So memorable one-liners pasted everywhere by an excited, artistic primate, let's actually discuss things since I think that was the whole point.
This was my first experience with the Yorkton group, or at least these 3 players and Lockhart as the GM since I had heard him playing with Hal, Lindsay, and Thing in... something. It never ceases to amaze me that, by and large, the majority of groups and gamers I listen to all sound like my kind of people; the kind of people I could sit down with and have a conversation about things we both like despite my social anxiety. These Yorkton folks sound especially friendly and you can tell how they all enjoy each other's company immediately. I like that.
And immediately after that you get to see their juvenile senses of humour. I'm sorry I don't have quotes as I've never been good at pulling those from audio (movies yes, podcasts no, it's weird) but I'm sure someone who is Pencil-Monkey can more than make up for that. I will point to the language and terminology used to refer to Misty's state of perpetual nearly-undressed and several uses of the word 'retarded'. These people aren't running with a filter, they're not concerned with offending anyone, and they're gleefully unapologetic about it. And that's great! What we get to see are a group of friends having fun. If you like it then you're invited to share in it and if you don't then this isn't the audio for you. I like that honesty.
I do however struggle with the Ash and Misty characters. I want to stress that in no way do I wish to enforce my personal preferences on any other player and prevent them from having fun with a character they enjoy. This is merely a discussion point, I feel, worth exploring. Every once in a while you come across the character pulled from some other genre or intellectual property. Sometimes it's pop culture, sometimes it's more of a classic, and it always seems to get played one of two ways: either the player tries to play as that other character or they try to play with that character. Let me elaborate.
Playing AS the character is when you focus very carefully on the roleplay aspects of reacting and acting as that character would. Playing WITH the character, which is definitely more the case with Ash and Misty, means you've got the mechanics of the character worked out but you're not worried about matching the personality. Several times people, including Brad himself, comment that Misty the summon has more personality than Ash. To be fair, Ash from the TV show didn't have a lot to begin with either so maybe that informed the decision.
For me I tend to have problems with both approaches which is why I try not to play characters I don't make up myself. I'm not always successful. In my folder of sheets there is a WoD werewolf based on Robin Williams's amazing performance in The Fisher King. When it comes to playing AS the character I find it's usually more disappointing than not as nobody is as good at replicating these carefully and brilliantly written characters in what is basically amateur improv. As for playing WITH the character it can lead to situations like this game where every once in a while a jarring pokemon reference shows up. Obviously Brad's having fun and no one else at the table seems to mind which are the two most important things, but I'm wondering if I'm alone on this or if others feel the same way about transporting existing characters into games.