The Villain Edit
Hosted by Monty Ashley and Rhias Hall
The Villain Edit: what people traditionally blame when they discover that their time on a reality show was spent being a huge jerk on camera. Also a podcast in which Monty Ashley and Rhias Hall talk about the reality shows they’ve been watching lately.
60 Deadly Class Villainy
Monty and Rhias talk about Deadly Class, the latest edgy-yet-glossy Syfy show based on a comic book. This naturally turns into a discussion about Reality Bites and Rent. Then it’s time for Villains of the Week, where Vern Schillinger (JK Simmons from Oz) and Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates from Misery) demonstrate some things about modern life.
January 21, 2019 The Fyre Festival
59 The Fyre Festival
Hey, we’re doing a mini-relaunch! Instead of talking about “Whatever reality shows Monty and Rhias have stuck in their head,” we’re going to focus on one villain a week in our new segment “The Villain Audit.” This week: Billy McFarland of the Fyre Festival, as featured in different documentaries available on Hulu and Netflix. And we also bring our “Villain of the Week,” which this week is our excuse to talk about RuPaul’s Drag Race (see, we’re still basically the same people) and the Minions (Monty’s got a hot take). Enjoy!
December 19, 2018 Elevating the Art of Gingerbread
58 Elevating the Art of Gingerbread
The most impressive thing Monty and Rhias saw this week was the Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. And that’s in a week that also featured a WHOLE lot of nonsense on the Curse of Oak Island and the return of RuPaul’s Drag Race (All-Stars, but still).
December 6, 2018 Gingerbread and Drag Queens
57 Gingerbread and Drag Queens
Monty and Rhias review their notes and get ready for RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4, and also talk about their feelings on Holiday Gingerbread Showdown. They like the RuPaul show more, because it has less gum paste and isomalt.
November 23, 2018 Drag Queens With Knives
56 Drag Queens With Knives
Monty and Rhias recap the meta-war between Halloween Wars and Halloween Baking Championship (the winner was not the audience), the state of Forged in Fire, do some casual previews of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4, and check in on the Curse of Oak Island. It’s still cursed.
September 7, 2018 Filling the Great Food Truck Void
55 Filling the Great Food Truck Void
Monty and Rhias discuss the finales of Making It and The Great Food Truck Race and decide which show was actually worth watching (it’s Making It). Then they tackle the challenge of finding new competitive reality shows in Fall, when all the channels think they’re better than that.
August 22, 2018
54 Hot and Smoky
Rhias and Monty take a break from complaining about the air quality in Seattle to talk about the delightfully questionable television they’ve been watching, including Making It, Nailed It, The Great Food Truck Race, and the webseries Camp Wannakiki, which is the latest entry in the surprisingly robust genre of drag queen reality shows.
August 2, 2018 Making It Is Fun
53 Making It Is Fun
There’s this new competitive crafting show called Making It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. It’s gotten a lot of media coverage because it’s on a real network and it’s hosted by legit TV stars, but it also falls firmly within the purview of The Villain Edit. Monty and Rhias also talk about the brand new season of The Great Food Truck Race, which is as silly as it’s always been, and the (sob) impending series finale of Face Off.
July 25, 2018 Going Off-Topic
52 Going Off-Topic
Monty and Rhias have been watching Face Off and Forged in Fire. And there’s big news about the Great Food Truck Race coming back! But that doesn’t take a lot of time, so instead they talk about Pose and GLOW and Dietland and whatever else comes to mind.
June 28, 2018 What Does TCBY Really Stand For?
51 What Does TCBY Really Stand For?
Monty and Rhias chat about the finale of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, minutes after it ends. And they have some opinions! So many opinions, in fact, that some spill over into their discussion of Face Off and Forged in Fire. And they also reminisce about that one show where people had to dress up window displays for department stores, but competitively. That was weird.
June 9, 2018 Garbage Truck Wars
50 Garbage Truck Wars
Monty and Rhias are very excited that Face Off is back! It’s a great show that’s fun to watch! They also talk about Forged in Fire before weighing in on the current state of RuPaul’ss Drag Race, and make fun of something called “Truck Night in America” based on Monty having half-watched a commercial for it once. Whee!