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Men in Charge Season 10, Episode 17: Surprised by Ham

In this episode, Kevin at last tells his shoplifting stories—when his father tackled a man trying to leave the store with several hams wedged into his clothes, and when Kevin himself tackled a very sad chap with a Stephen Sondheim book concealed similarly. Tony realized then that, by contrast, he has no life. But a rich array of segments provides compensation for his dismay. First, we hear from “Fraud Riders,” led by an ardent crank who drives around in her Cherokee Pioneer, objecting to the insidious use of oxymorons in modern discourse. Next, a commercial for “Pippa’s Pre-filled Diaries,” for when you’re too busy to have a life with enough events of your own to document. Third, a new series begins: “RV Rapture,” in which St. Peter and Our Lord devise a way to rid our highways of so-called “recreational vehicles.” Fourth, a new commercial for “R.J. Gharlich (‘and daughters!’) Attorney at “Law,” alerting you to the dangers of being accused of identity theft by someone trying to steal your identity. Finally, a startling new use of the medium: our writer and performer Scott Herrick tells a story, mostly. Tune in for the middle!

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Tony Flinn, known around the model railroad track in his basement as “Professor of English, Emeritus,” recently retired from Eastern Washington University to age in place, like an old car up on blocks in the barn, convenient for climbing behind the wheel and saying “Vroom! Vroom!” He and his co-host and co-producer, Kevin Decker, have been writing and performing in “Men in Charge” since probably 2014, or even earlier, depending on whether you’re using the Julian or Gregorian calendar.
Kevin Decker, Professor of Philosophy, was left holding the bag when Tony Flinn recently retired from Eastern Washington University. That bag was full of cats. At first, he thought they were cute, but then they woke up and started mauling him. It turned out that the cats were mountain lion cubs, often referred to incorrectly as “cougars.” One had rabies. From his now-permanent hospital bed, Kevin writes for and co-produces “Men in Charge,” the title of which may or may not be ironic
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