Yakkin’ With YaJagoff – Comedians: Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed, Roy Wood, Jr.

We are yakkin’ with Ahmed Ahmed, Roy Wood, Jr. and Owen Benjamin from the former Sullivan and Son cast

We’re yakkin about Urban Rabbits, Primanti sandwiches, golf cart bowling and how to act when Vince Vaughn is your boss.

Owen Benjamin is at the Pittsburgh Improv this Thursday, Friday, Saturday Sunday.

Click HERE for tickets/show times.


For the production!

The Pirates Lost …Time for Cookies!


What you see there is the finished product of  my toiling in the kitchen this past Saturday.  Those are, what I am told, Italian Brownie Cookies.  As a German-Irish guy, I just call them those Italian-chocolate-spice-cookies-with-the-white-icing-that-I-love-to-dunk.

The given recipe makes 30-dozen cookies and, during last night’s Pirates game, I am pretty sure that I ate 12-dozen.  Then, when they went down 3-0 in the 9th, I dunked another 8-dozen in 2 gallons of constant-flow milk!  Skim of course.. because I’m watching my calorie intake.

Here’s the deal behind me making the cookies.  A friend of mine’s Italian mother said she liked these cookies.  I loooooove these cookies.  The problem is, they are a @#$@#! mess to make. My friend’s mother doesn’t have the stamina to make them anymore.  I labored of these things for the first time last Christmas for a blogger cookie event.  I had this past Saturday available. Sooooo….there ya go.  Thank GAWD I had them on hand for last night!

Here’s are some pictures of the cookie-baking-process.


Ya have to start off the the right tools.  When I’m baking, ya never know what will break so I keep tools handy.  Not that I know how to use them any better than a spatula but…they are good to have close at hand.  The linoleum knife came in handy for opening the bag of walnuts.

Cookie_PowderOnCounterWhen I was mixing the dry goods, at one point there was more of it flipping out of the bowl than staying in the bowl.  So I stopped using my blistering wrist-shot hand to mix!  That’s just a sample of what ended up on the counter.  Just like the sand that blows off of a dump trunk on the highway.  I have to account for that.  I figure I lost and additional dozen cookies due to counter-top-loss.


When I’m cooking OR baking… the best kitchen appliance is the dog.  Cleans up every spill that hits the floor!  Much easier then any ShopVac, Dyson OR Shark.


You can’t actually see the smoke on this picture.  But, if this was scratch and sniff, you’d smell it!  The smoke was more apparent before I took the time to wash my hands to grab my phone to take the picture.  Basically, what this is, is the SECOND hand-mixer with a blown motor due to these @#$@@%^ cookies!  I burned up a mixer last December too.  Something tells me I need to invest in a cement mixer if I’m gonna make these cookies again.


And there ya have it.  I only had to make 2 trips to the hardware store while making the cookies.  The palm-sander came in handy for the ones that were lightly burned on the bottom.  The tree saw was only for standby in case the oven broke and I had to cut firewood to finish the baking process.  Not seen in his picture is the caulking gun that I had attached to my work belt….just in case a neighbor guy knocked on the door while I was putting the icing on the cookies.  I could have easily said I was caulking the shower when he saw all the white stuff stuck to my hands!

Bottom line… if the Bucs lose again… I made have to opt out for Oreos!

By the way, if ya want this recipe, email me at YaJagoff (at) verizon (dot) net, subject line COOKIE.

And, for those of you manly-men that want to taunt me for baking cookies on a Saturday afternoon, shut-up and go drink you Pumpkin-spiced coffees….Ya Jagoffs!



What’s that Sign Say?


Got this pic from Instagram.

This was the message that was tagged on the Instagram photo:

He missed the big “stop here on red” sign

The good news in the situation above is, if they happen to bump into each other, they both have red paint so the damage won’t be all that noticeable.  Ya know.. not like those people that ding a tail-light and then put some kind of translucent red tape over it but it looks exactly like red scotch tape holding your car together.

Since we don’t know the gender of the bus driver we are about to be snarky to, let’s just call the driver PAT… you know.. like the old Saturday Night Live character (and of course I’m crafty enough to realize that PAT stand for Port Authority Transit).

So Pat of PAT, maybe we should go waaaaaay back to the basics.  What happens on the Red and Green lights.  We know this from the kids game, “Red Light/Green Light.”

In this game, one person plays the “stop light” and the rest try to touch him/her.

At the start, all the children form a line about 15 feet away from the stop light.

The stop light faces away from the line of kids and says “green light”. At this point the kids are allowed to move towards the stoplight.

At any point, the stop light may say “red light!” and turn around. If any of the kids are caught moving after this has occurred, have to go back to the start line.

Play resumes when the stop light turns back around and says “green light”.

The first player to touch the stop light wins the game and earns the right to be “stop light” for the next game.

Then, let’s say we’re all grown up and the red light situation becomes “real life” traffic.  It gets a teenie-weenie but more difficult because some places allow a Right Turn On Red…. AFTER you stop and make sure you’re not gonna hit another car, a person, an animal, whatever.  Just like the kid’s game, you ARE able to use a strategy of keep moving….. until you get CAUGHT that is! Get caught?  Get a penalty.

Now wouldn’t that have been cool if someone were to stop Pat of PAT’s bus and say, “sorry Pat… you and all over you riders, were caught so yinz all are gonna have to stay on the bus and go back to wherever you started this ride!”

Pat of PAT, one or two times of facing the wrath of angry riders… ones that are ON your bus vs. ones you pass up at bus stops…you’ll be sure to STOP ON RED every time, Ya Jagoff!!


Thanks to BestLightImages on Instagram for being our Honorary Jagoff Catcher today!