Ted Nivison: Milk, Nut Butter, and a Chuckle Sandwich [Ep. 77]

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Ted Nivison is a milkman, pioneering food explorer, newly-minted podcaster, and… comedic philosopher of the human condition. Everything is on the table when we talk to Ted, so we start off with what is and isn’t cheese and the weird Willy Wonka-esque fruit that is the cashew apple.

After a brief chat about the GameStop stonk rally, Ted talks Chuckle Sandwich, his brand new podcast with Jschlatt and Slimecicle. It’s a good way for Ted to post more often and more consistently, since his perfectionism affects his release timelines to a serious degree.

Then Ted invents a product: Patented Ted Nivison Peanut Butter and Jelly Spheres, and honestly, it’s a viable idea that improves on the flaws of the Uncrustable.

Beans on toast, military food, logistics of preparing meals for hundreds… it all comes up as Ted assures us that his parents never made him eat feces. 

And what keeps Ted’s creativity flowing? His daily morning walks in LA, which he now may very well call his “morning constitutional.” Kevin jumps in to correct the 10,000 step pseudoscience, and Ted compares his relaxed, gently active lifestyle in California to grinding nut butter in Ithaca.

Ted whips out one of the greatest surprises in TCU history: way, way too many digits of Pi from memory.

Ted’s actually academically trained in production cinema, and there were plans for a short film before the pandemic disrupted everything. He’s got some advice about script writing and feedback, and he has a live, on-show revelation about his own script.

How do you make milk funny? How is nut butter entertaining? Is In-n-Out better than Five Guys? Is there a superior type of milk? The patrons throw Ted into a gauntlet of serious and frivolous questions.

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the live recording, and a special thanks to the patrons who make this show possible every week.


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