BANTER BLENDER #102: Halloween Candy Roundup, Ebola Nurse, and Pumpkin Spice Mania

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Angie Thomas (“All The Way” podcast) and David Clark join Ben Mandelker ( to rehash the Halloween weekend that was. This means bantering extensively about candy and costumes (and a little Annie Lennox, for some reason). Then it’s on to more pressing topics: should “the Ebola nurse” quarantine herself? […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #73: Kanye’s Confederate Flag, Revisiting Gravity, and a Major Operation Seduction Update

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” we revisit “Gravity” as Lisa weighs in on the space thriller. Spirited debate ensues. Then it’s on to Halloween and tales of Ben’s costume woes. This leads to a major update on Operation: Seduction (a.k.a. Ben’s continued efforts to seduce NBA player Jason Collins). Next Lisa discusses […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #72: Halloween Banter Spook-tacular! With Special Guests Ronnie Karam and Marcos Luevanos

It’s Halloween, and this week’s “Banter with Ben and Lisa” is chock full of spooky topics: Patricia Arquette, Nicolas Cage, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and of course, Guy Fieri. And that’s just the tip. Making things even more fun is that Lisa and Ben are joined by special guests Ronnie Karam (Watch What […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #71: Scary Halloween Mazes, Childhood Pets, ‘Bridegroom’

Lisa Timmons is back in LA, y’all! And to celebrate, we’ve got a brand new episode of “Banter with Ben and Lisa” for you. This week, Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa ( get into the Halloween spirit by talking about all sorts of scary things. For Lisa, that means going to Halloween Horror Nights at […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #66: Wentworth Miller, Fall Television, and Halloween

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( discuss some of the fall television they’re excited for. Plus, it’s an update on “Operation Seduction” with talk of Wentworth Miller’s recent coming out of the closet. The two also discuss Ben’s internship experiences at “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” […]

So I Made a Taylor Armstrong Jack-O’-Lantern…

Classify this as creepy but fun. I decided to make a jack-o’-lantern out of Taylor Armstrong’s face, and I must say that I’m very happy with the results. I really wanted to do some pop culture themed pumpkin, and what better place to look for inspiration but The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Clearly, I […]

Ep. 11: Banter With Ben and Lisa

Hey everyone, Lisa and I are back with yet another podcast, and once again we went mobile to Starbucks so we could people watch AND banter at the same time! On this episode, we talk about the joys of Halloween as well as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. […]

THE QUAFF: Green Tea Mojito Edition

When I think about Halloween, the first word that jumps into my head is “mojito.” Actually, no. That’s not the case at all. And yet for some reason, my friends Sly, IndianJones, and I decided to make a batch of mojitos before hitting the town Sunday night (it should be noted that Sly retired to […]

Epic Halloween Weekend Leads To Annual Batch of Embarrassing Photos

People might not realize this, but Halloween in Los Angeles can be a crazy, crazy experience, and this past weekend was no exception. Luckily, my friends and I always seem to have a camera on hand, which means much of the ridiculousness can be documented. Sadly, we did miss some vital pics — such as […]