WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #119: Reading, Writing and Beating Up Popular People

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are joined by the incomparable Alexandra August (TrashTalkTV) to laugh about the amazing “Bookgate” episode of Real Housewives of New York, plus the first part of a month long reunion fest on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. There are also some marital issues to discuss on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the season finale of Blood Sweat and Heels, and crazy news from the ever classy Southern Charm. Join us!

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Sign Up Now For The Tournament of Cham 2014!


JUST when you thought this blog was dead, here I come blazing back with a new, important post. Truthfully, this is more than a post. This is a tradition as old as time itself (assuming that time began in 2008). I speak, of course, of the Tournament of Cham, that annual celebration of basketball, March Madness, and rampant gambling.

For those needing some backstory, let me illuminate you.

The Tournament of Cham at its most basic form is nothing more than a Men’s NCAA basketball / March Madness bracket pool. Hosted by the inimitable Yahoo! Sports, the very first iteration occurred in 2009 — an ancient time when such ambitious names as “Tournament of Champions” were simply too long for the Internet. Thus, the truncated Tournament of Cham was born.

Sure, Cham may be a necessary abbreviation to fit Yahoo!’s stern character limits, but I like to think of it as something bigger, bolder. Cham is the spirit that compels us to rise to our feet, throw caution to the wind, and tell the world “Hey, I am qualified to make predictions about a vastly unpredictable basketball tournament!”

So do you have the Cham? Because if you do, I want you and all your friends to sign up for B-Side Blog’s Tournament of Cham.

Just click here and let the power of the Cham take over!

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BANTER BLENDER #84: Online Etiquette, Survivor, and Justin Bieber

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Ronnie Karam ( joins Ben Mandelker ( again to discuss a variety of topics, starting with online etiquette. The two delve into the world of baby status updates, humble brags, and Instagram offenses, among other things.

Next the guys take on the latest season of Survivor and roll their eyes at Justin Bieber’s latest antics. Plus, details about meeting BRENCHEL (a.k.a Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reily) from Big Brother and Amazing Race. Just the usual mix of topics for The Banter Blender. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #118: From Hags to Bitches

This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Ben Mandelker ( and Ronnie Karam ( are joined by Katie Cazorla (“The Nail Files,” TVGN) to discuss an blockbuster week in Bravo. First, the trio vent at length about the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season finale. Spoiler alert: they’re all Team Lisa.

Then it’s on to the Season Premiere of “Real Housewives of New York City” where Ben, Ronnie, and Katie discuss our old faves (Ramona), the new faces (Kristen), and everything in between (mostly Aviva).

Lastly, the gang focuses their targets on misogynistic Peter and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” How did the group’s trip to Mexico start off? We dissect it all.

Also up for discussion: the new “Real Housewives of Orange County” trailer, “Southern Charm,” and “Blood, Sweat, and Heels.” Come listen!

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BANTER #83: Talking Oscars, The Lego Movie, and Nike Bootcamp with Guest Jessica Ogilvie

This week on “Banter,” Jessica Ogilvie ( joins Ben Mandelker ( to hash out everything from The Oscars — including but not limited to Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Ellen Degeneres, and many more.

The two also share their rigorous experiences at Nike Training Club boot camp and opine with great warmth about “The Lego Movie.”

Things wraps up once again with further discussion of “Grand Theft Auto,” which continues to entertain immensely.

Lots of great banter. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #117: The Calm Before the (Sh**) Storm

Not much happening on Bravo this week, what with the slow death of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) give it the ole college try! That’s your cue to start crying about us moving out of the house.

Also, we weigh in on Bravo’s new tribute to humanity, Southern Charm. Join us!

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BANTER #82: A New Banter Era; Special Guest Ronnie Karam

“Banter” is back, but it’s a little different. After three amazing years, the irreplaceable Lisa Timmons has moved on, but fear not, the podcast will continue with guests every week. In the hot seat this time around is Ronnie Karam (@watch-what-crappens, to help talk about all sorts of fun topics like… anti-gay laws in Arizona, Darren Sharper’s rape charges, Paula Deen’s return from racism, Woody Allen’s molestation controversy, and Justin Bieber.

Okay, maybe not the sunniest of topics, but we still managed to have fun. Come listen!!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #116: Lisa vs. Brandi vs. Yolanda vs. Kim

This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Ronnie Karam ( and Ben Mandelker ( break down the whole Lisa vs. Brandi (vs. Yolanda) fight on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Lines are drawn in the sand, and opinions are passionate. It’s definitely worth hearing our colorful thoughts on the matter.

After that, the duo take on the usual Bravo suspects: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Shahs of Sunset,” and “Blood, Sweat, and Heels.” It’s a short but sweet episode. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #115: Seriously, Low Down Heifa? Seriously?

It’s a big show this week. Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) have almost too much to skewer, what with the second reunion of Vanderpump Rules, the attempted takedown of Lisa V on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Mama Joyce’s vicious plan on RHOA, the so Persian finale of Shahs of Sunset, and the is she/isn’t she an alchie conundrum on Blood Sweat and Heels. Join us!

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THINGS I ATE: Pizza, Cannoli, and Other Decadent Things at DeSano Pizza Bakery


With the Super Bowl marking the end of football season two weeks ago, I made a pledge to eat healthy for a month and forgo all those carby, fatty meals that had littered my January and February. Dare I say it — I even declared that I would try paleo. Yes, paleo: that utterly annoying eat-like-a-caveman diet that everyone seems to do and love/hate. This was going to be the newer, Stone Age-ier Ben, and with any luck, I might even develop the early tracings of an ab or two.

Naturally, none of this happened.

That’s probably a good thing because otherwise I would have had to have declined the invitation for a media-comped lunch at the newly opened DeSano Pizza Bakery in East Hollywood. With pizza, calzones, gelato, and cannoli on the menu, I can assure you that this burgeoning eatery is not the destination for dieters hoping to embrace their inner Australopithecus. (And whoa, “Australopithecus” wasn’t flagged by spell check. But cannoli was. I don’t understand this world).

After the jump, check out pics of lunch at DeSano Pizza Bakery.

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