Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Comedy Podcast Review II

You may recall our post last May outlining a handful of comedy podcasts on the internet. With very little equipment on their part, comedians all over the country (well, mostly L.A.) can entertain, educate and keep you from every listening to commercial radio again. Well, it turns out that first list wasn't enough and this one below doesn't quite cover everything out there. Is there a podcast that you love that we missed? Let us know in the comments section or at comicvsaudience@gmail.com.

I Love Movies

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Recorded live in front of an audience at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles, stoner comic Doug Benson talks to his comedy friends about his second love: movies. Each episode ends with The Leonard Maltin Game in which Doug gives his guests the year and actors in a movie from the bottom up until someone gets the right answer. It's strangely intriguing. Recent guests include Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Matt Besser, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.

The Comedy Nerds

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New York City-based comedians get philosophical, try to answer big questions like "Where Does Your Sense Of Humor Come From?" and "Is Comedy Central Going Mainstream?" Their discussions aren't meant to be the end of the argument, rather a launching point for you to think about it more.

Road Stories

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This podcast, hosted by L.A. comics Murray Valeriano and Joe Wilson, is devoted to guests sharing their awful road gig stories. Most of them are cringe-worthy, but on the latest episode you'll find that John Mendoza's first road gig in Atlanta ends incredibly well. There have only been nine episodes of this podcast and hopefully more to come.

The Sound of Young America

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Without a doubt the most popular podcast on this list, host Jesse Thorn has been interviews personalities from arts and entertainment "about things that are awesome" for years now. This includes many, many comedians, most notably Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia, The Kids In The Hall and Janeane Garofalo.

Coyle & Sharpe

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Also under The Sound of Young America's Maximum Fun label is this podcast of two men in 60's San Francisco with a microphone roping strangers on the street into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Seemingly lost in history and ahead of their time, Coyle and Sharpe play the straight men and let the rube's reaction get the laughs. If only you could still do this now.

The Best Show on WFMU

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In our opinion, one of the funniest things around right now, podcast or not. Broadcast live on Tuesday on Jersey City's free-form WFMU, host Tom Scharpling takes you through three hours of "mirth, music and mayhem" with studio guests, calls from listeners from around the world and voices from residents of the fictional town of Newbridge (played by Jon Wurster, drummer of Superchunk). And while it is apparent which calls are from Newbridge, other frequent callers Spike, Julie From Cincinnati, and Frederick from New Port Richey can't be real...can they?

Break Room Live

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Previously named Maron V. Seder, this internet show pits comics Marc Maron and Sam Seder against each other as they talk about the political news of the day. Luckily, they usually agree politically, being that they both had terrestial radio shows on the liberal Air America network, but their occasional disdain for each other makes for an interesting dynamic. They do play video clips during the live show, but you can always go back to the website later for those. Think Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann with more bite and funny, but even that isn't giving them enough credit. We aren't ashamed to say that we get a lot of our news and commentary from this program and you should too.

The N Crowd Saturday Morning Hangover

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Every Friday evening, Philadelphia improv group The N Crowd perform. Then, on Saturday morning they talk about improv and other stuff. Simple enough to understand, right?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

No mention of Never Not Funny? Come now...

Anonymous said...

Oh wait, there's a part I. Disregard!

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Seemingly lost in history and ahead of their time, Coyle and Sharpe play the straight men and let the rube's reaction get the laughs. If only you could still do this now.Australia Vacations

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