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It’s an Ironic Edition of ‘The Mix’

Here’s a novel theme for this week’s edition of the show that brings you the best moments from BlogTalkRadio’s unmatched mix of social-radio programming: Irony.

It was bound to happen, what with the sheer number of shows aired each week here on the world’s largest online radio network.

 CAPTION: "Any time they replace a word with a tamer word that's kind of like the idiom, but not really, I'm always offended," Lisa (above) tells us of her hindquarters controversy.

"Any time they replace a word with a tamer word that's kind of like the idiom, but not really, I'm always offended," Lisa (above) tells us of her hindquarters controversy.

So we’ve rounded up a few for your listening pleasure.  You’ll learn, for instance:

-How Lisa Ann Walter, creator of the Oxygen reality series Dance Your Ass Off, proposed to soften up that title for advertisers’ trepidatious ears.

-Why actor Mark Duplass – who’s 100 percent hetero – says, “I never really thought I could connect with the thought of having sex with one of my best friends.”

-Which celebrity offspring – who’s planning to change genders – Talk It Over host Lee Jay Berman is referring to when he says, “When I went to pick her up, she was playing football with all the boys.”

-Which now-vilified financial watchdog once told CNBC Business News reporter David Faber, “What are you gonna do, pass a law to outlaw greed?”

-Why Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy Strawn on Martin, was pained by his character’s mysterious source of income.

-Why Amber Benson, who had a regular role on the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, recently spent the day selling merchandise in the parking lot of a San Diego theater.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

To tune in, click here.

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‘Martin’ Star Tommy Ford: ‘The Biggest Insult I Could Imagine Was a Man Who Had No Job’

CAPTION: "But it worked," Tommy (above) tells us of his character's undefined vocation. "Out of honest dialogue burst this whole new gag that ran for years."

"But it worked," Tommy (above) tells us of his character's undefined vocation. "Out of honest dialogue burst this whole new gag that ran for years."

Thomas Mikal Ford may have appeared to be perpetually unemployed on Martin, but in real life, that image was the source of endless anguish.

Interviewed on Rodney Perry Live, the actor who played Martin Lawrence‘s BFF Tommy Strawn on the hit ’90s sitcom recounts how his trademark schtick came about.

“We got back for our second season, and we hadn’t been back for several months, and we’re sittin’ around doin’ a table read [of the script] and the idea comes up: Maybe Martin meets Tommy after work,” Tommy tells host Rodney Perry.

“And then Martin stops reading and goes, ‘Wait a minute. Tommy, what the hell do you do?’

“He wasn’t in character; he was being Martin. He says, ‘You have a job?’

CAPTION: The "Martin" cast: Wasssup on the job front?

Martin & company: Wasssup on the job front?

“I said, ‘Of course I have a job!’ And I’m startin’ to explain but everybody’s like ‘No no no no no!  Don’t explain. We love it!’

“But I’m like, ‘No, we don’t love that. I got to have a job,’” Tommy continues.

“My dad was an MP in the Navy. His motto was ‘Nothin’ comes to a sleeper but a dream. Get off your butt and do somethin’!’

“For me, the biggest insult I could imagine was a man who had no job.”

To hear Tommy’s full interview, click here.