The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we’ll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
ELISE: For a non-Halloween fan such as myself, listening to this scary-movie special of How Did This Get Made? constituted my entire celebration of the holiday, and could easily become an annual tradition for me. Listening to the gang, with guest Zack Pearlman, attempting to make sense of the baffling 80s slasher film Sleepaway Camp is an absolute delight. As is often the case with HDTGM, the joy comes from listening to them talk about a movie I haven’t seen and trying to figure out what the hell they’re talking about. It’s hard to conceive of a movie that’s as insane as they’ve described, which makes it the perfect HDTGM film.
Beauty and Da Beast #111 - Ari Shaffir
MARC: Readers of “This Week In Comedy Podcasts” may wonder how and why those of us on this review team choose the shows we do. Everyone’s got their methods. One of mine is seeing what people are listening to that I haven’t heard yet. Case in point: Beauty And Da Beast with comedians Joey Diaz and Felicia Michaels. BADB is nominated for the 8th Annual Podcast Awards in the Comedy category so I figured I’d see what jumped them into that field of battle. The two hosts bill their show as “laugh out loud black and blue comedy” and it gets pretty rough. If you’re a fan of such fare asWalking The Room, you’re probably sturdy enough for the place Diaz drags Michaels around through. Along with this episode’s guest Ari Shaffir, they start out mildly enough, talking conspiracy-theory-as-fact about such things as TSA security(“In two years they’ll be at movie theaters and at parks!”) But by the two-thirds mark, they’re deep into chatter about crotch sweat, its attendant odors and how do you trick a girl into taking a shower so you won’t have to deal with it. The show’s got a whiff of “What if Tony Soprano had decided to start a podcast?” And Diaz, who is a powerhouse of commentary, liberally carpet f-bombs all the way back to base. If you can hang with that premise, then you’ll definitely enjoy the no-holds-barred-nor-apologies-
The Todd Glass Show #71 - Doug Stanhope and Daniel Kinno
ROGER: It’s not as if I believe that the outspoken Doug Stanhope spends his days yelling at women and children that they were a waste of space or anything, but the very idea that he is an avid listener of the sweet and cuddly Todd Glass Show is amusing to me. The fact that Stanhope specifically professed a love for the particularly silly “Baby Elephant Walk” bit is just plain funny. Stanhope, who recently released the stand up album Before Turning The Gun On Himself and was the guest of Friday’s Todd Glass Show bringing up a story from the early 1990s involving Todd Glass successfully impersonating actor Treat Williams (he played David Letterman’s manager in Late Shift) to acquire a ton of perks was really funny. But none of those things could match one of the greatest payoffs to a running gag in recorded history. Literally eighty minutes into the show, after Glass had played the first few seconds of an unidentified jaunty tune that “sounded like farts” for the tenth or so time, Stanhope commented that it sounded like something that Hitler should shout over.. It was then that Glass wasn’t interrupted by Stanhope or Daniel Kinno and played the whole song, revealing it to be “Der Fuehrer’s Face”, a parody of the official Nazi theme, “The Horst Wessel Song.” Stanhope in between boisterous laughter swore up and down that he had no idea, and the all-time classic status of the episode was cemented. Diehard fans of the show will particularly enjoy the guest calling Glass out on not explaining what “to George Carlin” means often enough and for repeatedly insisting to his cohorts that he will edit something out when he clearly doesn’t.
Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank #85 - Pauly Shore
This Week in the Splitsider Podcast Network:
This week, Nikki considers the pros and cons of her new Manhattan digs and tells a grand story of comedic rebellion that explains why she doesn’t get many corporate gigs. Though this is comedian Dan St. Germain’s (John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, My Dumb Friends podcast) first official YHTBT appearance, he was previously the guest on this podcast’s only lost episode, locked away in the Disney Vault for being, in Dan’s words, “too sad.” The talk this time around starts out kind of dour, too, with tales of epically vindictive exes, but soon morphs into a fun litany of frank sexual histories, including Dan’s weird nuts, Sara’s minor orgy, and something called “Jeff Dunhamming.” Combat post-Sandy cabin fever with this great episode (and then check out this recent post from previous guest Gavin McInnes celebrating Nikki’s photos from the subways (remember those?)).
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guests are Jason Narvy and Paul Schrier, perhaps best known for their roles as Bulk and Skull on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Both have appeared in several hundred episodes of Power Rangers, making them by far the iconic show’s longest running characters. In this episode we discuss being on one of the planet’s most popular TV shows when you’re 18 years old, the classical origins of Bulk and Skull’s slapstick, and what they’re up to now.
On “It’s That Episode” Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap. Dan Mirk (Onion News Network) drops by for a Halloweeny episode of American Horror Story. Craig and Dan discuss spoooooky things such as what it would be like to be invisible, how Craig once pretended that he was beaten up by a penis on Halloween, and what a TV show featuring a family full of Wilsons from Home Improvement would look like.
We’ve been a little scrambled by Hurricane Sandy here at A Funny Thing headquarters. But Kelly and Taylor are safe and sound and now you get to relive one of our weirdest and most-loved episodes. Dan Harmon, creator of NBC’s Community, Channel 101, and all-around television savant, becomes a living avatar of losing things (cats, virginty, trains of thought) on stage at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. He told this story at the show This Feels Terrible, hosted by Erin McGathy and the story comes to A Funny Thing courtesy of her. Thanks, Erin! If you liked this or didn’t like it even, go check out Harmontown, Dan’s incredible podcast.
Bradford Evans is Splitsider’s Associate Editor.
Elise Czajkowski is a freelance journalist in New York City.
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Samantha Pitchel writes about and watches comedy in Austin and Los Angeles.