Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory

54 EpisodesProduced by Starburns Audio, Daniel Van Kirk, Rory Scovel

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, we just talk about it.

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RE: Split Parents & What Is Reading

July 10th, 2019

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.

Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory

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RE: Surprise Concert & Adult Baby Convention

July 3rd, 2019

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! 

Your Pen Pals Daniel …

RE: Jessica the Ghost & Failing the Bar - LIVE from Clusterfest

June 26th, 2019

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.

RE: Was I Mean To An Old Guy? & Bachelor Parties

June 12th, 2019

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 …

RE: Music Tastes & Debating A Vasectomy

June 5th, 2019

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 …

RE: A Special Message from Rory & Daniel

May 22nd, 2019

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 …

RE: Wrecked by an Escalator & Meeting People Through Improv

May 15th, 2019

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 …

RE: Sex Addiction & A Prank War

May 8th, 2019

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 …

RE: Employee Shenanigans & Hickeys

May 1st, 2019

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!  

Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory

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RE: Weird Texts from Mom & Seeming Mean - LIVE from Dallas

April 24th, 2019

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 …

RE: Body Hair & Mystery in Manhattan Update

April 17th, 2019

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! 

Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory 

Learn …

RE: A Year in Prison & Traveling vs Settling Down

April 10th, 2019

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 …

RE: Saving Lives & Sandwich Talk

April 3rd, 2019

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 …

RE: Engagement Ring For Sale & Worrying About Wife's Weight - Live in Los Angeles!

March 27th, 2019

Dear Pennies and Pallers, 

Well, our first live show in Los Angeles got off to a wild and unexpected start. #kickachair

Once we settle down and get to the letters, we discuss the plight of a Paller who wants to sell an …

RE: Tuxas Redux & Romanticizing Endings

March 20th, 2019

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.

Your Pen …

RE: 19-Going-On-20 Advice & Theme Parties

March 13th, 2019

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!

Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory

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RE: Fetishes & An Affair - Live from Tuxas!

March 6th, 2019

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 …

RE: The Pigeon Mystery & The Loss of a Coworker

February 27th, 2019

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 …

RE: Having Kids & National Days

February 20th, 2019

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 …

RE: Mystery in Manhattan & Dumb Things

February 13th, 2019

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 …

RE: Coffee Shops & Board Game Traditions

February 6th, 2019

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 …

RE: A Random Roomie & A Talk with the Boss

January 30th, 2019

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 …

RE: Grandma & A Big Chunk of Change

January 23rd, 2019

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.

Your …

RE: The Weekend of Tuxas & A Graduation Speech

January 16th, 2019

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 …

RE: Cannibal Questions & The Hydration Challenge

January 9th, 2019

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 …

RE: A Karaoke Proposal & Talking Politics with Dad

January 2nd, 2019

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 …

RE: Ruining Christmas & Dissecting Humor

December 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, …

RE: Ghost Crisis & Psychedelic Drugs

December 19th, 2018

Dear Pallers,

This week, we start off with both a Rory Rant Moment and a Rad Rory Moment

In Letter 1, a listener writes in about a series of disturbing, possibly ghostly experiences at camp, and she doesn't know what to …

RE: Calling Dibs & Rushing Ten Yards

December 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.

RE: Going F2F with Mom & High School Expectations

December 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 …

RE: Balding & Committal

November 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 …

RE: Long Distance Love & Addiction

November 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 …

RE: The Groom's Perspective & Conspiracy Theories

November 14th, 2018

Dear Pallers,

This week, we start a new tradition by responding to some quick questions that were left in the iTunes reviews! #growtheshow

Then we dive back into the controversial case of the Co-Best Man, but this time …

RE: Millennials & Falling For A Friend

November 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 …

RE: Ruining A Wedding & Having A Trash-Mouth

October 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 …

RE: Fears & Adult Friending

October 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 …

RE: Communication & Ghosts

October 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 …

RE: Dating Dad's Drummer & Is She Cheating?

October 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 …

RE: Sleep Paralysis & Universal Basic Income

October 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 …

RE: Concerts, Being Stuck, & Worrying - with Reggie Watts

September 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 …

RE: Cults & Agoraphobia

September 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 …

RE: Acting Your Age & Family Traditions

September 12th, 2018

This week, Daniel and Rory respond to letters on the topics of acting your age and family traditions!

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RE: Time Travel & Friendship

September 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 …

RE: Favorites & Comments

August 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 …

RE: Eating & Finding a Partner

August 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. …

RE: Cohabitating & Wedding Planning

August 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 #JaredLeftDan

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RE: Staying Informed & Toxic Relationships

August 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 …

RE: Golf & Best-Ratio Foods

August 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 …

RE: Dog Poop & Karmic Crustaceans

July 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 …

RE: Chasing Your Dreams & Choosing Your Cookies

July 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 …

RE: An Unsolved Bank Robbery & Free Will

July 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 …

Teaser 3 - RE: A Nipple Conundrum

July 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.

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Teaser 2 - RE: Taking Time to Work on Yourself

June 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 …

Teaser 1 - RE: Self Love

June 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.

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