Gelmania is not a podcast. According to comedian Brett Gelman, the latest Earwolf Presents offering is “everywhere and everything.” Gelman warns listeners - at the beginning - if they have a problem with “free thinking, free feeling, or freedom in general” they should NOT keep listening. However, he encourages, if “your drug of choice is justice - pump up the fucking volume.”
Don't let the soothing ocean and seagull sound effects fool you. This digital comedy test balloon is not for the faint of heart. Released this past Halloween, Gelmania is a haphazard creative exploit and hilarious for all the risk taking. Gelman begins the balls-out proceedings by reading some hate mail. The letter vilifies him as some "hippy, commie, anarchist" who "prays to vaginas and movies." The next segment is sure to please fans of Gelman’s rap duo, Cracked Out. Although, this time out, he raps solo. Aiming to take down Christian fundamentalists. Following this musical portion, comes a story involving Pepto-Bismol, which has a similar tone to his celebrated lauded Comedy Bang! Bang! “iBrain” story (see: Ep. #35). Gelmania then lets Complaining James Gandolfini go off and before concluding with a live recording of Tim Heidecker’s hacky right-wing stand-up persona.
For comparison sakes, if you're a podcast comparison junkie, Gelmania ventures into the Pod F Tompkast mash-up realm, along with...let's say a dash of Aleister Crowley flare. According to Gelman, it provides a pass "to be as crazy and as weak as you wanna be.”
Word on the digital street is more Gelmania will be making its way into the world in the near future. Stay tuned to Earwolf for updates.
Follow Gelman on Twitter at @brettgelman and catch him live all over Los Angeles and your brain.