Do Call. Do Listen.

I'm getting the sense that the Breckman birth T-shirt contest has yet to vindicate the "Do Not Call. Or Listen." show. This episode is available here (RealAudio) or here (MP3) if you'd like to hear Ken and Andy call listeners and ask them if they'd like to be put on the show's "do not call" list.

While Andy drove home after the show, I spoke with him and Ken to get some insider gossip and scoops. During our exclusive interview, Andy confessed that he had been unsucessfully trying to reach his very pregnant wife since the show ended. He wanted to apologize for ridiculing her on the air, and felt real bad. In reflecting on the show, Andy pointed out how, like a good spouse, Ken had known he could upset Andy by comparing his behavior to that of a morning zoo DJ. "It really kind of stung," Andy admitted, "but it's cool to have a friend that knows me that well." Ken spoke to his conflicting interests as both a DJ and WFMU's station manager in situations when Andy bothers listeners who have pledged to the station. He explained that, "Andy has wanted to do a zillion shows where we call people back and harass them." He also explained that Andy's original idea for the show was to call only those listeners who pledged to Nachum's show.

Andy: I've been annoying Jews my entire life, and I can tell you there's nothing funnier.

In a sentimental moment, Andy and Ken talked about the real tensions that are going on during the show and how the show serves as a form of personal therapy every week. Still dwelling on the knowledge that the show's listeners have dropped in recent months, Andy admitted, "I always tell myself that I don't care how the show goes, and that it doesn't matter, but it's so sad."

There it is folks, you heard it here: Andy kind of cares about the show.

13 comments:

Jacob Haller said...

Really, what more can we ask of him?

I was thinking of calling in and preemptively asking to be put on the SSD 'do not call' list, except that I don't remember the phone number and I actually wouldn't mind being called by Ken and Andy anyway. (Although it seems that getting put on the 'do not call' list is the best way to guarantee that Andy will call you anyway.)

x said...

Hell - the whole reason I listen to this show is because it's real, because Ken and Andy are people who have lives, have down times, and have a lot of normalized sessions in between. I always loved Andy because he acted one way on the show but I know he is a very caring and loving person deep down. Also admired Ken, leveling the line while manning everything that isn’t fun. Keep the inside views coming Andrea.

Anonymous said...

I liked the episode because I just like to hear the two guys interact...the eternal battle of big brother vs. little brother or ego vs. id. But I didn't get the premise of the show. Surely just making a don't call list was too flimsy an idea to support a whole show, so I guess it was planned all along to repeatedly call those who wanted to be on a don't call list. But Ken's protests at the extra calls seemed genuine, as if Andy had just come up with the idea. Maybe this show is too subtle for me.

Jacob Haller said...

It seems like sometimes these days Andy gets an idea through that Ken really hates, usually for good reason.

The second Radio Word Search show was an example of a show that Ken hated from the start and grew more and more unhappy with as the show went on. (Strangely, the first Radio Word Scramble show was really great.)

I think I had a point in mind when I started writing this comment, but now I've forgotten what it was.

robin.g said...

Favorite shows? Mine has to be Voice Masking. I can't get enough of "SCOTT! GET ME CINDY SHERMAN'S PHONE NUMBER!!"

flailing around fan said...

agreeing with jacob: the last ten minutes of the show were the only ones worth it: if a show is going bad, the only way to save it is doing a kamikaze attack and going as much downhill as possible.

Anonymous said...

When is Andy gonna do that interview with Yellowman?

Michelle said...

anyone want Andy's cell #?

David said...

I still wonder if the listener numbers are suspect, given that (as Ken admitted) recent episodes just aren't going to have as many listeners as episodes that have been available online for two years. It's just common sense.

Anonymous said...

i normally love the show - but when andy was being a jerk to his giantly pregnant wife - it made me feel icky . what a jerk !

Terry said...

Andy is what Andy is. And that's why I keep listening!

listener danyo said...

I gotta agree with Robin G, the voice masking one was really the best I've heard. When Andy's like.. "Now THIS is comedy." that just completely shattered.

Anonymous said...

Andy in Berlin says -

I took listener Danyo's (and Robin) advice and listened to the voice masking show and it was truly funny. Maybe if Ken just switched on the voice machine every time Andy got really obnoxious that might help.

To quote Andy, last week's show both bored me and scared me at the same time.