The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2017

December 19, 2017

To punish you all for being naughty this year, The Spinoff made an unholy mash-up of four of its podcasts.

Join Leonie Hayden, Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas, Duncan Greive, Alex Casey, Michele A’Court and Henry Oliver as they discuss the biggest events of 2017 (and Married At First Sight) in a grotesque rat-king of piping hot takes.


In which Matilda Rice drops by for Christmas

December 19, 2017

In the final Real Pod of the year, it’s only right that we are joined by Matilda Rice - reality TV queen, published author and certified lazy girl. Jane, Alex and Duncan sit down with Matootles and a huge pile of Nando’s to look back on the year that was, delve into her private life with Art and find out how her good old Dad Ken is going.

Beyond that, we get some certified scoops from her life in The Bachelor mansion and beyond. Who clogged up the toilet in the mansion? Which local celebrity would make the dream Bachelorette? What’s Heartbreak Island? And why did Matootles lie about buying a house with Art?

Pour yourself a cup of Peri Peri sauce and get stuck in, The Real Pod is going out with a very spicy bang in 2017.


Holy Si Barnett, Dancing With the Stars is back?!?

December 12, 2017

The Real Pod assembles in The Spinoff boardroom of dreams to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture, thanks to Nando's. 

This week on The Real Pod, we are all on a come-down after an amazing pre-record with Queen Matootles, which will be our Christmas gift to you all next week. With Nando's firmly in both our hands and hearts, we discuss the bold return of Dancing With the Stars to Three next year. How are there any viable celebrities left? Should they just make it all MAFSNZ people? Why is Dai hosting and not Dom?

Beyond that, Alex recounts nearly crashing her car after seeing Shane Cortese in the wild, Duncan tells a bunch of drunken recollections and half-truths, and Jane wows us all with a Hilary Barry penis cake. It's The Real Pod, and it's about to get very real.


Praise the chicken gods, we finally got sponsored!

December 5, 2017

Call the police, call the midwife, call your parents: The Real Pod has now got a luxury sponsor in Nando's. And what a week for them to come on board, a week where the gang hit the New Zealand TV awards, Jordy Pordy dressed as a genie and Sam Wallace had an underwear problem.

What happened with Jane, Alex and Samantha Hayes in the toilets? Why does the entire New Zealand TV industry hate Duncan so much? And what's Zac Franich doing loitering around the foyer? All that and so much more, it's The Real Pod and it's here whether you like it or not.


An apology to Polly and Grant and a lament for the Champagne Lady

November 28, 2017

This week's #realpod starts, like all should, with an apology. To Polly, and to Grant. We implied that they were no longer surfing the airwaves. We were wrong – they are rockin' More FM in Wellington five days a week, as nature intended. That being out of the way, Jane, Alex and Duncan careen into the Champagne Lady, a pod icon who has unfortunately said two very unfortunate things lately. These are discussed and lamented, followed by analysis of the latest findings from the MAFS NZ experiment, a detour through Max Key corner and a quick run through of the post-reality TV tattoo scene.


In which life goes on after Married at First Sight NZ

November 21, 2017

Free from the shackles of Married at First Sight NZ, The Real Pod gang talk mostly about Married at First Sight NZ, with a touch of Bachelor news and the triumphant return of Max Key Corner. 

We've packed up our things and moved back to Lincoln on The Real Pod this week, which means the return of our favourite topics and segments. Why is Jordy Pordy up to going to The Bachelor Winter Games? How good is The Champagne Lady's Christmas song? What's John Key thinking putting chicken nibbles on penne pasta?

All that, and Duncan tells an incredible story that may or may not involve a local reality star and a queef. If that's not what you folks want, we don't know what is.


The Real Pod #37 - MAFSNZ: The Final

November 13, 2017

We gather at the MAFSNZ altar for the very last time, to reflect upon our journey over the past six weeks. As the participants suffer through their final dates, and the vow renewal ceremony confirms all of our biggest fears, we make our final expert assessments of the pairings. Is Ben actually a Chris Lilley character? Why did Haydn get to flee the country? How much is too much to pay for a cursed wedding band?


The Real Pod #36 - The MAFS dinner party no one understands, least of all us

November 6, 2017

The reality TV "experts" at The Real Pod's eyes were bulging like the biceps on a genetic pitbull at the explosive MAFSNZ dinner party this week. No one (literally no one) understands who DMed who, which made who tell who what in which toilet – but it made for utterly transfixing TV. Vicky played puppet master to Hayden and Ben, who went at it finger and guns, while Andrew and Aaron watched as the last pretences of normalcy in their relationships were left torn to shreds like a pair of excessively distressed jeans. Jane, Alex and Duncan spend 45 minutes on the therapists couch reliving it all and wondering where this amazing and cursed show heads from here.


The Real Pod #35 – Some Married at First Sight couples get flushed away

October 30, 2017

This week on The Real Pod, we get stuck into the fifth week on Married at First Sight NZ in all it's grimy glory. What the heck is a surrender date? Is Haydn a good wrestler? And who on Earth did the mystery poo in Andrew's flat? Pop this on and clean up your shower: we promise we won't play the brown note... yet. 


The Real Pod #34 – Drinking cocktails in hell

October 23, 2017
This week on The Real Pod, there's more chat flying around than Haydn's DMs on a Sunday morning. On Married at First Sight NZ, the couples have moved in together, the counselling sessions have begun and just the one contestant has woken up in hospital.
Does a dry skin really mean a dry life? Where has Lacey gone to escape Luke? Is it possible Brett loves sausage rolls even more than he loves Angel?