda...

  • Episode #166 - Best TV Theme Song

    Fallon from Dungeons & Lesbians joins us to find out whatever happened to predictability and determine which TV theme is the very best like no one ever was! Nobody told you the podcast was gonna be this way, but life is like a hurricane here in Bracket...

  • Episode #165 - Best Trio

    Okay so let's just be honest with each other here: we forgot about Destiny's Child. And that's a felony. Even worse, we have Ed, Edd, and Eddy on this list *instead* of Destiny's Child, which is a war crime. So now we're on the lamb and looking for a p...

  • BONUS -- Best Bonez

    We weren't able to get together to record a new episode this week (sorry!) so please enjoy the very first BO...

  • Episode #164 - Best Pixar Movie

    Ka-chow! We threw every Pixar movie released at time of recording (except Cars 2, don't @ me) into our patented Sweet 16 [BRACKET!], turned the dang thing on, and let 'er rip through each 90-minute romp to determine the best of the bunch. Join us on a...

  • Episode #163 - Best Disney Princess

    Stand-up comics Vanessa Gritton and Jessica Singer be our guests and help answer two simple questions: which Disney Princess reigns supreme, and if ye had ah chahnce te change yer fayte....wood ye? Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the colo...

  • Episode #162 - Best Food At a Barbecue

    Come on down to our Memorial Day BBQ! Returning guest Gabe Silva brought some gout-inducing pulled pork, and Janette Goering picked up a case of ice pops and a whole thing of cornbread. Oh, and you have *got* to try the white-people kimchi Uncle Dan br...

  • Episode #161 - Best MTV Original Series

    Coming fresh off the NEXT bus is Special Guest MJ from Dungeons & Lesbians with a Super Sweet Sixteen of the best TV shows to grace the afterschool airwaves! Hop on in to our Pimped out Ride while we hunt down some Catfish, pull some pranks with Johnny...

  • Episode #160 - Best Overwatch Hero

    Cheers, love! The cavalry's here! After an incredibly heated debate, we selected sixteen of Jeff Kaplan's most smoochable heroes to battle it out in what Jesse describes as "the most fucked [BRACKET!] yet." Will justice reign from above, or will it be...

  • Episode #159 - Best Eye

    Sound.wav's Nell Bailey makes a terrible mistake and joins us for a no-good very bad episode all about everyone's favorite organ: eyes! John summons a Blue Eyes White Dragon while placing a Trap Card face-down. Cullen changes the lyrics, title, and rea...

  • Episode #158 - Best Dog

    Billy Gagon from Dingo Dog Brewing Co. returns after a 135 episode hiatus for what may be one of our wildest episodes ever. No, really. Maybe don't start with this one as your first episode. John wills a meme into existence while Jesse tries to reclaim...

  • Episode #157 - Best Queen Song

    Special guest MJ from Dungeons & Lesbians joins us princes of the universe for a crazy little thing called [BRACKET!] to pick the Best Queen Song! The gang feels under pressure with so many killer Queen songs, but we somehow manage to break free becaus...

  • Episode #156 - Best School Lunch

    Abed Gheith returns to kick off Season Ten and help decide which iconic school lunch will be this month's Manager Special. John eats lunch in the bathroom while Cullen feeds people knuckle sandwiches. Jesse finds a surprise inside his chicken patty, an...

  • Episode #155 - Tournament of Champions IX

    The Tournament of Champions is our end-of-season battle royale where the 16 winners of Season 9 face off to be crowned Best of the Season. With only four hosts, there's only one way to break ties: calling random people in our contact lists. No, really....

  • Episode #154 - Best Fantasy Race

    Colin Padgett Arnold, our resident Bestiary expert and co-host of Creature Culture, joins our medieval melee that will separate the orcs from the elves and the merfolk from the WaveRace64s. Honestly this entire bracket is just one big excuse for us to...

  • Episode #153 - Best Dan

    Dan went to Boston to be with the rats, so Cullen, John, and Jesse recorded a very special episode that definitely did not hurt Dan's feelings at all. Made of steel, that boy. Very large, unwieldy steel. Anyways, now's a great time to pop open some Dan...

  • Episode #152 - Best Superhero Costume

    We like to think of [BRACKET!] as a judgement-free zone...like Planet Fitness! But less pizza and there's no weird alarm on the wall. When special guest Albro Lundy gets upset with our encyclopedic knowledge of Power Rangers and Captain Underpants lore...

  • Episode #151 - Best Adventurer

    Cameron Kunzelman joins us and 16 of the Best Adventurers on an odyssey to steal the Declaration of Independence! Danger will most certainly be faced head-on while the toughest of choices will be made! Does Link have what it takes to defeat Nathan Drak...

  • Episode #150 - Best Bug

    Esabelle Ryngin (science cartoonist, entomologist, and co-creator of Bugs and Kisses) joins us to metamorphose this bad podcast into a good one and help decide which of these sixteen entries is the ideal insect! Fair warning: there's a lot of Bug's Lif...

  • Episode #149 - Best Tom Hanks

    [BRACKET!] is like a box of chocolates: about half of 'em are filled with stuff you hate. The other half are palatable enough, like this episode. It could be because special guest Blythe Roberson is here to help pilot this crashing podcast into the Hud...

  • Episode #148 - Best Clown (3rd Anniversary Special)

    Greg L. Mercer, co-founding member of [BRACKET!] and co-host of the Transformers podcast Sound.wav, returns for our birthday party! And he brought sixteen clowns with him. Isn't that thoughtful? Everyone be sure to say thank you to the newest member of...

  • Episode #147 -- Best Duck

    I hope y'all are ready to have your minds blown by the incredible audio technology we have at our disposal. After we lost 23 minutes of Jesse's audio, we spent $10,000 on digitally recreating the voice of Jesse Knowles. It's incredible, we can make it...

  • Episode #146 - Best Appetizer

    Comedian and writer Meg Favreau is here to help convince Jesse that you can't call a bowl of plain tortilla chips "nachos." No really. That's a thing we have to do. And we're all going to chip in and do our part to help Jesse overcome this CERTIFIABLY...

  • Episode #145 - Best Fictional Sport

    Special Guest and Very Good KicksMan Chris Kluwe returns to pit bloodsport against laser tag against the laziest game J.K. Rowling could have invented...okay. Woof. I'm sorry. I can't keep writing this episode description pretending we didn't goof this...

  • BONUS: Building the Bracket -- Pokemon

    Here's some of that grade A premium bonus content you ordered, sir! It's the pre-show discussion before Epis...

  • Episode #144 - Best Original Pokemon

    Whoa what are you doing!?! You're supposed to throw it at the Mewtwo! Not...oh my god STOP. Special Guest Abigail Tyson from Adult Swim Games joins us again to completely ruin all of your favorite Pokemon from Red & Blue. Just destroy them. Ravage them...

  • Episode #143 - Best Paw & John's Season of Changes

    Hello new listener! Maybe don't start with this episode because BOW HOWDY is it a rough one to start with. Our guest went missing this week, so we did the most reasonable thing: recorded ourselves talking about nonsense for about 50 minutes, then doing...

  • Episode #142 - Best Loser

    "All of you!" Wow. Harsh. We were thinking, like, maybe Charlie Brown or Eeyore but okay. Special guest Claire Friedman is here with us, so congrats on not taking her feelings into consideration before throwing your sticks and stones. Really expected b...

  • Episode #141 - Best Junk

    Please don't feel bad about holding on to hundreds of Pokemon cards for years. Or the pile of Funko Pops collecting dust on your shelf. Or your collection of Doctor Who shirts from Teefury. At least you didn't eat a Yu-Gi-Oh! card live on-air while rec...

  • Episode #140 -- Best Home Alone Trap

    Well, we've only referenced Home Alone Traps about a hundred times in the past, so we might as well give them their own [BRACKET!] to find out which of Kevin McCallister's homicidal tendencies brought to life is the best. Please enjoy our Holiday 2016...

  • Episode #139 -- Now That's What I Call [BRACKET!] Vol. 1

    We goofed up! Please enjoy this special Best Of episode featuring fan favorite clips and some bonus cold opens left on the cutting room floor. This episode of [BRACKET!] sponsored by Windows 10: The Only Platform That Hates You As Much As You Hate It.

  • Episode #138 - Tournament of Champions VIII

    Listen. We're not sure how this Tournament of Champions, our gauntlet where we take the last 16 winners and face them off in a final bracket, turned into PodcAstin with Sean Astin: The Podcast Dedicated to All Things Sean Astin or Other(sam)wise. But i...

  • Episode #137 - Best Doctor

    Special Guest Alex Jones joins us for a medical melee to determine which fictional doctor is graduating at the top of the class! Jesse teaches us about the real Patch Adams, while Dan fights tooth-and-nail for tossed salad and scrambled eggs. John wond...

  • Episode #136 - Best Improvised Weapon

    Colin & Gnollbard from Creature Culture join us to fight fireworks with coffee pots! Cullen sets off an explosion in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Dan straps a tomahawk to a La-Z-Boy. John gets a geography lesson and sets up underground Frankenstein fights.

  • Episode #135 - Best Vacation

    Gabe Silva (animator at Rooster Teeth) joins us for a getaway gauntlet! Dan sneaks away from the chaperones. Jesse tries out for a reality show but won't tell us which one. John hosts MTV Spring Break Live from the video game conventions while Cullen c...

  • Episode #134 - Best Pop-Tart

    Abigail Tyson and Sean Baptiste from Adult Swim's Lunchtime Games join us for a toaster pastry throwdown! Cullen walks us through the Do's and Dont's of consuming toxic items in your pantry. Dan spreads the good word of "Freeze 'Em, Then Eat 'Em!" dess...

  • Episode #133 - Best Sidekick

    It's a controversial companion clash this week on [BRACKET!]. Jesse cooks up some waffles with Chewbacca, while John drops some bees down claymation knickers. Cullen teaches us some famous Dreamworks catchphrases, and Dan throws Samwise into whatever t...

  • Episode #132 - Best Witch

    Friend of the show and illustrator Irene Koh returns for our final Spooky Month episode to decide which witch frightens us the most! Jesse REALLY wants to see Blair Witch already, while John recounts his time spent with Wicked. Cullen just wants a sand...

  • Episode #131 - Best Skeleton

    Special Guest and skeleton expert Arden joins us to figure out which bag of bones reigns supreme! Cullen hunts for Bigfoot, while John rewatches the ending of Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest. Jesse has to make a tough choice between Manny...

  • Episode #130 - Best Blood

    Special Guest Jessica Michelle Singleton returns to [BRACKET!] to help us with our coagulation contemplation. Cullen destroys a home with fake blood, while John forgets how blood vessels work. Dan tells the true story of the Fox and the Hound and predi...

  • Episode #129 - Best Werewolf

    Special Guests Nell Bailey & Greg L. Mercer from sound.wav join us to kick off Spooky Month, the annual [BRACKET!] tradition of Halloween-themed episodes throughout October. Please enjoy this extra-length episode in which at least 30 minutes are spent...

  • Episode #128 - Best Boss

    Special Guest Albro Lundy joins us in a corporate conference call clash! John chases after them Duke boys with Nobuo Uematsu's personal choir. Dan tries to outrun the law with Buddy Valastro, while Cullen teaches us about a wrestler who's *thing* was b...

  • Episode #127 - Best Baby

    Comic Roulette's Alex Jaffe returns to [BRACKET!] to talk smack about cartoon babies. John describes in detail the Three Sins of Bamm Bamm, while Cullen wants to get wit'cha and take your picture. Jesse is on Tasteless Joke Patrol. Dan is curious what...

  • Episode #126 - Best Song of 1999

    Special guest Chipocrite (Paul Weinstein) joins us to hang out the side of our best friend's ride in a heated musical melee! John takes us back to his local skating rink, while Jesse digs out a copy of Disney's Treasure Planet soundtrack. Cullen backs...

  • Episode #125 - Best Video Game Console

    Composer and sound designer Emily Meo joins us for an all-out console war. Cullen shares his love of Gex and Bonk. Dan says some hurtful things about Final Fantasy IX, and Jesse 100% agrees with him. Emily sets us free to escape from the city, and John...

  • Episode #124 - Best Planet

    Special Guest PJ Sykes joins us to get our asses to Mars. Cullen unlocks some bonus features on the Planet Earth blu-ray. Jesse has a fateful encounter outside Planet Hollywood. John cooks up some special spuds, while Dan has a pessimistic outlook on h...

  • Episode #123 - Best Date

    Eden and Fin from Going Down With Ship join us to let sparks fly and reminisce about high school dates. Dan kicks off a long-term relationship with Mos Def and Jack Black. Cullen scores the USA a Gold Medal in "Proms." Eden and Fin teach us about MTV D...

  • Episode #122 - Best Fruit

    [BRACKET!] returns with a crate of fresh blue raspberries from the farmer's market to kick off Season Eight! Cullen takes a crack at some produce with a baseball bat behind the Wal-Mart. John helps peaches learn to use Windows Movie Maker. Jesse gets u...

  • A Special Announcement From [BRACKET!]

    Please enjoy this content package we have prepared for you in the Year of Our Lord 2016 about our extended holiday, our return date, and how four of us are fuckin' rats.

  • Episode #121 - Tournament of Champions VII

    And so it's come to this. The Season of Anime culminates in the Tournament of Champions VII, pitting sixteen winners against each other in a horrifying battle royale. Dan McKenney, John Ryan Abbott, Jesse Knowles, Greg L. Mercer and returning host Cu...

  • Episode #120 - Best Ship

    Special guest and friend of the show Eden Porter of Going Down With The Ship joins us to find the ultimate OTP with Best Ship. Meanwhile John demands answers regarding The Mpreg Situation, Greg explains which fictional character most resembles himsel...

  • Episode #119 - Best Lie

    Special guest Johnny Mac, superstar dentist and Big Brother houseguest, joins us once again to lie through our teeth, see what I did there? Meanwhile Dan reveals what he likes most about pools, Jesse steers us into bummer territory, and a special fri...

  • Episode #118 - Best Murder Weapon

    Special guest Nell Bailey, illustrator, friend of the show, and host of SOUND.wav, joins us once again to determine the best murder weapon. Meanwhile Dan recites the best line in all of Catfish, John reveals his Pokemon typing preferences, and nobody...

  • Episode #117 - Best Sandwich

    Special guest William Brierly of Soda Drinker Pro, Vivian Clarke and My Girl: The Movie: The Game joins us with Janel SantaCruz and guest host Dan McKenney, filling in for Jesse Knowles and Cullen Jennings respectively, to chow down on Best...

  • Episode #115 - Best Knights

    Special guest Colin Padgett-Arnold of Creature Culture and opinions about beer joins us to get regal with Best Knights! Meanwhile Greg debates whether a favorite entry actually deserves to be on the bracket at all, Cullen discusses his Martin Lawrenc...

  • Episode #114 - Best Condiments

    Click for final results Special guest and friend of the show Abb...

  • Episode #113 - Best Weather

    Special guest and friend of the show Brennan Williams, the Great Black Otaku, joins us once again to survive the elements with Best Weather. Meanwhile Cullen gets incredibly angry incredibly quick, Greg answers quickly as this week's Hot Seat host, a...

  • Episode #112 - Best Mad Scientists

    Special guest Alex Jaffe, editor of Bartkira and Comic Roulette graciously returns after a lost...

  • Dirty Toilet Water Redemption Match - Season 6

    We blew it! Episode #111 (Best Simpsons Side Character, with friend of the show Alex Jaffe of Bartkir...

  • Episode #110 - Best WWE Catchphrase

    Click for final results Special guest and [BRACKET!] producer Ja...

  • Episode #109 - Best Disney Original Animated Series

    Special guest Dani Fernandez, comedian and friend of the show joins us to solve and mystery and rewrite history with Best Disney Original Animated Series. Meanwhile Greg reveals the series that bridged the gap between him and cool black girls, John r...

  • Episode #108 - Best Video Game Protagonist

    Lucky number 108! Special guest Chris Johnston of Adult Swim Games and the Player One Podcast joins us to select the best Video Game Protagonist. Meanwhile John reveals whether or not he would ACTUALLY kiss Sonic, Greg reveals which video game protag...

  • Episode #107 - Best Rock

    Special guest Nick Hausman of Wrestlezone joins us along with returning guest Irene Koh to determine the Best Rock. Meanwhile Greg explains who he wants as a dad, Cullen personally invites you to come play Rock Band with us and tells the story o...

  • Episode #106 - Best Dorm Poster Movie

    Special guest and [BRACKET!] intern Zach Bruce joins us to determine the best movie about, like, honestly yeah there's fighting and stuff but it's so much deeper than that. Like most people will just think it's about violence or whatever, but really,...

  • Episode #105 - Best Girl Scout Cookie & Best Best

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  • Episode #104 - Best Princes

    Special guest Jessica Michelle Singleton, comedian and friend of the show, joins us for the absolutely royal Best Prince. Meanwhile Jesse discovers live on air what a Prince Albert is, Greg explains what caused him to chant Hail Satan today (besides...

  • Episode #103 - Best Fictional Foods

    Click for final results Special guest Steve Yurko, illustrator a...

  • Episode #102 - Tournament of Champions VI

    Click for final results Season 6 rests its weary feet at the top...

  • Episode #101 - Best Rivalries

    Click for final results Special guest Patrick Miller, author on...

  • Episode #100 - Best Thing

    For episode 100, we pulled out all the stops. We do our first ever THIRTY-TWO ENTRY bracket, and we did it live. What topic could possibly be so important to require 32 entries? Why, Best Thing. Of, like, everything. If something isn’t on this list,...

  • Episode #099 - Best Breakfast Foods

    Special guest Janette Goering joins us to gruffle down some greasy goodness in Best Breakfast Food. Meanwhile Greg brings up the commonly misinterpreted dichotomy between hashbrowns and home fries, John contemplates the wonders of the fruit bowl, and...

  • Episode #098 - Best Ball

    Special guest Abed Gheith joins us once again for...look, we'll be honest with you here. We picked Best Ball because we thought it was funny. And it is! This is a really good episode. I mean, yes, it's an episode about balls. Ball jokes happen. It ha...

  • Episode #097 - Best Christmas Movies

    Click for final results Special guest and friend of the show San...

  • Episode #096 - Best Birds

    Special guest Michael Zavala, our very own stat guy and writer for The Cart Driver joins us to fly sky high with Best Bird. Meanwhile Cullen explains the horrifying genetic mutations present in all turkeys, Jesse explains what exactly is the deal wit...

  • Episode #095 - Best Star Wars Vehicles

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  • Episode #094 - Best Aliens

    Coming in from Roswell, New Mexico, we have the first ever in-person episode of [BRACKET!]. We decide the best alien amongst the four of us, r...

  • Episode #093 - Best Thanksgiving Dishes

    Click for final results Gather round as the whole [BRACKET!] fam...

  • Episode #092 - Best Nintendo Properties

    Special guest Alex Jaffe, Editor-in-Chief of Comic Roulette joins us to fire-flower metroids and throw pokeballs at squidkids in Best Nintendo Property. Meanwhile Greg reveals his greatest 3DS-based shame, John explains why Splatoon is Nintendo's fut...

  • Episode #91 - Best Pizza Toppings

    Click to view final results Special guest Andrew WK, rock legend...

  • Episode #090 - Best Fighting Tournaments

    Special guest Persia of Team Brokentier joins us to engage in hand-to-hand combat to determine the Be...

  • Episode #089 - Best Way To Die

    Special guest Johnny Mac, Veto King of Big Brother 17 and Dentist Extraordinaire joins us to send Spookymonth to the grave with Best Way To Die. Meanwhile Dan McKenney suffers Greg's "game move," Cullen explains the similarities between hot tubs and...

  • Episode #088 - Best Demons

    Special guest Steve Yurko, illustrator and podcaster, joins us to continue Spookymonth and summon up an answer as to who is truly the Best Demon. Meanwhile Greg affirms his devotion to the True Queen of All Life and Death Lilith, Jesse tells an inter...

  • Episode #087 - Best Vampires

    Click to see final results Best Vampire:Count ChoculaSpikeBunnic...

  • Episode #086 - Best Costumes

    Click for final outcome Best CostumeCelebritySexy [Noun] Costume...

  • Episode #085 - Tournament of Champions V

    Click for final outcome Tournament of Champions V:Capture the Fl...

  • Episode #084 - Best Looney Tunes

    Click to see final bracket Best Looney TuneTweety BirdWile E. Co...

  • Episode #083 - Best Sports

    Click for final bracket Best Sport:FootballTrack & FieldPro Wres...

  • Episode #082 - Best Missing Hands

    Click to view final outcome Best Missing HandEdward ElrichCaptai...

  • Episode #081 - Best Frozen Treats

    Click to see final results Best Frozen TreatIce CreamFreeze PopG...

  • Episode #080 - Best TV Dads

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