This Week in TBTL: El Ropo and Andrew Walsh are now friends

April 17, 2015

A hand-crafted, shade-grown, beard-forward recap of the last week’s goings-on in the TBTL universe.  It will run every Friday morning, because I know none of you reads on the weekend.

(Last) FRIDAY: El Ropo is now aware of TBTL’s fascination with him, and has reached out to Andrew via Facebook.  Plus: Listener Jeremy has helpfully diagrammed the way in which Andrew’s cigarette smoke has drifted across his apartment building’s courtyard to the building manager’s front door.

(You can’t argue the science.  You just can’t.)

MONDAY: Game of Thrones is back, and Luke and Andrew are going to talk about it.  I have neither seen the show nor read the books, but I gather there are dragons?  Plus, a chat with the Sporkful’s Dan Pashman, and Luke uses the phrase, “I overdid my undercarriage,” which should have been used as a pullquote.

TUESDAY: Luke and Andrew are appropriately skeptical of that  Dennis Quaid meltdown clip that everyone kinda figured was phony (CONFIRMED).  Plus, another tale from Luke’s childhood as a Dickensian waif, involving moon boot envy and bread bags.

WEDNESDAY: Florida men in gyrocopters and Andrew Walsh’s fame-adjacent accountant are discussed on today’s show.

THURSDAY: Live from sunny, empty Safeco Field, Luke and Andrew preview their upcoming sleepover on Luke’s boat, Andrew talks about his time as a bullied egg roll, and Luke details his encounter with the world’s actual most interesting man.  Plus: Ed Wood references.


TBTL Funcrusher Steve Nelson has a tiny little table by his workstation where you can often find treats and/or delicious snacks.  Of late, though, this table has been empty.  Or worse:

bullshit cookies with bullshit raisins

(Photo credit: Steve “Stu” Neuman)

Raisins: For when you want to ruin something wonderful.  Disgraceful.

TEN OF THE WEEK: Becca Richardson!

What’s your name and where do you live?

Becca Richardson – I’m an Ohioan, currently living in San Francisco, and moving to Nashville at the end of the month.

What’s the most interesting thing about you?

I guess my current fun fact is that I’m a songwriter and I just left my day job at a company that rhymes with frugal to focus on music for an experimental year.

What are you usually doing when you listen to TBTL?

Since my boyfriend has recently converted from an eleven to a ten, we’ve been listening to TBTL while we cook dinner.

What’s your secret shame food?

I love dipping popcorn in peanut butter. It’s not a pretty sight to behold, but it’s very mmm.

If you could make everyone in the world watch one movie, what would it be and why? 

Strictly Ballroom. “There’s something in the air. It might be love — but it isn’t.” – IMDB Tagline

Who was your very first celebrity crush?

This is really weird and really embarrassing, but my first “celebrity” crush was on Chanticleer from the movie Rock-A-Doodle. I don’t know what’s more shameful: The fact that it was animated … or the fact that Chanticleer was a rooster.

This is definitely a picture of Chanticleer from the movie Rock-A-Doodle

What’s a special skill you have that you’re most proud of?

I can do a pretty good impression of Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

What’s the worst nickname you’ve ever had?

In 8th grade, some kid started calling me chewbacca, I guess because it sounds like “Becca”?. I would rock that nickname now, but as a middle school girl I was pretty mortified.

If you were driving down the street and you saw Luke and Andrew on the sidewalk, what would you yell at them as you drove passed? 

Damn, that’s hard! In my dreams, I would probably pull a Luke and try to say something super witty that would make you think I was really cool and we’d become best friends for life. But in reality I’d probably just yell, “DRUNK PEOPLE ARE SO META!”

What’s your favorite TBTL moment?

So hard to choose! One of my favorite TBTL moments was a story Jen Andrews told during a discussion about federal holidays. It was Memorial Day (I think?) and she and Jason were starting “Mommy Daddy time” when they heard a knock at the door followed by a pounding at the door. She answered in her robe and it was a WWII veteran who explained he was there to mow her lawn. She responded with “Thank you for your service” then Luke asked if she was thanking him for his service in the war or the service of mowing her lawn. That story KILLS me every time.

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