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Doug Benson's 'Doug Loves Movies' podcast coming to Tampa Improv

Maybe the second time's a charm.

Doug Benson has announced he's bringing his hugely popular comedy podcast Doug Loves Movies back to the Improv in Ybor City. The show is set for Oct. 31, so expect plenty of Halloween-themed games, costumes and name tags. And as a bonus, it starts at 4:20 p.m., meaning you should have plenty of time to check it out before Taylor Swift or Chvrches that night.

Hopefully, the podcast will actually record this time. Last fall, Benson's inaugural Doug Loves Movies taping in Tampa was marred by a power outage that cost the world a very funny episode featuring Owen Benjamin, Graham Elwood and Tampa's own Matt Fernandez. You can read our recap of the taping here.

For the uninitiated, Doug Loves Movies is a cross between a conversation and a quiz show, with Benson leading his panelists in various film-themed games. The centerpiece of them all is the Leonard Maltin Game, in which comics must guess a movie's title based on hints from Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide -- although he's lately been phasing that game out. So start boning up on games like Build-A-Title, Last Man Stanton and Whose Tagline Is It Anyway?

Past DLM guests have included Seth Rogen, Ellen Page, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Simon Pegg, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Schumer and pretty much every comic you can name. While Benson doesn't announce each episode's guests in advance, Fernandez would be a safe bet, as would that weekend's Improv headliner, past DLM guest Chris Porter.

Tickets to Doug Loves Movies on Oct. 31 are $20 and can be purchased here. Benson will also perform stand-up at the Improv on Oct. 29; click here for tickets to that.

And if you just can't wait that long, Doug Loves Movies also has a taping at the Orlando Improv on Sept. 9. Tickets to that show are $20. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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