We were supposed to talk about Bully, a movie about the bullying epidemic in schools. Instead we talked about whatever.
Matthew demonstrates his iron will when it comes to grids. You know, gridiron? Like the thing? I should have had Costaki write this tagline.
Matthew Birk is a former football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Harvard. Birk is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and one-time Super Bowl champion. After the Ravens won the Super Bowl, Birk chose not to attend the celebratory meeting with President Barack Obama, saying “I wasn’t there. I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the pro-life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way.”
This episode won Longest Episode, Most Time Dedicated to Recipes, and Most Guests in the Title at the TBP Episode Awards which nobody was invited to and never existed.
David W. “Famous Dave” Anderson, best known as the founder of the Famous Dave’s restaurant chain, is the former Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior, with jurisdiction over the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Indian Education Programs (now the Bureau of Indian Education). Anderson is a Choctaw and Ojibwe Indian, and lives in Edina, Minnesota. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up there as well as on reservations in Wisconsin. Famous Dave Anderson now travels the country speaking and is the author of several award-winning books.
Eddie Gossling is a stand-up comedian residing in Los Angeles, California. He is known for his absurd humor and his voice work in Disney’s motion picture The Wild. He is married to fellow stand-up comedian Megan Mooney. Gossling made his Network Television debut in February 2004 on ABC’s late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and can be seen in his very own half-hour comedy special as Comedy Central Presents Eddie Gossling. His special in 2005 was voted the number 4 best special ever produced by Comedy Central in the Stand-up Stand Off. He is also a writer and producer for Tosh.0.
Caroline Manzo is the epitome of a strong New Jersey woman. Always putting family first, she is a devoted wife and mother of three children, Albie, 25; Lauren, 23; and Christopher, 22. Caroline has been married for more than 27 years to her husband Albert who runs The Brownstone, a very successful catering facility in Paterson, NJ. The business has been with the family for over 30 years and is one of the premiere event spaces in the state. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time running the household, she recently launched a new concept, Caroline Manzo, Family, Faith, & Charity, a collection of handbags and accessories available in Fall of 2011. Caroline is affiliated with several charities including SCTNOW, a foundation dedicated to stopping the horrific crime of child trafficking within our own borders, CROC, a foundation dedicated to helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, Rescue Ink, and Wounded Warriors Project. Often described as a feisty spitfire, Caroline manages to have it all ?- family, friends and a career. In her opinion, that is what makes her a “Real Housewife” of New Jersey.
Kathryn decides to take out several hundred credit cards due to Scott’s advice.
Scott Grimmer is a miles aficionado and avid traveler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and probably currently on the road. He has earned and redeemed tens of millions of miles for himself and others. Traveling in first class for free, the 25-year-old has been to 30+ countries.
Interested in health care reform shenanigans? Then this episode is for you.
Dr. Doug Becker has been an orthopedic surgeon for over twenty years. He has practiced at the Mayo Clinic and taught at the U of M. He now works for Minneapolis Orthopaedics and is the surgeon of choice for the Barnard family.
At one point in the show we had John Hines, Paul Stagg, Tom Barnard, and Don Shelby on at the same time. Minnesotans rejoiced.
John Hines got started in radio in Illinois then moved home to WWTC in 1973, then spent six years with Hubbard Broadcasting on KSTP AM and hosting Twin Cities Today on KSTP TV. He returned to radio in 1981 when Hines and Berglund helped take WLOL FM to the top of the ratings. Then it was on to K102, where he helped earn Station of the Year honors from the Country Music Association. These days, John can be heard regularly on WCCO Radio. The thing he enjoys the most is the interaction with listeners who call in to contribute to the show.
We’re briefly joined by Charlie from the far-off land of Albuquerque where the official state dish is turbine eagle.
Did you know that there are no people on earth who know how to spell Frances’ name properly, herself included?
Frances is a California-based comedian with 20 years’ experience. Her normal life makes her an oddity in the comedy world and she lacks any psychoses gained during her childhood. Married with two children who wish to become comedians on their own, Frances steers clear of the dark side of comedy that has become so ubiquitous as of late and sees her material as a way to get away from the negativity of the world. She has been on several reality TV shows but always gets cropped out in post.
Tom demonstrates his ability to speak selective Italian.
Andy Haynes was raised on salmon and caffeine, in the shadows of Mt. Rainier in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he is a comedian, though he looks like he should be skippering a sailing regatta. With performances on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the New Faces showcase at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Andy is becoming a must see performer.
Hang some Jew Dice from your Ferrari’s rear view window with the Tom Barnard Podcast.
Mike Fotis is one of the Twin Cities’ premiere comic performers. In improv circles, he’s known as an educator and member of Ferrari McSpeedy and Fingergun. Fotis also co-created such popular stage comedies as “Punk Rock Omaha” and “Speech!” and has written several storytelling shows for the Minnesota Fringe called An Intimate Evening With Fotis. Mike is also a mainstage cast member at the Brave New Workshop and serves as the co-director of the Student Union, which is the BNW’s School of Improvisation.
Teresa Giudice is a television personality best known for starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Besides appearing on the show, Giudice has written three New York Times Best Selling cookbooks and was featured on Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice. She currently resides in Towaco, New Jersey with her husband and four daughters.