Movie Podcast Weekly co-host Ryan Elliott was discovered by Jason Pyles and a Canadian lawyer. Jason and the attorney invited Ryan and his Geek Cast company to appear as guests on a now defunct pop culture podcast to talk about geekdom at large. Ryan and company were instant stars who launched the Geek Cast Live Podcast soon thereafter.
Ryan is the actual town mascot of a place called Fowler — Americana incarnate — nestled snugly in the fields of Benton County, Indiana. Ryan had a hangin’ tree in his former front yard, and his Great Aunt Tilly famously contributed her false teeth and brassiere to the Fowler Centenniel time capsule (a real thing). Not many people speak of it anymore, but the truth is that Ryan did a 12-year stint on the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm for accidentally killing a man down in Biloxi in an unfortunate mishap involving a can-opener.
But he’s humble: Ryan knows about four times more about movies than his co-host, Andy. Ryan also knows an embarrassing amount about geek culture, but one of his truest passions is the Harry Potter book series and its filmic counterparts.
Those who know Geek Cast Ry personally know about his playable, electronic, rock guitar T-shirt and his propensity to wear Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears to “Canasta Night” every other Tuesday. And for the record, the legend is true: Ryan actually did win a Radiant Farms Unicorn Meat-eating contest, two consecutive years in a row. It is also factual that Ryan’s family bathroom features a periodic table shower curtain. (His favorite element is Tungsten, whose symbol is simply “W.” And the science geeks out there will now understand why Ryan’s moniker is “Wolfram.”)
Ryan is a charitable man who still volunteers monthly in his community, where he chaperones the middle school dances while wearing an honest-to-goodness, scrolling, LED belt buckle and 8-bit Mario Brothers sunglasses — or, on special occasions — Death Wish Coffee shades.
Geek Cast Ry appeared as a guest on Movie Podcast Weekly during several episodes, and the other hosts loved him every damn time. Therefore, it was on MPW Episode 140 that Ryan became an official co-host in June of 2015, and he has been with us ever since. Praise the Lord for Ryan Elliott and his greasy bacon wallet!
By the way, Ryan’s all-time favorite movie is “Flowers for Algernon” (2000).