Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend

About half an hour before our scheduled recording time—in the middle of a heat wave—we lost all power. But the show must go on, even if it means six and a half sweaty people sitting in darkness reading JMOES by candlelight. On this very strange episode we talked about seeing two heartbeats, whether I'm a good driver, the preponderance of limos in RHOBH and whether this is really how rich people travel, Koo Koo Roo and "fast casual," Jenna's bunk bed guys, Jenna's fears about becoming a parent, grand romantic gestures no one should engage in, Greg answering honestly during job interviews and so much more. We also offered some advice to the listeners since we have life by the balls, did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and talked about TWO adoptable dogs named Rufus and Kane.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:03pm PDT

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi of the Throwing Shade podcast (and soon to be TV Land television show) stopped by this episode to talk about Alison's run in with an older woman who needed eggplant, Erin's boundaries, being credited under a hairbrush, the time a woman insulted Erin's lipstick choice, Erin demanding fairness from her parents, Erin and Bryan's inherent ability to see unfairness, moms not getting to do what they want in life, babies and dogs, Bryan realizing he was gay and his experience coming out, his parents' feelings about strawberry cake, Vanderpump food, the upcoming Throwing Shade live tour, Erin's marriage and divorce, relationships in general, Texas accents, mayonnaise versus mustard, the Raya app and so much more. We also took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:40pm PDT

More Big News, Meeting Teen Idols, Al's New Restaurant

After more big news and the revelation of an amazingly exciting-to-Alison potential podcast booking, we discuss meeting people we've been huge fans of since childhood and the way these encounters don't always go as smoothy as we wish like when Jenna met a Backstreet Boy and Jeff met his favorite member of the Monkees. We also talk about who #AL wants to host his funeral (hint: it's not Jenna), Al's new restaurant NOR, the worst gymnastics lesson ever, gardening, Jenna's Vanderpump/Real Housewives rabbit hole and so much more. We also did a fruity cookie snack chat and doled out some advice to listeners who wrote in with questions about career direction and whether it's ok to end friendships that no longer feel particularly friendly. And we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and talked about an adoptable dog with a cleft lip named Jasper.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:55pm PDT

Writer and television personality Dave Holmes returns to the show to talk about his fantastic new book Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs (out June 28) which you're going to want to pre-order, not just because it opens with a discussion of Blind Melon. On this episode we talked about Dave's love of pop culture, why Vanderpump people are Dave's least favorite kind of people, his one experience with cocaine, wanting at various times to be part of a group, coming out to his parents, the way a Catholic upbringing stays with you, being in a love bubble, the time he had sex with a woman on a fact-finding mission, overly narrow definitions of masculinity, writing about politics, dogs, dog food, Small Wonder, MTV VJs he's still friends with and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:06pm PDT

Alison's News, Jenna's Birthday, Greg's Pitches

After an exciting announcement near the top of the show, we talk about doctors who play rock music during surgery (and whether #AL knows the most popular bands played in operating rooms), Casablanca and viewing it for the first time, Jenna's date in a corn maze, Jenna's feelings about turning 30, Greg's harrowing day of pitches, plays and musicals and being uncomfortable in the front row, Greg's curling iron fears, getting into bed real quick so the other person is stuck turning off the lights and so much more. We also did a birthday-themed SnackChat, a round of Just Me Or Everyone and talked about an adoptable dog named Cornelia.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:48pm PDT

Ben Gleib Returns

Ben Gleib (Idiotest, Chelsea Lately) returns to the show to talk about his Showtime special Neurotic Gangster, dieting, eating every three hours, speaking for all men, needing last minute pressure to meet deadlines, carrying a cooler around with him, jelly beans, Syrian people living in his butt, bringing a Kanye West and Donald Trumpesque flair for self-promotion to his art and career, politics, appearing on CNN, ABC and The Today Show, relationships and so much more. We also did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Al's eaten the finest of Uruguayan cuisine as we learned on this episode. Also we discussed what it would be like if turtles were on reality shows, everyone's experience playing the recorder in grade school and Alison's secret love of the recorder, Nibbles's real name, our hot new mailbox, voiceover technique, The Jinx and Making a Murderer, whether being best friends suggests exclusivity, weird dreams and we took your questions over Twitter. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone and talked about an available dog named Rufus.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT

Comedian Ben Hoffman (The Ben Show), who's currently doing interviews as his country musician alter ego Wheeler Walker Jr., agreed to be himself—the Ben part of himself that is—for his return to the show which took place on the eve of his first tour as Wheeler. Wheeler Walker Jr.'s self-financed album, Redneck Shit, is a surprise hit. It debuted at number nine on the Billboard country charts and number one on the comedy charts. The album, with songs like "Fuck You Bitch" and "Which One O Your Queers Gonna Suck My Dick?" isn't a parody, though it's been mistaken for one. It's a solid country album with genuine bonafides. And lyrically, though it's definitely comedy, it's got real emotion behind it: the emotion Hoffman doesn't get to express as himself. As he explains, Wheeler is his release. We also talked about the state of country music, being OCD, whether Wheeler is Ben's id, making an album that's unplayable on the radio, beefs with the press, relationships, dick pics and so much more. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:08pm PDT

Who among the Thursday gang has written a Yelp review? You'd be surprised. Also in this episode we talk about Alison's Really Rosie bender and all the nostalgia it brought up, Daniel's increasing metamorphosis from a Vanderpump Rules non-participant to the show's biggest fan, Alison and Daniel's SUR drive by, Brazil nuts and cauliflower, rolling calls, Greg's battle with a health food market, Alison and Jenna's jumpiness, nicknames, bleaching teeth, vicissitudes and so much more. We also talked about an urgent adoptable dog named Mickey and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:38pm PDT

Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone, Interrobang, Schmanners, Can I Pet Your Dog) stops by the show to talk about being a part of numerous popular podcasts, wanting to improve the internet, his friendship with a certain Lin Manuel-Miranda and learning My Brother, My Brother and Me got a shoutout in Hamilton, the battle of two Travises, working at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, losing his mom to cancer when he was in college and the way it affected his relationships with his brothers, meeting his wife, miscarriages and how no one talks about them, his fear of death, loving attention, getting verified on Twitter and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:41pm PDT