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RELM_buttonGoodbye: NOT SAFE FOR WORK; Bob talks candidly about Chez's passing and his legacy. The show WILL go on. New episodes will resume on Tuesday 3/7.Brought to you by Bubble Genius, Harry's Razors, the BobCesca.com Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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  • Hey Bob, thank you for this.

    I’m very much a new comer to Bob and Chez world.

    I only started to take a real interest in US politics (I’m British) as the election approached and it became apparent that something really awful might be about to happen. I’m afraid that result, and my subsequent reading up about Trump gave me a kind of horror about America. That’s silly, I know (and, of course, like all good people I love a lot of things about America and like all Brits I am steeped in US culture).

    Finding the Daily Banter and subsequently the Bob and Chez show was such a great fillip to my love of America’s good side.

    So, I wasn’t with Chez for very long, but in that short period I was very grateful for his (and your) work, and came to feel close to both of you.

    I’m so sorry for your loss and for the loss of those who were close to Chez. And perhaps the fact that that loss will be felt so much more widely is some comfort to you and to them.

    Diolch yn fawr, Chez. x

  • Zen Diesel

    I have been playing this song massively since Chez’s passing. I am going to miss him, he was truly my spirit animal.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Just heard and I am heartbroken.
    Keep going Bob because there are many of us who love, learn and find comfort in your show.

  • Bibliohound

    Thanks for the show. I’m so sorry for your loss & for Chez’ family’s loss. This felt like another punch in the gut like when Prince and Bowie died and when Orange Hitler got elected. I didn’t know Chez but listening to you two helped me maintain my sanity during the awful election and the even awfuller new administration. Made me cry to hear Brothers in Arms at the end, then made me laugh to hear Moonlight Feels Right cause Chez hated that song. (I love cheesy 70s songs so keep em coming.) Keep up the good fight, you know Chez expects nothing less.

  • Diamond Dale Rio

    Charon, the toll has been paid…ferry this one across the river Styx to the Elysian fields.

  • Draxiar
  • repugnicant

    This was shocking to learn. Chez was always a good read.

    🙁

  • I’ve avoided listening to this because I’ve been fighting my own depression demons but finally did today. Bob, you made me laugh out loud several times with your memories. Bless you. Keep those great, funny memories handy. They’re exactly what we should remember about Chez. And thank you for doing this difficult podcast.

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    3 stories breaking tonight regarding Russia

    1) AG Jeff Sessions lied under oath about any contact with Russia – He had 2 meetings with Russian Ambassador during Trump’s campaign

    2) Obama White House left trail of intel and spread it to as many people as possible (ppl with clearance) showing a clear link between Trump and Russia

    3) Other regards Russia too, basically proof coming out of a connection between Trump and Russia –

    NY Times and Wapo are both breaking stories tonight.. (what a coincidence they are both breaking stories the day after the sotu, huh? cough cough 🙂 )

    here’s a brief article on what’s up with one of those stories

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f77042a479ab9824bc59aac8c595cbe39682230968ff771faee9216f928f9cd2.png
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/report-obama-wh-officials-rushed-to-leave-clear-trail-of-intelligence-for-investigators-on-russia/

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Very sad news. Condolences, Bob.

  • StripeTheGremlin

    That was hard but great to listen too. Such sadness and joy for Chez. I was shocked when I saw the news Sunday morning. Your podcast always made me feel like I was listening to friends talking, especially when you both brought up what was cool about geeky things like Star Wars or the Marvel movies intermixed with the politics. I am very sorry for the loss of Chez. Condolences to you and his family.

    PS. I have not choked up so much to “Brothers in Arms” since The West Wing. Excellent choice on that first closing song.

  • Gina

    I can hear the pain in your voice, Bob. It was a beautiful tribute to Chez. My heart goes out to you. I’m glad you will continue to do the show. I’ll be listening.<3

  • MadJuana

    Thank you Bob. Take care of yourself as you grieve the loss of a friend. We’ll be here and at the Banter grieving with you and Ben.

    I’m not an eloquent writer at the best of times and the news of Chez’s departure has left me bereft of words, but your remembrances have helped. I’m not sure how many years ago I stumbled upon you and Chez at HuffPo. Almost ten, maybe more. Shortly thereafter I stopped reading HuffPo much, because I was reading Deus Ex Malcontent and Bob Cesca’s Goddamn Awesome Blog. I called you my bad boy bloggers. Chez delighted my love of smart irascibility. DXM is still up on my bookmark bar and I dip into it from time to time. He was a wonderful writer and an amazing person.

  • muselet

    When Elvis left the show, I think everyone was shocked. Bob was the head of the show, Elvis was the heart, and how could the heart of the show be replaced?

    Then Chez showed up, after a little bit of showmanship in the form of teasers for the Bob and [BLANK] Show, and the dynamic changed. The show became a bit harder-edged—less likely to meander into musings about the Farm of Doom and other slice-of-life stuff (except when Inara was around), and more likely to take aim at useless politicians (useless people in general, frankly)—more bluntly funny, more irreverent, more focused.

    Better.

    Chez may have been a surly sonofabitch, but he was exactly the right co-host after the usual process of learning and adapting to each other’s rhythms. He was unsentimental, opinionated, brutally honest, coarse, funny, absolutely convinced that he was right, fearless, and he always picked his targets with care. He never went after anyone who didn’t richly deserve it, and even then wasn’t gratuitously mean. He was just nasty enough to cut some miscreant down to size.

    And he went out of his way to make Bob laugh. It would have been the proudest day of Chez’s podcasting career if he’d managed to make Bob laugh too hard to continue and have to stop recording. More than once, I scrubbed back fifteen, thirty seconds to hear a joke again because it was so damn’ brilliant.

    Apart from the podcast, he could just flat write. No bullshit, no pretense, no consideration for anyone’s feelings (especially his own), clear, concise, definitive. He wasn’t a great stylist—a hundred years from now, he’s not going to be held up as a literary great—but he didn’t intend to be a stylist. He was a journalist, watching the world and his life, and reporting what he saw. That dispassionate voice was what gave power of his writing, that made the reader (okay, fine, me) think and feel and laugh and sometimes weep. He had to write because he was a writer, which is not a tautology.

    Bob, I’ve been where you are, more or less. I’ve walked zombie-like through everyday life after losing a friend, sat staring at nothing for an hour, suddenly burst into tears, clung to the pain of loss because at least that meant I felt something. And at some unpredictable point, color starts gradually to bleed back into the world. The hurt never stops, you just get better at living with the pain.

    My condolences, mate.

    Bob and Ben, thank you for your memories of Chez. You make me wish I’d had the opportunity to meet him.

    Requiescat in pace, Cesare Dominic Pazienza.

    –alopecia

    • MadJuana

      ^^^ Perfect.

      • muselet

        Thank you.

        –alopecia

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Welp… I pulled up the SOTU on my chromebook, turned the sound to mute, and listened to this podcast while watching that vomit inducing clown show in and out while doing a sudoku puzzle and listening to Bob.

    Ya did a good job.. I assume it was cathartic for you to just express your thoughts with no particular direction.. just talking and thinking about your memories of Chez.. and it was cathartic for us to be able to listen in and be a part of this process.. to grieve…in shock at his sudden demise, at a time we listeners need, and looked forward to the 2 of you giving us a voice, and letting us know we’re not the only ones that are distraught over these last several months.

    We don’t look for any particular aim, from you, especially for now.. since we know you’re grieving over all this… just hang in there, one day at a time.. and we’ll be back to listen again and hang out with you and your thoughts and memories.. with a little bitching about Drumpf thrown in here and there..

    Until next time..

  • Sardonicuss

    I can’t imagine Bob is reading any of this…I know, if I were in the his place I wouldn’t be…but..
    You know, being on radio, there are a lot of people that listen to you, who you never hear from. Most in fact, are content to just listen without having to interact.
    I have been listening to this podcast..since Chez came on. Didn’t really know about the past co-hosts..despite reading both Bobcesca.com and Chez’s blog forever.
    I was in the neighborhood when you were in Tennessee..and almost went to that, but had other things come up.
    I had always assumed you were..life long buddy’s? who were doing a podcast together, despite your infrequent arguments n the podcast.
    In any case, I would like to say, there are two types of people in this world: Bobs and Chez’es.
    It is what makes your podcast endearing. …why I have been listening to it for all these year..without feeling the need to comment.
    Although my name is Robert…..I am most certainly ..a Chez.
    Your doing this podcast is one of the bravest things I have seen in a while.
    You go Bob. Keep going. It is your type to do so. Thank god. in these times……somebody has to.

  • David L.

    Chez participates in atheist heaven, Page 5

    What a beautiful way to say goodbye.

    This podcast is one of the best things I’ve had in the past five years. I’ve been listening to you two while at work, in class, at home, in the car, on the train… I know that 10, 25, 50 years from now I’ll remember some – many – of Chez’s antics (very especially his scathing, full-on rhetorical destruction of Dan Bidondi; classic Chez). But I’ll never forget today’s tribute show.

    I’ve never read a blogger (and he was much more than that simplistic professional label) who knew how to write as well as Chez. Obviously, I have my top 10 list of favorite online writers (and obviously many of them write on TDB), but he never, ever budged from my #1 spot. I often did not agree with him politically; I would cringe some of the times he burned millennials, militant feminism, Bernie supporters or campus activists. His disdain for the “far-left” sometimes made me feel a bit self-consciously “thrashed.” But, whatever it was he wrote, it never failed to be an entertaining, perfectly-crafted dissection of a topic that he instantly made thought-provoking, just by virtue of giving his honest, raw opinion filled with brilliantly-used expletives and acerbic wit. He has made me laugh out loud like a moron so many times it would be absurd to even attempt to quantify them. I am 100% positive this is the same for the thousands and thousands of people who have read his work and loved, admired, enjoyed or at the very least respected every fucking bit of it. This is what made him into such an important figure in the blogosphere: he touched people in a way very few writers could because he put everything on the table and was able to say “fuck you” in a manner that was always a pure delight to read. I would venture that the most often-repeated kind of comment on his pieces was “you made my day, Chez,” or some variation on that theme. That was for a reason. To me, at least, he was the best fucking writer on the interwebs. Period.

    Bob, I’m not even 26 and, aside from my grandparents, haven’t really experienced loss in my life. I don’t think I can pretend to have any authority to comment on the tremendously hard process of grieving for a close friend. But, I would bet my right hand that what you did in this episode, and your resolve to keep up the good fight for Chez, is the right path to go about it. Your voice is needed now more than ever, and The Daily Banter has to keep on feeding the flame of the Resistance. I never knew Chez personally and never interacted with him except for a few occasions in the comments section, but I can assure you I’ve never been hit as devastatingly hard by the death of a “celebrity” (or role model or whatever you want to call it) as by his, A little thought of comfort: his online persona – his livid memories, his personal demons, his brilliant analyses and his side-splittingly funny jokes – will exist as long as there are humans who understand the English language.

    Safe home, Eeyore.

  • Bosma

    Listening to this instead of watching that orange imbecile’s fake state of the union, seems appropriate.

  • It just sucks so bad. The piece I saw reporting this fucked up news had a quote from Taryn that I think is spectacular tho’. “He OD’d – the asshole.”

    There is no greater tribute than having someone you love know the truth about you, and tell the truth about you, and love you anyway. And good on you too, Bob – for doing exactly that for him.

    I didn’t know him at all, but fuck me, man – this feels like losing a high-quality low-maintenance friend.

    There’s a Chez-sized hole in our hearts today.

  • Aynwrong

    Bob, I said this to you on Twitter but I’ll say it again, I’m so sorry. I loved to reading and listening to Chez. I’m not sure how many times I read something of his over at the Banter and all I could think to say was that I wished his columns could be in NY Times because I felt like it cut through so thoroughly that I wanted everyone to read it and of course, because I knew it would infuriate the people he was so rightly ripping to pieces. He was such a unique voice in our political and cultural conversations.

    Every now and then there’s going to something that in broadcast media that I knnw is going to make wonder, “What would Chez think?”

    Again, I’m so sorry.

  • leemoder

    I’ve said this elsewhere; but it applies here even more, I think.

    Finest Kind, Bob.

  • Very well done – you are a consummate professional.

  • la bibliotequetress

    Thank you and love to you, his friends, his family.

  • You two have been a must-listen bi-weekly event for me over the past year or so, when I discovered the podcast from Driftglass and Blue-Gal’s podcast. You’ve been a great sanity check during the onset of Trump.

    Chez, and his mixture of hope and utter cynicism, was fantastic. I just plain loved his erudition and mastery of English in service of the right causes. And, without knowing that much about him, I did get a sense of his vulnerability when he spoke in passing about his prior addiction issues. Moreover, I had this creepy foreboding when, after the election, he said he would have problems dealing with it. Almost a premonition. So having this bright light just snuffed out, man it just plain hurts. It also really sucks for me, being 67 and having lived a full life, to see someone with his talent “Go West” 20 years my “junior.”

    So, all I can say is my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to you and his loved ones who knew him so much better than I did.

  • Emily333

    Aww, that was sweet, Bob. Thanks for doing that.

  • ironicNik

    Sincere condolences Bob, and especially to Chez’s family and friends.
    Thank for you doing this man.

  • Michael B. Conway

    Soldier on, Bob. We need you..

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Thanx for today’s show, Bob. It feels odd enough trying to adjust to his being gone for you to leave too. And I was just thinking, maybe he wouldn’t necessarily haunt you if you didn’t go on, but I’ll bet he come back as a squirrel and run up your pants leg! Just as his way of encouraging you. All done with Love, man. Thanx again for today.

  • Christopher Jones

    Thanks so much for doing this show, Bob… It was therapeutic for a lot of us. Chez’s sudden passing was reminder of how precious and ephemeral life is, and the importance of fighting the good fight, using your talent and humanity, no matter how flawed, while we can.

  • xServer

    That was hard to listen to but also lovely. Good luck with the show, Bob. I know I’ll keep listening.

  • Draxiar

    *HUGS TO ALL*

  • katanahamon

    Bob, condolences. Be assured, this was not boring. Saying goodbye was necessary, for all of us. I too feel as Chez did, becoming very depressed about this election and what it says about our country, our democracy, and our fellow citizens. I listened and heard alarm bells at his words and hints about what his state was, but never expected this outcome.

    Nice to know he was a John Williams fan..I got the chance to record the Winter Olympics theme and a few other things with him, and he’s a tremendously nice man.

  • Webdunce

    Bob, thank you for doing this podcast. I can’t speak for all the listeners, but I feel like this was the wake that all of us who didn’t know him could be a part of and connected to a part of him and his legacy. It’s helping me personally to cope with this loss. I have never grieved for anyone who I didn’t personally know the way I’m grieving for Chez. I still just can’t believe it. My condolences to you. Keep on keeping on, Bob.

  • Not ready for this.

  • Zero Dark Thirsty ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    So glad to see you posted something.. I’ll listen to it in an hour or so when I get home… better not make me cry damnit.. I’m miserable enough as it is.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ef0be3c2466799e20bef2879607660db2652d8e5702c4506d29c3ec9eccf579.png