KC Fringe Q&A

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During KC Fringe (which was held virtually this year), I participated in a Q&A session hosted by Ashley Helm. With Ashley’s blessing – and the understanding that any profit made from this episode (which is none) – I have included it in today’s episode.

The full Fringe interview can be seen here:



Lucas Stoneking and Daniel Rains (Fringe Show)

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This is the third and final episode recorded for the 2020 Kansas City Fringe Festival (pandemic necessitated virtual edition). We welcome Luke and Dan back to the podcast.

Among the topics discussed:

  • Mike’s DoorDash experiences (including a Top 10 places he has delivered from)
  • Talk about soccer and guessing who all has won the UEFA Champions League/European Cup
  • Talking about the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (of all teams)

Here is a chart of which teams have won and/or participated in a Champions League/European Cup final. Despite Luke’s insistence, neither Manchester City nor Paris Saint-Germain will be appearing on this list. (Correction: PSG did make the 2019-20 Champions League final, which took place long after we recorded this episode AND long after virtual Fringe took place.)

This is correct as of the 2019-20 Champions League:

CountryClubs That Have Won the CupClubs That Have Gotten to the Cup Finals
SpainReal Madrid (13)
Barcelona (5)
Atletico Madrid (3 times)
Valencia (2 times)
ItalyAC Milan (7)
Inter Milan (3)
Juventus (2)
EnglandLiverpool (6)
Manchester United (3)
Nottingham Forest (2)
Aston Villa (1)
Chelsea (1)
Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur
GermanyBayern Munich (6)
Borussia Dortmund (1)
Hamburg (1)
Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Monchengladbach
Eintracht Frankfurt
NetherlandsAjax (4)
Feyenoord (1)
PSV Eindhoven (1)
PortugalBenfica (2)
Porto (2)
ScotlandCeltic (1)
RomaniaSteaua Bucuresti (1)
FranceOlympique de Marseille (1)Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain
Stade de Reims (2)
Serbia (Former Yugoslavia)Red Star Belgrade (1)Partizan Belgrade
BelgiumClub Brugge
SwedenMalmo FF

Also important to point out:

  • David Beckham never played for Arsenal. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End (on loan), Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan (on loan twice), and Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Mike Alstott played fullback – an offensive position – for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Brian Boye (Fringe Show)

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This is the first of three episodes that were submitted to the 2020 Kansas City Fringe Festival (pandemic necessitated virtual edition). Our guest in this episode is Kansas City filmmaker Brian Boye. Brian and Mike have known each other since Mike first got involved in local independent film in 2004.

Brian’s stated goal: to have his episode get more unique downloads than Pat Lamb and Trevor Martin (our first two episodes) combined.

Among the things we talk about: the different films Brian has made (some with Mike’s help), barbecue (which was kicked off by talking about ThanksRibbing), and other topics.

Brian’s “Famous Last Words” documentary:

Brian’s “New Jersey: The Musical”:

Here is Brian’s “No H8 NB,” the anti-Nickelback short that went viral in Albany, NY:

Sadly, “F’n Bottle of Bleach” is no longer available on YouTube. I suspect neither is Dave Berry’s final film about the Pizza Hunter, nor the One Night Stand films mentioned in the episode.

The Star Trek: TNG scene referenced in the episode:


Lucas Stoneking and Daniel Rains

Episode 24 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

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The drinking episode is finally here!

(left to right) Mike Czerniewski, Daniel Rains, Lucas Stoneking

Lucas Stoneking and Daniel Rains are both former co-workers of Mike’s at Silpada Designs. Both were forklift drivers who made Mike’s materials stocking job possible.

We did the podcast at Dan’s house in KCK over beers.

Kids: Do not try this at home and/or if you’re under 21 years of age.

Bonus: Here is the caricature Luke made of Mike in 2016:

Luke’s caricature of Mike
Also mentioned: the Wahlburgers in Olathe, Kansas. Mike was there the very first day it opened in September 2018 – and a few more times afterwards.

These are just a couple of the references and shoutouts in today’s episode. There are so many that we need a whole Bonus Post to cover them.


Ghost Stories

Episode 22 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

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Happy Halloween, everybody!!

Mike has a couple of scary stories to tell – both from his Boy Scouts experience.

  • The Ghost of Pawnee
  • Captain John Dunn


Conrado Salazar

Episode 21 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

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Today’s episode can be summed up in a single word:


From the 2018 Sinquefield Cup at the St. Louis Chess Club: (l to r) GM Vishy Anand, Conrado Salazar Photo by Mike Czerniewski

Conrado Salazar is a Mexican-born chess player living in the Kansas City area. He is also a good friend of the Kansas City Chess Club, and Mike is occasionally asked to drive Conrado to and from his house to the club.

Today’s episode documents such a drive – the last to the club’s old address in Liberty, Missouri. On the way, the drive takes them past the new chess club office in Kansas City North*.


  • Opening: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Transition 1: “Back on Track” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Transition 2: “Bassa Island Game Loop” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Outro: “Verano Sensual” by Kevin MacLeod

*This is an important distinction for Kansas Citians – “Kansas City North” refers to Kansas City proper north of the Missouri River, while North Kansas City is a suburb enclaved by Kansas City North.

Mark Partin

Episode 20 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

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Today’s guest is Mark Partin, (at the time of this recording and blog post) president of the Heartland Naturists of Kansas City.

WARNING! This episode does contain discussion of the naked human body. If you are easily offended by such talk, please feel free to skip this episode of the podcast.


  • Intro: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Transition 1: “No Frills Salsa – Alternate” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Transition 2: “Beach Bum” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Outro: “Miami Nights – Extended Theme” by Kevin MacLeod

Season 2 AMA

Episode 19 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh, 19)

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Season 2 has officially kicked off – just in time for International Podcast Day!

Here is the edited audio from the livestreamed AMA that took place on Sunday, September 29.

Special thanks to Kansas City area actress and filmmaker Anita Cordell for the belated birthday message (Mike’s birthday is September 28).

Also special thanks to Homer’s Coffee House in Downtown Overland Park for your continued excellent service.


  • Opening and Outro: “Fantasia Fantasia” by Kevin MacLeod
  • Background music is unknown and may be subject to copyright, even though it was completely incidental.


Stories That Would Otherwise Be Left Untold

Episode 18 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

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Due to circumstances involving Adam Archuleta, we have to end Season 1 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For with this episode.

These are stories that Mike experienced and wants to tell, but feels that he won’t be able to in the context of podcast interviews.

So, here they five of these stories:

  1. The origin story of the “best fucking potatoes”
  2. “If you have a problem with me and the way I do things…”
  3. Why Mike will never run for President of the United States
  4. The “dude on wet” story
  5. Why Mike is never allowed on the south side of Tulsa (Go Roos!)

There will be a Season 2 (at the very least)! Stay tuned for that.


Adam Sadiq

Episode 17 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For.

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Adam Sadiq is a Kansas City game designer who has a new board game on Kickstarter.

The game is called That’s a Wrap! The Game of Filmmaking Frenzy. It’s a card-based game where the players play movie directors trying to make successful films.

One of the playtesters for this game: Mike Czerniewski.

Do check out and support this game. Click here to go to the Kickstarter page.

Part E of “Freelance Witness” – a fantasy filmmaker draft project done by the IFC in 2011. Mike wrote the script for this part and helped crew the final scene: