Frotcast 327: Paul Ryan, Papa Roach, and the Aftermath of a Meme, with Justin Halpern

Anyone see that meme going around about Paul Ryan driving off listening to Papa Roach the other day? Justin Halpern made that, as a joke, as a callback to an old story he told on the Frotcast, but everyone wanted to believe it so much that it quickly went viral. This week on the Frotcast, we talk to Justin about the origin and the aftermath, and what it’s like having your dumb joke critiqued by the New York Times and the Washington Post, and being cussed out online by an ethics professor. Comedians Allison Mick and Matt Lieb join Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk in studio. Other topics include Chappelle’s specials (and possible problematicness), public shaming, and remembering Chuck Barris by watching Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Enjoy and Frot on, donate at

Intro – Matt discusses his slot machine app addiction and how it’s related to his heroin addiction.
3:00 – Is Dave Chappelle problematic now?
25:00 – Enforcing the social contract and the ups and downs of public shaming
39:20 – Justin Halpern joins us to update us on the Paul Ryan/Papa Roach meme, and what happens when you tweet a funny fake thing and it goes viral.
1:28:00 – Talking Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
1:48:01 – Emails