I like to enjoy a snack whilst listening to you two snack. I'm seeing Mike in Boston tomorrow night; perhaps I shall sneak a snack in. I won't be that asshole searching around inside a bag of potato chips for *the* perfect chip (with subsequent grease stains on their pants), but damn it I'll probably end up sitting near them. My snack suggestion: Firecracker popsicles. Three flavors, one phallic frozen pop of patriotism (that or candy corn, if you want to be seasonally appropriate)
Magic was mad in Beantown ‘cuz they didn’t have the snacks he asked for. hope that didn’t wreck your show. Probably didn’t if you snuck a snack in. ( alliteration=yes.)
Have you guys ever tried Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies from the Brown Butter Cookie Company in Cayucos, CA? I will bring some to one of MIB's shows at Cobb's. These cookies are damn good. They have been featured in the NY Times and on the RACHEL RAY SHOW. RACHEL RAY!
I know that a favorite of Tom's is Nibs - which makes me think we are soulMATES (get it?) because it's my favorite roadtrip snack. That aside, I recently became aware of "super long nibs." It may just be Twizzlers way of cutting costs and removing the slicers that cut up the Nibs, but have you considered a comparison of the two?
I keep telling these idiots that every Podcast should be a comparison of the two.
Did you know that Judge John Hodgman, in his most recent podcast (episode-38 pepperoni pauper), essentially ruled (about 26 minutes in) that Janelli-ing is "gross" and that you should not drink while chewing. He cites Patton Oswalt v KFC famous bowls and that "you do not need to combine everything on your plate into your disgusting maw as quickly as possible."
Hey Mates! Considering the fact that Passover is just 7 months away, may I suggest a tasting of one of my favorite snacks as well as my favorite jew food, Gefilte Fish with Horseradish? I know that it's not your typical snack but I think us viewers (I know we're not viewers) are ready for a challenge. I grew up eating Whitefish and Pike with Golds Horseradish (fresh, not the sauce). Fish to horse ratio depends on tastes. Feel free to call if you have questions, 631.404.8930. Thanks! Carly
Hello gentlemen. Please consider a Hot Pockets podcast with Jim Gaffigan for your viewers. I know we're not viewers. Surely you comedic types all know one another. Thank you and happy snacking. - jpspecial
You been livin’ under a rock? You unaware of the big money comedy pairing of Magic and Gaffigan? Guess you ain’t drinkin’ Sierra Mist in yer abode.
No question, just a recommendation: Ritz cracker, a dollop of peanut butter (I use Adam's 100% natural crunchy), and two mini marshmallows on top. Toast in toaster oven for about 3 minutes and devour. It's like a mini fluffernutter. Haven't tried it with chocolate yet, but I bet the fluff-s'more-nutter would be even better.
Anybody with a handle like”backboardjungle” is gonna get there snack taken seriously. Sincerely, tom c
Personally, I prefer "Stormtroopers hit the floor". I think it's funnier. Maybe that's just me (not the one getting paid the big bucks to run the internet's most successful Snack-focused podcast with hosts named Mike & Tom)
Listen, we hear you. We go back and forth weekly, as you can tell. Just seemed to me when we do it that ground was more all-encompassing. But your objection is duly noted.
And if you pay yourself a buck, you’ll be getting more than us. So there’s that.
Well, now that I see all these comments here, I kinda feel like an idiot for wanting to suggest a snack, but I'm going to do it anyway. Peanut butter on rye bread. Sour rye, if possible. Have the boys in the lab whip some up. Thanks on behalf of myself and all your viewers!
Dammit. DAMMIT!!!! They’re not viewers.
Never feel like an idiot for snackgesting, especially when you got yerself a good one like yours is. (I suggest you say that like Brando.)
I have variations of "pew! pew! pew! Stormtroopers hittin' the ground!" stuck in my head. I'm not complaining, by any means (it's far better than most of what's floating around in my head), but I'm curious as to where it came from. Love the podcast - I watch every week (yes, I know I'm not a viewer).
It just sprang into existence, fully formed, like the universe. From a religious/philosophical POV, make of that what you will.
Have you gentlemen tried the delicious sweet treat from the Japanese, both described as and called, "Cream Collon"? You can find "Cream Collon" anywhere but specifically at your Japanese grocer. How about a show about Japanese/Asian snacks?
See: the Chinese Crunch-Crunch episode, which turned out not to be Chinese at all.
Okay, I get that "Mike" is short for "Michael," because he is often referred to as Michael during MATES. But I can't for the life of me figure out what "Tom" is short for. Is it "Thaddeus"? I'm pretty sure it's Thaddeus.
Hey guys! I'm a huge fan of the podcast. I have some snacks to offer up as potentials: 1) Kraft easy mac, 2) goldfish, 3) jolly ranchers. I am also a self-proclaimed shy comedian and a college senior majoring in art history and english. I know that you guys have interns at MATES and I was wondering how I might go about applying for an internship? You both are fabulous and always bring a smile to my face! Thanks for toning my abs through laughter, best, Hannah
All three of these are excellent suggestions. We are indeed considering bringing on a MATES intern. Please contact European Ian for further inquiries. Include your email address in a follow-up message and we will make sure he gets it.
Do you believe you have developed clout in the snack biz? I inquire because I would like for Kellogg's to develop large, chip-sized corn flakes for snacking and dipping. I have contacted Kellogg's and they were dismissive. "Oh, like we haven't heard of that before," they ridiculed defensively. It is all because I have no clout in the biz we call snack. How can we make make snack dreams a snack reality?
They can be pretty full of themselves over at Big Snack. The key is persistence and the will to win.
Hey, Magic and Ranger Tom! A couple weeks ago I joined this jive ass tumblr just so I can engage you giants of the snack game. I thought I already wrote you something but it was either an opium dream or I sent it before I verified my account, so I'd like to axe you once more, what is it like to be so dreamy? Also can you guys do a beer janelli? Or does alcohol have no place in the snack world? Because I find nothing complements a sour candy like beer. Donuts and Coffee: snack or legit breakfast?
Interesting question regarding alcohol. Neither of us are big drinkers and it certainly raises the question of whether booze can be a snack. This might be a debate worthy topic in an upcoming episode. Regarding donuts and coffee, totally depends on the context. If it’s the first thing you eat in the morning, breakfast. If it’s second, snack.
so yesterday i got a bag of flipz (chocolate covered pretzels). i would put one in my mouth and janelli it with a sip of hot coffee. the coffee instantly melts the chocolate coating and mixes to create a creamy mocha flavor in your mouf, and then it's followed up by the salty crunchiness of the now exposed pretzel. glorious, and i think you would enjoy it.
God bless the power of the Janelli to show us heretofore undiscovered flavor combinations.
I don't know if this question has already been answered, but for my lunch today I was eating a toasted cheese sandwich, and after I took a bite of sandwich I added a spoonful of minestrone soup in my mouth. I found myself wondering if it was possible to Janelli with soup. Or does Janelling only apply to beverages?
After consulting our legal counsel, we determined that yes, you can Janelli with soup because the broth is a liquid. In fact, depending on what kind of soup you are eating, you may actually be performing the rare “Double Janelli.” Congratulations.
Two words: Banana chips. Better yet, go big and take on the whole dried fruit industry. Maybe you can finally provide the answer for the question I know is on all of our minds: What the hell are craisins anyway?
Craisins are an industry term that refers to “crazy raisins.” They are raisins that have been injected with patented “crazy juice.”
I was never a huge fan of you, Michael Ian Black, but for some reason, I had a strange dream about you last night. I won't go into great detail, but you were a waiter at a restaraunt and you made my husband jealous and then offered him a free beer from a choice of foreign beers. He overcame his jealousy and you became friends. You were also wearing a wig at some point. My question for you is, what does it all mean?
I might be late with this, but the saying "sweating like a turk" might elude to turkish baths and not the race of people. It's common practice to sweat in a proper turkish bath much like you do in a sauna. For once, you might be off the hook for being a racist. Just this once.
But the baths themselves refer to the race, so no, we are not off the hook for being racist. We are extra racist when it comes to the Turks.
A recent convert to the 'cast, so I'm not sure if you've addressed this already (still working my way through/hoarding the archives), but: snack vs. nosh. Same thing? Different things? Could you please address this profoundly important question? -- Sarah D. Bunting, chief researcher, Bunting Alimentary Research Foundation
Great question and a good topic of conversation for a future podcast. We will try to remember to raise this very important question sometime in the near future.
I was listening to MATES with my mom (she has never heard a podcast before). After it ended she said, "Those guys were rude." And I was confused why she thought that. I found out she thought I was on a skype call with you guys and you weren't letting me talk. I love your podcast.
Your mother is not very smart. Adorable, but dim. She needs to eat some brain snacks: we suggest crudite.
So what if you happen to prefer to heat left over pizza rather than eat it cold? "But Claude," you say, "heat it in the oven and it can get too dry, in the microwave it's too soggy." True. Solution: you nuke the pizza in a covered microwave safe dish until the cheese and sauce are heated to your liking. Then you briefly put the slices in the frying pan. This heats the pizza without drying (unless you leave it in too long), yet the bottom of the crust is crispy. What do you think?
You are treading very close to meal territory, my friend, very very close. So close, in fact, that you have fallen right through the ice and are now drowning in the freezing cold waters of lunch. YES LUNCH!
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5. Mike & Tom Eat Snacks Actor/Comedian Michael Ian Black and actor Tom Cavanagh became great friends on the set of the underrated NBC comedy “Ed” and looked for a project to work together again on for years. So the idea of them creating a podcast based on eating and rating snacks may seem surprising. But this odd combination works surprisingly well and lets their viewers (they know they’re not viewers) always wondering what they will tackle next.
Episode To Check Out: Episode #2: Keebler Fudge Stripes. In only their second episode, Mike and Tom found their first enemies: The Keebler Elves. When their Fudge Stripe cookies aren’t up to snuff, they compare the tree-dwelling cookie makers to evil, pantsless hooligans.
I know you guys have conflicting views on what is deemed a snack, and a sandwich is rarely seen as a snack. If there was a sandwich that was a snack, a PB&J would be it.
Bottom line is: you guys should eat PB&Js, maybe made by Tom's mother (if she can make muffins great and all that).
Another sandwich-as-snack: ham sandwich made from an actual leftover ham. Ditto with Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Tom’s mother still has not made us a single goddamned muffin.
I have seen commercials with Aasif Mandvi as the new taco bell spokesman. I know how heartbroken this must make you but I sure you everything will be alright. You need to take the fight to Aasif. Become a Daily Show correspondent and upstage him every chance you get. Eventually you will become the superior correspondent and taco bell will coming running to you with fistfuls of cash and an apology kitten. Hang in there buddy. Everything is going to be OK.
Thanks for the encouragement. It’s like that old poem about loving something and setting it free and getting to a fork in the woods and then seeing a tree and writing a poem about how lovely it is and then killing yourself.
I'm the programmer for the Olympia Film Festival, to be held November 11-20 in Olympia, WA. I'm also a loyal viewer*. I was wondering if you fellows would be interested in a 'Mike and Tom Eat the Olympia Film Festival' event,
wherein you would come to the festival and, microphones in hand, talk over a movie of your choice (an example of a movie is Yogi Bear 3D).
David Cross and Bob Odenkirk did something similar at the festival a few years ago, providing a live commentary track for Steven Seagal's 'On Deadly Ground', so, you know, there's precedent. Plus we'd fly you out here, provide snacks, and pay you Ian McShane money**.
offprogrammer (at) olympiafilmsociety (dot) org
*I know I'm not a viewer.
This is a possibility. We would love to eventually hit the road for some live shows. The question, as always, is timing. And you are so very far away. Perhaps.