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Saturday, July 31, 2021

[Percolation Nation] July, 2021

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Welcome to our 20th Percolation Nation! This blog highlights our ☕Ko-fi backers' generous contributions for the month of July, 2021! ICYMI, we detail the benefits of supporting us on Ko-fi in our first-ever Percolation Nation.
If you like what we're doing, want to join us during our recording sessions, and/or (at least) want to pick up Early Access to our Unedited Episode/Interview Recordings, head over to our Ko-fi page and just follow us (by creating a account). Watch our intro video, view our funding goal (currently: self-sufficiency), and scroll through the feed to see who's backed us. Ultimately, you are going to want to check out the posts section to view all the supporter-backed content you're entitled to when you join the nation! When you see something you want access to, just buy us a ☕coffee!


  • Interviews: Thanks to @BlazyGardener, we were able to interview not just one, but two beloved actors from Fear The Walking Dead. I think they went particularly well and, for those of you who prefer to watch these on video, we got to try some pretty cool things (with Jenna Elfman, we simulated a WhatsApp/Facetime call; with Bobbie Grace, we experimented with multi-cam switching). Click either of the two images below to be taken to those Episodes!
  • "Time Away": You know when you have to spend your vacation days on something other than a vacation? packing, moving, or some other, terrible thing that is not very pleasurable? A little glimpse into what's been going on behind the scenes: right around the Fear The Walking Dead Season Finale of Season 6, my wife and I received the call from our lawyers that we could finally close on the apartment we were in the process of buying for several months. It was a long process, up until this point, which started around the end of February/beginning of March. When the call finally came, it was all hands on deck: running to banks (yes, plural) the very morning of our closing (because the seller's lawyer lost our initial deposit, so we needed to withdraw the entire amount - essentially robbing ourselves), to packing (during which time, we recorded our interview with Jenna Elfman), extended our stay at our previous apartment for another week (thank goodness/our great landlord), and finally moving day (a process that was only supposed to take a maximum of 5 hours took 9 hours). And then, perhaps, the toughest part: settling in. Clearing a path to the desk, having a usable kitchen, trying to work during the day while finding some time to unpack in the evenings/weekends.
    So, what's the point to this rant? The point is two-fold: from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for hanging in there while my wife and I personally transitioned to home-ownership. Your generous contributions to SQUAWKING DEAD kept it running, while Sherrandy and Rachael kept programming going for all of us by completely setting up the interviews we recorded while I was moving, as well as writing the excellent questions we asked during these interviews. All I did was eventually find time to edit and release them (no small feat, considering everything that's been going on in my life). In closing, all of what we've managed to achieve means so much more when we have folks like you cheering us on!
  • Jackbox Games: A few days ago, we were lucky enough to break a record, on the podcast! We had a total of 8 folks, including myself, on stream to play Jackbox Games on our Twitch Channel. As you may or may not know, the ability to join us on stream while playing Jackbox Games is one of the perks you receive for supporting us on! It was massive amounts of fun and I personally found myself having a hard time breathing from laughing so much by the end.
  • But where's the unedited episode recording?: A few days ago, we sat down and finally recorded our coverage of Fear The Walking Dead's Season 6 Season Finale. Unfortunately, for so many reasons, that episode had some massive technical difficulties. The short explanation is that the local recordings for Sherrandy & Rachael are gone, which lead to the Unedited Episode Recording being unavailable. We will be making the Unedited Episode Recording available with a massive caveat: there will be some major drift (with, mostly, Sherrandy: her video does not quite line up with both Rachael and myself). It's really the best we can do, for now. The good news is that this won't be the case for the final edit. The bad news? Because of the technical difficulties, it will take longer for that edit to finally release and the quality will not be on par with our usual episode releases.
  • I just want to say, to close, we have so many great ideas coming down the pike! ...primarily geared towards those of you who support our journey, but also awesome things for those who haven't yet! I don't want to say much more, lest we not have time to reveal them all within the next month (which, as it may surprise you to discover, is going to be super-duper busy).

Monthly Percolators

Random Roasters

TOTAL = 50 Coffees☕!


[Episode 141] Interview with Bobbie Grace (AKA "Ranger Samuels" from #FearTWD)

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We had a very pleasant chat with Bobbie Grace , AKA Ranger Samuels from Fear The Walking Dead. Our conversation with her reminded me a lot of our conversation with Peggy Schott , especially when it came to describing the feeling of belonging to a large ensemble versus a short film. And, is it any coincidence that they are both gingers? ๐Ÿ‘€
The Unedited Interview Recording is... hilarious. But more than anything else, really slows down the conversation and exposes moments of levity in between the edits. You can enjoy it here:

Bobbie Grace:
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA: @BlazyGardener
David Cameo:

  • Introducing Bobbie Grace and her most notable projects, which you can check out here:
  • What made you want to pursue acting?
  • Thoughts on the audition process and being prepped for a role vs cold-reading.

  • The challenges of playing a vampire in Silken Luna.
  • The irony of Bobbie's desire to perform in suspense/thriller genre.
  • Bobbie's inspiration, growing up.
  • Thoughts on what Ranger Samuels first name might actually be.
  • @JessicaTCos asks about the backstory Bobbie Grace created for Ranger "Six-Gun Sammie" Samuels and what affects and changes she made to both be cast (prior to) and inhabit her role (once she got the part).
    Borrowing Craig Nigh's boots and pants during her audition.
  • ...and she happens to be a fan of FearTWD! She shares her favorite character(s) on FearTWD.

  • Did you have any idea what the fandom was like, prior to taking on the role?
  • Was it intentional for Samuels to appear to be a Virginia doppelganger?
  • Did she have any hand in choosing Ranger Samuels hat? The possible significance to the colors and her abandonment of them, altogether, after Ginny dies.
  • @lindy_draws_fanart wonders what prop Bobbie wanted to keep (and whether she got to keep it or any other prop).
  • What her absolute best moments on set were (Spoiler: it involves a particular animal)
  • @ajgram17 wants to know whether Victor Strand or Virginia made for a more powerful leader of The Rangers.
  • Who Bobbie Grace would team Ranger Samuels up with from The Walking Dead Universe.
  • Working with Raja Afghani (AKA Skidmark, the cat) and whether she prefers working with her human animal colleagues versus her animal co-stars.
  • Working on Short Films vs Large Ensemble television shows. What a typical day on set looks like (Spoiler: food has a special place)
  • Working with Weapons
  • The things she's learned from working on the set of Fear The Walking Dead.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

[Episode 140] Interview with Jenna Elfman

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Something that probably should've happened a long time ago has finally arrived: our sit-down Jenna Elfman. We mainly discuss her process, which takes us on a journey through her acting life. As she guides us through the twists and turns throughout her career, while answering some fun(ny) questions along the way, we actually walk away with some fairly essential life lessons and go much deeper into her past than I ever thought we would. We're grateful that she was able to give us so much of herself and hope to do this again, soon!
Since our interview was recorded so recently after FearTWD S6, while FearTWD S7 was filming, we decided not to make the complete, unedited interview recordings available; however, we *will* be uploading the test recording (we wanted to see how viable would be as a recording solution, prior to our recording date). For all that and more, please consider (at the very least) following us here:
Jenna Elfman:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA @BlazyGardener
Rachael Burt:
David Cameo:

  • Thanking Jenna Elfman & Sherrandy Swift for all that they do for the fans.
  • Who inspires Jenna?
  • Not judging the characters you portray (or the people you watch/listen to).
  • How much of Jenna goes into a character?

  • When she mentions "connective tissue", she's referring to the following clip, which she loved on Instagram:
  • Imaginary Mary and putting herself into a selfish mindset to play the part.
  • Thomas O'Mara (@celtictso: Twitter/Instagram) asks which characters would survive the Zombie Outbreak from Dharma & Greg?

  • Crying scene secrets: the practical, methodological (damn you Edward Norton), and emotional.
  • Back to basics: (re)building both Jenna up as an actor & June Dorie up as a character, within the framework of a Zombie Apocalypse narrative.

  • Is future romance for June even possible?
  • How much control does Jenna have over June’s aesthetic?
  • The many pairs of identical ripped jeans.
  • The role of June Dorie was the long-awaited role she had always wanted to play.

  • Preparing to play the role: walking a mile in their shoes.
  • Looking the part and, down to dietary restrictions.

  • Camera operators are your real co-stars.
  • Most fun scene to shoot.
  • If you could change anything about June...? And would you play a villain?
  • Who Jenna wants June to team up with most.

  • Charlotte (@UnderTheFeather) asks what songs would be on June’s soundtrack?
  • What have you taken away from playing June? Did you ever think, 25 years ago, your career would turn out this way?
  • Other actors Jenna would like to see appear on FearTWD.
  • How a project changes - from conception to finished product - when there are too many "cooks".
  • Parting words of wisdom: Treat others they way you'd like to be treated.

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