The Gist: Adam Davidson on failure, and “Too Many Cooks” with Casper Kelly.

The True Meaning of “Too Many Cooks” That Even the Creator Didn’t Realize When He Made It

The True Meaning of “Too Many Cooks” That Even the Creator Didn’t Realize When He Made It

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 12 2014 8:49 PM

How Small Wonder Stirred “Too Many Cooks” 

The creator of the viral Adult Swim video explains what it’s all about—and whether Smarf really had to die.

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Why did Smarf have to die?

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Cartoon Network.

Listen to Episode 135 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Are we entering an era in which failure will dominate our lives? On The Gist, Adam Davidson from Planet Money discusses his New York Times Magazine feature “Welcome to the Failure Age!” and how purple chairs explain progress. Plus, Casper Kelly shares insight into the awful TV-show theme songs that inspired his epic and addictive Adult Swim video "Too Many Cooks." For the Spiel, the fever in song and fact.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.