It’s a vest-heavy week for the “conventionally attractive” tech-bros at LRB HQ, but between business calls the gang is squeezing in a recap of the final week of TBTL (before Luke and Andrew inevitably bite the big one in Australia). Topics discussed include: the problem with shopping for t-shirts at the Roo-A-Rama, why The Rock is the Cookie Monster of opioids, field mice as python food, and whether it’s the vest or the man wearing it (Idris Elba, anyone?). Mike attended the Austin social event of the year, but he’s subsequently in hot water because Bobby inadvertently “activated a Kramer.” Meredith’s breakfast choice leads to a discussion of ‘morning cheese’. Ann shares why she can never get upset when tv programming is pre-empted for news. Plus, the exchange rate on jams Down Under, upcoming kitten parties, and we desperately try to make Mike stop talking about his lucid dreams.
On this Final Friday show the gang has gathered around the ol’ microphone to hang out, talk turkey, and debate the correct amount of melatonin to give your kids (and mothers-in-law?) before bed. Up first, we peruse the contents of the mailbag, which spark discussions regarding the appeal of the Real Housewives franchises, airport crimes against humanity, the pitfalls of getting a variety pack of Seagrams, and the time Hillary got kicked out of a sorority formal. Then we revisit an old concept: #trypod. We’re in agreement that our podcatchers are significantly more crowded than we’d like, but, like all good addicts, we’re always ready for a hit of something new. We’ve chosen shows that inspire us, make us smarter, dial us into pop culture, and transport us to another world (not literally, because that would be terrifying).
Buckle up, friends - this is a wild one. On this Final Friday show we attempt to go through the mailbag and then dig into the latest batch of your Amazon purchases, but are quickly derailed by multiple instances of hosts leaving the recording session, a pear confession, a Rorschach fax, a North Carolina grandmother with ALL the answers, and far too much discussion about Canadian bands. There are sub sandwiches, new nicknames, pronunciation questions, and a surprising detour into the unique challenge of being Joey Fatone. Christy and Hillary take Bobby to task over a careless comment. Ann’s concerned about pheromone cologne. Mike is definitely keeping up with the conversation. Vincent Gardenia!
P.S. We’re still waiting on our invitations to that basketball party.
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.
Welcome back to the LRB, friendos – Mike, Meredith, Bobby, and Ann have all survived another Thanksgiving unscathed, and we hope that you have, as well. Our roll holes are stuffed with some sort of carb (with butter, natch), so we’re ready to get down to the business of your latest TBTL recap. On the Burbank family menu this holiday: wet paper bag turkey, garbage bread stuffing, Aunt Mary Lou’s cheese-sprinkled broccoli salad, and potatoes of mysterious production methods. On the host front, Meredith has a dilemma re: some misdirected money. Ann pleads for an end to all the disgusting show topics. Mike’s as real as the poop in the streets. And things are going to start happening to Bobby now. Plus, a fire take on chopsticks, the menace of the Jolly Green Giant, an inside look at pizza conventions, how many people do you need to let the dogs out anyway, and the work of Soup Kitchen Stevens. Parades for everyone!
Here’s the episode with Stu telling Mike’s favorite podcast story ever: #194 (recap): Not So Vas My Friend