Ep82: Hungry for Omelettes!

Do you think Chuck would get the job after making this omelette?


In episode 82, Chuck talks about omelettes! Chuck recalls eating and making omelettes ever since his oldest brother introduced them to him. The one basic rule to remember about making omelettes is that you have to break a few eggs; however, this dish is not without its controversies. The omelette may have originated in France, but versions of it exist in the United States of America, Italy, Spain, Japan, and other countries of the world. Tell Chuck about your favorite omelettes!

Ep81: Hungry for The IT Crowd!

This is the IT department of Reynholm Industries—without Richmond!
Photo Credit: Channel Four Television Corporation


In episode 81, Chuck talks over-the-phone with his nephew Jonathan and Jonathan’s wife Natalie about The IT Crowd! This Britcom had four series (seasons) and concluded with a special episode. This show follows Jen, Roy, and Moss (and Richmond) who work in the IT department of Reynholm Industries. Watch as they get into hilarious trouble with the head of the company, their fellow employees, and the outside world. Tell us about your favo(u)rite episodes! And if you don’t think this show is funny, try turning it off and on again!

Ep80: Hungry for Patton Oswalt!

Here’s Patton Oswalt standing up doing comedy!
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Morris


In episode 80, Chuck talks about Patton Oswalt! Chuck is a big fan of Patton’s stand-up comedy. Patton is also an actor who is well known for his role as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens and for being the voice of Remy in Ratatouille. Patton’s first wife was writing a true-crime book about the Golden State Killer that was published after her death. Did the book do more than raise public awareness about this cold case? Patton continues to act, do voice-over work, and continues to make Chuck laugh. Tell Chuck about your favorite things from Patton Oswalt!

Ep79: Hungry for Comic Book Movies!


Does Jane Fonda regret this role?


In episode 79, Chuck talks via Skype (That’s a first!) with Alexander Black about comic book movies! Alex is the creator, writer, and star of 2000 DC—A Sitcom Podcast. (https://sitpod2000dc.podbean.com/; Twitter: @2000DCpod; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2000DCpod/) Comic book movies (They started as serials.) have been around since the 1940s. There are quite a few movies that Chuck didn’t know were based on comic books. Chuck and Alex talk about their favorite comic book movies and ones that missed the mark. Tell us about your favorite, and/or least favorite, comic book movies!

Ep78: Hungry for City Living!

Living in a typical courtyard building in the big city!

In episode 78, Chuck talks about city living! Chuck has lived in the city since January of 2013. There are a number of advantages to city living. One advantage for Chuck is that he no longer needs a car. Chuck has taken advantage of the cultural and educational opportunities offered by living in the big city of Chicago, but he hasn’t necessarily enjoyed them all. Chuck recognizes that there are also disadvantages to city living. Tell Chuck what you like and/or dislike about city living!

Ep77: Hungry for Zombies!

You might want to read this if you want to be among the living—not the living dead!
Photo Credit: Tom Greene


In episode 77, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Tom Greene about zombies! After some zombie history, Chuck and Tom talk about zombie movies, which of course includes George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Tom offers recommendations for zombie movies and books, including The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Tell us about your favorite zombie movies, books, or tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse!

Ep76: Hungry for Pickles!

Here’s a few pickled vegetables—not just cucumbers!


In episode 76, Chuck talks about pickles! Pickles have been around for a very, very long time. Here’s a spoiler alert: Other things, besides cucumbers, can be pickled! And it turns out that pickled things have been mentioned in previous episodes! Chuck does not like rollmops! Do you? If not, tell Chuck about the pickles you do like!

Ep75: Hungry for Reading!

Here’s Poppy the Dog (This podcast’s cover art is based on her.) reading with her favorite human!


In episode 75, Chuck sits down with return guest Mary Catherine (Britty) Pastoret to talk about reading! And this time around, Chuck actually shuts his mouth long enough to let Britty talk! Britty remembers growing up with her dad reading to her. Chuck remembers Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) in elementary school. A few books and their respective movie adaptations are compared and discussed. Recommended reading and reading resources are offered as well as a mention of The Great American Read on PBS. Tell us about your favorite reads!

Ep74: Hungry for Battlestar Galactica!

He’s not in Nevada anymore!
Photo Credit: Universal Studios


In episode 74, Chuck talks about Battlestar Galactica! Chuck watched the original Battlestar Galactica TV series when he was a kid. Chuck wanted to be a Viper pilot when he was a kid. Chuck didn’t get into the later TV series starring Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama. Tell Chuck which Battlestar Galactica series you watched and what you liked about the series!

Ep73: Hungry for Seattle!

Looking up at the Space Needle from the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition in Seattle!
Photo Credit: Molly Brown


In episode 73, Chuck sits down with return guest Maggie Connell to talk about Seattle! There’s more to Seattle than rain and salmon. This port city is also home to Pike Place Market, Amazon, and a certain coffee company. Maggie spent a few days in Seattle recently, and she visited the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition at Seattle Center. Let’s not forget about grunge! Tell us about your favorite Seattle things!

Ep72: Hungry for Drop-In Characters!

When Eddie Haskell drops in, can trouble be far behind?
Photo Credit: Universal Studios Home Entertainment


In episode 72, Chuck talks about drop-in characters! These characters are usually best friends and/or neighbors who drop-in often on the main/title character(s). Chuck was a drop-in character when he was younger. Anyone else? Some of these drop-in characters have been mentioned in previous episodes: Ed Norton, Rhoda Morgenstern, and Phyllis Lindstrom. Chuck was originally going to talk about this TV trope as one of several, but he decided to focus on the drop-in character. Tell Chuck about the drop-in characters you remember/like that he did not mention!

Ep71: Hungry for Florida!

Do the “Sanibel Stoop” while picking these up!
Photo Credit: Alan Kurtzweg


In episode 71, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Alan Kurtzweg about Florida! Florida’s nickname is The Sunshine State, but there’s plenty of rain, lightning, and hurricanes, too. There’s more to enjoying Florida than visiting its theme parks. Chuck is worried about alligators and he’s heard about the sinkholes in Florida, so he’s wary of visiting Alan. Alan touts the natural beauty of Florida that includes its springs and islands. Tell us about your favorite Florida things!

Ep70: Hungry for John Mulaney!

Here’s the kid from the mean streets of Lincoln Park!
Photo Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images


In episode 70, Chuck talks about John Mulaney! John Mulaney is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer who was born and raised in Chicago. He was a writer for and has hosted Saturday Night Live. He helped create Bill Hader’s recurring character Stefon! John Mulaney had an eponymous sitcom, but it was no Seinfeld. He and college friend Nick Kroll created Oh, Hello. To date, John Mulaney has made four stand-up specials! Tell Chuck about your favorite things from John Mulaney!

Ep69: Hungry for Phil Hartman!

NewsRadio is underrated!
Photo Credit: Brillstein-Grey Entertainment/Everett Collection


In episode 69, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Gabriella Van Leuven about Phil Hartman! You might remember Phil Hartman’s wonderful characters on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Before those shows, Phil Hartman performed with The Groundlings where he met Paul Reubens and helped develop Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman character. Chuck and Gabriella also talk about the underrated sitcom NewsRadio. Tell us about your favorite Phil Hartman characters!

Ep68: Hungry for Potato Salad!

Does the blended dressing include that tangy zip?


In episode 68, Chuck talks about potato salad! Chuck loves this side dish, and would you believe the main ingredient is potatoes! This picnic favorite is originally from Germany and spread across Europe before making its way to the colonies. Beyond the German and American versions, there are Japanese, Mexican, and Peruvian versions, among others. Chuck also has some thoughts about Miracle Whip and mentions a well-known stand-up comic associated with tater salad. Tell Chuck about your favorite recipes for potato salad!

Ep67: Hungry for Absolutely Fabulous!

These two ladies are Absolutely Fabulous!
Photo Credit: Dave Ryan


In episode 67, Chuck sits down with return guest Mary Catherine (Britty) Pastoret to talk about Absolutely Fabulous! Chuck and Britty love this Britcom based on a sketch from French and Saunders. Each episode of Ab Fab follows Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone as they go about their absolutely fabulous lives. Tell us about your favorite episode(s) of Absolutely Fabulous!

Ep66: Hungry for Ricky Gervais!

Ricky Gervais
Photo Credit: Ray Burmiston


In episode 66, Chuck talks about Ricky Gervais! Ricky Gervais is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, and singer. He has created and starred in several successful Britcoms: The Office, Extras, and Derek. Ricky has hosted The Golden Globe Awards four times and has appeared and acted on several television shows in the United States. Tell Chuck about your favo(u)rite things from Ricky Gervais!

Ep65: Hungry for Fast Food!

You’d better make it fast if you’re going to either of these two places!


In episode 65, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Laurie Fieffer about fast food! Fast food has been around a long time, and today we have a wide variety of fast food restaurants to choose from. Chuck and Laurie talk about their earliest fast food memories and some of their favorites. Regional fast food and fast food from other countries is discussed as well. Tell us about your favorite fast food!

Ep64: Hungry for Jeopardy!

Yes, this is Jeopardy!
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Television


In episode 64, Chuck talks about Jeopardy! The original version of this classic game show debuted on March 30, 1964. The host of the original Jeopardy! was Art Fleming, and the announcer was Don Pardo. The syndicated version of Jeopardy! premiered in 1984 and since then, the host has been Alex Trebek, and the announcer has been Johnny Gilbert. Chuck has some thoughts about Alex Trebek. Let Chuck know if you’ve been or you know someone who’s been a contestant on Jeopardy!

Ep63: Hungry for Punk Rock!

The cover features a photograph by Pennie Smith of Paul Simonon smashing his guitar against the stage.
Photo Credit: Epic Records


In episode 63, Chuck sits down with return guest John Swinford to talk about punk rock! Chuck and John discuss what punk rock is and its origins. The Ramones, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols are a few of the bands that were in the first wave of punk rock. John talks about some of his favorite punk rock bands and concerts and recommends some albums for new listeners. Tell us about your favorite punk rock bands, albums, and/or concerts!

Ep62: Hungry for Grits!

The host isn’t a southerner, but he still doesn’t use instant grits!


In episode 62, Chuck talks about grits! This southern tradition is made from dried, ground corn. Chuck usually has his with cheese mixed in. Grits helped to make the sitcom Alice a hit! Grits helped save lives in My Cousin Vinny, and they were used as retribution in Madea’s Family Reunion. Let Chuck know how long you cook your grits and how you like them!

Ep61: Hungry for Aviation!

How was your flight?
Photo Credit: Paramount


In episode 61, Chuck sits down with Bill McKeown to talk about Aviation! This episode takes off with a brief history of Aviation. Then several in-flight movies are enjoyed and compared to their real-world counterparts. Chuck and Bill bring the episode in for a landing with customer service and passenger failures. Let Chuck and Bill know if you have any memorable flight or airport experiences!

Ep60: Hungry for St. Patrick’s Day!

This toast may come in handy if you’re feeling a little green!


In episode 60, Chuck talks about St. Patrick’s Day! It’s that time of year, on and around March 17, when everyone’s Irish! St. Patrick was a real dude who lived in Ireland in the 5th century. To celebrate his life’s work, there are parades, festivals, and wearing of the green all over the world! There are two parades in Chicago, and the Chicago River even gets in the spirit. Chuck also dishes about corned beef and cabbage! Tell Chuck how you’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day—if you can remember!

Ep59: Hungry for Ireland!

Here’s Tom at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland!
Photo Credit: Loretta O’Malley


In episode 59, Chuck sits down with return guest Tom Kearney to talk about Ireland! At the time of recording this episode, Tom has been to Ireland no less than 6 times! Chuck and Tom discuss Ireland’s history, some of its food and drink offerings, and Irish pub culture. And Tom advises visitors to ask the locals for directions. Tell us about your life and/or adventures in Ireland and if you have any clarifications about Ireland’s history!