Before it even goes up on maximumfun.org, I wanted to share this episode of Bullseye that I’m really proud of. The guests are Judd Apatow and Dolly Parton. I talk with Judd about the unexpected pain of fatherhood and why family is worth it. I even check in with him on the new Pee-Wee Herman movie.
And I talk with Dolly Parton about growing up as one of twelve brothers and sisters in the mountains of Tennessee, where the doctor had to ride a horse in to deliver babies, and about what she had to give up to become a star.
Plus I extoll the virtues of one of my favorite books, Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism, which makes a perfect holiday gift, and Jason from ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead talks about the song that changed his life: Waiting Room by Fugazi.
It’s a really special episode and I hope you’ll give it a listen. You can either listen directly here, or skip over to iTunes to subscribe free. Or just download it from this direct link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tsoya/bullseye121211b.mp3 .
And if you like it, tell a friend, whydoncha? It’s embeddable, Facebookable, Tweetable and all that stuff on Soundcloud.
The Maximum Fun quality keeps on…
After a week away from podcast land, I got back into the swing of things. Picking an episode for Splitsider’s “Week In Comedy Podcasts” post often involves a quick check-in with the troublemakers of Walking The Room. While their lives shows really do soar, their latest “from the closet” episode again showed off what happens when great comedians join forces for both silly and serious talk. Here’s the Splitsider shout-out for Walking The Room #128:
Not all comedy needs to be have a label or be put into a box. But sometimes it does needs a dark, cramped room to really fly. Straight from the closet, comedian Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt let loose a particularly joyful and angst ridden bout of comedy during their weekly editions of Walking The Room. This fun-anger combo is usually reserved for youthful punks. So it’s actually a pretty grand revelation that Anthony and Behrendt, a few steps beyond their early years, are so at ease with sharing their disgruntled and slightly demented dark sides. It’s usually their jumping off point, and it’s all delivered with a heavy dose of laughter, too. The fun is in the share – whether it’s a story, an off-putting life theory or just some regular ol’ shit that happened that week. Fellow comedian Baron Vaughn visit the guys for episode #128, skillfully stepping into the now-classic give-Anthony-crap mode. Vaughn manages to push the guys into a few different quality conversations. The episode is great bridge between the of-the-people filthy comedy circle and the meta-heavy “alt” comedy camp. They readily switch conversation gears from prostitutes to abusive step dad clichés to theorizing about young comedians. It’s all a bit hectic and messy, but that’s most of the fun of a visit to the closet.
The rest of the Splitsider podcast contributors offered up an interesting and original list of favorite episodes for this past week. Check it out:
Walking The Room #128 – Baron Vaughn
WTF with Marc Maron #331 – Pauly Shore
Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown Series 3, Episode 3 - Rhys Darby, Jason Byrne
The Green Light Show 11-02-12 “The President Show!”
Wits #5 - Dave Foley, Mike Daughty
Podcasts are a natural place for storytelling, giving extra life to live storytelling shows like Moth and RISK!. Jay Larson and Ryan Sickler provide an alternative to the solo storytelling format with The CrabFeast, their weekly story-filled show. Comedian Jen Kirkman shows up for the latest episode, adding to the fun. Here’s my write-up for the Splitsider “Week In Comedy Podcasts” post:
The latest CrabFeast is a legit example of great storytelling – honest, funny and loose. And, this isn’t your now-standard Moth or Risk one-person talking format. The beauty of The CrabFeast is it’s casual hanging out approach to storytelling and riffing. Three of the best comedic storytellers around, hosts Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson along with their guest, comedian Jen Kirkman, really let loose in the latest episode. The CrabFeast has been on a great female-driven roll, of late, thanks to their celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a string of quality female guests. Bonus points for their connecting it all to Stand Up To Cancer donations. Larson and Sickler apply their regular dose of charm and wit, while Kirkman shines thanks to her seemingly never-ending string of childhood misadventure stories. She always seems to have pulling from a great combo of angst and charm. Sickler and Larson are really onto something with The CrabFeast’s format of laidback storytelling, always getting the best out of their guests.
The rest of the Splitsider podcast gang offered up these picks in the weekly post:
Comedy Bang! Bang! #182 – Tim Heidecker, Joe Wengert, Lauren Lapkus
Robin and Josie’s Utter Shambles #20 – Stewart Lee
WTF with Marc Maron #327 - Jimmie Walker
The CrabFeast #24 – Jen Kirkman
PodCRASH with That Chris Gore #50
The Best Show on WFMU #515 - Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick
Photo by Joel Mandelkorn/@cleftclips
Over a week ago, the halls of the Sheraton Delfina Hotel had something that probably haven’t ever had running through them: hardcore comedy fans. It’s quite the upscale locale in the always lovely Santa Monica, which almost begs the question “It’s so nice outside, why do we need comedy?” Well, The First Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival provided a more than adequate answer to that question. You may be able to listen to these episodes of all the podcasts recorded now, but you missed the magic of being there, and, trust us, there was magic (i.e. Dave Anthony of Walking the Room held a baby to the amazement of several other middle aged comedians on stage).
See our highlights below for one hell of a celebration of what might be very well a still underrated medium for comedy and more.
(Yes, that’s Cash Levy and TJ Miller above wearing masks just like they asked their members in the front row to do during their live recording of Cashing In with Cash Levy and TJ MIller.)
More memory time from the fun inaugural LA Podcast Fest…
Paul F. Tompkins releasing three full episodes of his stand-out Pod F. Tompkast in a week’s span is the best kind of Internet treat. Here’s my necessary praise and write-up in the recent Splitsider “Week In Comedy Podcasts”:
A few weeks back, I heralded the return of The Pod F. Tompkast to the series of tubes after its brief hiatus. Little did I know, Paul F. Tompkins and his composer and podcast partner-in-crime, Eban Schletter, were about to unleash a digital bounty of comedy awesomeness this month in the run up to their special live show in Los Angeles. In the span of a week, they released three full episodes. That’s over three hours of free comedy. The episodes are full of personal riffs, sketches, live show clips, interviews and, yes, even a bit of Tompkins’ ol’ pal, Jen Kirkman. It’s top-notch internet hijinks. Guests include Thomas Lennon, Jessica St. Clair, Paget Brewster, Andy Daly, Rich Sommer, Laraine Newman, Justin Kirk and Jen Kirkman. If this were any other medium, our corporate overlords would have surely packaged the 3-in-1 week event with an overbearing marketing name like “Tompkins-aggedon” or the quaint but effective “Tompkins Week.” But that’s not how podcasts roll. Tompkins simply plopped those bad boys online for the listeners. No extra BS needed. Tompkins just keeps plugging ahead with litany of stellar podcast appearances and his own great show, featuring some of the most engaging and smart comedy today. Time to say thanks for the free comedy bounty and celebrate a week of Tompkins overload.
The rest of the Splitsider podcast crew offered up some other quality picks for last week’s favorite episodes:
Never Not Funny #1117 - Richard Lewis
The Adam Carolla Show - Chris Elliott
The Pod F. Tompkast #19, #20 & #21
Two Charted? #36
The Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian #142 - Retta, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Laurie Kilmartin, Rory Scovel
The Nerdist #271 Live at JFL42 - Andy Kindler
How Did This Get Made #47 “Super Mario Bros.” - Jenny Slate
The Saturday night main attraction of this past weekend’s LA Podcast Festival featured a doozy of a Doug Loves Movies recording at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School. The show featured Doug Benson doing his best to control the chaos of guests Dave Anthony, Marc Maron, Zach Galifianakis, Todd Glass and Steve Agee. Graham Elwood even sneaks in for a bit of fun.
Pretty sure the term “comedy clusterfuck” might finally have an appropriate home for those lucky enough to attend the live recording. There was plenty of hilarious cross-talk, arguing, boys playing with toys, an American flag cameo, audience participation and, yes, a baby. Not sure what we do with the fact that a chaotic podcast recording can be as damn funny as any other live show out there. Just shut up, listen and laugh, I guess. Long live Doug Benson, his whacked out movie game show and his mischievous pals.
You can listen to the episode here.
More Doug Loves Movies here.
You can view the photos from the show here.
Jake and Jeremy eat ice cream with the absurdist comedian extraordinaire Brent Weinbach, which leads into a dissection of what is really meant by country strawberry, which somehow leads all the way to why Arsenio Hall got thrown off the air, which somehow leads to talk of…
Considering this episode a variety pack of weird and funny.