a hilarious podcast about nothing funny
Hank Thompson
feverish rambling
home of
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Winners & Losers can be enjoyed on the following platforms:

Notes for perfect listeners
(yes, I mean you):

Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Spotify, RSS or your preferred podcast app are where episodes show up first.

YouTube versions take a day or so longer, usually. They have a nice moving background with an audio waveform plus videos and screenshots. Youtube's also where I post Twitch stream archives. Might even get on camera one of these days...

Twitch is a way to share the creative process and interact with viewers, including editing, animating, creating new art and illustrations, plus playing video games and sharing random internet finds. It's also the home of The Shrimp Squad, a crew of adorable freshwater shrimp who provide entertainment, emotional support and shrimp poo.

RSS is a way to listen in your browser, see the archive, download files directly or copy this link into a your podcast app to manually add it to your feed. It should also show up in your app's search.

Support the show

Thank you for listening!

Every click, tap and download helps and I'm grateful for your attention.

If you have the means, your financial support is welcome.

Head over to our patreon to decide which level of the dungeon is right for you.

Here are some easy ways to help out:

  • Leave 5-star ratings and reviews.
  • Share with friends via social media, traditional media, in-person or longform civil war-style letters to anxious loved ones desperate to know your gangrene has stopped spreading.
  • Youtube — subscribe to the channel, "smash" the notifications bell, like the videos, leave comments, watch the ads, etc. (all so the algorithm gods help us reach new listeners)
  • Twitch — Become a follower to receive email notifications when we go live. Twitch accounts are free. Eventually, it may be possible to subscribe (for $5/month) but the requirements to do that haven't been met yet.
  • Buy some merch! When it becomes available! Eventually we'll have t-shirts, mugs, stickers, cat toys, crab utensils and other classic merch. Maybe.
  • Speaking of merch, buy some wood! Bum Rush Industries is my woodworking business. I will soon be selling handmade woodworking products. Meanwhile, watch some woodworking videos! More on BRI here.
  • Check out SuckProfessor, my YouTube channel about games, moves, shows and nerd crap.

The Basics

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Winners and Losers is hosted by me, Hank Thompson — a comedian, writer, producer, video editor, animator and lifelong American. With a background in comedy, production, politics and righteous dismay, I offer a playfully serious regurgitation of the state of the world, through video, clips, articles or just plain ole talking.

As a comedian, I make it about myself. Hopefully not too much. Okay, definitely too much. As a political commentator, I make it about big wide invisible systems that influence it all.

Visit to find out more about me and my various projects.

There's also a contact form if you'd like to book me for your show or hire me for one or several of my highly-skilled skillset of skilled skills. You can also find me on Twitter.

Originally from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles, the show began in 2010 and traces my journey from budding stand up comedian to always online loudmouth know-it-all.

Perfect Union

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Perfect Union is the news and politics wing of Winners and Losers. In it I cover trends, big and small, emphasizing history's patterns and how they relate to today while seeking to upend the enduring myths and delusions of America.

My politics have evolved over the years, moving left with each new nightmare, and so has the show. With the world rapidly racing off a cliff, there is no shortage of horrors to remark upon.

Plus I'll ramble about baldness.

Background in Progressive Media

At The Young Turks I wore many hats, including YouTube publishing, video editing, directing, studio set up and construction, camera and sound operation, digital production, live production, various on-air appearances and resident 'plastic forks are bad, aren't they?' guy.

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pausing for laughter during an appearance on the Friday Post Game Show

I was part of the union organizing effort which TYT met with aggressive union-busting tactics. Ultimately, the company failed to prevent its workers from exercising their right to collective action.

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camera op for a live taping of the greatest show of all time

It was a lesson in power dynamics, to say the least. If even an ostensibly progressive company will resort to such behavior, then the only hope of a better future is standing together to demand better from our jobs, no matter how loudly the boss pretends to care about their workers. I remain a proud supporter of labor rights and workplace democracy.

I was also part of The Jimmy Dore Show during its launch in 2016, performing several roles including on-air sidekick and off-air tall bald guy with great shoulders.

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Winners and Losers is an ongoing project that will continue to evolve but it will always remain an outlet for my viewpoint, my humor and my feverish rambling that hopefully entertains while informing and fulfilling its original premise of honestly exploring the wins and losses of life.

Thanks for reading. Use your phone less. It's poisoning you.