Tattooed Mom

Odd News and Simple Fun with The Crispy Noodle by Teagan Kuruna

This interview with the hosts of The Crispy Noodle is part of a series highlighting podcasts participating in Philly Podfest 2019. See the full line-up of live shows on our Schedule page. 


by Melinda Lewis

Rich and Mike are two friends with a weekly podcast that covers a smorgasbord of topics that is reminiscent of old school talk radio with news, hot takes, and a vicious soundboard. Before their Philly Podfest show on July 28, from 2:30 to 3:30 at Tattooed Mom, they answered some questions about their podcast and plans for the festival.  (edited for length)

Q: Your show reminds me of listening to the radio before school. What have been some of your influences and how did you determine the format?

Rich: I listened to Preston & Steve on Y100 almost every morning on the way to school. I loved how their topics were informative and hilarious. When Y100 shut down and they went off the air, I was devastated; there really wasn't anything like them. After interning with their show on WMMR, I knew I wanted to produce my own show that was newsworthy, comedic, and just simply, fun. 

Mike: I trusted Rich’s instincts when it came to the radio-esque nature of the show since he had the experience. But from the start we knew our favorite topics, that we wanted to be fun and informative, and that if we were excited and passionate about a topic, that would come through in the show. After that, it all just fell into place. 

Q: What's the root of Crispy Noodle’s name?

Rich: Naming a podcast is actually one of the most difficult tasks when coming up with a podcast. We didn't want to simply call it The Rich & Mike Show, so we decided to let inspiration come to us in another way – Chinese takeout. My fortune cookie literally read "Be the Crispy Noodle in the vegetarian salad of life." I shouted to Mike "what the hell does this mean?!" We both couldn't stop laughing. We thought maybe this an answer from Fortune's own cookie – The Crispy Noodle Podcast

Mike: This is one of the biggest mysteries of the show when we first mention the name to someone. We went with our gut, literally, and it worked out great.

Q: Do you have anything planned for Philly Podfest?

Rich: Mike is actually away on vacation that weekend and it will be the first time I am doing The Crispy Noodle Podcast without him. He will definitely be involved in the show in a special way . . .  that's as much as a tease as I can provide! I won't be flying solo though, because our recurring guest personality, Nenna, will be there to help react to Entertainment and Odd News. 

Mike: It’s a shame I can’t be there this year, but I get to be in the very fun and unique position of experiencing the show as a listener first instead of a co-host. We're already working hard to come up with something fun for the event.  

Q: What are you looking forward to most about Philly Podfest (and what makes you want to come back)?

Rich: There are so many interesting podcasts to discover and learn about. I also enjoy the live audience that comes out for this – people get to react in real time to the topics we provide and the odd news stories I research. I also love that we're at Tattooed Mom, it's such a great venue – punk rock atmosphere, right on South Street. You couldn't ask for a more Philly-centric venue in my opinion.

Mike: It’s great to be part of a community that is so passionate about their shows and topics. Since we don’t normally do live events or shows, it definitely adds a unique twist and change of pace for our show, which is welcome after 300+ episodes! 

Yes! So many awesome podcasts recording today! by Teagan Kuruna

Wahoo! We have an impressive lineup of podcasts recording live today:

Last Podcast on the Left (sold out) is packing the house at the Trocadero today at 6pm!

Starting at 1pm today, seven of Philadelphia's best podcasts will be at Tattooed Mom: Kidflix, Film Loop, Doom Thugs, The Ghouls Next Door, First Reaction/Fan Reaction, Blacklisted, and Jawn Appetit. Come join us for free shows, tasty food, and cold beer (you know you need a cold drink today--it's a hot one)!

Philly Podfest Schedule for Saturday, July 15 by Teagan Kuruna

Come one, come all to two of Philly Podfest's favorite venues to see 12 fantastic podcasts today, Saturday, July 15!

Tattooed Mom

1:00pm: The Voice of Free Planet X
2:00pm: Shady Little Hour
3:00pm: Your Weekly Top Six
4:00pm: The Lazy Banana
5:00pm: The Blacklisted Podcast
6:00pm: Lulu and Pop
7:00pm: Get Up In the Cool

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

11:00am: Victims and Villains
12:00pm: Party of One
1:00pm: Comic Book Junto
2:00pm: Quest for Magic and Steele
3:00pm: Micheaux Mission

Q&A with Everything is Awesome by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. Everything is Awesome will be recording live on Sunday, July 16 at 2:00pm at Tattooed Mom. You can find the full schedule of live shows here. Also, special thanks to Everything is Awesome host Kevin Gallagher volunteering to help keep things running smoothly at Tattooed Mom during the first weekend of the Festival. Kev, you're the best!


How did your show come about? I had taken some time off from podcasting when my son was born—I couldn’t find a way to manage getting a set time for my co-hosts and I to sit down and record on top of focusing on work and being a dad. That’s when I thought of Everything is Awesome, a long-form conversational podcast that didn’t rely on set cohosts; just a new guest each week.

How did you meet your co-hosts? Everything is Awesome only has a co-host when we do our show live. I’ve known Mike DeAngelo since grade school and we’ve been best friends since middle school. Our shared interests and ability to just riff with one another off the cuff was the driving force to bring him in for the live shows.

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners? The beautiful thing about having a show that is long-form conversation / interview is that you can jump in anytime. There are few, if any, inside jokes. That being said, I do have my own personal favorites that I would recommend:
1. Episode 20 – Irish Fairies was my first big ‘HOLY CRAP’ moment when I booked Erin McGathy (host of This Feels Terrible).
2. Episode 57 – One Shot to the Heart with James D’Amato. James has been a huge inspiration and his podcasts, One Shot & Campaign, are shows that make me smile no matter my mood
3. Episode 63 – Odin’s Beard! (Live from Atomic City Comics) is single handily one of the funniest shows I’ve ever been part of.
4. Episode 69 – Convos with Kiddos features a short conversation I recorded with my son, who loves the idea of a podcast. That one is super special to me.

What do you appreciate most about this medium? The freedom. I love that anyone can literally do a podcast. There is so much passion that goes into creating this, and people who really put their all into it let it show.

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? I love performing in front of people—something I picked up when I started wrestling for Falls Township Wrestling. It’s like I get to tell a little story without getting to deep.

How does the show change when you're doing a live recording? Everything is Awesome is normally just me and one other guest for an hour or so talking. When we go live, I tend to dub the show Everything is Awesome: LATE NIGHT because I put a bit of a late night talk show spin on it. We interact with the audience, play games, talk to a guest, and usually have a comedian or musician on to help close us out.

Where can people find your podcast and hosts? You can find Everything is Awesome on,, and on social media— and @RealAwesomePod on Twitter. You can find me on twitter @ThatNerdyKev (that’s where I do most of my tweeting and twating) and Mike on twitter @Tellest

Q&A with Lulu and Pop by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. Lulu and Pop will be recording live on Saturday, July 15 at 6:00pm at Tattooed Mom. You can find the full schedule of live shows here.


How did your show come about? How did you meet your co-hosts? We met while working at a Starbucks in West Philly, I was Mark’s Supervisor, we started a friendship, a few weeks later we were dating, and a few weeks later we moved in together.  Four years later we were married!  

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners? One of our favorite episodes is episode number 13 which we recorded in Punta Cana but we also recommend episode 01 which is a good introduction.

What do you appreciate most about this medium? We love that we can do it together.  It’s basically another fun date for us where we get to have these conversations about things we find important or funny and then can then share them with whomever wants to listen!

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? How does the show change? We look forward to connecting with our listeners and possibly making some new ones.  We are looking forward to the audience aspect of it and the fact that we can interact with other people.  Also we’ll have to wear pants….which rarely happens on the show.

Where can people find your podcast and hosts? 
Instagram: @Luluandpop
Twitter: @lulupop
Facebook: Spreaker: