Episode 98 – Lovable Drunks

According to pop culture, there’s nothing as heartwarming and comical as alcoholism. For every serious portrayal of the damage that alcohol addiction causes, there are three examples of wacky lushes who are permanently soused but always get the best lines.

So let’s open up a bottle of your favorite adult beverage and indulge in moderation as we plow through this week’s episode on Lovable Drunks in one sitting!

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Episode 97 – Movies I’d Show An Alien Culture to Prove We’re Cool

Look, based on 2017, “aliens land on Earth” is only about the 20th least-likely thing that will happen this year. (Right behind “Trump admits it was a joke” and ahead of “Andy Kaufman admits it was a joke.”) So in case it does happen, as a people we need to have an ace in the hole: movies that we can show to aliens to prove that we’re cool.

This week Michael and Richard take different paths to cool, and it’s up to Jeff to separate the Fonzes from the Potsies. And if you aren’t too cool for school, beam yourself over to iTunes or your other favorite podcast listening service and give us a review.

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Bonus Rushmore: One-Scene Spinal Tap Characters

Earlier this year we did an episode on the Rushmore of Ensemble Comedies, and you can best believe that This Is Spinal Tap came up. One of the most amazing parts of the movie is that even after dozens of viewings, you still catch new things or are reminded of very small bits that are better than the big gags in most films.

In many cases, the person delivering the line isn’t one of the band members, or even a main supporting player (like Ian Faith or Jeanine). The Spinal Tap world is filled with scores of people who are either trying to get something from the band or deal with their nonsense. After having aTap), here’s our take on the Rushmore of One-Scene Spinal Tap Characters

TOMMY PISCHEDDA AKA LIMOUSINE DRIVER

Why he’s on our Rushmore:

Even for a band of minor and fading fame (not Duke Fame) such as Spinal Tap, having to deal with people wanting to take your time away to sign an autograph, take a picture or have a conversation like you are best friends must be a chore. And this is especially true if you are dealing with a limo driver who can’t take a hint.

Bruno Kirby did wounded remarkably well, so this part is tailor-made for him. His turn from “wanting to be pals” to “screw those guys” in a matter of seconds is a master class in subtle acting. Plus, maybe rock and roll really IS just a fad.

Best quote:

“You know what the title of that book should be? ‘Yes I Can if Frank Sinatra Says it’s Okay’. Cause Frank calls the shots for all of those guys.”

TERRY LADD (DUKE FAME’S MANAGER)

Why he’s on our Rushmore:

Who knew that Johnny Fever could play an oily, callous jerk so well? As the manager to the much, much bigger star Duke Fame (he did sell out the Enormodome or whatever it’s called), he barely has time for anything, much less a bunch of guys from the “Where Are They Now Files” and their manager Liam.

It’s the Bizarro World version of Spinal Tap and Ian Faith, where they are successful and everything runs smoothly. Although I’m willing to guess that the bottom fell out with grunge and rap, and Duke Fame is now touring small clubs with Slaughter as his opening act.

Best quote:

“Yeah, listen, we’d love to stand around and chat, but we’ve gotta…sit down in the lobby and wait for the limo.”

(Note: you don’t think the limo was driven by one Tommy Pischedda, do you?)

LT. BOB HOOKSTRATTEN

Why he’s on our Rushmore:

Because it’s Fred Willard, dummy.

Best quote:

“May I start by saying how thrilled we are to have you here, we are such fans of your music, and all of your records. I am not speaking of yours personally, but the whole genre of the rock and roll.”

TUCKER “SMITTY” BROWN, AKA THE MEMPHIS HOTEL CLERK

Why he’s on our Rushmore:

Because at their core, the members of Spinal Tap and their entourage are a bunch of man-babies who haven’t adjusted their egos to their current standing in the world, and wind up leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Whether it’s a limo driver who just wants to talk or a craft services person who didn’t pit all of the olives, no one is immune to the consequences of the band’s imbecilic nature.

Nowhere is this truer than back in the same Memphis hotel where they encounter Duke Fame and Terry Ladd. Yes, it might be true that the hotel royally screwed up by booking one suite on the seventh floor instead of seven suites (a King Leisure!) for 14 people. But that doesn’t mean that The British Guy From The Jeffersons has to deal with being called a “twisted old fruit” by Ian Faith.

Best quote:

“I’m just as God made me, sir.”

Episode 96 – Mt. Rushmore Podcast’s Season Two Mt. Rushmores

No need to get fancy here – we’re reviewing our favorite episodes from one of our two favorite seasons of the podcast. We hope that you had as much fun listening as we’ve had making shows for the last two years, and are ready for some new, great topics in 2018.

SHOW NOTES

Michael’s Choices: Jackets, Halloween Songs, Pop Culture that Depicts A Ridiculously Naive and Dated Fear of Soviet Russia, Four Albums You Listened to as a Child (and No Frontin’)

Richard’s Choices: Halloween Songs, Conspiracy Theories We Kinda Believe, As-Seen-on-TV Products, Four Albums You Listened to as a Child (and No Frontin’)

Episode 95 – Christmas Characters and Icons

Happy holidays! No matter which tradition you celebrate, there’s one thing that is universal – you’ll desperately need a reason to get away from your family before you murder someone. But there are also several things that are very specific to Christmas. So hang up the mistletoe and make a bowl of figgy pudding (actually, don’t), as we’re tackling Christmas icons and characters.

As the year comes to an end, we want to thank you for listening to our show. And if you want to give us a nice present, the No. 1 thing on our list is a review on iTunes, Stitcher or your other favorite pod listener. Or you can send us a lump of coal, via fax.

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Episode 94 – Impostors

Call them the Great Pretenders; some people try to become someone else because they are pulling a con; others do it as a joke, or for reasons that no one can imagine. But one thing is for sure: these people’s fake lives are probably way more interesting than your real life.

This week we’re talking about some of the biggest impostors, both real and fictional. There’s a good chance that Jeff is back to judging while Richard and Michael are debating, but really, can you be too sure?

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Episode 93 – Later-in-the-Run Additions to Sitcoms

We’re almost two seasons into the podcast, so you know what that means! Contract disputes, movie offers and a cast that loathes each other. Well, at least the last one. But if this was a sitcom, we’d be getting pretty close to the time where one of the stars leaves and the producers have to scramble to replace them.

While it’s the three same bozos as usual, we have mixed things up a bit – this week Michael has slipped on the stylish-yet-comfortable judge’s robe, while Jeff is going mano-a-mano with Richard for Rushmore supremacy.

Join us next week when Jeff either is back to judging or replaced by Ted McGinley.

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Episode 92 – Florida

When you think of Florida, you probably think of the most ridiculous news story imaginable, involving skeevy people with large criminal records but a small amount of teeth doing things like almost blowing up an ICU by trying to smoke crack or biting off a man’s ear because he wouldn’t give him a cigarette. (Both true stories.)

Florida is that, but also so much more. This week we discuss and debate the beautiful weirdness that makes Florida a state we love and perhaps sometimes would like to saw off the rest of the US ala Bugs Bunny.

And it’s Part One of our Mix-Up Episodes. This week it’s Michael and Jeff doing the debating, while Richard feels the immense power trip of judging and tries to legally marry Jeff to his cat.

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Episode 91 – Guys in Drag

This Thanksgiving, celebrate a topic which is bound to generate more consensus around the dinner table with your questionable uncle… Wait! Whose side of the family is he from now?… than a certain spray-tanned, uncouth, scumbag of a president will: it’s the Mt. Rushmore of Guys in Drag.

From RuPaul to Divine to Dave Foley doing his best work on The Kids in the Hall while wearing a dress, we try to cover the spectrum of men who have donned a frock for entertainment.

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Episode 90 – Soundtrack Albums

When’s the last time that you bought a movie soundtrack album. OK, trick question: no one buys albums anymore. But if you did, it probably wouldn’t be a soundtrack, because the movie soundtrack is a dying art. Today’s movie soundtracks are usually a collection of songs from the filmmaker’s childhood, plus whatever Rihanna or Katy Perry song didn’t get used for their last album. Basically: a mess.

This week we’re looking back to when movie soundtracks mattered. All the way back to…the early 2000s? Wait, that’s almost 20 years ago? Crap, we’re old. Agree or disagree with our picks? Let us know below.

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