Are carnivals training grounds for desperate gamblers, or is it just Luke and Andrew? I think there's actually a huge difference between these midway games for kids and the games you play in a casino. In a casino you actually could win something of equal or higher value to what you put in. The plush beer mascots filled Chinese newspaper, on the other hand, aren't worth the dollar you mooched from your friends while they were in line for The Wild Thing.
While Luke and Andrew are climbing their own personal Everests of addiction, Jim Whittaker climbed the real one 50 years ago today and tells what it was like (spoiler alert: it was hard). Also on the show, Luke implores you to name your kid Mike.
My song of the day today is a May Day selection by the wonderful Josh Kerns. Enjoy!
TBTL Song of the Day: "Same Damn Time" by Beat Connection
My Song of the Day: "I Fought The Law" by The Clash (On this May Day, the law and lawful won)
On today's show, Luke and Andrew have a nuanced conversation about the significance of Jason Collins coming out as gay. But more importantly, a New Hampshire man discovered that a carnival game was rigged and so he decided to lose 2 and half G's on it. Luckily he got a giant stuffed Rastafarian banana for his troubles.
Also a weatherman suffers from a mean case of hiccups during his forecast, which goes on for several minutes, prompting Luke to ask, "Why is the weather forecast several minutes long?" The answer is the same reason Jay Leno is still on the air, old people. Was it necessary for me to take yet another swipe at Jay Leno? No, but he's known for confronting people on every little dig at him, so I'm hoping to get a call. I bet you can hear his denim through the phone.
TBTL Song of the Day: "Long December" by Counting Crows
My Song of the Day: "Runnin' Around" by Rilo Kiley
Luke announces today* that TBTL will be expanding into TBTL, TBTL2 and hopefully TBTL3: Foamercast, a train-centric show that I will co-host because I fricking love trains. I took one from Seattle to Portland for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival last year and I was in heaven. The existence of outlets alone makes it superior to flight!
I actually found out recently that, as a young man, my grandpa snuck onto a train headed to Washington so he could get a job pickin' apples. (You're gonna get some hop-ons). He got kicked off in Minnesota and met my grandmother shortly thereafter. So trains play a pivotal role in me being a person who exists.
Also on the show Luke talks to Mike Pesca about the first openly gay, male professional athlete in a team sport. As Mike tells us, the insane number of qualifications to this announcement make it no less amazing.
TBTL Song of the Day: "Livewire" by Mötley Crüe
My Song of the Day: "Train Song" by Ben Gibbard & Feist
Everybody calm down, nobody's getting divorced. Sorry if you were looking forward to two Christmases, or if you thought daddy was going to find a hot, young aspiring soap actress.
There was , however, very heated debates on today's show. One is a serious discussion on whether or not everyone who claims to be a liberated feminist really wants all that old fashioned chivalry. The more important one is who wrote "Shout at the Devil." Spoiler alert: it's Mötley Crüe.
TBTL Song of the Day: "Sunburn" by Beat Connection
My Song of the Day: "Beachcomber" by Pomegranates
Is Zach Braff the greedy robber baron of Kickstarter or a just a nice guy trying to make movies for the inner high school girl in all of us? Andrew and Luke tackle this polarizing issue. Personally, I have a feeling the guy in a grindcore band in Ohio raising money to fix his tour van isn't drawing from the same pool as the dude from Scrubs.
Braff did have an easier time breaking through than the 87-year-old orderly/artist who was just recently discovered. His name is David Byrd and you can check his art out here
Plus, Old Man Burbank is here to tell you that they didn't dance like that when he was a boy. If it's not appropriate for Luke and Andrew to be grinding it out at midnight it's certainly not appropriate for young people.
TBTL Song of the Day: "Midnight in a Perfect World" by DJ Shadow
My Song of the Day: "Dark Halls" by Au Revoir Simone