We Are Not Amused

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QueenVicIn this week’s show, our listeners come through for us and explain Tony Hancock’s use of the phrase “salt cellars” hanging over from last week. Then we chat about national anthems, specifically which ones we can sing; then I warm up Johnson for the quiz by asking him to identify the meanings of various Victorian expressions. Later, Cocker calls in for the real quiz, and tries to guess what an “odometer” is, while Johnson guesses at “throwing a wobbly.”

Tony Hancock: A Primer

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hancock_3Something new this week: we talk about our relative gaps in cultural knowledge, then I attempt to bridge one of them by playing “The Blood Donor,” the most popular episode of “Hancock’s Half Hour.” Through this, we discover that Edina’s mother in AbFab used to be hot, what cricket stumps are, why Cliff Richard hates coming to the United States, and what we used to call greasers in 1961. If you want to watch the full episode without us chiming in, it’s here. Enjoy!

Wacky Tobacky

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BigLeagueChewIt’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, so naturally we chat about St. George’s and St. David’s Days, along with Marie Curie and wheelie bins. Then we get to the previously overlooked Fat (Shrove) Tues (Pancake) Day, and people who smear dirt on themselves on Ash Wednesday. Listener Beth clears up chaw and dip, and we discuss synesthesia and Big League Chew – both, amazingly, real things. Later, Lil & Ryan take the quiz and try to figure out what an “October Surprise” is, while Johnson inserts a “Rawlplug” where the sun doesn’t shine. Sigh.

Mercury Retrograde Special!

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funny-stop-sign-queen-Freddie-MercuryThis week, we chat about Black History Month (or the lack of it), and how I can’t understand anyone in The Wire – sometimes even the people from England. We also talk about rain, and how it affects the Oscars, London’s streets, and spiders the size of Mini Metros. Rob then takes the quiz, at least until the planet Mercury (or possibly the ghost of Harold Ramis) causes us to lose him forever, forcing Sam to step into the red tights. Johnson sort of keeps “wide boy” above the waist, Sam has a guess at “chaw”, and we go to yet another gripping tiebreaker!