Men in Charge

  • Hosted by Tony Flinn, Kevin Decker

“Men in Charge" is an uncertainly ironic sketch comedy show, written and performed by Kevin Decker and Tony Flinn, along with a cast of the talented willing.

Season 8, Episode 26: The All-Banter Bunker & Sewer Episode!

May 10, 2020

Kevin and Tony remain sheltered in place, broadcasting remotely from the Lower Heights sewer system and an earthen bunker near Pansy Hollow, respectively. They play "sewer pranks," chuckle over the uses of Despair, and weigh the merits of different rat companions--sewer versus woodland. And from the Culture Commitariat, the great Mark Graham has a chafiningly funny new song.

Season 8, Episode 25: Like a Moth to Candy

May 4, 2020

Tony and Kevin explore the eggs in one basket of crossing a bridge when they come to it of mixed metaphors. Then it's the return of everyone's favorite unwashed philosophers, Hans and Jacques, in "Existentialists on a Hovercraft." These promoters of heavy, dark European breads outline their strategy for using bookstores as academic research institutions and meet their female Others. Then it's the fourteenth chapter of "Heaving Bosoms," in which things get a bit more meta than usual and the Crone's elderly baby with Coachman Coors begins growing a mustache.

Season 8, Episode 24: That's Just Hitler Being Hitler!

Apr 26, 2020

Kevin and Tony continue broadcasting from self-quarantine / poorly developed social skills, Kevin in the sewer system beneath the dripping streets of Lower Heights, and Tony in his bunker, with only arrow slits for light and air (and shooting arrows through). These are the perfect locales to discuss whether it’s okay for people to be evil if people are just following their true natures. Why not? Certainly perhaps the Men in Charge characters sometimes do. For instance, in “Disgruntled Belgian Talk Radio,” Didier mentors a trainee engineer at Jamie the Engineer’s expense.

Season 8, Episode 23: Men in Charge--the Time Capsule

Apr 19, 2020

After painstakingly engineering their entire eighth season to alternate between two sketch-based episodes, then one radio play, Tony and Kevin finally give in to the exigencies of broadcasting from a bunker and a sewer, respectively. There was only one sketch-based episode since the last radio play, and damn if there isn't another full-length play this week! Our story begins in the all-too-distant future, when an archaeological dig by some weird, post-human species uncovers the Men in Charge Time Capsule.

Swiftly denying fresh blogger reports of hints about cannibalism in recent episodes, Tony and Kevin deftly divert attention to this episode's sketches. First, it's just as unbelievable to Mr. Skids that he's saved the neighborhood as it us to the listener, but nonetheless we present "Mr. Skids Saves the Neighborhood." Mr. Skids, a hard-drinking, broken man on the wrong side of fifty, is an involuntary center of attention for a coterie of slum neighbors and ne'er-do-wells. Leave the lasagna by the door.

In a short, full-length radio play, followed by an extended yet disjointed analysis afterward, Kevin and Tony help along a youngish couple on their third date toward an intimacy seen only on television.  As they keep them under surveillance, our co-hosts periodically try to offer dating tips and persuade the couple to sign the usual waivers.  Things all go just as well as you’d expect. Does the topic of scrapbooking come up? How did you know?

Season 8, Episode 20: We're Not Criminals, Per Se!

Mar 29, 2020

In this episode, Tony and Kevin try to persuade us, unsuccessfully, that they’re not criminals, per se. Since the characters they’ve created are at the very least ethically short-changed by, well, their identities, our co-hosts’ protests of innocence prove the contrary. Giving up, they take us to a few potential sponsors: “Snakes a-Poppin’!” which sells snake samples from a cart (I know! What?) to a couple quarreling about yard work, and “The Indoor Grill” from the All Male Meat Market, and Edwin Slezak, who sells old magnetic tapes that he’s stolen.

Season 8, Episode 19: We're Still Working on it!

Mar 22, 2020

In this "episode," Tony and Kevin stretch the limits--beyond the boundaries of good sense--of the strategic use, on the radio, of double quotations. In their "banter," they link the way in which waitpersons frequently hover at the bistro table asking "Are you still working on that?" to the banality of evil.

Season 8, Episode 18: If on a Winter's Night a Talk Show Host

Mar 1, 2020

"If on a winter's night a talk show host outside the town of Malbork, leaning from the steep slope without fear of vertigo or low ratings, looks down into the shadowy faces of the audience, rapt in a network of lines that enlace, in a network of lines that intersect; on the carpet of leaves illuminated by the stage lights, around an empty grave--what interview down there awaits its end?"

Season 8, Episode 17: Why are There So Few Pictures of Us?

Feb 23, 2020

As Kevin and Tony wonder why they aren’t pictured more frequently—or at all—and the ontological discomfort that question generates—the episode marches on without them. First, they visit a Man Spa, which means considerable embarrassment for both of them. Next, we return to Cincinnati, U.S.A., for another visit to Disgruntled Belgian Talk Radio, when host Didier Vendage helps Jared Kushner through the rigors of controlling our southern border without venturing outdoors.

Season 8, Episode 16: Perils in the Pasta Mine!

Feb 16, 2020

It’s no joke: pasta mines were perilous places. Just ask your great-great-grandparents if you don’t believe Men in Charge. Fortunately, this episode’s segments are at least conceptually adjacent if not even indirectly related to pasta mining. First, we return to “Heaving Bosoms,” where the treacherous and unGodly Abbott Chugglewit sets the new German dairymaid, Helga von Stricter, on the surveillance track to spy on Bentley Ridgely, the feckless younger son of the manor, to catch him out in unChristian behavior so that he, the Abbott, can annex the estate for his Monastery. Next, Dr.

Season 8, Episode 15: Rocket to the Future! Part 1, Chapter 8

Feb 9, 2020

In this full-length episode, fresh mysteries crop up that deliberately neglect the solving of the cliffhanger mysteries of “Rocket to the Future, part 1, Chapter 7!” That’s right, listeners—it’s time to blog your complaints about this narrative treachery, upload them to Instagram with a picture of yourself looking disappointed, and then watch them go unread by Tony and Kevin. Anyway, in this episode, Cadet Acting Lieutenant (j.g.) Billy falsely assumes that he’s really Cadet Acting Captain Acting Lieutenant (j.g.) Billy, and Cadet Cindy has to drag the body cast containing Lt.

Season 8, Episode 14: We Tamper with Success!

Feb 2, 2020

For this episode, Men in Charge “Tamper with Success” because there have been complaints from listeners that the show isn’t any better now than it ever was. So, Kevin and Tony decided that meant they should let things deteriorate to give them a chance to improve. And so they try, first with “Hurricane Naming,” where we learn how these names can be both more threatening and more punitive. Next, the return of “Scales of Justice,” in which pre-historic underwater litigation takes place in Night Court.

Season 8, Episode 13: Suet vs. Lard--You Decide!

Dec 8, 2019

In this episode, Tony and Kevin at last address the dilemma of suet vs. lard: which one is generally preferable, and why the British prefer suet, much to Kevin’s dismay.  Tonight’s segments are obliquely related to this topic, perhaps. First, Stephanie Gardenplaster interviews a man who conducts pet blessings in his van.  Theological quandaries abound, such as, must the pet be a believer for the blessing to “take”?  Next, Salesdog Spot returns, this time for a job interview! Listen and learn from the master, listener.

What do bottle-brush mustachioed, all-around scientist J.B.S. Haldane; musician and composer, swingin' Artie Shaw; science-fictioneer Arthur C. Clarke; and blurred-visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick all have in common?  Well, nothing, unless you believe the premise of this episode: that these four mighty minds formed a "Public Investigations Agency" in the 1960s.

Season 8, Episode 11: Siding with North Korea

Nov 24, 2019

The Listener will be delighted to learn that at last Men in Charge has begun siding with North Korea.  Why should the Chinese government have all the fun? A cold bath in the river is surely a more refreshing way to bathe rather than standing in a shower, right?  The Listener will learn to agree even more obediently in this week’s segments.  First, Disgruntled Belgian Talk Radio host Didier Vendage takes another call from Jared Kushner, who offers up Ivanka in exchange for ideas on how to meddle in elections.

Season 8, Episode 10: Thanks for Ruining Everything!

Nov 17, 2019

Who ruins everything?  The blogging listeners do, with their oppressive inquiries about Tony and Kevin’s personal lives, which they don’t even have, by the way.  Instead, the listeners should ask themselves why Kevin and Tony wear masks as they record the show. And what a show: first, Roger Basement has a a baffling interview with the runner-up for Michigan Man of the Year.  Like the rest of us, he’s never heard of this award or what it means to win it.  Next, we about The New America Portable Computer from Jared Kushner industries.  Yes, now computers are portable now!

Season 8, Episode 9: Rocket to the Future! Part One, Chapter 7

Nov 10, 2019

Once again we return to the space-age future--the year 1992 and the exploits of the crew of the Earth Space Force rocket Vanguard. Towed into space by their sister ship, the Knausgaard, Captain Major and his band of intrepid space explorers face a new threat: SPACE PLAGUE! But saboteurs tainted the rocket's supply of anti-space vaccine quite a few episodes ago, so there's no way out! Tune in for spills and chills as Lt.

Season 8, Episode 8: History Was All Back Then!

Nov 10, 2019

All the history-related segments for this episode remind us how long ago History was. First, in the tenth segment of the series, "Heaving Bosoms," we go back to the windy moors of England's 19th century--before Brexit, but during the height of the British Empire (when it was fine to colonize but not let the colonized into England) on the windy moors.  Lord Grantley Ridgely is abandoning Ridgely Manor to join a monastery.  Is younger son Bentley up to the task of managing the estate, even under the jurisidiction of the fallen-German-aristocrat milkmaid, Helga von Stricter? Probably not.

Season 8, Episode 7: We're Not a Scientist!

Nov 3, 2019

In a good-natured shredding of idiocy, Tony and Kevin do a little slicing and dicing through the “We’re not a scientist” bleating of climate-change deniers.  Stitches will be required. As for the partially related segments of this episode, first, in the 8th installment of “Heaving Bosoms,” Grantley Ridgely’s insufferable virtue puts the Ridgely estate in jeopardy, and the Crone’s pregnancy seems to have become a perpetual condition. Then we have a return to “Scales of Justice,” the prehistoric undersea legal thriller, starring that dashing trilobite, Balthazar Q. Esterhazy.

Season 8, Episode 6: The Alien from Newark

Oct 20, 2019

In this full-length radio play, we meet a blue-skinned alien on a New Jersey Transit train who’s trying to escape from Earth through a portal that has something to do with clocks.  Why does he need to escape?  And is there a portal, really?  This terrifying romp offers up nosy passengers, near invisibility, an angry sibling, smoke and lightning, and possibly lethal salad forks.  Don’t jump to the end for the surprise ending.  Don’t.  Really, don’t.  Instead, buy the Men in Charge merch we’re planning to peddle: little NJT train sets, little plastic passengers, little lethal salad forks, and

Season 8, Episode 5: Don't Use French Paint!

Oct 13, 2019

To explain the title, this episode digs deeply into the sodden, oil-soaked ground of international commerce.  The new, Vichy America’s current plan to seize Greenland has been temporarily thwarted, keeping us all from the oil derricks and golf courses our President needs.  Who’s standing in the way, besides Denmark and Greenland?  The French, that’s who.  What can we, as loyal servants of Vichy America do?  Well, we can refuse to use French paint, which runs and clogs our pores when we paint ourselves.  Instead, let’s buy Russian paint, because we need to curry favor every way we can.

Season 8, Episode 4: Why Aren't You in Church?

Oct 6, 2019

After warning the Listener about having missed Church (or temple, mosque, tabernacle, House of Sunday Guns) and shirking one’s sacerdotal duties, Tony and Kevin move briskly into the episode.  First, we return to the Yorkshire moors of the late 19th century for “Heaving Bosoms,” featuring heroines rebelling against the metanarrative, a drunken chicken, the sexagenarian Crone’s pregnancy, and the dangerous new milkmaid, Helga von Stricter.  Next, the 6th chapter of “The Adventures of SkyHighMan” takes our eponymous hero, Wendy Henderson / SkyHighman, to the office of his lawyer, Richard J.

Listener, this episode takes you on a strange journey, like that time when you were 11 and your parents said, “You’re spending the summer with Uncle Billy,” and Uncle Billy dropped you off at a fish cannery, where you worked until well into the next school year.  That’s because it’s a “deconstructive analysis,” in which the internal precepts of the 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special are shown to be fundamentally unstable, riddled with contradictions.  Listen to this episode carefully, or our unwashed Existentialist guides, Hans and Jacques, will berate you in obscure academic journals and i

Season 8, Episode 2: But Who Made the Creationists?

Sep 22, 2019

In this episode, Kevin and Tony enjoy a manly chortle at creationists, who serve as proof that there is no Intelligent Design. But soon enough, they're off to the hair-lengthening new segments that may well be related to creationism, perhaps. First, Emily Wellingtonford, Canadian mine owner and usurer in the late 1920s, gives Senator ("Tariff boy") Smoot a perfect thrashing while a Mountie's horse uses the hotel elevator. Next is "Professor Teach-All," the winner of the Record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the person with the best memory in all of human history.

Season 8, Episode 1: There's a Lot to Be Said for Money!

Sep 15, 2019

They say that money can't buy happiness, but as Men in Charge is slung forcefully into its eighth season, Tony and Kevin beg to disagree. Let's face it--money solves a lot of problems, from making the mechanical horse in front of your local supermarket move to bribing heads of state.

Season 7, Episode 26: Make it Look Like an Accident

May 31, 2019

This episode overwhelms the Listener with “Heaving Bosoms”—the lusty metafictional saga continues with parts 3, 4, and 5, and you can’t get more bosomy than that.  The jinks will be high ones. But there’s more. We hear the first time from “Nadia Verminskova,” a cockroach/spy who slipped into the White House in a bucket of fried chicken and therefore knows Precisely What Is Going On. Then, in a new and handsomely dramatized public service announcement, “The Less You Ignore,” a professional Finn takes us on a journey to after-office drinking and unsurprisingly inappropriate behavior.

S7E25 Lunch for Dogs

May 19, 2019

Whilst pondering the various ways that dogs get their lunch while we're at work, the studio is invaded by writers and cast members Ann Porter and Nancy Roth, who demand equal treatment for their interests, no matter how narrow. Sketch-wise, we return to the wintry moor of "Heaving Bosoms" for its second episode, to find Elspeth Eveready delivered into the hands of a Crone.  Then it's "Gardening with Melania," for all of you who wonder where the President of the New America gets all that junk food he serves athletes--and himself! We have another reminder from the Law Offices of Richard J.

Season 7, Episode 24: The Perfect Catheter

May 12, 2019

Answering calls from the medical industry, Tony and Kevin discuss the ins and outs of catheters, finally managing to squeeze in a few remarks about what would constitute the “perfect” catheter—the one that comes naturally with the body. Then, it’s on to the first of a multi-part Gothic Romance series, “Heaving Bosoms.” The heroine, Elspeth Eveready, fights a two-sided campaign—pursuing true love with Lord Grantley Ridgely and quarreling with the writer about her tardiness in taking her to a narrative climax. After that we hear from a new sponsor, Richard J. Gharlic, attorney-at-law.

Season 7, Episode 24: The Perfect Catheter

May 12, 2019

Answering calls from the medical industry, Tony and Kevin discuss the ins and outs of catheters, finally managing to squeeze in a few remarks about what would constitute the “perfect” catheter—the one that comes naturally with the body. Then, it’s on to the first of a multi-part Gothic Romance series, “Heaving Bosoms.” The heroine, Elspeth Eveready, fights a two-sided campaign—pursuing true love with Lord Grantley Ridgely and quarreling with the writer about her tardiness in taking her to a narrative climax. After that we hear from a new sponsor, Richard J. Gharlic, attorney-at-law.