Foreign Legion

On stage in The Legionnaire's upper room. Photography by Graham Richards.

On stage in The Legionnaire’s upper room. Photography by Graham Richards.

Legendary hip-hop duo Foreign Legion’s Marc Stretch and Prozack Turner join Crisman to discuss gentrification, community, and babies. Featuring beats by G Koop & O-man and the late, great, J.Dilla. Recorded at The Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland, California.

Produced by Crisman Richards.
Theme Music and Engineering by Graham Richards.

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Abby Martin: On Comedy in Revolution


“Killing Hope” by Abby Martin.

In our second installment of Everything’s Fine! with Abby Martin, we discuss the powerful and dangerous aspects of comedy’s role in times of revolution and push back on establishment rule over America’s most influential voices.  

Produced by Crisman Richards.  Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards (BMI).  Music by G Koop and O-man (RM Moods and Colors, BMI).  Guest appearance by Prozack Turner.

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Everything’s Fine! with Abby Martin

Abby Martin is the host of RT America's Breaking The Set.

Abby Martin is the host of RT America’s Breaking The Set (Ian Sbalcio Photography).

Comedian Crisman Richards interviews RT America’s Breaking the Set host Abby Martin and offers political commentary on a Special Session of Public Dick: The Rootin’ Tootin’ Adventures of Rick Perry.  Theme music by Graham Richards.  Music by G Koop and O-man featuring Young Gully.  Promotional consideration provided by IK Multimedia.

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IK Multimedia #iRigCrisman Contest


Hey Learned Listeners,

We want to know what’s percolating in that clever mind of yours, so we’re teaming up with IK Multimedia for the #iRigCrisman contest.

Tell us what you want to hear on the podcast (segment ideas, Off Beat News topics, or particular guest interviews) using the hashtag #iRigCrisman on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram by July 31st, 2013.

If we pick your idea, we will produce your awesome segment on an upcoming episode of The Crisman Show and the fine folks at IK Multimedia will send you an iRig Mic or an iRig Mic Cast — thusly equipping you to become your own indie sensation.  Sing your songs, tell your jokes, and/or become a hard-hitting citizen journalist.  We’ll arm you accordingly.

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Comedy v. Rape Culture


Crisman Richards photo by Tiffany Black,

Big Brother is watching — put on a tutu and give him a twirl!  Off Beat News explores Senator Elizabeth Warren’s solution to the student debt crisis, Collin County Judge John Roach’s flagrant inequality tearing a Texas family apart, comedy vs. rape culture, and the final frontier of military sexual assault.  

Music by G Koop and O-man featuring Marc Stretch, JP Von Hitchburg, and Shady Blaze.

Written by Sarah Crisman.  Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards (BMI).

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This week’s episode, Husbands, features a new segment gathering the secrets to lasting love from our favorite married gay men (including a swinging theme song by Graham Richards, naturally).  Plus Off Beat News explores whether or not American history is ready for equality.  

Slick beats provided by G Koop and O-man.

Special thanks to Jane Espenson, Justin Chavirra, Loch Cook, and James Parker.

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The Crisman Show Podcast: Coots


Comedian Sarah Crisman offers political commentary and pop culture essays punctuated by instrumental hip-hop.

Written and produced by Sarah Crisman. Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards (BMI). Music by G Koop and O-man (RM Moods and Colors, BMI) featuring Taylor Eigsti. For licensing information contact or visit

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Shattered Reflection 

A parallel interpretation of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” music video with events unfolding in my own life.  

 Since moving to California, I find myself listening to a lot of Katy Perry.  For years I have followed her career with a fascination generally reserved for mirrors and her majesty, the Queen.  I miss my best friend, Bethany, and I don’t really have any California girl friends yet.  I wind up alone quite a bit, inflicting dance parties on my step-dogs in an effort to girl up my new home.  Do you know how frustrating it is to live in San Francisco without your Gays?  They don’t come around every day, you know.  Spectacular friendships like that take time to cultivate.  On top of which,the cross-country move triggered my debilitating social anxiety disorder.  What I’m trying to say is I spend more time at home watching Katy Perry videos than I do going out around people.  I am developing a keen understanding of California culture.  I see myself in her miniature films, in particular, “Wide Awake.”

After going through the looking glass, Katy arrives before an eerie labyrinth.  Reflecting on my own life, I look at the gothic maze and see my emotional transition to California.  Beyond the dark walls lies a sunlit hill.  As soon as she enters, the walls begin closing in on her — only, rather than be crushed, Katy draws on her inner-strength and summons the same kind of golden pyrotechnics we saw in her “Firework” video and that I have seen in dreams and meditation for years.  Sparks shoot from her hands and her heart, specifically.  Imagery I’ve seen dance across my fantasies for years — brilliant flames igniting from my own hands and heart..  The walls retreat.  This, my friends, is what a panic attack feels like.  In fact, if it weren’t for my daily devotion to meditation and Katy Perry, I would be in a constant state of panic.

The walls part, revealing Katy as her Former Self — Kiddie Perry, if you will.  Kiddie Perry helps guide her grown-up self through her perilous voyage — and even helps save her with a commanding stomp. Never underestimate the power of nostalgia.

While trapped in a mirror of paparazzi, Katy’s fantasy world begins to crumble behind her.  She pushes through the glass in time but is left debilitated, confined to a wheelchair and unable to defend herself.  Kiddie Perry steps up in swift defense, abolishing the critical minotaurs standing in her way.  Katy wakes up and they make a run for the end of the labyrinth.  The walls peel away to reveal a dazzle of sunlight now chasing the darkness to reveal a lush green landscape not unlike the valley I live in today.

The Katies Perry high five and share a hug.  True to many meditations, Katy’s guide places a keepsake in her doppelganger’s hand as they part ways.  In this case, a butterfly signifying her innocence and bravery.  The gift is meant to impart the wisdom of the journey together.  To remember how far you have come and what you learned along the way.  It is a souvenir of possibility.

The final scene pans out from the butterfly in Katy’s open hand.  She is back in her dressing room, this time backstage before a show.  Here we have an internal representation of the most powerful moment from her documentary, Part of Me.  Her marriage to Russell Brand fell to pieces over the course of this film.  It is gut-wrenching, especially considering we love Russell Brand as much as we love Katy Perry.  There is a reason Royals shouldn’t split.  Katy is weeping in her makeup chair and removes her wedding ring.  At this point in the 3D movie theater, Bethany and I humiliate my son with our emotional display.  We cannot keep it together.  But my younger self, Katy Perry, can.  Thousands of Brazilians are waiting to see her.  She pulls it together and is lifted on stage.  The arena fills with love.

When I feel defeated and frightened, I listen to Katy Perry.  I remember her strength.  I remember my own.  I pull it together and lift myself to the stage.

The Crisman Show: Bay Area Blanket Fort


We’re back!  Reporting from our new Blanket Fort studio in the East Bay of San Francisco, California.  Crisman and sidekick producer Graham Richards discuss SF Sketchfest, Nichols and May, and the importance of pestering public officials.

Written by Sarah Crisman
Original Music by Graham Richards (BMI) and G Koop & O-man (RM Moods, BMI).
Featuring Marc Stretch (“Bulletproof”); DB tha General and Indu$treet AV (“My Turn”).
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G Koop & O-man Season Two: Come on Down!


This priceless episode is yours!

At long last, my dear friends G Koop & O-man have launched Season Two! I’ve been waiting for this and premiere episode: “Price is Right” proves worthy of my impatience. G Koop & O-man are joined by Bobby Ozuna (Raphael Saadiq), Dave Richards (when Hollywood needs a horn, they call Dave), and Foreign Legion. They’ve come a long way since Season One launched in 2010 (although I thought they were great back then).  A new studio, more cameras, and a consistent push to dig deeper into the underground hip-hop realm culminate into noticeably sexier episodes.

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Read more about the history of G Koop & O-man in this article I wrote for MTV UK.