Entries in nerdist (51)

Monday
Aug132012

Plop of The Week: The Bugle #203

I'm deep in the throes of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month but still trying to stay on the podcast beat. Being in Scotland during a U.K.-based Olympics means I got to be surrounded by a light murmur of Olympic Fever. If there was ever a time to turn to John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman for a little dose of Bugle levity, this was the week. Not to mention they deliver the best on-point Olympic satirizing you're liking to find this Summer. Funny is always a little more sharp closer to home. Here's my post for the Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" column:

It’s Olympics time so it’s necessary to return to the always funny British podcasting duo of John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, aka The Bugle. Zaltzman has been dutifully churning out short Olympic-themed episodes of late, but episode #203 sees (hears?) Oliver and Zaltzman back together, in the usually clever tip-top satirical form. Oliver jumps right in, jabbing Zaltzman about his severe case of Olympic fever. The two agree on the sociological working theory of the Olympics being created to allow us to ignore human catastrophe. There’s top-notch bashing of the opening ceremony, including some quality Queen mockery. (Always a favorite.) There’s a lot of badminton humor, including an abundance of “shuttlecock” jokes. And there’s talk of horse dancing. Too easy for the Bugle duo, perhaps? Highlights come when the two comedians try to make each other laugh with their descriptive jokes and one-liners. It’s a friendly competition that always raises the humor bar. The prewritten bits by Zaltzman and Oliver always add an extra bit of comedic layering, as well. They even add onto the Olympics BS with some poignant satire of the current Syrian violence and political strife. The jam-packed episode concludes with Oliver recapping the recent Chick-Fil-A/homophobia silliness with a dutiful bit of comedic criticism, complete with an inquisitive bit of rage on where other food chains stand on the important issues. Yet, again The Bugle sounds the alarm for all of us sane and sighing at the world.

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

A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume – Armando Iannucci
The Perfect 10 Podcast #2 "The Old, The New, and The Slutty"
Professor Blastoff #64 "Tig's Cancer Diagnosis/Autism"
The Bugle #203 "No Medals for Syria"
The Nerdist #240 – Will Ferrell
You Made It Weird "Live from Montreal" - Eric Andre, Ryan Hamilton, Sean Patton, Jamie Lee, Chelsea Peretti
Roadstories – Moshe Kasher, Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger

Monday
May212012

Plop of The Week: The Long Shot #509

Another week. Another onslaught of new comedy podcast episodes. Another great episode of The Long Shot. I'm fully in the tank for The Long Shot's ragtag foursome. Episode #509 is a particular thrill because it reveals new group dynamics and points of entry for the funny. Here's my recap for the Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" post:

The Long Shot Episode #509 seamlessly switches gears throughout – from some healthy behind-the-scenes live comedy talk to hilariously mundane and personal anecdotes. One of the show’s key winning elements is its four distinctly different hosts’ interplay. That’s always been true in a basic sense, but this week’s episode was a revelation on how much more laughs The Long Shot can squeeze out of their group dynamic. The hosts, Sean Conroy, Amber Kenny, Jamie Flam and Eddie Pepitone, create a crazy fun grab bag of honest recaps, on-the-spot sketch work, agitated and meandering storytelling and the holy grail of top-notch fucking-with-each-other hijinks. Their guest, comedian Zach Sherwin, superbly tags a few of the “checking in” stories and manages to keep adding to the fun. The episode is pretty dense in terms of its specifically silly moments worthy of highlight. There’s the comes-too-easy image of Flam working as senile Pepitone’s elderly caretaker. Pepitone’s doctor visit recap leads to the creation of poor old Mrs. Timonarro forever sitting in life’s proverbially waiting room. Pepitone also creates a firestorm of laughter with his unintentionally ridiculous and meandering recap of War Horse. Kenny is on Pepitone’s case throughout. It’s a delight to see the show’s ray of sunshine take repeated aim at Pepitone’s winning combo of boldness and confusion. Conroy remains on top of his host game. His feisty demeanor from past episodes is still there, adding yet another layer to the awesome group dynamic. And, yes, they all find yet another way to torment Flam with repeated mocking call backs. Phew. It’s a true Long Shot classic – a grand reward for both long time and first time listeners.

The rest of the Splitsider comedy podcast crew gave shout-outs to a quality crop of episodes/shows this week, including a stellar debut episode of the new show from Long Shot host, Sean Conroy. Check it out:

International Waters #3 - Andy Daly, Erin Gibson, Humphrey Kerr, Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank - Ralphie May (Part 1)
improv4humans #26 – Jon Glaser, Brett Gelman, Joe Wengert
The Long Shot #509 “The Eddie’s Said Too Much Episode" – Zach Sherwin
The J.V. Club #10 – Jen Kirkman
The Nerdist #206 – Tina Fey
Sean Conroy Presents: The Flabbergast #1 – The Crazy Dance

Honorable mentions include Comedy Bang! Bang! #158 (Jordan Peele, Gillian Jacobs), Improv Obsession #17 (Billy Merritt), Left Handed Radio #16 (Rue Britannia), Sklarbro Country #94 (Jon Hamm) and You Made It Weird #49 (Bo Burnham).

Saturday
Apr212012

Plop of The Week: The Crab Feast

There can be a lot of meandering and neurosis scattered throughout the dense podcast wilderness. Comedian Ryan Sickler offers up a weekly show light on self-doubt. Instead Sickler's show, The Crab Feast, is a quick-hitting comedian hangout full of fun stories with a glympse of the riffing comraderie shared between funny people. My pick for favorite episode this week is The Crab Feast featuring comedian Retta. Here's my write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

Comedian Ryan Sickler doesn’t mess around and his weekly show. The Crab Feast, is packed with great stories and fun riffing. There’s not a lot of filler here. The latest episode featured guest comedian Retta joining Sickler and his fellow co-hosts and comedians, Jay Larson and Matt Fulchiron. Sickler is a laid back but skilled host, always keeping some sense of order while also setting everyone up for great stories and fun conversations. Retta is a great fit for the show bringing a bunch of Duke Basketball stories to the fold and equal amounts of outlandish travel stories. Larson, one of the best comedic storytellers, doesn’t disappoint with his get-in-a-stranger’s-car story. Fulchiron via phone is again ready to play the obnoxious and aloof foil with his own travelling with strangers' anecdotes. The Crab Feast is a great example of funny people hanging out and sharing fun stories that build off of one another. Not a lot of filler or misguided angst. Just Sickler and pals trading the funny.

Here's the complete list of episode picks from the Splitsider crew, again a nice bit of variety offered up:

Nerdist #194 - Tenacious D
You Made it Weird #41 "Live from NYC" - Jim Gaffigan, Michael Ian Black, Jessi Klein, Matt McCarthy, Chelsea Peretti
The Crab Feast - Jay Larson, Retta, Matt Fulchiron
WTF with Marc Maron #271 - Stephen Merchant
The JV Club #6 - Natasha Leggero
You Had To Be There #59 - Kurt Braunohler
Get Up On This #37 - Neil Mahoney

Honorable mentions this week out from the group include: Comedy Bang! Bang! #154 (Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair), Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler #43 (Retta), Shotgun Story Worthy Live!, The Long Shot #505, This Better Be Funny #19 (Sean Patton, Dave Stone) and Who Charted #72 (Elizabeth Laime, Andy Rosen).

Thursday
Mar292012

Another List! Mashable's Comedy Podcast Picks

Christine Erickson over at Internet-riffic, Mashable, shared another quality list of comedy podcasts. Presumeably, it's another intro to friends, letting the world know about comedy podcasts existing. Nothing wrong with that. They even included Janey Varney's new Nerdist Show, The JV Club. Here's the list:

The Nerdist
WTF with Marc Maron
How Was Your Week?
Comedy Bang! Bang!
You Made It Weird
Pod F. Tompkast
Never Not Funny
Superego
Pop My Culture
The JV Club

Check-out the complete post over at Mashable.

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).

Sunday
Mar182012

Nerdist Announces Initial YouTube Channel Lineup

Chris Hardwick announced the initial lineup for his new Nerdist Youtube Channel, set to launch April 2nd. Hardwick and the rest of his Nerdist Industries are casting a wide content net with a ton of short-form original and re-released programming. There's even talk of having some podcasts on the channel (no word yet on whether it's entire episodes or short clips). I'm interested to see how it'll all be presented and organized for internet consumption and even snarky commentary. Will there be release schedules, extra content associated with the various shows? Or will it be a grab bag affair, whatever shows up whenever it shows up on the channel, just go for it - watch and share as you see fit. In these times...

Check-out Hardwick's silly but also informative muppet-assisted press conference announcement.

Monday
Mar052012

Zombie Chris Hardwick Announces Nerdist YouTube Channel

The Nerdist YouTube Channel is starting up April 2nd. Zombie Chris Hardwick shares the news.

Thursday
Feb232012

Pop My Culture's Vanessa Ragland Goes For Two Causes

The Nerdist blog posted a nice write-up of their very own Vanessa Ragland receiving a nomination for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year honor. The co-host of Pop My Culture, Ragland recently launched her campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society over the next several months. During her campaign, Ragland is injecting a bit of humor, including a mini-fundraising goal of getting her father to cut his ponytail. Check-out the post for more details!

Friday
Feb172012

Plop of The Week: The Nerdist #167 - Conan O'Brien

Picking a favorite epsidoe this week in comedy podcast land was a simple one. Sure, I felt a tad uninspired going for the big gun of Conan O'Brien visiting Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray and Matt Mira for an episode of The Nerdist. But I'm not sure there's any denying that O'Brien is a comedy icon of our times and receiving a long dose of the man in a less filtered format such as a podcast is always a treat. AT least that's what I'm going with for this week's submission to the Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up. My thoughts on the episode from Splitsider:

Conan O’Brien visiting audio nerd land with Chris Hardwick and pals isn’t necessarily the most obscure episode choice. Still, O’Brien is one of the few high profile comedians more willing to talk shop and get silly. The episode doles out a bunch of quality detailed revelations about O’Brien’s comedic relationships with guests and coworkers and how the day-in-day-out comedy grind shapes the show and even O’Brien’s own psyche. Chris Hardwick steers the conversation effortlessly, making it a breezy listen. As always, Jonah Ray is on point for several great comments and comedic tags. Matt Mira follows suit with a few quality asides, as well. There are a few fun faux antagonistic moments between O’Brien and Hardwick’s pals — probably not enough, though. During the 90-minute laid back talk, O’Brien is affable and neurotic, coming across like a sharpened version of his on-screen self. The real gems of the episode are just O’Brien opening himself up — both his distant and recent past — and putting on display his passion for comedy writing and entertaining.

The other picks from the Splitsider crew this week include a few newer shows, at least newer to us. Hooray for new things:

The Todd Glass Show #31, Part 2 - Paul F. Tompkins, Daniel Kinno
It’s That Episode #5 – Adam Lustick
The Nerdist #167 – Conan O’Brien
Probably Science #7 – Kyle Kinane
How Did This Get Made? #30 – Brian Huskey, Vanilla Ice

Honorable mentions this week include: Jordan & Jesse Go #211 (Tony Millionaire),  The Best Show on WFMU (Michael Kupperman),  The Dead Authors Podcast Chapter 6: Gertude Stein (John Ross Bowie) and Who Charted? #63 (Paul F. Tompkins).

 

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