WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #120: Who You Gonna Call? Ghostwriters!

This week on “Watch What Crappens,” Ben Mandelker ( and Ronnie Karam ( delve right back into the ongoing mess that is the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion. It’s more frustration with the likes of Kim and Brandi and Carlton, and once again, Ben and Ronnie get way too emotionally involved in all of the proceedings.

Then it’s on to “Real Housewives of New York City” where the ramifications of #bookgate continue to ripple through the heavily Botox’d women of NYC. Also: is Kristen Taekman a whiner or shunned wife? We weigh in.

Next up it’s a quick detour to Charleston where Ben and Ronnie try to make sense of “Southern Charm,” and that’s followed by more madness from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Finally, things wrap up with a quick discussion of “Blood, Sweat, and Heels.”

We’ve also got plenty of gossip including Lady Gaga’s new video, Kristen Doute’s latest tantrum, and much more. Come listen!

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!

And remember, use the promo code “Banter” at to snag a domain for just $2!

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #64: Miley, Gaga, and the VMAs

This week, Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( take on MTV’s annual display of craziness: the VMAs! We tackle everything from Miley’s twerking to Gaga’s wigging out. Plus, the much-hyped NSYNC reunion, Macklemore’s J-Hud moment, and Katy Perry’s time in the ring. Come listen!

MORNING WHATNOT: Lady Gaga Sings for Howard Stern; Also, A Hero Chihuahua, New Rebecca Black, and One Curious Nipple

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‘American Idol’ Final Four Sing Inspirational Songs, Fail To Inspire


We’re down to four wannabe superstars on American Idol, and for what felt like the second time all season, the judges actually gave some harsh criticism to one of the singers. It was a move in the right direction, but unfortunately, they also praised several boring, off-key, and generally lackluster tunes as well. Who’ll go home tonight? Who cares? But for the fun of it, let’s look back at the latest performances.

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GRAMMYS PHOTOCAP: Edgy Performances, Safe Wins


In case you didn’t hear, The GRAMMYS aired last night, and it was pretty much the same thing as every year: tons of megawatt performances, about four awards, and lots of disappointment. Once again, the old fogies ruled the day, letting pleasant but forgettable tunes like “Need You Now” win out over edgier material over and over and over again. We shouldn’t be surprised — this happens every year — but when nominations are as bold as they were this time around, it gives you hope that maybe — just maybe — the voters might not all be hobbling around with walkers.

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YEA OR NAY: Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’

After oodles of hype this week, Lady Gaga finally “dropped” her new, much-anticipated single, “Born This Way” today, and I gotta say… it makes me cringe.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s catchy. But seriously… the lyrics, while admirable in their anthemic aspirations, are just ham-fisted. It’s like my seventh grade self (the same self who thought Jonathan Livingston Seagull was a delicate musing on life and empowerment) wrote the song. Gone are Gaga’s clever playfulness and cheeky humor. In their place is a silly, borderline preachiness and a musical arrangement that sounds like the opening credits to some failed Logo reality show.

I’m not in the grips of some Lady Gaga backlash nor am I pushing back on the inordinate hype surrounding this single. I think she’s amazingly talented, but she may have pushed a little too hard on this track.

What do you think about it? Yea or neigh?

FUN FACT: Lady Gaga Was On ‘The Sopranos’

Before Lady Gaga was Lady Gaga, she was a teenage extra on seminal mobster show The Sopranos. Yes, on episode nine of the third season (“The Telltale Moozadell!”), Stefani Joanne Germanotta makes a fleeting appearance as a teen at a party. The 15 year old future superstar is only on screen for a few fleeting moments, and she has no lines, but it most certainly is her.

So there’s that.

Still and more information can be found here.

Ep. 02, Banter With Ben & Lisa


Well, once again, Lisa Timmons and I convened for our second podcast where we once again wiled away the time bantering about everything and nothing all at once.  Our energy was a little low this week thanks to early onset sniffles from me and mid-week blahs from her, but nevertheless, we still had plenty of fun gabbing away.

On this episode, the two of us talk about my chocolate tartlets and their inauspicious appearance at the Eat My Blog charity bake sale.  Also, we chatter about Lady Gaga, earthquakes, and Lisa’s first ever triathlon practice.  And as usual, we utterly fail to stay on topic for longer than thirty seconds at a time.  But that’s our charm, right?  Right?