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.

Given the outcry, however muted, for the further adventures of “Wine Tasting with Men in Charge: The Next Generation,” Kevin and Tony oblige with further misuse of the Listener’s time. It’s a full-length episode, broken only by a commercial for “Bob Hacks Property Management.” Kevin and Tony’s wine-tasting avatars, Tamsin and Kennedy, find themselves confronted by oddly familiar counterparts in Mom jeans and wedge sandals. Is this time travel? A bad dream triggered by sausage sulfites? Tune in to find out, or wait for the movie!  

Season 9, Episode 14: Objet d'Eric

Feb 14, 2021

In this episode, Tony quickly dispenses with the title, “Objet d’Eric,” and lurches off in an unprecedented rant about shame-shaming and the idiotic “Who’s to say…?” question, until Kevin presses hard with his strangely soft philosopher hands to bring Tony down from his sputtering summit. With a deft segue, they then move into the episode’s segments. First, “Spic and Spandits 2”: Chloë and Madison go on tour with their redecorating banditry but bang into the long, hairy arm of Johnny Law.

Season 9, Episode 13: Not Another End Times!

Dec 13, 2020

It’s the midseason end of Season 9 and thus the beginning of reruns/the Apocalypse.  Many End Times predictions go under the discussion knife, however untreatable. But this episode's three and a .5 segments will help the Listener prepare for the next End Times.

Season 9, Episode 12: Actual Turkey Necks

Dec 6, 2020

This episode is the only one bold enough to address the overly casual use of modifiers (ie: “Actual”) and their power to corrupt the very concept of a “category” and thus the mind’s ability to form patterns. Tony and Kevin had better not be the only ones pissed off about this.  But tempers are tempered by the episodes’ segments.

Season 9, Episode 11: No Prostitution Today, Thank You!

Nov 29, 2020

What’s worse—selling your body or your very soul and the soul of your country? Let Tony and Kevin answer that, because apparently the New America can’t. Maybe this episode’s segments will help, or maybe not… First, “Dr. Orville Preacher, On Your Healthiness” returns with more pseudo-quasi-medical advice, and hapless sidekick Tim Wattles melts into his final, gelatinous phase. Then we make another visit to the rocky west of Ireland for “Fiona Lynch’s Irish Burrito Stand and Backyard Boxing Gym.” Will young Liam McTaggert be plucked away from Fiona’s clutches by a wealthy American relative?

Season 9, Episode 10: When Cans Were Made of Glass

Nov 22, 2020

From his earthen bunker, Tony describes how he ended up even farther into the depths of the earth while just trying to make some extra room for new rats. From his sewer, Kevin smiles benignly. This episode attempts to get at the nature of some strange relics they both found while exploring their pandemic-era digs: glassware in the shape of cans, with removable lids. When cans were made of glass, indeed!

Season 9, Episode 9: Spittoon of the Zeitgeist

Nov 15, 2020

Tony and Kevin again present a curated collection of four of their funniest sketches since last episode. First, however, they must dissect the meaning of their chosen episode title, "Spittoon of the Zeitgeist." Whatever the current zeitgeist is, they agree that it belongs in a spittoon. Then, starting with a fresh spittoon, they lead into the sketch "The Pharmacist that Doesn't Like to Hear About Your Medical Conditions" which, although enormously funny, is also self-explanatory.

As the ambiguity of the title indicates, this episode explores “ambiguity” in three of its nuances. Count if you don’t believe us, and then never believe us again.

Season 9, Episode 7: Tall for No Reason

Nov 1, 2020

Tony and Kevin discuss reasons why some people are tall and whether or not any of them have any reason to be. Usually they don't. Also attentive listeners will be able to divine Kevin and Tony's true heights. Prepare to be unsurprised.

Season 9, Episode 6: Your Inadequacies and Ours, Compared

Oct 25, 2020

Listener protestations to the contrary, Kevin and Tony decide it's time measure the inadequacies of their audience up against their own.  Let's just say it doesn't turn out well for the listeners.  To cheer up those mortified folks, the show moves on to this week's pre-award-winning segments: First, we're back to "Heaving Bosoms," chapter 15, with the old geezer Crone baby, and a new wrinkle-removing product. After that, a new convenience store adventure at the "Bilk N' Go," Capitalism is re-examined, and maybe derided.

Season 9, Episode 5: Doug Henning's World of Magic VIIII, 1995

Oct 18, 2020

When Maestro (c)-sponsored magician Doug Henning retired from his spankly jumpsuits and stage magic in 1985--destined to get a haircut, his fans guessed that he might get heavily involved with David Lynch and George Harrison in the Transcendental Meditation movement--and that he might run for MP B lackpool for the Natural Law Party. When it is revealed, in 1995, that Henning was Canadian, all of this is both confirmed and problematized. This special picks up that story where it left off many years ago, and features special appearances by Don ("Miami Vice") Johnson, Bob Uecker, Dr.

Season 9, Episode 4: Relax, We're Armed!

Oct 11, 2020

In this episode, Kevin and Tony—from the comfort of their sewer and earthen bunker respectively—discuss ways that arming the citizenry inevitably leads to peace.  At the same time, necessarily, they explore which kinds of mold provide good body insulation when it grow on clothes and skin.  With all that resolved, our boys move on to this episode's four segments.

Season 9, Episode 3: Tales of the Local Milk People

Oct 4, 2020

In this episode, Kevin and Tony open the show by mulling the various manifestations of “milk,” finally facing the long-festering question of milk’s gender. Then, first up is “A Man Called Bamby,” a noirish mystery in Manhattan bar in 1948, featuring meta-narrative trickery.  Next, we have the first drug commercial ever aired, for “Quaaludes.” Don’t nod off! Thirdly, Johnny Hambone, Library Bouncer, records his first podcast—from a hammock, in the woods, in the rain.

Season 9, Episode 2: The Second Bonus Episode

Sep 27, 2020

In this lightning-round episode, Kevin and Tony discuss the Second Bonus Episode alongside the several other Men in Charge bonus episodes, mainly contrasting them in terms of smell and weight. Then it's off to the metaphorical races with "IKEA," where founder and CEO Henry Ikea explains to us the symbiotic relationship of his build-it-yourself furniture industry and his role as a divorce attorney. After that, it's a word from our sponsor. "Chest Toupees for Women" provide an alternative to playing the shrinking violet in front of overbearing male colleagues at the next work meeting.

Season 9, Episode 1: Is There a Stowaway?

Sep 20, 2020

Tony and Kevin burst into Season 9 still mired, alas, where they were at the end of Season 8, in an earthen pit and Lower Heights sewer respectively, but still upbeat about their lockdown. They pursue the penultimate question we all must face: “Is there a stowaway?” Are we being stowed-away-upon, or are we our own stowaways? Listen and learn, maybe. Meanwhile, first up is the return of Mr. Skids, professional drunkard and reprobate, who seeks out fraud opportunities at the the unemployment office.

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.