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Feb 24Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

Janie, you don’t know Backstreet and NSYNC music?? I’m so surprised! I know you’re more into country music, but I figured it was inescapable pop culture at the time. I’m sure if you heard more clips of NSYNC songs they’d be familiar.

Also, I know you guys always hesitate about telling mundane stories like the water heater. You make them entertaining, don’t worry!

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Paul: Please, please, please, please work a Capote into your regular character repertoire. Again, please.

Janie: I bet you could nail doing Shimmy! Gotta go!

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Feb 21Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

I always assumed the Backstreet Boys was a reference to "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel.

"I bet she's never had a backstreet guy

I bet her momma never told her why"

In re: SNL, they've always let presidential candidates come on the show. Gerald Ford, John B. Anderson, George McGovern, Jesse Jackson, Bruce Babbitt, Senator Paul Simon, Lamar Alexander, Rudy Giuliani (yes he ran for president once), Steve Forbes, Bob Dole, Ralph Nader (when he was running for the Green Party in 2000), John McCain, Al Gore, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John McCain, Jon Huntsman, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Nikki Haley have appeared on the show. I think Lorne Michaels thinks the point of the show is to be funny, not to tip the scales in any election (of course, they don't always succeed at being funny either).

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Feb 17Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

I'm listening belatedly to this month's podcast and Janie doing Paul's characters is making me cry laughing. "I don't want to do this anymore.... Give me another one."

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Just having a relisten during a morning nap and got podcast whiplash suddenly hearing PFT mention CVS. As a Brit who only comes across those letters on TNL or the NYT crossword I assumed the text was asking Burnt to leave the Fallsmacy and come back to his old job!

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Scott if you're listening, I'm *begging* you to book JHT

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That was a fun journey of a pod lol. Please have Janie do big chunky bubbles haha.

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So, one reason dogs would take food into another room is that they believe someone might steal their food! My parents had a dog who was clearly kept with multiple other dogs in her youth, because this was just an ingrained habit. If we put down her bowl, but were still standing in the kitchen, she would take a mouthful of kibble, walk into the dining room, drop it on the floor, eat it, then, walk back into the kitchen for the next serving.

Paul could try getting bread or something neutral and like, eating his portion while also "sharing" bits of another slice of bread with your friend's dog. She might stay in the room if she sees he has his own food and isn't planning on stealing hers. Just an idea!

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It would be such a great show. JHT CBBs PFT.

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My hot water heater as personal and marital challenge story: my spousal unit had a medical procedure scheduled that required him to be in downtown Chicago at the crack of dawn. It was down season for fancy schmancy hotels (the dead of winter, which would seem to be bad for hot water heaters), so he was able to snag a room for an unusually low price and decided to do so to avoid potential snafus getting to the medical office on time. I stayed home and that night, unusually filled the entire bathtub before getting in—or attempting to do so. I stuck my whole leg in only to discover that it was ice cold. I messaged him, and he was like, "Oh, yeah, it seemed like there was something going on this morning. Hot water was cutting in and out when I was showering." THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP, LIFE PARTNER.

I'd also like to say that Jessica Chaffin will always be my Capote: https://thedeadauthorspodcast.libsyn.com/chapter-37-truman-capote-featuring-jessica-chaffin

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PLEASE produce Janie Haddad Tompkins Presents An Evening With Her Husband's Characters. I will straight-up donate $1,000 to your fav charity, and fly in from Brooklyn for this event. #JHT300

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My hot water heater as personal and marital challenge story: my spousal unit had a medical procedure scheduled that required him to be in downtown Chicago at the crack of dawn. It was down season for fancy schmancy hotels (the dead of winter, which would seem to be bad for hot water heaters), so he was able to snag a room for an unusually low price and decided to do so to avoid potential snafus getting to the medical office on time. I stayed home and that night, unusually filled the entire bathtub before getting in—or attempting to do so. I stuck my whole leg in only to discover that it was ice cold. I messaged him, and he was like, "Oh, yeah, it seemed like there was something going on this morning. Hot water was cutting in and out when I was showering." THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP, LIFE PARTNER.

I'd also like to say that Jessica Chaffin will always be my Capote: https://thedeadauthorspodcast.libsyn.com/chapter-37-truman-capote-featuring-jessica-chaffin

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Feb 11Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

Janie, I loved hearing about your hot water heater journey. My partner and I are in the midst of buying a duplex together, to both live in “separately but together”, and it’s both of our first times to be purchasing a property instead of renting. Your story gave me the words to describe what I strive for, and a tangible goal, to remember to roll with the punches; when faced with a stumbling block use it as a stepping stone and laugh the whole way through! 🤗❤️

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

What Paul said about Nikki Haley, SNL, and Lorne Michaels had me shaking my head in agreement. I swear he was saying precisely what I was thinking but more articulately.

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Feb 11Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

Janie's improv skills are excellent, but I agree they deserve a lot of financial compensation because they are challenging, I'm sure.

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11Liked by Janie Haddad Tompkins

I had one of those moments where I was driving in traffic and simultaneously belly laughing at Paul’s impression of Tom Hollander’s Truman Capote. Like, leaning over the steering wheel laughing. It was spot on and it should definitely be added to Janie’s one-woman retrospective of PFT characters, which I would definitely see.

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