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J. Elvis Weinstein interviewed on pop my culture

Cole, Vanessa and original Satellite of Love-er J. Elvis Weinstein (“Mystery Science Theater 3000,” “Freaks and Geeks”) talk summer movies, Thor, the Hangover II letdown, Home Ec., the final Oprah show, SNL vs. SCTV, a new Lifetime show, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Cowboys and Aliens, Prince, the riffing writing process, horrendous shop class accidents, Beers and Weirs, and Cole and Josh’s epic Elvis Costello-off.

Leave your answer to the firsts question (The first meal you ever remember cooking) for a chance to win a Pop My Culture T-Shirt!

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J. Elvis Weinstein and hosts cole stratton and vanessa ragland


  • Comment by Caroline — May 31, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    Beefaroni, I’d love to have that frozen pizza with you!

    The first meal I can remember cooking is pizza. My mom has always been really big on making home made pizza, and pizza dough was the first thing I ever learned how to cook. Home made spinach alfredo pizza was a weekly standard in our house for years.

  • Comment by NL — May 31, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    Great episode!

    I can’t wait for the Beefaroni shirts…. “I don’t miiiiiiiind.”

    I really liked the Thunderdome question. I’ve been mulling it over. I’d have to go with SNL, because it’s endured, and reached a wider audience. But I love SCTV, too.

    In terms of first meal, I can’t recall. My parents were both really good cooks, and I had no interest in cooking. I learned a little bit here and there — scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, spaghetti, etc. I don’t think I ever cooked an actual meal for my parents, though I helped my dad a lot before he died. He’d often start dinner, then get tired, and I’d finish it. We ate a lot of Shake n Bake in those days, I don’t know why. And I perfected honey and ham sandwiches.

    It’s funny how those moments slip away from you.

  • Comment by NL — May 31, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Daddy’s Honey and Ham Sandwiches

    Ingredients: a few slices of ham, some butter, some honey

    1. Heat a pan on Medium. Add butter.

    2. Once the pan is hot enough, add the ham, however many slices you like. Brown the ham in the butter.

    3. Slowly add the honey to the ham. Move the slices around so that they all get covered in honey.

    4. Heat for a little bit longer, the ham should be a nice caramel color.

    5. Remove from heat, and fix the sandwich with whatever condiments you like.

  • Comment by @euphoriafish — June 1, 2011 @ 12:29 am

    Yaay Elvis Costello-off! I always enjoy Josh’s musician impressions at CT shows, but I didn’t know Cole’s Elvis Costello impression is also grand. I really loved this episode.

    Food memories…hmmm…I’ve won something before and don’t care if I ever win again, but I feel compelled to share with you that at one point I checked The Boxcar Children Cookbook out of the public library and my first meal that I cooked successfully was hamburgers as instructed by that book.

    There was also a failed attempt to poach an egg when I was old enough to read but not fully comprehend the recipes in The Joy of Cooking. It said to use a bowl within the pot of water for the egg, I had no idea what sort of bowl or how to break the egg so I wound up with a rather dangerous arrangement of whole egg in very thin bowl that had no business being anywhere near that stovetop, and my mother turned everything off before I could break anything. Kind of like Vanessa’s attempt at fried rice, it was possibly the first time I realized there were things I just wasn’t ready to do yet.

  • Comment by SpookyJanelle — June 1, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Great episode as usual!! I love listening to Josh talk about his experiences with MST3K and Freaks and Geeks. Hell, I love listening to Josh talk about anything! Another fantastic episode to add to the catalog!

    The first things I remember cooking was French toast. Not that complex, I’ll admit, but a definite breakfast staple in our house. And I’m still cooking it for my family and boyfriend. Woohoo!

  • Comment by Germ — June 2, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    Vanessa looks hot in the picture. Cole looks okay.

  • Comment by Troy Thomas — August 9, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    No question, SCTV. I don’t really care about longevity or being mainstream, if the show isn’t funny, it just doesn’t deserve to exist. SCTV was always funny, while SNL has had a few good spots but for the most part, it’s just kind of middling. The first five years were great, then the early 80’s sucked, then the late-80s-to-mid-90s era were great, then from about 1997 to 2008, it sucked, now, it’s kind of in the middle. SNL is like a sine wave, while SCTV was consistent. SCTV, Monty Python and Kids in the Hall are my favorite sketch shows.

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