With his own regularly produced podcast, Spontaneanation, and his frequent visits to numerous Earwolf podcasts like Comedy Bang! Bang!, Paul F. Tompkins is the undisputed king of podcasting. Somehow during CB!B!‘s first 100 episodes, PFT has found a way to fit television appearances into his schedule. Save for an added cape or sprayed grey hair, it’s everything you love about the podcast Paul F. Tompkins but in full HD. In celebration of CB!B!‘s upcoming 100th episode extravaganza, check out our favorite PFT characters below.
1. Cake Boss
For Paul’s very first appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang!, he decided to bring a fan favorite to life. Buddy Valastro, AKA Cake Boss, joined Michael Cera on the couch to talk all about how cakes are better than pies (obviously) and the ins-and-outs of his ability to see into the future. It was just a typical day in the life of a Cake Boss, including a grisly murder of Cera.
2. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
The famed composer of numerous musical theatre classics has stopped by the CB!B! set multiple times. (He even wrote a musical episode for Casey Wilson and Scott Aukerman to showcase their singing chops.) In a very special episode, Andrew Lloyd Webber married the love of his life…a talking chair. And, he was there to witness Scott sink a three-pointer during an episode with no editing cuts. Lord ALW is always around for special occasions.
3. Garry Marshall, please call me Garry
Garry Marshall is probably best known as the brother of Penny Marshall. But he’s also made a name for himself as the director of movies named after holidays and TV shows starring Fonzies. When he joined Zoe Saldana on Comedy Bang! Bang!, he announced his brand new project: Happy Days. A reboot of the classic TV show, with the same cast, playing the same characters, 30 years older. Now that’s a license to print money.
4. Werner Herzog: Port of Call Comedy Bang! Bang!
A prolific director, Werner Herzog is no stranger to the limelight. He’s had starring roles in Hollywood films like Jack Reacher and cameos in Parks and Recreation. But his appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! was like nothing he’s ever done before. PFT’s Werner is known for being a lover of colons in movie sequels, and it shows when he describes his newest project, Good Will Hunting: Port of Call Los Angeles.
5. J.W. Stillwater, a vigilante hero
J.W. Stillwater is the second of Paul’s characters to wear a cape. While Andrew Lloyd Webber’s is a reflection of his lofty stature, Stillwater’s cape is a reflection of his activities as a vigilante justice in Cumberbatch County, Florida. He provides a very important service to Floridians and similarly provides a very important service to Comedy Bang! Bang! viewers by educating them on fan boats and how alligators can do double takes just like us!
6. Alan Thicke, father of Robin Thicke
If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you’d likely know Alan Thicke from the hit TV show, Growing Pains. What you might not know is that he’s Canadian, he’s written several famous TV theme songs, and he appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang! along with True Detective‘s Michelle Monaghan. Like his turns with Andrew Lloyd Webber, this appearance gave Tompkins a chance to show off his singing prowess, giving everyone their own personal theme song, except Scott.