Entries in here's the thing (3)

Tuesday
Apr172012

Plop of The Week: The Long Shot #504

When does "this week" become "last week" but still written from this week? When you're sharing some podcast love a few days late. I'll continue to be in charge of The Long Shot  fan committee and after a few weeks of others in the Splitsider comedy podcast rounder-uppers stealing my Long Shot thunder, I chose the personality overload show as my Splitsider comedy podcast pick. No Eddie Pepitone this week but the three remaining hosts and guest Beth Stelling more than make up for it. Lots of fighting, shooting-of-the-perverbial shit and awkward moments. Just how I like my audio entertainment. My write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

This week out, The Long Shot foursome is missing their angry clean-up hitter, Eddie Pepitone. No need to fret, the M.I.A. co-host ends up making way for a particularly raw and loose edition. The best host in podcasting land, Sean Conroy, along with his eager cohorts, Amber Kenny and Jamie Flam, welcome sarcastic but earnest guest, comedian Beth Stelling into the fold. Stelling’s an easy match for the group, sliding right in with the over-sharing and fun bouts of self-hate. Her aloofness and playful prodding of a particularly feisty Conroy is all charm. Honesty is always one of the greatest feats of The Long Shot crew. Long running inter-group commentary and back-and-forth between the hosts is also special stuff. Both are in full effect thanks to a delightful Conroy/Flam dust-up over “enchantment” of all things. Both Kenny and Flam continue to bring life to proceedings with their dual threat of youthful sincerity and ridiculousness. It’s a treat to hear the gang’s animated talk of lottery winnings and much more. The now long-running series is really beginning to benefit from its longevity and camaraderie, showing off a lived-in charm and a willingness to engage with each other in both familiar and new ways. It’s like hanging out with a great group of friends, albeit a slightly messed-up group. It’s podcasting, we should have it no other way.

Here's the complete list of episode picks from the Splitsider crew, lots of new off-beat shows this week:

Beginnings #46 – Dan St. Germain
Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin - Kristen Wiig
How Was Your Week? #57 – Chris Parnell, Jon Daly
The Long Shot #504 "Enchantment vs. Football" – Beth Stelling
Throwing Shade #24
WTF with Marc Maron #269 – David Cross
The Dana Gould Hour # 5 "Conspiracies!"  - Eddie Pepitone, Matt Weinhold, Mike Murphy
The Mutant Season #24 – Pete Holmes

Honorable mentions from the group include: Best Show on WFMU (Chris Elliott, Jason Woliner, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron), improv4humans #21 (Stephanie Allynne, Allan Mcleod, Joe Wengert), It's That Episode # 13 (Adam Pally), Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #54, WTF with Marc Maron #268 (Jon Glaser) and You Had To Be There #58 (Jim Gaffigan).

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
Jan022012

Splitsider Goes Rogue With Its Year-end Round-up

Splitsider's Jesse Fox posted a great year-end recap of comedy podcasts this past week. In lieu of a top whatever list, Fox rolls out a random assortment of superlatives for some of his favorite shows both old and new. Shows recieving recognition include:

Who Charted?
How Was Your Week?
Here's The Thing
Superego
Gelmania
You Made It Weird
improv4humans
The Comedy Cellar: Live from the Table

        

It's great to see Fox recognize the shows pushing the creative limits available to the podcast format. It shows it's not always about the guys sitting shooting the shit. Although, that's fun, too.