The insufferable Alex Lindsay is used to living and working in Rwanda, but even he seemed appalled by the conditions, poor lighting, and terrible audio at the new Shoebox Studio.
While Alex described another one of his idiotic ideas for 360° camera placement, Leo interrupted — the theme of any Leo Laporte show — with what Leo thought would be a funny retort. He looked over at Megan and instantly thought up a funny insult and, of course, he blurted it out immediately.
It’s been seven months since Tonya Hall — aka Two Ton Tonya in the chat room — has been “on the air.” Her well-runMarketing Mavericks show was always filled with great guests, but ultimately it was cancelled.
At the time, she lied and said it was going on hiatus and would be back when she returned from Russia. As best we can figure out, she never went to Russia.
Is she in Witness Protection?
Her Twitter picture looks nothing like her. We are sincerely worried about her well-being and future at TWiT.
Has Leo Laporte not allowed her back on the air because of her live humiliation of Sarah Lane, Leo Laporte, the TWiT Network, the City of Petaluma, and herself all at the same time?
We may never know, but we’re worried about her. Below, you can see her last known appearance, lurking in the shadows like a monster from an urban legend. We hope these grainy pixels aren’t the last we see of Tonya Hall.
Update: John is displeased, as one could expect. He discussed the situation with Andy Horowitz on DH Unplugged starting around 43:00. The “Chipotle” reference after our clip ends refers to around 40:15.
John says “In these situations, he’s just a prick.”
John also tweeted a few replies to sheep that keep asking him when he’s going to be on The New Screen Savers.
@ryanrk not after Leo's last outburst slamming me, No Agenda and the No Agenda listeners. I'm done for good with the whole operation. Sorry.
Thanks to a commenter and tipster for this new information.
Fount of idiocy Leo Laporte took to his live stream on Saturday to insult John C. Dvorak yet again. It wasn’t enough to ban him for things he said on No Agenda. It wasn’t enough to insult him again and again, finally blaming John for the breakup.
In the video above, you’ll see Leo Laporte say yet again that he doesn’t listen to No Agenda, but he feels completely comfortable insulting John C. Dvorak based on its contents. Leo Laporte compares John to an insincere TV preacher, lying to take stupid people’s money *cough bricks cough*.
Leo says that No Agenda is pulling the wool over its subscribers’ eyes and that it’s all an act to take advantage of the No Agenda fans, again calling it a “conspiracy theory” podcast. He says they’re cynical and are just in it for the money, not believing their own words.
But hey, Steve Gibson is perfectly OK with all of this, so why should any of Leo’s fans care. Oh shit. They do care. Read some of the replies to this tweet.
Yes, that’s right, everybody’s favorite “Huh… that guy is still doing stuff?” wasn’t the first person they went to, but instead they went to actual heavy hitters such as NPR and PRX. What a surprise.
Listen to Leo’s entitled take in the video above, but take away what really pisses him off and scares him.
Advertisers want to actually track the audience engagement rather than believing bullshit “listener” numbers that are the same whether someone downloads and never listens — as is the case with most TWiT podcast subscribers — or someone who listens to the whole thing.
TWiT’s business rests atop a house of cards made up of podcatchers that haven’t unsubscribed but never actually listen to TWiT shows. If advertisers understood this, they might stop giving TWiT money.
Leo Laporte had the brass fucking balls to call out NPR, saying This American Life only has a successful podcast audience because of the radio show, while failing to have a self-realization that he only has a tiny remainder of an audience left because he was on ZDTV/TechTV where they edited out his stupidity/misogyny/etc that we show unedited here.
Masterful CeHO Lisa Laporte took to her blog as she’s done in the past to give us such poorly written gems as:
If you want to have a successful ad-supported podcast, then focus on growing your audience, and then ad sales will follow.
The biggest challenge that Artisanal Agency faces is the lack of downloads on a show.
No shit, you demon-eyed fake CEO. Who lets this woman near a keyboard?
An eagle-eyed reader — who can still manage to watch The New Screen Savers — wrote in to make us aware that TWiT misspelled Leo’s “title” in the last episode in the Brickhouse.
They are big fans of misspelling lower-thirds on landmark episodes. Bryan Burnett — aka Male Snubs — managed to misspell Peatluma on the first episode of The New Screen Savers, and they previously misspelled this same word.
Maybe Yoko needs to allocate her resources toward correct spelling?
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, at approximately 11:31 AM Pacific Daylight Time, Leo G. Laporte discussed his upcoming absence with one of his The Tech Guy segment contributors, Scott Wilkinson.
During this exchange, Mr. Laporte experienced some difficulties controlling the TriCaster video switcher from his in-office control station, resulting in a limited outburst of anger.
Lisa Laporte — wife of The Tech Guy Leo Laporte and CEO of TWiT, LLC — has been known to stomp on engineers on her Instagram account while stating “Yes, I have worn my engineering team out.” Mr. Laporte has only occasionally abused them.
Leo previously stated that TWiT has the “worst engineers in the business” and forces them to configure the in-house Windows Active Directory with a Leo’s House domain name. Additionally, he stated: “Fuuuuuck. I have explained this about a thousand times.” to his engineers during an attempted live-streaming event.
In this instance, in frustration, Mr. Laporte suggested to Mr. Wilkinson that he might fire the entire engineering department — which just finished moving him into his much-smaller studio — and start over. Mr. Wilkinson appeared to be amused at the prospect of this occurrence, as he is by many things.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the event’s date as 2015. It has been corrected to 2016.
An elderly man — The Tech Guy’s core audience — called in Saturday to get some help, apparently unaware that Leo Laporte knows nothing about tech that happened after 1994.
As the washed-up DJ was wrapping up the segment, the caller mentioned that he went on the same cruise as the pot-bellied host of the show. When the elderly gentleman attempted to tell Soup what he liked about the cruise, he was interrupted, as often happens to people daring to interact with Mr. Laporte.
Leo let us all know that he bought such an expensive cruise — perhaps topping his previous $22k cruise — that he will have an assigned butler for his suite aboard the vessel.
As his eyes popped out of his head — Graves’ Disease? — he exclaimed in jubilation that he would have a butler because Lisa Kentzell Laporte (also known as Yoko) refused to cruise without a butler.
According to Leo, Yoko needs a butler to bring her coffee in the morning, because her diabetic husband can’t perform the job anymore.
Wrapping up the call, as Leo often does when he should be working, he starts to shove food down his throat. Fuck you, Leo. How do you like that?
Update 2: Yoko has now disabled comments on her blog.
Update 1: Shortly after publishing this article, Lisa’s site has been updated to work without www. You’re welcome, Yoko.
Yoko has taken to her never-trafficked, poorly-configured — you can’t get there without the www — blog to once again admit that she is a miserable, abject failure of a CeHO.
We wrote about the last time she admitted that she’s bad at her only above-the-table job. We’ve also covered her other misadventures in running a small business.
This time at Artisanal Agency, she’s thrown advertisers, clients, and her own staff under the bus as well. Her writing is terrible, and we know it’s tough to get through, but please read her post in its entirety. (That’s an archive link, but you can comment on the actual post if you want, as long as it’s around.)
In her post, she calls some of her Art Is Anal current clients “amateurs” and says she has to drop them. She makes fun of advertisers for actually wanting to track the campaigns to make sure they work; fuck them, right?
Perhaps, most gallingly, she insults her staff as not being her “equals”. You really have to read the entire thing for the full effect.
In her previous failure post, she was a fan of the “SMART” acronym. This time, it’s “STRONG”. Each time she admits failure, she comes up with a new acronym to try not to fail in the future.
Leo Laporte’s tumor may be spreading to his brain. He took to his live stream yesterday — before TWiG (This Week in Troll Talk) — to discuss his most ardent of fans, the live stream viewers and IRC chatters.
Did he praise them and thank them for their continued support even as he downsized into the Shoebox Studio? No. He insulted them as he’s done again and again.
He was very angry at some of his fans asking for the schedule to be more accurate. Instead of changing the schedule to reflect when he actually plans to record, his plan is now to insult those people and add wording to the site that says — pretty much — “go fuck yourself if you’re using this for any type of planning.”
They had the biggest change to the network in the last 5 years on Sunday and your guys haven’t said anything about it? Too busy trying to repost your lame videos?
This site is a fucking joke now. You guys might think they’re dying, but this site seems to be dying a hell of a lot faster.
Thanks for the question, Geoff. Yes, thanks to fraudulent DMCA claims from multiple Gmail accounts on behalf of TWiT, they’ve figured out a good censorship strategy there. They took down the Duke Masterschlong account, NYCritic, and many others. They haven’t taken down Erik Lanigan’s yet, but after what they did to him, a little DMCA won’t even tickle Leo or Yoko’s conscience.
In short, yes, Geoff, we are a little busy working on new infrastructure. We would like to thank Leo and Yoko for pushing us to set up our own CDN and viewing infrastructure, which we are still working on. The video above and a few others are currently hosted from a temporary location.
There will be a video relating to the move to the Shoebox Studios later. Thanks again, Geoff!
Exposing The Dark Underbelly of TWiT and Leo Laporte