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This week, the ladies start off by introducing the first company brave enough to sponsor You Had To Be There: Audible.com!  Audible hosts a virtually limitless selection of audio books and they currently have a sweet deal going on: if you start a no-fee risk-free month-long trial via audiblepodcast.com/BeThere, you get a no-questions-asked audiobook fer keeps and (as long as you follow that link) YHTBT'll get some coin tossed its way.  So please do that!


Then, after passing judgement on sexy cell phones, celebrity commentators, and TV doctors, Nikki and Sara take you further behind-the-scenes of their in-the-works series by welcoming writers Emmy Blotnick and Gabe Gronli to the podcast.  Their conversation is peppered with embarrassing tales that are hilarious in hindsight, but what it really zeroes in on are infections, everything from your deadly staph to your pesky urinary tract.  The gang eventually talk some figurative pee about good ol' Radiolab, a newfound favorite fruit, a sleek design blog, and former guest Joe DeRosa's Nikki-starring web series We Should Break Up.


And FYI: Sara and Nikki will be taking next week off due to holidays and travel and things, but to help fill the silence you should explore the podcast's back-catalog, check out their new show's MTV and FB pages, and get cracking on that free audiobook we discussed earlier.

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This week the ladies may seem hostile up top, but that’s only because of their air travel woes and rebelling brains.  Sara’s actually been pretty happy lately, having just spent the weekend joyriding around Richmond on a Christmas-house hunt, a family tradition.  Nikki’s known her guest, the comic and writer H. Alan Scott (Twitter, HuffPo), since high school, where they both had their first forays into performance thanks to theater.  After addressing the universal confusion of dick pics and dental dams, H.A.S. reveals what he’s been up to for much of 2012: battling cancer.  He’s had enough time over the months of treatment to rack up some fascinating thoughts on the tedium of the disease and the humanity around him.  However harrowing Scott’s stories get, he always includes something weirdly relatable, like Target's calming therapy or proven strategies for puking.  Talking pee includes shout-outs to an empowering Ted Talk, a tight glasses-maker, and the utterly addicting The John Friedman Internet Program.  This hour's sobering and hilarious, but above all it's great.

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This week, Sara and Nikki implicate the friends, family, and bullies to blame for all their neuroses and therapy, but the brilliant Brian McCann (Conan) soothes their stress through the Hawaiian healing of ho Ľoponopono.  You may recall from last week's ep that Nikki and Sara landed Brian as the head writer for their little late-night show over at MTV.  As a guest, Brian largely avoids shop talk and instead leads a hilarious discussion on protecting one's castle from every imaginable threat, including intruders, hellhounds, and make-believe fires.  After exploring the board games that drive families apart, Nikki and Sara salvage what starts as a train-wreck of a talking pee segment.  Listen, laugh, and meet the minds behind your future favorite TV show.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:27 PM
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This week, Sara and Nikki rehash their Thanksgivings and gush about their new staff at MTV, especially the inspired hiring of Brian McCann as head writer.  The ladies discuss celebrity deaths and how to live forever through the magic of sampling before greeting musician Eric Hutchinson on a lighter note.  Their chat then swerves from sitcoms like Liz & Dick to singalongs like the R.E.M. catalog, from a shout-out to a sweet sleep app to advice on surviving stalkers.  Eventually Eric rolls far enough away from the boardroom table to play his misleading hit "Watching You Watch Him" and a cover of a Police classic.  Kick back and enjoy YHTBT's return to the music world.

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This week, Sara and Nikki explain how a single sexy scene from American Horror Story can undo a decade of Adam Levine apathy.  Once they've collected themselves, the ladies welcome their guest actress Molly Tarlov to the podcast meeting room.  Molly, who plays Sadie on Awkward, tells her showbiz origin story and leads the discussion from the lows of Twitter trolls to the highs of a JoJo singalong.  The trio winds down by talking some pee about Etsy, former guest Carmen Lynch, and a tale about a trip to the thee-ay-ter that manages to include a Homeland spoiler (you've been warned).  Give thanks for this fun, "flirty" episode. 

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This week, You Had To Be There's back and broadcasting from an exotic new locale: the snazziest conference room in a certain shiny Manhattan office.  As their audience sips coffee in swivel chairs, Sara and Nikki detail their move from the basement to the boardroom and share the self-image stresses of a recent photo shoot.  Soon the legendary and hilarious Janeane Garofalo swoops into the conversation to save the ladies' lives (prescription: less likes, in speech and on Facebook).  Janeane describes her days here in New York, from her subway altruism to her favorite chocolatier, and explains how she lives with little anxiety despite her troubling Waterworld premonitions.  Get back in the YHTBT habit with this enlightening episode.

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This week, Nikki considers the pros and cons of her new Manhattan digs and tells a grand story of comedic rebellion that explains why she doesn't get many corporate gigs.  Though this is comedian Dan St. Germain's (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, My Dumb Friends podcast) first official YHTBT appearance, he was previously the guest on this podcast's only lost episode, locked away in the Disney Vault for being, in Dan's words, "too sad".  The talk this time around starts out kind of dour, too, with tales of epically vindictive exes, but soon morphs into a fun litany of frank sexual histories, including Dan's weird nuts, Sara's minor orgy, and something called "Jeff Dunhamming".  Combat your post-Sandy cabin fever with this great episode (and then check out this recent post from previous guest Gavin McInnes celebrating Nikki's photos from the subways (remember those?)).

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This week, Sara gives a visceral account of her triumphant if unglamorous half-marathon and Nikki connects over the awkward joy of a good leg-pain massage.  The ladies then welcome their guest comedian Sam Morril (@sammorril, Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch") who, like Nikki, is a regular on the Comedy Cellar's storied stage which, for those of you west of the Hudson, means he's makin' it.  The trio spend the episode exchanging war stories of poor audience manners, from innocent post-show snubs to inexcusably proud hecklers, and save just enough time at the end to first damn then forgive Billy Crystal, that jerk and/or saint.

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This week, Nikki and Sara toss around contest-caliber costume ideas for Halloween before losing their minds welcoming back to the show comedian Rory Scovel (Conan, @roryscovel).  Rory and the ladies bond over a shared love of yelling at strangers in public, especially in Des Moines, home of the Most Difficult Audience on Earth.  Before long, the discussion focuses on eliminating the BS from relationships and marriage myths, an issue groom-to-be Scovel feels particularly strong about.  The episode ends goofily enough as Rory fails a pop star audition and Sara and Nikki ban a shameful celebrity from their TV show before it's even begun.  Hear, hear!

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This week, Nikki and Sara are back in Brooklyn and reflecting on their busy September travels.  The ladies recently collaborated with their guest comedian Jeff Dye (Last Comic Standing) on a couple episodes of his insane MTV series Money From Strangers.  Jeff conveys the mind-altering power of playing God on a prank show and Sara and Nikki offer previews of the most absurd situations they controlled during their stint in the MFS van.  The podcast gets healthy as Sara, a newly-minted jock, compares her grueling running regimen with Jeff's torturous LA workouts and Jeff warns the group about the perils of scammer yogis.  Listen 'til the end and you'll discover the dark side of uplifting TV, experience the thrill of gift-giving/getting when Nikki surprises Sara with a wobbly collectable, and learn more about rats than you will from any other podcast this week, guaranteed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:10 PM
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