The Cryptid Factor
The Cryptid Factor
About The Cryptid Factor
Three best buddies - Rhys Darby, Dan Schreiber, and Leon 'Buttons' Kirkbeck bring you The Cryptid Factor - a podcast dedicated to all things weird that are yet to be defined by science. Since 2008 they have passionately (and often awkwardly) been discussing 'cryptids' and monsters like Yeti, Chupacabra, Bigfoot and Nessie - as well as weird news of the world, UFO's, Time travellers, robots and space stuff. Though they take these pseudo-sciences as seriously as they can, they struggle to take themselves seriously at all. Hosted by comedian and actor Rhys Darby, star of top rating podcast 'No Such Thing as a Fish' Dan Schreiber - and Pulling it all together is their best friend, 'Buttons'. If anything goes wrong, it is probably his fault.
At last the world has a chance to hear Episode 82 - although will they really want to? Despite being filled to the brim with Bear faces on Mars, Mystery Sausages in mailboxes, Predictable Asparagus Fortune-tellers, an Eyewitness Account of a Mothman sighting (complete with homemade spooky music)... it's just... well, not great. You be the judge!
It's Christmas Eve and the team have managed to squeeze in one last session for 2022 - and despite Buttons trying to make this issue edit free to get it out for Christmas day... somehow edits became the main feature! In here we have for you a Cryptid Christmas Carol which sees Sasquatch Clause wreaking havoc. There's a UOP with a WWI Rocket up his de-militarised zone, nativity cows escaping down a river, a baby Nessie on a beach, a couple of bullsh*t ghosts trying to get into Cryptid Buzz, a pay-it-forward beer sponsorship scheme as well as a winning lottery number time-travelling intuition broadcast scheme. Oh, and almost forgot - an AI chatbot writes us a full movie script (complete with predictive movie posters) where we save the future with some Cryptid 'Factor'. Happy Holidays!
Well here we go again! This epically long 80th episode sees the Intro become an outro, Buttons Theory Time become a right royal tea-bagging, there’s a creepy UFV and a USV, Deadpool is busy killing fish, there’s a reincarnated octopus as a football fortune-telling ferret, there’s a hunt for a big bird, Jeremy the Sasquatch ghost clown has been spotted, Vocalisations makes a comeback… then there’s the christian rock-band and Bigfoot 911 call remix! Oh, and apparently Dan has a book out called ‘The Theory of Everything Else’ that he’s like you to subtly know about… Enjoy! Music credit - Glorybox - Sonic Ocean
At last, you get to hear how the interruption was concluded! Was it worth the wait? Hmmmm, that's a tricky one. Are you into Krodel Park Shuttle services? Extant Tasmanian Tigers? Short-legged Bigfoot? Canoe hire taxidermy? Then perhaps it is! Also, Dan's book is out (Yay!) and Buttons revolts against Rhys' attempt to keep his editing to schedule. Hence the massive delay in getting this to you. Buttons!!
This incomplete issue is completely full of complete madness - including Nostradamus and his snow globes, Haunted books evaporating, Rumpology reports in, LA jetpack balloons, some Pulitzer surprises, a dead robot spider and Aliens going through trash caught on camera. Also, Dan writes Rhys's book of wisdom and Buttons records from his Moms (haunted) house. Total incomplete Madness - Part 2 to follow! NB - Please excuse some dodgy audio from Rhys at the start!
This episode has one more Knob that usual - who finds himself in prison with Rhys! Also Dan gets his butt read and Buttons rides a horse in his past life. Theres also peanuts pushed up hills, old Japanese men doing not much and a time-traveler's warning of trap-doors. There's big 'plausible' Cryptid news thats got the team excited too! *NEW SEGMENT ALERT* Fan Files! Where we lucky-dip-pick stories sent in from Fans. This inaugural segment sees Geese taken from the deep and Alien Big Cats on the beach!
Buttons and an exhausted Rhys are in Boston after his tour - so for this episode Rhys decides to take a back seat... or at least he tries to. But with Dan trying to chat to a tarot reading president's granddaughter, a seagull attacking a fishing coach, the NZ public watching poop, 2 x new moon craters, 2 x astrophysicists, lots more Stranger synchronicity Things and a 'That's a recap' and 'Buttons Fairy Time' squeezed in for good measure... I can't imagine Rhys will be in that back seat for long!
In here there's animals scared of fruit, UFO hunters hunting doors, Alien hunters (possibly) hearing signals from space and an old black knight that's a long way from hoooooome. Also Rhys has news of a dead giant tuna, Buttons is angry at a newspaper and Dan launches a mission to bring back an Australian Elephant man. Oh, and Henry Hotspur... you get some preemptive (and possibly unwanted) sponsorship!
In this issue Buttons gives his masterclass on padding - which is so good that even the internet takes up the skill. There's busy exorcists and satan himself rating apps, Mona Lisa gets cake on her face and Rhys gets a LinkedIn. Also in this ep - Dolphins don't get memories from dolphin-piss, whales do get mistaken for monsters by showing their bits and Buttons don't want you to buy his old Alien book. Oh, there's also some meagre scratchings at some Cryptid news too... but it's all pretty lame... but at least we're honest!
This issue is packed with synchronous happenings at the Erich Von Däniken and Sphinx Eyes magnitude! Buttons shares a long story about a short visit to a UFO symposium where he encountered a Loyal Brown Pet in a beat up Porsche. There's news of robot goo, robot goats and robot cryptid food deliveries. Also - Rhys has reports of a Turkey sighting from a Squatch hunter, Dan's found a video of Cousin It pretending to be a hand-standing skunk and Buttons has exciting sports news!
Aaaaaaaaand we're back!!! This episode begins with a recap on xmas presents then quickly moves onto old pubs closing, spoon benders PR attempts, artefacts found in ice caves in Antartica, fish driving cars and making 90's techno noises.... and hitchhiking dogs (allegedly). Also, Rhys and Buttons make a plea to be adopted by Dans dreaming Dad, there's a tree swinging Aussie Dogman, a psychic Wimbledon Nessie, and a tiny-tiny Mothman. Enjoy! **NB - This episode was originally recorded back in January 2022, but was thought to be lost to the ravages of bad audio (and bad organisation), but with the help of a wonderful Cryptid Knight (Shout out to Jen Jones!) it's alive! **NB - This episode was recorded before the war broke out in Ukraine. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by that tragedy.
Due to Buttons being busy having a southern hemisphere summer holiday, this Christmas special clearly is well late (which he apologies for profusely) but it's worth the wait - not least due to the amazing ____________*1 as well as the ____________*2!In here you'll find news on time travelers from Mars, theoretically Anthrax ridden conspiracy theorists and auto-replicating Pacman-esque xenobots made from frog cells... in a dish non the less! Also; some new Bigfoot footage from Georgia along with some old footage from a cowboy, alien bases below the ice, an expletive ridden speed sighting and a Jelly fish with 30ft mouth-arms... or is it arse-hands... you decide!
Welcome to Ep 70 where we try and 'choose our own adventure' through segments and end up picking a bad path. No doubt you'll find yourself just as confused and lost as we were. In the mess we somehow manage to cover multi-crash planes, almost crashed ISS space station, recaps on birds and marriages, a UK bigfoot and the hatching of decades old dormant underground shrimp eggs. Also, Dan levels-up to 'premiere grade' whilst Buttons levels-down to a 'back-sider'. *New Segment alert* Weird animals doing strange things! (the animals are normal, what they do is weird). First episode covers Bovine hydro-slides and Possum kidnappers.... as in, it's the nasty possums doing the 'napping!!
We're back! After a long break from the shortest season ever (of 1 episode), we bring you EP 69 where you'll find a bunch of terribly challenging awards, hippos challenged to be human and a magic museum thats a challenge to find. There's also challenging news of Nessie sonars and Mamophants. To be quite honest though, the most challenged things in this ep are simply the three rusty hosts. Thanks for enduring this mess with us!
An incredible 'Schreiber Unveil' was meant to see this episode be all about the phenom of ‘Past Life Experiences’, but as per usual, we just couldn't stay on task - so now this episode also includes the art of 'No Blink' and 'Light Cry' acting, Coast Guards with hamster wheel problems, and experts who will never reply to Buttons ever again. Oh, and some zombie fish and stolen penises thrown in for good measure. Enjoy the extra 30mins it took to get that all in!
Ep 67 has some great finds in it - Dan finds the Alien Sex capital of the UK, Rhys finds a nazi tank in a basement, and Buttons finds the elevator service hut in Superman's Building. We also shoe-horn in a Jet-pack Re-cap, a Fairy/Theory Time, a Rapisode Sandwich and a Sci-fi Robot Rangers Prequel - before the 'quel' is even quelled!
In this ramshackled episode, Rhys fails to deliver Rapisodes, Dan fails in health and Buttons fails to be articulate. Also you'll find a kidnapped Nanna raised by Monkeys, AI Robots meeting Aliens, and Elon predictions from 1953. Also a Bigfoot crossing a river carrying a deer or two babies and a big(ish) cat let loose by a pig buddy. Enjoy!
Welcome to episode 65, where we're lucky Rhys is present due to self inflicted partying - and lucky Dan is alive due to self inflicted poisoning! Also in this ep you'll discover 50 pilot sky-spider collectors, lots of lost pigeons, an eating restrictor/ventriloquism training device and we find prehistoric man Dennis Oven in a Chinese well! Also Loch Less news and a spooky Slenderman in India. Ooooohhh! *Trigger warning* We discuss weight loss and dieting, if this is triggering for you - perhaps sit this one out.
Welcome to the UAP Report special edition. This episode was recorded live as the Pentagon released it's long awaited report on the UFO/UAP situation - and as you'd rightly imagine, we cover the report with delft professionalism and deep insight - Dan even reports live from Buckingham Palace to check if the Queen comments! Also in this ep - Rapisode 5 (yay!), invisible sculptures, a real life Tarzan, Astronauts seeing Sky Serpents, and Rhys invents the revolutionary 'Audio Signature'!
Episode 63 is here at last! 'Rapisode 4' kicks it all off with an almighty bang, closely followed by Rhys telling tales of Whales eating Lobstermen, Dan teaching superhuman 'Batman' skills, and Buttons paradoxing his way to no friends. Lots of exciting (and global!) Bigfoot news to boot!
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