This Week in TBTL: Animated Oops, the Buzzard Morning Zoo, and El Ropo LIVE

April 21, 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: Special guest Camaro Kev joins the seafaring adventurers as they take Luke’s boat on a trip to the Savage Moose Sports Pub (now featuring “signature dessert Saucy Moose Balls”) in Kenmore, Washington.  They enjoy small plates, splinter removal, light trespassing, and fellowship.

MONDAY: A good discussion on writer Andres du Bouchet’s critical tweets about “prom king comedy,” and his boss (Conan O’Brien)’s response.  Also, slackjawed amazement at listener Erik Jagger’s animation of Andrew’s story about Oops, the Walsh family’s pet cockatiel (episode #1793), which is included below:

(It’s the old-timey Cleveland Browns t-shirt on Lil’ Andrew that does it for me.)

TUESDAY: Andrew is a longtime fan of the WMMS Buzzard Morning Zoo, a Cleveland-area morning radio show he listened to when he was younger.  He now has an album of their greatest “hits,” and shares them on this episode.  Plus, the Game of Thrones recap segment is named, and Mom and Dad assure the Tens that they still love each other very much.

(NOTE FROM STU: The lasagna/”La Bamba” parody from the Buzzard Morning Zoo implies that Porky Pig was a glutton.  I grew up watching Porky Pig cartoons.  I think this is a bad faith characterization of Porky Pig, who was usually getting the better of Daffy Duck and working through a speech impediment, not rolling around in slop and eating whatever he could get his snout on.  I think the WMMS Buzzard Morning Zoo was wrong to do this.)

WEDNESDAY: An interview with El Ropo.  I don’t think anything else needs to be said.

THURSDAY: Andrew’s stomach is noisy and Luke eats an egg roll on mic.  And that’s just in the first ten minutes!  Stay tuned for an excellent discussion of movie promotional junkets and awful publicists, plus a punishing bit of audio from the Buzzard Morning Zoo archives.


TBTL Funcrusher Steve Nelson brought donuts in that were still warm.  Nobody is all bad, folks.

hooray donuts

(Photo credit: Steve “Stu” Neuman)

Granny Donuts is on Facebook, if you’re looking for them.

Ten of the Week: Jennifer Finn!

What’s your name and where do you live?

Jennifer Finn. I live in Arlington, Texas – home of the Texas Rangers.

What’s the most interesting thing about you?

I broke a small window in my childhood house once and convinced my sister to help me move all the glass inside, hoping my mom would think someone outside had done it. The next morning, mom woke me up saying that a bird must have broken the window in the night. Win!

What are you usually doing when you listen to TBTL?

I usually listen while at work. I am a receiving manager in a large bookstore. Unpacking and sorting books doesn’t require huge amounts of brain power, so I am able to listen to podcasts and audiobooks for my entire shift. Sometimes, I listen in the car with my kiddo. He’s a junior ten.

What’s your secret shame food?

Arby’s. I don’t eat and red meat – except a few times a year, when I drive to Arby’s, get a sandwich, and eat it in the car on the way to pick up the kiddo from school. I then throw the evidence in the school’s trash.

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

Aliens. It’s just a perfect movie.

Who was your very first celebrity crush?

Does a cross-dressing cartoon character count? I can’t remember my first celebrity, but my first crush was Lancer on Robotech. He was a rebel pilot who had a secret identity as Yellow Dancer – a female singer. I thought he was so damned sexy!

Lancer. Not the affordable and sensible Dodge automobile, but the cartoon character.

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

I do a pretty good Mickey Mouse impression.

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

My maiden name is Hogan, so I got called Hogan’s Hero a lot. Ugh.

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? 

If my kid was in the car, I’d have him sing “TBTL”. If I was by myself, I would probably just yell “Ohmygod! Hi!” in the doofiest way possible, then drive away quite embarrassed.

What’s your favorite TBTL moment?

Andrew on Luke’s roof, hands down.

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