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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).

Friday
Jun012012

Plop of The Week: Weird Adults With Little Esther #3

It often seems comedy podast fandom breakds down into two camps: an all-in unconditional fanboy devotion to favorite shows OR a purposeful quest to discover new comedy podcasts on a continual basis. Both seem to be equally obnoxious in that my cultural consumption tastes can beat up your cultural consumption tastes kind of way. While the purpose of this ol' site hopefully finds a middle ground, life often dictates going back to the ol' favorites in lieu of foraging into new comedy ground. The new podcast collective, Feral Audio, luckily recently let loose rising comedic talent, Little Esther, on the internet. It's been a treat to hear a new distinct voice in comedy podcasting. So, there's one new show. Have at it, guys. Check-out my excerpt for Little Esther's recent Weird Adults episode for the Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" round-up:

Comedian and all-around troublemaker Esther Povitsky, aka Little Esther, recently started yet another hangout session podcast on the newly formed podcast collective, Feral Audio. Her Weird Adults show puts Little Esther at the center of her own 1-woman exploratory committee with friends and fellow comedians to discover the reasons for their own weirdness. Definitive answers aren’t always discovered, unless you count Little Esther’s constant and fun stream of neurosis, sharp sarcasm and infectious laughter. Just a few episodes, she’s already off to a strong start, letting the honesty and weirdness flow freely. The show switches back and forth between half-hearted probing questions on her guests supposedly weird traits and sarcastic tangents with her guests. The strong-jawed comedian and seemingly normal Michael Kosta stops by for a visit, and the push-pull of personalities during the interview is quite a treat. Throughout, Kosta, also the co-star of one of Little Esther’s web videos (http://youtu.be/TZDokdxXGj4) fights off claims of weirdness. They spend a lot of time analyzing the details of Kosta’s “normal” life and his apartment, where they recorded the show. It never stops being stupidly playful but some real honest stories sneak out and that’s the fun. Little Esther has a knack for creating a laid back space that gets rid of the pretense. She never stops having fun either. This makes for a fun listen. It’s going to be great to listen as Weird Adults continues to develop, while Little Esther keeps prodding her guests into obnoxious conversational corners. Little Esther’s an easy fit for podcasting, sharing her unique comedic voice and weirdness with the masses.

It seems like lately the Splitsider comedy podcast group is really hitting the ol' variety thing, of late. Check-out the complete list of our episode picks this week:

Sklarbro Country "Sklarbro County #1"
SModcast #212: "All You Can Eat"
On Cinema #35 "Krippendorf's Tribe"
Weird Adults With Little Esther #3 – Michael Kosta
The Ronna & Beverly Podcast #27- Connie Britton
Fitzdog Radio – Steven Wright
How Was Your Week #64 – Retta, Patton Oswalt
Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib #28 – Tony Clifton

The Splitsider crew went all in on the honarable mentions this week with nods to Dylan Brody’s Neighbor’s Couch "Chris Bonno Redux," Gelmania VIII, The Dana Gould Hour #7 “Shame In The Saddle,” This Has Been A Disaster #8 "Matt Besser," The Joe Rogan Experience #220 (Bert Kreischer), The Long Shot #511 “The I Don’t Want to Feel My Feelings Episode” (Jen Kirkman), Totally Laime #121 (Luka Jones) and Who Charted #78 (Paul F. Tompkins).

Monday
Mar052012

Plop of The Week: The Little Dum Dum Club #74

My pick for the top comedy episode last week is all about the positivity - not always my strongest bag. Pretty sure it's not online comedy's usual mode either. The Australian outfit, The Little Dum Dum Club, continues to chug along with a grand mix of positivity and self-deprecation. Don't let the accents fool you, these guys are straight up fun. Here's the write-up for this week's Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

The Little Dum Dum Club is a stupidly easy listen. Still not sure how the self-effacing hosts, Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler, do it. Sure, the good-natured Australians always fret over the specific Australian-ness of their show. But their ability to mock each other, their guests and seamlessly transitions between some hearty comedy talk and good natured regular life discussions is quite a podcasting feat. Veteran Australian comedian, Fiona O’Laughlin joins the dum dum duo this time out, bringing a dose of family talk to the playful meandering. Dassalo and Chandler embrace having “an adult” in their midst and even venture into a few heady but still fun moments discussing O’Laughlin’s past (and very public) drinking problems. There’s quality talk of O’Laughlin’s Last Comic Standing experience, airport crying, forgetting names and the futility of dream talk. Dassalo and Chandler continue to sow much from their fake hosting rivalry and self-hate, never missing a chance to mock themselves. They always seem to put the guest and listeners at ease. It’s startling when compared to the know-it-all bravado of many comedy podcasters or even the soul-searching broken ones. Hooray for dum dum fun.

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

Sklarboro Country #83 — Ben Schwartz, Chris Cox, Dan Van Kirk
The Adam Carolla Show 2/27 — Nick DiPaolo, Artie Lange
How Was Your Week? #51 “HWYW Live” — Sandra Bernhard, Tom Scharpling, Ira Glass, Joe Mande
The Little Dum Dum Club #74 — Fiona O’Laughlin
Comedy Bang! Bang! #146 — Reggie Watts, Ben Schwartz, Matt Besser
Illusionoid #16
You Made It Weird #27 – Hannibal Buress

Honorable mentions: Here's The Thing #10 (Dick Cavett), Jim and Eddie Talks Hit #107 (Kato Kaelin, part 1 of 2), The Todd Glass Show #33 (Jen Kirkman, Daniel Kinno), The Mustache Rangers #231 "Fear," This Better Be Funny #12 (Brandie Posey) and Who Charted? #65 (James Adomian).

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.

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

 

Thursday
Jan262012

Plop of The Week: The Todd Glass Show

Sometimes you feel lucky to catch a little bit of honest comedy. Comedy podcasts are aplenty and pretty constant these days - it's hard to take it all in sometimes and can even blend together if you're not paying close enough attention. The last few weeks of Todd Glass in the digital realm are truly a special thing. His weekly long-format show is always pushing ahead and waving at the passerbys with something fun to share. You just have to remember to pay attention. The latest Todd Glass Show episode is a two-parter: both a special treat and a prime example of what this riff-happy show is all about. Here's the pick and thoughs for the weekly Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" post headed up by the esteemed Jesse Fox.

Todd Glass is settling into his podcasting position quite nicely. The unlikely combo of confidence and unease is on full display again. The latest episode of The Todd Glass Show starts out with a lengthy epilogue to his stellar WTF With Marc Maron appearance. Buddy Sarah Silverman joins him for a recap of the days following his public coming out. Glass continues to amaze with his honest and fun take on it all. Silverman is settling into her comedy elder position with a welcoming grace. She’s a new kind of veteran to the scene, bringing heart and warmth to her discussions. Glass doubles down with a regular edition of his show, featuring studio appearances by Anthony Jeselnik and Jonah Ray. The usual Todd Glass Show format is on full display – it’s morning radio deconstruction on the fly. Glass and friends pretty much dole out nonstop riffing to listeners. Every conversational turn is a chance for comedic self-examination and excoriation. The repeated faking of coming in and out of radio breaks is pure joy. There are fake callers, what ifs and role-playing aplenty. Jeselnik plays a great dickish foil to the eager Glass. Jonah Ray shows off his versatility, playfully switching between eager go-along and reluctant guest. The show overflows with comedy gems in both the moment and from larger isn’t-this-silly perspective. The whole show is in the weeds and that’s the fun of it. When it’s hitting its stride, the show’s battle with its own format and sincerity make it a truly heady and fun listen each time out.

     

The Splitsider crew took on an off-beat group of comedy episodes. improv4humans continues to dig in for the long haul, bringing improv from the stage to the internet. Plus, T.J. Miller makes a few appearances. The other picks from the Splitsider crew:

improv4humans #10 – Andrew Daly, Horatio Sanz, Joe Wengert
Doug Loves Movies – T.J. Miller, Pete Holmes, Ti West
The Todd Glass Show #28 – Sarah Silverman, Anthony Jeselnik, Jonah Ray
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #55 "Captain Laserbeam: Even Bluebirds Get The Blues”
You Made It Weird #16 – T. J. Miller

Honorable Mentions this week out: Get Up On This #26 (Hannah Hart), How Was Your Week #46 (Chris Gethard, Katie Notopoulos), Sklarboro Country #78 (Rob Riggle) and This My Show #30 (Cole Stratton).

Wednesday
Jan252012

The AV Club: Podmass January 12-18

Wow. How late am I to passing this along? Well, last week's crazy great week of comedy podcasts somehow bumped up against my slow week of posting. The A.V. Club dug in deep and offered up a crapload of Podmass picks, inlcuding a ton of comedy shows to highlight. All well, deserved. Of course, it's the week of the great WTF With Marc Maron talking with Todd Glass. The A.V. Club also got to know My Brother, My Brother and Me.

Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

The Best Show On WFMU
Comedy Bang! Bang! #140 "Ron Swanson Off" - Nick Offerman, James Adomian
Doug Loves Movies - Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Wayne Federman
How Did This Get Made? #28 "Director’s Edition: Crank"
How Was Your Week? “Many Parts Of A Pine Tree” - Frank DeCaro, Kate Beaton
The Nerdist #159 - Scott Ian
Never Not Funny #1006 "Conquest Of The Planet Of Dana Gould"
The Pod F. Tompkast #14
RISK! #313 "Shady"
Sklarbro Country #77 "Will Punch Shark" - Andy Daly, Jason Nash, James Adomian
The Smartest Man In The World "Condors"
Stop Podcasting Yourself #200 "EVERY SEGMENT!"
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #54 "Beyond Belief: A Dave At The Races"
Uhh Yeah Dude #306
Walking The Room #86 "Junk Pics and Napalm Dixon"
Who Charted? #59 "A Real Asssscat!" - Matt Besser
WTF With Marc Maron #244 - Steven Wright
WTF With Marc Maron #245 - Todd Glass
You Made It Weird #14 - Marc Maron

                  

Monday
Jan232012

Plop of The Week: The Pod F. Tompkast #14

Sometimes it's time to get serious about silliness. Not sure anyone takes this adage to heart more than Paul F. Tompkins. No matter the comedic arena - podcast, TV or stage - Tompkins always seems to dive head first into the bit. His steadfast commitment to earnest silliness is on full display in his usually monthly podcast variety show, The Pod F. Tompkast. I finally did the proper thing and gave him a bit of internet props (virtually meanlingless!) by picking it for this week's Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" selection. Here's the lowdown:

The hardest working man in podcasting is back! Paul F. Tompkins’s latest episode of his kinda, sorta monthly variety show, The Pod F. Tompkast, is another SPLENDID one. Following Tompkins’ lead for more “splendid” usage. The show follows a similar haphazard path of previous episodes: the best kind of rambling, sketches, a Jen Kirkman call and a live show clip with Paul Scheer. The rambles – let’s just start calling them that – feature Tompkins discussing a make believe heaven/hell experience, word usage fun, the importance of milkshakes and much more. The Great Undiscovered Project – the best kind of self-indulgence – returns with another segment, layering the ridiculousness even more. This time Iced-T and the gang debate which characters they’ll play in the project. Characters talking about characters. I told you it was ridiculous. This turns into Tompkins giving himself comedy therapy, examining what all that Great Undiscovered Project business really means. There’s also Tompkins poking fun at Kirkman’s home security neurosis and a fun live show clip with a “sick” Paul Scheer having Tompkins entertain him. Tompkins achieves the “splendid” comedy feat of combining the personal and absurd. Bonus: he also released an extra clip this week, featuring more Jen Kirkman call-in fun.

     

A truly amazing week of comedy podcasting took place last week, including the seminal WTF Todd Glass episode. I'd be remiss if I didn't also give props to Pop My Culture for its 2nd-parter to their nifty dinner party best of episode. The other picks from the Splitsider crew:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #140 – Nick Offerman, James Adomian
WTF With Marc Maron #245 – Todd Glass
The Pod F. Tompkast #14 – Paul Scheer, Jen Kirman
The Bugle #178
Sklarbro Country #77 – Andy Daly, Jason Nash, James Adomian

A great week of shows means we all offered up a bunch of honorable mentions including: Best Show on WFMU (Todd Barry, Chris Gethard, Gregg Gethard), Doug Loves Movies #519 (Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Wayne Federman), Pop My Culture #64 Part 2 "Pop The Cork: The Worst of 2011,” The Dead Authors Podcast Chapter 5 "Carl Sagan" (Matt Gourley) The Long Shot #416 "Live From The Improv Lab" (Morgan Murphy), Thrilling Adventure Hour "Beyond Belief – A Dave At The Races,” You’ve Made It Weird #14 (Marc Maron) and WTF With Marc Maron #244 (Steven Wright).

Sunday
Jan152012

The AV Club: Podmass January 5-11

The A.V. Club got to it this past week. Lots of podcast acclaim to hand out. Again, the comedy shows dominate the episode picks in the weekly Podmass recaps. The A.V. Club also got a taste of Bill Burr's rant-riffic show, Monday Morning Podcast. There are the comedy episodes from the latest Podmass offering

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #177 "Weapons Of Mass Election"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #139 "Win A Farmhouse" - Bob Odenkirk, Brian Huskey
Doug Loves Movies - Jon Hamm, Paul F. Tompkins, Anthony Jeselnik
How Was Your Week? “Twiddling And Eight-Balls”: Rob Tannenbaum
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #45: Chex Mix
The Nerdist #156: David Cross
Sklarbro Country #75 "Live From Sklarbro Country!" - Laraine Newman, Brett Gelman
The Smartest Guy In The World "Elbows"
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #53 "Sparks Nevada, Marshal On Mars: War Of The World"
Uhh Yeah Dude #305
Who Charted? #58 "Critter Sandusky" - Brett Gelman
WTF With Marc Maron #242 - Russell Brand
You Made It Weird #13 - Nick Kroll