Shmanners

Shmanners

United States

Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they'll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers! Tune in every Friday on MaximumFun.org!

Episodes

Compliments  

Well hello there Internet! Might I say, those are some amazing shoes! No, I really mean it! They're great! Of course I'm serious! Ok, now you are just fishing! This week's episode is all about COMPLIMENTS! How do you give them? How do you receive them? Can you do it from a car? We also share some historical compliments! Be sure to tune in next week for an episode all about insults! Enjoy and be sure to share!

Shmanners 0

Bar Etiquette  

Hello friends! Pull up a stool and let's have a chat! What are you drinking? First round is on us! This week is all about BAR ETIQUETTE! What's the difference between bars, pubs, and taverns? curious about the historical importance of pubs? Plus, what do you do if you break a glass? How do you become a regular? Tipping: how does it work?! All this plus even more answers to even more questions! Special thanks to our friends Stuart Wellington and his wife Sharlene for their expert input! Enjoy and please remember to listen responsibly!

Shmanners 0

Resolutions and Gyms  

Hello Internet! After a brief holiday break, we're back! We hope your holidays were good and that your 2017 is going well! If you're anything like us, you probably have some goals for the new year! Some might even call them RESOLUTIONS? We'll talk a little about the history of them, but mostly we want to talk about the most common resolution: going to the GYM! How does one behave well at the gym? How did the idea of gyms come about? Plus, answers to your gym etiquette questions! Enjoy and please be sure to share!

Shmanners 0

Victorian Christmas LIVE!  

Hello Internet! We have a very special episode for you! This episode all about VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS was recorded live at this year's Candlenights live show! We sure hope you enjoy it! Have a happy (AND SAFE!) holiday and we'll see you in 2017!

Shmanners 0

Holiday Gifts: Giving and Receiving  

Hello there Internet! What's that behind your back? A present? FOR US?! Well, we got you something too! It's a brand new episode all about HOLIDAY GIFTS: GIVING AND RECEIVING! First, hear us discuss our own gift philosophies! Then, we discuss some famous gifts from history! We answer a whole mess of your gift questions too! What's the policy on re-gifting? Do you need to match monetary values? Who do you have to give presents to? All these and more! Enjoy the episode and feel free to share this gift with your friends!

Shmanners 0

Holiday Parties  

Happy holidays internet! We got you a brand new episode! What's that? You didn't get us anything? That's totally ok! As discussed in this episode, gift giving isn't about getting something in return! But mostly, we're talking about HOLIDAY PARTIES! Should you drink to excess? Do you have to go? What's the point? And what's the deal with a White Elephant gift exchange? Answers to all these and even more of your questions in this episode! Enjoy and remember to share!

Shmanners 0

Conversations  

Hello Internet! How are you? How's it going? What's up? What's shakin'? This week, we are discussing the art of CONVERSATION! Understandably, for many this is the hardest manners challenge there is! How do you start a conversation? How do you END a conversation?! How do you deal with being interrupted/interrupting others? How does one schmooze? All this plus answers to even more of your question! Enjoy and please remember to share!

Shmanners 0

Benjamin Franklin  

Hello Internet and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Sure, we all think we know about Benjamin Franklin! He loved kites, witty sayings, and turkeys! ...right? Well, maybe we don't know as much about the almanac author as we thought, but we're sure gonna find out a little bit more! Enjoy and remember to share!

Shmanners 0

Thanksgiving  

Hello Internet! American THANKSGIVING is almost upon us and we imagine you have quite a few concerns and questions! What do you talk about? What should you bring? Should you help clean up? How did this whole thing get started? Bonus question, what's the deal with those Macy's parade balloons? We have answers to these questions and more! Enjoy and be sure to share!

Shmanners 0

Retail Etiquette  

Hello Internet! After a brief baby leave, we are back! This time, we're talking RETAIL ETIQUETTE! How do you talk to a retail employee? Where did department stores and supermarkets come from? How do you speed up the whole shopping process? What's the history behind shopping stuff anyway? All that, plus even more answers to your questions! Enjoy and don't forget to share!

Shmanners 0

Debutante Balls and Cotillions  

Hello Internet! Well, you've finally reached that age and it is time for you to debut! How do you debut you ask? Well, have you taken you dance classes? What about your etiquette classes? Have you reached "maturity"? You see, DEBUTANTE BALLS and COTILLIONS are all about entering society. Lord Byron referred to them as "marriage marts" and he wasn't far off! We'll give you the history of balls and cotillions and we'll even give you a play by play of a modern day ball! Enjoy and don't forget to share!

Shmanners 0

Baby Shower  

Hello Internet! We've got a little bundle of joy for you... a new episode all about BABY SHOWERS! People have been celebrating impending babies for a real long time, but how has it changed? Where did our modern day traditions start? Why do so many people think men should be excluded? What's the deal with presents? When do you throw a shower? Can you throw one for yourself? We have answers to all these questions and more! Enjoy and please share.

Shmanners 0

Beau Brummell  

Hello there Internet! We have another special bio episode for you! Learn all about the original Dandy: BEAU BRUMMELL! We'll tell you about how good he was with collars and how bad he was with money! From his school days to his brief military career! It was a roller coast life for Beau! Enjoy and remember to share with friends!

Shmanners 0

Emily Post  

Hello and welcome to a very special episode! Have you found yourself listening to Shmanners and wondering "Hey now! Just who is this 'Emily Post' person they keep mentioning?!" Well, wonder no more! You are about to learn everything you never knew that you didn't know about the amazing Emily Post! Enjoy!

Shmanners 0

American Football  

Hey there sports fans and non-fans! It's American FOOTBALL season and you know what that means! Excitement! Action! And lots of people screaming at the TV while you're just trying to hang out with friends! Well, practice your football Shmanners and you won't be the one yelling at least! We've got some football history, answers to your questions and as a special treat, Travis attempts to explain the rules of Football as briefly as he possibly can! Enjoy and remember to pass the episode to a friend!

Shmanners 0

Back To School  

Hello Internet! Ahhh, the leaves are changing and the air is turning colder. Walmart shelves are full of TMNT folders and Disney notebooks... must be time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! But how do you get off on the right foot with a new dorm mate? How do you deal with the stress of introducing yourself to the class? How many questions are too many? Is it ok to be a first name teacher? Answer to these and the history of public school awaits you inside! Enjoy our back to school episode, and don't forget to share!

Shmanners 0

Weddings: Wedding Party  

Would you do us the honor of standing beside us during this episode? In fact, we'd like you to be our Listener of Honor! Take your time, this is a big commitment! On this week's episode, it's another installment on WEDDINGS! Specifically, what is involved with being in the wedding party? Brides maids? Grooms men? Honor? Best? What does it all mean? And who is responsible for paying for what? How did this all start? All this and even more answers to even more questions! Enjoy, and don't forget to share!

Shmanners 0

Sportsmanship  

Let the games begin! We have a brand new episode for you and it is a slam dunk/home run/touchdown! Whether it's a weekend softball league or a boardgames on a rainy day, we've all played with someone who just makes the game no fun! Maybe they take it too seriously or they just really hate losing. Whatever the case, they could stand a few lessons in SPORTSMANSHIP! We answer your questions and share a little sports history! Enjoy and don't forget to be a team player and share the episode!

Shmanners 0

Roommates  

Listen, this may sound sudden but... we want you to m of in to this episode with us! We should let you know, we have a few ground rules. First, you have to listen and then you have to enjoy. We're talking about ROOMMATE etiquette this week! How do you deal with sharing food? What do you do when dishes don't get done? How do you go about having guests over? What if you want to get a pet?! WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH NOTES?! Also, what's the history of cohabitation? There's a lot to unpack here, please get these boxes out of our shared living space. Enjoy!

Shmanners 0

Parties: Alcohol  

You know, after a hard day of podcasting, I like to relax with an ice cold drink. Maybe a beer? Maybe a whiskey? But then I find myself wondering "Is this good shmanners?" This week's ep is all about ALCOHOL, specifically at parties! What are the rules of BYOB? What's the deal with punch? What if you don't drink? What the deal with BAC? Answers to all these questions and more can be found here! Enjoy, and don't forget to pass it around!

Shmanners 0

0:00/0:00
Video player is in betaClose