BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #78: How Beyoncé Changed The Universe; Also, Gaga, GTA V, and German Lessons

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( bow down to Beyoncé. Pretty hurts, but this podcast doesn’t. We discuss Queen B’s amazing album stunt and contrast it with similar efforts by the likes of Lady Gaga. We also talk about Gaga’s recent duet with Christina Aguilera on “The Voice” before switching gears and taking on “Grand Theft Auto V.” Finally, things end on a peculiar note as Lisa helps Ben learn German. It’s all very musical, violent, and educational. Come listen!

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AND WHATNOT: Beyoncé Out-Beyoncé’s Beyoncé; Also, Muppets!

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D-Listed: It’s The Muppets Trailer!

SLOW YOUR ROLL: Beyoncé Is NOT Pregnant, mmkay?


Breaking, incredibly important news! Despite what was reported yesterday, Beyoncé is NOT pregnant with Jay-Z’s child. She is without child, according to her mother Tina. So please, please stop looking for the poof of white smoke flowing from the Vatican. As far as we know, Beyoncé is baby-free. Unless, of course, Tina Knowles is lying.

More information about this riveting story here:

Socialite Life: Tina Knowles Denies Beyonce Pregnancy

Beyoncé Preggers With Soon To Be Sassy Baby


Reports are circulating that singer / dancer / Hamburger Helper enthusiast Beyoncé is pregnant with her first child by husband Jay-Z. According to Us Weekly, the superstar is in her first trimester, which means the true fun is really yet to come. I can only imagine what a preggers, hormonal Beyoncé is like. Something tells me it will be a fine mix of thrown vases and melisma.

For more information, check out the full story here.

AND WHATNOT: Slutty Little Girls! Also, Sinkholes, Rhinoceroses, and The Stamens Of Crocuses

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