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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).

Monday
Jul162012

Plop of The Week: Jordan, Jesse, Go! #231

Looks like the supposedly laid back pace of Summer has me on the Jordan, Jesse, Go! tip. One of my favorite people in comedy and podcasting, Vanessa Ragland was the guest on their latest show and fit right in, almost like she's the regular third host. It's the thinking man's silly endeavor listening to an episode of this Maximum Fun show. Check-out my post about the episode for Splitsider's "This Week In Comedy Podcasts" column:

Jordan, Jesse, Go! dynamic duo, Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris rolled out another fun episode this week. They continue to double down on the laid back charm and conversational tangents. Actress, comedian and podcaster in her own right, Vanessa Ragland, joins the guys for a quick moving show that jumps all over the topic map. Ragland’s an easy paring for the show, making her seem almost like a regular co-host of the show. Ragland’s killer skill is being Johnny-on-the-spot with the obnoxious and inappropriate comments at the end of Thorn and Morris’ patented pseudo-stoner theorizing. Thorn throws out another round of baby talk but, as usual, it turns into the best kind of baby talk. A highlight of the show is the groups’ willingness to get on the Magic Mike cultural relevance train and dish out a lengthy discussion on the latest Steven Soderbergh flick. The discussion quickly derails into a dong vs. boner debate and then, again, some quality nonsensical theorizing of what somebody should want from a dong. There’s a whole lot more of where that came from with these three conversational easy riders.

The rest of the Splitsider comedy podcast review team offered up some fun favorite episodes of the week, including Maria Bamford being honest and awesome on The JV Club, plus some new and old classic offerings. Here's the complete list of Splitsider picks:

The Best Show on WFMU #503
Mohr Stories #70 – Marc Maron
Comedy Bang! Bang! #166 – Adam Scott, Harris Wittels, Chelsea Peretti
Jordan, Jesse, Go! #231 – Vanessa Ragland
The JV Club #18 - Maria Bamford
Probably Science #28 – Moshe Kasher

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider crew this week include Sklarbro County # 7 (Matt Braunger, James Adomian), This Feels Terrible # 4 (Jeff Davis), WTF with Marc Maron #295 (JB Smoove) and You Had To Be There #70 (Dave Hill).

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).

Monday
Mar192012

Plop of The Week: Jordan, Jesse, GO! #215

It's always nice when a comedy friend shows up on a podcast. Ali Wong's recent appearance on Jordan, Jesse GO! is an example of her friend-to-all vibe working with the Maximum Fun guys. I always have some guilt not paying more attention to Maximum Fun and their stellar lineup of good natured shows. This week's episode was a fun and quick listen, a ready example of what Thorn and company do best - the silly-serious combo. Here's the write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn are skilled at goofing around and proposing theories to work their way back from. Comedian Ali Wong visits Jordan, Jesse, GO! and manages to coax the hosts into a particularly fun episode, combining both silly tangents and earnest conversations. The show continues to be a free-flowing topic dispensary. The three put forth a easy flowing chat, avoiding the normal eye rolling pitfalls typically conjoined to marriage talk and reminiscing on their current and past neighborhoods. They have a lot of fun at the expense of both Bay Area and various Los Angeles neighborhoods with plenty of details to bridge the gap for the non-locals. There’s even some socio-economic musings to go around. They also explore the profound effect of discovering what your favorite radio personalities look like. Jesse Thorn is again at his best, letting loose his proper persona to put forth a bunch of silly stories and fun theories on a crazy amount of topics. Wong’s infectious curiosity fits in perfectly with the Morris-Thorn theorizing style.

The complete list of picks from the Splitsider crew for the week:

Totally Laime #110 – Matt Walsh
Mohr Stories #30 – Neal Brennan
Jordan, Jesse, GO! #215 – Ali Wong
You Made It Weird #30 – Kyle Kinane
The Todd Glass Show #35 – Paul F. Tompkins

Honorable mentions this time out include Alison Rosen Is Your New Friend #5 (Dana Gould), The Duncan Trussell Family Hour #6 (Bert Kreischer), Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #52, The Nerdist #180 (Baratunde Thurston), Nerdist Writers Panel #29 (Dana Gould, Liz Tigelaar, Robert Hewitt Wolfe) and The Todd Glass Show #36 (Paul F. Tompkins).

Thursday
Mar012012

The AV Club: The Sklar Brothers Interview

Jesse Thorn and The Sklar Brothers get into it and then some in a recent A.V. Club interview. Lots of tangents, over-talking (in print form, no less!) and even a few inappropriate comments. Just the way I like my Sklar time. It's a fun read among some of the best podcasters working today (Maximum Fun, Jordan Jesse Go!, Sklarbro Country). Enjoy.

Thursday
Jan122012

Plop of The Week: Pop My Culture #64

I'm still living in the past it seems. A podcast highlight of the past week reflected the same remincing spirit. I picked the Pop My Culture part 1 2011 recap show for my Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" selection. It's an incredibly fun listen. Even includes your obligatory Paul F. Tompkins guest appearance, too. Here's the lowdown via my Splitsider excerpt:

Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland, the ever upbeat and often offbeat Pop My Culture hosts, take this whole intimate just-hanging-out-don’t-mind-if-we-do podcast thing up a notch with their first installment of their 2011 Year-In-Review show. They bring back five of their favorite guests from the past year for a jovial party to discuss their 2011 favorites and loathsome least favorite things pop culture-y. Part 1 focuses on the positive. Pop My Culture doesn’t take the easy way out and offer up some half-ass clip show with commentary. They basically recorded their own party. A party with lists! It’s a treat to listen in on an honest, adult and free-flowing conversation among a group of talented and fun folk. Don’t worry – Stratton and Ragland are still in charge, keeping the loose format from bursting into full party chaos. Their party/podcast guests for the night include: Tony Hale, Rob Paulsen, Meredith Salenger, Paul F. Tompkins and James Urbaniak. Each of them adds their own perspective to the proceedings. Above all, Stratton and Ragland’s force of personality and likeability again manage to make pop culture something grounded, adult and enriching. Go figure. Although, Part 2, turning to the what-I-don’t-like game, could always descend into a brawl.

     

Here's the complete list of the Splitsider episode picks from the other contributors. Special points for improv4humans going on a crazy good run of late. The Long Shot, too.

Jordan, Jesse Go! #206 - Eddie Pepitone
improv4humans #8 - Sean Conroy, Brett Gelman, Curtis Gwinn
Pop My Culture #64: “Pop The Cork: The Best of 2011, Part 1” - Tony Hale, Rob Paulsen, Meredith Salenger, Paul F. Tompkins and James Urbaniak
The Smartest Man In The World "Elbows"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #139 - Bob Odenkirk, Brian Huskey

Honorable mentions include: Fitzdog Radio (Andy Richter), The Long Shot #415 (Brett Gelman), The Nerdist #156 (David Cross), WTF with Marc Maron #224 (Russell Brand) and You Made It Weird #13 (Nick Kroll).

Friday
Dec232011

Plop of The Week: Jordan, Jesse GO! with Andrés du Bouchet

Okay - we went from last week's 'couple of dudes talking in a closet' to the widely ambitious 'couple of dudes talking in a regular room.' I'm the first guy to laud the more creative and ambitious digital shows out there in podcast land but funny is funny. Engaging seems to come in simple packages. Maximum Fun's Jordan, Jesse GO! is no different. Hosts Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris have been at it for awhile now and continue to offer up an impressively consistent interview show, meeting all the 'good show' check marks along the way. For these guys, I'm always down when they get silly and Thorn halfphazard crashes back and forth between sophisticated host and his inner 'fuck it all' bastard. With one of my favorite comedians, Andrés du Bouchet, in for a visit, listeners get treated to a particularly loopy episode. #204 is my pick for the Splitsider "This Week In Comedy Podcasts":

A couple of guys talking is pretty much the garage band gathering for digital comedy. Let’s hangout and riff, man. Few duos do a better job of gleefully adhering to this laid back and honest approach than Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris of Jordan, Jesse GO! The Maximum Fun podcasting partners turned in a particularly loose and jovial episode featuring the smart and always affable comedian Andrés du Bouchet (writer for Conan, to boot). Claiming the title of “Count (or Duke) of Cheeseburgers,” Du Bouchet easily saddles in as another one of the guys. There’s a humorously long dissection of what it means to get lost in the video game world of Skyrim. Morris and Du Bouchet confound Jesse with their video game knowledge. Thorn proposes the Mr. T video game avatar should be the only avatar ever needed. The episode keeps it both grounded and silly, sneaking in some quality pop culture tangents. There’s some quality Conan talk, highlighted by the Morris and Thorn’s complete obsession with the mystery of Du Bouchet’s Gravy Boat Lighthouse segment on a recent Conan episode. Analyzing the merits of the 30-second Gravy Boat Lighthouse for minutes at a time pretty much sums up the delirious fun and pseudo-profundity Morris, Thorn and friends can offer up at any given time.

     

Here's the complete list of the Splitsider episode picks, all the usual suspects and some old favorites, you know a bunch of dudes being funny. Let's a take a moment in rememberance of the missing WTF - gone (until next week, I'm guessing) but not forgotten:

The Best Show on WFMU "The 2nd Best Show Holiday Party" - Ted Leo, John Hodgman, Jon Wurster
Comedy Bang! Bang! #136 - Paul F. Tompkins, Harris Wittels, Brett Gelman, Jon Daly, Seth Morris, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, James Adomian, Adam Pally
Dead Author’s Podcast "Appendix A: Charles Dickens and O. Henry" - Hal Lublin, Marc Evan Jackson
Jordan, Jesse GO! #204 - Andrés du Bouchet
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #43

The Splitsider honorable mentions: The B.S. Report (Louis C.K.), David Feldman Comedy Podcast "2011 Highlights #3", improv4humans #6 (Ben Schwartz, Danielle Schneider, Alex Fernie), Earwolf Presents: Jon Daly's Rafflecast.

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.

Friday
Sep092011

Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: September 8

     

Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz released their weekly comedy podcast picks. No real surprises - nice to see Pop My Culture's fun episode featuring the Superego gang receive some love. The Splitsider Top 5:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #121 - featuring Jimmy Pardo, Paul Rust, Rob Delaney
Jordan, Jesse Go! #190 - featuring DC Pierson
Mike & Tom Eat Snacks #33 "Pop Chips"
Pop My Culture #52 - featuring Superego
Who Charted? #40 - featuring Lee

The not-quite-top-5-worthy episodes receiving honorable mentions include Ronna & Beverly #8 (featuring Jon Daly), Totally Laime #83 (featuring Andy Daly) and Doug Loves Movies (featuring Jay Mohr, Jeff Garlin and Evan Glodell).

Click here for the full reviews and recaps.

Friday
Aug192011

Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: August 18

     

Joe Berkowitz and Jesse Fox released another nice crop of Top Comedy Podcasts this week. Check-it out:

The Apple Sisters # 12 - featuring Brian Huskey, Jason Ritter
Jordan, Jesse Go! #187 - featuring Kumail Nanjiani
Thrilling Adventure Hour #32 “Hell Is The Loneliest Number” - featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster
WTF with Marc Maron #200 - featuring Marc Maron (as told to Mike Birbiglia)
You Had to Be There #29 - featuring Keith and the Girl

Splitsider also had love, well honorable mention kind of love, for these episodes: Totally Laime #80 (featuring Mark Gagliardi), Walking the Room #64 "Man Camp and the Folk-cast" and The Anytime Show #19 (featuring Paul Rust).

Check-out the complete recaps and rationales here.