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  1. ‘The Newbridge Wall’ Captures ‘The Best Show’ and Scharpling & Wurster at […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Jon Wurster’s work with Tom […]
  2. How Comedy Podcasts Can Help You Get Through These Nightmarish Times If you’re like me, you woke up yesterday morning in a profound funk, and could feel a cold, grey depression coming on. Overnight, the […]
  3. Anthony Atamanuik Solidified His Role as the King of Donald Trump […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. The Presidential race has been […]
  4. Nothing Says Halloween Like Rap Songs That Sum Up the Plots of Horror […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. For this Halloween entry of […]
  5. Why Are Podcasters So Sensitive to Both Criticism and Praise? For a few months a while back, it sure felt like the A.V. Club, where I was a staffer for about 16 years and remain a columnist today, was […]
  6. The Early Earwolf Mini-Series ‘Mike Detective’ Found Utter Hilarity in […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. On Instagram recently, Scott […]
  7. With ‘No Depo$it’, the ‘Flop House’ Gang Unearthed an Instant Camp Classic […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. As a connoisseur of bad movies, […]
  8. ‘Sesame Street’ Isn’t Just the Best Kids’ Show Ever, it’s Also Genuinely […] When you become a parent, or at least an involved parent (fuck you, mom! You were never there for me!), your life and priorities and rhythms […]
  9. ‘Fugitive Waves’ Found the Heart of Taylor Negron’s Life in His Saved […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. There is a melancholy magic to the […]
  10. The JonBenet Ramsey Episode of ‘My Favorite Murder’ Captures the True […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. As readers of this column may have […]
  11. ‘The Dana Gould Hour’ Plumbed True Emotional Depths via ‘Star Wars’ in […] Dana Gould quickly became a legend in the go-go comedy scene of the 1980s both for his famous precocity and for being the only standup […]
  12. Kurt Metzger’s Appearance on ‘Bennington Show’ Was Revealing, but Not In […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Kurt Metzger is known primarily […]
  13. Chris Gethard and ‘Hollywood Handbook’ Transformed a Short-Lived Sitcom […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. The Best Show inhabits occupies […]
  14. Just Barely Remembering ‘Something Wilder’, Gene Wilder’s Ill-Fated 90s […] When Gene Wilder shocked a world that didn’t know he had been wrestling with Alzheimer’s by dying recently, he was mourned extensively. He […]
  15. The Triumph of ‘Comedy Bang Bang’ and the Rise of Comedy Geek Culture I happened to be watching The Ben Stiller Show for a column I write about 1990s comedy when I read the tweet from Scott Aukerman that after […]
  16. Jon Glaser and Brett Gelman Made a Live Episode of ‘You Made It Weird’ […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. When Pete Holmes invited Eric […]
  17. On ‘Reply All’, Jonathan Goldstein Solved the Fascinating, Tear-Jerking […] YouTube is such a big part of our lives these days that it can be easy to forget what a miracle the website represents. As Jonathan […]
  18. ‘How Did This Get Made?’ Explored the Mystery That Is ‘Old Dogs’ on a […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. At its best, the wildly popular […]
  19. Revisiting ‘Bedtime Story’, the Movie That Was Remade as ‘Dirty Rotten […] It was recently announced that Rebel Wilson would be top-lining a gender-switched remake (which are all the rage ever since the new […]
  20. Only Neil Hamburger Could Stretch New Year’s Eve Celebrations Out Into a […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Gregg Turkington’s “Neil […]
  21. Patrice O’Neal’s Episode of ‘WTF’ Provided Great Insight Into His […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. When introducing the WTF Patrice […]
  22. How Gillian Jacobs Helped Turn the Late Garry Marshall Into an Unlikely […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. If Garry Marshall’s career began […]
  23. This Standout ‘Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project’ Episode Makes It Easier to […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Comedy Central announced a few […]
  24. Claudia O’Doherty’s Catfishing Episode of ‘With Special Guest Lauren […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. The ingenious premise of Comedy […]
  25. Before ‘Hollywood Handbook’, There Was ‘The Reality Show Show’ Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. One of the themes of this column […]
  26. In the Era of Trump, Capitol Steps’ Twice-Yearly Podcast Is a Guilty […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. If you’re like me, or, […]
  27. Colt Cabana’s ‘Art of Wrestling’ Episode with CM Punk Is the Perfect Intro […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. I was first introduced to cult […]
  28. The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone: Auteurs of the Cult […]If The Lonely Island were N’Sync, Andy Samberg would be the collaborator Justin Timberlake of the group: the handsome, charismatic frontman who […]
  29. Rob Delaney’s Appearance on ‘The Mental Illness Happy Hour’ Was Quietly […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Rob Delaney’s name will forever be […]
  30. ‘Runaway Brains’ with Ken Jennings and Weird Al Is a Demented Satirical […] The podcast service Howl launched not too long ago with the entire Earwolf and WTF back catalog, an abundance of comedy albums, and some […]
  31. Paul F. Tompkins Is a Hilariously Otherworldly Ted Cruz in Earwolf’s New […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Republicans have seemingly never […]
  32. Richard Simmons Took Over ‘Sklarbro Country’ for an Unforgettable, […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. In March, The New York Daily News […]
  33. ‘Comedy Bang Bang’ Is the Jam Band of Comedy On May 11th, I had the fortune to see the traveling carnival of mirth and merriment that is the Comedy Bang Bang live tour when it hit the […]
  34. David Lee Roth’s ‘The Roth Show’ Is More Ridiculous and Absurd Than Any […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. David Lee Roth has a curious […]
  35. Not Allowing Tom Scharpling to Complain Made for an All-Time Classic […] Tom Scharpling has made righteous complaining a big part of his podcasting and professional persona. He’s elevated griping to an art form. […]
  36. A Great Podcast Took on an Unwatchable Movie with ‘The Flop House’ and […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. The insane mind-fuck unforgettably […]
  37. When Jimmy Dore Took on the $3,000 ‘Stand-Up Boot Camp’ on ‘Comedy and […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. When Marc Maron took on Carlos […]
  38. When Stephen Tobolowsky Met David Byrne Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. A great podcast can be just about […]
  39. How ‘Better Off Dead’ and its Brand of ‘Rando’ Comedy Was Way Ahead of its […] Watching the 1985 comedy Better Off Dead for the first time in 2016, as I did so recently, is like listening to an early James Brown or […]
  40. How ‘Pistol Shrimps Radio’ Turned Calling Recreational Women’s Basketball […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Pistol Shrimps Radio is one of the […]
  41. When Marc Maron Followed Up on Carlos Mencia’s ‘WTF’ Appearance, His […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. On his first visit to the Cat […]
  42. Surviving Bryan Cranston’s Nightmarish ‘Vacation’ Knock-Off, ‘National […] I have long been perversely fascinated by a direct-to-video atrocity known alternately as National Lampoon’s Holiday Reunion or National […]
  43. The ‘WTF’/Carlos Mencia Saga Provided New Insight Into the Mind of One of […] Even today, it’s a little startling that someone like Carlos Mencia could become so intensely hated, even despised, for doing something as […]
  44. The Sly Howl Mini-Series ‘The Complete Woman’ Is a Pitch-Perfect Satire of […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Howl, the Midroll’s […]
  45. Before Eddie Pepitone Said Goodbye to ‘The Long Shot’, They Produced a […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Like a lot of people, I was […]
  46. The ‘Kid Detectives’ Episode of ‘Comedy Bang Bang’ Was a Wonderfully […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. A giddy appreciation of childhood […]
  47. When ‘We Hate Movies’ Hated on the Morbidly Fascinating Trainwreck That Is […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Here at Pod-Canon, I write about […]
  48. When the Guys Behind ‘Yacht Rock’ Took Aim at the Humiliating Practice of […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. About a decade ago a group of […]
  49. Remembering ‘Amos and Andrew,’ the Forgotten Racially Charged Comedy That […] Olive Films has carved out an odd niche for itself releasing special-features-free DVDs and Blu-Rays of movies that seem mildly interesting […]
  50. That Time That Todd Glass and Tommy Chong Went Camping Together to Record […] Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Doug Benson and Todd Glass are […]
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