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Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: August 4


Splitsider's comedy podcast authorities, Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz, released another fun-packed Top 5 list. Recaps included, too. Bonus. It's the beginning of the month, which means Superego earns another round of raves. The rest of the Top 5:

Comedy Bang! Bang! #116 - featuring Todd Glass, Jessica St. Clair
Superego #3:6
Uhh Yeah Dude #282
Who Charted? #35 - featuring Scott Aukerman
WTF with Marc Maron #196 "Live" - featuring Kevin Allison, Sam Lipsyte, Tom Scharpling, Wyatt Cenac

Honorable mentions include another stellar week of Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca, a lively Sklarbro Country #53 (featuring Paul Scheer, Kevin Seccia) and a guestless Jordan, Jesse Go! #186.

Check-out the complete lowdown on the episodes here.


Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: July 28


Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz released another Top 5 Comedy podcasts list for Splitsider and presumably comedy podcast fans. This week's list highlights the off-beat shows and episodes, along with some praise for some newer shows.

How Was Your Week? #20 - featuring Maria Bamford
Judge John Hodgman #32: The Cow Beef
The Ronna & Beverly Podcast #5 - featuring Nick Kroll
This American Wife #34 - featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Hal LublinMarc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
WTF with Marc Maron #195 - featuring Demetri Martin

Splitsider's honorable mentions are all about variety: video games to sports to some military dicussions - all under the comedy umbrella. These shows include: The Indoor Kids #3 (featuring Pete Holmes, Emily V. Gordon), Sklarbro Country #52 (featuring Myq Kaplan) and WTF with Marc Maron #194 (featuring Rob Riggle).

Check-out the Splitsider Top 5 List and recaps here.


Slate's Culture Gabfest Invites Marc Maron Into The Fold

Photo by Mandee JohnsonSlate's weekly Culture Gabfest podcast is a favorite among The AV Club crowd. This week Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner, the Gabfest hosts, invited Marc Maron on the light-hearted pop and high culture program. The interview includes a lot of hearty talk about interviewing. Maron intense comedic sensibility is a fun mix with the loose friendly rapport among the Gabfest host. There are moments where the trio seem to be poking the caged Maron, trying to find out what makes him tick. Maron takes it all in stride and easily turns the show into a shortened version of WTF, holding court and helping create a dynamic conversation.

You can check-out the recap and listen to the episode here.


More Marc Maron: Talking WTF With Jimmy Fallon

In New York for a series of Bell House shows, Marc Maron visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and shared a lively discussion of Maron's off-beat WTF interview style and the beauty of the conversational pause. Really great to see Maron and Fallon focus pretty much the entire segment on WTF.

You can check-out Part 2 of their Late Night interview here.
Listen to the Jimmy Fallon episode of WTF here.


LA Weekly Makes A Comedy Podcast List

Anthony D'Alessandro helped push comedy podcast into the mind of LA Weekly readers today thanks to his thoughtful recap post in the Arts section. Earwolf shows occupy a bunch of spots. The new Ronna & Beverly show nabbed a spot along with the kinda-sorta podcast from Charles Grodin. Under a certain light, it seems fitting The Apple Sisters and WTF with Marc Maron sit at the top of the Los Angeles list. A performance based retro show born from a live stage show and show focused on big personalities and neurosis. A loosely accurate reflection of the creative personalities in the city. Bonus: all the shows on the Top 10 list have Los Angeles based productions, with the exception of Grodin's show.

10. Who Charted?
9. How Did This Get Made?
8. Charles Grodin
7. Mike Detective
6. Never Not Funny
5. The Pod F. Tompkast
4. Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca
3. Ronna & Beverly
2. The Apple Sisters
1. WTF with Marc Maron

Check-out the full list and justifications here.


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.


The AV Club: Podmass July 14-20

The A.V. Club released their weekly Podmass podcast recap, again highlighting comedy shows and episodes. This week's favored shows featured a bunch of strong personalities. Plus, everyone's favorite made-up trivia game, Doug Loves Movies, reached dramatic heights with its semi-regular tournament of champions episode. The comedy episodes receiving the Podmass recognition:

The Best Show On WFMU
Doug Loves Movies: Tournament of Champions Final - featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Samm Levine 
How Was Your Week? #19: “She’s A Cold Soup” - featuring Rob Delaney, Michelle McNamara
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #26: Toblerone
Never Not Funny #907 - featuring Maria Bamford
Sklarbro Country #51 - featuring Chris Cox
The Sound of Young America - featuring Errol Morris
Walking The Room #60: "Douche Fruit and The Shame Run"
WTF with Marc Maron #193 - featuring Richard Lewis

Check-out the full Podmass post here.



Marc Maron & Conan Talk WTF & Make Believe Afflictions

The unstoppable podcast rising tide, Marc Maron, continues to spotlight WTF with Marc Maron on a national stage and entertain in the process. There's a lot of links to the Maron machine over here but he's doing the yeoman's work of pushing the digital format to the streets. Well, at least plush television studios.

So, relax and enjoy the Conan clip. The year of Maron continues...



Marc Maron "This Has To Be Funny" Sets Aug. 9th Release Date

Marc Maron is releasing some good ol' fashioned audio comedy content - an album. His This Has To Be Funny is set for release August 9th courtesy of Comedy Central Records. LaughSpin has an early track listing and some additional details. This is Maron's first album after the explosion in popularity of his WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Perhaps, as a bridge between the two digital comedy worlds, the album art borrows from the WTF T-shirt catalog.

Maron's album release party will also serve as a live WTF recording at The Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are available for the Tuesday, August 9th recording here.

Thanks to LaughSpin for the heads up.


Marc Maron Makes For A Lively Real Time

This past Friday, Marc Maron snuck over to the political comedy world again with his appearance on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher. The lively panel featuring Maron, Mark Cuban, Dan Savage and Chrystia Freeland brought life to the recently flatlined show.

Introduced halfway through the show as the "bonus" guest, Maron basically took over the show for 7 minutes with his great combo of honest and flippantly anger-powered humor. There were some quality mentions of Maron's podcast. Maron made a few outlandish statements that may or may not ignight an internet-freak-out. He also managed to corner Maher on-air for a future WTF With Marc Maron interview.

You can check-out the Real Time "Overtime" segment here.