A Fan’s Guide to “Picking Favorites”: Episode 15, Travel Pop Beverage


By Shannon Fox, @shannonfox

Hello, darlings! Welcome to your weekly recap of-



You can find this week’s episode on iTunes or Soundcloud.

This Week’s Guest:

Bert Kreischer! (@bertkreischer)


Otherwise known as “The Machine”, Bert is a comedian, podcast host, and television host who also happens to have a party animal reputation.  Like, seriously: the movie Van Wilder was supposedly based off of him.  He currently hosts “Trip Flip” on the Travel Channel, where he takes two people on the trip of their dreams.  He also has his own podcast, Bertcast, and a book out called “Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child”.  You can also catch Bert on one of his many stand-up shows across the country!

You can find Bert’s current tour dates here, buy his book here, or listen to his podcast here.  Otherwise, catch him on the Travel Channel, or here.  And, finally, if you want to be a part of “Travel Channel Star”, you can find more information here.

Trip Flip

Travel Channel Stars

Let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns…)!

Favorite Beverage

I’m Irish, which means that I love me some booze, so I fully approve of this topic choice.  Actually, I’m hoping that the no-tequila rule on the podcast doesn’t also apply to these recaps, because… WHOOPS!  (Also, drink responsibly.  Like, even if it’s soda.  Because cavities.)


Gin Fizz (Gin, egg whites, syrup, sometimes lemon juice, and soda water, shaken for 12 minutes)


Non-Alcoholic Choice:  Root Beer


Whiskey on the rocks (Whiskey and ice)


Non-Alcoholic Choice: Water

Kentucky ‘Murica:

Old Fashioned (Bourbon on ice with a sugar cube muddled with bitters, garnished with orange slice and cherry)


Non-Alcoholic Choice: Coca-Cola


Root Beer


Extra Mentions: 



Jameson Irish Whiskey


Shirley Temple


RC Cola


Random Extra Mentions:

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (the show Kentucky worked on)

Charlie Day in Pacific Rim

Favorite Pop Artist

For guys who LOVE to reminisce, I’m pretty surprised that we got all current artists, aren’t you?  Like, where’s the love for Debbie Gibson, guys? (I guess it’s “Only in My Dreams”.. GET IT?!??)  But it’s okay, because Razzle and Bert’s fangirling over Taylor Swift MIGHT be the most adorable thing I’ve heard in awhile.

Bert and Razzle: 

Taylor Swift

Kentucky ‘Murica: 

Lady Gaga


Kanye West Justin Timberlake

Extra Mention:

Kanye West almost interrupting Beck at the Grammys

Charlie XCX

Favorite Travel-Abroad Story

… I feel like I should have more to say about this topic (Little known fact: I have a degree in “Travel/Tourism Management”, whatever THAT means), but I really just want to hear more of Bert’s stories.  The sheer nonchalance in which he mentioned that a freakin’ GREAT WHITE SHARK LEAPT AT HIM is intriguing.  Screw that Dos Equis guy, I nominate Bert for Most Interesting Man in the World.  (Stay classy, my friends.)


Walking with a woman in Vietnam


(Picture from Bert’s Instagram)

Kentucky ‘Murica:

(Getting married in Puerto Rico, but since he’s already talked about it… ) Renovations on Castaway Cay (Bahamas)



Jetskiing on a family cruise



Walking with two local women in Laos for five miles Gibraltar, Spain, and getting his room ransacked by apes


Random Notes from Shannon’s Brain

  • This week’s “Hey, You’re Awesome” Award is going to Jameson, I don’t even care.  Not only is it my winter drink of choice (point-and-wink in Zac’s general direction), but like, hire me please.  Seriously.  Jameson is the best.  JAMESON FOR PRESIDENT.
  • So, okay: Razzle’s thing is mentioning either Taylor Swift or “Edge of Tomorrow” as often as possible, Kentucky’s thing is mentioning Sam Elliott as much as possible, Tyler’s thing is mentioning that he made the theme song as much as possible… so’s what Zac’s oft-mentioned subject? I’m tempted to say that it’s nicknames, because he never calls anyone by their actual name, but that doesn’t seem quite right.  What do you guys think?
  • Bert’s laugh is just the best.  Someone put him on a show with Ricky Gervais and get them to crack up- the world would INSTANTLY become 500% happier, I swear.
  • “IT WAS SO MUCH FUN, DUDES.”  I really just want to smoosh Razzle’s face most of the time.
  • Okay, I know it’s Mardi Gras, and Bert would know far better than me because it’s him and also I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, but OVERALLS?  I’m bringing back the “Oh, Honey, No” Award for this one.  Because oh, honey, no.
  • I loved hearing the behind-the-scenes fact that on “The Getaway” the bartender ASKED KENTUCKY AND ZAC TO GO TO THE BATHROOM WITH HER.  BALLS OF STEEL, THIS WOMAN.
  • Zac’s tirade against Kanye West was really awesome, particularly because I don’t think I’ve ever heard/seen him get so heated.  Preach, sir.
  • Kentucky and Zac’s immediate back-pedaling from Bert’s game of “Kill It or Drill It” had me howling.  It was literally like, “NOOOOOOOOOPE”.

That’s it for this week’s recap!  Remember to subscribe to and rate the podcast on iTunes, and send YOUR favorites to @thenerdmachine on Twitter with the hashtag “#PickingFavorites”!

You can find our hosts all over social media:

Kentucky/Dave: Twitter

Razzle: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Zac: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Tyler: Twitter, Facebook

Thanks for reading! See you next week!


  1. LauraFebruary 11th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Enjoyed this episode so much have’nt laughed so much in ages, Bert needs to come back again – his laugh !

  2. skorpeoFebruary 11th, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Bert Kreischer, I want to marry you. I’m a heterosexual male…and I want to marry you. First of all, you have land given you by Jameson’s no less, you travel for a living (well, part of it), and you completely blew the doors off that podcast.

  3. Andrea SchneebergerFebruary 12th, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Oh you guys. I will listen to you guys brabbling about your faves (and not faves *looks at kanye*) until you’re like 110 years old.
    You are just the best. Keep going. Love you all.

  4. Sharan LongtonFebruary 12th, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I have not laughed so hard in ages!!! Best episode yet!!!!
    I just wanted to confirm though – Zac; What is it you wanted Kanye to do?
    Keep up the awesome work guys!

  5. SynbiosTaelFebruary 12th, 2015 at 5:07 am

    “Zac’s tirade against Kanye West was really awesome, particularly because I don’t think I’ve ever heard/seen him get so heated. Preach, sir”

    This. Exactly this. I loved it

  6. BeaApril 12th, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I think Zac’s oft-mentioned subject might be either him saying that something “blows my mind” or just the way he sometimes asks “WHAAAAAAT?” whenever one of the guys says something that he absolutely doesn’t anticipate.
    Anyways, I love the podcast so much by now that I refuse to listen to anything else on my commute to work. I have been listenening to some podcasts about 6 or 7 times by now. Friends tell me that they think my “car pooling” with the guys is insane. Yep, that’s what they call it. BEST CARPOOL EVER.

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