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From Fart Jokes To Cancer With Comic Eugene Mirman

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Apr 13, 2020

In comedy and cooking, Bob’s Burgers star Eugene Mirman loves a project. He has a stand-up bit about how he bought a laminating machine to make fake signs to leave in restaurant bathrooms, next to the hand washing signs. (One example: "Do not use your cell phone ever again.") In the kitchen he cures his own salmon, makes soup dumplings, and attempts to whip up hand-pulled noodles from scratch.

For Eugene, comedy and cooking are outlets — ways to cope in difficult times. And as you see in a new documentary about his life and career called It Started As a Joke, Eugene has had more than his share to cope with in recent years. He calls the documentary his most personal project to date. This week we talk about all that. Plus he tells us what he has in common with his character on Bob's Burgers, and reads some of the darkly hilarious Daily Quarantine Routines he's been sharing on social media.

Eugene and Dan also bond over the Eastern European pancakes they each grew up eating, and that they've been turning to lately in stressful times. Here are their recipes...

Eugene Mirman’s Oladyi with Apples

2 eggs

1 cup of strawberry kefir (or 1 cup unsweetened kefir and 1 tbsp of sugar)

1.5 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp of baking soda

2 apples, peeled and cut into small pieces

Sunflower oil

Mix eggs and kefir in a bowl. Add baking soda, flour, and apples.

Heat oil in a pan over medium-low heat and pour 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake (four or so pancakes at a time depending on pan). Cover and cook 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook another 2-4 minutes or until they’re done.

Dan's Mom's Cottage Cheese Pancakes

2 eggs

1 cup cottage cheese

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

Whisk together and spoon into a buttered nonstick pan like any other pancakes. Just note that the surface won't form little bubbles like with other pancakes, so you have to watch the edges to see when they start to brown before flipping. They should remain a little moist in the center.

 

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Feel Real Good Instrumental" by William Van De Crommert

- "Django On A Leash" by Jack Ventimiglia

- "Shake and Bake" by Hayley Briasco

- "Morning Blues" by JT Bates

- "Minimaliminal" by Black Label Productions

- "Enigmatic Rhodes" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan

- "Can't Bring Me Down" by Jack Ventimiglia

Photos courtesy of David Andrako and Dan Pashman.

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