July 27, 2018

Things That Go Bump But Don't Bite: MQTA

Throughout our lives, we come across people who claim to be a ‘poet’ or a ‘photographer'. When you are invited to see their work you must use every muscle in your face to form a rictus smile and your mind struggles to find every synonym for ‘interesting’.
But when you come across a real photographer or a real poet you are hit over the head with just how good a real artist can be.
The same is true in our internet age. Just having a computer doesn’t make you a top-notch web presence. Oh, lordy, it really doesn’t. After surviving blogs, vlogs, twogs and snapchogs, we are now adrift in a vast sea of podcasts that almost rival YouTube’s mind-boggling prolificacy and, as you can expect from any Tom, Dick and Harry in a basement, most of them are not very good. Poor sound quality, uneven mic levels and, the cardinal sin, no gift for the art of conversation can make you think that the Luddites might be onto something.
But, as before, coming across a world class production will reaffirm your faith in your own high standards.
I recently stumbled upon More Questions Than Answers (MQTA) (Fridays at 10 pm Central Time), on the Dark Matter Digital Network and they instantly made a fan out of me. Mister Spock once said, “The greater the intellect, the greater the need for play” and, since Spock lives in the future, he must have been talking about  MQTA.
Now in its third season, this ensemble of bright, funny and terribly likable people have a blast presenting (as they declare) The Only Paranormal Quiz Show Anywhere In The World and the fun is infectious.
What's a paranormal quiz show? Just picture the golden age of late night talk shows being put on in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Now throw a drinking game into the mix. Come for the party and stay for the fun facts about high strangeness.
Fabulously captained by author and researcher Adrian Lee, with a melodic British accent and lightning-quick comebacks setting the tone, the crew includes Heather Morris and Michelle Corey, two ladies with unabashed humor and the souls of bawdy buccaneers and Chad Peters, who adroitly weaves his way around and through this weekly carnival of the mind.
Okay, stop reading this! Get out there and find MQTA. It’s already heard all over the world by zillions of people but they genuinely welcome new listeners.
Listen and love this show as soon as possible, as MQTA has been NOMINATED in the 2018 Podcast Awards in two different categories - Comedy and People's Choice (click on the Listener Nominations button).
The deadline is July 31st