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During my nine months as a fugitive in 1993 I lived in San Diego. I couldn't have contact with people I already knew so I started calling an LA based sports radio talk show nightly. I made a few jokes and got to know the hosts of Too Much Show, Steve Mason and Rick Schwartz. They gave me the studio line so I could call whenever I had a "bit." I met them at a Padres game listener event and we hit it off. So much so that when one of them had to take a night off on late notice they called me in to cohost the show.

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As a broadcast major and sports fan this should have been a dream come true. But given the circumstances it was actually sad. I was using a fake name and backstory, doing drugs at a life threatening level, and still robbing banks all over the southwest. When the show was over I decided to get clean and turn myself in. Nothing good and real in my life could happen until I did this. The decision wasn't hard, but the process would be formidable.

Seven years later, in 2000, I had done my time and was still on probation when a friend called me from LA. He said that Kevin & Bean were auditioning for a new "sports correspondent." Dave had somehow gotten word to them about me and they were interested in giving me one of the audition slots. I got in touch with the producer who asked me to fax the LA sports and media articles about my role on XTRA-AM from back in 1993. I did and got word that they would be calling me to do my thing the next morning.

I stayed up all night and wrote jokes about everything that happened in sports. I had at least six or seven minutes of material I thought showed that I had the chops to do comedy. They called right on time and we talked for 10-15 minutes, all about my criminal past. They could not have been a nicer pair of gentlemen, but we didn't do any sports talk. There was no callback. Just my friend Dave telling me a couple weeks later that someone else was doing the job.

The lesson here is follow your dream. And if it doesn't work out after a few days just disappear into the restaurant industry for the rest of your life.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I post pictures of my elaborate tattoos paid for with your child support money. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where Bill Cosby faces stunning new rap allegations.

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Until a couple months ago I had no idea U2 was still a thing. Since then, Bono force fed an album to non-fans with an iPhone gavage, apologized, had his luggage strewn out over Europe, and dumped his bike in NYC resulting in multiple surgeries. All reports say he'll eventually be fine, but even if things go south and he doesn't make it there's a plan in place to keep the band going. Because the Irishman is already famous for the wraparound glaucoma goggles a good taxidermist could help set up a Weekend At Bono's Tour and wring many more millions from U2's nostalgic fan base.

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I've never attended SantaCon but I was in a fraternity, so I know what it's like to be really drunk and think I'm cool. It's not inappropriate at all to regret those moments in our lives. What was surprising was the stern judgment in Andrew's tone. Take it easy, Hodor Kotb, I'm sure there are some skeletons shivering in your pastrami locker.

My wife is also addicted to Forensic Files. When we met she didn't have TV at her house so she was excited to watch some when we checked into a hotel in Baton Rouge during the Thanksgiving holiday. The first night I woke up at 4:00am to the glow of the TV and her staring at me. She had watched so many true crime shows that she was formulating a plan to murder me before I could murder her. Everything in moderation, folks.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I assume you care very much about what states I've visited. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where a couple people are defending scotch as a legitimate alcohol choice.

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Monday's show got as deep into Luke's feelings as we have in a long time. What started as an assessment of the Port Townsend experience morphed into a discussion of the TBTL's place in the podcast universe. Many years ago when the show was still on the radio I was talking with Luke about the portability of the show's fans. We both knew it wouldn't stick on KIRO in that time slot, because nothing ever does. But this show had an unusual spark of life outside the constraints of terrestrial radio.

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Unlike other Seattle talk shows people were listening all over the country, even the world. And they were contributing creative, interesting content. The level of interaction with the listeners was at a rare, very high level. As I told Luke that day, by the time KIRO cancels the show he and TBTL will be a transportable brand that can go find the media to match it. So here it is, seven years later on a blog, on Facebook, and most importantly on a podcast.

Jennifer was a huge part of building that community and we treasure her return visits. Like most of you I enjoy the shows with the regulars (including regular guests) more than the bigger name "gets." There are hundreds of podcasts passing around the same actors, comedians, and musicians but only one with Luke & Andrew. TBTL is those guys, Jen, Sean, and the rest of us who all chime/pitch in once in a while. Everyone is welcome under the TBTL tent, except Jo Ellen McCawley from Chicago. And if y'all liked Friday's romance novel review show with Jen, catch more from the first lady of podcasting on this web gem from earlier this year.

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I often post about science while understanding next to nothing. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where an unhappy kid is selling her fake rattlesnake.

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This show was more scattered than Bono's luggage. While Andrew had a few interesting things to say about the comet landing he was no Neil deGrasse Wifeson. Since you asked I'm staunchly against space exploration. Why are we setting money on fire like this? Let the aliens invest in all of this technology and come find us. Until that time we'll just have more time and money to invent tastier snack foods.

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One great idea that came out of this show was a 24 hour TBTL podcast. This is fantastic. But the only "Guinness witnesses" for this show should those getting drunk on Irish stout. People are already posting ideas for this event and lets keep them coming. I'll be happy to provide live blogging and/or commentary, as I've already been training vigorously for this year's Toyotathon.

More taco talk today made me think of a story which must be investigated. Those of us who count ourselves as fans of Taco Time have faced a problem for years when trying to spread the word. At some point the company made a poor decision and franchised the name around the northwest. But they struck a poor deal and seem to have no control over the menu and quality at these Taco Time pretenders outside the Seattle-Tacoma metroplex. I want the story behind this as it's embarrassing when you rave about Taco Time in Seattle and a friend goes into the worst version of it in Spokane and gets a garbage meal. Josh Kerns get on this, son!

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where all I will do is correct your grammar. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where we're all working on getting fat enough to get a bulk deal on dialing wands.

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Having grown up in the Hard Shell Taco Belt of the northwest I agree with Luke that it's time for a comeback. And currently living in the center of the Craft Taco Universe I see some encouraging signs. The spicy ground beef, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped onions & sour cream in the hard shell has been spotted here in Austin. And not just at the chain restaurants.

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If you're a fan of lumbering white men, the career of John Tesh is amazing. No one grabbed the 80s and 90s by the mullet and wrestled them to the ground like Tesh. The video Andrew was watching of Tesh taming the Native Americans with his piano stylings makes Axl Rose's helicopters and dolphins seem very conservative and sane. There is no slouching. Tesh is handling it well.

The mascot pictured is Henry the Puffy Taco from the San Antonio Missions baseball team. Attribution is important. Just like when ol' Clip Clop lifted a picture of Chris Hayes off Twitter and posted it on the sTens page. "Unimpressed Chris Hayes is unimpressed." Time to recognize greatness, folks. And I don't mean Chris Hayes. I'm talking about THIS GUY!

My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Friend me on Facebook where I post about anti-cat calling articles in hopes girls will like me. Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Check out Takedown Podcast's Facebook page where we're trying to unwrap the enigma of Taylor Swift in the most vile way.

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