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Broke-Ass Stuart’s top 5 moments that you won’t see in the series

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Making Young, Broke & Beautiful was such a fantastic experience. Not only did I get to visit six great American cities, I also got to meet interesting and odd people wherever I went. And those are the kinds of folks I tend to gravitate towards anyways, no matter if I have a camera crew following me or not. While each episode of YBB is packed to the brim with wonderful scenes, we were limited to making a half-hour program. Unfortunately this means some truly incredible moments were left out. What follows is five of my favorite moments that didn’t make the final cut:

1. Irma Thomas and George Porter Jr.:
Getting to hang out with two people whose music I dig so much was amazing. I was even a little nervous at first, which is weird because I never get nervous. We ended up talking for nearly and hour, but only a couple minutes made it into the episode. The part of the conversation that that stuck with me most though was when we were talking about Hurricane Katrina. George told me that the night after the hurricane, while half the city was underwater, the band scheduled to play the Maple Leaf Bar came in, set up a generator and played their show anyways. George and Irma explained that that was pretty much the heart of what it means to be from New Orleans; that no matter what happens, you gotta give people the music because it will help heal their souls.

2. Larry D’Mongo:
Larry is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He’s a black dude from the streets of Detroit who used to run drugs on a serious level. Now though, he’s an honest businessman who runs a bad ass bar and completely believes in the rebirth of Detroit. He’s both street smart and has an incredibly intelligent. At one point, once the cameras were (unfortunately) done rolling, me, Larry and a few others were having a drink at the bar. Somebody brought up China and Larry said, “China? Man I spent two years in jail in China in the 70’s”.

So I responded, “Larry, what the hell did you do to end up in jail in China?”
Larry: “Man, it was a case of mistaken identity”
Me: “Mistaken identity? Come on Larry, how many brothers were walking around China in the 70’s?”
Larry: “At least two!”

That’s currently one of my favorite stories to tell. It’s brilliant and hilarious.

3. Al Kapone:
Al Kapone is a rapper from South Memphis who’s worked with the Three Six Mafia and whose music was prominently featured on the “Hustle and Flow” soundtrack. There’s a scene in the Memphis episode where Al and I are riding around in the back of a ’55 Caddy and getting a tour of Memphis by Tad Piercen. What didn’t make the cut though was that right when Al got in the car, he sat down, said, “Hold on. I gotta get more comfortable,” and then pulled his gun out from his waist band and set it on the floor of the car. I was like, “Well, I guess that’s happening”.

The weirdest part for me though, was not that Al was strapped, I used to run with some real crazy motherfuckers back in the day. The weirdest part was that you can legally carry a concealed weapon in Tennessee, as long as you have a permit, which Al did. This is evidenced by the fact that every bar I went to had a sign outside that said, “No Firearms Allowed Inside.” Blew my mind!

4. T-Model Ford:
In the Memphis episode we take a little road trip to Clarksdale, Mississippi, the place the blues was born. While there I get to hang out with T-Model Ford, a 90+ year-old blues legend. T-Model was playing at Red’s, a real deal juke joint where the music was great, the bar was divey, and the patrons were strange. Especially Tyrone.

Tyrone was weird and wild-eyed, he’d obviously been drinking all day, and while he was really excited about getting on camera, he kept saying, “I better not see myself on TMZ!” He was a big cat too, probably 6’3, and was the kind of drunk where we weren’t sure if he was gonna turn violent or keep high-fiving and hugging us. He ended up staying in high-five mode, but he was drunk enough that as we were leaving, I heard him call T-Model, T-Mobile.

5. The Arabers:
Arabers are horse-drawn carts that sell mostly produce throughout some of the poorer neighborhoods in Baltimore. Or maybe the Araber is actually the person selling the goods. I’m not sure exactly, but it doesn’t really matter; they are an amazing part of the history of Baltimore and, as far as I know the horse drawn merchants left in the USA (that aren’t a shtick of course). I got to hang out with a particularly old Araber named Fat Back and his family, most of whom are also Arabers. He also demonstrated the famous call the Arabers are known for hollering from their carts. Unfortunately we had some technical problems or something like that and the footage never made it in the cut. Too bad. I really liked Fat Back.

Catch the premiere of Young, Broke & Beautiful tonight at 11/10c and watch every Friday.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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