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This week, Sara and Nikki relive their surreal evening spent amongst random celebrities and teenage screams.  Comedy power couple Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan (Comedy Central, Twitter & Twitter) make their triumphant return to the podcast and speculate about the pitfalls of Taylor-level fame.  Jim's new book, Dad is Fat, drops next week, but you should preorder a copy now just in case.  Written with Jeannie and inspired by their five kids, the book is an astonishingly hilarious and oppressively addicting collection of essays on fatherhood.  For the rest of the hour, the gang discusses collaborating with a writing partner, treating stand-up as therapy, and a rare definition of the word "galley".

Hey, remember a while back when Nikki recorded a special up in Boston?  Well that set premieres this Friday May 3rd at 12 midnight/11c, kicking off Comedy Central's new season of The Half Hour.  Read this now, watch that then.

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Direct download: YHTBT105_JimJeannieGaffigan.mp3
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This week, Sara and Nikki reannounce the renewal of their really great TV show Nikki & Sara LIVE (thanks for watching!) before quickly introducing their guest, comedian Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, @almadrigal).  Al's new standup special Why is the Rabbit Crying? premieres on Comedy Central this Friday April 26, making this episode the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the grueling road sets and iffy TV spots that have gotten him this far.  It's "gratitude and caution", Sara points out, that keep a comic sane as he strives through those early days, dreaming of a time when he'll have earned the respect and admiration of both his peers and his cussing kid cousins.


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Direct download: YHTBT_104_AlMadrigal.mp3
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This week, Sara and Nikki are personally invited to a Taylor Swift gig out in Jersey and neither snow nor rain nor violent food poisoning will stay these girls from meeting the Swift herself.  Comic and birthday girl Sue Costello (@suecostello, The Fighter, TV everything) takes the ladies through her one-woman show I Wasn't Trying To Be Funny for which she's currently raising money to bring to a broader audience through Kickstarter (help her out!).  The show covers Sue's entire comedic career thus far, from the highs of being discovered at an elderly bringer show to the improbably unlucky lows of jealous mentors and hindering home runs, and how through it all she's maintained her trademark candor and zeal.

In closing, Nikki implores you to watch Nikki & Sara LIVE on MTV Tuesday at 11pm/10c.  Trust her, she's an expert in these things.

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Direct download: YHTBT_103_SueCostello.mp3
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This week, Sara and Nikki quash a bout of podcaster's block by brainstorming new ways for Nikki to find dates.  Their guest Chris Fairbanks (@chrisfairbanks, Comedy Central, truTV's World's Dumbest), a comic who graced the stage at YHTBT's first live taping, takes this theme and runs with it first through the dark depths of sexual insanity and later around the whimsies of deceptive dating and pubic quilts.  To close, the three talk pee about Chris's CD, friend-of-the-'cast Myq Kaplan's existence, and Buzzfeeder @LouisPeitzman's timely tweets.


Studies show the absolute best way to spend your Tuesday nights from 11pm/10c on is watching Nikki & Sara LIVE on MTV, so be sure to be there as well.


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Direct download: YHTBT_102_ChrisFairbanks.mp3
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This week, Sara and Nikki declassify the events surrounding last week's torrent of celebrity encounters, codenamed "Zero Dark Flirty".  Comic Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher, The Champs podcast) barely makes it past MTV's team of New World Order security guards in time to plug his shows at Carolines with Natasha Leggero this very weekend and reminisce about his last barfight.  Moshe, whose dark and hilarious memoir Kasher in the Rye was published last year, has been cutting his way through the jungle of the LA TV biz and he comes armed with tales of treacherous table-reads and wise words for tackling rampant self-doubt.  The gang talks a little pee about Nikki's documented love for Fitzdog Radio, Sara's documented love for Nikki, and Moshe's dreams coming true vis-à-vis those Carolines shows (which, by the way, you should go to).

Hark: Pope Francis has decreed that you, dear sinner, should check out Nikki & Sara LIVE every Tuesday at 11pm/10c on MTV.  It will make you laugh and save your soul.

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Direct download: YHTBT_101_MosheKasher.mp3
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This week, Sara and Nikki just barely evade the censors and then react to Nikki's illicit half hour special gifts.  To celebrate their first triple-digit episode, the ladies entertain one of their biggest guests yet: Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs).  In Sara's humble office, the trio kick around some themes Mike covered in his recent movie Sleepwalk with Me, like crazy dreams and on-stage stress.  Later, they get to some he left out too, like the isolation of marriage and the optimism of cell division.  Plus Kanye.  They really cover it all.  Talking Pee singles out The Ben Show, that new Baumbach movie, a positive Internet interaction, and Maria Bamford's comedian-approved comedy.  Here's to the next hundred.

And be sure to watch Nikki & Sara LIVE Tuesdays at 11pm/10c on MTV because you deserve it.

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Direct download: YHTBT_100_MikeBirbiglia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37 PM
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This week, Sara and Nikki conduct a no-nonsense all-business intro before announcing their pick for the YHTBT-designed listener-proposed website to be created on Squarespace: an entire site exclusively devoted to Talking Pee.  The ladies welcome rising comic Michael Che (Best Week Ever, Letterman, soon SNL) to discuss the art of calling out an audience's oversensitivity regarding such topics as race or bulldogs.  The trio touch upon all the complications and potential depression of watching porn and end up highlighting a host of real-world gestures, scents, and compliments that do a better job of turning them on anyway.  To close, everyone Talks Pee about Tim Minchin and his about-to-open Matilda, Mario Badescu and his magical skin creams, and Thai food as a whole.

Reminders!  If you'd like to attend the taping of Nikki's half-hour special this Friday March 1st in Boston fo' free, head over to theblacklistnyc.com/ccboston for tickets.  And don't forget to do yourself a favor and tune in to Nikki & Sara LIVE this Tuesday at 11pm/10c on MTV.

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Direct download: YHTBT_99_MichaelChe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27 PM
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This week, Sara and Nikki react live on-mic to their first taste of the Suit & Tie video (or at least to the best bits, until all that wacky jumping business).  After considering to which drug Vine is most similar, the ladies share some dark thoughts and weird feelings that follow them through life and the causes and goals that help them cope.  Looking like a badass angel from a half-remembered dream (probably involving cereal), rocker, proprietor, and professional partier Andrew W.K. suddenly appears to give one crazy-entertaining interview.  Besides discussing the many merits of the Internet and his first-rate Twitter, Andrew riffs on awesome childhood parties of yore, mind-blowing vision boards, and the only Party Tip he ever regrets endorsing.


If you're going to be anywhere near Boston on March 1st and you're a listener of this ol' podcast, then come see Nikki tape her Comedy Central half hour special!  It'll be incredibly fun and extremely free.  Click here to get the deets and reserve yr seats.  (And if you're going to be anywhere near a TV this Tuesday at 11pm/10c, then fire up MTV and watch Nikki & Sara LIVE whydontcha.)


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Direct download: YHTBT_98_AndrewWK.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40 PM
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This week, Nikki and Sara marvel at how, two weeks in, they've already gotten used to the process of making their television show.  Sara recently saw Django Unchained in a now-rare moment of free time and when she says she liked it, Brooklyn-born comic and certified "grown man" (see ep. 96) Yannis Pappas (Modern Comedian, Twitter) offers his wholehearted agreement.  After flinging fury at Brooklyn's bogus new neighborhoods, Philly's sports obsessions, and Beantown's general demeanor, Yannis tells the story of the shooting that shoved him into maturity early on in his career.  The trio muse a bit on their futile little legacies but soon leap into a joyous edition of Talking Pee that includes a previral guessing game on YouTube, a playful pedometer on everyone's waistband, Yannis's modest dog zoo, and Nikki's upcoming appearance on The Burn.  Check her out this Tuesday (2/12) on Comedy Central at 10.30pm/9.30c...

...conveniently right before you flip over to Nikki & Sara LIVE on MTV at 11pm/10cNikki & Sara LIVE: like a podcast for your eyes!

Direct download: YHTBT_97_YannisPappas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38 PM
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This week, Sara and Nikki share the terror and elation of hosting Tuesday's premiere of Nikki and Sara LIVE while momentarily shutting out the demands of judgy Twitterers and next week's show.  Local comic and new friend Jessimae Peluso (Twitter) leads the ladies in a vivid chat about the vicious zits faced by all three at some point in their lives.  In a surprise cameo, Drunk Diddy himself pipes in to postulate the perfect pustule-killing potion.  Eventually the topic shifts to something more embarrassing than acne: the cocky posturing nearly every stand-up commits when starting out. 

Talking Pee brings a calmer end to a breathless episode, with shout-outs to Eliot Glazer's webseries Eliot's Sketch Pad, HBO's Enlightened, stretch pants in general, and the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, for which Jessimae's been making some crazy awareness videos.

And don't forget: Tuesdays11pm/10cMTVNikki and Sara LIVE.  Tune in!  Okay?  Good talk.

Direct download: YHTBT_96_JessimaePeluso.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 PM
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