Entries in thomas lennon (6)

Monday
Jul252011

They Should Have Their Own Show

Five People Who Should Be Podcasting

Comedy podcasting is a beautiful thing. It's the second coming of the radio golden age. Not since the days of Little Orphan Annie have our ears feasted as they do now. And yet, my hunger will not be sated! Some of the funniest people on Earth have taken it upon themselves to fill me with laughter on a weekly basis. And I thank them from my very soul. Yet, there are those who refuse to answer the siren song of sweet lady pod. I compiled a list of five such offenders. I've also pitched a show idea or two, so there are no excuses.

Rob Corddry

The man hardly needs an introduction. If the only credit to his name was “creator of Childrens Hospital,” it would be more than enough to demand your attention. Comedy podcast fans already heard him in the wild. I personally listened to his guest spots on Comedy Bang! Bang!, WTF with Marc Maron and Fitzdog Radio. My favorite attribute of Corddry's is his ability to say horrible things with conviction. My idea for his podcast capitalizes on this trait.

The Pitch: It's called, Rob Corddry Argues With... and the blank is filled in with the name of episode's guest. At first look, Corddry would appear to be yet another comedian chatting with his peers. In reality he would be playing the world's worst interviewer. Not only would he be the devil's advocate, but he would go out of his way to insult and belittle his longtime friends and colleagues. I'm not interested in another interview podcast. I want Rob Corddry to make people cry.

Maria Bamford

Photo by Celeste EcholsI don't laugh longer, or more consistently than when Bamford is on stage. Her effortless use of characters and ability to subvert expectation make her a comedic force always worth watching. A great example of her character work can be heard on this early episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! and her candid conversation with Marc Maron makes her episode of WTF one of my absolute favorites.

The Pitch: It's called Waking Up With Maria Bamford. Each morning Bamford records her earliest thoughts. Perhaps she recalls a dream, talks through some anxiety or even describes her preferred method of egg poaching. The bottom line: everything Maria Bamford says is interesting. I'm just requesting she share her mornings with us. Or at least a prerecorded version of those mornings. I understand it sounds a tad voyeuristic, but that doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

Thomas Lennon & Ben Garant

Successful screenwriters and comedic performers, Lennon and Garant will someday rule Hollywood, if they don’t already. Until then, they should be podcasting. Co-creators of The State, Viva Variety and Reno 911!, creating a great podcast would be an easy bet for the duo. This is further evidenced by their joint appearance on The Sound of Young America and this recent episode of Doug Loves Movies. Both are hilarious. Yet, it's their career as screenwriters that could set them apart from the pack.

The Pitch: Each week, Lennon and Garant regale the audience with tales of Selling Out - the show's title. Anyone who has heard them talk about their Hollywood career knows the dichotomy of shame and pride they feel about the films they've written. Herbie: Fully Loaded may not be high art, but it still takes hard work to get a movie made. Their recently released Writing Movies for Fun and Pofit is the starting off point for this show. Their insight into the film industry, coupled with their self-deprecation would no doubt result in a show worth a listen.

Dave Foley

Some of my greatest childhood memories include watching Kids In The Hall and News Radio with my dad. This is, in no small part, due to the input of my favorite Canadian, Dave Foley. I'm sad to admit he fell off my radar for a while, that is, until his recent appearance on WTF. Now he's back and he's finally trying his hand at stand up! Why not give podcasting a shot? I cannot imagine a world in which Dave Foley is a bad broadcaster. I can't, and I won't.

The Pitch: In this alternate reality, scripted podcast, Dave Foley has decided to become the world’s most polite bounty hunter. With the help of his best friend, a talking dog voiced by Rob Riggle, he'll track down and catch the USA's most dangerous bounty heads armed with nothing more than his wit. Criminals of all persuasion are not match for Dave Foley: Bounty Guy.

Thursday
Jul142011

Best In Short: Podcasts In 30 Minutes Or Less

Listen, commitment-phobe. If you break out in a cold sweat when you find your recently downloaded podcasts are all over an hour long, I have some suggestions. First and foremost, calm down. Maybe see a medical professional? Or, at the very least, start a Yahoo! Answers thread regarding your weird podcast-related anxiety issues. While you’re refreshing the thread, awaiting responses, check out these tidbits of aural delight.

Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca

Bob Ducca (Seth Morris) delivers a micro podcast in less than five minutes, five days a week. As you would expect from America's favorite ex-step-father, Bob Ducca's show is a vehicle for his positive, self-healing philosophy and wisdom. To start the day off right, I recommend listening to the podcast first thing in the morning. If I may make a more specific suggestion: sandwich listening to the show between your morning meditation and breakfast.

 

Eardrop

Offering nuggets of random fun, Eardrop can be listened to any time of day, especially when you need a little pick-me-up. Comedians (recently Tom Lennon & Steve Agee) leave messages on the Eardrop voicemail for listeners to enjoy the next day. Here‘s how you take the fun one step further: download and listen to the show on your phone. It's as if these messages were left for you! It puts a smile right on your face. Avoid contemplating the logistics of how you've tricked yourself into thinking these were your own personal voicemail messages. It may lead to a deep depression.

 

Mike Detective

On hiatus! Mike Detective boasts an impressive list of guest stars including Henry Winkler, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifiankis and Patton Oswalt. You'll like the show if you liked Dick Tracy but think there were too many missed opportunities for dick jokes. This show is intense! It's sexy! And it's short! Season one of Rob Huebel's serial noir has come to an exciting conclusion, but it’s not too late to catch up. Just like catching up on Friday Night Lights, or any of the other shows that my friends annoyingly insist I need to add to my Netflix queue. Then, they usually ask me to explain why I don't have Netflix. I tell my friends, between my interests and my day job, it just doesn't make sense to pay a monthly fee when I might watch two DVDs a month. Then one of my “thoughtful” friends might remind me, "Hey, weren't you writing something?" Thanks, friend.

 

Steve Agee: Uhhh

A wonderfully lovable curmudgeon, Steve Agee offers up an audio-blog, of sorts. The podcast has no set format. Steve may play his guitar, talk about his day or talk to friends. Steve lets listeners into his world through a cynical, yet honest and thoughtful perspective. Episodes range between five and thirty minutes and sometimes feature guests like Ellen Page, Maria Thayer, or Missi Pyle. Although the last episode was released in May, you can catch up with Steve on the YouTube sensation, Sad Sad Conversation. The video series continues Agee’s personal, almost confessional share sessions.

 

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Monday
Jul042011

Photo Recap: The Nerdist Live With Lennon & Garant

Photo by Liezl Estipona - www.heyitsliezl.com

On Thursday, June 30th, the whip smart and crazy fun comedy team of Tom Lennon and Ben Garant visited The Nerdist gang for a rollicking podcast recording that stretched into the night. The fun took place at The Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.

Lennon and Garant were on hand to promote the release of their screening writing book, Writing Movies For Fun and Profit. First, there was a visit from Kumail Nanjiani discussing his citizenship ceremony from earlier the same day. Immediately from the get-go, Lennon and Garant were high energy and comedy, high-fiving and accosting audience members. As a Nerdist show is apt to do, the discussion zipped from topic to topic, including their book, Hollywood stories, experiences on The State and even a therapeutic dissection of The Suicide Girls photo book Lennon grabbed from the front of Meltdown Comics. Chris Hardwick steered the ship with Matt Mira and Jonah Ray providing timely inappropriate remarks. Steve Agee was even on hand taking photos alongside Liezl Estipona. No word yet on the episode's plop date. Stay tuned.

Photographer Liezl Estipona's stellar photos really capture the frenetic vibe of the recording. Her full set from the show can be viewed via Flickr.

Photo by Liezl Estipona - www.heyitsliezl.com

Photo by Liezl Estipona - www.heyitsliezl.comPhoto by Liezl Estipona - www.heyitsliezl.comPhoto by Liezl Estipona - www.heyitsliezl.com

Friday
May272011

The AV Club: Podmass May 19-25

Smarty-pants collective, The A.V. Club, released another strong Podmass recap. The crew recapped a strong selection of shows this week. A ton of variety and irreverence on the podcast airwaves, of late. Perhaps, this is the common tonal thread and I'm just now noticing it. Podmass highlights include:

A.V. Club's introduction to Natasha Leggero and Duncan Trussell's irregularly released Lavender Hour, featuring the always "on" Thomas Lennon.

Andy Richter and Paul F. Tompkins visiting with Scott Aukerman for a raucous episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Scott Aukerman abandoning his hosting duties to mess with Jimmy Pardo's head on the Season 8 finale of Never Not Funny.

Nerd worlds colliding when Patton Oswalt guests on The Nerdist, full of informative pop culture tangents and revelations on Oswalt's career.

A mostly heavy Gary Shandling and Marc Maron conversation on comedy on WTF With Marc Maron.

Check-out the full A.V. Club Podmass post here - lots of quality thoughts on the week's comedy podcasts plus some non-comedy shows for those of you with cold hearts.

     

Tuesday
Apr122011

Earwolf Weekly Update: April 11

Check-out another great week of comedy offerings from Earwolf via their weekly newsletter. The notable highlight includes two of the funniest guys around, Thomas Lennon and Rob Huebel, stopping by Comedy Death-Ray Radio to help celebrate its 100th episode. Wow - has it been that long already? It's a fun mile marker for all comedy podcast fans to celebrate. Congrats to Scott Aukerman and all the great guests and crazy characters who helped build CDR Radio into one of the best digital comedy shows.

Monday
Apr042011

Earwolf Weekly Update: April 4

Earwolf announced another week of fun shows with great guests. There's the continued hinting at the nearing conclusion of the first season of Mike Detective. Rob Huebel and the numerous guest voices continue to keep this quick-hitting sketch show very playful and obnoxious. A great combo. What will the ending bring?

Another highlight is State and Reno 911! alum, Thomas Lennon, talking pop culture on the upcoming episode of Who Charted.

Check-out their weekly newsletter for all the great Earwolf updates and shout-outs.