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 10, Episode 10: One Day We'll be Self-Published!

Oct 17, 2021

In this episode, Tony and Kevin discuss the need to cover themselves with glory, because no one else will. To forward that effort, the show starts with “The Men in Charge Talent Search,” a shabby effort to lure the local populace into working for Men in Charge for free, after they’ve paid their “audition fees” into the MiC vanity press account. Next, our hosts give us a sort of homage to film director Roger Corman, who may be alive (or not (check your Schrödinger’s box to be sure!)) in a radio drama called “Strike, Cassowary! Kill!

Season 10, Episode 9 You've Smelled Our T-shirts, Now Buy Our Cologne!

Oct 10, 2021

In this episode we learn that by winning the minority vote, writer Ann Porter imposed that terrible title upon us. (But Kevin and Tony still want you to buy Men in Charge cologne…) They soon leave this lamentable topic and move on to “European Complainers Society 2,” in which the absent virtues of pork products are discussed in a complaining tone, as is Teddy Roosevelt. After that, we move to the fifth (5th) segment of the series, “A Man Called Bamby.” Our heroes voice-over characters Michael and Amber remain trapped in the bar (they’re only voice overs, after all), and Mr.

Season 10, Episode 8: Crush the Wobblies, My Sweetheart!

Oct 3, 2021

In this episode we learn that by winning the minority vote, writer Ann Porter imposed that terrible title upon us. (But Kevin and Tony still want you to buy Men in Charge cologne…) They soon leave this lamentable topic and move on to “European Complainers Society 2,” in which the absent virtues of pork products are discussed in a complaining tone, as is Teddy Roosevelt. After that, we move to the fifth (5th) segment of the series, “A Man Called Bamby.” Our heroes voice-over characters Michael and Amber remain trapped in the bar (they’re only voice overs, after all), and Mr.

Season 10, Episode 7: This Time We Have an Excuse!

Sep 26, 2021

Season 10, Episode 6: Why Animals Commit Murder

Sep 19, 2021

Tony and Kevin complain, as a couple of older white guys always do, complain about other species get away with stuff regular humans like them can’t. Why do animals commit murder? Why do they so often die at each other’s teeth and claws? Why do they even attack humans just for invading their habitat and poking at them? The answer may well be clear, Listener.

Season 10, Episode 5: Let's Get That Chip into Your Head now!

Sep 12, 2021

Brian Lindsey—yes, The Brian Lindsey—returns this week for another hard-hitting interview, in which Kevin and Tony ask him which Men in Charge segments he’s enjoyed most over the years, and who’s taller. He anticipates enjoying the first segment, when we hear the orders from corporate about Men in Charge “Tattoo Guidelines,” and how Kevin needs a chip in his head, not just in his arm from the vaccine. Next, Tony and Kevin air “Failed Narrations,” which by definition weren’t supposed to be aired but now, unaccountably, they are.

Season 10, Episode 4: Play Twister Alone--and Win!

Sep 5, 2021

Tony and Kevin invite the mysterious Brian Lindsey—the unacknowledged master of solo Twister—to explain why listeners tune into only the very end of each Men in Charge episode. After that, our hosts explain how each of the segments for this episode is unrelated to the episode’s title. First, “Cajun Chef and Sniper”: a Cajun Chef TV show is enlivened—or deadened—by the unaccountable presence of a sniper in the rafters.

Season 10, Episode 3: Let Us Replace You!

Aug 29, 2021

In this episode, Kevin and Tony take derisive issue with frightened young white men in polo shirts who fear being replaced by better people. Next, Scott tells us about the first segment, “Basalt Adventures,” a commercial he wrote on behalf of a new MiC sponsor, but his explanation was unaccountably beside the point, about the moon and stuff. Don’t believe anything he says.

Season 10, Episode 2: Eleven Things that are Wrong!

Aug 22, 2021

Tony and Kevin (and Scott!) begin listing all eleven things that are wrong but halt on Carson Daly, about whom more than eleven things are wrong, so the whole question became overwhelming. They then went on to list what was wrong with the two segments on this episode: “A Man Called Bamby, part 3—the extended version”—in which Mr. Bamby and Michael the bartender/novelist peer through the window into the bar as Mafia Goons Aiden and Largo consult their boss’s mother, Mrs.

Season 10, Episode 1: Thinning the Herd!

Aug 15, 2021

This first episode of the season starts with ontological questions: What does it mean to be “Kevin”? Can anyone be Kevin, even Scott? Naturally, they get all the answers they deserve. Meanwhile, Tony and Kevin are out of the Sewer and the Earthen Bunker, where they were quarantined, shivering in the chill until the swine flu pandemic provisionally faded. We say “provisionally” because Americans are “thinning the herd” by flinching from the scary, scary vaccines. Well, more food for the rest of us!

Chapter 10 takes its succession number seriously, following upon Chapter 9 almost too closely. On Phobos and Deimos respectively, the abandoned Eugene 2000 and Lt. Schickelgruber argue about which one of them is the more marooned. Then, in a dusty Martian diner, Commander Train, with and Ensign Zinn debate with Sammy Kahlua (Martian wet nurse) about the treacheries of ethics and cuisine in a tug of war over a duffel bag full of doomsday weapons. Finally, on board a stolen landing craft, Cadet Trepanier, ex-Ensign Nemesis, and Lt. jg.

At long last, we now return to the unprofessional antics of the Earth Space Force in the futuristic future: 1992, when the rocket ship Vanguard travels to Mars to put down a Martian rebellion against Earth’s noble empire. As we catch up with the crew, Commander Train and Ensign Zinn, forced to hitchhike on the Red Planet, are picked up by—you guessed it—a Martian wet nurse named Sammy Kahlua. Meanwhile, Lt. jg. Averill Chesterfield III is marooned on Phobos with the spiteful robot Eugene 2000, trapped in a shallow chasm and menaced by fanged chasm creatures!

Season 9, Episode 24: If You Don't Like it, Storm the Capitol!

Apr 25, 2021

In this episode, Tony and Kevin explain why it’s so important to storm the Capitol if you object to, well, to Reality. Petulance fueled by hallucination can be the New Patriotism if we’re willing to be idiots. Moving to the episode’s sketches, in “Unclogging the Spam Filter 14,” we delve deep into Kevin’s past to find out why his mother had to abandon him when he didn’t past a swimming test. Next, in “What’s New with You?” Roger Basement interviews a man who dabbles in Child Psychology—to no avail—what we might have learned from the pandemic.

Season 9, Episode 23: Another 50¢ Down the Drain!

Apr 18, 2021

In this episode, Kevin and Tony examine what happens when you drop two or more American quarters down into a storm sewer, or worse, into Canadian parking meters.  In the former case, you can always climb down into the sewer to recover them, but in the latter, your coins are lost forever: hoarded by Canadians to fund Socialism and thus impose health care and other services that in America would be considered antithetical to freedom.  So, stay out of Canada, and attend to today’s segments.

You might mistake this for a conclusion of Chronicles of the Schmalkaldic League 3, and if you made that mistake, you'd actually be right. What is the "Revelation of the Huzhon Frisee," who is Baron Keith Random and why does he look so good in board shorts? Find out who gets macerated and who is spared in this startling conclusion!

Chronicles of the Schmalkaldic League 3&4: Omnibus Edition

Apr 11, 2021

The most interesting book ever to come out of Johanna Gutenberg's print shop in Heidelberg was the Complutensian Bible--a living, walking, hard candy-hating book of sacred scripture. Agents of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V immediately target the Bible for their own, chasing it to the demilitarized zone of the Hungarian plain where the fierce and intelligent cabbages called the Huzhon Frisee live.

In an episode notable perhaps only for the length of its title, Men in Charge take you back into the "Habsburg-punk" era of the Schmalkaldic League, 16th century Europe's last, best hope against the machinations of the Emperor Charles V. This episode, "Genesis of the Complutensian Bible," introduces a walking, talking book of holy scripture, a miniaturized inventor of the European printing press, King Gustavus Vasa's invention, "the Macerator," and intelligent, hungry vegetables--the Huzhon Frisee!

Season 9, Episode 20: A Lot of Big Boy Thinking!

Mar 28, 2021

A lot of Big Boy thinking went into this episode, one in which the title is actually relevant to its contents. What is “Big Boy” thinking? It’s the kind of unaccustomed exertion that stretches men’s minds, perhaps for the first time, all the way outside of their private circumstances to truly examine the State of Things. So, Alden and Largo, underemployed Mafia Goons, are prominently featured in this episode. First, they cross the street to force “Spunky McBeef’s Pizza Arcade” out of business. Alas, their Big Boy thinking come all too late.

Season 9, Episode 19: What if He's a Little Drunk?

Mar 21, 2021

In what’s perhaps the strangest banter in nine seasons of Men in Charge, Kevin and Tony discuss the delicate shades of meaning in the question, “What if he’s a little drunk?” and then, unaccountably, wander into the woods for the distinction between “tenterhooks” (correct) and “tender hooks” (laughably incorrect). Most disturbing of all, Kevin tells us about his recent interview on a celebrated podcast but refuses to tell us which podcast.

Season 9, Episode 18: Empty Your Wallet Here!

Mar 14, 2021

In what it is a partially money-themed episode, Tony and Kevin first explain where the many “heres” are wherein listeners can empty their wallets. Then, in the first segment, “Bingo Night at the Kushners,” Ivanka and Jared Kushner try to recover some of their social and economic capital by holding a bingo night for their new neighbors in Lower Heights. Next, in a new “Unclogging the Spam Filter,” Kevin and Tony try yet again to coax a large sum of money from another nice British widow who contacted them and so many others on her robo-email list.

Season 9, Episode 17: Remember, We're Award-Eligible!

Mar 7, 2021

In this episode, Kevin and Tony encourage the Listener to call in to the station to nominate “Men in Charge” for an award, given that the show is now, legally, award-eligible. “Best Hair” award for the hosts? Why not? “Most Likely to Succeed Recede into Oblivion”? That too.  But because self-congratulations can take the show only so far, matters move to the further adventures of “Emily Wellingtonford, Canadian Mine Owner and Usurer,” in which Emily continues her dalliance with Constable Coors, while the elderly Mrs.

Season 9, Episode 16: Kubrick, Shaw, Haldane & Clarke, Case 2

Feb 28, 2021

In this full-length radio play, an unrelated sequel to “Kubrick, Shaw, Haldane & Clarke, Case 1,” this serendipitous band of scientists, film auteurs, and other non-scientists investigate the death of a window washer in the 1960, all without the assistance of Artie Shaw, who still insisted on title credit. But is the cause of death a good enough crime to merit the magisterial title of “Murder”? Unearth your inner snob, Listener, and hear for yourself!  

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.