Show #074: I Threw Up on Mahna Mahna

The seventy-fourthrd episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: further burger deliberations; Storm vows not to discuss food, then immediately starts discussing food some more; capitalizing on snowstorm panic; “Sickey Mickey” and vomiting on Muppets; fart jokes and the relative humor thereof; Paul’s aimless Pulp Fiction story; some “Lost” geekery, and much ado about cookies.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Where should we eat while in Dallas, Austin and Houston? Also, what mysteries do you *definitely* want solved before “Lost” ends its run?

Show #074: I Threw Up on Mahna Mahna


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  1. Recursive Minion
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    At the end of February, when you play your show in Seattle (I should be there, by the way. Looking forward to it), you should really go to Red Mill Burgers if you haven’t been there before. Hell, go there again even if you have been there before.

    -Recursive Minion

  2. Tim Schmelter
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Glad to have you coming back to Austin! While you’re here, you can check out Chuy’s (pretty standard Tex-Mex, but the Barton Springs locaiton is where Jenna Bush got busted for underage drinking lo these many years ago). If you’re into BBQ, there’s the Salt Lick, but that’s kind of far away from the show venue. My favorite downtown place is Thai Passion, within walking distance of Antone’s, and they’re open until some ridiculous hour.

    Anticipatory “Arrr”–can’t wait to see the show Friday!

  3. Athene
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Since you’ve been talking about burgers on your podcasts a lot, in Austin Casino El Camino’s burgers are very good. They’re down on Sixth Street almost at Red River and are open late. Also, I love Phil’s Ice House because they’ll put cucumbers on my burger and they serve sweet potato fries (also, it’s really close to the local gaming store The Dragon’s Lair). We have a few Five Guys but no In and Out. There’s also Mighty Fine, Terra Burger, and Elevation Burger for popular not-quite-fast-food chains.

    For diners, I recommend Magnolia Cafe and Kerby Lane Cafe (but go to the original on Kerby Lane).

    Oh, and Mi Madre’s for breakfast tacos. Really awesome breakfast tacos!

  4. MitchO
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I can tie together like three different things all at once: my “almost cool” story involves Mahna Mahna and They Might Be Giants~

    TMBG had a free concert years ago in Central Park, and back then they always tried to do one weird request from the audience. I went with several large signs requesting “Mahna Mahna”, and convinced several people around me that it was the best suggestion ever. Got the front row, got to the request part of the concert, got Flans to acknowledge my sign and try to hear me screaming amongst the thousands of screaming people …

    … and he went back to the mic and said “Sorry, we don’t do Hawaiian songs”. =/

  5. James
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    My history of Disney and Jim Henson’s Muppet Show are extensive – I have watched Song of the South! But I lack the knowledge of…Mahna Mahna or any form of him/her/it.(?) However, when in Dallas, you should eat at the…Granada Theater, and let me come back and shake hands with the comedy masters of the internet!

    Also, the only plot detail of Lost that I want revealed is if whether J.J. Abrams Magical Crystal Skull can truly stop the power of Dick Cheney fused with the body of the Cloverfield monster…also I want to know if this looks infected to him.

  6. Posted February 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Put question to Hodgman’s claim that Coulton is merely a feral mountain man. Go to Trader Vic’s in Dallas (SE corner of Mockingbird Ln and US-75), order a piña colada for JoCo, and tell him that his hair is PERFECT. Pics encouraged.

  7. kytyn
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Seconding Chuy’s on Barton Springs in Austin. How do you ~not~ eat at a place that has “The Elvis Presley Memorial Combo”???

  8. Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Love the Podcast – Just wanted to suggest a restaurant or two here in Houston.

    I work for a cabinet/millwork shop in Houston and we recently finished a job for Bistro Alex / Cafe Rose. Check out their website/menu here: You’ve got to see the beautiful woodwork upstairs! Check the menu to be sure you find something you will like. It is definitely an experience!

    If the bistro doesn’t quite fit your pallet – you’ve got to go to Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill for their “Famous Pork Chop”. It’s an out-of-this-world flavor extravaganza AND a party in your mouth: craftily carved at your table!

    Good luck in Houston – I hope to see you there at the Hobby Center.

  9. Robin
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Living in New England, I’ve seen the emergency pre-snow shoppers and their frenzy too many times to count. The only thing I can imagine they’re doing with all that bread and milk is making an awful lot of french toast. Which is great on a snowy day, but c’mon. A friend and I have actually devised a strategy of going to the store after it’s been snowing for several hours, when all the panic shoppers are holed up in their bunkers.

    My sick-time comfort is Celestial Seasons mandarin orange spice tea. It’s the kind my mom gave me as a kid, so now it has an almost psychosomatic, aroma therapy effect.

    I’m seeing out the rest of Lost, but I’ve given up expecting any answers from it. They’ll tell us what they tell us and it may or may not make sense. At least the characters are still pretty interesting, even when the plot is incomprehensible.

  10. Posted February 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    You just got me to saw eww several times [while also laughing] at work with my headphones on due to that vomit story. Thanks guys, my co-workers now think I’m crazy!

  11. Posted February 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Dammit Storm, you’ve cursed us: You talk about the DC snow-realted freakouts, run off to TX and now we’re left sitting here waiting for the 12-20″+ of Snowacoplyse 2: Electric Boogaloo this weekend with no milk/bread in a can! *grumble* I would also like to once again point out they told me it didn’t snow down here since Arlington was the “Deep South”.

    In other news that Muppet Show book story was hilarious. I hope you’ve bought your sister a new copy by now…

  12. Phil C.
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I have to remark on either Hut’s Hamburgers or Frank and Angie’s Pizza when you’re in Austin. Both are about half a mile away from Antone’s on Sixth Street. The burgers at Hut’s are legendary and the pizza at Frank and Angie’s is wonderfully tasty.

    Looking forward to the show tonight! Anticipatory ARR!!! I’ll be wearing my Dejected Pirate shirt.

  13. Posted February 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t Balls Burgers by any chance? I remember that place in Dallas-area from when I was a wee lass. All baseball themed, excellent burgers.

  14. Posted February 6, 2010 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    It’s JJ Abrams – If Lost is anything like Cloverfield, they aren’t going to explain anything and everyone will die off camera somewhere.

    As I understand, somebody’s (several of them) already been killed by a monster, and another person exploded. Cloverfield, Cloverfield.

    Not to mention how they magically survived that helicopter crash, after the monster brought them down.

    Lost is one of those things I plan to eventually catch up on once it’s over (like Twin Peaks and Firefly and Doctor Who) because I can’t really start anywhere but from the beginning. And Chris has seen the whole thing, and can explain things to me so I don’t get frustrated and stop.

  15. Posted February 6, 2010 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Chris has been keeping track of Lost and I haven’t, and we both enjoy this.
    Newsweek showed some footage from past seasons of Lost to some staffers who haven’t kept up on the series and asked them to try to explain what they were seeing.

  16. kytyn
    Posted February 6, 2010 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Great show tonight – my kids loved it – they were laughing so hard at/with you two — even though sometimes they weren’t sure ~why~ they were laughing. (my 10 year old son was the one having the coughing fit when Paul looked back and saw my 7 year old daughter)

    I expect to hear a lot of arrr jokes for the next few weeks from them – which is a good thing.

  17. Posted February 6, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I nearly coughed up a lung while listening to this episode. Hilarious! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you still have the ralph-infused Muppet book, Storm. This is a clear argument against the implementation of Smell-O-Pod technology, though.

  18. Posted February 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    The canned milk and bread product you refer to in your podcast has already been offered in the marketplace and as a result outlawed in all 50 states. Though there are unconfirmed reports that black market collectors (mostly in Vancouver, BC) still hold onto “significant amounts” of unopened inventory. According to our sources, in 1947 Montana based Precious Foods Co. sold a milk-bread offering knows as “Lactospread”. It appears that while the stuff tasted fine it was prone to catching fire if heated. Evidence suggests that the infamous Milk Fires of 1948 that destroyed several small towns outside of Jefferson City (mistakenly attributed to the spontaneous combustion of Missouri cows) was actually the result of senior citizens “dangerous handling” and overheating of Lactospread. Collectors and buyers beware! Thanks for the show!

  19. Mickeleh
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    If you’re feeling Hasidic, I can’t be sure if you’re counting minions or minyans (which is a quorum of 10 Jewish men needed for certain public prayers). So, maybe your listenership is 10x what you claimed.

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