@haleydrizcoll is our traveling companion today. The joyous peril begins with a traditional pre-show de-crystalling ceremony in front of Andy’s place. Then: it’s fronting English in front of a Natural Grocers; talking exchange students at a mile-high Asian market; soccer hooligans in a middle school parking lot at sunset; and a suburban Vaquero appearing out of the vapor to guide our spirits back home.
The show begins with some loud banjo music, me picking Ben up, and a brief deliberation about how we’re gonna do this with masks on. We head off to a grocery store in downtown Denver, a tobacco place, and one of those “You don’t have to make me wear a mask rallies” at the Capitol building.
Months before the world changed, Chad Niel @PlantBasedChad offered me a Tofurkey wrap off a hummus-smeared plate and chided my reluctance to eat after him. Hauntingly, this twenty-sixth @wanderingaisles opens with a foreboding joke about germs and preparing for “the Big One.”
The erudite Brian Earl: comedian, improv genius, and savant, guides Andy through the Willy Wonkian aisles of Standard Restaurant Supply in Salt Lake City. (Where all the restaurants get their stuff.) The perils of first dates for comedians, drinking out of shoes, Dad jokes as population control.
John Florence, host of KRCL’s “A Brand New Day” (weekdays 6-10am on KRCL 90.9FM), walks Andy through Sutherland’s, John’s favorite local hardware store. Andy picks up an Oklahoma accent, reveals the healing power of the “shath,” and the two explore the merits of the latest digital mousetrap.
Tim Duffy, comedian, writer guy for Comedy Central, takes Andy along on his daily commute from Staten Island into the city. It’s an everyday trip Tim’s been taking for years, but Andy still finds it exotic, which makes him feel a little like a hayseed. Also, on this Valentine’s episode, Andy gets into the thick of it re: what it means to be in love at 41 and how he’s worried he’ll have to start closing the kitchen cabinet doors when he’s finally living with someone for the first time. (Note: Staten Island Ferry is noisy so the audio isn’t perfect here.)
Preview of Andy’s new standup album. Roundup of where WtA has been the last few months and where it’s wandering next. This is a mini-episode clip show of: your refurbished host; the cinching of some bows on the past; and a sigh of hope for an amazing and stable new one. Highlights of a profound experience with Adrian Lambrinos, my ambassador to a sweat lodge ceremony which will air in its entirety soon.
A trip to Wal-Mart, a recent MS diagnosis, sobriety, dating in recovery, and a reconciliation with Lauryn Bunker. We spend a lot of time talking in my car, yelling and trading stories. Lauryn shouts at a man while driving past the strip club, and I yell about an amends gone awry with an ex-girlfriend that ended with the destruction of my old Volvo. Read More
Storytelling champion Jeff Simmermon returns and cooks the mushrooms Andy babysat for him one lonely spring weekend.
A rare sound portrait of one woman’s intimate, painful battle to get her daughter to bed. Comic, mom, and brilliant facebook satirist Julie Kottakis.