BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #77: Britney Spears’ New Album, Perez Hilton, Golden Globes, and Adrienne Barbeau

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( read (truly) Perez Hilton’s latest self-congratulatory article. Then we analyze the Britney Spears’ album sales and talk about the sexiest music videos of all time.

Next we point out the snubs and surprises in this year’s Golden Globe nominations, and finally things end with a general discussion of Jacqueline Bisset and Adrienne Barbeau. Definitely listen to this one.

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #69: Government Shutdown! New Britney Spears Video! Moby Dick!

You guys, this was a good one….

There’s only one podcast on earth that can discuss the government shutdown, Britney Spears’s new video, and Moby Dick without skipping a beat. We discuss all that and more on this latest episode of “Banter with Ben and Lisa.” Also going into the banter blender: “Gravity,” ghost tours of Savannah, biker gangs, Grand Theft Auto V, and what your Facebook status updates might say about you. Plus, more etiquette lessons from 1888. Come listen!

#67: Embracing iOS7, Fall TV, Britney’s New Song, and an Epic Wheel of Fortune FAIL

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( talk about new happenings in pop culture. First, we take on Apple’s ios7 for the iPhone. Then, it’s on to the fall premieres of “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” As a bonus, we make a few Emmy predictions, and then discuss Britney Spears’s new song “Work, Bitch” before reliving an epic “Wheel of Fortune” fail from earlier this week. Along the way, there are tales of mandolins and coffee mugs, naturally. Come listen!

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA: Paris, Marathons, and the Olive Garden

Banter with Ben and Lisa is back! We had a little hiatus for various personal scheduling conflicts, but I’m happy to announce that the podcast is back on track. On this week’s episode, we discuss a wide variety of topics, starting with my recent trip to France, Lisa’s training for the LA marathon, and all the scuttlebutt surrounding a giant boulder being shipped into Los Angeles. Plus, we discuss Internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty and her Olive Garden review, and we also take on Snooki, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Shia Labeouf, among others. Take a listen!

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AND WHATNOT: Britney’s New Video, Britney’s Biggest Fan’s New Career, and Denim Diapers

Fourfour: “I Wanna Go” video review hakiu
Popbytes: Chris Crocker is doing gay porn now!
Socialite Life: Chris Brown Angers Justin Bieber
TVLine: The Voice Semifinal Results: Did the Right Four Singers Advance to the Finale?
TVLine: Gossip Girl Exclusive: Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr Not Returning For Season 5 (how did I miss this?? Vanessa ruins EVERYTHING, even her own presence!)
Reality Blurred: Fox’s MasterChef faked crowd shot
I Am The Arbiter: Collector’s Item (denim diapers)
D-Listed: This Dumb Bitch….

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

Socialite Life: Zach Galifianakis Not A Fan Of January Jones, Would Hate To Do Nude Scene With Her
The Daily What: Are You Kidding Me With This of the Day
Movieline: Naturally, Hollywood Is Adapting The Little Mermaid Into a Sinister, Sensual Love Triangle
Vulture: Here’s the Rihanna-Britney Billboard Awards Kiss That ABC Wouldn’t Show You
D-Listed: It’s The Muppets Trailer!

Who Sings ‘Whoa’ Better: Britney or Ke$ha?


An argument can be made that all pop music sounds the same. I don’t personally believe that, but when hearing the two current singles “Blow” by Ke$ha and “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears, it’s hard to argue against it. After all, both tunes feature a chorus laden with exultant, syncopated “Whoa” sounds that would most certainly drive my parents (or anyone over twelve) nuts. (Full disclosure: I have mp3s of both songs and enjoy them greatly.)

So in the spirit of community building and general curiosity, I ask you, dear readers, to tell me which pop star does the “Whoa-oh-oh” thing best?

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MORNING WHATNOT: USC Students Have Sex On The Roof; Also, RuPaul, Dim Sum, and Kid Cudi’s Littlest Fan

Socialite Life: RuPaul’s Drag Race – ‘RuPaul’s Hair Extravaganza’
Gawker: Cameras Catch USC Students Having Sex on the Roof
The Superficial: Christina Aguilera Has More Leaked Photos
PopBytes: Rob Lowe goes shirtless for ‘Vanity Fair’
Vulture: Chris Hemsworth Got Too Buff for Thor
Daily What: Awesome Celebrity Is Awesome of the Day
Katherine Spiers: A variety of awesome dim sum options
D-Listed: Keep On Napping Til The World Ends
Vulture: Meet the World’s Youngest, Cutest Kid Cudi Fan