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Every good friendship has an origin story, this is ours.

On Friday, September 8th, in the early morning hours of California time, Patton Oswalt opened up Zoom  and connected into The Preston & Steve Show. We were wrapping up an interview with comedian Ali Saddiq who was in studio and freaking hilarious. The two comedians know each other well, which made for a hilarious crossover. With Patton on the line, we waved goodbye to Ali and shifted our attention to our West Coast guest.

The friendship sparks flew from there! Steve jumped right into Patton’s experience in the Criterion Channel’s iconic Closet. The actor and comedian shared behind the scenes details about what happens after his bug was filled with DVDs and they brought him into the laser disc room. From there, Nick brought up the acclaimed Star Wars filibuster from Parks & Rec in 2012 and just how much of that came true.

Patton Oswalt’s Effervescent Tour | City Winery Philadelphia | October 7th

From there the geeking out oozed from everyone. We dove deep into the multiverse. How it can rob stories of risk of finality. And the concept of living in the multiverse and knowing that you’re not the best version of yourself? And living with all the errors that happened to create that version of you. Whoa.

So many more topics covered like Patton’s support of the LGBTQ+ community in his latest standup special, We All Scream.  And we couldn’t missed the opportunity to talk about his friendship with Ratatouille composer, Michael Giacchino. Michael sent us photos from their Spring 2020 project, Monster Challenge, they’re posted below.

What are you waiting for? Watch the interview now:

In the spring of 2020, friend of the show Michael Giacchino made a movie! The composer wrote, directed and of course scored the music for Monster Challenge. It’s a short film starring Patton Oswalt, Ben Schwartz, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Brenneman and Tom Everett Scott.  Synopsis: A hapless Patton Oswalt finds himself catapulted into an outrageous series of challenges in an infectiously silly tribute to the eccentricities of Japanese game shows and monster films. 

These photos were sent to us from Michael during our interview with Patton Oswalt.

45 Fast Food Recipe Dupes That Promise To Taste As Good (Or Better!)

When your mom said “we have food at home,” it would have been nice to know that you had the ingredients to recreate the fast food that you were craving.

The Connoisseur noticed a blog that has a massive collection of restaurant copycat recipes. 45 of them to be exact. And most of them are really good. The featured items range from McDonalds and KFC, to Ikea, and The Cheesecake Factory. Your favorite fast food and fast casual dishes are spotlighted with easy, make at home instructions.

Thanks to, we now have mast a list of recipe cheat codes. We haven’t been this excited since up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.

Colonel Sanders and Dave Thomas shouldn’t be too worried though. There’s something special about treating yourself to take out food that can’t be replaced. There are little details that you can’t get at home like the perfect ice cube or favorite fry shape. But it is fun to try!

We picked out a few of our favorite recipes to highlight below. Turn on the latest Connoisseur segment and fire up your favorite dish. Happy cooking! 

  • McDonald's Chicken McNuggets

    Finally! The perfect vessel for all of those extra Sweet ‘N Sour sauce packets.  Cutting up chicken breast into bite sized pieces and coating them with the right amount of spices will make you the perfect nuggies.

    Tag a #BFF who loves that BBQ #NationalBestFriendsDay

    Posted by McDonald's on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
  • Chipotle Guacamole

    Many basic folks have tried to recreate Chipotle’s luxury add on, but none of them were quite right. While everyone was stuck at home in the Spring of 2020, the chain’s Executive Chef share the famed guacamole recipe with the world. Chad Brauze keeps it simple with avocados, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño and kosher salt, but it’s his mixing method that makes it irresistible.

  • Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts

    Donuts might seem intimidating to a novice baker, but makes the process very approachable. The blog does this by sharing multiple ways to fry the dough. Shake off the nerves and get to frying!

  • Pizza Hut Pan Pizza

    Get your very own Pizza Hut Pizza without even reading a book. But you may want to have one ready, because this recipe will take a while to make. CD Kitchen will have you making your own dough and tomato sauce. Before you know it, you’ll be eating every crumb of your homemade garlicky crust. 

  • Ikea's Swedish Meatballs

    Ikea is another company who released recpies while we were at home during COVID-19. did the conversations for us from metric to US standard measurements. The Swedish company did not release the Lingonberry spread secret, but they did make a very on brand instruction guide.

  • Jack in the Box Tacos

    Jack in the Box tacos are small grease balls of deliciousness and we miss them so much. The list of ingredients include American cheese, refried beans, soy grits, soy protein and shredded iceberg. 

  • So many more...

    DoubleTree’s Chocolate Chip Cookies… Famous Dave’s Ribs… Arby’s Curly Fries…. Dollywood’s Cinnamon Bread… Disney’s Mickey Beignets… Buckingham Palace’s Royal Cupcakes… Wendy’s Frosty… In-N-Out Double-Double… at

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