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10:00pm 08-08-2022
RyGuy
I watched the extra Survivor Season 1 Outrageous Moments DVD for the first time in years. Besides seeing all the tribal council voting. These were my favorite highlights:

1) Pagong got mad a BB for washing his shirt in canteen water, but nobody seem to be outraged that Sean would go to the well to shave his face and body, and even rinse his razor in the lid of the well.

2) Later when Sue is mad at Kelly, she's talking to Rich and Rudy being like: "We will let them all know that she voted for Gretchen, because that was back when Sean was doing alphabet soup!"
12:04am 08-02-2022
Twila Fan
Hey Mario, thanks for all the amazing work you've done on your book and the funny115!

You may have already noticed this, but I googled around to see if anyone mentioned this in the past and I couldn't find anything, so I figured I'd mention it because I thought it was a funny detail noticed while watching Marquesas.

Rob Decanio, when they merge, talks about how real men don't wear pink, despite what others say. He goes on to refuse to wear the pink buff around camp or in confessionals at all. He'll always take it off when he's given the chance, and only wears it to Tribal Council and Challenges where I assume the producers force him to put it on. I still haven't seen the final 6 episode, but from eps 7-10 he constantly takes the thing off and I thought it was kinda funny. Never seen anyone mention this before.
10:25pm 06-06-2022
Mario
Yeah it's funny, that's something I have been joking about for years. To me that would be the ultimate jumping of the shark moment in Survivor, when the show has gotten so dumb that everyone just starts with a hidden idol. I had no idea we would ever actually get to that point. And now I see fans openly arguing it would be a fun idea and they should do it. In related news, I can't believe this show is still on.
11:57am 06-05-2022
Tyler
Mario,

You should go back and listen to Episode 45 of the Historians, This is why Montana can’t have nice things.

Specifically, listen at the 2:32:10 mark. You talk about how you could foresee a future of survivor where you start the game with a certain number of idols allotted to each player and you have to use them correctly. Best of all, you literally say around the season 40 mark. It’s like you had inside information that at season 40 they would introduce fire tokens.
6:45pm 06-03-2022
Alex
Hi Mario!
I've been a fan of the funny115 for a while now, and I just want to say that I absolutely love it! The little callbacks, references, quips and nicknames you give in your writeups really make it fun to read.
I know you haven't finished your South Pacific mega-entry yet (which I am really enjoying as it comes out), but I can't wait to see what you'll come up with if you do a Funny 11 #4 for Cambodia to Winners at War. It might be tough, given Survivor editing has gotten more strategy and less personality focused nowadays, but I think there's potential for maybe a total of 115 funny moments across those 10 seasons (or 9, once you discount IotI).
9:14pm 05-25-2022
!!
Idk if you watch Survivor 42, but the FTC is a very close comparison to South Pacific. Could be worth mentioning in your #1 entry writeup
8:07am 05-12-2022
Sky
Hi Mario, just got done reading your progress so far on the third funny 115. I saw the first two seasons and Palau but season 23 was what actually got me into the show and it remains in many ways my favorite season so it's neat that you're doing a ludicrously long Rashamon style recap of it.

Since you're getting to Ozzy asking to get voted out, I think something people overlook is this: At that point Ozzy knew he'd be voted out well before the end regardless. I don't think anyone thought that taking out Christine was actually vital for Savaii strategically, but the major upshot of it was it was a move Ozzy could make as an appeal for Jury votes, which is why he talked himself into it. He knew that simply challenge running to the end probably wouldn't win the jury vote by itself, that he had to do it in such a way that most of the jury was on his side and that was one (of many) things he did to accomplish that.
12:33pm 04-18-2022
Joey Foos
Hey Mario,

I'm pretty new to being a massive survivor fan. One of the first things friends would point me to (beyond watching the show) is the Funny115. I just finished reading v1.0 and I just wanna say thanks! I was absolutely CACKLING in my office or in my shitty little apartment. I also appreciated how it put some moments in a new light, or even improved them with context! Thanks again Mario, looking forward to reading 2.0!
12:20pm 04-16-2022
Kay
Dear Mario, I love the Funny 115 and just did a major reread. Because you are a fan of ironic humor, I thought you might like this: My Amazon recommendations are all messed up because I've been reading Funny 115. Last time I went on Amazon, it recommended me two things: The Survivor Panama DVD, and laxatives. I thought you'd appreciate that, and Bruce Kanegai wouldn't.
5:40pm 04-11-2022
RyGuy
Mario and Historian crew right now: "We can't get another episode of Historians together because Caryn sucks"
8:45am 01-26-2022
Garrett
Holy cow Lanza.

When I was 12 I watched Borneo with my family as it aired. We didn't continue on to Australia. Later in high school I got into Big Brother, but fell out of that too shortly after All-Stars.

Fast forward 20-something years and my wife is a massive Survivor fan always begging me to watch it. Finally during the pandemic I did and it has completely taken over my life. I can't quite describe it. But I cannot get enough Survivor. Perhaps it's because, like Jay, I am a huge wrestling fan and Survivor parallels it so much. With the recent state of wrestling turning me off of it since 2019 for the first time I can ever remember, Survivor has more than filled that hole for me.

In my attempt to get more Survivor content, I joined many message boards, Facebook groups and Reddit only to find a ton of people who seem to not understand this very easy to understand show. Discussion was not happening anywhere and so many people would tell me my read on anything was wrong because I hadn't considered their own subjective speculation in favor over the events of the show. Could this show have an entire fanbase missing all the points?

My friend directed me to the Survivor Historians and holy crap this is insane. I find you guys repeating things I've said (long before I said them) that normally have me strung up and ridiculed online. Jay throwing in wrestling references, yourself throwing in Norm MacDonald deep cuts and Paul being a human computer are all things I'm here for.

Thank you for what you all do, I love it and am listening nonstop but have to remember to pace myself lest I run out of Historians content. Incredible stuff and it's so refreshing to hear people actually discuss the show and not the peripheral information you can't even trust. It's not reality, it's self-scripted drama that follows clearly intentional story beats and sequences (most of the time) and fans can't seem to grasp that. If you ever need a fellow wrestling/Norm/SNL/Survivor/someone in the school systems/Canadian to give you the lowdown on things fans say about the show currently, or you need another temp, I'm your guy!
4:16pm 11-30-2021
Mario
I don't know if you guys are following me on Twitter, but I've been releasing the #1 entry chapter by chapter. I just post them as release them as each one is written. You can always find all the latest updates here: http://funny115.com/v3_3/1indexall.htm
11:01am 11-17-2021
Mario
Wow I totally forgot I had written that. Although that doesn't prove Russell actually had any less of them. We don't know how often Brandon was thinking about her.
10:16am 11-12-2021
:)
Hey Mario! I was reading JT's letter entry, and I loved how you introduced Russell as 'Brandon Hantz, only taller, scarier, balder, and with fewer Mikayla-boners'. Turns out he had WAY more, as apperently they dated after the show, just after he got divorced. Gross.
7:03pm 10-21-2021
!!
Agree on the Thai Green Berets. They truly could multitask. Although I do wonder what Tata the Pimp’s reaction to grindgate would have been.
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