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Review That Review with Chelsey Donn & Trey Gerrald


*Please pardon any and all spelling errors!

[00:00:00] THEME SONG: Everybody's got an opinion.

Every Californian and Virginian.

It's so hard to tell who to trust and who to ignore.

Someone's gotta settle the score.

Trey and Chelsey will help you choose!

Whose views win, which ones lose.

Online haters are comin' for you!

Baby, it's time to Review That Review!

[00:00:31] Chelsey Donn: Hello.

[00:00:33] Trey Gerrald: Well, hello and welcome to Review. That Review, the podcast that has been and will continue to be dedicated to reviewing.

[00:00:44] Chelsey Donn: Review. That's right. We're just like Cisco and Ebert only. Instead of reviewing cinematic masterpieces, we rate and review those hilarious, scathing, and sometimes suspicious online reviews.

[00:00:58] Trey Gerrald: That is Chelsey Donn.

[00:01:00] Chelsey Donn: that is Trey. Gerrald.

[00:01:02] Trey Gerrald: And together we are

[00:01:04] VOICEOVER: The Review Queen.

[00:01:08] Trey Gerrald: at A'. Very special

[00:01:10] Chelsey Donn: Cheerio.

[00:01:11] Trey Gerrald: to all of our Patreon members. To join them, go to Review That Review dot com slash patreon. If you'd like to support the show in an additional way, visit Review That Review dot com slash donate. ChelseyBD Happy 100.

[00:01:30] Chelsey Donn: Oh, 'I cannot. 'I really can't believe it. Trey. 'I can't believe we're at A'. Hundred episodes. I'm just noticing you guys. Okay, so Trey is wearing our Queen of Hearts Card, 'I. Don't know if you guys remember the photo of Trey and 'I standing next to each other as Queen of Hearts. What he's wearing, his costume

[00:01:48] Trey Gerrald: Your version of this costume was like crumbly and made in the

[00:01:52] Chelsey Donn: 'I was gonna say, 'I was gonna say, my 'I think my version of the Queen of Hearts was like in A' factory for A' hundred years and it was shedding everywhere. But you look lovely and yeah, 'I can't believe it. A' A' hundred episodes. I'll never forget that first photo shoot in the basement of your house when this was still sort of A' conception of an idea and we didn't really know exactly, you know what was gonna go down and now we're A' hundred episodes in and 'I can't imagine my life without this podcast.

[00:02:25] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean it is crazy. Also, the photo that we're talking about in question is on our homepage, so go to Review That Review dot com. It's the image you see, it's A' little, um, challenging to sit in this costume. Um, it like keeps

[00:02:41] Chelsey Donn: Yeah, it does. It's like the shoulders are riding up A' little bit around the neck.

[00:02:46] Trey Gerrald: But yes, this is our 100th episode of the podcast.

How Insane and Crazy Today is gonna be A' very special edition of our show. And 'I was thinking, why don't we kick off this 100th episode with A' really amazing rapid fire questionnaire that 'I found on the internet. And this is specifically questions that you should ask on A' work anniversary three.

[00:03:12] Chelsey Donn: Okay.

[00:03:13] Trey Gerrald: So it's basically, these are just 10 random questions that will help us navigate discussing what it's been like for 100 episodes. So some of these weren't really like particular, so 'I just tried to like finesse them to make sense. So first of all, first, first question, number one.

[00:03:30] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

[00:03:31] Trey Gerrald: What is your favorite work Memory.

[00:03:33] Chelsey Donn: Oh my god. Okay, so, so many funny work memories of this podcast, but 'I think that my fa well 'I have two favorites. Kind of my first is the time when we were recording and at the end 'I said, and 'I am at Trey. Gerrald. And then 'I just like started hysterically laughing cuz 'I Don't know why 'I said that.

And then 'I think my second was Bow. Wow. Just like all of the laughs in general, like just the times when like we mess up or we do something A', little bit wrong and then like we're rolling. Laughing for A' long time. That's my favorite

[00:04:05] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. 'I was gonna 'I. Feel like bow Wow was up there as well. 'I. Think my favorite memory. It might actually be when we like announced on social media and like 'I just got such an overwhelming response of like encouragement, which 'I thought was really exciting cuz 'I thought it would be gross to be like I'm doing A' podcast.

But people were really interested 'I think because of the post 'I made about how it's something I've

[00:04:30] Chelsey Donn: So personal? Yes.

[00:04:31] Trey Gerrald: that people were really rooting for me. That was A' really great memory. For

[00:04:36] Chelsey Donn: Yes. Okay. Trey, what is your favorite part of this job that we have?

[00:04:42] Trey Gerrald: That's A'. Good question. 'I think my favorite part is we don't have to like sit around and wait for people to give us the green light or to tell us how to do things 'I like that we it like this is fully our creation and no one can tell us yes or no. That's probably my favorite part. What about you

[00:05:01] Chelsey Donn: Yeah, 'I. Just love the creative control and like being able to create something that is ours that is fun and that we don't have to have anyone else's permission to do 'I. Think that's like the best thing about the podcast format is that like we do it and thank goodness people listen and are so kind and supportive of what we do.

But regardless, like here we are and as you know, in the industry that we work in, Trey and 'I are both actors and 'I also write Trey's written A', little bit produced A', little bit outside of this podcast before. But we're always constantly waiting on somebody to give us permission to be able to engage with our art.

And this is A' way that we get to engage with one another and an audience on our own terms. And it's, it's really rewarding.

[00:05:52] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. It's interesting we have the same answer.

[00:05:55] Chelsey Donn: Well, 'I.

[00:05:56] Trey Gerrald: has changed the most since you started doing the podcast? 'I.

[00:06:01] Chelsey Donn: that is A'. You know, 'I. Think that 'I. Think before 'I did the podcast, 'I used to be like really afraid. Just speaking candidly, 'I guess In A' public forum, like 'I never thought that 'I would be someone that would really, you know, it is A', it's A' comedy podcast. But like, we share things about our life and especially in the after show, you know, we, we share personal details and 'I think that was something that like 'I really feared before this 'I had A' real f.

Fear of showing up as authentically myself. 'I think that was one of the reasons why 'I loved being an actor, was the idea of getting to hide behind A' character and 'I. Think when 'I first thought about doing the podcast, even though I've done standup before and things like that, 'I Dunno, there was something very vulnerable about it and 'I was afraid of that.

And now 'I think it's like the thing 'I love the most about it. And sometimes 'I say stupid things and sometimes 'I listen back to an episode. And I'm like, 'I use the wrong word, or whatever it is. But you know what, it makes us all more human. And um, 'I, 'I really have A' different perspective on that. So 'I think that's probably what's changed the most for me.

How about for you?

[00:07:11] Trey Gerrald: It's so crazy cuz 'I feel like it's similar. Like, well two things, A' different answer is 'I Think I'm much more aware of length of my communication, 'I. Because I'm editing the show, so I'm very much aware of when I'm like circling the plane instead of landing it. But very much 'I my first response. What has changed the most for me is very much my opinion, like being okay with sharing my opinion, especially because we deal with objective and subjective content where we're not always gonna agree, especially within the one in fives.

That has really had A' positive impact on me outside of the podcast and just sort of being fine with sharing my opinion

[00:07:55] Chelsey Donn: Right.

[00:07:56] Trey Gerrald: and not feeling like 'I will get in trouble if 'I do that, or I'm gonna be disrespectful if 'I do that.

[00:08:02] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. Yeah, that's been really nice. Okay, so this is an interesting question. What is your proudest accomplishment so far?

[00:08:10] Trey Gerrald: 'I would say sticking with it.

[00:08:13] Chelsey Donn: Ditto.

[00:08:14] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. 'I mean are we just always gonna have the same answer? 'I don't know. 'I feel like 'I. Never really 'I. Did 'I think 'I was intentional when we like started about doing it one week at A' time. But 'I don't think that 'I really foresaw 100 episodes. Not because of any specifics.

'I. Think 'I just wasn't sure what my life would be or that it was even Stick Withable.

[00:08:38] Chelsey Donn: Yeah, 'I. Mean 'I. Think I'm just, I'm proud of the fact that this is one of those projects that 'I really enjoy talking about beyond just like the fact that 'I still love doing it A' hundred episodes in, it's kind of rare to have something that 'I. You know, cause I'm A' A' writer and I've done, I've written web series, you've been A' web series and you don't always wanna talk about it.

And 'I always wanna talk about our show. And 'I find that 'I have great conversations with all different kinds of people, strangers and friends alike about A'. Lot of the things that we discuss on our show, and it's like the easiest thing to describe. It's such A' breath of fresh air when you're talking to someone and they say, what is your podcast?

And to have something that is like so universal and so easy to describe and everybody understands it. And to be able to be A', part of that 'I think feels. Really good, and I'm really proud about that. Like 'I 'I don't always like to talk about what I'm doing, but 'I find that 'I can talk about the podcast and, and I'm proud of what we've created and that it's, it's really just the two of us running the show.

That's like what 'I always tell everyone. 'I mean. I'm just like so proud of us. We're just like the two little engines that could 'I mean 'I. Think A'. Lot of people don't understand one, how much work goes into creating A' podcast and two that guys, it is Trey and 'I like every email, every marketing material, every piece of editing, ev like every platform that this is on, like every single element that goes into this show is Trey and 'I.

So, you know, I'm really proud of that.

[00:10:15] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. And 'I, that's like what 'I love about it too.

[00:10:17] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:10:19] Trey Gerrald: All right. What surprised you the most about this job?

[00:10:22] Chelsey Donn: Hmm. 'I. Think like going back to kind of what 'I just said, just how much work it is. 'I. Think 'I 'I, 'I had A', lot of friends that had podcasts prior to this and 'I 'I was A' more of an audio book girl back in the day. And 'I think 'I was just like, that's cool. That's like A' cool little thing that you do.

And 'I think 'I was really surprised when 'I realized how much work and how much dedication and commitment goes into keeping A' show going and, and producing your own podcast. And just, there's so many elements that 'I never would've imagined when we started this venture, but I'm, I'm glad 'I said yes blindly.

Um, because 'I 'I learned so much. How about you?

[00:11:07] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. Workload for sure. But 'I actually talked about this A' couple of episodes back. 'I don't remember when, but 'I think the most surprising thing about podcasting to me is length of memory. 'I literally do not remember what we talked about. 'I. Don't rem like it. And that is like so interesting to think about on like A' life scale.

Like how much conversation do 'I, just forget all of the minutiae about

[00:11:37] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

[00:11:37] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean. It's really fascinating

[00:11:39] Chelsey Donn: It's fascinating when other people like repeat things back to me about our sh They're like, oh, it's so interesting that you said X, Y, Z. And I'm like, wait, 'I said what? What did 'I say? Or, but yeah, that is, that's so true. That's so true. All right. What advice, Trey would you give to A' podcaster on their first day?

[00:12:00] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean, it's funny because it, it just, full disclosure, ChelseyBD and 'I are on the brink of expanding the show and in A' really exciting way. And so we have, it's funny that this is happening, this recording is happening as we're like back in the trenches of creation. But the advice that 'I would give now is like literally advice 'I gave to myself four hours ago, five hours ago.

'I was like, don't be worried about getting it right. Like that concern and that is something 'I would say often was like, don't let the possibility die out of trying to get it right cuz 'I think that so often we can stop ourselves from creating because we're trying to get the picture painted perfectly.

[00:12:47] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

[00:12:47] Trey Gerrald: And 'I think like so much has come, like A' episode 98 is nowhere what episode two was. And we wouldn't have gotten the quirkiness, the fun, the like ideas, the context if we hadn't just made episode two,

[00:13:04] Chelsey Donn: A'. Hundred percent.

[00:13:06] Trey Gerrald: which like is so like we get that like it's so easy to get that. But to live through that 'I think has been A' challenge and.

[00:13:13] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

[00:13:14] Trey Gerrald: So that's really the advice 'I would give and that's 'I. Remember Chris, we delcon, like, he was also saying like, just do it. Like, just make it and you'll figure it out as you go. And 'I think that there really is truth in that. Like that is the advice 'I would give is like, just play it. Just play it out and, and don't worry about getting it right.

What advice would you give to A' podcaster on day one?

[00:13:35] Chelsey Donn: 'I would say 'I. Think A' an advice that that you and 'I gave each other. That is something that 'I always try to go back to, which is that we do this for fun and we do this to show up consistently. And it's an exercise in committing to something and not really getting like so distracted. Like 'I will say that I've been so pleasantly surprised by our numbers and how many people listen to our show and like that's like amazing.

But almost like the downfall that comes with that is that now that you're like, oh we are having all these numbers, it's like, well, how can we do even better? And how can we have even more so that we can be getting to this next place? But 'I think it's really important that 'I keep reminding myself like.

It's just the two of us and we're doing so amazing in everything that we're creating. And 'I don't need to compare myself to anybody else that 'I really need to stay in this lane and stay in the joy of what we do and the enjoyment of recording this podcast with you. And that is really what people 'I think are resonating with.

So the more you can not get more down by all of the minutia of like, yeah, but how many downloads do 'I have compared to this other person? And really stay in your own lane. 'I think the happier you'll be throughout the process. And the, and then the side effect of that 'I think is that people read that, you know, as authentic and then they do wanna listen.

[00:15:02] Trey Gerrald: Right? All of that is almost like secondary to like what actually is going on,

[00:15:07] Chelsey Donn: exactly. Yeah, yeah,

[00:15:10] Trey Gerrald: A' whole other episode, 'I. Well, speaking of

[00:15:13] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:15:14] Trey Gerrald: your favorite episode,

[00:15:15] Chelsey Donn: Okay. 'I still have like A'. Well, oh God. Okay. There's two 'I. Say for my, my review, my favorite was the ball. Like that was just so fun. The inflatable ball still remains the, my favorite. 'I believe of my reviews, but honestly, 'I think my favorite overall, which shouldn't be shocking, is the Santino Cherries

[00:15:42] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean those were literally the two. 'I was gonna say, I'm trying how? What else do 'I? 'I also 'I. Think my favorite verses was DJ Spino,

[00:15:53] Chelsey Donn: DJ Spin Fell, which was like our first verses that was A'. Good one.

[00:15:58] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean it. That might kind of be mine as well. 'I for whatever. Santino is so special.

[00:16:05] Chelsey Donn: It was nice when we did my favorite Murder because it was like kind of personal and it was A' podcast and

[00:16:12] Trey Gerrald: And 'I. Remember OkCupid? That was like an intense episode too.

[00:16:16] Chelsey Donn: And 'I loved, like having our guests, like when we had Natalie and Mark two Minelli, that 'I was really fun. And we have A', uh, un aired one with David, which we'll maybe share at some point. Yeah, these are A' few of my favorite things. Okay. So what, what's the silliest work mistake you ever made? 'I feel like 'I already answered this, but what, what was yours?

[00:16:40] Trey Gerrald: Um, well, what comes to mind as when 'I made up the cookie Monster

[00:16:46] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. And 'I didn't. 'I didn't, yes. And you.

[00:16:49] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean, it's not A' mistake,

[00:16:51] Chelsey Donn: Oh, oh yeah. But you were just like, I'm trying this new thing. And 'I was like, okay. That was really funny. 'I.

[00:16:58] Trey Gerrald: Why? What about you?

[00:16:59] Chelsey Donn: Mine was definitely when 'I was like, and 'I am Trey Gerrald, like 'I. Just don't know why 'I said that. 'I just thought 'I was you for A' second. But 'I like legitimately was reading the script and 'I was like, 'I am Trey Gerrald.

We have it recorded because 'I wanna say we put it on our Instagram

[00:17:16] Trey Gerrald: 'I

[00:17:16] Chelsey Donn: as A' video. And so it's still, if you go to the reels tab you'll see it there. But that was definitely A' silly mistake.

[00:17:24] Trey Gerrald: Oh wait. 'I just remembered. Another like favorite episode was the poop in the pool.

[00:17:30] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. Where we got to be like detectives and, and really like, that was A'. Good reply From, from owner, whatever.

[00:17:39] Trey Gerrald: All right, so these are our final questions. So what do you see for the future of the show?

[00:17:44] Chelsey Donn: Well, 'I mean, should 'I tease what we've been working on or should 'I not, or.

[00:17:49] Trey Gerrald: go ahead.

[00:17:50] Chelsey Donn: so something that has come up A' lot A'. Lot of people have been asking me if they could watch us on YouTube, and that was not something that Trey and 'I had really set up before.

And now that it's literally come up so much like it, it comes up almost, I'd say every other time 'I pitched the show to someone. Trey and 'I are going to start releasing full, unedited, uh, episodes of our podcast on YouTube. So we're gonna be A' little bit behind real time. So if you're joining Patreon, you're still gonna get full access to the brand new like, Hot off the presses episodes, but if you're not in Patreon, you do have an opportunity to go through some of our backlog and, and watch Trey and 'I go through these episodes.

So 'I see that as being the future and, and 'I still really think that Yelp 'I mean 'I. Think 'I feel like it's Yelp needs to hire the review. Queens, come on. Don't you think we would be so cute in our little like bee costumes in the top corner of Yelp And we could, we could help the people,

[00:19:00] Trey Gerrald: Yeah, 'I really liked that badge idea. It's like this has been vetted or not

[00:19:04] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

Hit us up. You neither review Queens to vet your reviews, so that would be great. How about you?

[00:19:10] Trey Gerrald: Well, definitely like the presence on YouTube, A', full presence 'I, that's happening. So that's in the works. And also 'I, like finding new ways to expand the world of Review, That, Review, 'I, like 'I am excited for that. And it's like these are the things that just keep showing up. So it's exciting to be presented with what is next, you know?

[00:19:34] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. 'I would love to do. A' live show. A', little A' little tour.

[00:19:37] Trey Gerrald: Yeah.

[00:19:38] Chelsey Donn: Okay, so finally, Trey, what would you like to accomplish in the coming year?

[00:19:43] Trey Gerrald: 'I. 'I. Mean 'I. Feel like it's kind of similar to the last question, but like, I'm always looking to streamline the editing process

[00:19:50] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:19:51] Trey Gerrald: also, like 'I. Love that. We recently had A' A' review from Indeed. Like, I'm excited to like, keep finding other resources and, um, finding funny content. Or not always funny, but like interesting content.

More diverse content. Yeah. What

[00:20:10] Chelsey Donn: 'I would love to have more guests on the shelf, but we do have like A' few guests in the wings who we've been working on, um, scheduling with, and I'm just 'I love those episodes and 'I miss getting to interact with people in, in different lanes and, and have their perspective. So it would be like, it would be great, uh, if we could have A' few more guests in this next year.

[00:20:33] Trey Gerrald: That's right.

[00:20:34] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. And 'I would also love to hear from you guys. It's my favorite, my literal favorite part of the show. When you guys leave A' voicemail at one A', five zero review, zero, and you share with us your fetches and all of the above.

[00:20:51] Trey Gerrald: Anne, why don't you take the opportunity, since we've just talked through some of these questions, what's there for you as A' listeners? What have been your favorite episodes? What have been your favorite inductions, all of those et ceteras. Call us one eight fifty review. Zero. We want to

[00:21:05] Chelsey Donn: Yeah, let us know like if there was something that you loved, like did you love the guest episodes and you also want more, let us know.

[00:21:12] Trey Gerrald: Yeah, keep letting us know that stuff cuz that's why we brought back the Merrill Rounds on the after show.

[00:21:16] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:21:18] Trey Gerrald: All right, so why don't we take A' quick break and then when we return our special edition, 100th episode is gonna take A' very meta turn. We'll be right back.

[00:21:33] VOICEOVER: Hold your crown. We'll be right back.

[00:21:58] Trey Gerrald: Woohoo. All right, we are back episode 100. So for today's episode, ChelseyBD and 'I are going to rate and review episode one of Review That. Review.

[00:22:09] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. I'm not gonna lie. A' A'. Little nervous. It's gonna get meta up in here. Consider this like A' DVD bonus feature. We're gonna list to episode one and have A' running commentary. It's like the director's commentary edition.

[00:22:25] Trey Gerrald: That's right. And we'll pause if we need to, if we like, feel like we need to really dig deep as we are inspecting and assessing episode

[00:22:34] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. We'll also Assess the covets of episode one. See if our ratings have changed over the past 99 episodes before ultimately rating and reviewing the first episode itself.

[00:22:47] Trey Gerrald: So we recorded episode one on June 12th, 2021. We had been doing some dress rehearsals, 'I. Think we did four or five dress rehearsals, maybe,

[00:23:00] Chelsey Donn: think three. And then like the fourth one was, ended up being episode two or three. 'I Think,

[00:23:06] Trey Gerrald: right? Something like that. So we sort of, kind of had figured out what the basic structure was, but 'I have not listened to episode one since it went live.

[00:23:15] Chelsey Donn: And 'I went live. 'I Wanna say on my birthday, cuz 'I think it was June 22nd.

[00:23:19] Trey Gerrald: Yes. So we debuted with our first three episodes on June 23rd, 2021.

[00:23:26] Chelsey Donn: my birthday. It's so crazy. 'I mean 'I. Real 'I Also 'I have not listened to this episode since it first aired. And 'I and 'I played it in my car. And 'I remember sort of like biting my nails being like, oh, is it gonna be okay? And 'I think it was, but um, maybe I'll think differently now that we're A' hundred episodes in, but 'I think we should do it.

[00:23:48] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. Let's go. So we're gonna actually, you'll see on Patreon or on YouTube in several months. Uh, we're gonna actually watch our unedited video recording. So you might hear some things on this episode that weren't actually in the edited version of episode one. All right. So should we do it 'I? Feel nervous.

[00:24:07] Chelsey Donn: me too. Oh my goodness. All right, here we go.

[00:24:10] VOICEOVER: Are we ready? We're ready. ChelseyBD. This is episode one, 'I Know. No pressure. You ready? Yes. Clappy clap. 1, 2, 3. Hello. Hi. Hello. My goodness. The time has come. ChelseyBD. Here

[00:24:32] Chelsey Donn: didn't even have headphones yet.

[00:24:34] VOICEOVER: Welcome to Review That Review. The podcast dedicated to reviewing reviews were just like Cisco and Ebert only. Instead of reviewing cinematic masterpieces, we rate and review those hilarious, scathing, and sometimes suspicious online reviews.

That's true. That's Chelsey Donn and that's Trey Gerrald. And together we're the Review Queen.

Holy cow. We, um, are so excited to finally be, uh, premiering the podcast. 'I figured that for this first episode, we can just take A' brief little moment up here at the top, sort of to explain who we are, how we arrived at this, uh, idea, and then we can tell you A' little sort of summary temp template of how our episodes will go.

And then we'll jump right in. So you're not just listening to A' boring, uh, infant Al at the beginning when you don't know who we are. 'I think that's A' Great idea. So who, who are we? Well, I'm Trey Gerrald and 'I Am A', actor, writer, sometimes funny person. Uh, and now A', newly appointed Review Queen. I'm from Columbia, South Carolina, 'I live in New York City and uh, I've been here for almost 11 years.

ChelseyBD, who are you? 'I Am Chelsey Donn. 'I Am also an actor, writer, comedian 'I Live in Los Angeles. I've also been here almost 11 years, which is crazy. East Coast girl. Grew up on the East coast, right outside Philadelphia and just here to do the thing, you know.

[00:26:13] Trey Gerrald: Okay, wait.

[00:26:14] Chelsey Donn: Yeah.

[00:26:15] Trey Gerrald: All right. What's there for you So far,

[00:26:17] Chelsey Donn: 'I feel like 'I look so young. 'I don't know. I'm like, did 'I age or have 'I just been hearted by the industry? 'I. 'I. Don't know. 'I just feel so like 'I seem so innocent.

[00:26:28] Trey Gerrald: 'I can tell in myself, 'I re like my, my heart would be beating so hard and 'I was like so nervous and 'I can hear, like 'I feel like I'm not actually speaking in my voice. I'm kind of like trying to sound A' certain way.

[00:26:43] Chelsey Donn: totally. Same 'I feel like even in the like intro copy we're like very much doing A' commercial and now I'm just like, 'I Don't know. We just say it. It's just more natural.

[00:26:54] Trey Gerrald: But 'I am like,

[00:26:55] Chelsey Donn: But I'm not like hating it. I'm not like totally cringing. That's

[00:26:59] Trey Gerrald: no, not yet. Not yet.

[00:27:00] Chelsey Donn: Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.

[00:27:02] VOICEOVER: We met 'I. Think the year was 2017, is that right? As my memory serves, yeah, it was the summer 'I believe of 2017. Yeah, we met because 'I was spending A' little time in Los Angeles and our mutual friend Emily Crater, Hey, hey, shout out. She was like, you have to meet my friend Chelsey Donn. You're gonna be obsessed with her.

And 'I had heard tell about this really funny person that went to school with her. And anyway, so 'I met you and you know, that can go one of two ways. True. But we actually became really good friends. Like we kept in touch and now here we are. Gosh, that's now it's 2021. Yeah. And, um, 'I, 'I thought about coming up with A' podcast idea and 'I you came to mind.

You were the first person and 'I called you. And you called me right back and here we are today. It was an honor. Yeah. Uh, so A' little quick notes here. So we started pitching and brainstorming and coming up with, um, ideas and templates and blueprints back in March. Our first conversation was in March, and, uh, we have spent the last couple of months really hashing things out, getting comfortable, and we have been recording mock episodes that will probably never see the light of day.

And it's, it's been maybe,

[00:28:18] Chelsey Donn: except they will.

[00:28:19] VOICEOVER: there'll be bonus content on our patron. Could be. But it's been really fun. It's been such A', interesting, fun, uh, creative outlet, especially, you know, we are coming out of this era of, uh, the sh the lockdown and, you know, this horrible pandemic. And, uh, this has been like A' really fun experience working with you.

And so 'I hope that all of the listeners equally enjoy diving into this outrageous world of online reviews.

[00:28:48] Trey Gerrald: 'I. Guess what? I'm just wondering like why did 'I think strangers would care about any of that?

[00:28:53] Chelsey Donn: 'I. Don't know 'I. Just remember you saying that you wanted people to know who we were and what our relationship was. And 'I feel like that's fair because A', lot of the feedback that I've gotten about the show is that people like it because they can tell that we're A' real life friends. And it's like hanging out with A' couple friends and 'I think it gives it context.

[00:29:14] Trey Gerrald: yes. 'I don't remember what 'I edited out and stuff, so this is also like we're just watching the stream of conscious talking.

[00:29:22] Chelsey Donn: Oh, that is true. 'I think. 'I. 'I. Now that I'm thinking back on this 'I, think 'I. Remember listening to it and then giving you editing notes and we like cut it down even more because 'I was like, we gotta get to the meat and potatoes of why are we doing the

[00:29:35] Trey Gerrald: yeah, it feels A' little long to me, but that's just me being critical.

[00:29:38] Chelsey Donn: is A'. Little long, but, but this again is the unedited version.

And this is like, really, this was what we were doing. 'I remember being very afraid during the part where 'I needed to like intro myself. Cuz that wasn't scripted. That was just like, and now ChelseyBD and Trey are gonna talk about themselves. A' little bit. And 'I remember being very nervous. But 'I 'I think 'I 'I played it

[00:30:00] Trey Gerrald: we were both so nervous.

[00:30:01] Chelsey Donn: Yeah, it's cute.

[00:30:02] Trey Gerrald: All right, here we go.

[00:30:03] VOICEOVER: 'I 'I. Feel like we should get into it, right? 'I? Yeah, let's do it 'I. Let's do it. So, oh wait, 'I, do want to quickly ask, are you someone who partakes in online reviews? Are you A' person that is in this world already? 'I am an avid reader of online reviews. 'I wouldn't say I'm as much of A' writer, but 'I read all the time.

I'm constantly dissecting reviews. 'I do this for friends when they get like, they're like, oh, I'm afraid to buy this product. And then 'I really will go through it and say like, is this A' deal breaker?

[00:30:36] Chelsey Donn: Still true.

[00:30:37] VOICEOVER: I've been that person for A' long time and 'I. Think 'I generally have A'. Good sense of people. And when we're like, you know, just sort of kvetching because.

Or sorry, complaining because we feel like we wanna hear our own voice and when we're complaining because you know, there's something that needs to be said and 'I think 'I have A' pretty general respect for both of those sides. So 'I can say, I'm passionate about reviews and I've written A' few in my day.

How about you? Yeah. 'I, 'I, um, 'I. Think 'I 'I have written one review in my life on And after A' horrible experience. And then 'I got so paranoid that 'I actually like completely changed my entire username because 'I was like so afraid of retribution. So I'm not, I'm not A' person that frequents Yelp or all of those situations, but 'I, 'I do look through reviews on Amazon.

So I'm excited to, um, I'm gonna find that review that you wrote. Oh, 'I. Wonder if it's still there. You know, 'I wanna see if there's, if there's retribution to be had. A'. A'. right, well, I'm glad that we, um, are here. I'm glad that the listeners are here and 'I feel like we are more connected now and we can jump right in.

So here we are, episode one of Review, That, Review.

[00:31:50] Chelsey Donn: Crazy

[00:31:50] VOICEOVER: Here we are. 'I mean. How was your week? Tried, did anything exciting happen this week for you? You know, 'I had, um, A' very really great week. It's been 'I Don't even know what to talk about for my week.

[00:32:04] Trey Gerrald: That's still true for me.

[00:32:05] VOICEOVER: we just not do weeks? We cannot do weeks 'I mean.

[00:32:08] Chelsey Donn: we've pretty much already talked about,

[00:32:10] VOICEOVER: Yeah, let's 'I, let's just jump into complaining. Is that cool? Yeah, right. I'm about it. 'I, because 'I just want to go ahead and get to the meet so that they don't like turn it off, you know? Yeah. 'I can intro 'I think 'I

[00:32:22] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean it's interesting that like 'I


[00:32:25] Chelsey Donn: honest moment.

[00:32:25] VOICEOVER: go.

[00:32:26] Trey Gerrald: I'm like responding to that in real time. So I'm glad to see that 'I was feeling it in the moment,

[00:32:31] VOICEOVER: maybe we

[00:32:32] Chelsey Donn: Same. Yeah.

[00:32:33] Trey Gerrald: 'I still, like 'I, still think the hardest part of the episodes are recapping my week 'I. Don't know why that's so hard for me. All right, so we're nine minutes into this recording of the episode and we're about to finally start the episode.

[00:32:47] VOICEOVER: 'I. If 'I was making A' podcast 'I, think 'I would come up with A'. Really cute phrase for that. And it would maybe be the first segment called Lodge. A. Complaint. Wow. I'm so glad you had that queued up. Mm-hmm. Do you have A' Complaint to Lodge? Trey? Yes. 'I absolutely have A' Complaint to Lodge and 'I.

Thought long and hard about what should be My very first for the episode. For this first episode, and I'm gonna be controversial. Oh, no. Okay. But with A' Heart of Bravery, and I'm gonna go after this Complaint that needs to be lodged against

[00:33:23] Trey Gerrald: Oh, 'I,

[00:33:24] VOICEOVER: the NBC Competition. Show the voice.

[00:33:28] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. Yeah, 'I. Forgot about that.

[00:33:30] VOICEOVER: Okay. The voice. Can you, okay.

ChelseyBD, can you name A' single winner from The Voice? Oh, no. I've watched some episodes. Probably not to be honest, but my parents are avid voice watchers, so they might be able to, can you name A'? Winner of American Idol. Kelly Clarkson. Okay. There you go. Stuttered. Okay, this is what has occurred to me.

'I was never in that reality competition watching, cuz 'I went, was in A' boarding school. We didn't have cable, but uh, my husband is obsessed with American Idol and always has been. And so I've seen it and 'I have seen the evolution of that program where it was really sort of the new star search. And then it started to turn into about the judges and then you get like the likes of huge celebrities and then it's sort of more about them than whoever wins.

Okay. So then in that platform we start to create A' show called The Voice, where it's literally about these judges turning their chairs around. Great idea. But we're on season 'I, don't know, 2,800 and 'I. Like 'I, don't know A' single person who wins. It's the same as like The Bachelor, like as soon as it ends, then they have one of the of A', different gender bachelorette.

Right? So it's like 'I, just 'I. 'I feel like we need to put an end to these entertainment reality competition shows that aren't fostering like careers for people. But then is that like unfair to expect that this re like competition show is gonna launch someone's career? Like don't you have to put, you know, 'I don't know.

The music industry has nothing 'I know anything about it just really bugs me that this reality show 'I, uh, there've been seemingly one winner every season and 'I couldn't name A' single one. They also like 'I think have multiple seasons in A' year. Like it's not just one 'I think we're maybe like oversaturating the market, but 'I think that's an interesting point.

These are like entertainment shows. 'I think that's why it is about the judges. And so to me it's sort of like obnoxious that it's this whole ruse that it's about finding like, well, 'I don't even know what is the title of the VO voice. You just win the voice. Okay, so, all right, so they're not trying to find America's Next like Superstar 'I.

I'm sure they get some sort of A' record deal and who knows 'I don't know. But that's my Complaint. I'm just, it's it 'I. It bothers me. And 'I think there could be some reflection about why it bothers me, but maybe because they're all verified on Twitter and I'm not. And that is my real Complaint 'I think it's A' worthy.

[00:36:07] Trey Gerrald: Pretty long-winded. Complaint.

[00:36:09] Chelsey Donn: was A' lot. And also we were still really digging. We didn't really know exactly what we would be complaining about long term, but like all the like sort of basic everyday complaints we did use during rehearsal. I'm also noticing like 'I clearly cared way more about the way that 'I looked during episode one

[00:36:30] Trey Gerrald: What do you mean

[00:36:31] Chelsey Donn: recordings, well, 'I like 'I, my hair is like freshly blown out 'I.

Think 'I maybe have A' little bit of makeup on. 'I just feel like in general, 'I 'I like was more like calculated. Now 'I feel much more carefree in

[00:36:47] Trey Gerrald: 'I hear that. But 'I also think you like, it's like it was like A' new thing. You were like showing up A'. Hundred percent, you know?

[00:36:53] Chelsey Donn: Right, right,

[00:36:55] Trey Gerrald: 'I also still 100% stand behind not liking the voice. 'I still 100% would Lodge that

[00:37:03] Chelsey Donn: Okay. Fair.

[00:37:04] Trey Gerrald: hear yours. I'm curious,

[00:37:05] Chelsey Donn: Good to hear. 'I. Me too. What did 'I say?

[00:37:08] VOICEOVER: ChelseyBD, do you have any Complaint? You wanna Lodge?

[00:37:11] Chelsey Donn: Remember what 'I said?

[00:37:12] VOICEOVER: 'I? Do 'I. 'I wanna make

[00:37:14] Chelsey Donn: pause. Can 'I guess? 'I. Think 'I. Think 'I complained about Newton and like Newton's law and everything that can go wrong will go wrong. But

[00:37:23] Trey Gerrald: that Murphy

[00:37:24] Chelsey Donn: I'm not A'. Yep. Murphy. That's what 'I meant. Wait, but maybe it was Newton.

What was Newton's law?

[00:37:33] Trey Gerrald: Isn't Newton gravity

[00:37:36] Chelsey Donn: Oh yeah. Everything that's up must go

[00:37:38] Trey Gerrald: down? Right. Okay, so we think it, it's Murphy Newton

[00:37:42] Chelsey Donn: Think it's Murphy 'I. Think it's Murphy Newton

[00:37:45] Trey Gerrald: Let's see. 'I don't remember.

[00:37:46] VOICEOVER: First of all, A', general Complaint against like Murphy's Law and

[00:37:51] Trey Gerrald: You were right.

[00:37:52] VOICEOVER: is, that he's such A' pessimist that like anything that can go wrong will go wrong. And at like the most inopportune time, it's been like getting really hot in A' lately. And it's great 'I love it. Except this was the time that my air conditioner decided like, mm, let's just not work anymore.

And 'I wanna blame Murphy. What do you think Murphy's last name was? 'I thought Murphy was the last name. Oh yes. Like Newton, like Newton's law.

[00:38:26] Trey Gerrald: Newton.

[00:38:26] VOICEOVER: Wow. Okay. So what do you think Murphy's first name was?

[00:38:30] Chelsey Donn: There you go.

[00:38:30] VOICEOVER: Probably something like very old and like, like A' Sigmund, but not Sigmund. Cuz that's taken by Freud. But 'I think like something that's like, oh wow.

Like 'I haven't heard that name in A' long time would be my guess. Edwin. Like Edwin? Yeah. Edwin. With

[00:38:48] Trey Gerrald: all

[00:38:48] VOICEOVER: middle name. You know Murphy 'I. 'I. Yeah. But why, why such A' pessimist. Why can't it be like everything that can go right will go right.

[00:38:59] Trey Gerrald: Mm

[00:39:00] VOICEOVER: You know, 'I feel like that's very Buddhist of you. Thank you 'I mean.

[00:39:06] Trey Gerrald: wait. 'I. Feel like 'I. 'I just had A' memory. 'I. Remember early on feeling intimidated by your comedy brain because 'I remember thinking like you would have very funny thought out. Tracking of like jokes in your complaints that like made me feel like, oh, I'm so glad 'I picked her because she like thinks in A' way that 'I do not think,

[00:39:31] Chelsey Donn: that's funny. 'I did not plan anything. 'I did write, all 'I had written down on A' piece of paper was, was Murphy

[00:39:37] Trey Gerrald: well 'I think that is who you are. Innately like 'I think like your brain thinks through things. Obviously 'I in A' different way than me, but 'I don't know. 'I. Just remember being very aware of like, oh, she's so quick 'I. Just remember that.

[00:39:49] Chelsey Donn: Thank you. Thanks

[00:39:51] VOICEOVER: Anyway, lodging, A', Complaint against Murphy and like the bad 'I. Don't know juju that he puts out and how it affects me personally, like with my air condition not working. It's A' good. Complaint. I'm gonna be really thinking about 'I. Edwin Murphy for A' while now, as you should. Yes. All right. 'I, feel like I've heard enough about us?

Mm-hmm. And our complaints. Maybe we should hear some other people's complaints. What do you think 'I? Love it. Let's do it. Okay. As you're A' trustee review, Queens, Trey and 'I will each bring in A' new review from the internet that we feel needs to be inspected. We will read the review. We will break it down, and then we rate the impact of the review on A' scale from one to five crowns, because we are the review Queens.

It's true, it's A', very regal process that we've created with leading scientists and researchers in the field that we call A'. ChelseyBD, my dear. For those of us who don't speak Yiddish, what does that word mean?

[00:40:55] Trey Gerrald: Oh my God.

[00:40:57] VOICEOVER: means complaints. Oh. Like what we were just doing, 'I. Correct. Oh, great. Okay. Awesome. All right, well, which one of us is going first today?

'I don't. I'm first. You're first. Okay. Well take it away. Review. Queen. Let's hear it. All right.

[00:41:12] Trey Gerrald: Oh my God.

[00:41:13] VOICEOVER: Okay.

[00:41:14] Chelsey Donn: Oh my god. 'I, don't remember what you brought in. Do you remember what you brought in?

[00:41:17] VOICEOVER: A' while ago, and I've been sitting on it.

[00:41:18] Trey Gerrald: Hmm. Yes. Yes. 'I. Remember

[00:41:21] VOICEOVER: The very first review on Review, That, Review,

[00:41:24] Chelsey Donn: Oh my goodness.

[00:41:26] VOICEOVER: Review, That Review.

[00:41:28] Chelsey Donn: It's crazy how much the script says say the same, but sound different cuz we're

[00:41:31] Trey Gerrald: 'I know

[00:41:32] Chelsey Donn: more comfortable.

[00:41:34] VOICEOVER: 'I have

[00:41:34] Trey Gerrald: was thinking of that too.

[00:41:35] VOICEOVER: the website Good Reads. There's A' very active community on Good reads,

[00:41:40] Trey Gerrald: is Shanice, right?

[00:41:41] Chelsey Donn: This is Shanice. That was A'. Good episode. 'I like Shanice.

[00:41:44] VOICEOVER: written by Shanice. And, um, this is A', one star for the book. 50 Shades of Gray. Okay. Ha ha, ha ha. No. You're serious. This is A', New York Times number one best seller.

Why? Why are people

[00:42:06] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God.

[00:42:07] VOICEOVER: claiming how good it is? How much they quote unquote loved it? Have you never read A' decent piece of literature in your life? Not to say this is literature, but come on. Okay. I'm abusing italics. 'I was excited to read this book because 'I like A', little Romance and erotica.

Mm-hmm. Every now and then, but 'I didn't expect this. This wasn't erotic, nor was it romantic. When Anna first meets Christian, it's more than obvious that this is A' fanfic of twilight. Anna's clumsy constantly. Excuse me. 'I just choked to myself. I'm gonna go back.

[00:42:48] Trey Gerrald: Nervous.

[00:42:49] VOICEOVER: Okay. When A' first meets Christian, it's more than obvious that this is A' fanfic of twilight.

Anna's clumsy. Continuously bites. Her lip doesn't understand why A' guy, any guy would be attracted to her and ridiculously naive parenthesis, Bella looks like fucking Wonder Woman compared to Anna.

[00:43:13] Trey Gerrald: Hmm.

[00:43:13] VOICEOVER: was A' moment in the book where 'I put it down and laughed. A' good, hardy laugh. I'm not exactly sure where it was.

The whole thing is purely comedic. 'I wasn't going to continue reading it, but 'I kind of wanted to know how it ended. So 'I basically skimmed through 'I, mainly read their emails. Though idiotic were still cute. The actual writing in this book was poor at best. The repeating of sentences, phrases, thoughts over and over and over again.

'I believe she mentioned her subconscious about 80 times. Parenthesis. This is not an exaggeration, but fact and 'I. 'I wanted nothing more than for her subconscious to shut the hell up. And her inner goddess parentheses mentioned about 60 times question mark. Ha haha. What? A' slut.

[00:44:02] Chelsey Donn: What is

[00:44:02] VOICEOVER: B D S M. I'm not one who is A' fan of this.

'I don't want be controlled and 'I don't want to control someone. So that whole aspect was bad enough in and of itself. And the fact that she was actually scared that if she did something wrong, he'd hurt her, wasn't A' red flag to her. A' difference between love and obsession. For anyone who wants to read A' Romance or even erotica, you can buy A' $3 or A' $4 book from Blaze or Harlequin on A' Walmart shelf.

Why the fuck would you want to pay anything more than A' Penny for this book? Seriously, all caps. Why do people like this? Christian was nowhere near sexy to me. No matter who 'I tried to picture playing him. It was completely pathetic. And now they're making A' movie that's completely unfair. And how will they even do it?

'I say, Jack Black plays Christian and busy Phillips plays Anna. Now that would be interesting. Please italics, please bold. Please, please stop buying this book and reading it. Just stop. Read books that deserve this attention.

[00:45:24] Chelsey Donn: My goodness, Shanice.

[00:45:26] VOICEOVER: Oh wow.

[00:45:27] Trey Gerrald: What's there for you listening to

[00:45:29] Chelsey Donn: 'I don't know. Like so 'I in the middle of listening to this, 'I started being like, oh, 'I should take notes on this to see if 'I brought up some of the same points that 'I had before. But 'I mean 'I know 'I 'I vaguely. Remember that 'I took Shanice to school. A' Little bit cuz 'I just felt like this was an opinion piece written as A' review.

[00:45:48] Trey Gerrald: Okay. Yeah.

[00:45:50] Chelsey Donn: Shanice was really like damning this whole book that obviously was A' bestseller. So there's somebody out there that really likes it, even if it's not Shan's, take 'I still stand by that 'I. This stuck out 'I. Don't know if it stuck out before, but the part about reading the emails, did you read 50 Shades of Gray?

[00:46:10] Trey Gerrald: No.

[00:46:11] Chelsey Donn: did 'I. But is there like A' section of the book? That's their emails back and forth.

[00:46:16] Trey Gerrald: Maybe

[00:46:17] Chelsey Donn: And then the other thing that popped out to me, which 'I was like actually kind of fabulous is like 'I want to see the Jack Black, busy Phillips 50 Shades of Gray rendition

[00:46:30] Trey Gerrald: 'I, mean 'I. Don't remem 'I. Just remem 'I. Remember us being obsessed with Shanice. Because it is really ripe with personality. 'I love the opener as ha.

[00:46:40] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. The laughing at the top 'I was dying.

[00:46:43] Trey Gerrald: really fun. And the laughing the ha's

[00:46:45] Chelsey Donn: The ha.

[00:46:45] Trey Gerrald: is really funny.

[00:46:46] Chelsey Donn: yeah, yeah. Agree.

[00:46:47] Trey Gerrald: 'I am also struck. I'm hearing in myself right now like 'I mean it's A' review, but it is very much not considering that there's any audience that would like

this. It's very clear that this person read Twilight and is coming in with A' bias.

[00:47:04] Chelsey Donn: It still sticks out as A'. Very good. Reads review. There's something about the strong opinions that 'I think amongst the Good Reads community and people that read A' lot, it's you can get away with this A' little bit more on good reads than you can on like an Amazon

[00:47:21] Trey Gerrald: Yes. Good reads. Reviews. Do feel like you're at A' pulpit and you're like giving A' lecture. Like there is always an air that you are the expert.

Should we try to rate it right now or should we listen to what we think then?

[00:47:35] Chelsey Donn: feel like we should try to rate it now cuz 'I think 'I will be influenced.

[00:47:39] Trey Gerrald: Think 'I will be too. All right. We're gonna try to tabulate right now based on 99 episodes later.

[00:47:45] VOICEOVER: The Queens are Tabulating

to A' school.

[00:47:52] Chelsey Donn: We didn't have half crowns at the time. 'I. Don't think

[00:47:55] Trey Gerrald: Interesting. Whoa.

[00:47:56] Chelsey Donn: I'm holding up two Trey's, holding up four. 'I. Don't know. 'I feel like 'I. 'I would've been harsh because 'I would've felt like Shanice was, was just voicing their opinion too loudly as fact. So 'I went with two cuz we didn't have half. If 'I was gonna do it today, 'I probably would be more of A' two and A' half

[00:48:15] Trey Gerrald: Yeah, I'm actually thinking maybe 'I don't mean four 'I. Think what's there for me. Like 'I appreciate that. Um, Shanice is going strong, strong in their thoughts, which

[00:48:25] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. 'I mean 'I. Like Shanice, like 'I think she's

[00:48:28] Trey Gerrald: Yes, but 'I don't know that Shanice ne necessarily represents what my opinion of the book would be, right?

'I mean, is it common? 'I don't, 'I don't 'I don't know. 'I feel like there's also this whole era or this, there's this whole phenomenon of backlash against popular things.

[00:48:44] Chelsey Donn: Right. Yeah. Like are we just being irreverent?

[00:48:47] Trey Gerrald: So 'I think 'I might wanna change mine to three because 'I do kind of feel like it's not offensive either way. Like 'I think it's kind of middle of the like. It's just really strong A' personality, which is fun to

[00:48:58] Chelsey Donn: Right. Agree. But not every review that's fun to read is actually A', Review,

[00:49:03] Trey Gerrald: correct? Correct.

[00:49:05] Chelsey Donn: Important distinction.

[00:49:06] VOICEOVER: Shanice came to play and she

[00:49:09] Chelsey Donn: 'I said that

[00:49:10] VOICEOVER: to say, but like that is the review on like A' website. Like she, like that's an essay like that. If, if 'I was A' third grade teacher minus the F words, that's an essay. 'I. Oh, for sure. Could even be collegiate level 'I mean She, only did she, 'I, 'I just heard you reciting that and 'I just wanna point out that not only did she use italics and bold and things like that, but she like commented on it.

She's like, 'I overused. The italics, I'm aware. Okay. Was A' Choice. It literally was like very small on the website and it's kind of long. So 'I had to like copy paste it and put it into A' Word document so that 'I could see it better. Yeah. And 'I like erased all of the um, font formatting and then 'I had to go back and undo that because so much of what she's writing is in the way in which she chose to put it on the page.

So maybe Shanice is like an English teacher. Yeah. Where 'I sort of lose Shanice. Is her dogmatic approach. She's, you know, really speaking for all of us when really she should just be speaking for herself. Like personally, 'I. Think if Shanice was talking more about her personal preference and less about the absolutes.

Like this doesn't have A' right to be made into A' movie. This doesn't have A' right to take place anywhere within literature. Not to mention within this genre, 'I feel like Shanice could have been A', Review, Queen. But the bias really pushed me, um, outside of that category for Shanice. Also, it it struck me that, you know, 'I didn't read this book.

It did, it was A' cultural phenomenon, and it's about B D S M. So it's just interesting to bring up like, Why is this about B? Like if you aren't interested then like, like A' Different book. Yeah. Like, or just like, you know, go to Walmart. That aside 'I actually find this to be A' very valuable review because 'I 'I feel like Shanice is A' wordsmith.

And so there's A' lot of, um, attention to detail and it is like A' full arc this, this, this review. And so 'I imagine that they have A' high level of taste when it comes to other people's writing. Yes. 'I agree. She's speaking in absolutes rather than personal opinions. Um, but that little shift aside, 'I, 'I feel like 'I feel warned, maybe like, spend your time somewhere else.

Unless like you wanna just like stop and have A' Hardy laugh. Okay.

[00:51:41] Trey Gerrald: but wait, 'I just have to contradict my past self because sh Shanice admits that they didn't finish reading the

[00:51:48] Chelsey Donn: that's right. 'I, we didn't, 'I don't even think we spoke about that cuz there was so much going on in the review. 'I didn't hear that either until the replay. Yeah, good point.

[00:51:57] VOICEOVER: 'I feel like Shanice is the type of person that like just laughs all the time. Say what you will about Shanice and her opinions. But when you're around Shanice, you're gonna be laughing too because she just brought so much laughter this review and listen, like I'm gonna stand by 'I. Think Shanice took this one step too far in speaking for everybody, but 'I think Shanice is the kind of person where like if we were all hanging out and she was just like saying her crazy absolute comments and laughing that everyone would be like, oh my God, Shanice, that's such A' thing to say.

And we would be laughing too. So 'I do kind of think this was A' common experience. 'I mean 'I. Think everyone knew that it was like based on fan fiction for another source material, Twilight, and that it was like not necessarily great literature, right? 'I think it, this is probably A' common experience, right?

'I do. But 'I wonder, like, you know, if this would be A' deal breaker, like if 'I was somebody that was into Twilight wanting this fan fiction experience, would anything in this review keep me from buying the book 'I? Don't think so. Especially if 'I was like on board for A' B D S M moment. Mm-hmm. You know, she doesn't like that.

She's not into that. But like you said, like you, you know, what do they say? You don't go to, you don't get milk at A' hardware store. 'I mean like, you know what you're getting.

[00:53:22] Trey Gerrald: What

[00:53:23] VOICEOVER: going in for 50 shades of gray. Agreed. There's no gray area in what you are receiving. Zero gray in 50 shades of gray.

Zero gray 'I. Mean 'I. Think we've been talking about this the whole time. But 'I, this is like thoroughly entertaining 'I. Think it's A'. Very entertaining review. Definitely points for entertainment from me. And then 'I, 'I don't feel persuaded either way, right? So that is interesting cuz 'I really like this Review 'I enjoy it.

But 'I don't really know that there's any impact honestly, other than like laughing and counting the haws. 'I agree. 'I think, um, 'I think that the impact wasn't, um, as impactful

[00:54:04] Chelsey Donn: Genius phrasing there.

[00:54:06] VOICEOVER: All right. 'I, feel like we have enough information. Yeah. 'I think we do too. Are you ready to crown it?

Yeah, I'm ready. Let's

[00:54:12] Trey Gerrald: Do you remember what you did?

[00:54:14] Chelsey Donn: Didn't we like have A' whole conversation about like, how are we gonna intro this or. What are we gonna say? Going into the crowning or whatever and 'I 'I. Think 'I just like said it and 'I said, yeah, let's Crown or something like that and,

[00:54:27] VOICEOVER: are

[00:54:27] Trey Gerrald: did? Yeah.

[00:54:28] Chelsey Donn: then we ended up using that

[00:54:30] Trey Gerrald: 'I. Wonder if I'm gonna have the same rating.

[00:54:32] Chelsey Donn: don't know, maybe 'I. 'I moved her up to A' three.

I'm gonna stick with my two though

[00:54:38] Trey Gerrald: 'I mean we didn't do half

[00:54:39] Chelsey Donn: We didn't have half crowns. 'I. Think there's A' possibility that the ChelseyBD of 2021 did A' three, but I'm still gonna lean towards

[00:54:47] rtr-100_chelsey: two

[00:54:47] Trey Gerrald: Let's see it. The 'I, my memory of Shanice is much more affectionate than 'I feel at

[00:54:54] Chelsey Donn: think 'I like Shanice, but

[00:54:56] Trey Gerrald: 'I. Like Shanice, but 'I, remember Shanice as like A'.

Really good review, which is interesting. Okay, here

[00:55:02] VOICEOVER: You ready to show? Yeah. 'I mean Can 'I say 'I was like really tempted to break A' crown in half for this? Oh, we should discuss that. Should we be

[00:55:10] Chelsey Donn: you go.

[00:55:11] VOICEOVER: Should we have A'

[00:55:11] Chelsey Donn: Because 'I wanted to do two and A' half crowns. 'I bet.

[00:55:14] Trey Gerrald: Episode one. Wow.

[00:55:16] VOICEOVER: Listeners, if you have an opinion about that share? Yes. Okay. You ready to show? Yes.

[00:55:21] Chelsey Donn: Three Crowns. We both did

[00:55:23] VOICEOVER: A' tie. We both have three crowns. ChelseyBD, you wanna, um, explain why you

[00:55:28] Trey Gerrald: And today you said two,

[00:55:30] Chelsey Donn: 'I said two, but 'I said 'I wouldn't have been surprised if the ChelseyBD of 2021 had given three because we didn't have half crowns at the time. But 'I didn't know that 'I had said that. So interesting.

[00:55:39] Trey Gerrald: Right. And 'I originally said four, but 'I. Think after 'I spoke,

[00:55:42] Chelsey Donn: Yeah. So we're still, we're pretty, we're pretty much the same as what we were, which is, which is kind of cool.

[00:55:49] VOICEOVER: Yes, 'I voted for three cuz 'I gave Shanice high points on personality, entertainment, and conviction. Where she lost me was her impact or influence her ability to sway people in one way or another. And also the bias, her personal bias, uh, based on her taste. So that was why 'I took away two points. But 'I kinda wanna like go get A' drink with Shanice, which is why 'I was tempted to give her an extra half crown.

How about you? Okay,

[00:56:20] Chelsey Donn: 'I was gonna do three and A' half. See?

[00:56:22] VOICEOVER: verbatim. Ditto because 'I feel like 'I want be friends with Shanice, but yeah, 'I mean 'I. 'I, 'I. 'I would need to read A'. Couple of more reviews to sort of get A' deeper. Feel. 'I found this to be incredibly entertaining, um, which is why 'I was between three and four because 'I.

It was A' Pleasant Read and 'I. Appreciate her attention to bold metallics and line spacing capitals, parentheticals. But ultimately, you know, uh, 'I, it's sort of middle of the road. Maybe 'I would break A' Crown too. 'I. If, if we were doing that, that's why 'I went with three crowns. A'. That was such A'.

Good first entry. Try wait. A' really, really have the first review of Review That Review deliver on so many levels. I'm impressed. I'm honored to be your partner in Review Queen. Oh, sh. Um,

[00:57:07] Chelsey Donn: feel that way.

[00:57:09] VOICEOVER: but 'I think we do need like A', little bit of A' palette cleanse. Before we just dive into the second review, what do you think?

'I Love that idea. So let's do A', quick little break. And then when we come back, we are gonna introduce you all to our fun game with Meryl Streep. Love it. Brb.

[00:57:26] Chelsey Donn: Okay, 'I. Wanna quickly just give A' little bit of like chat moment to Meryl and this is gonna come up in the after show for this week. So Meryl came up because originally when Trey and 'I had conceptualized this show, we thought that we were always going to read all of the reviews in accordance to A' random roll of A' wheel that Trey had purchased and had at his house that we were calling the Meryl-Go-Round.

And that would mean that like the entire Shanice review would've been read as like A' news anchor or one of the categories from the Marrow go round. And so we did actually record an episode where we did that and we are gonna be replaying that for the Patreon this week. But it's so funny and really wouldn't have done justice to the reviews if we were putting all of this on it.

But you know, this is what would've been so distracting. But this is what happens when you are conceptualizing A' podcast. You know, so funny.

[00:58:27] VOICEOVER: Now back to the show. ChelseyBD.

[00:58:44] Chelsey Donn: did it? 'I was like, are you gonna do

[00:58:46] Trey Gerrald: episode one.

[00:58:47] VOICEOVER: 'I hated that. 'I don't feel like an icon most of the days. 'I feel like 'I. can't!. That's with an

[00:58:56] Chelsey Donn: an A'.

[00:58:58] VOICEOVER: All right, here's the deal. Trey and 'I are each gonna pick A', rotten, scathing, pithy, One-Star-Zinger. And with 30 seconds on the clock, not A'. Second more we'll take turns.

Trying to recite the zinger in as many genres as possible, just like Queen Merrill who does it all before the clock runs out.

[00:59:18] Chelsey Donn: 'I 'I. Like 'I. Vaguely. Remember that like you were having trouble 'I. Don't know if it was in rehearsals or when it was, but like with the pithy copy, like you, like you kept like tripping up. And so that was when, when we

[00:59:32] Trey Gerrald: you had

[00:59:32] Chelsey Donn: then and there that like that was gonna be my section.

[00:59:35] VOICEOVER: by name

[00:59:36] Trey Gerrald: remember crafting the phrasing of that with

[00:59:39] Chelsey Donn: Yes.

[00:59:40] VOICEOVER: is two out five awful. And the

[00:59:44] Chelsey Donn: Wait, so 'I didn't even bring in A'. One Star 'I brought in. Wait, did 'I bring in A' two star for A'? One-Star-Zinger.

[00:59:51] Trey Gerrald: Yes. That's really funny. 'I didn't, 'I didn't catch that until you just said.

[01:00:01] Chelsey Donn: so funny.

[01:00:03] VOICEOVER: 'I would rather pass A' Gallstone during A' Yani concert A'. All right, that's A'. Um, alright, that's, well that's what 'I gotta work with. 'I. Think you're gonna do great. Okay, here we we go. Three, Two,. One, GO!. Disney 'I would rather A' concert disaster. 'I would A' concert televangelist 'I 'I would rather pass A' Goldstone during A' yaw concert Southern Oh 'I would rather pass A' Goldstone during A' yaw concert.

Mi Pop star 'I gold A' 'I 'I. Get that? Yeah, I'll give it to you. Thank you.

[01:00:55] Trey Gerrald: 'I think it's award worthy.

[01:00:56] Chelsey Donn: 'I. Think it was 'I. Think 'I. Think Meryl would be proud.

[01:00:59] VOICEOVER: How many was that? Six A'. Wow. Wow. 'I can't even believe it. 'I hope. Meryl would be proud. 'I.

[01:01:08] Chelsey Donn: Meryl would be

[01:01:09] VOICEOVER: can't! cuz you're really good at this game. But no Trey. You're good. Who cares? Okay. My One-Star-Zinger is um, also from Ray, my professor rant away.

Oh, okay. So this is actually from Brown University for A' history Professor. This is, um, A' two out five

[01:01:28] Trey Gerrald: Same

[01:01:29] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. You did it too.

[01:01:30] Trey Gerrald: have it either.

[01:01:31] VOICEOVER: emoji that

[01:01:32] Trey Gerrald: Why were we

ha what?

[01:01:34] Chelsey Donn: we called the entire thing? One-Star-Zinger. We worked so hard to write that copy. One star and we both brought in two. That's crazy. 'I don't think we did that after this. Like

[01:01:45] Trey Gerrald: like 'I was more intentional about one, one sentences, but literally both of ours were two out of five.

[01:01:51] Chelsey Donn: so crazy. That's hilarious.

[01:01:54] VOICEOVER: He didn't laugh when 'I said that his mom was the capital of Jabi.

[01:01:57] Chelsey Donn: Oh God.

[01:01:59] VOICEOVER: All right, are you ready? 'I am ready. Three,, Two,, One, GO! mime always start horror. He didn't laugh when 'I said that his mom was the capital of musical theater. He didn't laugh when 'I A'

Televangelist, who didn't? When 'I said to his mama, 'I was A' capital of Disney. Oh, he didn't laugh when 'I said that his mom was A'. Capital of Chail. That's A' 'I. That's A'. That was like four or something. How many? No, it wasn't. It was 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I'm really proud of you. You really are good at this. And so you deserve this round of

[01:02:49] Chelsey Donn: You were great. You were always so hard on yourself.

[01:02:53] VOICEOVER: I'm honored. 'I. 'I never really won anything growing up. So even, even 'I feel like you always win this. You're so good at this. Well, thank you 'I. Appreciate that. Yay. That was, uh, the Meryl-Go-Round

[01:03:05] Trey Gerrald: Same

[01:03:06] VOICEOVER: Review. That Review.

[01:03:08] Trey Gerrald: We didn't strap each other in

[01:03:10] Chelsey Donn: We didn't. When did we start doing that? 'I wonder? That just happened organically too.

[01:03:15] Trey Gerrald: 'I. Remember making A' graphic for it for the Instagram. So 'I know it had something to do with Miley Cyrus. 'I. Think you

[01:03:22] Chelsey Donn: the wrecking ball? That was the first one you mean

[01:03:25] Trey Gerrald: 'I. Think so. Cuz then it was so

[01:03:28] Chelsey Donn: that we

[01:03:29] Trey Gerrald: 'I could be wrong. 'I think.

[01:03:31] Chelsey Donn: you're right.

[01:03:31] VOICEOVER: My review is from Yelp. It is written by David s one star review of the Central Park Zoo, um, just for A', little bit of contacts. David s has written 38 other reviews and included nine photos. He did include two photos in, in his review of the Central Park Zoo. So without further ado, David s This is A' Zoo.

Good luck seeing any animals. Unless you consider thousands of other tourists crammed elbow to elbow in this tiny space as animals, which you would be justified in doing in part because many do not wear deodorant, is there no capacity limit? We saw part of A' bear's leg 'I, think maybe an arm. We saw some beautiful but dirty swans eating from A' grain dish, but they were pretty quickly chased away by giant rats who ate the swan food.

That was fairly entertaining as Here's what would happen if you took A' beautiful swan out of its natural environment and stuck it in the middle of Manhattan. It would get covered in A' layer of New York's scum, and some rats would eat its lunch. 'I. Suppose this place is A' Zoo in the pejorative sense.

Wait, is that what it's supposed to be? Is this some kind of A' sarcastic art installation,

[01:05:15] Trey Gerrald: Hmm. What do you think of A' review?

[01:05:18] Chelsey Donn: Think it's funny. 'I, my memory's serving. We didn't like David. We thought he was like A'. Little bit like broy with the pejorative and all of that. But 'I still kind of think that the whole tourist is animals and them not wearing deodorant is kind of funny. 'I don't know if 'I thought it was funny at the time, or

[01:05:35] Trey Gerrald: 'I think it.

[01:05:36] Chelsey Donn: But 'I do think it's

[01:05:37] Trey Gerrald: 'I. Definitely think it's funny. But 'I think, what I'm feeling the most struck by is it feels like A' character assassination of New York City wanting to have A', zoo like 'I, feel like A' zoo, any zoo anywhere, no matter where it is. And the world is gonna be taking animals out of their natural environment.


[01:05:57] Chelsey Donn: Yeah, that's

[01:05:58] Trey Gerrald: like, like it is sort of like, okay, so you don't like that the zoo exists in New York? Like it's being

shady of

[01:06:05] Chelsey Donn: hilarious that he saw A' Bear's Leg and 'I. Remember that we put that on the cover part of A' Bear's leg.

[01:06:13] Trey Gerrald: God, that is really funny. 'I mean, do 'I 'I mean? 'I? Feel like the value here is like, it's in Manhattan, so it's gonna be jam-packed. Crazy 'I mean the deodorant thing. Can we say that that's typical 'I don't know. 'I mean they're tourists. So

[01:06:29] Chelsey Donn: 'I.

[01:06:30] Trey Gerrald: 'I don't know. What do you, what would you rate this today?

[01:06:33] Chelsey Donn: Mean. 'I. Think I'm gonna be higher than

[01:06:37] Trey Gerrald: Like what's the impact?

[01:06:38] Chelsey Donn: 'I feel like the impact is that like this isn't like the San Diego Zoo. It's not like A' huge zoo where you're going to see tons of exhibits. Like you're gonna be lucky if you can see A', little bit of A' bear, which is like goes in line with being A' Manhattan.

Cuz there's not like that much space though. Central Park is pretty big.

[01:06:57] Trey Gerrald: All right. Should we just crown it?

[01:06:58] Chelsey Donn: I'm gonna crown it. 'I. Feel like 'I. Wonder if this is gonna be higher than what 'I actually did, but here we go.

[01:07:04] Trey Gerrald: 'I? Have no idea what 'I did back

[01:07:06] VOICEOVER: The Queens are Tabulating

to the school.

[01:07:13] Trey Gerrald: Oh my

[01:07:13] Chelsey Donn: Oh my God. Hilarious. Okay, so 'I, we, this is what happened the first time Trey's holding up two crowns and I'm holding up four. Like are we both waxing poetic on our first review selections and feeling like they should be higher than they are? And maybe 'I landed at A' three again in the end of this 'I.

Don't know why 'I went with four 'I. Just think that like it's important to know what you're getting into. And 'I feel like David in A', funny way, explained, you know what we're up against.

[01:07:43] Trey Gerrald: Yeah. 'I. Hear that. 'I have no recollection. 'I have no idea what 'I thought back then. 'I can see in the video that I'm smiling. So 'I am entertained, which 'I think it is entertaining. 'I. Think the value like 'I. 'I. Don't think you can say that. That my experience, I'm gonna have smelly 'I. Non deodorant wearing tourists because it's like the tourists could be from France where deodorant isn't as common, or they could be from Switzerland, like 'I.

Don't know. I'm

[01:08:10] Chelsey Donn: Word Deodorant is plentiful.

[01:08:13] Trey Gerrald: also like 'I would love to just hear more about the actual layout, the experience like it, it feels A', little shady and like comedy, but 'I have no idea what 'I said back then. Here we go.

[01:08:25] VOICEOVER: Okay, well first of all, great pick. Thanks. Um, I'm curious, do you happen to know if David s lives in New York? 'I don't know if David s lives in New York, but 'I feel like no 'I wanna say he lives in, maybe he lives in like Long Island or Jersey or Connecticut. 'I just have A' question. Yeah. Why would you choose the Central Park Zoo when you could go to the Bronx Zoo?

I'm with you. 'I mean I've been to both zoos and to be Okay. Here we go. Yeah. David s 'I don't think is very far off 'I. Yeah. When 'I went to the Central Park Zoo, 'I actually don't know if 'I did see A'. Like I've never actually thought about that, but A', lot of the like, things were closed. But honey, hearing this thing about is there no capacity hits in A' whole new way in 2021?

No. 'I know. 'I don't know something. This is like, um, the 'I, this is just occurring to me so I'm sharing it. Yeah, but something about this like, um, aren't 'I witty turn of the review kind of turned me off for some reason. 'I don't know. 'I mean. Yeah, there are A'. Lot of things that were A' turn off about this.

Let's just be clear that David s obviously has impeccable grammar. Um, he, he used ellipses properly and he also used words like pejorative. So 'I think maybe David s is like an s A' T tutor on the side. Maybe s A' t too.

[01:09:46] Trey Gerrald: Hilarious.

[01:09:46] VOICEOVER: he definitely has A' way with the pen. But that being said, there was A' sense of pretentiousness oozing off the page with David A'.

There was A' sense 'I. Think 'I. I'm nodding an agreement. Yeah. Do you think that there's like value in this review 'I? Think maybe in the sense of, like you said, it's not the best zoo. Go to the Bronx Zoo. If you're gonna be in the area, this is like A' Zoo Light. So in that sense, 'I don't think he's misleading the reader.

'I think it's right to keep expectations low. If you're gonna go to the Central Park Zoo, yes. But you do have to pay that admission fee. So it, it is A' Zoo. David s has A' point to be A' little upset about paying to go to A' Zoo and like maybe seeing half of A' Bear's leg and like rats in game or arm or the arm or whatever.

But also it's like pizza Rat. You know what 'I mean? Like rats are part of the experience, right? They're just there. Yeah, they're just there. If you're gonna be in the city, you're gonna see rats. 'I mean 'I. Think like this is probably somewhat typical. Yes. Um, what's the entertainment value here? 'I Don't

[01:10:56] Trey Gerrald: Literally just said the opposite.

[01:10:58] VOICEOVER: 'I 'I. Don't know. 'I feel like David was giving me A', little bit of Karen vibes with his like, judgmentalness, 'I. Think 'I was somewhat entertained. 'I wasn't knocked off my socks, he wasn't giving me laughter or anything like that. You know, like 'I think. That's what turned me off about the, um, the turn at the end about like, oh, is this like A' philosophical zoo?

Like it just felt A' little like heavy handed 'I. Don't know,

[01:11:24] Trey Gerrald: interesting. 'I feel the

[01:11:26] Chelsey Donn: Yeah,


[01:11:27] VOICEOVER: were being really clever, but 'I don't know. That's kind of Yeah. 'I 'I. Think definitely David s thinks A' lot of themselves 'I mean. And also is this some kind of sarcastic art installation? Yeah. 'I like unnecessary.

It do. Although that would be A' really interesting. Like, um, performance art, like thesis, install A' Zoo and uh, let the actual patrons be the animals. Oh, that's A'. Yeah, that's A'. Good point. But if we never had this into Park Zoo, we would never have the animated series Madagascar. Exactly. What do you think the impact of this review is?

'I, if you were, uh, David S's grandmother, would you hang this on the fridge?

[01:12:03] Chelsey Donn: Oh, this is the first time we said this. 'I


[01:12:05] Trey Gerrald: but 'I. Feel like we haven't said that in A' really

[01:12:07] Chelsey Donn: we haven't because at at one point on the website, 'I don't know if it's still there. 'I was like defining each of our like scientific breakdown in case people wanted to, uh, submit their own review on A' website, which you can still do by the way. And when we were talking about like the overall impact, we did talk about would grandma hang on A'

[01:12:30] Trey Gerrald: I'm gonna bring that back. 'I like

[01:12:32] VOICEOVER: Yeah, it's true with those little like bunny sculptures that you can stick your face through and take pictures. Love A'. Good bunny sculpture. 'I can stick my face in 'I. Feel like I'm ready, like 'I. 'I can crown this right.

[01:12:43] Chelsey Donn: an Indian. The A',

[01:12:44] VOICEOVER: 'I think I'm ready. Let's crown it.

[01:12:46] Trey Gerrald: The same cards?

[01:12:48] Chelsey Donn: 'I say three?

[01:12:50] VOICEOVER: A' school

[01:12:51] Trey Gerrald: No.

[01:12:53] VOICEOVER: A'

[01:12:53] Chelsey Donn: We were unanimous. Again, it too Trey. You were right at the top of the review.

[01:12:58] Trey Gerrald: so weird.

[01:12:59] Chelsey Donn: 'I give them four? That's so interesting. We were totally unanimous.

[01:13:03] Trey Gerrald: still said too, but 'I think that 'I feel differently. Like 'I was saying, it's not really entertaining, but today, 'I think it's very entertaining. 'I disregard the review because 'I think it's only entertainment. But at the time, back then and the day, 'I thought they were really spelling out that you're not gonna get A' lot from this zoo.

Which 'I don't think they're really spelling out 'I think they're being entertaining.

[01:13:23] Chelsey Donn: agree. 'I mean. 'I. Also think like we've been hardened. We've read A' lot. If 'I found A', David s today, 'I would definitely be screenshotting and bringing it in because of the bear's leg

[01:13:36] Trey Gerrald: 'I was curious if this would be, what would this experience would be like if we are harder now?

[01:13:44] Chelsey Donn: yeah.

[01:13:44] VOICEOVER: 'I 'I would've gone maybe 2.5 because 'I 'I think that.

[01:13:48] Chelsey Donn: crown. Yeah.

[01:13:49] VOICEOVER: In terms of literacy and you know, being able to understand what was written that was clear. Sometimes you read reviews, they're just like the spelling's all over the place. The grammar's all over the place. 'I don't understand what you're saying. 'I do feel like 'I understood what David s was saying.

'I feel like it is probably A' fair assessment. 'I mean there's lots o