Entries in doug loves movies (39)

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).

Tuesday
Jun262012

Plop of The Week: Judge John Hodgman #64

John Hodgman helps us all get to know the fun of spoilers, our current national cultural nightmare. His latest episode of Judge John Hodgman tackles the great "spoiler" issue of our times. Plus, listeners get a whole of Hodgman-Breaking Bad bits. Here's my write-up for Splitsider's "Week In Comedy Podcast" post from last week:

The always silly but never not proper, Judge John Hodgman tackles a topic of our times this past week with a spoiler-centric episode. Plus, we get a healthy amount of Breaking Bad references. John Hodgman delightfully turns the proceedings into a mash-up discussion of pop culture references and a deep-seeded character study of the spoiler and spoil-ee. The debate centers around a roommate supposedly spoiling Breaking Bad. Adam and Andrew, the fake podcast plaintiff and defendant, make several attempts at bringing humor themselves. At each turn Hodgman’s ready with a healthy amount of fake ire. Another fun bit of business is Hodgman repeatedly throwing out obviously false Breaking Bad spoilers along with a few real spoilers. Despite all the fun, the group still squeaks out a bit of serious academic analysis on the idea of spoilers. Hodgman’s smatry-pants comedy persona and on-the-fly riffing skills make this lighthearted courtroom satire always a quick listening treat.

Here's the complete list of episode picks from last week's Splitsider round-up, full of new favorites and some current heavy hitters on the comedy podcast front:

The Best Show on WFMU #501
Doug Loves Movies – Neal Brennan, Seth Herzog, and Megan Neuringer
You Made it Weird #59 "Live from Chicago"
Judge John Hodgman #64 “A Quashed Plot Never Spoils”
Making It with Riki Lindhome #48 - Shannon Woodward
The Funny Indian Show #99 – Jordan Berman
Kevin Pollak Chat Show #150 – Dan Harmon
It’s That Episode #21 – Matt Besser / Teen Mom

Last week's honorable mentions include Fitzdog Radio (Michael Ian Black), The Long Shot #513 (Jessica St. Clair), Totally Laime #124 (T.J. Miller) and Who Charted? #81 (Eric Andre).

Friday
May112012

Plop of The Week: The Bugle #193

The Splitsider comedy podcast crew offered up an ecclectic mix of shows this week in the "This Week In Comedy Podcasts" column. It's always great to highlight the mix of perspectives and comedic approaches in the comedy podcast realm. My pick celebrated the full-force anger and satire approach of The Bugle. Sure, there's not a shortage of angry comedians ranting on comedy podcasts (or stages for that matter). Few comedians have the knack or the willigness to bottle up their natural anger and share it as biting political and cultural satire. The Bugle hosts, comedians John Oliver and Andy Zaltman are masters of satire. Catching any given week/episode is another opportunity to indulge in good ol' fashion burn 'em all satirical skewering. Here's my write-up for the Splitsider post:

It’s a Presidential election year, which means paying attention is like taking a daily punch in the face. Lucky for me, I have The Bugle, the best stupidity antidote – especially for these politically inane times. John Oliver and Andy Zaltman continue to push ahead with the quality riffing, even while recording the show from different continents. This week out, Oliver provides a bit of behind the scenes Daily Show insight with some fun George Clinton (The Funk) anecdotes. The guys quickly dive head first into the best Bin Laden Assassination Anniversary comedy workshop, lambasting the greeting card industry, Bin Laden’s excesses and anyone making political hay from the Bin Laden assassination. The Bugle is the best kind of angry humor – nothing is sacred. The freedom Oliver and Zaltman exercise allows the funny to walk the yard, freely picking fights with whoever’s unlucky enough to make eye contact. Oliver and Zaltman get a lot out of the released Bin Laden documents. Zaltman even sneaks in a bit of sketch humor with an overly honest Bin Laden final recording. Pretty sure the intellectually devoid election year politics are going to keep handing out daily face punches. Thankfully, we have The Bugle to help fight back.

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

The Long Shot #508 – Matt Knudsen
Making It with Riki Lindhome #42 – Pete Holmes (Part 1)
Doug Loves Movies – Paul F. Tompkins, Ice-T, Cake Boss
The Bugle #193 "Happy Deathiversary!"
My Brother, My Brother and Me #103
Cashing In with TJ Miller #9
Pod F. Tompkast #17 – John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman
The Dork Forest #115 – Lizz Winstead

Honorable mentions from the group this week include Smartest Man in the World "Sazeracs," You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes #46 (Harris Wittels) and Your Mom's House #57 (Rory Scovel).

Monday
Feb062012

The AV Club: Podmass January 26 - February 1

Here we go again - another healthy week of digital comedy offerings. The A.V. Club continued to keep track of all things pop culture, including their favorite podcasts. Again, the comedy shows win out for the most part. The A.V. Club elders also took the time to introduce themselves and their readers to Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser's show, You Had To Be There. Doug Loves Movies pulled off the WTF double dip for the week. Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #180 "The Truth About Lies"
Doug Loves Movies - Paul F. Tompkins, Garry Marshall, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
Doug Loves Movies - Chris Hardwick, Tom Lennon, Greg Proops, Samm Levine
How Was Your Week? “What Someone’s Mom’s Idea of a Nightclub Is” - David Cross, Eliot Glazer
Monday Morning Podcast
The Nerdist #163 - Bob Odenkirk
Never Not Funny #1008 - Kevin Pereira
Scott Free #15 "Looking For Love"
Sklarbro Country #79 "Sloppy Lady Junk" Tom Scharpling, Chris Cox
Stop Podcasting Yourself #202 - Kaitlin Fontana
Superego #3:11
Uhh Yeah Dude #308
Walking The Room #88 "Arm Rest Battle and The Power Move"
Who Charted? #61 "Time Traveling Skrillex" - Jason Mantzoukas
WTF With Marc Maron #248 - Paul Feig
You Made It Weird #17 - Eugene Mirman

 

Friday
Feb032012

Plop of The Week: Superego #3:11

Let's get to it! I finally snuck in there with the Splitsider podcast crew and snagged a chance to shower some love (not as dirty as it sounds) on the Superego crew for their latest episode. Their show continues to push the envelope in the digital audio realm, dig in deeper on its own brand of comedy and seemlessly continue to work guests into their improvised sketch fold. Basically, it's damn funny offbeat shit. Here's my feedback on the episode for the weekly Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" post, headed up by the Jesse Fox.

Superego, the improvised sketch show with the most fun audio production around, returned with another collection of awesomely fun mind-fucking case episodes. Show creators, Jeremy Carter and Matt Gourley, along with Mark McConville and Jeff Crocker, are hitting their comedic stride with Superego’s brand of nonsensical riffing and clever premises. This episode features the simple oddity of Mudge Coughlin relaxation screaming bits, a movie star press conference sketch firing away silly questioners and with even sillier questions and the Buffrum’s Fragrance Counter sketch that could quite possibly gleefully go on forever. Highlights this time out are the “wonderful trip down mental health lane” from the silly and supremely weird “Hashimoto Wellness Labs Test” and the nerd-tastic “Brown X-Wing Squardron” Star Wars riffing. Special guests include: Paul F. Tompkins, Patton Oswalt, Colin Hanks, Chris Tallman, Mike Rock and James Bladon. Watch out for Bladon’s spot-on and fun Obi-wan Kenobi: it’s a gem. Superego continue to refine their audio and comedy skills and push the envelope of the medium with awesomely fun odd-ball creations that could only truly exist in the podcast realm. Yet again, it’s a weird and fun trip.

The other picks from the Splitsider crew this week:

The Todd Glass Show #29 – Rory Scovel, Mike Koman
Earwolf Presents: Analyze Phish #4
Superego #3:11 – Paul F. Tompkins, Patton Oswalt, Colin Hanks, Chris Tallman, Mike Rock, James Bladon
Here’s The Thing - Lorne Michaels
Doug Loves Movies - Paul F. Tompkins, Garry Marshall, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

Honorable Mentions this week out: Sklarbro Country #79 (Tom Scharpling, Chris Cox), StarTalk Radio Season 3, Episode 1: Live At The Bell House (Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, John Dogman, Mike Massimino), The Dork Forest #98 (Michael McDonald & Mike Phirman), The Morning After…Podcast #63 (Courtney Page, Eric Andre), Who Charted? #61 (Jason Mantzouks) and You Made It Weird #19 (Chris D’Elia).

Monday
Jan302012

The AV Club: Podmass January 19-25

Catching up on podcasts seems to be the norm. If you're forced to skip around and not be one of those hardcore completist, The A.V. Club's weekly Podmass highlights and recaps is always a great reference guide for a quick catch-up session. Once again, the comedy shows win the day with the overwhelming majority of the "best" spots. The A.V. Club elders also took time to note The Sideshow Network's Jerky Boys show. We need more terms other than "retro" for going back to the past for creative content. Not passing judgment - just thinking it's the norm now and we should have more shades of labelling looking back.

I can't forget that both The Nerdist and You Made It Weird pulled off the not-really-that-rare "WTF" - double episode acclaim. Also - let's all celebrate The Bugle releasing their first independent show. Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

The Bugle #179 "Playas Gon Play"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #141 "Ladies Night"  Tig Notaro, Ronna & Beverly
Doug Loves Movies - Pat Wilson, Josh Freese, Brendon Walsh, Graham Elwood
How Was Your Week? #46 “Consequences” - Chris Gethard, Katie Notopoulos
Judge John Hodgman #49 "The Master’s Disaster"
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #47 "Pirate’s Booty"
Monday Morning Podcast
The Nerdist #160 - Graham Elwood
The Nerdist #161 - Stephen Merchant
Stop Podcasting Yourself #201 - Jon Dore
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #55 "Captain Laserbeam!: Even Bluebirds Get The Blues"
Walking The Room #87 - Rob Delaney
WTF With Marc Maron #247 - Ralphie May
You Made It Weird #15 - Nick Thune
You Made It Weird #16 - T.J Miller

             

Thursday
Jan262012

Plop of The Week: The Todd Glass Show

Sometimes you feel lucky to catch a little bit of honest comedy. Comedy podcasts are aplenty and pretty constant these days - it's hard to take it all in sometimes and can even blend together if you're not paying close enough attention. The last few weeks of Todd Glass in the digital realm are truly a special thing. His weekly long-format show is always pushing ahead and waving at the passerbys with something fun to share. You just have to remember to pay attention. The latest Todd Glass Show episode is a two-parter: both a special treat and a prime example of what this riff-happy show is all about. Here's the pick and thoughs for the weekly Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" post headed up by the esteemed Jesse Fox.

Todd Glass is settling into his podcasting position quite nicely. The unlikely combo of confidence and unease is on full display again. The latest episode of The Todd Glass Show starts out with a lengthy epilogue to his stellar WTF With Marc Maron appearance. Buddy Sarah Silverman joins him for a recap of the days following his public coming out. Glass continues to amaze with his honest and fun take on it all. Silverman is settling into her comedy elder position with a welcoming grace. She’s a new kind of veteran to the scene, bringing heart and warmth to her discussions. Glass doubles down with a regular edition of his show, featuring studio appearances by Anthony Jeselnik and Jonah Ray. The usual Todd Glass Show format is on full display – it’s morning radio deconstruction on the fly. Glass and friends pretty much dole out nonstop riffing to listeners. Every conversational turn is a chance for comedic self-examination and excoriation. The repeated faking of coming in and out of radio breaks is pure joy. There are fake callers, what ifs and role-playing aplenty. Jeselnik plays a great dickish foil to the eager Glass. Jonah Ray shows off his versatility, playfully switching between eager go-along and reluctant guest. The show overflows with comedy gems in both the moment and from larger isn’t-this-silly perspective. The whole show is in the weeds and that’s the fun of it. When it’s hitting its stride, the show’s battle with its own format and sincerity make it a truly heady and fun listen each time out.

     

The Splitsider crew took on an off-beat group of comedy episodes. improv4humans continues to dig in for the long haul, bringing improv from the stage to the internet. Plus, T.J. Miller makes a few appearances. The other picks from the Splitsider crew:

improv4humans #10 – Andrew Daly, Horatio Sanz, Joe Wengert
Doug Loves Movies – T.J. Miller, Pete Holmes, Ti West
The Todd Glass Show #28 – Sarah Silverman, Anthony Jeselnik, Jonah Ray
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #55 "Captain Laserbeam: Even Bluebirds Get The Blues”
You Made It Weird #16 – T. J. Miller

Honorable Mentions this week out: Get Up On This #26 (Hannah Hart), How Was Your Week #46 (Chris Gethard, Katie Notopoulos), Sklarboro Country #78 (Rob Riggle) and This My Show #30 (Cole Stratton).

Sunday
Jan152012

The AV Club: Podmass January 5-11

The A.V. Club got to it this past week. Lots of podcast acclaim to hand out. Again, the comedy shows dominate the episode picks in the weekly Podmass recaps. The A.V. Club also got a taste of Bill Burr's rant-riffic show, Monday Morning Podcast. There are the comedy episodes from the latest Podmass offering

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #177 "Weapons Of Mass Election"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #139 "Win A Farmhouse" - Bob Odenkirk, Brian Huskey
Doug Loves Movies - Jon Hamm, Paul F. Tompkins, Anthony Jeselnik
How Was Your Week? “Twiddling And Eight-Balls”: Rob Tannenbaum
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #45: Chex Mix
The Nerdist #156: David Cross
Sklarbro Country #75 "Live From Sklarbro Country!" - Laraine Newman, Brett Gelman
The Smartest Guy In The World "Elbows"
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #53 "Sparks Nevada, Marshal On Mars: War Of The World"
Uhh Yeah Dude #305
Who Charted? #58 "Critter Sandusky" - Brett Gelman
WTF With Marc Maron #242 - Russell Brand
You Made It Weird #13 - Nick Kroll

             

 

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