Brilliant Observations

A weekly Comedy and TV podcast featuring John Bukenas, Jessica Kupferman and Melissa Brilliant
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What can we say? Some days you tiptoe through the tulips. Other days, you're up to your patella in a steaming pile of puhpoooo. Join the conversation online (and bring a towel) at @ListenBrilliant, @BrillObsSquad,,
Try as he might, Stuart just can’t seem to get the Birthday mojo this year. First it was his No Surprise 50th birthday (Suprise?). Now, the Amazon cart gives him away. Missy tries a new vibrator (zzZzz zZzz zzZZz) and Amy blames the world for h
Place your bets, gang! Amy tells all from her suspenseful "out of the blue" lunch date with a long lost friend...who has all new pronouns to boot. Missy sends the kids off to camp, and Stuart makes everything about him. As usual.  For more epis
Would you tell a friend when she’s being annoying? Our fear-y (fear-based-theory) is that you wouldn’t even notice. This is America, after all. We’re losing all the filters now — behavior, language, boundaries, civility, common sense… and now,
Ethan makes it through the high school gauntlet unscathed (congratulations!), only to slip into a celebratory stupor courtesy of Dr. Dad's Magic Beer Pong. What is wrong with these people? Missy spends some quality time with her relatives, and
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love yard sales, and everyone else. This week, we revisit the doomed notion of hawking one's castoffs for pennies. Plus, Missy gets verklempt over a particularly poignant fan letter, and Am
This week, we talk masturbation. Again. Because let's face it, you're not downloading for an update on the Gaza Strip.  As always, we beg for your feedback in whatever form you care to give it: on social media at @ListenBrilliant, in our Facebo
It's the Generous Lover episode, featuring all the males we'd like to "aya-eeee." Missy gives a parenting shout out, and Amy mixes up Soledad O'Brien with Soleil Moon Frye (don't we all?). Plus, beach house faucets, Biden photo fails and the Am
Detroit pizza. Roller skating. Cocktail parties. And a crisper drawer that borders on porn? This week, Amy pushes her weight loss into high gear, while Missy celebrates her milestone 500th Peleton ride (to great fanfare). Then, we look back ove
Melissa loses her "button," Mallory fights her fears, and Amy refuses to check a suspicious mole. It's all part of the glamorous job on the middle-aged BrillObs Mom Squad.  Join the conversation online at @ListenBrilliant, @BrillObsSquad, www.B
They say you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Fortunately for you, we don't count in your total. Listen and laugh as we talk weight loss, poor social media habits, hateful father-daughter photos and waaaay too man
Amy buys some questionable glasses. Missy can’t decide what’s better — telling a friend the cold hard truth, or being a friend and choosing to “ack…cen…tuate the positive.” Spoiler Alert: we’re not positive. Amy recaps her recent Board of Direc
Why at the end of every podcast we have does it Just. Get. GOOD? This week, Amy learns what a hummer is. Or *does* she? Melissa begins the five year process of decluttering her house. And everyone reminisces about the pleasures of Food Factory
It’s Spring Break 2021, and like all good shut-ins, Missy tries her hand at an in-person, socially distanced, highly vaccinated, folding soccer chair, we’re done when I say we’re done Driveway Social Hour. (Stuart even brought his five favorite
There once was a man from Nantucket. Who had a podcast and said [email protected]! it. But Apple objected and fans soon defected, so now he cries tears like a bucket. What can we say, Dear Listener? We gave this limerick our “whole ass.” Think you can do bet
It starts with a little harmless fat shaming — okay, not that little. (And not that harmless.) Then we move on to ripping the Royals. Next up? Missy tears Amy a new one for her lack of automotive maintenance, complete disregard for her own chil
So it turns out, Lionel Ritchie can get it. Amy continues to slow-walk her possible brain break diagnosis. And Melissa's Miracle Boobs™ return for a command performance — this time with *No Bra.* What can we say, Dear Listener? We just love you
Dear Listener, who's your first? Missy unlocks the vault to see if anybody besides Stuart is actually in there. Spoiler Alert: she locks him back in. (Poor Stu.) THANK YOU to our newest Patreon Subscribers, our longest fans, and our loudest sup
After a week I mean month I mean year like we've had, there's only one thing left to do.  Find us everywhere @ListenBrilliant, online at, at, at, on
Our eyes are everywhere this week, Dear Listener. But mostly between 11 and 32 inches. Find all the juicy details at, [email protected], @ListenBrilliant, on Facebook at BrillObsSquad, on
From sourdough and cannibalism to Chris Hemsworth’s prosthetic penis, we dive deep into the paralyzing reality of “healthy fears.” Suck it, sharks. We're buying a beach house.  Join the nonsense online @ListenBrilliant, @BrillObsSquad, www.Bril
Friends in need level-jump their testicle-and-lady-part questions straight over Melissa’s head in an attempt to get to Dr. Stuart. Her advice? If you’re taking two days to eat an orange, you’re doing something wrong. Join us as we eviscerate al
Some things you just don’t talk about. Like loving crunchy peanut butter. Hating the beach. Or meeting a flaccid penis. As usual, Amy is convinced with no evidence whatsoever that the mythic “limp dick” heard tell in every comedy club and Holly
Grab your Go Bag, kids. It’s time to clip-in to your Peletons and ride through the weirdest sex talk ever. (Save us, Carson Daly!) Join us as we distract ourselves from the day’s events with sourdough, Bridgerton, and a jaunty, judgy dive into
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