RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#733
  • Date:May 30, 2016
  • Run Time:1:05:14
  • Download: MP3


Eddie Brill, Bowen Yang and Eleanor Rush share stories that went places they had not foreseen.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Stretch (You Are All Right) by Tortoise

Live Story: Mean Streets by Eddie Brill

Interstitial: Mean Stish by Jeff Barr

Live Story: Better Living Through Chemistry? by Bowen Yang

Song: Always Alright by Alabama Shakes

Live Story: The Undertaking by Eleanor Rush

Song: Stop the Clocks by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

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  1. Kevin, I know it doesn’t mean much, but I love your voice! It’s the voice of a kind man who genuinely cares about those around him. Wouldn’t skip past it for the world!

  2. Hey! Like a few others, I guess, when I first started listening your voice was a shock to overcome.

    But my god, it’s become one of the things I look forward to once a week. Your voice is so expressive and so filled with joy and passion (usually) that hearing your voice can actually make me feel so much better that I find myself smiling by the end of the introductions.

    Also, I like hearing your singing and your orgasms.

    Hearing people who all sound the same is boring. Also, at least in radio and podcasts, it’s GREAT to hear a clear, distinct voice.

  3. Keep doing you! You are leading by example.

  4. Hi Kevin, I think you have a wonderful voice. Hearing you always makes me grin. Your passion for your work is evident when you speak, and it is a wonderful and inspiring thing to hear! Thank you for being you.

  5. Wow. Just, wow. What an amazing show! Eddie’s and Bowen’s stories were great! Eleanor, I’m going to have to wait until I get home to listen to your story again. And probably again after that. And then I’m going to hug my son for about three hours. You use such beautiful language to describe such a difficult time. The most important thing we can do as people is to be in service to one another. Your service was of the highest order. Thank you.

    P.S. Kevin, there is no Risk! without you and your wonderful voice.

  6. I AGREE WITH SAID E-MAILER. But I have sort of gotten used to it. Can’t stand the singing stamps.com or sometimes over-expressive comments though.

  7. Dear Kevin. I love your podcast and your voice. I was actually offended more by the nasty person that asked you not to host the show anymore. I admire your candor and honesty. I am so inspired by you
    An avid listener

  8. Kevin, fuck all the haters! You are amazing! I look forward to the new show each week and when I turn it on and hear your voice I am feel relieved and lulled to that safe space you create each episode for the story tellers and listeners.

    I am however appalled that someone would email you to say such critical things, how is that constructive or needed in any way? It doesn’t seem like something you need to know, seriously SMH!

    You should sing more crazy songs, I love it!

  9. KEVIN I LOVE YOU DON’T LISTEN TO THE H8ERZZ!!! your voice is the best and you’re hilarious and genuine and if I could hang out with you all the time I would!!!!! I always laugh when I’m walking alone listening to the stamps.com song and I don’t give a fuck because who cares if I’m laughing alone!!!! GO KEVIN LOVE YOU!

  10. When is Risk going to do a nude show? Yes, it might draw out some nuts, but it would still be fun. Don’t be a sour puss Kevin, lets tell some stories in the buff rockin our muffs! Who is down?

  11. Thanks so much folks. So much love! And Grant, yes, Eddie is a wonderful guy and I love his passion for movies. Bowen is hilarious and smart as a whip. And Eleanor… that story really goes places. Wow, is she a beautiful soul. Finally, “Has Something to Show,” yes, we should probably do a naked RISK! show sometime. We’d get to see a new side to everyone. By which I mean, their bunzzzzzzz.

  12. Brother Allison,
    I never comment. I think there are many, if not most, of us that appreciate your art and your creation. The people that say these imbecilic, hurtful things are just a part of the creepy random hate that so often appears when you don’t have to look someone in the eye. I never comment, but I have now to let you know that you are a great person and artist who has enriched my life through your artistic creation. There is no Risk without your voice.

  13. Without Kevin Allison’s majestic voice introducing me to another episode, RISK wouldn’t feel the same. I really don’t think it would.
    Yes, the podcast consists of stories from all kinds of people, but Kevin is the living example of what RISK represents. Yes, the voice and the man behind the voice is loud and dramatic but is also unabashedly honest and bold. It’s the very core of what RISK is!

  14. I love you, Kevin!!!! NEVER change.

  15. Eleanor Rush’s story The Undertaking was as much a poem as a story. Magnificent.

  16. Kevin, every internet personality gets a share of the hate pie.

    If you ever leave the show, I don’t think I could listen anymore. Your story about Kink Camp (1 and 2) is the reason I started listening in the first place. You are charming as hell and look forward to hearing your stories and segments on every show.


  17. And if it makes you feel any better remember Ira Glass & TAL staff get hate mail for their vocal tics!

    Keep rockin!

  18. You tell ’em Kevin! You’re a lovable character and since I’ve listened to your story unfold in the archives, I’ve come to see that you’re an incredibly complex person. Screw anyone who has the audacity to give you shit about something as petty as your voice.

    I have to admit I was kind of put off by your voice initially, but I persisted and listened to more of your stories, and now when I hear your voice, I hear the voice of a friend. <3 Love you, keep rocking.

  19. Dear Kevin,

    To hell with the person who wrote you that shady email. I have been a listener since 2011, and I could never imagine a week without your glorious voice and exuberant personality. RISK! has taught me so much about courage, strength, and what it means to live life without regret. Listening to the stories of other people, and being exposed to such vulnerability and candidness when people talk about their experiences… It has helped me escape the chokehold of depression, and find real meaning in this life. I will always be grateful to you and the amount of work you and all that are involved have put into this amazing show. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for all that you do.

  20. Hi Kevin,
    I’m Australian and we all sound like rusty gates with a sinus infection.
    F*&k em if they don’t like your voice. You rock.

  21. Kevin, I have been a listener for a few years now and really appreciate this show. There were so many episodes that made me tear up and realize that I am not alone in my struggles — this show is real, nothing photoshopped and re-touched to make things pretty. Because honestly life doesn’t come pretty, and if people don’t like your voice or your personality, it is their problem. Accept the show as it is, because without you in it, it would not be the same.

  22. Eleanor’s heavy breathing and thick mouth noises grate my nerves far more than Kevin’s voice. Mouth noises just really make my skin crawl, especially when they’re right in my ear. I wanted so badly to listen to that story but I just can’t do it.

  23. oH MY GOD I can’t believe people don’t like your voice ??? It’s so deep and full of character and it’s so exciting hearing you speak and laugh and be a person I mean why does that bother people so much??? I love every aspect of this show and wouldn’t want any part of it to change if that means anything. Keep doing what you’re doing the exact way you’re doing it and the fucking way you wanna do it because you’re KILLING it!!!

  24. Dear Kevin,

    I love you! I know this is an older show, but I just listened to it and I have to say that the way you speak in your true voice without apology inspires me. I am a 37 year old woman with a cartoon chipmunk’s voice that I used to hate. Sometimes I would remain quiet just so as to not sound squeaky or shrill to the men in my life, in personal and professional parts of my life. Risk helps gives me the courage speak authentically no matter how uncomfortable it may make people. Eventually, I think these people have come to appreciate the fact that I am authentic. Your voice is distinct and funny and adorable and I love it! Haters gonna hate, Kevin. I would tell you to keep doing you forever but I don’t think you need anyone to tell you that. Thanks for everything you do.

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