Entries in you had to be there (10)


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).


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).


Plop of The Week: You Had To Be There

The Splitsider Week In Comedy Podcasts is out again. My pick this time out was the insanely fun You Had To Be There episode with Paul F. Tompkins. 

Worlds collide. Podcast guest extraordinaire, Paul F. Tompkins, weasels his way into an apartment visit with Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser on the latest You Had To Be There. Schaefer kicks off a spirited and fun string of audition horror stories. Just a few of the gems: the hamburger threesome voice-over and Tompkins explaining the art of the three-tiered Nutrageous audition ("really go for it," "just lose your mind!" and "do whatever you want!!"). Tompkins kicks off some on-and-off again shit-talking by playfully going after Paul Scheer and Pete Holmes for their past un-ironic kale talk on the show. Like any good You Had To Be There, there’s a healthy amount of bouncing back and forth between honesty and hilarity. Schaefer explains why she has the worst friends. Glaser gets into her extreme childhood stage fright, including the classic revelation of needing to do her school presentations in the dark (glow-in-the-dark dioramas aplenty). There’s some great insight into Tompkins’ character work, including some fun riffing on inappropriate time and place for practicing. The group laments getting yelled at. Then, the episode basically climaxes with a crazy fun and inspired gotcha moment orchestrated by Tompkins. He confronts Schaefer about a past episode dig and all hell breaks loose – complete with an audio playback. The entire time, Glaser giddily goads him on. Very real and funny as hell. An episode worthy of the show title, indeed.


The Splitsider episode picks this week:other 

improv4humans “Eurythmic”
Left Handed Radio #11 “I Remember I Couldn’t Sleep”
How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner #36 “HWYW LIVE” - Fred Armisen, Billy Eichner, Paul F. Tompkins, Jackee, Ted Leo, Anthony Atamanuik, John Gemberling, Jessica Chaffin
You Had To Be There #42 - Paul F. Tompkins
Cinematic Method "Twilight, Happy Feet 2"

Honorable Mentions include Comedy Bang! Bang! #131 (Andy Daly, Jason Mantzoukas), WTF with Marc Maron #227 (Adam Scott), The Long Shot #406 (Andrew Secunda) and The Nerdist Writers Panel #15 (Bob Odenkirk, Jen Kirkman, Brian Stack).

For the complete recaps, click here.


Plop of The Week: You Had To Be There

Our show/episode selection for Jesse Fox's Splitsider Week In Comedy Podcasts round-up this week was the dirty but friendly episode of You Had To Be There (featruing Hari Kondabolu). Here's my recap:

The latest episode of comedian Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser’s free-flowing chat show, You Had To Be There, is another great example of their ability to find the funny from all over. There’s always their friendly dose of life theories and tangents galore. Comedian Hari Kondabolu stops by Sara’s apartment for a laid back and wide ranging discussion. Kondabolu quickly proves he’s a more legit teenage girl literary fiction fanboy than the ladies. Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High cred is quickly established. Schaefer remembers the power of the scandalous Sweet Valley High #5 book. Glaser’s recent trip to Lion Kind 3D kicks off the dirty things in Disney movies discussion, which Glaser reveals her expertise. Listeners get an almost serious discussion of how to judge cartoon lions’ ages and the implications of cartoon lion foreplay and sexy lion looks. Kondabolu throws out an anecdote about his non-sex-inducing obsession with Newsies, including his past habit of breaking out into Newsies' song and dance routines his college roommates. Always ready to take it to the wrong place, Schaefer fondly remembers the inappropriate sexiness of the Newsie thrust. Schaefer again manages to earn her podcast street cred (inappropriate topics) for passing along an insane CGI horse adult film anecdote. This devolves into Kondabolu summarizing the feature film Zoo. The show quickly embraces its downward spiral of dirty horse deeds. This isn’t a safe place for the innocent. Plus, we get the slandering of Ben Savage and the idea of pony fluffers. Lots of cred sufficiently established? Check. Fun as hell? Check.


The full list of shows making the Spitsider cut:

How Was Your Week? #32 - Amy Poehler, Rich Fulcher
How Did This Get Made? #21 - Ken Marino
WTF with Marc Maron #217 - Norm McDonald
You Had To Be There #38 - Hari Kondabolu
Walking The Room #78 - Paul Gilmartin
Who Charted? #46 - Eddie Pepitone

You can check-out the full post here.


Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: September 15


Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz offered up another batch of favorite comedy episodes this past week for Splitsider, including a star-studded Comedy Bang! Bang! and some slightly-off-the-beaten-path shows. The Top 5:

The Champs #5 - featuring Craig Robinson
Comedy Bang! Bang! #122 - featuring Zach Galifianakis, Paul F. Tompkins, Yo Lo Tengo
The Earwolf Challenge "The Final Challenge"
How Was Your Week? #27 - featuring David Rakoff
You Had To Be There #33 - featuring Stuckey and Murray

The not-quite-Top-5 episodes receiving honorable mentions: How Did This Get Made? #18 - featuring Danielle Schneider, The Mustache Rangers #212 and WTF with Marc Maron #209 - featuring Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.

Check-out the full Splitiser recaps here.


Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: September 1


Better late then never, right? Catching up on some comedy podcast happenings over here... Clichés and apologies aside, Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz released another list of the usual suspects for their list of Top 5 Comedy podcasts from last week. The winners (there are no prizes):

Affirmation with Bob Ducca
Comedy Bang! Bang! #120 - featuring Adam Scott, Harris Wittels, Chelsea Peretti
Doug Loves Movies - featuring Zach Galifianakis, Nick Swardson, Marc Maron, Matt Mira
Get Up On This #5 - featuring Jesse Thorn
WTF with Marc Maron #205 - featuring Jason Sudeikis

The honorable mentions include Aisha Tyler's Girl on Guy #7 (featuring Paul F. Tompkins), Who Charted? #39 with Andy Richter and You Had To Be There #31 (featuring Jon Friedman and Andy Friedman).

You can check out the complete post and reasoning over at Splitsider.


Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: August 18


Joe Berkowitz and Jesse Fox released another nice crop of Top Comedy Podcasts this week. Check-it out:

The Apple Sisters # 12 - featuring Brian Huskey, Jason Ritter
Jordan, Jesse Go! #187 - featuring Kumail Nanjiani
Thrilling Adventure Hour #32 “Hell Is The Loneliest Number” - featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster
WTF with Marc Maron #200 - featuring Marc Maron (as told to Mike Birbiglia)
You Had to Be There #29 - featuring Keith and the Girl

Splitsider also had love, well honorable mention kind of love, for these episodes: Totally Laime #80 (featuring Mark Gagliardi), Walking the Room #64 "Man Camp and the Folk-cast" and The Anytime Show #19 (featuring Paul Rust).

Check-out the complete recaps and rationales here.


Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: August 11


Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz released another diverse Top Comedy Podcast list for Splitsider this week. Plus they threw in a heavy "distract you from existential angst" defense of the medium. No argument over here. A diverse crop of kudos this time out. The Top 5 include:

Doug Loves Movies - featuring Aziz Ansari, Ruben Fleischer, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer
Earwolf Presents "Analyze Phish" - featuring Harris Wittels, Scott Aukerman
How Did This Get Made # 16 - featuring Paul F. Tompkins
The Nerdist # 111 - featuring Kevin Pereira, Judah Friedlander, Doug Benson
Ronna & Beverly #6 - featuring Jen Kirkman

Honorable mentions feature the newly minted Plop List directory member, This American Wife #35 (featuring Alison Agosti, Hilary Winston) the fun NY duo show, You Had to Be There #28 (featuring Wyatt Cenac, T.J. Miller) and The Indoor Kids #5 (featuring Jordan Morris).

Check-out the full Splitsider recaps here.


Splitsider Top 5 Comedy Podcasts: June 30


Splitsider's podcast crime fighting duo, Jesse Fox and Joe Berkowitz, offered up another quality Top 5 list this week. They also pointed out there's no better time to get your comedy podcast on than the travel and down time laden holiday weekend. Also, there's no evidence of Fox or Berkowitz ever solving any crimes. I may have misspoke. Their Top 5:

Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca
Anytime Show #15 - featuring Rob Delaney
Who Charted? #30 - featuring Andy Kindler
WTF With Marc Maron #187 - featuring Larry Miller
You Had to Be There #23 - featuring Shock G

After a great initial run, it's a safe bet Dominick Dierkes' Anytime Show will find a spot in The Plop List directory soon. The Splitsider honorable mentions include: Left Handed Radio #7: You Don’t Want a Relationship, You Want a Trainwreck, Comedy Bang! Bang! #110 (featuring Colin Hanks, Myq Kaplan and Paul Scheer) and How Did This Get Made #13: Crank 2 (featuring Jensen Karp).

Check-out the Spitsider post here to get the full details on the episodes.


New To Plop List: You Had To Be There

We're excited to announce the addition of the funky and funny You Had To Be There to The Plop List directory. Comedians and friends, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer lead the semi-weekly interview and variety show.

It's a New York City affair, through and through, taking place in the confines of a home apartment with a small group of friends serving as the intimate live audience. Glaser and Schaefer keep things casual, mixing a personal what's-on-your-mind opening segment with a breezy interview segment. Each show typically ends with a musical performance from both comedic and non-comedic artists. The shows are an easy listen, often sounding like you happen to be hanging out with friends at their house party. You Had To Be There shows off plenty of awesome female spunk, too. Glaser and Schaefer are two skilled and engaging performers and pack a lot of personality in their hosty duties. Often one of the ladies goes off the deep end, hilariously so, while the other host ends up piling on or reeling the show back towards sanity. Whatever the situation calls for. It's all a lot of fun.

Recent noteworthy guests include Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal, Arden Myrin and The Gregory Brothers. You Had To Be There holds live shows at various venues.