Hello From The Magic Tavern

Arnie Niekamp

Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He's still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters and adventurers. It's a major discovery! read less

Our Editor's Take

Hello From The Magic Tavern comes straight from another universe as an improvised comedy podcast. The show follows main character Arnie Niekamp, who is a typical man from Chicago. That is until he falls through a portal behind a fast-food chain. From there, he lands in the magical tavern of Foon. On this podcast, he documents his travels back to Earth.

Each week, Arnie interviews all the weird and wonderful people he meets along the way. Hello From The Magic Tavern includes the interviews. However, the word "people" might be a bit of a stretch. In the mystical region of Foon, he meets creatures and other unknown guests. His regular accomplices include Chunt and Usidore. Chunt is a shapeshifter with a love for badgers. And he adores a good story. Usidore is a wizard who holds too many titles to name them. Together, the dysfunctional trio learns about the world of Foon. Adal Rifai, Matt Young, and Tim Sniffen contribute to the additional voices here.

The podcast Hello From The Magic Tavern is hilarious, ridiculous, and somewhat genius. Each of the hosts is a fantastic actor in their own right. Their descriptions—paired with the ambient background sounds—create vivid visualizations for listeners. The show is so popular there is a large online community of supporters. Arnie and company also host live shows on occasion.

The continual flow of conversation makes the podcast seem scripted—even though it's not. Talented editors add sound effects afterward to make it seem like it is. The storylines and characters often don't make sense, but that's half the fun. It's silly, outlandish, and a very easy listen. Beginning from the start is not necessary, but it does help provide context. The show first started in 2015. Now, there are many hundreds of episodes available. Magical new episodes of Hello From The Magic Tavern air each Monday.

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