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Real friends. Real funny. We swear. Like, a lot. Join us for unscripted, uncensored, and definitely unsuitable-for-work comedy conversation about relationships, marriage, friendship, sex, hope, parenting and prospering at midlife. It's like grabbing a weekly cocktail with your favorite girlfriends for a candid look at life that lifts you up as it pulls you in. From religion to porn to money, fears, our bodies, our brains, secrets, failures, food, family and finding your path, almost nothing is off-limits (except politics — gross). Longtime friends Melissa Brilliant and Amy Fugazi overshare about everything with the love and trust that only comes from a lifetime of being there for each other. So cut through the fake friends who try to glamourize all the BS masquerading as midlife. We're the bawdy, brutally honest best friends you never knew you had. And we always pick up the check. Love us? Tell your friends. Hate us? Tell your therapist.

Brilliant Observations Melissa Brilliant, Amy Fugazi

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 36 Ratings

Real friends. Real funny. We swear. Like, a lot. Join us for unscripted, uncensored, and definitely unsuitable-for-work comedy conversation about relationships, marriage, friendship, sex, hope, parenting and prospering at midlife. It's like grabbing a weekly cocktail with your favorite girlfriends for a candid look at life that lifts you up as it pulls you in. From religion to porn to money, fears, our bodies, our brains, secrets, failures, food, family and finding your path, almost nothing is off-limits (except politics — gross). Longtime friends Melissa Brilliant and Amy Fugazi overshare about everything with the love and trust that only comes from a lifetime of being there for each other. So cut through the fake friends who try to glamourize all the BS masquerading as midlife. We're the bawdy, brutally honest best friends you never knew you had. And we always pick up the check. Love us? Tell your friends. Hate us? Tell your therapist.

    Stingray Jesus

    Stingray Jesus

    You've heard of snakes on a plane. Welp, there's no preparing you for what these Amsterdamians decided to transport. Continuing with the Animals Gone Wild theme, Missy shares news of the world's first (potentially) immaculate conception, sting-ray style. Just as scripture foretold, this too leaves us guessing as to who done messed with that unsuspecting lady. (My money's on the shark.)
    All that plus Weed Goes to the Theatre, Weed Goes to Work and Weeeeeee All the way Home. Join us for a laugh, won't you?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Puppy Kisses in the Turks and Caicos

    Puppy Kisses in the Turks and Caicos

    It's Valentine's Day week, Dear Listener, and we'd like to be the first to tell you how much genuine LOVE and appreciation we feel for your laughs, shares, well-wishes and attention episode after heartfelt episode. Sending bladder-straining giggles your way is the honor and highlight of our week. 
    More news and notes to come! For now, biggest love to you and yours.  

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chicken Slices in the Junk Drawer

    Chicken Slices in the Junk Drawer

    Talk about a Money Corner! Holy Listener Feedback, Dear Listener. We peed all over you last week, and boy did you respond. (Don't worry if you missed it — you can always give last week's episode a listen if you're looking for a raucous laugh.)
    "Back to the car."
    Do you know which social media platform is most used by adults? Indeed you do not, Dear Listener, as Melissa so shockingly clarifies for us this week. It's all part of the rough-and-tumble chaos of life in the junk drawer, I guess. Happy listening!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Chat GPT (Emphasis on the PEE)

    Chat GPT (Emphasis on the PEE)

    It's a horror show, kids, at least it was around the beautiful Sonic Bloom Awards banquet table during the She Podcasts Unplugged! event in concert with PodFest 2024. And yet, despite the unsolicited (geriatric) pick up lines, latent latex balloon smell and traumatic special-effect makeup photos, the most exciting thing we saw at this year's extraordinary event was how to optimize your podcast workflow using artificial intelligence.
     
    Honestly, you think we would have investigated this option sooner given how strained our biological intelligence has been lately. Bah DAH cha!
     
    Seriously, Dear Listener. For this episode, we tasked AI with the challenge of writing 5 sample titles with accompanying 100 word blurbs for use as show notes. Here is, word for word, what the computer spit out:

    The Worst Pickup Lines (and Other Orlando Mishaps) Melissa and Amy recap their eventful trip to a women in podcasting conference, which included being subjected to cringeworthy pickup lines from older men at the hotel bar. They also share hilarious stories of laughter-induced urination, getting accosted with graphic images, and the overall quirky escapades of their "velveteen rabbity" Orlando getaway.
    Holding in Laughter and Pee: Our Crazy Orlando Trip Through uncontrollable laughter, Melissa and Amy recount wetting themselves numerous times during their women in podcasting conference in Orlando. From horrifying bathroom smells to inappropriate overshares from strangers to questionable travel snafus, their eventful trip offered plenty of comedic fodder, despite the lackluster hotel amenities and odd mishmash of conference attendees.
    The Time We Peed Our Pants Laughing in Orlando Melissa and Amy recap the nonstop hilarity during their women's podcasting conference trip to Orlando, from getting hit on by overly confident men at bars to a stranger ambushing them with graphic images. Their days were filled with laughing so hard they peed their pants, yelling at people out of fear, and enjoying each other's company amidst the quirky escapades.
    Strange Pickup Lines and Public Peeing: Our Orlando Adventure During their women's podcasting conference getaway, Melissa and Amy were in stitches recounting ridiculous pickup attempts from men at hotel bars along with uncontrollably laughing until they wet themselves...in public! From horrifying bathroom smells to graphic photo ambushes, their overnight trip was filled with hilarious mishaps and lots of laughter.
    One Wild and Crazy Orlando Trip Melissa and Amy recap their eventful Orlando trip chock-full of laughter, escapades and hijinks - from cringeworthy pickup lines from men to uncontrollable giggling that led to public peeing. Despite a questionable hotel stay and odd conference attendees, they made the most of it, supporting their friend and enjoying time together, even if it meant getting ambushed by a stranger's graphic images!
     
    And if you think that's cool, consider telling a friend about our show. You can find us on all the socials at @ListenBrilliant, or on your preferred podcast player as Brilliant Observations Podcast. We'd love a follow on TikTok as well, as we're trying to get more intentional about posting behind the scenes videos there for your listening enjoyment. See you next week! 
     
    Special thanks to the Sonic Bloom Awards for our nomination to multiple categories and exciting, humbling win as
    Best Podcast Cohosts of 2024
    Shoutout to Jessica Kupferman, Elsie Escobar and the whole crew at She Podcasts for the amazing sessions, speakers, parties, after-parties, balloons, soundtrack, cheese tray and tiny cherry-centered creme pastry things that kinda looked like little alien nipples but were startlingly delicious at She Podcasts Unplugged, the only live event for She Podcasts in 2024
    Full credit to U****k Your Business Podcast for the podcast workflow tips using AI. Definintely check them out if you're looking for resources, brand consulting

    • 57 min
    All's Fair in Love and Washing Machine Repair

    All's Fair in Love and Washing Machine Repair

    This just in: life's not fair, Dear Listener... right down to the range of personal greetings doled out at the local supermarket. But just like sanitation codes at the bulk bean display, Amy won't let a little thing like fairness stop her from barrelling through this world with a fist in the air in defence of the smile in her heart. Laugh along with us this week as we cover abbreviations as disconnected as DMV snubs, NFL team names, VIP shopping status and OG GPS SOBs.
    All that, plus Missy loses her mind with the world's longest silent laugh. Not neessarily great for pod, but just the thing for those of you laughing along at home.  

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bean Play

    Bean Play

    $120 manicures lead Missy to question everything — including Amy's apparent fetish with sliding her fingers into unwashed bean barrels at the corner deli. It's a thing. Right?
    See the video for yourself on TikTok: ListenBrilliant
    All that, plus Missy says goodbye, sort of, to the boy as he flies off to Australia. Depending on when you download this episode, he may still be in the air. (Just kidding. He's confirmed it's a G'day Down Undah.) 
     

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Retiredladyrugger ,

Love this podcast!!

In a time of high stress and anxiety, listening to this podcast is the highlight of my week. Despite the fact that you’ve put me off of ranch dressing for good (dear review reader, listen to the episode about Jeff Bezos going into space for why 🤣) listening to you two laugh, curse, call out stupid things and people, and so lovingly support each other through life’s milestones makes me so happy every week. This podcast is such fun!

YourMomsName1234 ,

Art and Content Theives

Just learned that these two have been selling comedian Kai Choyce's official merch design as their own. They put it on shirts, stickers, and even made it part of the logo for their podcast. Not sure how or why they decided to put his original shirt design that he has been selling on his website for years now on their own merch but that's pretty much the lowest thing you can do to an artist.

momof3things ,

Thank you

You ladies make me laugh, you make me tear up as I am driving, you make me smile, but most of all you make me realize that life is what you make of it. Your friendship is incredible and I look forward to conversations when you disagree with one another because you are both willing to listen to what the other has to say. Amy and I have many things in common, including being outnumbered by the Y chromosomes in our houses. Melissa’s adventures with the dogs and building a shore house make me appreciate my one dog and not building a 2nd home. Thank you both for keeping it real.

Thank you.

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