The F Plus' Race For Ridiculism

F Plus Race For Ridiculism

Do you want to be a guest reader on The F Plus? Well, now’s your chance, pal. This is The F Plus’ Race For Ridiculism.

THE SHORT VERSION

To enter, we need you to provide us with an episode’s worth of material, as well as a short (2 to 3 minute) MP3 of you reading a selection from that material. If we like your content and you don’t sound like Basil Marceux, then you’re ready for The Big Time. You get to spend an evening mocking other people with half a dozen other judgemental nerds who take great joy in such things, plus Lemon will send you some sort of prize.

The Race Concludes Friday, April 6th when a winner will be announced and somebody will be made slightly more e-famous than they were when they started. To enter, e-mail all your content to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and multiple winners may be selected, depending on how this whole thing shakes out.

THE LONGER VERSION

Over the past couple months, I’ve received quite a few e-mails from people asking if they could be guest readers on a future episode on The F Plus. Also, looking through our submissions, we’ve received some pieces of really excellent content, but in a lot of cases they’ve been isolated bits, and we haven’t been able to make them work in a larger episode theme.

So the Race For Ridiculism should address both these issues, and people like contests anyway, don’t they? Let’s do some Q&A...

Q: What do you need?

  1. You need to provide us with a full episode’s worth of material. That means something that it’ll take about an hour and a half for us to read through (with our usual asides), as we typically record for two hours. Ideally all the content you put together should have some sort of theme to it. I’m assuming if you’re reading this you’ve heard what F Plus material usually sounds like, so I shouldn’t need to explain it any further. Put these together in a document of your choosing (Google Documents, word doc, body of an e-mail, whatever you like) including both links and the actual text of the content to be read, and send all that along to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  2. In addition to your content, we’ll also need a short (somewhere from 2 to 3 minutes) MP3 of you reading a selection from that content. Honestly, we just want to know what you sound like. Send that to the same e-mail address.

We record our episodes at 9PM central on the weekends, the day of recording changing somewhat depending on availability. We do it all through Skype and you’ll need either a headset or a combination of microphone and headphones.

Q: What do I get?

  1. You get to count yourself among a select group of people who call themselves F Plus Ridiculists. This means you’ll get to spend an evening with half a dozen other miscreants who judge each other as harshly as we judge our subjects. This is probably more pleasant than it sounds.
  2. You’ll get to have your voice heard by the couple thousand people who listen to The F Plus on a regular basis. How many listeners exactly? Well, the exact number is somewhere between the population of Des Moines, IA and the population of Strawberry Point, IA. I’m afraid we can’t be more specific than that.
  3. A listing on our Ridiculists page, alongside Burlesque superstar Ophelia Flame and America’s first Real Doll repairman, Lou Fernandez. Also if you’ve got something to promote, we’ll put a word in.
  4. Lemon will send you somethingorother. To be honest, he’s not sure what he’s going to send out yet, but it should be a fairly interesting memento of your time when you yelled at the internet with the rest of us.
  5. You'll just get lover like any other, that's what you get.

Q: What sort of content should I try to find?

If you’ve listened to the F Plus, you should have a fairly good idea of the kind of stuff we’re looking for: Fetishists, weird subcultures, conspiracy theorists, forums where everyone is an idiot, poorly written stories, deluded egomaniacs... it might be difficult to show us something that we haven’t seen before, but try to get something that might be new to some of our listeners. Your theme can be tenuous if needed, but there should be an overall concept tying all the material together.

Anything we haven’t already read is fair game. If there’s stuff that you’ve submitted but we haven’t gotten to it yet, find more of that and send it in.

Okay, that’s enough text.

Damn right it is. Any other questions you can leave in the comments. You’ve got a couple weeks before Friday April 6th, but I’d recommend you get started now.

C’mon, now. Open a new tab, fer chrissakes.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 09:33  

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+2 #58 No™ 2012-04-08 22:01
Just received the email, sadly I didn't get in.

I'll say this much, it was fun to give it a go and it was even more fun just looking for goofy/stupid newspaper titles and articles.

Thanks for the opportunity and hopefully we'll be able to have another crack at it next time.
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+1 #57 Nagviator 2012-04-08 12:07
I had a dream last night that the prize was a ski mask that threatened to eat your face if you gave out anyone's skype name in a Stog-like voice.

I think I might be a little anxious about the contest results.
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+2 #56 agentanalogue 2012-03-27 00:48
all they have to do is pick me for the Race and I promise they'll go viral.

Whether I mean "viral" in a media sense or that they will all come down with any of my many infectious diseases remains to be seen.

Good luck to my fellow entrants!
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+3 #55 Reginald Charming 2012-03-26 16:56
ROUGH TRANSITION INTO SELF-CONGRATULA TORY BACKPATTING: Our Facebook page now has two more people than the Facebook page of the Cake and Polka Parade Podcast on WFMU! Gee gee, all!
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+1 #54 montrith 2012-03-22 04:36
Quoting Lé Mon!:
Quoting montrith:
Submitted my entry.

Your accent is terrific.


And now I'm not quite sure if I should be flattered or terrified by this remark.
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+1 #53 Notm 2012-03-22 01:22
I probably should have re recorded my audio since it sounds kindy messy...though I'm banking on getting through based on content.

You can't really appreciate an accent if it's mumbled...
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+1 #52 JT 2012-03-21 23:35
Sent.

My butt is ready.
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+1 #51 Zeis 2012-03-21 15:20
Hey, first time commenting, made my submission yesterday.

Is it possible to submit more stuff from the same site, to supplement the entry I made?
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+1 #50 Lé Mon! 2012-03-21 09:05
Quoting montrith:
Submitted my entry.

Your accent is terrific.
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+1 #49 montrith 2012-03-21 05:34
Submitted my entry. At least now I have the joy of participating!
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0 #48 Portaxx 2012-03-21 02:36
Quoting dodoman1:
Question: If I picked a forum for my topic, should I send you the text of every post in each topic, just the opening post in each topic, or selected posts in each topic?


I would suggest submitting the original post for a given topic (for context), then including any particularly entertaining responses to that post. If the original post is stupidly long, then just paste whatever's necessary to get the desired context. That's usually what I do, anyway!
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0 #47 Locclo 2012-03-21 00:32
Quoting dodoman1:
Question: If I picked a forum for my topic, should I send you the text of every post in each topic, just the opening post in each topic, or selected posts in each topic?


Personally, I wound up picking and choosing a few select quotes from each link I had.

On the topic of my own submission, there are some weird, weird fetishes out there...*shudde r*
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+1 #46 dodoman1 2012-03-20 20:33
Question: If I picked a forum for my topic, should I send you the text of every post in each topic, just the opening post in each topic, or selected posts in each topic?
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+3 #45 dodoman1 2012-03-20 16:37
Changed my mind for my topic three times now. I bet the FBI is after me as we speak for going to all these horrible sites.
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+2 #44 Locclo 2012-03-20 15:47
I want to throw in a submission as well, but I'm always nervous about diving into the internet to find the bottom...

Honestly, I keep wanting to just say screw it and submit me reading the Roy Orbison in Clingfilm Novel, because it's an amazing piece of literature. :D
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+1 #43 ChazGELF 2012-03-20 08:56
I already entered with a collection about stupid deviantART comments (From the DumbDeviantart tumblr blog) XD I'm worried someone else has already done something like that but hey, we'll see how it goes down.
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+4 #42 Acierwhatever 2012-03-20 08:55
Quoting skub:
i'd never be able to join the podcast but has anybody suggested "forums where weird old women roleplay as their own cats"

THE SPIRIT OF QUEBECOIS GIMLI COMPELS YOU.
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0 #41 Cleretic 2012-03-20 01:26
Quoting skub:
i'd never be able to join the podcast but has anybody suggested "forums where weird old women roleplay as their own cats"

...Shit, I've already entered with a personally painstakingly researched collection, but I'm awfully tempted to just rop that and do this instead.
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+1 #40 Reginald Charming 2012-03-19 19:53
Quoting skub:
i'd never be able to join the podcast but has anybody suggested "forums where weird old women roleplay as their own cats"


I can smell the cat shit and the rotten milk already.
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+1 #39 Navigator 2012-03-19 14:16
Quoting skub:
i'd never be able to join the podcast but has anybody suggested "forums where weird old women roleplay as their own cats"


Oh god Catster. If no one's done this yet, somebody needs to.
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+4 #38 skub 2012-03-19 10:45
i'd never be able to join the podcast but has anybody suggested "forums where weird old women roleplay as their own cats"
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+1 #37 ChazGELF 2012-03-18 23:34
There, recording done, and submission sent. Here's hoping I didn't mess up too badly.
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+1 #36 ChazGELF 2012-03-18 22:24
I think I've found a theme to work with. I just hope to god that someone else hasn't already picked it. XD
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+5 #35 Lé Mon! 2012-03-18 14:11
These submissions have been excellent so far, everyone. I've been happily surprised with what you people have dug up.
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+1 #34 ChazGELF 2012-03-18 00:53
I really want to take part in this. I think the main problem is going to be finding content that hasn't already been submitted, but I can always give it a shot.
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+4 #33 Navigator 2012-03-17 21:35
Entry sent! I have never taken so much pride in or put so much effort into a contest entry before.

Also, if Acier's Quebecois voice is his real voice, does that mean Jack Chick was lying about not actually being a Pokemon trainer?
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+1 #32 Notm 2012-03-17 00:54
Sent in my submission to Lemon! :D

and now I have to sit here in the anticpation that someone will be a winner. Although it would be cooler to do it Earwolf Challenge style whereby we all get into the one skype call and get eliminated out one by one.
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0 #31 Portaxx 2012-03-16 15:25
Quoting Acierwhatever:

My "Quebecois voice" is really how I talk. My "normal" voice is me affecting a stupid anglo acccent. So I suspect you'll be fine.


Wait really? 8D
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+1 #30 Acierwhatever 2012-03-16 11:40
Quoting Cleretic:
I need to come up with something really good and stupid for this. I was going to do a tour of terrible character bios found in the night club zone of City of Heroes, but with a 1024 character limit I would need to find a LOT of them.

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm sincerely interested in this. Understand that I'm just some random unpaid jackass who doesn't have any final say in the matter.

That said, my suggestion would be to pad it out with other online superheroic nonsense. I have no doubt you could find lots more--online roleplaying as superheroes, or "superhero blogs" from Champions Online, just off the top of my head.

Godspeed.
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+3 #29 Acierwhatever 2012-03-16 11:34
Quoting montrith:
Is this limited to native English speakers or can anyone try? I'd like to throw my hat in, but even though my English is quite good I can't completely get rid off my accent...


My "Quebecois voice" is really how I talk. My "normal" voice is me affecting a stupid anglo acccent. So I suspect you'll be fine.
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