I started to think retrospectively about Hypercritical and why I liked it so much. John has demonstrated that it is often far more satisfying to understand why you like something than to just blindly hold an opinion. I began the process of re-listening through the entire Hypercritical catalog, all 158 hours of it. My goal was to be able to clearly describe why I love the show so much. The result is a critique methodology that I’ll rather overbearingly refer to as The Hypercritical Way.
While going through the archives I figured I’d also keep notes of all my favorite moments and combine them into a short highlights reel. This ended up around 20 minutes.
“I’m hitting the Fast Forward Scan button three times — LIKE AN ANIMAL — to skip commercials, that’s no way to live! I don’t want to see the commercials scan past me as a series of little fuzzy images!” (ep. 58, min. 92) ∞
DAN: (To Jay-Sir) You like birthday cake. Here’s what you do:
You go sign up, and then you bring home a cake, you tell your kids it’s their birthday.
And, they’re like, “Dad, it’s not my birthday.”
And, you’re like, “It’s your birthday when I SAY it’s your birthday. Eat some cake.”