In episode 10, Chuck talks about tacos because the episode is being posted on a Tuesday. (Figure it out.) He explains a bit of their history and why they turned into the things wrapped in hard shells with ground beef, lettuce, and cheese, which is how many gringos know them. The basic protein fillings are mentioned, but tacos are one of those things that you can stuff with just about anything. (But Chuck might make fun of you for it.) Chuck’s favorite filling is lengua (tongue), with onions and cilantro of course, along with a squirt of lime and maybe some salsa! You can guess if an endorsement deal from Taco Bell is coming soon. Let Chuck know what kind of tacos you like and the best place to get them!
In episode 9, Chuck sits down with his friend, Amy Henderson, to talk about Oak Park, Illinois. It’s a western suburb and it has lots to offer. Amy and her family live in Oak Park, and we discuss all of this town has to offer. Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway fans should consider a visit. Comedy legends Betty White and Bob Newhart were born in Oak Park, Illinois. And one of the dudes on The Big Bang Theory grew up there—so there’s that. It may not be Chicago, but for a suburb it’s pretty nice!
In episode 8, Chuck talks about the Vietnamese noodle dish known as Pho. It’s the national dish of Vietnam, and it’s normally eaten for breakfast. You’ll hear it pronounced so that it rhymes with duh or so that it rhymes with go. Pronounce it however you like; but when you’re feeling low, have a bowl of pho! (See what I did there?) The noodles and their texture are important, but it’s the broth that differentiates one version from another. Chuck likes his with tendon and tripe! (Oh relax!) Let Chuck know what you like in your pho!
In episode 7, Chuck sits down with his friend, Joel Albright, to talk about pizza. Chuck and Joel grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, and when they were teenagers, they both worked at pizza joints. There’s a little history, nostalgia, and discussion about the different types of pizza available in the Chicago area. There’s one topping Joel does not want anywhere near his pizza! This episode is the first of 2016, and there are a few new things included. There are two new segments. There is also a call to action: Tell us about your favorite pizza and where to get it! Leave comments on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, or at hungryforlaughs.com!
In episode 6, Chuck talks about hot dogs. He loves him some hot dogs, and living in Chicago gives him oh so many places to enjoy them. What can be said about a hot dog that hasn’t been said already? Who cares? Just sit back, listen carefully, and you might be able to figure out which condiment Chuck thinks doesn’t belong on a hot dog. And he’s not alone!
In episode 5, Chuck sits down with his best friend, Dave Ryan, to talk about the comedy team icons. There were actually Six Stooges over the course of their run: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Curly-Joe DeRita. We talk about some of our favorite shorts, scenes, and lines from these knuckleheads. Chuck recently returned from Philadelphia where he ended up at Jon’s Bar and Grille, which was originally the house in which Larry Fine was born. Listen carefully to see if you can guess if Chuck had some wine before recording this episode.
In episode 4, Chuck talks about the trains, buses, and bikes meant for the masses. He doesn’t own a car any more, so these are the things he relies on to get around—these and the kindness of strangers (and not the bikes). He’s used public transportation all across these United States and in Canada and Spain. Listen in to learn how we can all get along and how to not piss off Chuck while you avail yourselves of these convenient conveyances.
In episode 3, Chuck sits down with his friend Mary Catherine (Britty) Pastoret. We talk about Masterpiece (formerly known as Masterpiece Theatre) on PBS. From Upstairs, Downstairs to Downton Abbey, we talk about why we love (well, really why Britty loves) these shows. And, hey, it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor; that’s one of the great things about PBS. If you have nothing better to do on Sunday nights, then give these shows a go. Just because Chuck doesn’t usually watch them—that doesn’t mean you can’t.
In episode 2, I, your host, Chuck Schlaudraff, sit down alone to share some thoughts about the eleven podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. Well ok, this episode is not really all that funny I suppose. But if in the mid-sixties, people endured a season of My Mother the Car, then you can make it through this episode. This gives you some insight into those podcasts that have informed me, inspired me, and have brought me many hours of entertainment. Surely you’ve heard of some of these; and if you haven’t, I think you would enjoy them. And sorry for calling you Shirley (unless that is your name).
In the very first episode, I, your host, Chuck Schlaudraff, sit down with my very first guest, Scott Glennon (my brother). We talk about this great city we love—Chicago. It’s the great city we live in, the great city we work in, and the great city that is home to the Hungry for Laughs! studio. Yes, there was Al Capone! Yes, there was a great fire, and there is still the occasional fire. There’s great food, architecture, museums, sports, and a lake! So much great stuff here in the big city, we couldn’t possibly get to it all.