No Holds Bard

The Shakespeare Podcast Shakespeare Would Have Listened To.*

NHB 112 - Figuring Out Meter

In response to Abigail Pore's tweet...

"#EnglishMajorProbs Trying to figure out meter with your Shakespeare bff @LydiaHuth Hey, @NoHoldsBardCast how about a wildcard episode?"

...your Shakespeare BFFs Dan and Kevin take a crack at iambic pentameter for your listening and learning pleasure.

NHB 111 - Where Is The Life That Late I Led?

This week we’ll reflect on our late life, bring childlike wonder to Illyria, and take inspiration from the RSC’s plan to monitor the heart rates of audience members at their upcoming production of Titus Andronicus by hooking each other up to lie detectors and asking each other questions we’ve kept under wraps for fifteen years.

NHB 107 - Sonnet Exploder (#23)

Inspired by the hit podcast Song Exploder, Kevin and Dan spend this episode breaking down and analyzing Shakespeare's Sonnet #23.

As an unperfect actor on the stage,
Who with his fear is put beside his part,
Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
Whose strength's abundance weakens his own heart;
So I, for fear of trust, forget to say
The perfect ceremony of love's rite,
And in mine own love's strength seem to decay,
O'ercharged with burthen of mine own love's might.
O! let my looks be then the eloquence
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
Who plead for love, and look for recompense,
More than that tongue that more hath more express'd.
   O! learn to read what silent love hath writ:
   To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.

NHB 106 - Expose Thyself To Feel What Wretches Feel

This week we’ll expose ourselves to wretches, work out the ABCs of Julius Caesar, and take some time to expound upon the fine, fine folks at Delta and Bank of America who suddenly find themselves with a glut of money in their arts budget this summer and nowhere to send it (may we suggest

NHB 104 - Now He'll Outstare The Lightning

This week we'll outstare the lightning, love naturally, and chastise the error made in Britain's English Literature GCSE exam (basically their SAT) on the question which was written, "How does Shakespeare present the ways in which Tybalt's hatred of the Capulets influence the outcome of the play?".

NHB 102 - I Am Not Yet Well Breathed

This week we’ll get well breathed, try to wrap our heads around what a “conscience” is, and send along our notes to Jordan Monsell, whose recenty published book “Ministers of Graace: The Unauthorized Shakespeare Parody of Ghosbusters” tells the story of the original Ghostbusters in iambic pentameter and Shakespeare’s vocabulary.

NHB 100 - I Banish You

This week we’ll banish you, sport Shakespeare, and celebrate our 100th episode by finally doing all the third things we’ve been teasing in our openers since episode one.

This episode features a reading from Ryan Salvato.

099 - NHB LIVE! Shakespeare's Birthday 2017

For this month's Wildcard we have our very first live episode, recorded in Brooklyn on Shakespeare's 453rd birthday. This episode is also available as a Facebook Live video on our facebook page at

Special thanks to Dani Lencioni and Drew Broussard of EVELYN for the live acoustic performance of our theme song. Check them out at http://ohevelyn.comor buy their album at

NHB 098 - What A Sweep Of Vanity Comes This Way

This week we’ll sweep vainly, grow up with a sea monster, and check in with the 56-year old teacher from a prestigious Manhattan public school who was recently found guilty of attempting to seduce his sixteen-year-old student by buying her beers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then quoting Shakespeare before asking if he could kiss her.