Schopenhauer, Epictetus, Living, Dying, and Vaudeville

In this episode, Odious is going through some kind of “thing” and ponders humanity’s existence. Luckily, he has help sorting through his confusing thoughts with guest star philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Epictetus!

Schopenhauer’s wise and pessimistic words inspire Odious to write a musical in his honor, and in this episode we are blessed to hear the first song from Schopenhauer: The Musical! As per The Cockroach Quartet’s new contract, I must credit them as composers and performers on this track.

Epictetus time travels from Nicopolis 135 A.D. to Los Angeles 2016 A.D. to perform a Vaudeville juggling act, illustrating his philosophy of how to live. He then joins Odious in a duet about his very helpful teachings on how to achieve tranquility (ataraxia). Spoiler alert: stop listening to the opinions of assholes! Again, as per The Cockroach Quartet’s new contract, I must credit them as composers and performers on this track. I hope they’re happy.

Odious has new-found respect for the Grim Reaper, who chimes in with some sage advice stemming from his professional experience with death. He and Odious almost become friends, but luckily he becomes annoying again in the nick of time.

And the Hootch Booze women are having their own existential awakening, but this one can be attributed to that most well thought out and plausible book that came out some years ago, The Secret. They, of course, add their own alcoholic flair to it and end up becoming unstuck with that delicious beverage, Hootch Booze.