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Monday
Jul232012

Plop of The Week: The Longshot #517

Sometimes you play favorites because those shows and people just tend to jump out and get your attention and the laughs forthcoming. And maybe because you're emotionally stunted. And lazy. No matter what I end up self diagnosing myself with, this past week in comedy podcasts was pretty stellar.  Thanks in large part to another classic Long Shot mailbag episode and a double helping of young comedian and awesome dude, Jerrod Carmichael, on two different shows. Here's my Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" recap for my old Long Shot buddies' too funny mail bag episode:

The Long Shot continues to dig in these days. The four co-hosts are as close to a perfect pairing in comedy these days. Especially if you like your pairings with a healthy amount of neurosis and in-fighting. Eddie Pepitone, Jamie Flam, Sean Conroy and Amber Kenny are again at their honest-to-a-fault best in this guestless mailbag episode. The show jumps off to a deliriously fun meta start with the gang analyzing their recent lengthy mention in an all-encompassing AV Club article. It’s fun to listen to Conroy and Pepitone attempt to square away the article’s various shout-outs, particularly to Flam, aka the show’s “deep humanity,” aka “punching bag,” aka “tragic-comic metaphor,” aka “doomed impulse towards self-improvement.” Pepitone’s dismay at not being mentioned more leads to great dueling Pepitone impersonations. Pepitone impersonating Conroy impersonating Pepitone is a treat and classic Long Shot moment. The show does that fairly often – just suddenly breaks into a delirious moment of improvised weirdness and honesty. It’s always a special moment of honest humor, and it’s really what makes The Long Shot not your average chat show. The mailbag segment offers up a bunch more of group self-reflection, including a never-ending stream of Pepitone frustration about his lack of inclusion in many of the letters. Kenny keeps growing in her co-host role, sneaking in a ton of quick hitting observations and taking the guys down a notch. Flam keeps to his “tragic-comic” roots, too. Listeners get a special treat when Conroy acts out a loyal listener’s Long Shot zombie fan fiction letter.

The rest of the Splitisder group offered up another batch of comedy podcast selections:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #167 – Jessica St. Clair, Paul Rust, Jerrod Carmichael
The Comedy Cellar: Live from The Table #20 - Lucas Dick
How Was Your Week #71: "HWYW Live" – Martha Plimpton, Katie Notopoulos, Mike Daisey, Jim Gaffigan
The Long Shot Podcast #517 “The Nephew of Mailbag Episode”
improv4humans #35.5 "Live from DCM Pt. 1"
My Crappy Week with Orny Adams – Eddie Ifft
Doodie Calls with Doug Mand – Phil Lord
You Made It Weird #67 - Jerrod Carmichael

Honorable mentions from the Splitisder group also include Alison Rosen Is Your Friend (Bobcat Goldthwait, Part 1), Pissed Off Man Show with Gavin #30, The Best Show #504 and This Better Be Funny #32 (Katie Crown).

Monday
Jul022012

Plop of The Week: Jordan, Jesse, GO! #229

The main Maximum Fun podcast duo of Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris brought in a ringer this week. Fellow podcasting champ in his own right, Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) joined the guys for another fun outing of this usually loose and riff heavy Jordan, Jesse, GO! Thorn and Morris always attack their topics and interviews from different angles, always tip-toeing the randomness with both a psuedo-stoner theorizing and gleefuly intellectual curiosity. Passing along my recap for the episode for Splitsider's "Week In Comedy Podcasts" round-up:

Ever the glutton for self-punishment, Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris put up “nightmares” for the latest Jordan, Jesse, Go! episode. Comedian Jimmy Pardo guests and alternates with his go-along charm and playful fake ire. The guys keep things loose, letting the topics change effortlessly. Thorn gets things off to a fascinating start with his brain Botox plans. They invent an already classic new product on the spot – “the broaster.” They also get into it about frat boy villains. Listeners are treated to another round of Jesse Thorn’s ongoing grammar torment. Jordan Morris is always ready to start some healthy brainstorming and Thorn and Pardo are game to play along. The crew breaks off into a stupid snack conversation. Listening in to three of podcasts’ most effortless conversationalists and funny men is proves why Jordan, Jesse, Go! continues to be a shiny example of the intimacy of the medium.

The Dana Gould Hour makes another episode, which means another apperance on the Splitsider list. Check-out the other picks from the group this week out:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #164 - Tony Clifton, Ben Schwartz
Jim Florentine's Comedy Metal Midgets: Jim Reviews the Movie Rock of Ages
Doug Loves Movies – Jeff Garlin, T.J. Miller, Pete Holmes
Jordan, Jesse, Go! #229 – Jimmy Pardo
Probably Science #26 – Guest Bil Dwyer
The Dana Gould Hour #8 – "Summer Testacular"

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider crew this week include Dork Forest #124 (Dennis Blair), How Was Your Week #68 (Jessi Klein, Tavi Gevinson), Left Handed Radio #17, Sklarbro Country #100 (Fred Armisen, James Adomian), Ten Minute Podcast "Hateful Messages," This Better Be Funny #29 (Justin Ian Daniels), The Champs (Charlie Murphy) and Who Charted? #82 (T.J. Miller).

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).

Friday
Apr062012

Plop of The Week: This Better Be Funny #17

It's good to remember the messy stuff. It's not all polished radio-lite in podcasting. Sometimes people hit the street - literally - press record and share a little bit of themselves with the world. It's not high art or that sophisticated but I'm not sure comedy is always supposed to be. Thus, this week I threw one to the comedy streets with my Splitsider and Plop List episode pick, going with the messy but honest This Better Be Funny, featuring a few of my local Los Angeles comedy pals doing what I often hear on non-recorded nights. Thinking it was pretty fun for a little bit of it to go out to the internet. In these times and all that BS...  My write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

I’m learning comedy isn’t always a clean process. This Better Be Funny is a high quality proof of this edict. While the show is certainly a member of the meandering conversation group, hosts Jake Kroeger and Jeremy Paul seem to double-down on the looseness, revealing a literal on-the-street riffing version of comedians hanging out. I have ties to the show and this episode from knowing Jake Kroeger and their guest Andy Peters, plus my own affinity for my local comedy scene, the slew of performers, open mics and independent shows. It’s a treat to have a show reveal such an honest reflection of comedians hanging out, pushing each other’s buttons and generally being ridiculous. The show positions Kroeger and Paul as two down-and-out comedians exploring various topics, searching for the comedy and possible on-stage bits. One of the Los Angeles’ best on-stage riffers, Andy Peters’ pop culture knowledge and knack for the absurd keeps the funny coming throughout the episode. Kroeger is full of random facts – that may or may not be true – such as the current shortage of Spam. Peters’ faux anger and continual push-back to Kroeger and Paul’s ridiculousness serves as a welcome foil to the many inappropriate topic turns. Peters’ attempt to rename the podcast as “Two Sad Dudes” isn’t too far from the truth, revealing the fun to be had in the honest and maybe even a little sad conversations among comedians.

Here's the complete list of episode picks from the Splitsider crew, lots of new off-beat shows this week:

The Best Show on WFMU – Ted Leo
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn – Bob Newhart, Mister Rogers and Me
Earwolf Presents: Jon Daly’s Rafflecast #2 – Rob Huebel, Megan Amram, Brandon Johnson
This Better Be Funny #17 – Andy Peters
It's That Episode with Craig Rowin #12 - Jeff Rubin/Saved By The Bell: “Graduation”
Tiny Odd Conversations #42 - Clementine Ford
The Long Shot #503 – Anthony Jeselnik
Fitzdog Radio #193 – Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair

Honorable mentions from the group include: Dylan Brody’s Neighbor’s Couch "Dylan Brody Talks Indy," improv4humans #20 (Lauren Lapkus, Seth Morris, Brian Huskey), Judge John Hodgman #54 "Die Flederhaus," Sklarboro Country #88 (Taran Killam, James Adomian, Dan Van Kirk), The Champs (Hannibal Buress), The Little Dum Dum Club #79 (Kyle Kinane) and WTF with Marc Maron #267 (Carrie Brownstein).