Episode 28: Rich Fulcher, Jesse Owens and BrendanBot 3000

Rich Fulcher/photo courtesy of the BBC

This week: Rich Fulcher, of the cult TV hit “The Mighty Boosh,” raises the decibel level of UK comedy… We race back in time with Jesse Owens… and Brendan samples a drink fit for Olympians. Also: Rico tries and fails to replace Brendan with technology.

Icebreaker: Rich Fulcher
Rich Fulcher, co-star on TV’s “The Mighty Boosh,” regales us with a joke about the sorrows of bachelorhood.

Small Talk: Small Talk: Powerful beer, America’s hate affair with the Fed, and the downscaling of dog fashion
The staff from Marketplace tells you stories from this week’s news that your guests won’t have heard.

History Lesson with Booze: Jesse Owens and “The Berliner Olympic
n early August 1936, Jesse Owens became the first American track & field athlete to win four gold medals… much to the chagrin of that year’s Olympic hosts: Nazi Germany. Learn a few things about Owens you don’t know… then race your dinner guests to the liquor cabinet to mix a Berliner Olympic cocktail in Owens’ honor.

The Berliner Olympic, as created for the DPD by Paul Rodriguez at Tinto restaurant in Philadelphia:

Rinse chilled martini glass with a few dashes of Kummel liqueur.

In cocktail shaker with ice, add:

  • 1 oz. Fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz. Triple-sec or Red Curacao
  • 1 oz. Brandy

Strain into the martini glass. Garnish with orange peel. Enjoy, preferably without a cigarette in hand.

Guest of Honor: Rich Fulcher
“The Mighty Boosh” may be the most absurd live-action comedy in TV history, thanks in no small part to Rich Fulcher. The only American in the British cast — and the only contributing writer aside from the show’s creators — he’s the Boosh’s id: inhabiting a series of characters united mainly by their noisy perversity. Predictably, he blames it all on law school.

One for the Road: Matt Pond PA – “Holiday Road”
A song to play on your way to — or departing from — this weekend’s dinner parties. This time around: hear Matt Pond PA (who’s based, by the way, in NY) take the rollicking summer-road-trip theme from National Lampoon’s “Vacation” and turn it into a song so tender you could use it as a Christmas Eve lullaby.