Welcome to another Boot the Boys episode, where Meredith, Hillary, and Ann are ready to offer their hot takes on Luke and Andrew’s hot takes on everything from the nutrition level of various vegetables to the appropriateness of playing the Humpty Dance during Grandparents’ Hour at a wedding. We’re fond of our TBTL friendos, but it’s difficult not to roll our eyes (so, so difficult) as they advocate for being “laughingly aloof” to defuse conflict, obsess YET AGAIN over the tone other people use when interacting with them, and apparently believe in grocery store fairies. In other news, Meredith is becoming a real estate mogul, Hillary’s ashamed of her Hazelnut Coffee-mate addiction, and Ann has a defiant message for Netflix.
On this month’s clip show, Ann, Christy, and “try-hard theater kid” Hillary have brought their tap shoes and jazz hands to talk about the long-standing and somewhat problematic relationship TBTL has with musical theater. We’re pissed off at 2008 Luke’s attitude, but proud of how far he’s come since then. Jen’s star turns at Jesus Creek were continually thwarted by the shortcomings of Eric Trout. We listen to Susie and Luke have a sweet, sentimental conversation about Shirley Temple. And the Stu-bot wants to be in the band. Find out which show Christy loved so much that she carried a token of it for years, what unusual strategy Hillary’s World History teacher employed to contain her enthusiasm, and where to find online footage of the first musical Ann ever starred in (kidding - there is ZERO chance I’m giving up that info). Also on tap for discussion: the Christian kids’ theater industry, real talk about the difficulty of bringing diversity to Broadway, and how we make the argument to haters that musicals aren’t just dumb. Plus, Hamilton spoilers, how to best watch Moulin Rouge, the obvious reason straight guys should love musicals, and safety issues when dancing with bowling balls.
It’s the second week of TBTL’s pre-taped holiday shows, but Bobby, Meredith, Mike, and Ann still have plenty to say regarding man movies, Ray Liotta’s beautiful eyes, how peeing outside is fine™, and the sartorial advantages of peacoats. More serious discussions include how we deal with poor tippers (those West Michigan Dutch, amirite?), our frustration with Luke’s ceaseless diet talk, and the transcendence of Texas gas station food. In host news, Bobby’s been Twitter sleuthing (again), Mike still hates ‘My Favorite Things,’ Meredith’s dealing with the consequences of Bear’s bathroom explorations, and Ann has finally lost her ever-lovin’ mind.
Ann, Bobby, Hillary, Mike, and Meredith are back with an unprecedented two-week recap that they somehow got through in under two hours. (Hooray for us!) Mike stayed up way too late seeing Charley Crockett and is very “chipper,” Bobby (and Sam and Cupcake) are now famous throughout the greater Buffalo Niagara region, Hillary doesn’t know what to do with her kids for the rest of Winter Break and needs tips (help!?!?!), Meredith insists you take your muddy shoes off in her new home, and Ann declares that “Wonderful Christmastime” has “bad bones.” As for TBTL, we’re digging into Luke’s new vegan obsession and why he keeps talking about it even though literally nobody cares, the origins of Soak’em (NEWSIES! Maybe?), the TBTL crew’s favorite vacations, smells, pets, etc. and so much more.