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Munch Squad is a segment created and perpetrated by Justin McElroy, described as a "podcast within a podcast." Each Munch Squad features a press release from a major fast food company, typically discussing a new product or branding change. Justin reads the press release aloud and the brothers provide analysis and commentary.

The humor in the segment is largely derived from the bizarreness of the products, the choice of words used to describe the products, and the sometimes unorthodox tactics used to promote them. Restaurants discussed include: Papa John's, Denny's, Wendy's, McDonald's, or any other fast food place that ends with 's.

List of Topics[edit | edit source]

  1. Episode 304: Taco Bell's Naked Crispy Chicken Taco
  2. Episode 305: Wendy's Bacon Mozzarella Burger [feat. "I Wanna Rock" as backing track]
  3. Episode 306Olive Garden's Breadstick Sandwiches and Deep Dish Spaghetti Pie
  4. Episode 309: Burger King's Mac n' Cheetos 
  5. Episode 312: Domino's BurgerPizza
  6. Episode 321: Domino's Salads
  7. Episode 322: Pizza Hut's Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza
  8. Episode 324: Jack in the Box's Brunchfast Menu
  9. Episode 326: Wendy's Taco Salad
  10. Episode 328: Carl's Jr.'s Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger
  11. Episode 336: Wendy's Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich
  12. Episode 340: Taco Bell's Naked Chicken Chalupa
  13. Episode 345: Doritos' Boldest Choice Campaign [feat. Amelie]
  14. Episode 349: Jesters' Jenny's Chicken Parmi Pie
  15. Episode 351: Taco Bell's Nacho Fries
  16. Episode 354: Taco Bell's Naked Chicken Chips
  17. Episode 356: McDonald's Artisanal Sandwiches
  18. Episode 357: Carl's Jr.'s Baby Back Rib Burger
  19. Episode 358: Arby's Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich
  20. Episode 363: Tim Hortons 150th Canadian Anniversary Menu
  21. Episode 364: Applebee's Topped & Loaded Menu
  22. Episode 372: Yogurtland's Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream
  23. Episode 374: McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Art Posters
  24. Episode 375: Whataburger's Chorizo Burger
  25. Episode 376: Taco Bell's Naked Egg Taco
  26. Episode 382: Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner
  27. Episode 384: Cinnabon's Cookie BonBite
  28. Episode 385: Sweetfrog's "Deck the Halls" Christmas Spectacle
  29. Episode 386: Regal Cinemas' Cheetos Popcorn
  30. Episode 392:
  31. Episode 394:
  32. Episode 396: Bojangles' Heart-Shaped Bo-Berry Biscuits
  33. MaxFunDrive 2018:
  34. Episode 401: Zaxby's Zensation Zalad
  35. Episode 406: Dairy Queen's Summer Blizzard Treat Menu
  36. Episode 408: McDonald's & Sprite's "That's the MIX" Campaign
  37. Episode 410: Fazoli's Breadstick Sliders
  38. Episode 411: Domino's Paving for Pizza [not a food item]
  39. Episode 413: Dunkin' Donuts Donut Fries
  40. Episode 415: Hummus and Pita Co. Hummus Ice Cream [Korn/Disturbed remix]
  41. Episode 417: Chick-fil-A Meal Kits ["On the Wings of Love" remix]
  42. Episode 422: Chipotle Testing Bacon [Confused Beatboxing Korn remix]
  43. Episode 427: Dunkin' Donuts Rebrands to Dunkin'
  44. Episode 428:
  45. Episode 429: Mickey's Spicy Spooky Cheeto Pizza [Munch Squad Jr.]
  46. Episode 431:
  47. Episode 437: Burger King's DogpperWhopper Detour, and Whopper-Shopper.com
  48. Episode 438Sonic's Fritos Chili Cheese Faves
  49. Episode 441: [Operatic Version]
  50. Episode 444: Krispy Kreme's Conversation Heart Doughnuts #SayItWithDonuts
  51. Episode 445: Bojangles 50-Piece Chicken Supremes® Platter
  52. Episode 446: Wendy's Made to Crave Menu
  53. Episode 447: [Spoken Word Version]
  54. Episode 450: Stars of ‘The Bachelor’ Love Subway’s New Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread
  55. Episode 451: Chicken Guy!
  56. Episode 452: Pizza Hut's P'Zone
  57. MaxFunDrive 2019: The Hummus & Pita Co. Hummus Shake
  58. Episode 453:
  59. Episode 454: [April Foods' Day]
  60. Episode 455:
  61. Episode 456:
  62. Episode 458: [Polite Version]
  63. Episode 459: Heinz's Creme Egg Mayo [Jazz Version]
  64. Episode 460: Earl of Sandwich debuts in Idaho [Raspy Voice Version]
  65. Episode 462: GarfieldEATS
  66. Episode 463:
  67. Episode 464: KFC and Mtn. Dew's Sweet Lightning
  68. Episode 465:
  69. Episode 466: [Manhattan Transfer Version]
  70. Episode 470: Taco Bell's Pop-Up Hotel [Ren Faire Version]
  71. Episode 471: Perverted Ice Cream ["Rock You Like A Hurricane" Remix]
  72. Episode 472:
  73. Episode 473: Olive Garden's Lifetime Pasta Pass
  74. Episode 475: Heinz's Ed Sheeran themed Ketchup Bottles (Edchup)
  75. Episode 477: Your Pie Launches Baked Pasta Nationwide
  76. Episode 478:
  77. Episode 479: KFC's Donut Chicken Sandwich [Special Update Live Review]
  78. Episode 482:
  79. Episode 485: Burger King's Ghost Whopper [Haunted Munch Squad]
  80. Episode 486:
  81. Episode 487: Zaxby's Southwest Chipotle Fillet and Smokehouse Cheddar BBQ Sandwiches with Jumanji Citrus Fizz
  82. Episode 488: Boston Pizza's Christmas Pizza & Caroling Pizza Box
  83. Episode 490:
  84. Episode 492: Spangle's 99-cent Margaritas and Screwdrivers
  85. Episode 493: Taco Bell's Toasted Cheddar Chalupa[Rock Instrumental by fan Jade Crowley]
  86. Episode 495:
  87. Episode 496: Pizza Hut Will Reward First Set of Twins Born After Super Bowl
  88. Episode 499: Boston Market Selling Baby Back Rib Bouquets
  89. Episode 501: KFC And Crocs Debut Bucket Clogs
  90. Episode 502:
  91. Episode 503: Taco Bell Triplelupa
  92. Episode 504: Chipotle Virtual Hangout with Gronk
  93. Episode 505: Domino's Dominator [Punk Throwback Edition: 1993]
  94. Episode 506: [Brands Are Here for You]
  95. Episode 507:
  96. Episode 508: Crystal Pepsi Engagement Ring
  97. Episode 509: Cold Stone Creamery's Passion for Ice Cream [Throwback Edition: 2007]
  98. Episode 511: Arby's Barry White Ad Campaign [Throwback Edition: 2001]
  99. Episode 512: Denny's Pairs with Rockers [Flashback Edition: 2008]
  100. Episode 513: [intro by Travis]
  101. Episode 514: Wendy's Baconator Flavored Pringles
  102. Episode 516: Papa John's Shaq-a-Roni Pizza
  103. Episode 517: Baskin-Robbins and Bud Light Seltzer Ice Cream Float
  104. Episode 518: Taco Bell's Free Mir Space Station Tacos [Retro Edition: 2001]
  105. Episode 519: Heinz DIY Ice Cream Kits
  106. Episode 520:
  107. Episode 521: Cheez-It and House Wine Rosé [Celebrity Wine: Why Munch Squad]
  108. Episode 522: Chipotle Launches The Tony Hawk Burrito
  109. Episode 523:
  110. Episode 524:
  111. Episode 525: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice, Fall Lineup, and 1-833-GET-FALL
  112. Episode 526:
  113. Episode 527:
  114. Episode 529:
  115. Episode 531: KFC Sauce and KFCharcuterie [Rammstein Version]
  116. Episode 532: [Hosted by Count Donut]
  117. Episode 533: [feat. Count Party Bagel]
  118. Episode 534:
  119. Episode 535:

"Theme" song[edit | edit source]

The Munch Squad segment often starts with Justin making sounds that can be compared to: a radio adjusting itself, crackling fire, the running of tiny angry feet, or the approaching of thunder. Justin then announces, with the booming voice of the gods,

"I WANNA MUNCH!"

to which Griffin and Travis reply (often without enthusiasm),

"Squad."

Justin then sings a guitar riff that is almost, but not exactly, the one in Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock", presumably the inspiration for the theme song. Recently he has started adding new elements in to extend the opening riff, such as the "oh-ah-ah!" from Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," even adding a kazoo instrumental riff. Each episode that the Munch Squad appears in, Justin seems to extend the bassline riff, miraculously getting lower and lower. This has sparked concern for his mental and vocal health.

Then follows the Munch Squad segment, which always happens to start just when I've left the house and I'm on the train and haven't had any lunch and I'm trying to eat healthy and now I want a god damn cheeseburger, thanks Justin.

Controversy[edit | edit source]

Justin has been criticized for luring his two brothers into a false sense of security by asking a decoy question, then interrupting his brothers' answers to introduce the segment. In Episode 321, Justin explained that the rudeness of the bit is part of its energy. In Episode 417, Justin says that it's "no fun if [he doesn't] get to interrupt something."

Sometimes, Justin will interrupt himself in the middle of reading a listener question (Episode 312, Episode 322, Episode 326, Episode 349, Episode 455).

When Griffin is aware that Justin is trying to interrupt him, he will sometimes make up a fake Yahoo.

In Episode 375, Justin was accused of using the abrupt and unexpected nature of the segment to avoid answering a question posed to him. He confirmed this, replacing the usual lyrics to the theme song with "I wanna deflect!" Similarly, in Episode 396, Justin starts with "It's a defense mechanism!" In Episode 471, Justin starts the theme "in self-defense," and in Episode 492, Justin says he starts the segment "to bail out" and "to save [himself]."

Twilight Years[edit | edit source]

Since Episode 456, Justin has periodically stated that Munch Squad is in its sunset years/farewell tour, as recently as Episode 531, despite no clear signs of the segment slowing down anytime soon.

References & Links[edit | edit source]

  1. The Nightmare King was later discussed in a very special Munch Squad during Sawbones: Episode 251.
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