Alex returns from our nation's capitol to confront tales told in her absence. She also brings with her the latest Sue Nicholson and Bevan Chang physic/clairvoyant/seer news. The gang of three give their verdicts on Lorde's new album as well as mourning the apparent disappearance of Max Key's vlog. Not to worry there's always Rawdon Christie's bleak Instagram feed.
Alex has gone to Wellywood, so Jane and Duncan convinced her mere male Joe Harper to join the pod and give us a glimpse into life living living with the AC on 24/7. It was quite frankly disturbing and we're glad to be able to share it with the world. Forewarned is forearmed.
Joe is also one of New Zealand's biggest Survivor superfans, author of our Power Rankings and guest on TVNZ's aftershow, Little Survivor. He caught us up on the New Zealand edition, and the global fans response. We also talked about our worst ever jobs (Joe's was eating onion rings all day, which doesn't sound that bad tbh), this giant turkey loose in Dunedin, a disturbing scandal on Bachelor in Paradise, the new John Campbell / Nigel Latta show and, somehow, more. Plus, we drink the new sugarfree Coke for the real review!
This week on The Real Pod, the gang travel back to the ancient land of 2017, where knights, dames and maidens roamed the Earth. That's right, the Queen's Birthday Honours list belched up some interesting picks from John Key to Julie Christie. Duncan defends Julie Christie in a royal joust, Alex wins a damehood for services to hair growth and Jane won't stop talking about her bloody bread rolls.
In other news, Max Key gets in trouble with the world for outing the location of Lorde's Auckland home, Mike McRoberts has run a good marathon time and Jordan Mauger has blessed us with yet another belfie. C'mon let's go to the bum tan lines, it's The Real Pod
In our first Bachelor-free week in a long time, host Jane Yee is joined by Alex Casey and Duncan Greive to still talk about The Bachelor for an extended period of time. We talk about The Women Tell All episode, Ceri's gross bin-chicken revelations and life outside the mansion for our recently lapsed Bachelorettes.
Beyond that, we recall a night with Ferndale's finest for the explosive 25th anniversary episode (starring Alex), Jane frantically bids on an expensive cake live on mic and we argue the effectiveness of David Bain's name change. JJ is auctioning off her boobs, John Key is doing a dab and, in the words of Jane herself, "no-one finds this interesting."
'Twas a brisk Christchurch evening when The Real Pod team assembled with 70 of their best mates* in the city art gallery to talk about our feelings following Zac Franich's final decision. Why did Lily miss out despite winning over his family? Why wasn't there a final rose? Why were his trousers soaking wet?
Beyond The Bachelor NZ – because we'll all need to move on eventually – the gang also sum up a crazy week in celebrity interactions. Whether it is meeting Bachelorettes at the Pussy Galore party, singing with Cuddly Bear or making bad jokes at the Canon Media Awards, we spill all the insider gossip you never knew you needed. Soak it up like a pair of Hallenstein's chinos on a Hawke's Bay beach.
'Twas the night before The Champagne Lady's party and The Real Pod gang are preloading with disgusting flavoured jellybeans and unfounded claims about Avril Lavigne being dead. Before tackling the penultimate week on The Bachelor NZ, we chew over Bill English's walk-run and the highs and lows of Mother's Day
Zac Franich's competitive kayak to the finish line of love is nearly over, and we were blessed to spend time on hometown dates this week. Which Dad has the best facial hair? What is Rosmini? And why did no-one get to stay overnight? All your questions: finally answered to varying degrees of success.
This week we drain some delicious bottles of Champagne Jacquart with New Zealand's greatest reality television star, Anne Batley Burton. Having never seen a moment of The Bachelor NZ before, Anne helps us dissect the past week in the mansion, as well as regaling us with hilarious tales from her extraordinary life.
How did Anne meet Cuddly Bear? What's a wang dang doodle, really? And why oh why have you not bought a ticket to her fundraising shindig yet??? The deal is: buy a ticket to Anne’s incredible ‘Pussy Galore’ benefit, held in Auckland’s plush Parnell on May 17, then forward the ticket to email@example.com and you’re on the list for a pre-party at The Spinoff offices, with complimentary CHAMPAGNE JACQUART and a guaranteed selfie with the Lady herself. Can't put a price on that ($120).
Comedy expert Chelsea McEwan Millar and comedy co-editors Sam Brooks and Natasha Hoyland sat around the oval table to give their unqualified opinions and general banter on the NZ International Comedy Festival.
The first episode of our comedy festival podcast The Laugh Off has our host and comedy editors talk about the first few days of the Comedy Festival. They go into the immense lineup of the Comedy Gala, the differences between the broadcast and the televised version, and give their picks for the first proper week of the festival.
The Real Pod team are reunited after a tumultuous few weeks, to chill out and talk Bachelor and pop culture like a bunch of frozen contestants in an ice bath. We also dissect Max Key's pitiful chicken nugget challenge, bFM's hiring of plucky upstart Michael Havoc, and laugh raucously about judges solemnly listening to 'Lose Yourself' in court.
Welcome to a landmark episode of The Real Pod, where Jane and Alex are joined LIVE and IN PERSON by Jordan Mauger of The Bachelor NZ 2016. Despite his resistance to watching "trash TV", they somehow manage to discuss this week on The Bachelor NZ, before Jordan answers your hard-hitting questions about his time in the mansion.
Why were his shoes so disgusting? Did he write the date cards? Why did he even go on the show? Has he worked on his Sméagol impression? How did he cope with us slamming him every week? All that answered, plus a bombshell in the last two minutes that left us literally gasping.