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Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory

Starburns Audio, Daniel Van Kirk, Rory Scoval

Every week, your pen pals Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk respond to the letters you send them on topics ranging from free will to freeway etiquette, from mental health to manatees. Seek advice. Tell a story. Vent. Send a letter. It's your podcast, w...Show More

54:55 | Jul 10th

Dear Pennies and Pallers, In Letter 1, we explore the options when parents are split between their two children.In Letter 2, we discuss what it means to "read" something.Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more about your ad choices. Visit me...Show More

55:28 | Jul 3rd

Dear Pennies & Pallers, Rory is back in the studio and we read a letter about a surprise concert from an awesome parent.In Letter 2, we discuss the many things people can be into! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more about your ad choices...Show More

1:12:08 | Jun 26th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,This week we come to you live from Clusterfest!First, we set up a brand new pair of pen pals from the audience.  Then we dive into Letter 1, which is all about a creepy ghost child named Jessica.In Letter 2, we lend some enco...Show More

53:00 | Jun 12th

Dear Pennies & Pallers,Rory's still in Atlanta, but we still have an episode for you!In Letter 1, a man isn't sure if he was too mean to an old guy, and we jump into it.In Letter 2, we talk about whether bachelor parties are worth it.Sincerely,Your P...Show More

54:29 | Jun 5th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,This week, we are back -- even if Rory is calling in from afar! In our first letter, we discuss music tastes -- how they're formed and how they change (or don't).For Letter 2, we try to lend some advice to a listener who is d...Show More

02:50 | May 22nd

Dear Pennies and Pallers,Unfortunately, we do not have an episode for you this week because of our travel schedules.  We're as bummed as you are about this.But we are doing everything we can to have an episode for you next week!Thank you for your und...Show More

50:03 | May 15th

Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week, we dive into a story of pain involving an escalator in Letter 1, and tell tales of personal injuries. In Letter 2, we discuss how to find new friends through improv! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more ...Show More

54:08 | May 8th

Dear Pennies and Pallers, In Letter 1, a listener reveals her deepest, darkest secret about her husband's sex addiction. Then we open a special Cracker Barrel care package! In Letter 2, we discuss a listener's ongoing prank war. Sincerely, Your Pen P...Show More

55:01 | May 1st

Dear Pennies and Pallers,  For this week's Letter 1, we discuss being employees at shitty jobs!  In Letter 2, we talk all about hickeys!  Sincerely,  Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:46:46 | Apr 24th

Dear Pallers,  This week we bring you a very special live episode from the Dallas Comedy Festival!  Lots of fun stuff happens -- we get an update about the Mystery in Manhattan straight from the source, and we connect two Pallers together to become P...Show More

53:31 | Apr 17th

Dear Pennies and Pallers, In Letter 1,  a listener writes in with a quandary about BO and shaving body hair. In Letter 2, we get an update on the Mystery in Manhattan! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...Show More

55:09 | Apr 10th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,In Letter 1, we discuss: what would be worth risking a year of prison for?In Letter 2, we respond to a listener who is facing a choice between traveling to live somewhere new after graduating or settling down.Sincerely,Your P...Show More

56:13 | Apr 3rd

Dear Pennies and Pallers,This week, we start the show off with a special happy birthday.Then in Letter 1, a Paller describes having his life saved by his friends and we discuss live-saving situations we've been in. In Letter 2, we get into some serio...Show More

1:25:59 | Mar 27th

Dear Pennies and Pallers, Well, our first live show in Los Angeles got off to a wild and unexpected start. #kickachairOnce we settle down and get to the letters, we discuss the plight of a Paller who wants to sell an engagement ring, and try to figur...Show More

1:05:54 | Mar 20th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,This week, we take a moment to reflex on the magical time we spent during the Weekend of Tuxas. Then we discuss our tendencies as humans to romanticize the endings of things.Sincerely,Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more abo...Show More

49:30 | Mar 13th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,This week we field a letter from 19-going-on-20 listener seeking advice, and a then a letter all about themed parties!Sincerely,Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1:47:31 | Mar 6th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,It happened. We went to Galveston, Texas to attend the Local Billionaire's ball. Usher may have even talked to Daniel. We were Junior Grand Marshals in the Mardi Gras Parade. And we performed our first-ever live show! This is...Show More

1:02:46 | Feb 27th

Dear Pennies and Pallers, The first letter we read this week recounts a mystery involving dead pigeons, and we try to get to the bottom of it. Then we open a package from a crafty Paller who made some amazing sashes for the parade! In the second lett...Show More

58:32 | Feb 20th

Dear Pennies and Pallers,This week, Letter 1 brings us questions from Ryan, who is nervous about bringing children into this crazy world of ours.In Letter 2, a listener asks us what national day we would create, if given the chance!Sincerely,Your Pen...Show More

1:01:05 | Feb 13th

Dear Pennies and Pallers, In response to this week's Letter 1, we try to help a listener solve a weird Airbnb mystery! Then for Letter 2, we hear a story about a dumb mistake involving a Clorox wipe and a microwave, and talk about dumb things we've d...Show More

45:18 | Feb 6th

Dear Pallers,In Letter 1, a listener tells us about a Back to the Future-themed coffee shop, which opens up a larger coffee shop discussion.In Letter 2, a listener asks about board game traditions. Plus, we learn a new fact about Mr. Belvedere. #Plop...Show More

53:33 | Jan 30th

Dear Pallers, We start the show off with a big announcement! Then in Letter 1, we hear the tale of an uncomfortable roomie situation on a boat in New Zealand. For Letter 2, a listener needs some advice on how to talk to his boss/buddy and steer his c...Show More

49:18 | Jan 23rd

Dear Pallers,In Letter 1, a listener tells us about all about their badass Grandma, and also passes along a wedding invite!For Letter 2, a listener wants to know how to best deal with some newfound wealth.Sincerely,Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn mo...Show More

1:02:54 | Jan 16th

Dear Pallers,In Letter 1, a listener fulfills one of our wildest dreams by inviting us to hypothetically be in a Mardi Gras parade and attend a black tie event put on by a local billionaire. Will we do it? The odds are #8020.For Letter 2, a listener ...Show More

56:59 | Jan 9th

Dear Pallers,This week we discuss the August Birthday Curse and read some reviews before diving headfirst into Letter 1, in which a mom tells the tale of her child's cannibal-related queries. In Letter 2, a simple "Hydration Challenge" threatens to t...Show More

51:24 | Jan 2nd

Dear Pallers,Happy New Year!This week, we open with a letter asking for advice about a potential karaoke wedding proposal.Letter 2 asks for advice about wading into political conversation with a father who holds relatively unknown political views.Sin...Show More

1:04:35 | Dec 26th, 2018

Dear Pallers,Happy Holidays!In Letter 1, a listener wants to know if she is being too dramatic about her sister not visiting for the holidays. Plus, we read her sister's response letter!Letter 2, from Al the Pal, seeks to investigate and understand t...Show More

58:55 | Dec 19th, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week, we start off with both a Rory Rant Moment and a Rad Rory MomentIn Letter 1, a listener writes in about a series of disturbing, possibly ghostly experiences at camp, and she doesn't know what to think.Letter 2 taps into the wor...Show More

54:11 | Dec 12th, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week, we address a letter about calling dibs on your parking spot during the winter.Then, in response to Letter 2, we discuss whether we have what it takes to rush ten yards against an NFL team.#growtheshow #sagaSincerely,Your Pen P...Show More

48:25 | Dec 5th, 2018

Dear Pallers,In this week's first letter, a listener doesn't know whether to go F2F with her mother, who has a history of being hurtful.The second letter questions how to reconcile what you do now with what your high school expectations of yourself w...Show More

59:53 | Nov 28th, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week we read a letter from a friend who is balding and isn't sure how to deal with it.Then, a letter from someone who is unsure about committing to marrying her boyfriend, especially considering her secret crush.Sincerely,Your Pen P...Show More

56:25 | Nov 21st, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week we start things off with a letter from someone who isn't sure what path to take RE their long distance relationship.Next, a listener is concerned about their friend's drinking, and wants to know what to do.#SAGA #growtheshowSin...Show More

54:47 | Nov 14th, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week, we start a new tradition by responding to some quick questions that were left in the iTunes reviews! #growtheshowThen we dive back into the controversial case of the Co-Best Man, but this time from the groom's side of things. ...Show More

54:39 | Nov 7th, 2018

Dear Pallers,So much in store for you this week. Before we get to the letters, Rory tells a spooky post-Halloween story about a haunted giraffe figurine.In Letter 1, a pen pal wonders if the millennials in his workplace are entitled and lazy.  It's a...Show More
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11:29 | Nov 5th, 2018

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52:29 | Oct 31st, 2018

Dearest Pallers,This week we respond to a pen pal who wants to be the best man at his friend's wedding, and is considering starting some drama at the altar. Our second letter is from a boss who's worrying about how he comes across to his employees, a...Show More

57:29 | Oct 24th, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week, we field a letter from a friend about fear. Then after reading the second letter, we chat about how to make friends during adulthood.Sincerely,Your Pen Pals Daniel & RoryLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...Show More

56:51 | Oct 17th, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week Daniel and Rory talk about how to communicate with the people most important to you -- and answer a very important pie question.Then, since it is almost Halloween after all: a discussion of ghosts!  #OpenInviteMKFDSincerely,You...Show More

48:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

Dear Pen Pals,This week, Daniel and Rory jump into a tricky dating situation between a woman and the drummer in her dad's band. Should she tell her dad? #SFOTLIn Letter #2, a man suspects his girlfriend might be cheating on him, and doesn't know what...Show More

54:25 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Dear Pallers,This week Daniel and Rory talk about their experiences with sleep paralysis in response to Letter 1.  It's a scary phenomenon, but you gotta just roll with it!The the guys discuss the concept of a universal basic income, in response to L...Show More

1:01:32 | Sep 26th, 2018

Dear Pen Pals, Big news! For the first time ever, this week we are joined in the studio by our Pen Pal, musican/comedian/actor Reggie Watts!  Rory, Daniel (Vaniel Kaniel), and Reggie respond to letters about their favorite concert stories, being stuc...Show More

46:20 | Sep 19th, 2018

Dear Pallers, This week Daniel and Rory field a letter asking how they would form their own personal cults. Then they respond to a Paller who feels stuck in a rut and is struggling with agoraphobia. Sincerely, Your Pen PalsLearn more about your ad ch...Show More

48:55 | Sep 12th, 2018

This week, Daniel and Rory respond to letters on the topics of acting your age and family traditions!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49:21 | Sep 5th, 2018

Rory and Daniel catch up on their Twitter polls before jumping into Letter 1, which seeks an answer to the question of time travel. Letter 2 addresses the age-old query: can two people who are attracted to each other just be friends?Learn more about ...Show More

49:19 | Aug 29th, 2018

In response to Letter 1, Daniel and Rory answer a question about their favorite things, while laughing all the way to the Cracker Barrel store. In Letter 2, a pen pal doesn't know how to -- or whether he even should -- tell his girlfriend that he thi...Show More

51:44 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In Letter 1, Daniel and Rory address questions about what order to eat a meal in, and whether college is supposed to be the best years of your life. Letter 2 is from a pen pal who wants some advice on finding a romantic partner. Also, Daniel and Rory...Show More

50:32 | Aug 15th, 2018

This week, Daniel and Rory help a Paller prepare to move in with a significant other, and offer wedding advice to a future groom. #SlideTheSlogan #JaredLeftDanLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50:40 | Aug 8th, 2018

It's tough out there, but Daniel & Rory are here to talk you through it. This week brings a letter from a friend who says that keeping up with the news is hurting him. Then we have another letter from someone who's in a rough spot with someone they'r...Show More

47:19 | Aug 1st, 2018

This week Rory shares some expert golf advice in response to Letter 1. Here's a hint: start with your putting. Then in Letter 2, Daniel and Rory have a lively discussion about which foods are highest on the work-to-reward ratio. Is it sunflower seeds...Show More

47:41 | Jul 25th, 2018

Letter 1 brings us a housetraining dilemma, and Rory drops some breaking news about his family dog. In Letter 2, Daniel and Rory wade into a philosophical query that involves karma and how it relates to eating lobster.Learn more about your ad choices...Show More

43:37 | Jul 18th, 2018

Daniel and Rory start off Episode 2 with a letter from Jennifer, a former Californian and current owner of an indeterminate quantity of ducks, who is seeking guidance in the pursuit of her comedy dreams as she nears her 50th birthday.  Letter 2 bring...Show More

49:33 | Jul 11th, 2018

For Episode 1 of Pen Pals, Daniel and Rory delve into  the mysterious unsolved case of the Hole in the Ground Gang. Who were they? How did they do it? Did they break even? Then in Letter 2, they attempt to solve the age-old conundrum of free will, al...Show More

14:00 | Jul 4th, 2018

In the third and final Teaser, Daniel and Rory field a Twitter DM from a guy named Joe who has had a question on his mind for months... about nipples.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18:44 | Jun 27th, 2018

Daniel and Rory respond to a letter from a writer named Junior who's facing a difficult choice: hold the status quo with a great job and girlfriend while struggling daily with his mental health, or go to a 30-day in-patient treatment center? Note - I...Show More

16:25 | Jun 18th, 2018

In the first teaser episode of the podcast, Daniel and Rory tackle the topic of self love through the lens of The Cheesecake Factory.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices