Entries in never not funny (36)

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
Feb132012

The AV Club: Podmass February 2-8

The A.V. Club offered up another strong batch of winning podcast episodes in their latest Podmass post. And, let's try to accept that Charlie Sheen hasn't completely destroyed our collective ability to use the term "winning." Or maybe he has. Pete Holmes continues to carve out a nice piece of the podcasting pie for himself with his weekly You Made It Weird. His show pulled off the WTF double dip this week. Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

Comedy Bang! Bang! #143 "Grammy Spectacular" - “Weird Al” Yankovic, Todd Glass, Amy Phillips
How Was Your Week? “Best of HWYW Vol. 2” - Patton Oswalt, John Mulaney, Mike Daisey & Ted Leo
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #48 "Dip Mix"
Monday Morning Podcast
Never Not Funny #1009 "Tipping The Valet" - Gulman
The Pod F. Tompkast #15
Sklarbro Country #80 "Ms. Sklarbro Int’l" - Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Nash, Chris Cox
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #57 "Sparks Nevada, Marshal On Mars: Do The Fight Thing"
Uhh Yeah Dude #309
Who Charted? #62 "Indie Cred" - Jake Fogelnest
WTF With Marc Maron #250 - Frank Santorelli, Tony V, Jimmy Tingle, Mike Donovan, Kenny Rogerson
You Made It Weird #20 - Joe Mande
You Made It Weird #21 - Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld

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

 

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

         

Monday
Dec192011

The AV Club: Podmass December 8-14

The A.V. Club offered up another thumbs up list to podcasting this week via their Podmass recaps and "best" list. It's a legnthy list with a lot of the usual favorites and, again, comedy shows take up much of the recognition space. Here's the comedy episodes making the AV cut this past week: 

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #175 "Putin The Boot In"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #135 "Scavenge and The Wisemen" - Erinn Hayes, Paul F. Tompkins, Dan Telfer
Doug Loves Movies - Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Edgar Wright
How Was Your Week? "Twittertudes" - Kristen Schaal and Ari Graynor
Mike And Tom Eat Snacks #42 "Hershey Kiss"
The Nerdist #149 - J.J. Abrams
Never Not Funny #1001 - Harland Williams
Sklarbro Country #72 "That's So Selleck" - Steve Rannazzisi, James Adomian
Thrilling Adventure Hour #51 "Sparks Nevada, Marshal On Mars"
Uhh Yeah Dude #301
Walking The Room #81 - Patton Oswalt
WTF With Marc Maron #234 - Jillian Lauren
WTF With Marc Maron #235 - Donald Glover
You Made It Weird #10 - Alec Sulkin

Check-out the complete Podmass recaps here.

             

Monday
Dec122011

2012 SF Sketchfest Packs In The Podcasts

The SF Sketchfest announced its lineup for its 2012 fest, including a slew of quality comedy podcasts offering up live recording shows. The comedy festival highlights sketch comedy and much more over several weeks, January 19 through February 4th to be exact. I'd venture to say this may be the greatest concentration (over a few weeks, albeit) of live comedy podcast shows at one festival. Congrats to all the shows making the San Francisco trek. Even more so - congrats to all the lucky digital comedy fans in the area. Tickets are on sale here.

With so may great podcasts at the fest, you might as well just check-out the full list:

SModcast
WTF with Marc Maron - Geoff Bolt, Will Durst, Pete Holmes, Arden Myrin and Laraine Newman
The Nerdist - Guests TBA
Doug Loves Movies - Guests TBA
The Benson Movie Interruption: Road House - Guests TBA
Never Not Funny - Pat Francis, John Slattery
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show - Guests TBA
The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast
Walking The Room
Superego - Paul F. Tompkins
Pop My Culture
RISK! - Steve Agee, Robert Ben Garant, Nikki Glaser, Joshua Grannell, Myq Kaplan, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Natasha Leggero, Rick Overton, Sheng Wang and more

For the full 2012 lineup, check-out www.sfsketchfest.com or follow the fest on Twitter (@SFSketchfest).

Friday
Dec092011

Plop of The Week: The Nerdist #147 with Jimmy Pardo

Okay, so this week's favorite episode pick goes to podcast mash-up, of sorts. Yes, hosts being on other hosts' shows is a tried and true method for establishing a non-sucky entertainment standard in podcast land. I'm only human. Funny is funny. And this week's Jimmy Pardo guested episode of The Nerdist gets the extra nod thanks to Pardo adding honesty to the abundant humor. My pick of the Splitsider "This Week In Comedy Podcasts":

When The Nerdist guys gather 'round for a recorded hang out session, it usually goes in two directions: traditional interview reverence or plain ol' dicking around. Well, with always funny Jimmy Pardo in for a visit, we get a stellar laugh/learn combo episode. From the start, Pardo has a ton of fun at the expense of both Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. Ray's skill at finding the moment for an inappropriate/dumb joke is a perfect fit alongside Pardo's similar brand of silliness. I'm officially advocating for a Ray visit to Never Not Funny. Chris Hardwick keeps the show moving along, even venturing into heartfelt territory where the foursome discusses the link between comedy and tragedy. Full of charm and vigor, Pardo's honesty about his past, his show and the people in his life are a delight. Hardwick also finds time to fanboy his favorite Pardo moments, including an awkward Pardo/Lisa Loeb memory. Throughout, Pardo offers up plenty of passionate podcast insight. And, then there's a healthy dose of FLARB. It doesn't all have to make sense. That's half the fun.

     

Here's the complete list of the Splitsider episode picks, including the inclusion of Earwolf's brilliantly cracked-out Gelmania:

RISK! #308 "The Family"
Superego #3:10
Gelmania #2 - Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Natasha Leggero, Jackie Clarke, Gil Ozeri
The Nerdist #147 - Jimmy Pardo
Here's The Thing #4 - Chris Rock

More comedy podcast recognition via the always handy honorable mentions: Comedy Bang! Bang! #134 (Kevin Nealon, Ben Schwatz, Amy Phillps), Dead Authors #4 "Benjamin Franklin" (Scott Aukerman), Illusionoid 9th Transmission "Invastion of The Cybernetic Cyberfreaks, Making It With Riki Lindhome #21 (Doug Benson) and WTF with Marc Maron #233 (Anthony Bourdain).

Monday
Dec052011

Pardcast-a-thon: Never Not Funny Pulls Another All-nighter

6:12 am. November 26th, 2011. Never Not Funny. Jimmy Pardo. The Third Annual Pardcast-a-Thon has officially wrapped.  After 12 hours of world class comedian, singer, and celebrity-induced laughter and fun, over $42,000 was raised for Smile Train. This organization aims to provide children born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without. The surgery costs $250, so roughly 168 children will be able to have the surgery thanks to this year’s event. The three Pardcast-a-thons have raised over $97,000 so far.

Whether you stayed up to watch all 12 hours, caught a few guests or missed the Pardcast-a-thon altogether, you’re in luck. Here are my SportsCenter-style Top 10 highlights of the night.


The hosts with Amy Poehler *Photo by Liezl Estipona10.  Hosts Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap and Pat Francis all welcome the ACME Comedy Theater live studio audience and prepare them for half day of fun. They mention that $8,004.69 has already been donated, which is over half the amount donated from the entire Pardcast-a-thon in 2009.  Off to a great start!  69 cents remains a theme throughout the night, tormenting Pardo the entire time.

9.  The longtime comedian Wayne Federman confesses to the audience about his addiction to fast food (especially Taco Bell) and discusses the most frightening show on television, Snapped!  Women Who Kill.

8. Conan writer Todd Levin supplies some excellent conversation starters, brought to them by the Omaha Steak People.

7. Rich Sommer gives all Mad Men fans some insight when he clarifies that the show’s time period will stay in the 60’s, despite the show creator and runner Matthew Weiner’s quote about the series ending in 2011.

Jesse Thorn *Photo by Liezl Estipona6.  Jesse Thorn, American public radio show host/creator and Maximum Fun founder, dressed in a stylish suit, brings the guys (and the studio audience) dozens of satsumas, seedless and “easy to peel” Japanese citrus fruits.  Before Thorn leaves, however, he makes sure to ask the audience for his Trader Joes reusable grocery bags back.

5. Eli Braden, a Los Angeles writer/musician regularly heard on Howard Stern, sings songs about white people problems. Plus, Francis lauds Braden for his outstanding Twitter feed.

4. Radio personality Adam Carolla drops in as a surprise guest and reminisces about building the bench that resides in the current ACME Theatre. He shows the bench to the audiences and acts disgusted with the chewing gum littering his work of art.

3. The ever-charming singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb discusses her children’s book and pleases everyone with “Dirty Work” and her chart-topping song “Stay (I Miss You)”.

2.  Amy Poehler and Pardo discuss their peculiar laughs, and Pardo challenges Poehler to make his explosive laugh erupt. Of course, the hilarious Poehler wins out, making Pardo laugh, much to the audience’s delight.

1.  Pardcast-a-thon favorite Jon Hamm makes his grand entrance and appears a bit sillier than his Don Draper character. The guys talk about the Dukes of Hazzard, and his hometown St. Louis Cardinals. As tradition would have it, Hamm stumbles back on for more cameos throughout the next couple of hours.

Other guests included Joe Lo Truglio, John Ross Bowie, Rachel Quaintence, Walter and Danielle Koenig, Andy Richter, Janet Varney, Paul Gilmartin, Rebecca Corey, Bil Dwyer, Graham Elwood, Dave Holmes and Greg Behrendt. 


Starting December 15th, downloadable audio and video versions of the 12-hour webcast will be available on http://pardcast.comProceeds from sales will be donated to Smile Train.

Rick Demint will also be releasing a book of photos from the benefit available soon. Yes, sales will benefit Smile Train.

Thanks to Jimmy, Matt, and Pat for hosting this incredible event and for making a difference for Smile Train! Might as well start storing sleep for next year’s all-nighter.

Tuesday
Nov222011

Pardcast-a-thon: Never Not Funny Staying Up Late This Friday

Pardcast-a-thon 2010 *Photo by Liezl EstiponaThis Friday, November 25th at 6:00 pm PST is the 3rd annual Pardcast-a-thon (streaming live at www.pardcast.com)!  It’s a 12-hour comedy podcast marathon that supports Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft palate surgery to children in need. 

Presented by Jimmy Pardo’s award-winning Never Not Funny, the charity event will feature over 20 of the funniest comedians alive including Andy Richter, Sarah Silverman and other surprise guests. Pardo will be joined by his producer and regular co-host Matt Belknap (aspecialthing.com, AST Records) and old friend of the show, comedian Pat Francis.

Choosing Smile Train for the now-three-years running Pardcast-a-thon was a simple choice for Pardo. After determining if he could donate $250, a child's life would be changed. The fundraiser has raised over $55,000 for Smile Train so far.

I traded some Q&A’s with the creators of Pardcast-a-thon themselves, Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap.


What’s different about the plans for this year’s show compared to past shows?

JIMMY PARDO: We bumped up from nine to twelve hours for last year's event, so nothing really all that different for this year. It will be twelve hours of Matt Belknap, Pat Francis and me talking with a different guest every half hour.

What are your tips for the full 12-hour listening experience for the die-hards, either for the in-theater or the at-home audience?

JP:  Stay hydrated, drink a lot of Monster Energy Drink (or your energy boosting drink of choice) and to quote White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson: "Sit back, relax and strap it down."

MATT BELKNAP:  I cannot stress enough the importance of comfortable pants. I've been through many all-night comedy shows, and I couldn't have done it without my favorite pair of Gap cargo pants (they've since been retired, but they were light, baggy and soft -- I'm talking pajama soft -- with generous pocket-space for snacks). Last year I made the mistake of wearing a new pair of raw denim jeans to the Pardcast-a-thon; they almost killed me. So whether you're in the audience or watching at home, please consider a drawstring linen pant, or perhaps some well-worn chinos. Sweatpants?  As Jimmy would say, we're not animals.

What is your fundraising goal this year?

JP: We raised over $26,000 last year, which more than doubled what we raised in 2009. I was blown away with how much we raised by the end of the event last year... BUT, while the goal for telethons is to always make more that the previous year, we are being a little realistic and shotting for $27,000 and hoping we get there.

How do you prep yourself to stay awake and host a talk show for 12-hours until 6 in the morning?

MB:  It's not easy with a small child in the house, but staying up late and sleeping in late for a few days leading up to the show helps adjust the ol' body clock a bit. I will also try to "take it easy" -- or "lay low," if you will -- on Thursday and Friday, so as to conserve energy. Then, two minutes before showtime, I will ask our intern Dan Katz to punch me in the stomach forty times. That oughta do the trick

JP:  Every Friday for the past month I have been doing mock marathons in my house. I start talking to myself at 6pm and don't stop until 6am. It's going very well... I'm ready!


Check-out Pardo on Conan talking temper, clothing choices and the Pardcast-a-thon.

 

Tuesday
Nov222011

The AV Club: Podmass November 10-16

Several days late passing along the almighty A.V. Club's podcast picks from last week, also known affectionately and literarlly (marketing synergy!) as the "Podmass." On the comedy front, the usual suspects take center stage. Should we be bitter about it? Let's go with "no." Good is good, even if it's at an annoyingly consistent clip. Some cool new shows get a "New To Us" shout-out from the A.V. Club elders: This Is That and Deep S##! With Baron Vaughn. On to the comedy selections this time out:

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #172 "Berlusconi Bows Out"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #131 "Mayor Of Hollywood" Jason Mantzoukas, Andy Daly
Judge John Hodgman #41 "Out Of REC-order"
The Nerdist #141 - Dave Attell
Never Not Funny #924 - Scott Aukerman
RISK! "The Best Of RISK! Part 2"
Scott Free #14 "We’re Back!"
Sklarbro Country #68 "Beware Of Falling Fat Guys" - Will Forte
Thrilling Adventure Hour #47
Uhh Yeah Dude #297
Walking The Room #77 "Wigtown and The Lice Family"
Who Charted? #50 - Rob Schrab
WTF With Marc Maron #226 - Neil Hamburger, Molly Shannon, Harris Wittels, Jim Earl, Eddie Pepitone
WTF With Marc Maron #227 - Adam Scott

Check-out the complete Podmass recaps here.