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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
In episode 58, Chuck talks about The Honeymooners! The Honeymooners is a sitcom that ran for one season, from 1955 to 1956, also referred to as the “Classic 39.” But before that it was a recurring sketch on Cavalcade of Stars and The Jackie Gleason Show. The main characters are bus driver Ralph Kramden and his wife, Alice, and sewer worker Ed Norton and his wife, Trixie. Most of the stories take place in the Brooklyn apartment of the Kramdens with visits from their upstairs neighbors, the Nortons. Let Chuck know which episodes, or sketches, are your favorites!
In episode 57, Chuck talks over-the-phone with Shawna Harris about Traverse City! Shawna grew up in Traverse City. Traverse City, Michigan is in the pinky area of the “Mitten State.” It’s a small city most of the year, but in the summer the population explodes with visitors for the annual National Cherry Festival and Traverse City Film Festival. But there’s more! There are wineries, breweries, and restaurants to enjoy! Don’t forget the beaches in the summer and skiing in the winter! Let Chuck and Shawna know if you’ve visited this city and share your memories!
In episode 56, Chuck talks about Po’ Boys! Philadelphia has its cheesesteaks, and Chicago has its Italian beef. New Orleans has the Po’ Boy! The origins of this sandwich go back to 1929 in New Orleans. Meat, seafood, or even French fries dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo are the most traditional. There are lots of places to get them in New Orleans and beyond. Let Chuck know which place serves the best and which Po’ Boy is your favorite!
In episode 55, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Joel Albright about oysters! Chuck and Joel love eating oysters. Chuck and Joel discuss the different types and preparations of oysters. Restaurants in Chicago and New Orleans that serve oysters are discussed as well. Let Chuck and Joel know about your go-to place for oysters, which types of oysters you enjoy, and how you like them prepared!
In episode 54, Chuck talks about Unseen Characters! These are the characters referred to by characters you do see, but they themselves are not seen. Unseen characters have been around since the beginning of live theater, but Chuck only talks about those from television. Which unseen character is your favorite? Let Chuck know which unseen characters he forgot to mention!
In episode 53, Chuck talks over-the-phone with fellow podcaster Juliette Miranda about Whisk(e)y! Juliette (@MorningNeurosis) is the host of The Unwritable Rant podcast (http://www.theunwritablerant.com/), and she loves her whiskey—especially bourbon whiskey. Chuck and Juliette talk about the different spellings of this distilled grain alcohol and its different types. Juliette also shares some stories and recommendations. Let Chuck and Juliette know which type of whiskey (or whisky) you enjoy!
In episode 52, Chuck talks about PodernFamily! PodernFamily (@podernfamily) is a hashtag and more! It’s a community of podcasts that uses #PodernFamily on Twitter (and Facebook). Chuck uses #PodernFamily when he posts a Tweet about Hungry for Laughs! (@hfl_podcast). Chuck talks about four podcasts that use #PodernFamily: The Boondoggle (@boondogglecast), Deezus Take The Reel (@DeezusTTReel), Rough Giraffe (@RoughGiraffePod), and The Unwritable Rant (@MorningNeurosis). There are many, many more podcasts in the PodernFamily community. Let Chuck know which ones are your favorites!
In episode 51, Chuck sits down with Adam Green to talk about Devo! Devo is the New Wave (or Punk, or Pop, or Whatever) band that started in the 1970s. Devo is probably best known for “Whip It,” but there are other songs of note. Adam and Chuck talk about various Devo songs, albums, and videos. Tell us about your favorite Devo songs and/or albums and/or videos. And thanks again to Adam for colorizing the podcast’s cover art!
In episode 50, Chuck talks about the Big 5-0! Chuck turned 50 in August, but he’s not the only one to reach this milestone in 2017. Some things and people joining him in this achievement are a Chicago landmark, an iconic fast food item, a classic war game, and several past guests! Tell Chuck what other notables will turn the big 5-0 in 2017!
In episode 49, Chuck sits down with return guest Maggie Connell to talk about Paris! Maggie spent two weeks in and around Paris in July. She made it to just about every museum and enjoyed a croissant daily. Maggie defends the Eiffel Tower and gives Chuck a basic French language lesson. Also cafés, bistros, and brasseries are defined and discussed. Have you been to Paris? Were the Parisians rude? Tell us about your favorite memories!