Phil JohnsonHi!  I’m Phil Johnson and I’m the host of Under the Crossbones.  If you’re not familiar with me already, I’m a comedian and musician.  You can see the rest of what I do at .  While you’re there, be sure to pick up your digital box set of my best stuff from the past 10+ years.

I’ve also been a bit of a pirate geek since I was a kid.  It all started the first time I rode Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland as a kid.  It hit that sweet spot I always like of “Wow! How cool!” and “Kinda scares the crap out of me!”.  It’s a sweet spot I’ve always enjoyed in music, art, and even my choice of career.

Captain Hook from J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” has always been a favorite too. Starting with the Disney film of course.  My office is lined with stuff from both films.

From there it was reading loads of books on pirate history, dressing up as a pirate for Halloween, and having a large collection of shirts featuring skulls of some sort.

So as I was thinking about what kind of podcast I’d like to do … I think comedians are required by law to have one now … I thought something pirate themed would be fun.  In 2014 I did a podcast with a couple friends about the short-lived TV show “Crossbones” with John Malkovich playing Blackbeard.  The show (and our podcast) lasted a whole 9 episodes.

With Under the Crossbones I’m diving in deep with people who have made pirate lore a big part of their life.  You’ll hear interviews with writers, historians, actors, musicians, small business owners, artists, game designers, and more.  These are the people that are at the crossroads of taking pirates from their true history of being criminals and murderers and turning them into pop culture (for good or bad).

And because I’ve got so many talented comedy and music friends, I’ll be featuring some of their work in each episode as well.  Sometimes pirate themed, sometimes not.  But always entertaining.

So be sure to subscribe so you get every new episode automatically.  And let’s weigh anchor and let the waves take us where they may….

Pirates of the Caribbean ride poster from Disneyland

One of my prize possessions. 5 feet tall and covering half of my office wall.



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