Tim Breckon – Ep038

Awkward touches down in Colorado as Evan speaks with fellow Theta Chi brother Tim Breckon. Now a professional trombonist with a master’s degree, Tim shares obscure song ideas, even more obscure band names and his favorite memes. The episode also gives Evan the opportunity to share his own ‘tromboner’ experience. It’s better than band camp!

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Molly Hott – Ep037

This week Evan welcomes Molly Hott, the first Facebook friend being interviewed from his graduating class at Great Neck South. 

Hear Evan and Molly reminisce about all things Great Neck, including the best hangouts in town and teachers at South. In addition, Molly is on the high school reunion committee and Evan is fishing for details on the upcoming 20 year reunion!

Molly has also worked in the summer camp industry by making summer camp available to underserved populations. Plus, with a name like hers, Evan breaks down the Molly Hott brand. It’s getting Hott in Herre! #nelly #rebels

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Wrestlemania 33 Preview w/ Chris Russo – Ep036

This week SOCIALLY AWKWARD is the ultimate thrill ride as Evan welcomes fellow Theta Chi Fraternity brother and former WWE NXT (and current Reality of Wrestling) Announcer Chris Russo. (3:54) Hear how Chris got his start working (and bumping) for WXW, a promotion operated by The Wild Samaon Afa, and how it led to his announcing for WWE’s developmental entity FCW/NXT. There he got to work alongside Dusty Rhodes, William Regal and Jim Ross and call the early matches of current WWE superstars Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas. 

Chris and Evan then go full Mega Powers as they break down the Wrestlemania 33 card (23:31), which features Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton. 

Finally, after playing in the background the entire episode, four-year-old WWE theme expert Beckett Sage returns to SOCIALLY AWKWARD with his own Wrestlemania predictions and analysis. (49:30) That’s why!

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Songwriter/Comedian Phoebe Carter – Ep035

Evan welcomes fellow funny (and serious) songwriter Phoebe Carter to SOCIALLY AWKWARD. Hear how Evan and Phoebe initially met and how Evan was in one of Phoebe’s music videos. Phoebe also lets you in to the world of songwriting and the business side. Plus, find out her biggest influences, both comedic and musical! 

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Seth Crevison – Ep034

After seeing Paul Smith’s College at a programming conference, fate brings Evan a Facebook friend and Paul Smith’s College alum Seth Crevison. Chatting all the way from Florida at 2 am, Seth catches Evan up with what he’s been doing since Evan’s 2010 show at the college, how he stuns fish and what goes in to the sport/game of discolf. (Don’t say frisbee golf.) You want awkward? You got awkward!

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Jayme Lake – Ep033

Fresh off their Francesacon performance, Jayme Lake comes on SOCIALLY AWKWARD to explain what Francesacon is (4:30), how Jayme met her husband and Evan’s wife during the same show (10:07), and what made her get into theater. Jayme also talks touring nationally, Schoolhouse Rock Live 2 (20:30), and her disdain for math. Plus, her love of the Food Network, Schitt’s Creek and Harley Jay’s bowling prowess (34:50). And we close out with Evan’s blossoming rant against golf (37:14).

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An Unrelated Jimmy Wecksell – Ep032

Evan ventures all the way to Sweden to interview Jimmy Wecksell, a Wecksell to whom Evan is NOT related. Hear why Jimmy is the real Wecksell and Evan is the imposter. Evan and Jimmy also rundown all the Swedish Wecksells on Facebook and Jimmy then tells Evan how he learned English from American TV and video games. And Jimmy’s brother is actually a famous video game champion. And did we mention that Jimmy likes to go to sleep listening to murders? We’ll explain. Does it get more awkward than this?  

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A Bill Word (& Evan) Birthday – Ep031

It’s February 19, aka Evan’s birthday, so he brings on a Facebook friend who is another 2/19 birthday boy: Comedian BILL WORD! Bill and Evan recall the comedy contests Bill used to produce and Bill reminisces about the time he was introduced onstage… while still in the bathroom. They then talk other people with their birthday as well as what businesses offer you the best birthday giveaways. Plus, hear about Bill’s health scare and his amazing recovery that was assisted by all his comedian friends. Light the birthday candles and celebrate with this hilarious and honest episode!

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Carolyn Lederach – Ep030

Carolyn Lederach and Evan never met, but they’re talking Penn State, US and UK music, and the fact that Carolyn Lederach is from Lederach, Pennsylvania. Coincidence? Find out!

(Apologies for the audio issues.)

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Who The Hell Is Jake Johnson – Ep029

Jake Johnson, one of Evan’s newest Facebook friends, just won a contest to open for Bon Jovi on February 18 in Nashville, Tennessee!!

Hear how he found out, when he started playing guitar, who his musical influences are and, most importantly, what are his Bon Jovi songs. Jake also addresses doubters who think he got the gig because of his connection to the band.

Jake proves he is a hard worker who approaches his career with the right attitude… and he would like someone to buy his mom and stepdad’s house in Utah.

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Announcer Chuck Lott & Royal Rumble Preview – Ep028

Chuck Lott is an announcer for Madison Square Garden, St. John’s Basketball, The New York Mets, and, thankfully, is a huge WWE fan.

Evan and Chuck (aka “LaVoz”), figure out how they became Facebook friends and then Chuck talks about announcing at live events, doing improv with WWE’s Dolph Ziggler and how he can usually swing a seat in business class, even when he doesn’t have a ticket!

‘E & C’ then break down this Sunday’s Royal Rumble, offering their match picks and who they want to win the Rumble and who they think will win. Wrestling nerds, unite! With #LaVoz, wrestling talk has never sounded smoother.

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Raffi Berberian – Ep027

Evan sets a podcast geography record by interviewing Facebook friend Raffi Berberian all the way from Armenia!! With a 12-hour time difference between them, hear how Evan and Raffi met at Bucknell University and then how Raffi moved to Armenia to do photography. He’ll also tell you where Armenia is on the map. It’s a fun conversation in any time zone!

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Chasing Amy Walker – Ep026

Evan’s “Chasing Amy” series concludes with actress and slogan wizard Amy Walker. They never spoke and never met (or so Evan thought) until now. Hear about her origins, her first (false) impression of Evan, her obsession with Alexander Skarsgard, her endless nicknames, her daughters’ social media shenanigans and her Netflix list. Her voice is like butter and she’s your headlining Amy! Plus, hear how Evan was in Facebook jail for 6 days! #firstworldproblems

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Chasing Amy Gillette – Ep025

Evan welcomes the theatrical Amy Gillette to Socially Awkward. A standout actress and singer, Amy has a knack for playing parts that were originally played by Julie Andrews. Also hear about the time Amy joined Evan on stage in acting class, but before that there was the time Evan’s wife and Amy were in the same show; Evan’s wife played a dog while Amy was the owner. #doggonemusical

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Chasing Amy Amerson – Ep024

Evan continues his “Chasing Amy” series with another Facebook friend named Amy. This time it is Amy Amerson, someone Evan had never spoken to… until now!

Hear how they came Facebook friends, the advantages of having the initials AA, and why Amy moved from LA to North Carolina.

Amy also wants to know more about Evan and how this podcast came to be, but the episode then builds to the climax of how best to unfriend someone on Facebook.

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Chasing Amy Vorpahl – Ep023

SOCIALLY AWKWARD is kicking off 2017 with the “Chasing Amy Series,” interviews with four of Evan’s Facebook friends that are named Amy.

We start with comedian/actress/singer Amy Vorpahl who actually hasn’t been on Facebook since 2015! Hear why she left and why she hasn’t looked back.

Evan also gets into Amy’s acting career including her time at Buzzfeed, working with Aaron Sorkin on Newsroom and what her first acting gig in Los Angeles was (that included Evan). She also has an upcoming album about Dungeons & Dragons! 

2017 is the Year of the Amy! And the Year of the Awkward!

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A Sean Aronson Christmas – Ep022

Sean Aronson ran with Evan on the Tufts University cross-country and track teams, but for the past eight years he has been living in Hawaii. He talks about life in Hawaii, walking on volcanoes and what Hawaiians think of the Disney movie Moana.

Sean also mentions whom he stays in touch with from Tufts, recalls some funny stories (from the mainland) and gives some of his current documentary picks on Netflix. Evan also finds out more about the documentary Sean made: White Shark Cafe. 

Come for the reminiscing, stay for the trademark Aronson laugh.

Check out White Shark Cafe at whitesharkcafefilm.com.

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Film Director Joe Castro – Ep021

Joe Castro is an acclaimed Film Director and SPFX Artist most known for his adult swim-esque horror/gore features.

Hear about his horror film binge when he was younger, how a pen pal convinced him to move to LA, and what his first job was at Universal Studios. Joe and Evan then talk about Joe’s Terror Toons film franchise and how Evan’s wife, Kelly Meyersfield, was involved. 

Plus, how does Joe’s filmmaking hold a Guinness World Record? And how is he tied to film director Robert Rodriguez? It’s one big story after another!

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Nicholas Lepham – Ep020

Nicholas Lepham grew up in Houston, went to high school in Saudi Arabia and attended Tufts University (just like Evan) where he joined Theta Chi Fraternity (just like Evan).

Evan and Nick each share their positive experiences being in a fraternity and then weigh in on the current turmoil surrounding Tufts University Greek Life.

Since graduating, Nick has been in Washington DC. Find out what it was like for him working for Hillary Clinton and then being part of a progressive think tank. Nick also uses his political perspective to discuss President-Elect Trump.

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A-List Celebrity Interviews via Jim Meskimen – Ep019

While at a swanky Hollywood party, Evan was able to interview some of Hollywood’s ‘A-est’ of A-List Celebrities. It’s Robert Downey Jr, Arnold Schwarzenegger, President George W Bush and Morgan Freeman all on an impromptu Socially Awkward!!

Thank you Jim Meskimen for playing interview matchmaker!

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Cherish Bliss – Ep018

Evan chats with Los Angeles burlesque dancer Cherish Bliss (aka Bliss Meadows). Hear how Erica and Evan met, her feminist role models and how she is coping with the results of the election. Socially Awkward turns socially conscious. 

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A Jason Burke Thanksgiving – Ep 017

Jason Burke has run 56 marathons in 21 cities across 4 continents. He was also Evan’s college teammate on Tufts University’s cross-country and track teams. After surveying Jason’s opinions of other people with the last name Burke (3:40), Evan and Jason talk running marathons and the viral story about a college runner who got hit by a deer during a race, which leads Burke to recount his first-hand hit-by-a-deer-while-running experience in 1997. (11:50) They then reminisce about the legend of 351 Boston Avenue, the off-campus house where Burke lived with four other teammates. This causes Evan to haphazardly cast the ‘351’ movie.

The conversation then turns miscellaneous as Burke weighs in on music, explains what he does for a living and updates us on little brother Tim.

It’s Thanksgiving so be thankful for this interview with Jason Burke! And get on a damn treadmill!

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And might as well also check out his brother’s standout photos at https://www.facebook.com/timburkephoto/.

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Valentina Gomez – Ep016

For the first time in 12 years, Evan talks to Valentina Gomez, a Facebook friend from college whom he didn’t meet until after college. Hear them reminisce about their separate experiences at Tufts University and how their Tufts reunions compare to her husband’s more spirited Princeton reunions. Evan then counters by comparing with his high school reunion to his wife’s (fyi – it’s the same high school). Valentina also describes life in Charlotte, North Carolina as a Jets fan among Panthers fans. Valentina then leaves us with her Netflix picks, which may just be Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls.

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Bon Jovi Superfan LUCA – Ep015

Luca, aka Luca Jovi, is a Bon Jovi superfan from Turin, Italy who has seen the band play live over 180 times in roughly 30 countries!

Hear Luca discuss with Evan how he found Bon Jovi, what is his favorite song & album, how he has met the band on multiple tours and what is it like being the rarer male Bon Jovi fan. Also, discover how Bon Jovi helped Luca through some tough times and what hidden jewels Luca recommends from the Bon Jovi catalogue.

One thing is for certain: Italy is here!

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Chicago Cubs & Bon Jovi Fan Darcy Rojas – Ep014

The Cubs just won the World Series so Evan interviews his Facebook friend from Chicago, Darcy Rojas, to recap the magical night! Where was she? What were her emotions during Game 7? Where is Steve Bartman?

Darcy is also a huge Bon Jovi fan so she talks about her favorite Bon Jovi albums, songs and the time Jon Bon Jovi let her and her friends into their intimate radio concert. Evan then counters with the time he followed Jon into a hotel bathroom. 

The Cubs win & Bon Jovi rules this week on Socially Awkward!

#FlyTheW
#THINFS (This House Is Not For Sale)

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Bon Jovi Fans – Ep013

Evan gets in the Bon Jovi time machine with two of his favorite Bon Jovi fan friends! First Kelley Moyer-Schwille talks about the first time she saw the band in a bar in Harrisburg before they were famous! (5:01) Later, Evan and Kelley compare how long they have waited on line for tickets. (8:18) Sadly, they do touch on the Richie Sambora departure (14:45) and finally, Kelley reveals what a big fan she is of Evan’s ‘daughter,’ causing Beckett Sage to set the record straight about his gender. (19:40) 

Evan then brings on Stephanie Sabatelli who discusses what it was like seeing Bon Jovi at their apex at Madison Square Garden in 1987! (28:48) Evan and Kelley then comb through their favorite songs/albums in the Bon Jovi catalog (shoutout to These Days) and compare their hauntingly similar encounters with Jon Bon Jovi. 

Welcome to Jonny’s Church of Rock & Roll! Raise your hands!

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Josh Lopez of Wrestlezone – Ep012

In a bonus episode, Evan spontaneously reunites with professional broadcaster and Wrestlezone.com stenographer Josh Lopez. Evan talks with the native Chicagoan first about the World Series and the state of Chicago sports (6:05) before transitioning to WWE. They share their love of CM Punk (7:40), the time Evan performed with Colt Cabana (10:40) and the James Ellsworth phenomenon (12:00). They then preview the upcoming pay-per-view Hell In A Cell before comparing wrestling crowds around the world and marveling at the engagement of Paige and Alberto Del Rio. Drink it in, mmaaaannnn!

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Evan’s Dad – Ep011

With the help of Facebook friend/sister Wendy Wecksell, Evan interviews his dad. What does Donald Trump have to do to win his Republican dad’s vote? (4:30) Who’s on his Mount Rushmore of Republicans? (7:29) We also get his take of world affairs, Brexit, his disdain for GPSes and meeting Mike & The Mad Dog. (10:14)

Evan also asks Dad for his opinions on texting, Lady Gaga and Charlie Rose while uncovering his surprising gambling history! Evan also coaxes his dad to rank his kids in order, or at least as drivers. (23:03) And what is his dad’s concept of Uber? We then wrap up with why he is so fascinated with World War II, and what is his advice to millenials?

The awkward was definitely at a modest boil throughout. Enjoy!

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Chrissy Sampson – Ep010

Awkwardness reaches new heights when Evan invites his ex-girlfriend Chrissy Sampson onto the podcast, as they speak for the first time since she dumped him in 2003. Evan and Chrissy reminisce about Long Island nightlife, especially Levittown’s Munchaba Lounge (3:32). Chrissy then chronicles what it’s like to live year-round in the Hamptons (in her 30s) and unveils some details about a book she is looking to publish (15:00), which means she needs to have a snobby author bio (17:25). And before talking about her career as journalist (21:23), Evan asks Chrissy about how she has unintentionally had a knack for dating Jewish guys (18:36). Grab some popcorn, because things definitely get awkward.

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Author Garrett Robinson – Ep009

Garrett Robinson was a freelance director in Los Angeles until two years ago when he started writing his own fantasy series. Now based in Oregon, Garrett sits down with Evan to talk about his prolific “Underrealm” fantasy series (2:57), his love of “Lord of the Rings” (7:35) and his writing process (10:10). Garrett then reveals the advantages of living in Oregon over Los Angeles (12:55) and describes the artisan-friendly town McMinnville, Oregon (15:40). And what is in Garrett’s pretentious author bio? (23:05) Fantasy is king this week on Socially Awkward!

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Comedian Ryan Niemiller – Ep008

After kicking off the episode with a political rant (2:13), this week Evan gets lost in conversation with “The Cripple Threat of Comedy” Ryan Niemiller. Despite missing bones and fingers in both hands, Ryan has turned this supposed liability into an asset in his life and career (17:20), i.e. he can type really fast and play video games on 20 different consoles (11:20)!

Hear how Ryan got started in comedy (24:14), how he has incorporated his disability into his act (25:55) and even how one of his sets went viral! He also opens up about how it has affected his dating life (29:15).

Besides video games, Ryan is a HUGE wrestling fan (thanks to Doink) (35:55). He and Evan also get into the current state of WWE, Roman Reigns (48:33), PWG, Lucha Underground and NXT. Finally, Ryan and Evan each fantasy book themselves into wrestling programming.

Even if you’re not a video game or wrestling fan, this conversation will leave you hooked. (Pun intended.)

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Actor Steve Moulton – Ep007

Actor STEVE MOULTON (Sharknado, Waking, Impress Me) joins Evan for a massive nerd-out session. First, they discuss Steve’s movie credits and then Steve tells Evan how Kevin Smith played a role in his playing a clerk in Sharknado (12:25). They later talk Marvel superheroes and compare their meeting John Cena stories (18:54). Steve is also an avid fan of Disneyland so he offers some insider tips if you are thinking of going (27:39) and you bet he has an opinion on the Disney/Star Wars partnership as well as the new Star Wars movies (36:21). Evan then finds out more about Steve’s movie-centric podcast “View the Right Thing” (42:42) and finally, they lament on how difficult it is to keep up with all their favorite TV shows. #nerdlife 

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Actor Henrik Rutgersson – Ep006

Henrik Rutgersson is a tall, dark, handsome and Swedish actor. Hear how John Hughes motivated him to move to America (7:11), his love of acting and how you may soon see Henrik’s new show “Swedish Dicks,” featuring Keanu Reeves, in the states (13:05). We also recap Henrik’s experiences on “American Horror Story” opposite Lady Gaga (17:45)! Henrik and Evan then talk hockey (23:24) and later Evan tries to convince Henrik to watch wrestling again (28:30). And what’s a podcast without Henrik’s take on the 2016 election and good ole political corruption (32:06). You’ll want to cast a write-in vote for Henrik after this one!

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Poker Professional Shannon Burwell – Ep005

Decade-long Facebook friend/Actress/Poker Phenom SHANNON BURWELL comes to SOCIALLY AWKWARD this week. First we reveal Shannon’s connection to OJ Simpson Prosecutor Marcia Clark (6:44), her web series that was made using only a Flip camera (17:00) and her appearance on 7th Heaven (18:40). She also gets into her poker background (9:00) and gives insider tips on how to be a better poker player. Evan and Shannon also discuss California’s mandatory vaccine controversy right before she turns the tables on Evan and asks him her longstanding questions about him, which turns into a WWE primer (33:05) as well as an inside look into performing at colleges (while traveling with mom). So hunt down OJ, Jessica Biel and your poker buddies because Shannon Burwell is where it’s at!

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Maya Weinreb – Ep004

One of Evan’s newest Facebook friends, Maya Weinreb is one of the most well-traveled people you will ever meet. She was born in Israel, moved to Florida, moved to the UK, moved to LA, moved to Washington State and then moved back to LA! Hear about how gas masks were part of her childhood, which city has the better beaches (Clearwater or Los Angeles) and how to find the best food in LA. Maya has also mastered life in LA without needing a car, or really ever leaving the comfort of her home!! The word of the day is convenience (or Uber… or Yelp).

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The Evan Club – Ep003

It’s a sea of Evans on this week’s Socially Awkward as Evan brings on two random Evans whom he had never spoken to… until now! First Evan welcomes Evan Tyerman (4:35), a student from NJIT who is also in the same fraternity (Theta Chi) as Evan (the host). They then figure out how they became Facebook friends and swap Evan stories. Second, Evan welcomes Long Island comedian Evan Weiss (21:09). Both Evans talk about Facebook’s “Evan Club” and then Evan (the guest) shares some comedy stories including the time his NYC show audience went mobile with him. Finally, Evan (the host) reminisces about the extinct Long Island venues that helped shape his career (41:13). There are so many Evans this week you may want to draw a diagram!

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The A-Train Cometh! (Adrian Wilairat) – Ep002

Evan brings on his good friend and fellow Tufts Jumbo Adrian Wilairat aka The A-Train. They discuss Adrian going to high school with Chelsea Clinton (6:07), not having a Facebook profile pic (9:30) as well as describing Francesacon (12:30), WFAN’s strong radio signal (17:40) and a complete state of the union for the New York baseball teams (19:00). They then reminisce about Tufts University (28:10), Bon Jovi (33:10) and, with Adrian being from Washington DC, of course, the upcoming election (38:32). Get an express ticket because you’re about to hop on the A-Train!

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Kelly Meyersfield & Beckett Sage – Ep001

Comedian Evan Wecksell (www.FunnyEvan.com) kicks off his “Socially Awkward” podcast by interviewing family. First Evan welcomes in singer/actress/writer (and wife) Kelly Meyersfield (8:00). First playing coy as to how they know each other, Evan and Kelly then discuss how they met, where they would like to move, Bachelor vs WWE and their son’s poop. Evan then brings in his four-year-old son Beckett Sage (38:30) who has over 3 million Youtube views thanks to his knowledge of WWE entrance music. Hear Beckett figure out what his real last name is and then cover rock band Thousand Foot Krutch’s song “War of Change.” It won’t get more awkward (or cute) than this.

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