BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #81: On Richard Sherman’s Rant, Bieber’s Eggs, and Pussy Riot’s Concert

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons weigh in on NFL player Richard Sherman and his recent postgame rant. Classless maniac or amped up athlete? Then it’s on to Justin Bieber, whose recent egging spree may land him behind bars. Plus, Ben and Lisa discuss a Florida teen […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #61: Catching Up On Old TV; Also, Celebrity Sightings, Blue Jasmine, and Pretzel Burgers

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” we catch up on some old TV by touching base on “Downton Abbey” and “Six Feet Under.” Then Lisa and Ben share a few noteworthy celebrity encounter stories before talking about “Blue Jasmine” and “The Conjuring.” Finally, Lisa expresses her love for pretzel buns and Ben sounds […]

DOWNTON ABBEY PHOTOCAP: Heavens! There’s Been Mismanagement!

How much do I love Downton Abbey? Let me count the ways. Or actually, just take my word for it. I love everything about this series — from the dialogue to the acting to the characters to the cinematography. That’s why it’s rather shocking that I only now caught up to the latest episode (heavens!). Due […]

VIDEO: And Now The Jimmy Fallon Parody of ‘Downton Abbey’

I honestly love Downton Abbey parodies (the best being Downton Arbys). Now comes an entry from Jimmy Fallon. To be honest, I have no idea if this is a brand new skit or something that aired a few months ago. I just found it right now. Honestly, I haven’t even watched it. I just know […]

VIDEO: ‘Downton Arby’s’ Is By Far The Best ‘Downton Abbey’ Parody Yet

I love me some Downton Abbey, and we’ve seen some spirited parodies over the past few months, including a rather funny, if overlong, video featuring various British comics and Kim Catrall (“Uptown Downstairs Abbey“). To me though, the best of the lot comes from that hallowed epicenter of comedy… Yahoo? Yup, Yahoo! apparently now has […]

DOWNTON ABBEY PHOTOCAP: All I Want For Christmas Is Downton!

Oh my gosh. Downton Abbey has wrapped up its second season, and I’m in official withdrawal. Literally, when the episode ended, I fantasized for a good five minutes about living in a lush, British country home replete with dark green walls, wooden accents, paintings of hunting dogs, and plaid as far as the eye can […]

DOWNTON ABBEY PHOTOCAP: Four Weddings And A Funeral

PBS gave us quite the surprise on Sunday. Not one but two crazy hours of Downton Abbey, and they were crazy. The show at times verged on jumping the shark, what with its medical miracles and soapy romantic complications. That’s okay though. It was still highly entertaining, especially thanks to the Dowager Countess who spent […]


Things took a few preposterous turns on Downton Abbey this week. A man with a severely burned face claiming to be Patrick Crawley (the former heir who had died on the Titanic) surfaced at the estate, full of tales of amnesia and Canadian exile. No one really believed that this guy was Patrick Crawley, but […]

DOWNTON ABBEY PHOTOCAP: The Episode When Everyone Cries

Everyone was crying on last night’s episode of Downton Abbey — even Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham! It was an emotional hour full of wrenching twists and turns. Even yours truly got a little misty-eyed at times. Nothing good can come of war, I tell you! Nothing at’all!

DOWNTON ABBEY PHOTOCAP: Another Soup Scandal ROCKS The Countryside!

Once again, a soup scandal ROCKED the world of Downton Abbey last night for the fourth time in seven episodes. The first soup incident occurred when Daisy attempted to sabotage Mrs. Burns’ soup by tossing some vile ingredient into the pot. The second such disaster happened when poor Carson nearly keeled over and died during […]