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August 31st, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #32 - Office Space with Jennifer Smith

In the thirty-second episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton welcomes back Jennifer Smith to do a live watch of the 1999 comedy, Office Space. They discuss crappy commutes; changing lanes in traffic; suspenders or belts; fixing printers; pieces of flair; bars in office parks; short sleeve dress shirts; nosy neighbors; cubicle farms; hypnotism; screening calls; Y2K; being candid; payroll glitches; Tetros; stump speeches; taking aggressions out on office equipment; expressing yourself; being the only one not to get cake & instant regret . So remember to get your TPS Reports in, don’t be late for your meeting with the Bobs and give me back my stapler!

August 27th, 2020    

PTBN Pop Special - DC FanDome Reaction Show

In this PTBN Pop Special, Andy Atherton is joined by Mirandia Berthold, Shawn Kidd & Scott Shifflett to discuss the major announcements and trailers of the recent DC FanDome held online this past weekend. The gang shares their thoughts on the newest and latest trailers for the movies: Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, Black Adam, The Batman, The Flash & The Justice League: The Snyder Cut; video games: Gotham Knights & Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League as well news about many of the DC television series.

August 26th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episode #85, Minisode #2 & Episode #86): ‘80 Collegiate Cheerleading Championships, Mr. Microphone & Playboy’s Roller Disco & Pajama Party

This week on It Was A Thing on TV we talked about the jiggle factor way back in Episode 15 with "Flying High" this week we bring you two examples of this along with a memorable product featured in commercials around that time.

First, like many things in the 70s and 80s, minor happenings were turned into celebrity-laden events for television.  It happened to collegiate cheerleading in 1980, infusing it with such personalities as Magic Johnson, Catherine Bach, and...Willie Shoemaker?

Next, as an homage to the recent Omnibus podcast episode about Ronco, we look at commercials for what is likely Ronco's most popular product, Mr. Microphone. Also Greg's dad also proposes new rules to football.  

Finally, join two of the top playboys from the 1970s, Hugh Hefner and Richard Dawson, for a night of roller skating, disco music, and tastefully done Playboy photo shoots in this 1979 special which epitomizes the late 70s nicely.

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Hey good looking we'll be back to pick you up later.

August 25th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Barry Lyons

This week, Diamond Conversations welcomes our first guest from the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets, Catcher Barry Lyons. Follow us as we walk back through Barry's career chronicling an amazing 1985 minor league campaign that ultimately would help him secure a spot on the Mets for many years as a backup to Hall of Fame Catcher, Gary Carter. As well as Barry's triumphant and inspiring personal story that helps you learn about the determination of a champion in life! 

August 24th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #31 - Waiting with James Gruenberg

In the thirty-first episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by James Gruenberg to do a live watch of the 2005 comedy, Waiting. The guys discuss restaurant hosts; Freaks & Geeks; fortune teller machines; smoking in the kitchen; new employee hazing rituals; power trips; difficult customers; The Naked Cowboy; Scooby Doo tongue; stage fright; Mudslides; being too nice; slut magic; The Wizard Of Oz; training videos & whippets. So remember the Cardinal Rule, don’t mess with people who handle your food.

August 20th, 2020    

The Year In Pop: 1984

In the thirteenth episode of The Year In Pop, co-hosts Andy Atherton and Scott Criscuolo are joined by J Arsenio D’Amato and George Ribellino to discuss all of the goings on in the news, sports, TV, music and movies for the year 1984. The guys talk in depth about Karate Champ; the Apple Macintosh commercial; the Detroit Tigers incredible wire to wire season; the end of the New York Islanders’ dynasty; Who’s The Boss; Transformers; Bernhard Goetz; Van Halen’s 1984 album; the many great movie soundtracks from that year; Beverly Hills Cop & Ghostbusters.

August 19th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #83 & 84): David Letterman Shows Within The Show & Steve Martin’s The Winds of Whoopee

First, who doesn't enjoy late night television's comedy bits between the monologue and the first guest?  We like them so much, we are devoting episodes to such segments which we affectionately call "shows within the show."  Our first look at late night shows within the show is David Letterman, running the gamut from a troubled teen who is clearly not a troubled teen, to a spoof of one of the most popular and controversial shows of the day.
Next, in February of 1983, ABC aired the highly anticipated miniseries "The Winds of War." As counter programming, NBC aired a comedy special with Steve Martin called ...... "The Winds of Whoopee". This episode is shorter than usual because under half of it is online and it is more of a retrospective than anything.  But really, that title is why we're here.
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Seriously, Greg might die of laughter by the time this episode is posted over "The Winds of Whoopee."

August 18th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mitch Harris

Today's Diamond Conversations podcast welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals Relief Pitcher and US Navy lieutenant, Mitch Harris. Mitch's story is one for the ages as he discusses his baseball journey being put on hold as he served our country as a member of the US Navy. Three deployments under his belt and a dream to make it to the majors didn't stop the fire inside Harris, who would eventually make his debut for the Cardinals in 2015.

August 17th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #30 - American Pie with Shawn Kidd

In the thirtieth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Shawn Kidd (NWA Crock ‘N Roll) to do a live watch of the 1999 comedy, American Pie. The guys discuss scrambled porn; thick envelopes; college chicks; Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions; MILFs; being smug; Macs; choir and band chicks; awkward conversations; lacrosse; baked goods; cool dads; mass emails & the “L” word. So remember, this one time, at Band Camp…

August 14th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #4: Speed

In the latest episode of Piece of the Action, Matt welcomes Ben Locke to the podcast to watch the 1994 classic Speed! Listen to Matt and Ben talk about Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels’ great year, buses, Myspace, punk bands, and so much more on this episode of Piece of the Action! 

August 13th, 2020    

Blockbuster Rewind #3 - Beverly Hills Cop Franchise

On the third episode of Blockbuster Rewind, co-hosts Eric Eells, Scott Shifflett & Andy Atherton are joined by guest Jacob Williams to discuss a the action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop and it’s sequels. They go through each of the films and talk about Axel Foley’s detective skills; the relationship between him, Rosewood and Taggart; the minor characters both good and bad; the main villains and their evil plots and the final climatic shootouts. As a bonus, they chat about the 80’s action film, Cobra which has ties to Beverly Hills Cop.

August 12th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Tripleheader (Episode #81, Minisode 1 & Episode 82): Tribute to Regis/Taskmaster (US)/Blind Justice

This week on It Was A Thing on TV we pour one out for Regis while Mike laments about a short lived American version of a popular British show and Greg wonders what Steven Bochco was thinking in 2005.

First, in episode 80, while we were recording that episode, word broke that Regis Philbin passed away.  We felt we should honor the television legend both by looking back at one of his more forgettable shows, The Neighbors, but also by offering up our memories and favorite Regis moments, including Regis on Password Plus with someone from a previous entry.

Next, earlier this month the CW aired the amazing British version of Taskmaster. It wasn't the first appearance of the creative competition show.  Comedy Central had a series of 8 episodes in 2018 which quickly disappeared.  If it's so good, what happened?

Finally, back in 2005 ABC was breaking new ground with Desperate Housewives and Lost. Another show in the mix which absolutely bombed was the Steven Bochco police procedural Blind Justice.  This is the first show where all three of us gave up on it.  It's that bad.

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Seriously folks Blind Justice is really bad.

August 11th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Rich Rodriguez

Today's Diamond Conversations features former MLB pitcher, Rich Rodriguez. Since retiring from his baseball career, Rich has gone on to create Elite NINE Baseball.  ELITE NINE partners with former Major League baseball players to provide pitching, hitting, fielding, catching and throwing instruction. In addition to private lessons, ELITE NINE hosts baseball camps & clinics across the country featuring past and present Major League baseball talent. Learn all about Rich's post career journey as well as what brought him to the big leagues in this fascinating look at a well traveled veteran of the game.

August 6th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #29 - Old School with Ben Locke

In the twenty-ninth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Ben Locke (The Special Relations) to do a live watch of the 2003 comedy, Old School. The guys discuss airport security; Grey’s Anatomy; getting drunk on wine; best man speeches; bread makers; funerals; The Olive Garden; bathrobes; the many uses of vegetables; “The Guy Code”; Todd Phillips’ cameos; school spirit. So remember, you’re my boy Blue!

August 5th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #79 & 80): Condo & The Noel Edmonds Show

This week on It Was A Thing on TV, the gang looks at a pair of short-lived shows from ABC back in the 1980's.
First, two families tied together through relationships struggle with each other on an ABC sitcom in the early 80s.  Where have we heard that?  Soap, but also this entry from people who brought you Soap--the McLean Stevenson vehicle Condo.  Could this series have gotten a popular emcee his iconic hosting gig? 
Then, in 1986, Bruce Forsyth wasn't the only UK entertainer to be imported by ABC.  For one week, UK legend Noel Edmonds had his own self-titled talk show following Nightline.  Even throwing out a gaggle of superstar guests didn't get the show a longer run.  
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