It's good to remember the messy stuff. It's not all polished radio-lite in podcasting. Sometimes people hit the street - literally - press record and share a little bit of themselves with the world. It's not high art or that sophisticated but I'm not sure comedy is always supposed to be. Thus, this week I threw one to the comedy streets with my Splitsider and Plop List episode pick, going with the messy but honest This Better Be Funny, featuring a few of my local Los Angeles comedy pals doing what I often hear on non-recorded nights. Thinking it was pretty fun for a little bit of it to go out to the internet. In these times and all that BS... My write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:
I’m learning comedy isn’t always a clean process. This Better Be Funny is a high quality proof of this edict. While the show is certainly a member of the meandering conversation group, hosts Jake Kroeger and Jeremy Paul seem to double-down on the looseness, revealing a literal on-the-street riffing version of comedians hanging out. I have ties to the show and this episode from knowing Jake Kroeger and their guest Andy Peters, plus my own affinity for my local comedy scene, the slew of performers, open mics and independent shows. It’s a treat to have a show reveal such an honest reflection of comedians hanging out, pushing each other’s buttons and generally being ridiculous. The show positions Kroeger and Paul as two down-and-out comedians exploring various topics, searching for the comedy and possible on-stage bits. One of the Los Angeles’ best on-stage riffers, Andy Peters’ pop culture knowledge and knack for the absurd keeps the funny coming throughout the episode. Kroeger is full of random facts – that may or may not be true – such as the current shortage of Spam. Peters’ faux anger and continual push-back to Kroeger and Paul’s ridiculousness serves as a welcome foil to the many inappropriate topic turns. Peters’ attempt to rename the podcast as “Two Sad Dudes” isn’t too far from the truth, revealing the fun to be had in the honest and maybe even a little sad conversations among comedians.
Here's the complete list of episode picks from the Splitsider crew, lots of new off-beat shows this week:
The Best Show on WFMU – Ted Leo
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn – Bob Newhart, Mister Rogers and Me
Earwolf Presents: Jon Daly’s Rafflecast #2 – Rob Huebel, Megan Amram, Brandon Johnson
This Better Be Funny #17 – Andy Peters
It's That Episode with Craig Rowin #12 - Jeff Rubin/Saved By The Bell: “Graduation”
Tiny Odd Conversations #42 - Clementine Ford
The Long Shot #503 – Anthony Jeselnik
Fitzdog Radio #193 – Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair
Honorable mentions from the group include: Dylan Brody’s Neighbor’s Couch "Dylan Brody Talks Indy," improv4humans #20 (Lauren Lapkus, Seth Morris, Brian Huskey), Judge John Hodgman #54 "Die Flederhaus," Sklarboro Country #88 (Taran Killam, James Adomian, Dan Van Kirk), The Champs (Hannibal Buress), The Little Dum Dum Club #79 (Kyle Kinane) and WTF with Marc Maron #267 (Carrie Brownstein).