It’s time to hang some lights and get the scenery out of storage, because we’re here to celebrate the premiere acting troupe of TBTL: The TBTL Players. In this episode: a Very Special clip from a 90’s tween favorite, Sean’s … interesting … vocal choices, the “best worst line ever,” and tour de force sound effects. Meredith and Ann discover yet another thing they have in common, while Christy thinks she’s discovered where Lin-Manuel Miranda REALLY found the idea for Hamilton. We also ask an important question: why are we so concerned with the box to the left? Plus, a visit from some special guests. Harrumph!
You shave the mice and we’ll grab the fries—it’s time to tackle a supersized week of tangents in our latest TBTL Week in Review. Mike “Pastry Pups” Frizzell, Bobby “Debt Payer” Pape and Meredith “Probably Conceived on a Waterbed” Van Harn are ready to be a pisces and jam (!)—even though two of them are capricorns—and are determined to keep it tight, not unlike Andrew’s shoulders.
For the inaugural edition of LRB’s Pop Culture Challenge (think Green Eggs and Ham), football non-fans Meredith and Ann watched the Super Bowl, and share their thoughts with resident mansplainers Bobby and Mike. Of our lady scientists, who couldn’t manage to stay awake for the whole game? And who thinks baseball is more arousing than football? You’ll have to listen to find out. One thing is, however, universal: ball-handling talk is always funny.
It’s the second week of the TBTL Vanniversary shows, and Mike, Meredith and Ann are ready to break down every single minute, no matter how long it takes. (Sorry about that!) The guys are crisscrossing the state in the van, and while we go along on the journey we lay down some rules for sexytimes, debate how we would behave in the event of an actual airline disaster, and say goodbye to a good friend. Meredith explains how Apple is ruining her social life, Ann is delighted by Sean’s snore-collection theory, and Mike pays tribute to American hero Eagle Eagleson. Most importantly, we let Rudy know, in true Good Will Hunting fashion, that it’s not her fault.
Hot off her call on the TBTL Vaniversary Special, Lauren in Jacksonville returns to LRB to tell Bobby about Love is Love, a new book she helped create celebrating same-sex marriage, and the industry allies who help make it possible—pre-order it now on Amazon using this handy LRB referral link—as well as her day job in the world of janitorial supply.
Then, we go back to a TBTL radio days classic by way of a May 2015 episode of LRB, when Lauren, Christy and Mike listened to Katie Sprenger’s infamous tips for shopping at Ross Dress for Less. PYGO yo life!