Episode 45: Tig Notaro, Big Brass Bells & Pop Up Lunch

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Tig Notaro/ courtesy the artist

This Week: Comic Tig Notaro gets all southern-fancy… we admire Wall Street’s big brass bells… and designer Ali Pulver shows Rico how to eat on the street.

Icebreaker: A. Thomas Schomberg
A. Thomas Schomberg, the fine artist best known for his “Rocky Balboa” statue in Philadelphia, chisels words into laffs.

Small Talk: The Exchange, No Man’s Land, and Divorce Registries
The staff at Marketplace tell you about some news items your dinner guests probably missed.

A History Lesson With Booze: The Closing Bell and the “Exchange Elixir
This month back in 1817, the New York Stock Exchange formally began. We celebrate by telling you all about its most famous symbol: The Closing Bell… and then retire to one of America’s best-known restaurants to toast the end of a hard day on the floor.

The Exchange Elixir, as mixed by Dave DiCerbo at Les Halles bistro, NYC:

In a shaker add:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. St. Germaine
  • fresh lemon and lime juice
  • dash cranberry juice for color
  • dash grapefruit juice

Add ice, shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel. Avoid entirely when taking risks with other people’s money.

Guest of Honor: Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro starred in her own small-screen special on Comedy Central… and has a recurring role on the Sarah Silverman Program. She’s also the only comic we know who tours with Swedish indie-pop stars. Tig tells Brendan about portraying Joan Jett’s Mom, her youthful fascination with the Civil War, and how Jimmy Kimmel sucks (not).

The Main Course: Pop Up Lunch
Like increasing numbers of her urban brethren and sistren, designer Ali Pulver loves getting lunch from gourmet food trucks… but hates figuring out how to consume the food with her hands full. So she created Pop Up Lunch — a series of portable objects that turn ordinary “street furniture” into eating stations. Rico gets a demonstration.

One For The Road: Fang Island – “Daisy”
The darlings of this year’s SXSW music confab, Fang Island — a quintet who originally met at RISD — have designs on the big time. They describe their sound as “everyone high-fiving everyone.” Sweet.


The Sea And Cake – “The Argument”

The Wedding Present – “Signal”

Link Wray – “Jack The Ripper”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

Scott Joplin – “Wall Street Rag”

Booker T & the MG’s – “Silver Bells”

The Four Speeds – “Four On The Floor”

The Runaways – “Wasted”

Lloyd Cole & the Commotions – “Charlotte Street”

Fang Island – “Daisy”