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).