The Story Of Couch Soup

What does couch 
soup mean anyways?

CouchSoup (noun) - The hodgepodge of entertainment that you lavish from the comfort of your living room seating area. 

Basically, we are a group of like-minded nerds who talk about pop-culture and comedy content with an authentic and unfiltered approach. Born from the ashes of Retro Replay and Con Man this is a new venture from PJ Haarsma and Drew Lewis to be an outlet and platform for those who have a passion for creating content with those who enjoy having intelligent (somewhat) discourse about the things they love. Where traditional online platforms are full of vitriol and bots and pundits...CouchSoup can be so much more. Stay awhile. Hell, join the community and get to know some folks.  

About Us

Below is the team that helps make the soup taste so good. Ok, sure that's kinda gross but you know what we are trying to say. Give these folks a follow on social and if there's something you don't like bother them there.

The team making
Your delicious Soup everyday!

PJ HAARSMA

Owner - Executive Producer
Founder of Redbear Films, the company behind Retro Replay. He is the author of the popular Softwire series and Executive Producer of the TV show, Con Man starring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion. When he’s not making content with Drew, he’s building brands for Fortune 500 companies (again with Drew).

Drew Lewis

Owner - Executive Producer
Holds the role as the Head of Content at Redbear Films, where he leads the charge in emerging media, creative and, of course, wizardry. Embracing today’s media landscape of real-time data, co-creation with consumers, branded entertainment, and almost limitless channel combinations, Drew is pioneering exciting new ways to develop lasting conversations between brands and consumers.

Stephanie Judge

Sr. Video Editor - Creator
Stephanie was educated at San Francisco State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fiction Filmmaking. During her four years at San Francisco State University, she was an active member of the Professional Gender Inclusive Cinematic Arts Fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha. There she collaborated with her fellow members on various films and projects.

Pagan McGrath

Community Manager - Creator
Pagan comes from a colorful background of drama and performance studies, has had a few roles as a trainee assistant director on film sets in Ireland, heck, she even had a few professional acting roles, but I mean, who really knows? Hailing from both The Rainbow Nation and The Green Isle, she’s colorful to say the least.
Pagan works as the Community Manager for Retro Replay and helps out with community engagement, membership perks, research, and anything else Drew will throw at her.”

Stephanie Watson

Senior Editor - Writer
Stephanie is a proud Gen-Xer from Raleigh, North Carolina, who has found interesting ways to combine her career in training, writing, and editing with her odd array of hobbies, including gaming. Stephanie attended rival college N.C. State around the time that Nolan was at UNC, but she doesn’t hold it against him.
Brandy Brown

Brandy Brown

Senior Editor - Writer
Brandy grew up in a small suburb outside Houston, Texas, in a time when MTV still had music videos and before video game consoles in homes were a thing. She may be the only one in her town that owned a ColecoVision instead of an Atari. She also has a knack for finding the humor in everything even in situations where maybe she shouldn’t. 

FRIENDS OF THE CHANNEL

Good content attracts good people. And the folks below are masters of their craft and bring not only their years of knowledge in creating content on the largest stage (Film, TV, Gaming) but they also have that stardust that seems to just make everything a bit shinier. 

Nolan North

Actor, Producer, VO Wizard
An acclaimed American actor and voice actor recently honored with BAFTA award for outstanding contribution to performance in games. In Nolan’s 20-year career he has portrayed characters in over 180 titles. His portrayal as Nathan Drake in the acclaimed Uncharted Series has made him a household name. Other notable video performance work includes roles as Desmond Miles in the Assassin’s Creed series, David in The Last of Us, Ghost in Destiny and Destiny 2, the Penguin in the Batman: Arkham series, Corrupted Cores in Portal 2, Vossler in Final Fantasy XII, Eradan in Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Doctor Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty games, and multiple Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 characters. Nolan has also starred on screen in the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars as well as the Emmy-nominated series Con Man. Nolan has created some of the most beloved characters in games, setting the standard as a pioneer of the range of exceptional performances in the medium.
Liam McIntyre

Liam McIntyre

Actor, Producer, Writer
An Australian actor, best known for playing the lead role on the Starz television series Spartacus: Vengeance and War of the Damned and as Mark Mardon / Weather Wizard on The Flash. He has also voiced JD Fenix in the Gears of War series, Captain Boomerang in the DC Animated Movie Universe, Commander Pyre on Star Wars Resistance and Taron Malicos in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In 2016, he collaborated with Smosh Games to promote his card game Monster Lab. In 2020, he partnered with Spartacus co-star Todd Lasance to create the gaming series Get Good for the Retro Replay YouTube channel following a charity livestream benefiting Black Summer.
Todd Lasance

Todd Lasance

Actor
An Australian actor, best recognized for his roles in Australian television including Aden Jefferies on Home and Away, Cam Jackson on Rescue: Special Ops, Ben McMahon on Crownies and Major Sydney "Syd" Cook on ANZAC Girls. He has also appeared in American television roles, such as Julius Caesar on Spartacus: War of the Damned, Julian on The Vampire Diaries and Edward Clariss / Rival on The Flash. In 2020, he partnered with Spartacus co-star Liam McIntyre to create the gaming series Get Good for the Retro Replay YouTube channel, following a charity livestream benefiting Black Summer.

Our Mission

CouchSoup will be an outlet of pop-culture and comedy content by the common “nerd” that wants and perhaps needs a platform to have authentic discourse with an unfiltered perspective on a number of topics ranging from games to tv to comics to animation through articles, video, and podcasts.

Interested in Contributing or Creating for CouchSoup? Learn more and apply here.

Our Contributors...

Dan Morris

Daniel Morris

Editor - Writer - Creator
A lifelong gamer and Godzilla enthusiast, Dan is from upstate New York now living in Texas. He was raised on Nintendo and would go on to own every console his savings could buy. After working at GameStop for several years, he decided to pursue a career doing what he loves, talking about video games.
Lilly K

Lily K

Writer
Huge movie maniac and Captain America fan, Lily K is from Hungary. She was a gamer ever since she can remember who started out with Duck Hunt and grew up with all the classics. Uncharted proved to be a life-changing experience and made her into a Chloe Cosplayer, probably for life. Artist, actress and film buff, Lily K is here to spread all her knowledge to you.
Rohan Elliott

Rohan Elliott

Writer
Rohan is a West Australian native who began his gamer journey back with Crash Bandicoot 2 on the PlayStation 1. His collection of games has grown over the years with his pile of shame growing in tandem. When he isn’t gaming, you can find him writing intense stories, binging Netflix or staring off into space.
Candace Rose

Candace Rose

Writer
Candace Rose originates from the Great Lake State of Michigan, where having all four seasons in one day is considered normal and “Ope” is the code word for sorry. She is living the Disney Princess life of befriending nature’s little creatures while getting lost in the fantasy worlds of books & video games.
Lizabeth Pheonix

Lizabeth Pheonix

Writer
After being introduced to the Uncharted franchise by the world’s biggest Sly Cooper fan, Lizabeth Phoenix never looked back. She is obsessed with all things George R. R. Martin and Nathan Drake, and can be found most days with her face buried in her laptop working on her novels. Oh, and occasionally talking to her characters out loud.
Jake Brown

Jake Brown

Writer
Jake comes from the beautiful city of St. Augustine, Florida. Some of his favorite games of all time include Gears Of War, Uncharted and Banjo-Kazooie. When he’s not with his wife and rewatching “How I Met Your Mother” or “Psych” for the thousandth time, you can find him saving the world or discovering lost cities while cosplaying as Spiderman or Nathan Drake.
Emmanuel Alejandro

Emmanuel Alejandro

Writer
Emmanuel is based in the Live Music Capital of the World: Austin, Texas. From his childhood days playing on a Famicom (the Asian version of the NES), he marvels at how far video games have become as a medium. When he’s not plugged into a console, you’ll find him watching vintage American television and learning more about the colorful past of these shows. And he’s an avid foodie and bookworm.
Michelle Holstine

Michelle Holstine

Writer
Growing up NOT in civilization in the mountains of West Virginia, Michelle found adventure in books, movies and games.  She was raised very untraditionally on Star Trek: The Original Series, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  She found the Harry Potter books to be her one true obsession, and discovered gaming with her family would be some of the best memories she could hope for.  Now living in Texas, she is still trying to find her passion in her career, but her hobbies remain the same.
Kay Simpson

Kay Simpson

Writer
I’m a coffee and music lover. Been gaming and writing for several years. Interviewing the likes of Roger Clark and Jeffrey Pierce. Been writing as a side job to my main job as a care assistant. I love helping others and sharing my story.
Luis Reza

Luis Reza

Writer
Writer/Voice actor/fight choreographer/gamer/movie watcher/free sample taker/general “Person” hailing from the sandy part of Texas, Luis enjoys all forms of entertainment media and even more so nitpicking at them until they’re deconstructed and display what makes them great or… Well, he enjoys entertainment.
Josh Neff

Josh Neff

Writer
Are you a fan of sports, terrible B movies, or random video games? Chances are you and Josh Neff would get along just fine. Josh grew up in Okinawa, Japan, where he was able to experience the crazy arcade scene that had already died in the U.S. He adopted a motto “Everything has a story,” which he says to himself when he has to write a dull topic or cannot find a topic to write about.
Andrew Lucy

Andrew Lucy

Writer
Paintballer, snowboarder, hiker, gamer Andrew Lucy will do just about anything to live life to the fullest. Hailing from Michigan, you will most likely find Andrew somewhere in da “Yooper Lands” trying to find the next adventure to write about.
Shana Martin

Shana Martin

Writer
Shana is originally from Findlay, Ohio, and currently resides in Largo in Central Florida. She proclaims that in life she “always has the BEST seat in the house!” Being diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy from birth has not stopped her from living life to the fullest. Her poetry has been published in 6 different collections. She loves Renaissance Festivals and any film that  has copious amounts of sword fighting. She’s also addicted to yarn and chocolate!
Maria Kinnun

Maria Kinnun

Writer
Originally a Cockney from England, Maria has been living the American lifestyle since 2011 and currently resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. At 5’1”, Maria wears the moniker of Pocket Ninja proudly with over 15 years of martial arts experience (2 black belts: a 1st Dan in ITF Taekwondo and a 2nd Dan in Japanese Ju-Jitsu). She draws, paints, takes photos, plays video games, streams on Twitch, plays instruments, works in animal welfare and is a connoisseur of terrible jokes and being rather silly.

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