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Ira Glass Makes Balloon Animals, Discusses Blow Jobs
October 23, 2012 1:16 AM   Subscribe

At the request of Tavi (wiki) and his wife Anaheed, This American Life host and MetaFilter favorite Ira Glass has contributed an Ask A Grown Man segment (NSFW audio) (AAGM previously) to Rookie. As an added bonus, he instructs viewers on how to make balloon animals, based on a pamphlet he used as a young man entertaining at parties. When not dispensing balloon advice in this clip, he discusses Buffy & Angel's age discrepancy and blow jobs. (via)
posted by knile (12 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
He's surprisingly entertaining at both. If the whole This American Life thing ever gets old for him, he should totally do this as a weekly show.
posted by waxpancake at 2:52 AM on October 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


he discusses Buffy & Angel's age discrepancy and blow jobs

I am so glad someone is tackling the big issues. Although, while there are similarities, Buffy/Angel was never as creepy as Edward/Bella.
posted by Mezentian at 3:20 AM on October 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I feel old.
posted by surplus at 3:28 AM on October 23, 2012


Spuffy Forever!

/runs away
posted by Malice at 5:10 AM on October 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure why, but the squeaking of the balloons drove me a little crazy. I loved hearing his answers to the questions, but wish he would have skipped the balloon-animal interludes.
posted by three_red_balloons at 5:51 AM on October 23, 2012


When he leans forward towards the camera, the perspective distortion of the short focal length makes it look like he has a huge head on a tiny frame. But in a charming way.

I think I now know why I've never been able to successfully tie a balloon animal -- that second step of twisting it back against itself to make it stay.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:28 AM on October 23, 2012


Ira has lovely hands.
posted by Jode at 7:31 AM on October 23, 2012


I had that same pamphlet when I was a teenager. Yes, I was a dork.
posted by fungible at 7:47 AM on October 23, 2012


Although, while there are similarities, Buffy/Angel was never as creepy as Edward/Bella.

I prefer Buffy/Edward.
posted by homunculus at 10:37 AM on October 23, 2012


That was great! I've never seen a picture of Ira Glass before. This sidebar article by a young woman about stopping being a Mormon was also great, and very moving. No balloon animals though.
posted by sneebler at 10:58 AM on October 23, 2012


I've never seen a picture of Ira Glass before.

Then might I suggest you check out Showtime's wonderful but unfortunately short-run series This American Life. TAL's site has more info and suggestions on where to watch if so inclined.
posted by SomaSoda at 9:16 PM on October 23, 2012


For more Ira-gazing, there are also the live shows of TAL, e.g. 2012's Invisible Made Visible and 2009's Return to the Scene of the Crime. I'm not sure how/where one downloads the full length film versions.

Youtube-searching for more Ira videos, I have discovered this strange gem in which you can barely see him, but but but: Ira Glass and Lucy Wainwright Roche performing "Say Yes". (NSFW lyrics)
posted by knile at 2:45 AM on October 24, 2012


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