Julie Klausner's weekly comedy podcast "How Was Your Week" had its second live recording last Thursday, once more showing how an audio-only show can become an interactive, music-filled comedy performance.
It all went down at Brooklyn's The Bell House last Groundhog's Day, when Julie brought rocker Ted Leo, comedian/producer Tom Scharpling, comedian Sandra Bernhard and comedian/political prankster Joe Mande with her for a night of interviews, songs, Andy Rooney games and lengthy debates over the selling points of Peanut Chews and Pretzel Crisps.
The focus on snack food was one of the biggest themes of the night, with real non-comedian reps from both companies there participating in the show (which would have been weird, except they were actually kind of funny). Julie also stocked a "Snack Nest" (A.K.A. a love seat next to the stage supplied with the snacks, beer and Snuggies) where she had the winner of her poetry contest Leigh Hendrix sit during the show. As part of her prize, Hendrix also got to get cozy with surprise guest, "This American Life" host and all-around awesome person Ira Glass, who sat with her all night. "Delightfully awkward" pretty much sums it up.
Bernhard, Scharpling and Mande all came ready their own funny and poignant anecdotes, from Scharpling lamented that he missed the day when everyone decided to love "Downton Abbey" to Mande showing his favorite Andy Rooney Game videos that the Internet loves so much. Bernhard's interview was special in that she spent most of her time passionately sounding off on the Susan G. Komen foundation's decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood (it was the evening before the decision was revoked) and women's health and rights in general. She also sang a song with Julie that even rivaled the first song of the night, which was Julie & Ted Leo covering Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" (yeah, that happened).