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The Birthday Boys: Mike Recaps “Goofy Roofers”

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By Mike Hanford

Not a lot of people know this about me but I love taking vacations. LOVE it. I’m on one right now as a matter of fact. I’m typing this recap from a hammock, swaying in the breeze, listening to the tepid waters of the Pacific lap against this black sands of this all but deserted Tahitian beach. My troubles are miles away, not a care in the world. Sounds nice, huh?

But you didn’t come here to hear about my relaxing vay-cay. (Which I got for a STEAL online. All-inclusive, flight, airfare, meals, everything for only 600 bucks. INSANE right?!) You came here for a recap of The Birthday Boys second episode “Goofy Roofers.” And that’s cool too.

So, this episode is chock-full of fun. First off, there’s a sketch about some roofers who are a little “nutty” to say the least. Then we have a piece about a rapper spouting off about the state of the union. Before I continue, I have to mention the flight I took over here. First class. Roundtrip. No layovers. That doin’ anything for ya?! Honestly, I don’t know how I scored this deal. I really don’t! I guess I was just in the right place at the right time. I know what you’re thinking. “No way you got a first class flight included in that $600 online deal!” Oh yeah? Then where did I get all the hot towels, bub? Dang I’m lucky! Anyway, to get back on track, Episode 2 also had a sketch about a group of guys chit-chatting about the types of women they are attracted to. Amazing stuff! I’m referring of course to the travel deals I scored. The sketches were good too but nowhere close to these deals, baby!

The episode also had sketches about two buds on a road trip and a dean dealing with a rowdy frat. But what I REALLY liked about this episode wasn’t a sketch at all. And It wasn’t even in this episode. It was the complimentary surf lesson the hotel sprung on me when I checked in yesterday! I used the free lesson coupon today and boy did I have a blast. Now, I’ve never set foot on a surfboard but my instructors, Jason and Kelly (They’re taking a semester off to teach surfing in Tahiti. Not important. Also, I think they might be dating? Also, not important) were really helpful. By the end of the day I was cruising in on 3 footers. They both said I was a natural!

Hey, can I be honest with you? My heart’s really not in this recap at the moment. I’m sitting here, watching this impossibly orange sun melt into the liquid horizon and my mind is drifting this way and that. Having a tough time focusing on this recap… sorry.

But I’ll end with this. If you haven’t seen Episode 2 of The Birthday Boys titled “Goofy Roofers,” go watch it. And if you HAVE seen it, go take a vacation. They’re great!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m goin’ for a skinny dip!

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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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