Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tell The Bartender Episode 10: Leaps of Faith

Listen to Episode 10: Leaps of Faith

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In This Episode:

The Best Ex: Keith and Chemda, hosts of the popular comedy podcast Keith and the Girl, tell the story of their break up. It was a bit complicated by the fact that they had just written a book about relationships, and had already signed a contract with their publisher agreeing not to break up for a year.

Be The Cat: Mitchell Bisschop never thought seriously about religion until he dated a Scientologist. Then he made a dramatic leap of faith.

PLUS new music from Jackie Brubaker, limericks for listeners, and Katharine accidentally gets audio of her neighbors having loud sex while recording an intro. ALSO, Katharine is now accepting tips!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Tell the Bartender is coming LIVE to a bar near you! Join us July 8th at 8:00pm at Union Hall in Brooklyn for a night of stories, drinks and games. With special guest LIZZ WINSTEAD and an appearance by our own Matty Blake to play “Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice!” Tickets are $10 and available here.

Keith and Chemda are the co-hosts of the very popular comedy podcast, Keith and the Girl. They are also authors of the book, What Do We Do Now?: Keith and The Girl’s Smart Answers to Your Stupid Relationship Questions. Separately, Keith is a stand-up comedian, and Chemda is a singer and hosts her own podcast,  What’s My Name Show. Here they are looking badass.

keith-chemda-studioMitchell Bisschop is an LA based producer, writer and director at Grey Pop Productions. Here he is in an amazing parody of the MTV show Catfish:

Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Johnny and June” by Jackie Brubaker

“Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” by Jackie Brubaker

“Four Provinces” by The Walkmen

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists


Tell The Bartender Episode 9: Last Days and the Preponderant Shaft Project

Listen to Episode 9: Last Days and the Preponderant Shaft Project

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In This Episode:

Last Days: Stephanie D’Abruzzo has an interesting history with last days on the job. She shares with us two short stories about her last day at the Broadway show Avenue Q, and her last day working at a Burger King in college.

The Preponderant Shaft Project: In 2008 a group of friends took an inside joke on an email thread a little too far. In Katharine’s first ever field piece, we hear from Ed Winnick, Chris Powers, Michael Boyd, Jon Quinn and Brett Gustafson about what inspired them to create a full length album worth of songs in a few weeks… over a private email conversation started by a spam message. For the first time, we hear the fruits of their creative labor.

PLUS Katharine shares a new drink recipe, and we play a new round of everyone’s favorite game, “Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice?”

In related news, “Last Days and the Preponderant Shaft Project” is the name of Katharine’s new jam band.

Stephanie D’Abruzzo is a Tony nominated actor, an original cast member of Broadway’s Avenue Q, puppeteer, writer and an all around awesome person. She was also the voice of Uma on Oobi, Katharine’s favorite kids show ever to watch as an adult. Here she is looking just darling:


Ed Winnick, Chris Powers, Michael Boyd, Jon Quinn and Brett Gustafson are a group of friends who have separately, and together, played in various bands such as 76% Uncertain (Ed), Onion (Ed), Shrieking Void of Emptiness (Ed and Brett), Gunk (Ed and Brett), Tide (Chris and Michael), Klimpter (Ed, Brett, Michael and Jon) and Firenza (Chris and Michael).

Listen to the full songs from the Preponderant Shaft Project here:

1. My Shaft is Extremely Preponderant – the Guided By Voices version by Chris Powers

2. Shafterpol – the Interpol version by Michael Boyd

3. 80’s Shaft – the 80’s take on the Shaft song by Jon Quinn

4. 60’s Shaft – the 60’s take by Chris Powers

5. Shaft Gordon – a play on the Flash Gordon song by Jon Quinn

6. Meta Shaft – inspired by the Isaac Hayes song of the same name by Michael Boyd

7. Shaftira – the Shakira version by Katharine Heller (featuring a voicemail accidentally recorded on Jon Quinn’s phone)

8. Shaft The Musical – the Broadway Musical version by Jon Quinn and Katharine Heller

9. My Thrash is Extremely Preponderant – the Heavy Metal version by Brett Gustafson

Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“You Said Something” by PJ Harvey

“Black Hole Sun” by Steve and Eydie

“First of the Gang to Die” by Morrissey

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Tell The Bartender Episode 8: Oops

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In This Episode:

Horse Power: A few years ago Micaela Walker’s car got hit by a reckless teenage driver. Since this took place in Amish Country, it also happens that the teenager was speeding in a horse and buggy.

The Time Of Your Life: Steve Reynolds tells us about one night with Green Day, his blood, and Winona Ryder.

Oopsie Baby: Mike Rose never expected to need the tips on his amateur midwifery cheat sheet, but…

PLUS Katharine shares a classic drink recipes and gives personal shout-outs to subscribers and supporters, and a new round of everyone’s favorite game, “Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice?” Also, Katharine was a guest on the amazing comedy podcast, Keith and the Girl last week. Hear her tell her favorite bartending stories on their show here!

Micaela Walker is a Brooklyn based photographer, writer and very safe driver. Here is a picture of the incident:

© Micaela Walker

© Micaela Walker

Steve Reynolds is a DJ (founder of the popular 90s event Party Like It’s 1999), an MC (for Bunnie England and the New Originals, New York’s loudest live karaoke band) a music journalist and co-editor of the new book Fan Interference: A Collection of Baseball Rants and Reflections, due out June 18th on Blue Cubicle Press. Here are the photos from the story he told with his blood on the stage:


Mike Rose is an editor at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and the regular host of the site’s live Sunday night podcast, talking about all things Mac, iPhone and more. You can find him on Twitter @MikeTRose and at his personal site, Here is a picture of his family a few days after this story happened:


Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Girl That Speaks No Words” by The Infadels

“Speed” by Bran Van 3000

“Goodbye” by Best Coast

“Dare I Say” by Bran Van 3000

“Farrar, Strauss & Giroux” by Destroyer

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists