Don’t Take a Bite Out of Paul F. Tompkins

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Kulap Vilaysack, SuChin Pak, Paul F. Tompkins

SuChin Pak  00:10

All right kids, welcome back to add to cart. This is a show about the things we buy all the things we buy into what it says about who we are. I am your host SuChin Pak.

Kulap Vilaysack  00:21

And I am Kulap Vilaysack, Now Su, for 2023, you know we love a returning guests here on Add to Cart.

SuChin Pak  00:32

I mean lucky that some of these actually they come back. And if I remember last time this guest was a was on a very controversial episode. You know there were a lot of lot of competing ideas there were there were things that maybe he didn’t agree with us things that we had laid down our brand on.

Kulap Vilaysack  00:55

Yeah, you know, yeah, yes. Yes. And now I hope the drama continues. Add to Carter’s, just no, no intro really will suffice. Number one. He’s beautiful.

Paul F. Tompkins  01:16

Words can’t bring me down.

Kulap Vilaysack  01:19

He is dapper. So like you said yes. Yes. Yes. Best dressed. Okay. Be spoke to fashions. Okay, luxurious fabrics. An eye for bullying. And how it brings back to the fit. Never haven’t met a man who understands hats in the way that he does. Pins, cuffs. He’s a comedian, and actor, a writer. He’s the commander of podcasts of the world of podcasts.

SuChin Pak  01:53

The center of podcasts, he’d reached it.

Kulap Vilaysack  01:56

He is and he also happens to be a dear friend of mine. He’s like my family. And to sue Chin’s horror, a lover of squirrel sized picnic benches, Paul F. Tompkins.

Paul F. Tompkins  02:17

I’m adopting the Mrs. Doubtfire for 2023, so I’m going to greet people […]

SuChin Pak  02:25

I mean, I love a good throwback. Half our audience have no idea. And that’s a journey. That’s the journey. let’s do a young person poll.

Kulap Vilaysack  02:41

Tiffany, do you know what Mrs. Doubtfire is? Put it in the chat. I’ve heard it but I’ve never watched it.

Paul F. Tompkins  02:51

I heard Tiffany.

SuChin Pak  02:58

so go on besides adding to cart Mrs. Doubtfire introductions.

Kulap Vilaysack  03:07

We need to catch up in the world of carts with you.

Paul F. Tompkins  03:11

You know, I’ve been well, thank you. Trying to I’m just out here doing my best trying to take care of myself. Trying to be a decent human being. Some days more of a struggle than others. But mostly doing all right.

Kulap Vilaysack  03:25

Add to Cart being a decent human being.

Paul F. Tompkins  03:31

It’s surprising though because I think about when I was younger and I thought I was a real nice guy. And then I realized kind of an asshole a lot of the time.

SuChin Pak  03:41

Sometimes I find out you that the nicer the exterior, the chewier the interior. You know? Like, I just think that sometimes. You know, maybe that’s just me. Just great big smile, but you get close and there’s razor blades.

Paul F. Tompkins  04:02

It’s chewy razor blade. That’s what they were warning us about on Halloween.

SuChin Pak  04:09

Every Halloween every Halloween time.

Kulap Vilaysack  04:18

You’re speaking to you. You love a little edge. You love a little you love a little texture on a person.

SuChin Pak  04:24

I mean, that’s what I call life. You know what I mean? I want to I want a hot live body. I don’t need a dead corpse next to me at dinner.

Kulap Vilaysack  04:33

You know what I mean?

SuChin Pak  04:35

I don’t want that. That’s a lot of work for me. Way too much facial muscles there. You know what I mean, I want to get right into tell me, the dumpster that is your marriage. Why does your car look like that? What does that smell? Top three questions.

Paul F. Tompkins  04:56

I will say this too. I prefer that as well. But There is a, it’s a very fine line between someone who just lays it all out, like likes to get into big talk and somebody who over shares because they like to get a reaction out of you. But when somebody is just plainly like, let’s just talk about real stuff. And I, the person I always go to is I did a pilot with Molly Shannon one time. And we played a married couple, we had so many scenes together in between takes, like, we had the greatest conversations, because she would ask questions that were personal, but not like, it didn’t cross a line. They were just human questions.

Kulap Vilaysack  05:35

They weren’t invasive?

Paul F. Tompkins  05:39

It was just like, let’s take it for granted that we’re both people that we’re both grownups and we both know that life is dealing with certain things. And it was absolutely the best. I loved it. But I never felt like I never felt like she was being intrusive. And I also never felt like she was trying to just shock me with a thing from her life. You know, it was genuine.

SuChin Pak  06:01

I’ve never I’ve never met this woman. I’ve only been a fan. But you can just tell when someone is number one has lived life. Has had stuff happen, overcome. And number two is just one’s genuine interaction is a genuine person. And I feel like she’s one of those.

Paul F. Tompkins  06:20

It’s also, it’s flattering when someone trusts you to be that way, you know that it’s like, oh, this person assumes that I can handle this and that I will give, I will give as well as receive. And it’s like that’s I was really, I didn’t, yeah, I didn’t think about that until much later. It’s like, wow, that was kind of a compliment that she knew that I could, you know, hold up my end of these conversations.

SuChin Pak  06:44

Ever the gentleman, Paul, I mean, you are really truly ever the gentleman I call that chewy razor blades and you call it humanity. Yes, it’s humanity. I really need to find new vocabulary, Paul, and I look to you to really guide me into something that isn’t so sharp. And that’s you, you’re classy.

Paul F. Tompkins  07:18

I’m never going to be one of those guys. That’s like, you’ve never heard a bad word about every one of those guys. It’s like he’s just not. I’m not missed. I’m never going to be Mr. Rogers. You know what I mean? That’s never going to happen. But I get a little better, I think year by year.

Kulap Vilaysack  07:37

I love you wholy.

Paul F. Tompkins  07:40

Go up and I enjoy indulging a little righteous anger from time to time.

SuChin Pak  07:53

Kills to freeze as they say in Peri. Not shocked by my little Kiwi lime over there. A little bit of darkness.

Kulap Vilaysack  08:03

Yeah, yeah, a little bit of it. Sometimes, you know, I like my water a little hot. You know, sometimes I wouldn’t do it now.

SuChin Pak  08:11

Do you guys have as friends? Like, a topic that will both get you? Oh, don’t just start with me now.

Paul F. Tompkins  08:19

Oh, I think just show business. Like the business part of show business. Yeah. Yes. That will always that will always get us going.

Kulap Vilaysack  08:29

Yeah, absolutely. I was like, I gotta bring this to Paul. I need Paul’s take on it. I need it.

Paul F. Tompkins  08:38

Terrible decision. Cuz I want to tell my take. Absolutely. And that to me is friendship.

Kulap Vilaysack  08:51

Paul, what can you kind of Billboard, give us the headline of what the current is that you’ll be sharing with us today.

Paul F. Tompkins  08:58

You know, I will and this is something that I very rarely do. And I think I never really do in a public forum. But I am going to say where I get some of my clothes, because, like for this day and stage, I like to wear something a little more colorful and a little exciting and whimsical and whatever. And one of the places that I get a lot of stuff from is a place called it’s a website called

Kulap Vilaysack  09:32

Where’s my pen? Wow, this is a Add to Cart exclusive.

Paul F. Tompkins  09:42

There it is. This is a place where you can buy stuff that’s just off the rack. But you can also have custom tailored stuff that is way cheaper than going to like a nice place and getting a custom suit made. And you know it’s not like the cost of the fabrics varies, but you can get like some interesting stuff that is tailored to you. And it’s not going to be like a bank shattering to do so.

SuChin Pak  10:12

The prices range here from $270 to $500. Yeah, yeah, a little bit of somewhere around there, give or take, which, for suit prices, absolutely nominal.

Paul F. Tompkins  10:23

And we’re a bespoke suit. Like at least $1,000. That’s where you go to a tailor, you do multiple fittings, they take a form of you, they do all your measurements and everything. And that is, that’s a lot of time and care. And at the end of it, you’re going to have like, I had a suit made for my wedding that was perfectly tailored to me, when it was handed over to me it fit perfectly, it was like a dream. But this is you might have to do a little a few tweaks here and there, but nothing super expensive. And it’s a you’re gonna have like a unique thing. You get to customize like lapels, and buttonholes and things like that. And it’s really fun and relatively inexpensive way to have some interesting clothes, you can also get like, right, unlike a regular old, you know, business pinstripe suit or whatever you can get like a regular old blue suit, whatever you need. But there is fun to be had with like a different lining or a you know, adding up a like a vest with a lapel, things like that, you need some extra time. So make sure if you have an event coming up, you want to give it a couple months, you know, to make sure that it arrives in time. But yeah, it’s really I really enjoy it. And so when I started doing my variety show, again, like the colors of the show, the logo and everything, are basically Mardi Gras colors, it’s green, golden purple. And so I had some green, golden purple suits made and you know, it’s like hard to find those fabrics sometimes. And, you know, I really wasn’t happy with the stuff that I got. So I recommend that to a lot of people. I’m a little, I don’t know why I’m shy to talk about this stuff. It just makes me feel very self-conscious. There’s very few people that I can talk to the person I could talk to the most about clothes about, like loving clothes, and looking at stuff and saying, Did you see this outfit on this person at an award show is my dear friend, the great comedian, river Butcher. And for as long as we’ve been friends, we would like text each other about certain clothes that we saw. I felt like we were at the same level of enjoying this stuff. And it just always felt natural and comfortable to me. Every once in a while there’ll be somebody in the business who likes suits or whatever, who will talk to me about certain clothing and it’s like, yeah, I can’t afford that shit, dude. What you’re doing right now is mean. Have you checked out the Ralph Lauren Black Label? No, I haven’t.

SuChin Pak  13:03

I’ve heard of it. Well, that’s, I think the difference between like fashion and style, you know, like, it’s not necessarily about the label and the big thing on your bag and the unit I mean that it’s about the way you put something together. It’s about how it flat reflects something you want to say about yourself, etc. And so for me I feel like with you it’s always been more that than it has been about fashion. I mean, I’m sure you’re not going to say no to a sponsorship from Black Label Polo whatever, or free whatever.

Paul F. Tompkins  13:49

You’re right. It is I really enjoy style more than fashion. The thing about fashion is it’s supposed to be fun. But people get way too intense about it. And especially with men’s fashion and style guides. It’s what’s funny about men’s fashion is it really is like you get one thing and then everybody’s gonna make that thing for a solid couple of years. I looked when I think it was Tom Ford came out with the suits that just looked like they shrunk. Yes. It was so funny. It was like you wear these suits. The pants are too short and the sleeves are too short and you wear them without socks. And it’s like this looks you look like a cartoon bumpkin.

Kulap Vilaysack  14:32

Yeah, that’s what we would dress drew Tarver in bajillion dollars.

Paul F. Tompkins  14:35

You weren’t trying to upstage the bride.

Paul F. Tompkins  14:35

It was so funny to me and these guys are these serious faces in the in the fucking hands and it’s like, what are you looking at? You should be laughing your ass off. But I for a lot of guys because they’re not raised with a sense of fashion. When it comes time when they’re grownups and they’ve never had to wear a suit before if they have a wedding coming up or something like that. I’m had people asked me for years, like, what buttons Am I allowed to button and all this stuff. And there was a time where I followed those guidelines, it was very important to me that I was doing it the right way. And then it’s like, who cares? It doesn’t matter. Whatever buttons, you want a button, put whatever’s together, put whatever patterns together, who cares? I think that, for us, for the for the human eye, there are naturally some things that go together better than other things. They complement each other well, in a pleasing way. But again, at the end of the day, it’s you and how you want to express yourself and just do whatever, just do whatever. Don’t worry about if there’s a rule or something. Like if I go to a wedding, you know, I will I like to dress in a in a in a way that I enjoy that reflects my personality, but not in a way that’s like, hey, everybody, look at me, because it’s not my daddy. You know what I mean? It’s like, what we call out when our at a wedding together and I wore a green suit that was almost a teal double breasted suit with a with a bow tie. And it was like I got a lot of compliments on the suit. But I didn’t feel like I was trying to steal focus from anything. You know what I mean? It was it was still like, within the realm of a normal thing that someone.

Paul F. Tompkins  15:13

Exactly, exactly. But I was but I was expressing myself like, this is me, you know?

Paul F. Tompkins  15:38

Yeah, yes. Yes. Snaps. You deserve everyone. I could do this, right. Like, I could get a blazer. Could I as a lady? I’m very interested. This is okay. Great.

Paul F. Tompkins  16:51

You know, who’s a great dresser as Hannah and binder, who will dress fam will dress Butch, will wear like a straight up men’s suit that was tailored to her. It’s not like a lady’s pants suit. You know, it’s like, it’s like a cool, like tweed suit that is tailored to her body. And I love seeing stuff like that. I think it’s really fun. You know, but you can also wear a ball gown or whatever. Yeah. And I think that, you know, a style. Having a style is not necessarily I wear the same thing all the time. You know, it is what feels right to you. And what you feel makes you look good and makes you feel comfortable makes you feel attractive. That could be anything it doesn’t have to be just one thing. I agree. I agree.

Kulap Vilaysack  17:39

I love a lady in a suit and a tailored suit. It’s my favorite thing. It’s a Cate Blanchett moment.

SuChin Pak  17:39

Paul, do you also feel like you could almost wear anything? If it fits you? if the tailoring is right, it could be a hot pink suit. It could be a big puffy. Sleeping Bag coat. Yeah, you know, for sure. If the proportions are right, and it fits you. Like to me anyway, that’s, that’s the difference between style and fashion. Where it’s like you let the label carry a lot of the work versus like figuring out like, oh, this cut, this fabric sits really well on my body.

Paul F. Tompkins  18:34

Also feels good. You know?

SuChin Pak  18:36

It also getting you feel confident.

Paul F. Tompkins  18:38

A lot of times, you know, guys, I A lot of times I hear guys say that suits are uncomfortable, which is absurd. It’s like a suit fits you. It’s comfortable. Also, I think a big discomfort that you’re feeling is your shirt doesn’t fit. If the shirt is too tight the neck, yeah, it’s gonna feel uncomfortable. If you’re not, if you’re not wearing dress shirts a lot. Chances are you might not be wearing one that fits. And so make sure you know, if you got something coming up, make sure that shirt fits before the day of and if it doesn’t fit, you know, go get a shirt that fits or get a color extender or something like that makes all the difference in the world.

Kulap Vilaysack  19:22

What else you have in your cart for us?

Paul F. Tompkins  19:23

Yes, I can tell you something that I have in my cart is the slough house series of books written by Mick Herron and my experience with these books was started watching the show. And I got about 10 minutes in and I said you know, I think I want to check out the book. I read the first book. I loved it. I never do this. I read all the books in a row and absolutely devoured them and then went back and I after the first book I went back and watched the series thought the series was great. It was great to the books with those characters with those actors. From the show in my head, and then to go back and watch the series, and now I’m like, I’ve read everything that exists from this universe. And I absolutely adore it. It’s so much fun. They’re great stories. The concept is so fun. And then the stories are like, really well-crafted spy thriller things with a lot of humor. The humor is a bit sick comy, but it’s, it’s forgiven because the stories are so great. And the characters are great, really great characters. And the character of Jackson Lamb that is played by Gary Oldman in the in the series is such a great, disgusting, super smart, clever, gross character. It’s so good.

Kulap Vilaysack  20:47

Like, gross in hygiene or like gross and behavior?

Kulap Vilaysack  20:51

In every way.

SuChin Pak  20:55

and the character synopsis it says Jackson lamb is a slovenly, rude and apparently drunk most of the time. His bad habits belie a still keen, devious mind and his abilities as an experienced intelligence officer. Ooh, I love it.

Kulap Vilaysack  21:12

Yeah. Paul, would you characterize the books like the read as like? Like a like a quick read like a poolside? Read? Is it something that like.

Paul F. Tompkins  21:21

100%. It’s nothing but fun, and you just breeze through them. And I don’t want to say that they’re guilty pleasures, just because something’s not you know, great literature or whatever. It’s like, they’re fun books. And they’re really smartly written. I really enjoy them a lot.

Kulap Vilaysack  21:39

So are you excited? Or what? Like, this is like, he’s like.

Paul F. Tompkins  21:44

Is this like up your alley at all?

SuChin Pak  21:45

It is. It is very much up my alley. And I love a series of books. And when you tell me that you have you went through the series, because a lot of times the first one will be fantastic. And the second one, you’re like, that was good. That was good. That was good. Third one, you’re like, can I return this? Is it to thumb? Like, yeah, I not, I think I can, I’ve only read 15 pages. And I this isn’t the character that I want to be following. And I see where this is going. You know, it’s just like watered down versions of the first but you love to see I love when I can get into a world like to me when I can sit. And it’s a totally different world. It doesn’t even matter what it is. It’s something that I can learn from, but something that I immerse myself in and get, you know, Paul, like, like, you ever have those books, where were you almost hate to read them? Because you’re like, I want my life back. Like I want to live in the real world. Like when I’m walking around, I don’t want to be going back to like, can I squeeze in? A half hour here with a book with me to the dentist, and maybe he’s always a little bit late. And then you get so annoyed when the one day he’s on time, you’re like I wanted to read this. So it’s a push and pull. But I’m always looking for a world to dive into.

Paul F. Tompkins  23:06

And you know, I read I read on an e reader I read on a Kindle. And I turned off the indicator that much of the how much of the book is left or how much you’ve read. So that I wouldn’t know when it was going to end. And it was that’s good. Yeah, it was so much fun. And he’s written other books that are not in this series. And I was like, I’m gonna check this one out. You know, because the description was this is like a standalone book, outside of that world and but then characters from that series is what were just referenced in this book. I was like, what, how many? How much I dropped. I guess I gotta read all of this guy’s books. I gotta read all of them. I was so like, I felt a chill when I read a name. That was in one of the other series. And I was like, this is connected to.

SuChin Pak  24:05

You’re in that world again.

Kulap Vilaysack  24:08

It’s amazing. Whoa, whoa, this is exciting for me. I’m really excited. Okay, so slow horses is book one add to cart and then just, you know, plow through, plow through and then..

Paul F. Tompkins  24:22

Do it how you want to do it if you don’t like it, but I recommend to everyone. Watch the first 10 minutes of the first season on Apple TV.

SuChin Pak  24:36

Get the characters embedded because it’s great casting, you know, I mean, only if it’s great cast. Yeah, when it’s not good, it can’t get better. And then you read it with those people in mind. That’s it. That’s the Paul F. Tompkins school of book 101.

Kulap Vilaysack  25:05

Paul, did you have a remove from cart? Do you have something that year?

Paul F. Tompkins  25:08

Yes. I would like to remove it from cart the M&Ms characters. I despise them. They’re not funny.

SuChin Pak  25:22

No. Why are we still talking about them?

Paul F. Tompkins  25:25

They are acting. They’re these beloved characters that we all enjoy. And they’re not. They’re not and it all started with that Christmas commercial. Where the two eminent the world is sloppy, right? The world is very sloppy. The size alone is like, okay, they’re not the size of actual M&Ms, which are tiny. But they’re not human sized. Now, they’re like this weird, small size. toddler. Okay, so but they are M&Ms. Like, you can eat them. In some commercials, a bike gets taken out of them. And they’re merely annoyed by them. I don’t understand who they are.

Kulap Vilaysack  26:12

Take a bite out of me. I’m gonna be pretty pissed.

Paul F. Tompkins  26:15

I love to go to the hospital. If you if you take a bite out of my skull.

Kulap Vilaysack  26:21

My skull, my shoulder.

SuChin Pak  26:28

So then I have to imagine that you also are not a fan of just like […]

Paul F. Tompkins  26:37

Not necessarily. I don’t mind a little anthropomorphism.

SuChin Pak  26:41

For me this whole nonsense about the purple, you know, M&M being I just started even though these personalities and why we’re still talking about it.

Paul F. Tompkins  26:54

the idea that they are giving them these personality attributes when they have not figured out their world drives me crazy. So in the Christmas commercial again, whose houses it? What are they doing there? They turn a corner. They’re Santa Claus putting presents under the tree. They say, Oh, he does exist. Santa says they do exist. This is the first six months of this ad campaign. The legendary figure of Santa Claus is going to be so overwhelmed that these M&Ms characters exist. He’s going to fucking faint. Absolutely not. That’s before we even get to the idea that they’re making some kind of political stance with changing the shoes of one of them. Or this one is not binary.

Paul F. Tompkins  27:48

You don’t have a right. You don’t have the right.

SuChin Pak  28:00

I’m seeing a glimpse of your guys’ brunch together. Wow, I take it back crunchy. razorblades all the way. I mean you guys are both storytellers. You guys, both your writers, your creative people. Like I’m just an ordinary, you know? Oh my god, I have so much zoom finger wagging. Just like I just can smell it coming off of your  finger sweat. No, but what I’m saying. But what I’m saying is the politicization. There’s that even a word of the M&Ms bothered me, but I didn’t even think that the world was shoddy. That that that the universe has hadn’t been properly built for us to then have a political conversation about these M&Ms.

Paul F. Tompkins  28:55

Why are they size?

SuChin Pak  28:58

Are they the size they are your number one number one why are they the size they are number two?

Paul F. Tompkins  29:03

Do they want people to eat M&Ms? Or do they not want people to eat M&Ms?

SuChin Pak  29:11

Why is Santa Claus […] I mean, you know what I mean?

Kulap Vilaysack  29:17

If Santa can […] about that. Like all we’re depending on him. All the children were depending.

Paul F. Tompkins  29:24

We’re depending on him. What he’s gonna do the Jolly Green Giant and go into a coma. Here’s the thing. Santa was an advertising image for Coca Cola. It has transcended that. 1,000,000,000% right. It has become a critical thing for kids that has nothing. Coca Cola coke doesn’t even use Santa Claus. fingers like a polar bears. M&Ms. No. No, how dare you. How dare you.

SuChin Pak  29:52

So you’re telling me that this this isn’t going to carry 50 years from now children aren’t going to be talking about cars Color Coded small size chocolate bites but not too small figurines.

Paul F. Tompkins  30:06

If they are, if they are, then I will be glad to be dead. If that is the world.

SuChin Pak  30:15

You draw the line, you’re like, I’m out, I’m out.

Paul F. Tompkins  30:18

It’s an indication of a larger thing. And at that point, I will be happy to be laying a moldering in my grave. If that’s what the word was become.

SuChin Pak  30:27

In a beautiful bespoke suit. Yeah.

Kulap Vilaysack  30:31

Now, Paul, what are your thoughts on the California reasons then? Like, let’s keep going.

Paul F. Tompkins  30:39

Yeah, they’re dumb. They’re dumb. It was here’s what was fun about them. Play nation. That was fun. That was the way they were animated.

Kulap Vilaysack  30:49

And they sang and played instruments.

Paul F. Tompkins  31:03

Song parody. They just straight up saying I heard did they even change the lyrics? I don’t think they did. The backstory that they were a bank, they at least they did some world building with a California.

Kulap Vilaysack  31:22

And I don’t think they were they were like, cannibalizing each other.

Paul F. Tompkins  31:26

They knew where they were. They were performing on a stage. You know what I mean? People loved them.

SuChin Pak  31:36

We didn’t end up at someone’s house. You weren’t like what, whose house? Raisins house?

Paul F. Tompkins  31:42

Exactly. What are you at Meghan Malawi’s house. Eminem. Wasn’t she in one of those commercials? She’s gonna try to eat me. It’s like, what did you think was gonna happen? Also, if you’re a person, and the M&M can talk, what are you now, that you’re going to eat this sentient creature that has the ability to speak English.

Kulap Vilaysack  32:23

Is it murder? Or is it delicious?

Paul F. Tompkins  32:28

It’s not like, not like a PETA issue. You know what I mean? This thing has a brain can talk.

Kulap Vilaysack  32:38

But it doesn’t bleed.

SuChin Pak  32:47

I can’t really, I got a little I got a little shaky around sentient beings. I have to be honest with you. And I thought about it like I are. You know, I went off into the galaxy and I asked to […]

Paul F. Tompkins  33:11

Yeah, they’re aware of their surroundings. They can hold conversations. We’re talking about parrot. You know what I mean? Was just repeating stuff.

Kulap Vilaysack  33:18

They wear shoes.

SuChin Pak  33:20

I mean, these are questions. These are questions we should really shoot this up to the top.

Paul F. Tompkins  33:26

Yeah, we gotta we gotta speak to the manager on this one. To end this campaign.

Kulap Vilaysack  33:34

Hear me now, we Paul, did I make this I thought they were ending the campaign and my Rudolph is now all of them. I got around.

Paul F. Tompkins  34:00

The rumor death of Mr. Peanut. It was all a lie.

Kulap Vilaysack  34:04

It was all a lie. Paul, I’m so sorry that the Philadelphia Eagles did not win the Super Bowl. I hope, I’m just sorry. Really? Sorry.

Paul F. Tompkins  34:14

That’s alright. I’m not a football fan. I did watch it because you know, I root root root for the whole team for the home team. And if they don’t win, it is indeed a shame. But that’s the that’s the I think the second entire football game I’ve ever.

SuChin Pak  34:34

And it was a good one. You know, it’s a big one.

Paul F. Tompkins  34:39

It was it was a tight game. It was a tight game.

Kulap Vilaysack  34:44

Paul, what a conversation we just had, right? From bespoke suits. Affordable, affordable, customizable. To a series of books into an attic. You show into […] those M&Ms.

SuChin Pak  35:05

I mean, that’s really the all the corners of anyone’s mind. You know, we don’t we can’t hold more than that in just one episode.

Paul F. Tompkins  35:19

This is our limit. But now here’s a special bonus I will tell you I forgot to press record on my recording. Early afternoon baked, my apologies to Kegan who I shared a good laugh with at the idea of those people who are unprofessional.

SuChin Pak  35:51

As Ku says, we hold multitudes you know, you can’t be the consummate professional 100,000% of the time. There has to be room for creativity for the juices to flow. And this is your juiciest.

Paul F. Tompkins  36:08

Yeah, this is me and my juiciest.

Kulap Vilaysack  36:12

Yes you are steeped in the juice of life.

Paul F. Tompkins  36:17

I am juicy right now

Kulap Vilaysack  36:39

Paul, tell the people about all of the podcasts that you’re on, tell them about […]

Paul F. Tompkins  36:54

I co-host two podcasts. Freedom which comes out every Thursday. That is me Scott Ackerman and Lauren Lapkus. And we’re just being ourselves being three friends hanging out and being silly. Then, once a month I host the stay of home kids podcast with my wife, Jamie. What is happening gang? What’s happening? What’s happening today? Judy had a podcast? Oh, stay at home kids with Jamie […] Tompkins, my wife. And we have the same last name. That is just us. We call it our after dinner podcast where the second Friday of every month, we stay in and record a little conversational podcast. And then I also host the neighborhood listen podcast with my dear friend, Nicole Parker and Brett Morris. And that is a character improv podcast where we read nextdoor posts and bring them to life. Like a lot of things. Yeah, I love it. It’s really that one is extremely silly, and we laugh a lot. It’s really it’s one of the high points of my life honestly recording the podcast. It’s so much fun. It’s amazing. Yes. Oh, and varietopia variety show that I do every other month that lodge room in Highland Park. The next show in LA will be Sunday, March 12, which will be a sort of St. Patrick’s II type show, we’re gonna have a lot of Irish music and comedy. And I’m really looking forward to that. And then we have a bunch of out of town dates coming up this year, which I’m also very excited about. We’re taking it on the road, like every other month, where we’re not doing it in LA, we’ll be doing it on the road. We’re going to Chicago, we’re doing four shows one still has some tickets left. Then we’re going to be Philadelphia, we’re going to be upcoming dates that have not been announced yet, but they are being finalized as we speak. It’s so much fun. It’s all the things that I like to do. It’s comedy and music. Yeah, it’s nothing but a good time, go to And you can see where I’m going to be and also our kind of performances are of all kinds are up online and you can there’s a page devoted to that as well. So gotta check it all out, guys.

Kulap Vilaysack  39:49

And if you get a ticket and you go live, you can see his suiting up clothes. Not too close though.

SuChin Pak  40:02

He’s not a chocolate M&M.

Kulap Vilaysack  40:11

You’re not candy, but Paul you’re a treat

SuChin Pak  40:17

Just off the cuff like that these two, it’s like it’s like they’re friends or something and they do this every so often.

Kulap Vilaysack  40:27

You know, just for the heck of it just to gross all y’all out I’m gonna send over a picture for at @AddToCartPod. Paul gifted me at the end of bajillion dollar properties with his beard trimmings, and a gorgeous, gorgeous box. And I keep it at my desk one of one of my most treasured possessions.

Paul F. Tompkins  40:47

For the for the first season of agility I had a fake beard, which was difficult because it required a lot of gluing. A lot of inhaling that glue. A lot of being very careful when I ate lunch. A lot of accidentally swallowing synthetic beard hairs. And so for the subsequent seasons, I grew a big bushy beard. I don’t really like having a beard like it’s a fun novelty for like, a month and then I’m like I don’t want to have a beard no more. And so when we wrapped on the fourth and final season when I shaved off my beard.

Paul F. Tompkins  41:23

Yeah, I fucking love it. Everyone else was horrified.

Paul F. Tompkins  41:39

It’s horrifying.

Paul F. Tompkins  41:48

I knew you were the only person that would enjoy it. And also Kulap immediately knew what it was. As soon as she opened the box. He started laughing she knew exactly what it was. And people around was like, what is that? And who knew immediately she said it’s his beard.

Kulap Vilaysack  42:19

Thank you so much for coming on the show again. Let the people know where you are on the social medias.

Paul F. Tompkins  42:29

You can find me anywhere else at @PFTompkins I think that’s my handle like everywhere pretty much yeah.

Kulap Vilaysack  42:38

I think so too. Well, that’s it for Add to Cart today. It was such a pleasure to have Paul back on the show. And for all the pics and items we talked about today. Head over to Instagram and give us a follow at @AddToCartPod.

CREDITS  43:10

ADD TO CART is a production of Lemonada Media. Our producer is Claire Jones and our mix is by Ivan Kuraev and Veronica Rodriguez. The music is by Wasahhbii and produced by La Made It and Oh So Familiar with additional music by APM music. Executive producers are Kulap Vilaysack, SuChin Pak, Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs. Be sure to check out all the items we mentioned today on our Instagram at @AddToCartPod. Also, please take a moment to rate, review, and subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcast.

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