PODCAST! – CPU! LIVE!: Top 5 TV Comedy Inspirations of No Outlet Improv Troupe


Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie


Who: No Outlet Improv Troupe (NOIT) is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, original entertainment group that is working throughout West Michigan to promote and perform improvisational theater. They’ve been on stage multiple times at The Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Lady Fest GR, and LaughFest. NOIT also hosts the weekly Comedy Outlet Mondays and is the originator of the Grand Rapids Improv Festival, the city’s largest improv event. Hosting monthly summer set shows and holiday specials, they have also appeared several times a year at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. No Outlet performs with high energy and versatility.

No Outlet is available for hire to entertain, create workshops, and more. Feel free to message them on Facebook, or check out their website for more information: http://nooutletimprov.com.

What: NOIT’s Top 5 TV Comedy Inspirations!

When: CPU! went LIVE! and live streamed at its Facebook page (for the very first time) on August 8, 2016!

Where: NOIT joined CPU! at Comedy Outlet Mondays at Dog Story Theater in Cool City Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Why:  Because we like you!  Because we’re all hams! And because CPU! and NOIT have an overlap: one of CPU!’s Top 5 panelists is also one of NOIT’s captains and founding members – Nick!

How – as in How’d It Go?

Welcome to two brand new features at CPU! – combined into one fandangly premiere package! Inspired by the movie High Fidelity, and CPU!’s very own Nick, today’s episode kicks both features into high gear, aided and abetted by guest panelists from Grand Rapids based No Outlet Improv Troupe, specifically Mike, TJ, Eirann, Kristin, Sean, and none other than Nick himself!

The first new feature is our LIVE! podcast.  From time to time, when people want us to drop by, CPU! will go LIVE! and LIVE STREAMED to its Facebook page, bringing podcasts to your computer screens like our favorite shows come to TV screens across the nation.  Since we’re a very theatrical bunch, this promises to be a real treat – or, perhaps it will be ham and cheese on rye…or, at least, it will be something to throw tomatoes (or potatoes) at from the comfort of your very own couch.  Or your jazzercycle.  Fitness first!

The second new feature is our Top 5.  Top 5 will channel panel members’ best Rob Gordons by asking them to come up with their own top 5 TV shows or TV-related items around a painstakingly chosen theme.  Then, as a group, the panelists will be forced to come up with a consensus, using their individual lists as starting points, that represents the panel at large.  It should make for some feisty discussion, depending upon the topic.  The consensus top 5 will be presented in the podcast description, which is kind of a big spoiler, but then you’re here to listen to the podcast episode and all of the meaty, juicy discussion (and potential arguments)….right?

This podcast was live streamed on August 8, 2016, and is embedded here and uploaded to our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, and/or our Stitcher Radio channel to keep track of brand new episodes. In the meantime, let us know what you think! Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

ANOTHER NEW FEATURE!  WOW! – CPU! is now available to listen to via Google Play. We’re so omnipresent!  If you have an Android device, we’re ready to assist you with all of your TV talking needs!  Find us via the Google Play app or the website linked above!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! In our next podcast episode, we will be taking a look back at the critically acclaimed HBO drama Six Feet Under in the show’s 15th year since its premiere.  Stay tuned!


  1. I Love Lucy
  2. Arrested Development
  3. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  4. Saturday Night Live
  5. The Simpsons


CPU! will be joining COM again on September 26, 2016, at 7:00 PM with our Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt panel.  We’ll be talking Season Two, and surprises will be in store! Hashbrown! No Filter!



CPU! is working on a little sumpin’ sumpin’ to roll out this feature in an even bigger way. Subscribe here or to any of our channels and social media outlets to keep abreast of new announcements!  At the very least, this is something we will probably do once every so often to keep us (and you) on our respective toes.  Stay tuned!


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