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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 pseudosciences 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.




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This episode is for all the aliens and wave-chasing, space-travelling future Cryptid Knights out there! In here Dan has Druid news for Buttons and at last Rhys gets his very own (and very noisey) museum piece. There's news of a time-travelling Simpson, an elaborate intestine restaurant ruse, and a freaky human skinned robot face. There's also fish gazing at stars and alligators missing and found... oh, and some lovely sing-songs to remember peoples names by. Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode - Rhys is ahead of his time, Dan is listening to the band 'The Lip Slitsticks' and Buttons employs the 'Trisand' effect - making it highly likely that this will be the most listened episode ever! Also In here there's old men failing at reminiscing, Goonies Tridems, buried Mash, banned books on banned books, cheap top-secret Chinese military cartoons, free bee heaters, juvenile 'not-so-big' Bigfoot foot prints found, Turing test gets a pass, and the scariest sound of all time goes up against the loveliest sound of all time... and a Sasquatch caller!P.S - An important message from Rhys' publicist "DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE!!" Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#095 The Magic Bank Issue

#095 The Magic Bank Issue

2024-06-2001:03:231

This episode has the team in their usual places... that is if you can count Buttons being somewhere unusual as usual. You'll find news of hidden microphones and camouflaged cigars, Ray Jay getting busy changing the fabric of time, Magical Banks getting full of tellers, underground dino-aliens from Harvard... along with lots of family Cameos! We also cover fake thylacines and yet another Nessie hunt! Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
**SPECIAL ISSUE** Rhys and Dan are in London - and take the opportunity to storm the secret studio of podcast cousins Rory and Kit from 'This Paranormal Life'. With Buttons dialed in, they catch up and cover off a great deal of usual weirdness, along with the unusual addition of some ghost stories! There's also time-traveling Albert Einstein and restaurants, dream-crashing men, Steven Speilberg stealing movie ideas, oh, and LOADS of Lazy Code!www.thisparanormallife.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#093 The Heavenly  Issue

#093 The Heavenly Issue

2024-06-0101:13:07

In this epic episode we gain the second ever entry into the Cryptid Factor museum... a 135 million year old mystery! Also in here there's UFO wreckage being 'drug' out, a pigeon spy being detained, delayed phone calls being made from the dead, lemonade lazy code, a Thylacine musical, some OK ABC DNA proof and screen-shares within screen-shares! Also, speaking of ancient, we bring back the age old segment 'Noticeboard', only to promote a competitive cryptid museum... fail! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#092 The Trigger Issue

#092 The Trigger Issue

2024-05-1301:02:22

Here we are again - in a scarily regular type fashion! In here theres there's your usual Schreiber wang-ons, Buttons blah-blahs & Darby breakdowns - but in amongst it all there's an ACTUAL EARTH RUMBLING! Also you'll find flying zombie salt shakers, flying spaghetti monsters, haunted swag dolls, Donald Duck call-ups, unlicensed cut-outs, mountain cover-ups, coat-tail ridings, quantum imaginary mates, cringy cameos and conscious shoes. Also we have a seemingly 'fresh' eye-witness account of a Squatch along with some massive Shaq-attack footprints!**TRIGGER WARNING** For those of you who get easy triggered from excessive trigger warnings... this episode may not be for you! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#091 The Neutral Issue

#091 The Neutral Issue

2024-05-0301:17:351

...aaaaand we're back! This episode sees Hollywood, the UK coast and a dodgy basement come together to bring you: a Texan sized underwater model anomaly, an earthquake predicting doomsday fish, and SpiceGirl singing humpback whale helping humans talk to aliens! Theres also in-mate dating apps, time travelling thespians, vortex ship size guest appearances, alien language outboard motors, hunting permits for Sasquatch along with badly punctuated Bigfoot "sightings". Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
#090 The Slit Slot Issue

#090 The Slit Slot Issue

2024-03-2801:09:04

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89: #089 The 2nd First Issue

89: #089 The 2nd First Issue

2024-03-0401:00:371

Well, here we are in 2024 - and while we wait for Ep88 to become hot enough to drop... we have for you here the second recorded episode to be released first (in typical Cryptid Factor confused fashion!) In it you'll find news of disappearing towers, Uri Geller blowing his own mind by remembering he saw aliens, lots of bugs up a Florida mans nose, a big cat sighted in Scotland and a Big Foot running on the slopes. Also Rhys auditions to be a Frank Phantom, Dans has tales of optical illusions from his front yard, and Buttons is in Melbourne at his very own gun-show. Enjoy!!**TRIGGER WARNING** We talk about bugs up a mans nose... and it's not very pretty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In the last of the 'All Together in LA' series, Rhys kindly pops back from one of his many other dimensions to join a very tired Dan and Buttons in the task of stringing sentences together. In here you'll find an (almost) concise history of a Giant Rock and the people that lived under it, a dead Vampire lair dug up, a billionaire blood junkie, some taxidermied bird drones and some seagull and husband calling competitions. Also in fresh news - it turns out The Cryptid Factor is big in Belgium! Who'd have thought? Eet smakelijk! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hot on the heels of the last old episode, this new old episode is jam packed full of ancient chat… mainly about Button’s ancient (and very legal) ayahuasca ceremony, some ancient tree breasts, and Dan correctly predicting how long it would take to get this ancient episode out. Outside of that hot mess, there’s also scantily-clad deer-lickers, excited Swiftie forgetfulness, ejaculating nets, Instant coffee TV ad premonitions, Big foot sightings with red-eye reductions, Wolverine infestations in California, and a reduced prize for Nessie proof. Also, get ready for an ayahuasca fuelled Button’s Theory Time that proves at last that we’re all in a simulation…Oooooh!!! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The team are in Hollywood together and have organised a playdate with Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award winning film composer George Michael! (formerly known as Michael Giacchino). Also, seeing as Aliens won’t get out of the news of late, this is an Alien Special - with news of 8ft non-humans driving front-end loaders, loads of big UFO words in Congress, Highways performing cattle mutilations, a woman having hundreds of alien babies, UFO rodeos and teenage aliens stealing time travel machines to get cow tongues from the past for restaurants in the future. Also, Buttons gets his Theory scored… and let’s just say it didn’t get a 10/10. Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
84: #84 The Backpack Issue

84: #84 The Backpack Issue

2023-07-1401:11:34

And we’re back! It’s been a long time since Mothers day, but it’s finally out! In here you’ll get some camouflage chaos, some screaming plants, and a tiny crypto-museum that gets huge ‘shribe-reveal’! We also got some box creature with too many eyes, a squatch safe zone, a giant killer tadpole and AI trying to kill the patty film buzz. Oh, and our old mate ‘Old Bond’ tries to make an expensive comeback… bless! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Prepare yourself for this one. Not only is it packed full of all your usual Mammoth Meatballs, Ketchup Elvis hunters, Turkey Claus, Wolf-Tang Clams, Roast Beef Mothman, Bigfoot bathing, Mothership full of Alien Drones and a terrified son of Buttons... but we also get a rare peek inside Rhys' head to meet all the characters that live in there and try to make it work... and fail! Oh, and Harvard Astrophysicist AVI LOEB joins us for a quick Galileo update, to exponentially raise the IQ level and to give Dan a quick roasting. Enjoy!**This Ep is brought to you by Rax Roast Beef, Impossible Burgers, Beyond Burgers, Mammoth meatballs, Heinz Ketchup, BMW and Button's wife's App. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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!! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Top Clean

ROLF.... A very funny episode. (^^,) This is a wacky podcast from 3 country's.

Sep 4th
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Bryn Ensomhet

Kinda like how when you look at a word for too long, your brain stops recognizing it.

May 19th
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Paris lane

died laughing at the lamp experiment

May 7th
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Emily Sweden

loosey goosey butter boys!

Apr 18th
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Paul Jensen

favourite podcast. what I love most is the utterly random release schedule that always has you assuming your subscription has failed or they have stopped making the show. then when all hope is lost, BAM another episode drops.

Mar 10th
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Angela Stone

Thank you, thank you, thank you for another hilarious episode. Just carry on being the same and can't wait for Sci fi robot rangers.

Aug 10th
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Bang

Crying with laughter in public, thanks a lot.

Jul 30th
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Angela Stone

Great show, so glad you're back. Happy birthday buttons 🎂

Feb 28th
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Benjamin

this episode is an absolute shit show and I love it so much. some amazing moments here.

Dec 28th
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Angela Stone

Really enjoyed the cat/dog segment.

Dec 22nd
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Dillon Kay

its emaciated not emancipated 😂 thin not Lincoln

Oct 30th
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Angela Stone

Brilliant Show again. Hilight of my week.

Oct 27th
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Benjamin

I love this show so much. bloody wonderful. a group of friends talking about the weirdest shit on the planet. and they are kiwi! (mostly)

Sep 27th
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Angela Stone

What was the alien podcast called again? So glad to hear from you three again.

Aug 18th
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james harker

When are you coming back

Jan 7th
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Israel Segura

Loved the episode!

Apr 30th
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Daniel Black

FINALLY you posted something

Apr 29th
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Uncle Slapass

Guys focus on the topic and stop bullshitting around with boring stories and cutting eachother off for unfunny jokes. its so obnoxious

Oct 18th
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james harker

great show needs more episodes

Dec 29th
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