9 Chickweed Rage

Two old friends get angry talking about the newspaper comic strip 9 Chickweed Lane.

About the show

In 1993, Brooke McEldowney began writing and drawing the newspaper comic strip 9 Chickweed Lane. Nearly 30 years later, it's still going strong. For some dumb reason, Brooke Dillman and Jeff Drake read the comic strip, even though it only makes them angry. This is their podcast, certainly one of the worst ideas for a podcast ever: a podcast about a newspaper comic strip that (as far as they know) no one reads. This is 9 CHICKWEED RAGE.

Episodes

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    036: I've Never Seen So Many Binoulars

    July 2nd, 2024  |  1 hr 30 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, binoculars, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, dorothy parker, green egg, jeff drake, little house on the prairie, newspaper comic strip, rat mites, voyeurism, wimpy, yodeling

    What begins with another instance of people humping on top of a table ends with a discussion of the word "mine's's."

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    035: 45 Tablespoons Northeast of Surly

    June 6th, 2024  |  1 hr 30 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chicken n pickle, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, diet coke, elton john, france, jeff drake, kung fu, newspaper comic strip, red lobster, sexy underwear, turtlenecks

    Academia is hilarious. Rather, "Academe's a dumpster, pumpkin." Just ask the asshole that draws this comic.

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    034: The Wormhole Is a Franchise

    March 2nd, 2024  |  1 hr 35 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, alternate reality, beaver shots, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, jeff drake, newspaper comic strip, running, singin' in the rain, the ring, time travel, twins, wasp waist

    Edda time-travels and as a result Polly and Lolly show up as college students, or middle-aged divorcees, or in their mid-30s. It's hard to say. You won't believe how gross it ends up.

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    033: I'm Surveying You For Alternative Kiss Sites

    January 29th, 2024  |  1 hr 14 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, anchorman, ben franklin, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, jazz, jeff drake, lalo schifrin, newspaper comic strip, turtlenecks, winnie the pooh

    We kick off 2024 by looking at Brooke McEldowney's first eight comic strips of the year.

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    032: You Sneezed All Over Julius Caesar Dithers

    December 28th, 2023  |  1 hr 44 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, diet coke, eddie izzard, goats, jeff drake, newspaper comic strip, peanuts, segway, tiger beat

    Brooke McEldowney defends his use of the ellipsis, so we take him down.

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    031: Like Hookers Short on Crazy Money

    November 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 41 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, adam godley, bing crosby, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, cheongsams, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, ealing comedies, going commando, jeff drake, marty feldman, newspaper comic strip, pheromones, pig latin, the church of england

    It's the wedding of Xiulan and Hugh Portwhistle Godalming. And it is disgusting.

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    030: Me Not So Hot With Scream

    October 30th, 2023  |  1 hr 39 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, casablanca, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, ezio pinza, from here to eternity, gumby, it happened one night, jeff drake, la dolce vita, laurel & hardy, newspaper comic strip, north by northwest, schrödinger's cat, tarzan

    Amos kisses Edda on the left side of her mouth and triggers a series of romantic cinematic episodes. Mostly Tarzan-based.

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    029: Dr. Greene Inhaled His Cough Drop

    October 9th, 2023  |  1 hr 30 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, arrhythmia, auntie mame, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, jean harlow, jeff drake, jolly ranchers, les nessman, newspaper comic strip, turtlenecks

    Elliott proposes to Juliette but inhales a cough drop in the process and ends up in the ICU.

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    028: I'll Just Serve You A Colossal Jong-Jong

    July 18th, 2023  |  1 hr 28 mins
    4th of july, 9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, barbie dolls, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, dorothy hamill, jeff drake, joey chestnut, lauren bacall, major league eating, muppets, newspaper comic strip, scent of a woman, sophia loren

    We go back to the beginning, to the very first 9 Chickweed Lane, to prove it was just as terrible then as now.

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    027: My Speculations on Her Mother's Species

    June 5th, 2023  |  1 hr 32 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, benjamin franklin, bluey, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, bugs bunny, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, dutch angles, jeff beck, jeff drake, new math, newspaper comic strip, once upon a one more time, rocky, silly putty, the bowery boys, turtlenecks, vhs, winnebago man

    We return to the cello competition in Brussels to witness the rematch between Amos and Xiulan Yuan.

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    026: The Wattles and the Flapping Flesh

    May 9th, 2023  |  1 hr 31 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, adam godley, bluey, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, bust a moo, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, defibrillator, gilbert & sullivan, jeff drake, laura ingalls wilder, lou bega, mambo no. 5, mercury mariner, mri, nelly, newspaper comic strip, scooby doo, shrek, turtlenecks

    Let's all watch the consummation of Arthur and Nan-Lin's romance, which happens in a restaurant booth.

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    025: Tales of Eight Cylinders and Virginal Odometers

    April 17th, 2023  |  1 hr 18 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, abe vigoda, andy capp, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, harry potter, improv, jeff drake, joe biden, marathon man, mullets, newspaper comic strip, the bachelor, zabar's

    Amos has a dream about Edda shopping for a car, and it's gross.

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    024: They Wanted You to Model Because of Sitzfleisch Allure

    March 27th, 2023  |  1 hr 32 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, comic strip, comics, jeff drake, newspaper comic strip

    It's time to dive into the genesis of Edda's modeling career.

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    023: A Very, Very Good Glass of Water

    February 20th, 2023  |  1 hr 24 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, bach, bats, broadway, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, caligula, chickweed, chickweed lane, claude the cat, comic strip, comics, drug commercials, heart rates, jeff drake, jerry lee lewis, newspaper comic strip, poltergeist, raggedy andy, showgirls, turtlenecks

    Amos's cello performance makes people all over the world have sex. (Part 3 of 3)

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    022: Rampant on a Bösendorfer

    February 6th, 2023  |  1 hr 16 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, balloon satellite, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, chickweed, chickweed lane, columbo, comic strip, comics, ethel merman, fabio, harold & maude, jeff drake, johnny cash, la la land, newspaper comic strip, singin' in the rain, turtlenecks, willie wonka

    Now that the world has seen Amos and Edda have sex, it's time for the cello competition! (Part 2 of 3)

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    021: The Hiccups and the Special Way You Made Them Go Away

    January 30th, 2023  |  1 hr 22 mins
    9 chickweed, 9 chickweed lane, britney spears, broadway, brooke dillman, brooke mceldowney, catholicism, cellos, chickweed, chickweed lane, cleveland balloonfest, comic strip, comics, hiccups, hot air balloons, jascha heifetz, jeff drake, jerry orbach, martin scorsese, mercury, newspaper comic strip, star trek the next generation, the hindenburg, turtlenecks

    Amos and Edda finally do the deed during a cello competition. (Part 1 of 3)