Episode #36: The Peacock

"Foods of 30 Rock" illustration by Tyler Feder

“Foods of 30 Rock” illustration by Tyler Feder

30 Rock has ended, and we are sad, but also glad that we got to watch six seasons of it.

Community is back, but with new showrunners, and we’re not sure how we feel about it yet.

Cynara at the Cinema: she gives her reviews of historical foreign drama A Foreign Affair and raunchy Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicle Identity Thief.

We discuss our anticipation of the upcoming Melissa McCarthy/Sandra Bullock buddy cop comedy! And our opinions on age differences in romantic relationships!

Episode #21: Wurst Case Cynario

4:25 – Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Sadly, Jenny cannot offer a ringing endorsement of the book because it’s front loaded with a lot of body/weight talk that’s somewhere in the same zip code as the place known as Trigger Town, USA (at least for those of us who prefer not to hear their comediennes define obesity as “unhealthy overweight.”) Which isn’t to say the book isn’t worthwhile. Just that you might want to skip the first couple chapters.

14:30 – A detour to talk about the specific pressures faced by actresses who are not Hollywood-standard size 0. Christina Hendricks most recently, but also Buffy‘s Amber Benson back in the day.

18:30 – Sidetrack: the difference between being the 20s and 30s; how age affects the way you perceive yourself and how strangers interact with you. ~It gets personal~ Also, Jenny draws a parallel with the Dog Whisperer, LET HER FINISH. Plus: an hilarious Cynara blue hair anecdote.

40:20 – A nice show on Discovery called Oddities, about weird people bringing weird stuff to a weird shop in Manhattan. Books bound in human skin, anyone? How about a “horaffe”?

58:15 – Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube challenge where he got parents to convince their kids that the parents had eaten the kids’ candy. The kids do not react well. We explain why (it has to do with the economics of childhood), and also explain why lying to kids is NOT COOL, OK?

PLUS: Why hasn’t Amy Poehler written a book? What is the name of Tina Fey’s baby? Why does Cynara tell weird iguana stories?


YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy [YouTube]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling [Random House]

Oddities [Discovery Channel]



Episode #18 – Don’t Drag Your Feet

Tina Fey in a promo shot for her May 2011 hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live

00:52 – Fabulous girl-driven action flick Hanna. We discuss all the reasons we loved it, while trying not to spoil it too much because you might not have seen it and we want you to!

16:00 – Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants. Again, we give all the reasons we like it and also some advice as to whether you should pick up the hardcover, ebook or audiobook.

37:12 – Chaz Bono embracing the role of most famous transperson on the planet with a documentary, book and mainstream media experiences – specifically a two-segment one with David Letterman. Talk of how much we (surprise!) admire Chaz and also, via David Sedaris, talk about how scripted Letterman’s interviews really are.

53:20 – Nardwuar the Human Serviette, National Treasure. If you didn’t know  about him before, it’s probably because you’re American and it doesn’t matter anyway because now you DO know.



Chaz Bono appears on The Late Show David Letterman [YouTube]

Nardwuar’s talk at TEDxVancouver [YouTube]

Thee Official Nardwuar the Human Serviette Web Site [nardwuar.com]


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Nardwuar vs. Snoop Dogg 2002 [YouTube]