Did you know that Dennis Deitch worked on a dude ranch in Wyoming before deciding to give writing a try? Does it seem as if Sarah Baicker was a debutante who went to the best finishing schools in the land until she realized she wanted to hang around the dingy and sullen atmosphere that is an NHL dressing room?
It’s all true.
Dan Roche was a backyard wrestling announcer who doubled as a nightclub crooner. He seems to have been born into a tuxedo and ruffled shirt. Mike Radano rode the rails as a country western singer before he got caught up in the fickle world of corporate downsizing.
Me? Well, I had a lot of jobs before turning to spinning a phrase or two… where do you think I met all of those folks?
Nevertheless, we put our knowledge and experiences to the test during Thursday’s recording of EPISODE NO. 5. That’s because we had a couple of guests on the show who have seen more than all of us. Better yet, one of them has the answer sheet.
Oh yes, Johnny Goodtimes, the official quiz master of Philadelphia, came in for a visit. And yes, he brought the knowledge. Then again, go see for yourself and check out Mr. Goodtimes in action at the Quizzo Bowl VI at the TLA on South Street on Saturday. You really ought to go.
Meanwhile, we dialed up Chris Wilson of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists to check in on him and the rest of the gang as they make their way across the country. In fact, we caught up with Chris in Missoula, Montana before the gang piled into the van to drive to a gig in Spokane, Wash.
Here, take a listen:
If I had my druthers, I’d be out at the Quizzo Bowl VI on Saturday night at the TLA. But since I have to raise my kids and that kind of stuff, I’ll probably get on the internet and watch the appearance by Chris, Ted and the rest of the Pharmacists on The Onion’s A.V. Club. What happened was each band showed up in the offices at the A.V. Club in Chicago, picked a song to cover, and got at it.
For TL/Rx, that number was Tears for Fears’, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
It’s gone downright viral on these internets.
So we’ll be back with another show next week. It’s doubtful that it will be as funny (or as much as a train wreck) as No. 5, but whatever.
P.S. There was a portion of the show sliced out because it may have been slightly over the edge. Problem is it's really, really funny and we don't quite know what to do with it yet. Stay tuned.
 Apparently I mispronounced both Spokane and Minneapolis in succession during the show. Smart.