Entries in champs (7)

Monday
Jul092012

Plop of The Week: Doug Loves Movies

The holiday week is no reason to skip over some quality comedy podcast listening time. Another member of the Splitsider comedy podcast crew and I took the opportunity to offer a bit of recodnition for the original "plopper" himself, Doug Benson. With two episode picks making the Splitsider "This Week In Comedy Podcasts" list, Benson receives a little bit of well-deserved internet love for his nonstop content factory. Here's my write-up for his fun recent New York City taping of Doug Loves Movies:

Michael Ian Black, Jason Mantzoukas, Dave Hill, Nikki Glaser The comedy podcast bounty often leads to missing out on some of the classics. (My 2012 low-grade shame.) Doug Loves Movies is one such show that shouldn’t be missed for too long, as it's one of the most consistently fun listens. It's always packed with obnoxious guests ready for the games and heavy riffing. And the special live DLM episodes, not recorded at Los Angeles’ UCB Theatre, often treat listeners with extended games and extended guest dicking around. Black and Hill waste no time getting into a “who’s book is better” argument, which, of course, turns into a stellar smart-ass-off. Mantzoukas stands out amongst the stand-ups with his extended shitting on Prometheus and the creation of his fake jerking-off-during-movies app. Mantzoukas also starts up a classic sweaty, sexy dolphin riff circle with his fellow guests. Benson sneaks in a quality emotional outburst about talking teddy bears. The games eventually get going leading to some semi-serious brainstorming and failed gamesmanship. Bad jokes, obnoxiousness, movie talk and overall inappropriateness abound in this particularly packed episode of Doug Loves Movies.

Along with the Benson double dip, the Splitsider crew picked the latest Superego and a few other interesting episodes:

How Did This Get Made? #40 "Judge Dredd" – Erica Oyama
Doug Loves Movies “Live from the Gramercy Theatre in New York City” – Michael Ian Black, Jason Mantzoukas, Dave Hill, Nikki Glaser
Superego Episode 3:14
Storyworthy - Blaine Capatch
The Benson Interruption # 17 "Live at the Del Close Marathon" - Matt Besser, Megan Beuringer, Matt Walsh, Rory Scovel

The Splitsider crew rolled out a few quality Honorable Mentions this week, including Fitzdog Radio (Jay Mohr), Guys With Feelings #114 (Lena Dunham), The Champs (Retta), The Long Shot #515 (Graham Elwood) and Two Charted? #21.

Monday
Jul022012

Plop of The Week: Jordan, Jesse, GO! #229

The main Maximum Fun podcast duo of Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris brought in a ringer this week. Fellow podcasting champ in his own right, Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) joined the guys for another fun outing of this usually loose and riff heavy Jordan, Jesse, GO! Thorn and Morris always attack their topics and interviews from different angles, always tip-toeing the randomness with both a psuedo-stoner theorizing and gleefuly intellectual curiosity. Passing along my recap for the episode for Splitsider's "Week In Comedy Podcasts" round-up:

Ever the glutton for self-punishment, Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris put up “nightmares” for the latest Jordan, Jesse, Go! episode. Comedian Jimmy Pardo guests and alternates with his go-along charm and playful fake ire. The guys keep things loose, letting the topics change effortlessly. Thorn gets things off to a fascinating start with his brain Botox plans. They invent an already classic new product on the spot – “the broaster.” They also get into it about frat boy villains. Listeners are treated to another round of Jesse Thorn’s ongoing grammar torment. Jordan Morris is always ready to start some healthy brainstorming and Thorn and Pardo are game to play along. The crew breaks off into a stupid snack conversation. Listening in to three of podcasts’ most effortless conversationalists and funny men is proves why Jordan, Jesse, Go! continues to be a shiny example of the intimacy of the medium.

The Dana Gould Hour makes another episode, which means another apperance on the Splitsider list. Check-out the other picks from the group this week out:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #164 - Tony Clifton, Ben Schwartz
Jim Florentine's Comedy Metal Midgets: Jim Reviews the Movie Rock of Ages
Doug Loves Movies – Jeff Garlin, T.J. Miller, Pete Holmes
Jordan, Jesse, Go! #229 – Jimmy Pardo
Probably Science #26 – Guest Bil Dwyer
The Dana Gould Hour #8 – "Summer Testacular"

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider crew this week include Dork Forest #124 (Dennis Blair), How Was Your Week #68 (Jessi Klein, Tavi Gevinson), Left Handed Radio #17, Sklarbro Country #100 (Fred Armisen, James Adomian), Ten Minute Podcast "Hateful Messages," This Better Be Funny #29 (Justin Ian Daniels), The Champs (Charlie Murphy) and Who Charted? #82 (T.J. Miller).

Friday
Jun152012

Plop of The Week: Sklarbro Country #98

A few current prolific comedians joined forces this past week for some fun podcastery (made-up work alert!). The way-out-there but always working, Reggie Watts, brought his brand of comedic magic to the calming shores of Sklarbro Country. The hard working duo in their own right, Randy and Jason Sklar, create an excellent messing around space for guests and having Watts in the fold was a fun experiment. Here are a few more thoughts about Sklarbro Country #98 for Splitsider's "This Week In Comedy Podcasts" post:

Worlds collide with the latest Sklarbro Country episode when musical comedy genius, Reggie Watts, visits the hardest working comedy duo. Before Watts checks in, The Sklar Brothers show off their bounty of “week-of” sports jokes. Showing off their topical range, they manage to sneak in a great Sklarbrotration segment dissing Lil’ Wayne, complete with a Hatfield and McCoy reference. Once Watts steps in, the show really gets going with a steady stream of riffing. Watts is a natural partner-in-crime for the brothers. They kick-start it with several minutes of overanalyzing Watts’ infamous golf sweater. The Sklars make the sports connection with Watts through a fun sports anthem discussion. They explore the process of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army becoming a sports anthem. Then Watts gives it a try himself, creating a brand new haphazard Dodgers’ anthem. Other gems include a highly inappropriate but hilarious brainstorming session about Native American restaurants and Y2K Museums. Plus, there’s another quality appearance by Tiger Woods (the always on point Chris Cox). There’s a lot packed into the episode, the only way the brothers know how to operate. The Sklars continue to show why they’re the masters of fun with the ability to bring anyone into the sports fold and their awesome house of riffing.

Here are the rest of the Splitsider crews' picks for the week. I'm happy another seemingly oddball pairing of Bills Simmons and Lena Dunham made the list (nice one, Samantha!):

WTF with Marc Maron #287 – Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis, Josie Long, Neal Brennan
Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #62 "L.A. Story" – Steve Rannazzisi, Cort McCown
Comedy Bang! Bang! #162 – Andy Samberg, Adam Pally
Sklarbro Country #98 – Reggie Watts and Chris Cox
My Brother, My Brother and Me #108
Proudly Resents "Shakes the Clown" – Bobcat Goldthwait
The Best Show on WFMU #500 - John Hodgman, Ted Leo, Julie Klausner, Sam Seder, Jason Woliner
The B.S. Report – Lena Dunham

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider crew this week include Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #60, Walking The Room #107 (Jake Johannsen), The Champs (Trevor Noah) and WTF with Marc Maron #268 (Kurt Braunohler).

Thursday
Mar292012

Plop of The Week: The Dana Gould Hour #4

It's rarer than you think for creative endeavors to come out ahead of the pack from the get-go but Dana Gould's first batch of episodes for his hourly endeavor, The Dana Gould Hour, is already one of the more top notch online comedy offerings. I finally stopped being a dipshit and chose the show for my Splitsider pick and pick of the week. My write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

Only a few episodes in, The Dana Gould Hour, is already starting to set the pace for production value and sophistication in the comedy podcast race. At the forefront of the show, Gould shares his ample entertainer gifts with listeners – easy conversation, playful comedic tangents, a nerd-riffic detailed passion for pop culture and history along with his masterful approach to comedic sketches. The show calmly skips among segments, using a masterful fade-in/fade-out technique. We only get the awesome bits of the conversations and sketches. Eddie Pepitone and Matt Weinhold visit with Gould for an unhealthy amount of apocalyptic talk, including comparing disaster memories and preparedness notes. Gould’s charm and wide net of knowledge gives the show sense of pace and general likeability. It’s quite easy to melt right into the quickly paced hour. Following the Apocalyptic theme, Gould shares his extended thoughts on The Omega Man and Charleton Heston. The audio commentary comes complete with killer audio clips. There’s also a bunch of fun audio sketches – complete with chicken breeding theories. Long live A.D.D.! It’s also a treat to have still-on-edge Pepitone be in a genial easy going mood. Despite all the “adult” window dressings, The Dana Gould Hour, still veers off into the silly territory quite a bit.

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

The Long Shot #502 "The Mailbag Episode #4"
The Champs – Keegan-Michael Key
Who Charted? #69 – Ronna & Beverly
The Dana Gould Hour #4 "Apocalicious" – Eddie Pepitone, Matt Weinhold
Comedy Bang! Bang! #150 "Time Bobby" – Bobby Moynihan, Paul F. Tompkins
improv4humans #19.5 "Bonus Tebow Episode" - Chad Carter, Sean Conroy, Anthony King
Making It with Riki Lindholm #36 – Adam Pally

The Splitsider comedy podcast crew, myself included, also shared a few honorable mention picks: Big O and Dukes "Snacks of the Round Table," Cashing In with T.J. Miller #3, Pop My Culture #73 (John Hodgman, Aimee Mann, John Roderick), The Morning After Podcast #67 (Jacky Joy, Anthony Jeselnik) and Thrilling Adventure Hour #64 "War of Two Worlds, part 2."

Friday
Sep232011

Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: September 22

     

Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz released another batch of comedy podcast winners. Sure, there aren't any real winners or losers in comedy or podcasts but let's keep this whole make-believe gold star system going. A few people get validation and some shiny stickers. Their Top 5 this time out:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #123 - featuring Amy Poehler, Adam Pally, The Bangles
Jordan, Jesse Go! #192 - featuring Rob Huebel
RISK! "Backlash" - featuring Adam Savage, Jenny Slate, The Sklar Brothers
Sklarbro Country #60 - featuring Rob McElhenney, Jason Nash
WTF With Marc Maron #211 - featuring Lisa Lampanelli

Honoarble mentions this week include The Anytime Show with Dominic Dierkes #27 (featuring Thomas Middleditch), The Champs #6 (featuring Donnell Rawlings) and Uhh Yeah Dude #289.

Check-out the complete Splitsider deep thoughts on this week's favorite episodes here.

Sunday
Sep182011

Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: September 15

     

Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz offered up another batch of favorite comedy episodes this past week for Splitsider, including a star-studded Comedy Bang! Bang! and some slightly-off-the-beaten-path shows. The Top 5:

The Champs #5 - featuring Craig Robinson
Comedy Bang! Bang! #122 - featuring Zach Galifianakis, Paul F. Tompkins, Yo Lo Tengo
The Earwolf Challenge "The Final Challenge"
How Was Your Week? #27 - featuring David Rakoff
You Had To Be There #33 - featuring Stuckey and Murray

The not-quite-Top-5 episodes receiving honorable mentions: How Did This Get Made? #18 - featuring Danielle Schneider, The Mustache Rangers #212 and WTF with Marc Maron #209 - featuring Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.

Check-out the full Splitiser recaps here.

Friday
Sep162011

New To Plop List: The Champs

New to the Plop List Directory, The Champs is a new podcast featuring comedians Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), Moshe Kasher (Fallon, Live at Gotham) and DJ Douggpound (writer/editor of Tim and Eric). It’s a whole new brand of podcast, complete with sound effects courtesy of Douggpound. Some listeners have complained that the drops can be “too much,” but they’re missing the point. Douggpound exposes the lunacy that is much of today’s radio by blasting samples from songs like Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness” and Vengaboy’s “We like to Party,” all in hilarious fashion. My gateway episode was a two-parter with guest NBA superstar Blake Griffin. The most interesting thing I learned about Griffin (the reigning NBA rookie of the year, an NBA all-star and a man who can dunk over a car) was that he is actually surprisingly funny.

Kasher and Brennan didn’t bring out the dull, cliché responses you’d expect from Griffin during a typical sports interview. Rather, they asked him original questions and reached key issues that would genuinely interest any audience. For instance they asked “When did you know you were really, really good at basketball?” Griffin also engaged in a discussion about farting discreetly on court versus The Knicks. And, the hosts proposed how they would attempt to beat up the 6’10” 250-lbs. Power Forward, if necessary.

Douggpound also came up with some catchy nicknames for Griffin, like Blake 182, Blaking Bad and “Pretty Red” due to Blake’s reddish hair. Griffin, who interned at Funny or Die during the off-season, acknowledged that you can’t be truly funny in basketball. So, he took this rare opportunity to open up alongside comedians. The format of The Champs revealed a normal, funny 22-year-old. Who can dunk over a car.

Credit The Champs for creating a unique podcast experience, with the use of DJ Douggpound’s ironic sound effects, as well as banter between the unique voices of seasoned comedians Kasher and Brennan.

Watch for The Champs on iTunes and check them out on Twitter at @nealbrennan @douggpound and @moshekasher.