The State of Things

Hello friends.

As you have noticed, the production of Holy Smokes: The Podcast has slowed down.  Do not fret!  There are plenty more episodes on the way.  However, I want to use this as an opourtunity to pull back the curtain, if you will, and let you know what exactly is going on here at

I am pleased to announce there are 2 new podcasts coming to!  Without giving away too much information, rest assured they will be entertaining!  One show will be yet another podcast hosted by myself.  The other show will be hosted by a previous guest on an episode of Holy Smokes!  In getting these 2 projects off the ground and doing it completely alone, the process has been slow.

I’m not complaining.  I am fucking excited.  Keep checking back for great new things and be sure to spread the good word if you like what’s going on around here.


Jason “Thunder” Walters

In Memory of Kael Klassen

I live 1300 miles away from home.  1300 miles from friends, family, and everything that has helped mold me into the man I am.  On Saturday, April 19th, I received a phone call relatively late at night, and it was bad news.  Kael Klassen had passed away.

Kael Klassen was an inspiration.  When I was 15 years old and desperately trying to figure out where I fit in, I saw Kael’s band, The Basics, play at The Attic in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  That one single night changed my life forever.  I saw 4 dudes, all in my age group playing music that I liked, music I could relate to.  I saw Kael screaming into a microphone in such a passionate way and I immediately made the decision, holy shit, I want to do that.  That one night laid out a path for me.  A path that lead to friendship, creative expression, and a community.  There are so many memories from The Attic alone that directly involve Kael, I can’t even begin to recount them all.

Today is Friday April 25th, the night of Kael’s funeral and I am still at a loss for words, one week later.  I am torn up that I can’t be in Manitowoc to see everyone and share stories, memories, and laughs, all in Kael’s honor.  It breaks my heart that it takes a tragedy to bring us all together, as we have all made our way in different directions as we grew up.  The last time I spoke to Kael was at least 5 years ago and I don’t have a good reason for it.  I need, for myself, to try harder to keep in touch with those that I hold close to my heart.  This proves you truly never know what you have until it’s gone.

I want to use this as an opportunity to say thank you.  Thank you for having the confidence to be yourself and do what you love so an innocent rockstar wannabe like myself had something to strive for.  Your impact on me stays with me to this day.  Thank you for your music.  Thank you for your friendship.

Ep. 009 – Wisconsin Drinking Game

“The Original” Jon F. Levendusky and Jordan “Pistol Whip” Shimon traveled across the entire country to be on this episode of Holy Smokes: The Podcast.  We recount stories of our youth that involve booze, sharts, and streaking.  We also turned the entire episode into a drinking game.  Run to the store and pick up a twelve pack for this very drunk episode of Holy Smokes!


Episode 9 Preview

Episode 9 is right around the corner, and my hangover is almost gone!  This episode is a very very special one.  I was joined by two of my longtime friends from my hometown in Wisconsin!  They spent 1 week at my place and we remained drunk the entire time.  Their first night in town, we attempted to record a podcast at 4:30AM after about 2 hours of slurring, arguing, and knocking over microphone stands we decided that NOBODY in their right mind would listen to that garbage.  SO with a swift strike of the delete key, our 2 hour experiment was sent straight to hell, where it belongs.  A couple days later we decided, let’s try this again, and that’s exactly what we did.  We started at 6PM instead of 4AM , so we were much less hammered.  This episode is special because we spent the time recounting stories of our past and adventures we shared.  Oh!  Also, we made the entire episode a drinking game, which I, without debate, lost in embarrassing fashion.  Stay tuned friends, episode 9 is coming sooner than you think!

Ep. 008 – The Campbell Brothers

Luke and Andy Campbell, 2 film-making brothers, are the esteemed guests on Episode 8 of Holy Smokes: The Podcast!  We chronologically go through their entire filmography from beginning to end!  We also touch on hot button topics like backyard wrestling and biker gangs!

The Campbell Brothers




Ep. 007 – Bob Khosravi and Maggie Maye

Bob Khosravi (@puddleychef) and Maggie Maye (@MaggieMayeHaHa) sit down for a nice little chat on episode 7!  Halfway through our conversation we were joined by a very special, very unannounced guest!  Get ready to tweet your police chief, and enjoy the show!

Bob Khosravi Maggie Maye







Ep. 006 – Danny Palumbo and Aaron Brooks

Gather ’round, episode 6 is here, and it’s story time!  Aaron Brooks (@funnybrooks) and Danny Plaumbo (@plaumbros) joined me for a late night chat after they both got off of their respective stages.  Aaron shares many stories chronicling his streak of bad luck with hecklers.  Danny tells us about Lil’ Buco, and we share many laughs along the way!  Enjoy episode 6!

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Holy Smokes: Taking a Stand

- That’s it.

- I’m taking a stand.

- There are things I need to get off my chest.

- Things I believe in, strongly.

- Things that are probably not going to be popular.

- In fact, it may even upset some people.

- But nonetheless, this is America, and it’s my right to speak my mind.

- Even if what is on my mind will upset others.

- So with that being said.

- I am going to say some things.

- Some things that I firmly believe in.

- I’m going to say some things that may come off as abrasive.

- I’m going to say some things, that YOU might not agree with.

- But enough is enough.

- I’m taking a stand.

- I’m standing up for what I believe in.

- If you can’t handle the truth, I suggest you stop reading.

- I suggest you go somewhere else.

- What I’m about to say will certainly ruffle some feathers.

- It’ll probably cause quite a commotion.

- I’ve been silent for too long.

- It’s time to stand up for myself and what I believe in.

- I don’t care if it pisses people off.

- I don’t care.

- It needs to be said.

- I can’t think of a better place than here.

- A better time than now.

- So here it goes.

- And let me remind you:

- These views and opinions are fact.

- Also, let me remind you:

- What I’m about to say is probably going to rub some folks the wrong way.

- Also, let me remind you:

- I’ve been silent for too long.

- So here it goes.

- I think what Michael Vick did with those doggies was bad.



Jason “Thunder” Walters

Episode 6 Preview

On Sunday we’re joined by 2 wonderful comics!  Danny Palumbo, creator of – a fictional fine dining restaurant for kids.  We also chat with master story teller and king of bad luck, Aaron Brooks.  Prepare yourselves for Episode 6, this Sunday, and try to ignore me laughing in the background, THE ENTIRE TIME.

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