Entries in making it with riki lindhome (7)

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).

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."

Monday
Oct312011

New Shows & Site for The Nerdist

Chris Hardwick's Nerdist empire keeps growing and recently received an web make-over with a new site design for nerdist.com. There's a nifty new podcast page where fans can discover and locate the shows that make-up The Nerdist Network. (Still not sure if they're going with this as the official name. Still not sure if "official names" still matter.)

A few new shows also launched last week, incluing You Made It Weird. We'll have more info on the new show this week.

The network now offers a slew of quality programming, including a bunch of comedic shows or comedically-inspired shows. These shows include:

The Nerdist
The Indoor Kids
The Todd Glass Show
Nerdist Writer's Panel 
Making It with Riki Lindhome
The Questionauts
The Thrilling Adventure Hour
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes 

Podcast producer and host, Katie Levine continues to head up most of the podcast goodness over at The Nerdist.

For more Nerdist-inspired fun, check-out www.nerdist.com/podcasts.

Saturday
Oct292011

Plop of The Week: The Bugle

Our favorite comedy show/episode submitted to this week's Splitsider Week In Comedy Podcasts is The Bugle's rapid-fire Qaddafi riffing session offered up by comedians John Oliver and Andy Zaltman. The recap:

Man, every week, The Bugle could easily be the podcast pick. It’s that good. That consistent. The Bugle receives bonus points for its stick-it-to-the-man credentials. Basically hosts John Oliver (Daily Show hero supreme) and Andy Zaltman take turns being bad ass. The latest edition of Oliver and Zaltman political satire features a spirited “F*ck-You-Logizing” of Qaddafi, the recently deceased and deposed Libyan leader. Zaltman wonders when the “unconfirmed reports” will cease. There’s excitement for Elton John’s newest Qaddafi rendition of “Candle In The Wind.” Oliver recaps all of Qaddafi’s Bond villain traits. The guys question whether the “International Society of Fugitives” will downgrade Qaddafi’s final sewage pipe hideout. Oliver proposes the glory of the inevitable Qaddafi final-hideout-turned-tourist-attraction, complete with sewage pipe themed trinkets for kids. Zaltman also gleefully reads off taunting RIP tweets from other despots. Coming off his recent stand-up appearance in Orlando, Oliver also intros the show with an enthused takedown of the kids’ paradise. This includes Oliver’s joy/sadness at witnessing zombie smoking breaks at the Halloweened-out Universal Studios. The guys also squeeze in a quick UK-sports news round-up (AKA dumping on the French). Another week, another inspiring rapid-fire session of Oliver and Zaltman’s savage and breezy comedy.

     

The full list of shows making the Spitsider cut:

Making It with Riki Lindhome #15 - Ben Schwartz
The Nerdist #134 - John Hodgman
Who Charted? #47 - Jimmy Pardo
The Bugle #169 “Captain Crazy Corks It”
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #39 "Banana Cream Pie"

You can check-out the full Splitsider post here, complete with everyone's recaps/reviews.
Friday
Aug052011

Build-A-Pod: An Interview With Podcast Producer Katie Levine

In the world of podcasting, very few people have found a way to turn it into a paying gig. Katie Levine is one of them.

Not only has she worked for ACE Broadcasting and Nerdist Industries, she found success as a freelance podcast producer. She also hosts and produces her own show, Save It For Air. Despite Katie only producing/engineering for a year and a half, she’s already a digital comedy veteran. I’m extremely appreciative she found time to speak with me about her role as a producer and her thoughts on the medium as a whole.

DAN HUFFMAN:  You’re one of the few people producing podcasts in a professional capacity. Do you find your particular skill set in high demand?

KATIE LEVINE:  When I left ACE Broadcasting, I thought about getting out of podcasting. But now everybody wants to start one and I’m in the unique spot of knowing how to make one from start to finish. Not a lot of people know how to do that, so it’s really worked out for me.

DH:  You’re working not only with Nerdist Industries, but as a freelance producer?

KL:  I have all my own equipment for my podcast, Save it For Air. I actually started doing Riki Lindhome’s podcast freelance, and then Nerdist Industries picked up her show. Chris Hardwick heard the pilot and approached her about it. Riki had contacted me. Others have contacted me when they heard that I knew how to do this. And so, I kind of just fell into it.

DH:  How did you end up working for Adam Corolla at ACE Broadcasting?

KL:  I was a big fan of his. I started listening to podcasts in New York because I did so much commuting. His show was actually the first one I listened to. When I moved out to LA, he had just started doing the live shows. I went to Laughs for Bald Brian, which was a charity event. I started talking to this guy that was next to me on the valet line, who happened to work there. We became friends and one day he sent me an email saying, “hey, we’re hiring.” They wanted a girl that knew all the technical stuff and could put up with working in an all-boys environment.

DH:  You ended up fitting in?

KL:  Yeah. I was a big fan of Adam’s from Loveline and actually really liked The Man Show. So I really fit in. That’s my kind of humor.

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Thursday
Aug042011

New To Plop List: Making It with Riki Lindhome

Plop List would like to welcome Making It with Riki Lindhome to the directory. Making It is an interview show that focuses on the stories of entertainment industry professionals as they broke in. Lindhome recognizes that no two stories are the same. She capitalizes on those unique experiences to produce a show chalked full of both entertainment and encouragement to those looking for their own break into the business.

A comedian, actress, musician and member of the the celebrated comedy duo, Garfunkel & Oates, Lindhome's friendly manner and collection of varied industry experience make her the perfect interviewer for all manner of Hollywood professional. While it doesn’t hurt, a previous interest in the occupation or the interviewee isn’t a requirement for enjoying the conversation. Making It with Riki Lindhome is a show full of stories and life lessons. And it's also pretty funny.

Making It is part of the Nerdist Industries podcast network. New episodes plop on Wednesdays.