Let's get to it. Improv is always a mixed bag for even loyal comedy fans. The excitement is always battling the anxiousness for both performers and audiences alike. It's always a treat to see the thriving comedy format find a new home in podcasting. The Los Angeles based sketch group, Robert Downey Jr. Jr., brings it and then some with their semi-regular improv offering, Improv On Tape, featuring various group members and other comedy friends. Here's my podcast pick write-up for Splitsider's "This Week In Comedy Podcast" column:
Richard Feliciano and his Robert Downey Jr. Jr. improv partners-in-crime really bring it on their improv podcast. This week’s shorter bonus episode is a quick listen, a quality way to jump into a new bit of improv. The Robert Downey Jr. Jr. crew is one of the hardest working Los Angeles improv groups and one of its best. Just like their stage shows, this show is top notch on its production value. It’s also a treat to listen to the group embrace the podcast format, often going for scenes that really fly in the audio-only format. There’s a lighthearted chat session to kick off this episode, followed by the guys rolling through a quick series of YouTube inspired scenes. Don’t miss out on clever and chaotic rewind bit. Along with the only slightly offensive YouTube Town Hall Meeting scene, the David Fincher “YT Network” scene goes off the rails quickly. In the best kind of way. The Fincher craziness transitions into another free flowing series of “captain’s log” entries. The three performers admirably mix in a ton of characters and premises throughout. It’s a crazy listening trip but they keep themes in check and bring skilled improv structure so nobody’s wandering aimlessly into the comedy woods.
The rest of the Splitsider crew offered up a few more new picks and some old favorites:
WTF with Marc Maron #299 – Retta, Brett Weinbach, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, Jim Earl, Eddie Pepitone
You Made It Weird #68 - Kulap Vilaysack
The Dead Authors Podcast Chapter 9 - Jorge Luis Borges(Nick Kroll)
Improv On Tape #8.5 “YouTube Stars”
The Bugle #201 “Dirty Bankers”
Ten Minute Podcast "Who's The Kid?"
Before You Were Funny #2 - Brian Huskey, Kyle Mooney, Johnny Pemberton, Betsy Sodaro
The honorable mentions this week out from the Splitsider comedy podcast crew featured Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #69 (Nick Thune), Comedy Bang! Bang! #168 (Bob Odenkirk, Matt Besser), Harmontown # 2: "The Inception of Girlfriends," Offstage with Christian Polanco #76 (Bryson Turner, Part One), Professor Blastoff #62 (Scott Aukerman), The Adam Carolla Show 7/23 (Colin Mochrie, Michelle Branch, & David Wild), The Long Shot #518 “The Gossip & Bob Episode” (Matt Besser), Twisting the Wind with Johnny Pemberton #1 (Danny Holloway & More) and Who Charted? #86 (Nick Kroll).