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Monday
Aug062012

Plop of The Week: You Made It Weird #70

Pete Holmes is getting dangerously close to making it really hard for people to not know him. You know, that perverbial random stranger on the street kind of knowing. And it's going to be fun, a little weird but a lot of fun. Holmes continues to accel at stand-up and all things comedy, including his regular intimate and thoroughly engaging podcast offering, You Made It Weird. Picking an episode with another fellow comedic peer seemed like the right thing to do. Check-out my excerpt from last week's Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" round-up:

Pete Holmes is on a roll lately with all things comedy: a possible late night TV show in the works, an ascending stand-up career and a soon-to-be podcast institution. You Made It Weird definitely skews into heavy comedy shop talk but it’s usually that good ol’ fashioned soul searching kind. The nitty gritty, the bits and pieces, the stuff that makes anyone give a crap anytime the performer/audience dance is underway. Holmes’ inquisitive nature and honesty really lays the groundwork for his guests to quickly join in on the sharing-is-caring fun. Fellow comedian and off-the-cuff master, Rory Scovel, pushes the limits even in Holmes’ safe place. Scovel starts off messing with Holmes by bringing a guest to the podcast recording, which leads to a fun more challenging back-and-forth for the host. Eventually, Holmes manages to dig into Scovel’s inspired and often free form approach to performing. Beyond his normal riffing hijinks, Scovel’s insightful about his own helter-skelter performing, his recreational activities and his upbringing. It’s a real treat to peak behind Scovel’s devilish antics and see a bit of the passion that sparks his comedy. The episode really soars when the two comedians get into it about how they stay inspired to create and connect.

Here's the complete list of episode picks from the rest of the Splitsider podcast crew:

Totally Laime #130 - Dan Harmon
Penn's Sunday School - Billy West and The Naked TSA Guy
WTF with Marc Maron #300 – Nathan Rabin, Jesse Thorn, Pete Holmes, Andy Kindler
You Made It Weird #70 – Rory Scovel
How Was Your Week #73 - Simon Amstell, Bobcat Goldthwait
Story Worthy #100 – David Koechner
It's That Episode #27 – Eddie Pepitone/My Super Sweet Sixteen
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn – Michael Ian Black, Tom Bissell, Pete Holmes

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider group this past week include The Dana Gould Hour #9 "Mini-KISS and Other Delights," Fitzdog Radio (Artie Lange, Todd Barry), Jordan, Jesse, Go! #234 (Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon), Professor Blastoff #63, Royal & Doodall #34 and The Bryan Callen Show #10 (Mike Callen).

Friday
Apr062012

Plop of The Week: This Better Be Funny #17

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).

Monday
Jan092012

The AV Club: Podmass Dec 29 - Jan 4 

Here you go. The might A.V. Club sumbitted another quality "best of" list for the week's podcasts. Again, comedy shows occupied the bulk of the spots. A lot of the usual big shows and favorites from the weekly Podmass post. Bullseye, formerly The Sound of Young America, started off its new year with a quality episode. The comedy shows making the Podmass cut this past week: 

The Bugle "Best Of 2011 Parts 1 & 2"
Bullseye "The A.V. Club, Dan Deacon, Downton Abbey, and Chris Lilley"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #138 "Ghost Protocol" - Andy Richter, Paul F. Tompkins
Doug Loves Movies - Pete Holmes, Chelsea Peretti, Nick Kroll guest
Judge John Hodgman "The Carry On Carryings-On"
Never Not Funny #1004 "Taking Risks" - Tig Notaro
Sklarbro Country #75 "New Year's Extravaganza" - Chris Cox, Jason Nash, James Adomian
WTF With Marc Maron #240 - Annabelle Gurwitch, Jeff Kahn
WTF With Marc Maron #241 - Mojo Nixon, Jonah Ray, Maronzio Vance, Steve Mazan, Jim Earl, Eddie Pepitone
You Made It Weird #12 - Anthony Jeselnik