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Monday
Aug062012

Plop of The Week: You Made It Weird #70

Pete Holmes is getting dangerously close to making it really hard for people to not know him. You know, that perverbial random stranger on the street kind of knowing. And it's going to be fun, a little weird but a lot of fun. Holmes continues to accel at stand-up and all things comedy, including his regular intimate and thoroughly engaging podcast offering, You Made It Weird. Picking an episode with another fellow comedic peer seemed like the right thing to do. Check-out my excerpt from last week's Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" round-up:

Pete Holmes is on a roll lately with all things comedy: a possible late night TV show in the works, an ascending stand-up career and a soon-to-be podcast institution. You Made It Weird definitely skews into heavy comedy shop talk but it’s usually that good ol’ fashioned soul searching kind. The nitty gritty, the bits and pieces, the stuff that makes anyone give a crap anytime the performer/audience dance is underway. Holmes’ inquisitive nature and honesty really lays the groundwork for his guests to quickly join in on the sharing-is-caring fun. Fellow comedian and off-the-cuff master, Rory Scovel, pushes the limits even in Holmes’ safe place. Scovel starts off messing with Holmes by bringing a guest to the podcast recording, which leads to a fun more challenging back-and-forth for the host. Eventually, Holmes manages to dig into Scovel’s inspired and often free form approach to performing. Beyond his normal riffing hijinks, Scovel’s insightful about his own helter-skelter performing, his recreational activities and his upbringing. It’s a real treat to peak behind Scovel’s devilish antics and see a bit of the passion that sparks his comedy. The episode really soars when the two comedians get into it about how they stay inspired to create and connect.

Here's the complete list of episode picks from the rest of the Splitsider podcast crew:

Totally Laime #130 - Dan Harmon
Penn's Sunday School - Billy West and The Naked TSA Guy
WTF with Marc Maron #300 – Nathan Rabin, Jesse Thorn, Pete Holmes, Andy Kindler
You Made It Weird #70 – Rory Scovel
How Was Your Week #73 - Simon Amstell, Bobcat Goldthwait
Story Worthy #100 – David Koechner
It's That Episode #27 – Eddie Pepitone/My Super Sweet Sixteen
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn – Michael Ian Black, Tom Bissell, Pete Holmes

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider group this past week include The Dana Gould Hour #9 "Mini-KISS and Other Delights," Fitzdog Radio (Artie Lange, Todd Barry), Jordan, Jesse, Go! #234 (Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon), Professor Blastoff #63, Royal & Doodall #34 and The Bryan Callen Show #10 (Mike Callen).

Monday
Jul302012

Plop of The Week: Improv On Tape #8.5

Let's get to it. Improv is always a mixed bag for even loyal comedy fans. The excitement is always battling the anxiousness for both performers and audiences alike. It's always a treat to see the thriving comedy format find a new home in podcasting. The Los Angeles based sketch group, Robert Downey Jr. Jr., brings it and then some with their semi-regular improv offering, Improv On Tape, featuring various group members and other comedy friends. Here's my podcast pick write-up for Splitsider's "This Week In Comedy Podcast" column:

Richard Feliciano and his Robert Downey Jr. Jr. improv partners-in-crime really bring it on their improv podcast. This week’s shorter bonus episode is a quick listen, a quality way to jump into a new bit of improv. The Robert Downey Jr. Jr. crew is one of the hardest working Los Angeles improv groups and one of its best. Just like their stage shows, this show is top notch on its production value. It’s also a treat to listen to the group embrace the podcast format, often going for scenes that really fly in the audio-only format. There’s a lighthearted chat session to kick off this episode, followed by the guys rolling through a quick series of YouTube inspired scenes. Don’t miss out on clever and chaotic rewind bit. Along with the only slightly offensive YouTube Town Hall Meeting scene, the David Fincher “YT Network” scene goes off the rails quickly. In the best kind of way. The Fincher craziness transitions into another free flowing series of “captain’s log” entries. The three performers admirably mix in a ton of characters and premises throughout. It’s a crazy listening trip but they keep themes in check and bring skilled improv structure so nobody’s wandering aimlessly into the comedy woods.

The rest of the Splitsider crew offered up a few more new picks and some old favorites:

WTF with Marc Maron #299 – Retta, Brett Weinbach, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, Jim Earl, Eddie Pepitone
You Made It Weird #68 - Kulap Vilaysack
The Dead Authors Podcast Chapter 9 - Jorge Luis Borges(Nick Kroll)
Improv On Tape #8.5 “YouTube Stars”
The Bugle #201 “Dirty Bankers”
Ten Minute Podcast "Who's The Kid?"
Before You Were Funny #2 - Brian Huskey, Kyle Mooney, Johnny Pemberton, Betsy Sodaro

The honorable mentions this week out from the Splitsider comedy podcast crew featured Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #69 (Nick Thune), Comedy Bang! Bang! #168 (Bob Odenkirk, Matt Besser), Harmontown # 2: "The Inception of Girlfriends," Offstage with Christian Polanco #76 (Bryson Turner, Part One), Professor Blastoff #62 (Scott Aukerman), The Adam Carolla Show 7/23 (Colin Mochrie, Michelle Branch, & David Wild), The Long Shot #518 “The Gossip & Bob Episode” (Matt Besser), Twisting the Wind with Johnny Pemberton #1 (Danny Holloway & More) and Who Charted? #86 (Nick Kroll).

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
Jun152012

Plop of The Week: Sklarbro Country #98

A few current prolific comedians joined forces this past week for some fun podcastery (made-up work alert!). The way-out-there but always working, Reggie Watts, brought his brand of comedic magic to the calming shores of Sklarbro Country. The hard working duo in their own right, Randy and Jason Sklar, create an excellent messing around space for guests and having Watts in the fold was a fun experiment. Here are a few more thoughts about Sklarbro Country #98 for Splitsider's "This Week In Comedy Podcasts" post:

Worlds collide with the latest Sklarbro Country episode when musical comedy genius, Reggie Watts, visits the hardest working comedy duo. Before Watts checks in, The Sklar Brothers show off their bounty of “week-of” sports jokes. Showing off their topical range, they manage to sneak in a great Sklarbrotration segment dissing Lil’ Wayne, complete with a Hatfield and McCoy reference. Once Watts steps in, the show really gets going with a steady stream of riffing. Watts is a natural partner-in-crime for the brothers. They kick-start it with several minutes of overanalyzing Watts’ infamous golf sweater. The Sklars make the sports connection with Watts through a fun sports anthem discussion. They explore the process of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army becoming a sports anthem. Then Watts gives it a try himself, creating a brand new haphazard Dodgers’ anthem. Other gems include a highly inappropriate but hilarious brainstorming session about Native American restaurants and Y2K Museums. Plus, there’s another quality appearance by Tiger Woods (the always on point Chris Cox). There’s a lot packed into the episode, the only way the brothers know how to operate. The Sklars continue to show why they’re the masters of fun with the ability to bring anyone into the sports fold and their awesome house of riffing.

Here are the rest of the Splitsider crews' picks for the week. I'm happy another seemingly oddball pairing of Bills Simmons and Lena Dunham made the list (nice one, Samantha!):

WTF with Marc Maron #287 – Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis, Josie Long, Neal Brennan
Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #62 "L.A. Story" – Steve Rannazzisi, Cort McCown
Comedy Bang! Bang! #162 – Andy Samberg, Adam Pally
Sklarbro Country #98 – Reggie Watts and Chris Cox
My Brother, My Brother and Me #108
Proudly Resents "Shakes the Clown" – Bobcat Goldthwait
The Best Show on WFMU #500 - John Hodgman, Ted Leo, Julie Klausner, Sam Seder, Jason Woliner
The B.S. Report – Lena Dunham

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider crew this week include Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #60, Walking The Room #107 (Jake Johannsen), The Champs (Trevor Noah) and WTF with Marc Maron #268 (Kurt Braunohler).

Monday
May282012

Plop of The Week: Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler #48

Sometimes it's okay to go with the heavy hitters when dialing in your comedy podcast picks. The big names sometimes prove why they have large followings and noteriety. A big personality often lends itself well to the digital landscape with charimsa and strong opinions making for an easy engaging listening experience. Comedian and TV personality, Aisha Tyler, has been running her do-it-yourself interview show for almost a year now and has built quite a large and diverse guest list. The show has many faces, depending on the guest background. I picked Tyler's Girl On Guy Anthony Bourdain episode this week for the Splitsider "Week In Comedy" round-up. Bourdain is an easy match for Tyler's laid back but big-time personalty. Check-out my thoughts here:

I’m not above a little fandom cult of personality BS in my podcast intake. In fact it’s rather enjoyable when you happen upon the right kind of personality pairing. Vagabond author and television food host, Anthony Bourdain, jumps in on Aisha Tyler’s Girl On Guy free-flowing interview show. It’s an easy episode pick with two of my favorite bold personalities trading passionate anecdotes and theories. In addition to her various comedic endeavors, Tyler always brings keeps things high energy and loose but still very passionate on the show. It’s an easy conversation with Bourdain from the get-go. Topics keep dancing along various kitchen/food topics and tropes. They also throw in discussions about obscure movies, FX’s Archer, Ted Nugent, Rocky Balboa and a bunch more. Bourdain also adds some great nitty-gritty kitchen, food and travel stories. The tone is jointly aggressive, both Tyler and Bourdain teaming up on all encountered topics. It’s not always pure comedy. Comedy becomes an even broader term with podcasts these days. Tyler’s Girl On Guy is another example of this widening scope. “Fun” can count as “funny” – we’ll all be okay getting less strict. A little more loose. All while trying to give a shit about something. Tyler and Bourdain can help lead the way.

Here's the complete list of comedy episodes from the rest of the Splitsider group:

WTF with Marc Maron #280 - Danny McBride
Mohr Stories #54 – Barry Katz
This American Life #464: "Invisible Made Visible" – Ryan Knighton, Tig Notaro, David Rakoff, David Sedaris
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler #48 - Anthony Bourdain
Who Charted? #77- Pete Holmes
Lovitz & Slayton
Gelmania VII - Scott Aukerman, Curtis Gwinn
Improv Obsession #18 – Alex Fernie

The Splitsider group offered up a large group of honorable mentions last week including How Was Your Week? #63 (Curtis Gwinn, Choire Sicha), improv4humans #27 (Neil Campbell, Mike Mitchell, Paul Rust), Mike & Tom Eat Snacks #59, Pop My Culture #80 (Ken Marino) Sklarboro Country #95 (Rich Eisen, Dan Van Kirk), This Better Be Funny #24 (Jerrod Carmichael), Thrilling Adventure Hour #72 "Beyond Belief, 'Goatbusters'" (Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Mark Gagliardi, Matt Gourley, Gillian Jacobs, and Natalie Morales), Weird Adults with Little Esther #2 (Jonathan Daniel Brown) You Made It Weird #51 (Kurt Braunohler) and You Had To Be There #64 (Megan Ganz).

Monday
May072012

Plop of The Week: Guys With Feelings #105

After a week off, I caught up on some comedy podcasts. Luckily, I caught the recent Jason Nash and Jeff Bumgarner loosey-goosey Guys With Feelings episode. The always feisty and fun Mary Lynn Rajskub makes for a particularly loose and interesting offering. The laid back interview show recently took the video plunge offering up an edited video version of its weekly show. Different ways to take in the comedy. I'm guessing the kids are into this. Big time. Let's leave the audio versus video podast conversation for another day. Here's my write-up for the Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" recap post:

Recently, Jason Nash and Jeff Bumgarner upgraded the digital offerings for their long-running Guys With Feelings. Now with a video segment, the interview show adds even more of a casual and behind-the-scenes intimacy to their low key interviews. Nash and Bumgarner always keep things funny and honest (code for slight awkwardness), no matter the subject matter. Mary Lynn Rajskub guests is a great guest, both honest and playfully difficult when the conversation goes wayward. Not sure there’s a show that seamless slides back and forth between daily life talk and Hollywood behind-the-scene revelations. Nash’s comedy is at its best when he throws out crazy theories to see what sticks or just plain confuses. There’s also some special bonus clips of Rajskub on Nash’s killer online series, Jason Nash Is Married. Plus, there’s some talk about Rajskub in a hot dog costume. The always clever and fun comedy writer, Alec Sulkin, stops by later in the show. Sulkin adds to the weird/casual mix of Guys With Feelings. It’s great to see Nash and Bumgarner continue to push their show format into new territories while keeping the overly honest and playful approach.

Here's the complete podcast picks from the Splitsider comedy podcast crew:

Improv Obsession Podcast #15 – Matt Besser
WTF With Marc Maron #274 - Bob Zmuda
Comedy Bang! Bang! #156 – St. Vincent, Zach Galifianakis, Paul F. Tompkins, Harris Wittels, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, Jessica St. Clair
Guys With Feelings #105 – Mary Lynn Rajskub, Alec Sulkin
Who Charted? #74 – Rob Delaney
The Dead Authors Podcast, Appendix B: Friederich Nietzsche & H.P. Lovecraft – James Adomian, Paul Scheer
Totally Laime #117 - Jon Daly

This week the Honorable Mentions from the Splitsider comedy podcast group include Mohr Stories #49 (Ralph Garman), The Best Show on WFMU, The Long Shot #507 (Natasha Leggero), The Todd Glass Show #42 (Brendon Walsh, Daniel Kinno) and You Made It Weird #45 (Shelby Fero).

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).

Tuesday
Apr172012

Plop of The Week: The Long Shot #504

When does "this week" become "last week" but still written from this week? When you're sharing some podcast love a few days late. I'll continue to be in charge of The Long Shot  fan committee and after a few weeks of others in the Splitsider comedy podcast rounder-uppers stealing my Long Shot thunder, I chose the personality overload show as my Splitsider comedy podcast pick. No Eddie Pepitone this week but the three remaining hosts and guest Beth Stelling more than make up for it. Lots of fighting, shooting-of-the-perverbial shit and awkward moments. Just how I like my audio entertainment. My write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

This week out, The Long Shot foursome is missing their angry clean-up hitter, Eddie Pepitone. No need to fret, the M.I.A. co-host ends up making way for a particularly raw and loose edition. The best host in podcasting land, Sean Conroy, along with his eager cohorts, Amber Kenny and Jamie Flam, welcome sarcastic but earnest guest, comedian Beth Stelling into the fold. Stelling’s an easy match for the group, sliding right in with the over-sharing and fun bouts of self-hate. Her aloofness and playful prodding of a particularly feisty Conroy is all charm. Honesty is always one of the greatest feats of The Long Shot crew. Long running inter-group commentary and back-and-forth between the hosts is also special stuff. Both are in full effect thanks to a delightful Conroy/Flam dust-up over “enchantment” of all things. Both Kenny and Flam continue to bring life to proceedings with their dual threat of youthful sincerity and ridiculousness. It’s a treat to hear the gang’s animated talk of lottery winnings and much more. The now long-running series is really beginning to benefit from its longevity and camaraderie, showing off a lived-in charm and a willingness to engage with each other in both familiar and new ways. It’s like hanging out with a great group of friends, albeit a slightly messed-up group. It’s podcasting, we should have it no other way.

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

Beginnings #46 – Dan St. Germain
Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin - Kristen Wiig
How Was Your Week? #57 – Chris Parnell, Jon Daly
The Long Shot #504 "Enchantment vs. Football" – Beth Stelling
Throwing Shade #24
WTF with Marc Maron #269 – David Cross
The Dana Gould Hour # 5 "Conspiracies!"  - Eddie Pepitone, Matt Weinhold, Mike Murphy
The Mutant Season #24 – Pete Holmes

Honorable mentions from the group include: Best Show on WFMU (Chris Elliott, Jason Woliner, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron), improv4humans #21 (Stephanie Allynne, Allan Mcleod, Joe Wengert), It's That Episode # 13 (Adam Pally), Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #54, WTF with Marc Maron #268 (Jon Glaser) and You Had To Be There #58 (Jim Gaffigan).

Thursday
Mar292012

Another List! Mashable's Comedy Podcast Picks

Christine Erickson over at Internet-riffic, Mashable, shared another quality list of comedy podcasts. Presumeably, it's another intro to friends, letting the world know about comedy podcasts existing. Nothing wrong with that. They even included Janey Varney's new Nerdist Show, The JV Club. Here's the list:

The Nerdist
WTF with Marc Maron
How Was Your Week?
Comedy Bang! Bang!
You Made It Weird
Pod F. Tompkast
Never Not Funny
Superego
Pop My Culture
The JV Club

Check-out the complete post over at Mashable.

Monday
Jan302012

The AV Club: Podmass January 19-25

Catching up on podcasts seems to be the norm. If you're forced to skip around and not be one of those hardcore completist, The A.V. Club's weekly Podmass highlights and recaps is always a great reference guide for a quick catch-up session. Once again, the comedy shows win the day with the overwhelming majority of the "best" spots. The A.V. Club elders also took time to note The Sideshow Network's Jerky Boys show. We need more terms other than "retro" for going back to the past for creative content. Not passing judgment - just thinking it's the norm now and we should have more shades of labelling looking back.

I can't forget that both The Nerdist and You Made It Weird pulled off the not-really-that-rare "WTF" - double episode acclaim. Also - let's all celebrate The Bugle releasing their first independent show. Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

The Bugle #179 "Playas Gon Play"
Comedy Bang! Bang! #141 "Ladies Night"  Tig Notaro, Ronna & Beverly
Doug Loves Movies - Pat Wilson, Josh Freese, Brendon Walsh, Graham Elwood
How Was Your Week? #46 “Consequences” - Chris Gethard, Katie Notopoulos
Judge John Hodgman #49 "The Master’s Disaster"
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #47 "Pirate’s Booty"
Monday Morning Podcast
The Nerdist #160 - Graham Elwood
The Nerdist #161 - Stephen Merchant
Stop Podcasting Yourself #201 - Jon Dore
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #55 "Captain Laserbeam!: Even Bluebirds Get The Blues"
Walking The Room #87 - Rob Delaney
WTF With Marc Maron #247 - Ralphie May
You Made It Weird #15 - Nick Thune
You Made It Weird #16 - T.J Miller