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Saluton and Ahoy-hoy Soundcast Enthusiasts and Accidental Listeners Everywhere! I am your host, Tyson Saner...it is my real name...and we can talk about nominative determinism another time. As for now... 

We've got clips from Tuesdays With Stories!, Ding Dong Chomp, The Van Buren Family Roadcast, Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler, a special clip of Strange Times featuring our esteemed announcer, Bill Heywatt, and Prinze and The Wolf.

We've also got a single Burst O' Durst from political comedian and social commentator Will Durst for you this show and of course, what would an episode of Succotash be without a classic Hendersons' Pants commercial? That question answers itself…

And please stay tuned until the end for a BONUS snippet, won't you?

CLIPS

Tuesdays with Stories!
Our first soundcast featured is one of several at Stand Up NY Labs and it is called Tuesdays With Stories! The show first appeared on iTunes, September 3rd of 2013, and the description reads: A fun weekly podcast hosted by NYC comedians Joe List and Mark Normand who have an endless amount of funny stories. Every week they spin a few hilarious yarns, sometimes with comedian friends. This clip is from recent Epi238 from last month and is entitled "Snazzy Cock", featuring a snippet of a longer conversation about being a comedian and the ebb, flow and type of attention after your Netflix special airs.

Ding Dong Chomp
Recently announced on Nooner, the long-running weekly live-on-Tuesdays soundcast on Kevin Smith's "Smodcast Internet Radio", Ding Dong Chomp has spun-off and is hosted by @MartyYu and @StephenKrueger.  Marty is one of the 2 original Nooner hosts of and Stephen has been a on-again off-again co-host of the show for years. Marty and Stephen are foodies, and have created this show to accommodate their need to talk about food and eating. Our clip is from their 2nd episode which dropped last month.

The Van Buren Family Roadcast 
This soundcast — or "roadcast" — got my attention through Twitter recently. (Which, BTW, is a great way to get my attention as far as the show is concerned, over at @SuccotashShow. According to their description on iTunes: "The Van Buren Family Roadcast is a musico-comedy-goodtimes podcast unlike any other. Brought to you by Boston's favorite funny funk family, the Van Burens, the VBFRC is audio entertainment for the 22nd century. Join PBear, Mr. Pizza King, Keyjay McGee, Max and their wicked talented extended family on a romp through your ears, past your heart, and straight on to your funny bone." I have to admit that it's a pretty great description.  I've listened to most of the episodes by now and I was a bit spoiled for choices when attempting to select a suitable moment of this that also fit between the 3-5 minute limit that our clips usually attempt to abide by.

Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler
Here's a show that was recommended to me by the @Laughable app. Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler is from the Earwolf network (whose soundcasts have been oft clipped for this soundcast) and the snippet we have for you is from Epi51
which hit last month. It features guest Neal Brennan, con-creator of The Chappelle Show and he has his own super cool comedy show Three Mics on Netflix. In addition to comedian host Hannibal Buress, Tony Trimm is in the studio as well, to whom guest Brennan directed the question that kicks off our clips.

Strange Times
Frequent listeners of Succotash will be aware of The Strange Times Show by now, with co-hosts Davian Dent, Kat Sorens, and Samantha Pett. In fact there was a clip of their soundcast in our "The Unfinal Episode", Epi 163 where Executive Producer Marc Hershon announced his (potentially temporary) retirement as host, introduced yours truly as the new host ,and said "Thank You" to a BUNCH of soundcasts and soundcasters who had been very supportive over the years. (I'm embarrassed to say that I did not know that our booth announcer, Bill Heywatt, had begun doing his very own The Bill Heywatt Show as a segment on Strange Times. And when I say I'm sorry it's because I imagine I had been told this by someone, somewhere — and had forgotten about it.  My memory isn't what it used to be, my apologies.)  Anyway, here's a clip that includes an episode of The Bill Heywatt Show from episode 244 published on December 9th, 2017 titled "Ghost Fuckers", along with special guest Dana Lucas.

Prinze and The Wolf
The first five episodes of the Prinze and The Wolf soundcast dropped on iTunes on January 11th, 2017 and they are still going strong with over 70 episodes as of this month. As told to us by the show description on iTunes: "Prinze and The Wolf is a podcast with Freddie Prinze Jr. and comedian Josh Wolf that will cover everything from parenting, to MMA, to pop culture, to gaming. to cooking...you name it! With Freddie's wealth of experiences/stories and Josh's quick sense of humor, no topic is taboo and there are definitely no "safe spaces" on this show." I've decided to clip Epi 1, appropriately entitled "Episode 1...The Beginning".

BONUS CLIP!

High Content
Recently I was a guest on High Content Podcast, a show I clipped in Epi 164, my first episode as host of Succotash. Host Iraj Lopez was kind enough to have me on for a conversation in his episode #33 which dropped just last week. It's just a wee clip for you but don't worry, my answer was pretty long.  I appreciate being asked to be on his show a great deal.

Well, that about does it. Another colorful melange of veggies and bacon for your ears. I do spend a good amount of time looking for and finding soundcasts to clip, from a selection of what is now easily half a million different show available.

Okay, that might be stretching it a bit but the actual number as of April, 2018, has got to be over 100,000. I'm not sure how many of those are comedy soundcasts — I have no way even attempting to have these numbers for you today — but if you do hear this voice from the past in your present, you'll likely know the facts, and that ultimately timing IS everything.

And if, by any chance, one or more of these soundcasts I've featured piques your interest enough that you become a regular listener of it, and if I were to theoretically find out about that somehow, perhaps through social media rather than telepathy or osmosis, then I could rest easily knowing my job had been done, at the very least, successfully. Because now you understand what it is to wield the power to (please) Pass The Succotash! 

— Tyson Saner

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Tyson Saner here with warm greetings and a friendly Saluton to you: soundcast lovers, listeners, people who are just curious about soundcasting...and people who are listening by accident. I don't know, maybe you walked into a room where someone is listening to us and you were grazed by soundcast earshrapnel. Who am I to say how you should be finding us? No one, that's who.

Except I WILL say that if you do like comedy, soundcasts AND comedy soundcasts, you could take advantage of an extremely useful app called Laughable. It's an app that specializes in comedy soundcasts and soundcasts by comedians.  They've also recently expanded their content parameters and do not limit themselves to only comedy soundcast content. (I personally appreciate that as it is an ongoing goal I have to provide both types of content for Succotash The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast.) 

And wouldn't you know it? I do happen to have a more or less fresh batch of clippage for your aural consumption…or your hungry-hungry ear-holes. 

We've got clips from: Local To Nowhere (featuring a guest appearance from our esteemed executive producer Marc Hershon), I Shake My Head with Lisa and Sam, Swipe Left Swipe Left, The Ralph Report, Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank, and Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp.

We've also got a classic Henderson's Pants Ad and a double dose of raging moderate Will Durst's Burst O' Durst segment.

CLIPS

Local To Nowhere
"A comedy podcast," Local To Nowhere, "draws on local news headlines to create narrative improv scenes. No city is safe. Hosted by Katie Lassiter and Ryan Fleming. They select a state each episode and read three odd, bizarre, or just plain weird news stories from that locale. They're also joined by one or more guests each installment. After sharing the news stories and then interviewing them, the guest is invited to choose one of the headlines and then the assembled cast performs an improvisational scene using the story as a springboard into some audio lunacy. Epi4 of Local To Nowhere featured Succotash Executive Producer Marc Hershon as the guest. The state chosen was Alaska and the scene involved a story about a boy on the outskirts of Anchorage who had a bear smash through the window of his bedroom.

I Shake My Head with Lisa and Sam
Featuring Lisa and Sam, two 47-year-old friends who podcast from the car because that's where they have their best conversations. This clip is from the epi entitled "Yep, We Are Creeping Your Fridge!" which dropped just a few weeks ago. Lisa and Sam enjoyed the "what's in your fridge" pictures and they reveal other podcaster's fridge personalities. The ladies chat about Sam's need for a longer vacation, Lisa's experience with a loud sniffer and why dressing in the dark is hazardous to your health.

Swipe Left Swipe Left
From a note submitted by the hosts, Gavin and Claire: "Swipe Left Swipe Left is a collection of fun, intimate and sometimes excruciatingly embarrassing tales of the things that happen on the road to romance. The podcast combines rich sound-design with entertaining first-person narratives. While there are many podcasts focused on the more serious aspects of modern love and romance - we celebrate the bizarre, ridiculous and often hilarious moments that characteriize the quest for love. This is not social commentary but true storytelling. Each story is a totally unique, but all contain an element of the unexpected."

The Ralph Report
The Ralph Report is a daily show featuring news, pop culture, and current events as filtered through the twisted mind of its host, Ralph Garman. Garman has been co-host of the Hollywood Babble-On Smodcast with Kevin Smith for years but here he's on his own. The show features comedy segments, celebrity interviews, and TV & film reviews along with Ralph's take on what's happening in the world. The clip I play for you in this episode has a description that reads as follows: "It's the first episode of The Ralph Report! Let's talk NFL, Donald Trump and the SAG Awards! With special guest, Jimmy Kimmel!"

Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank
Ari Shaffir's guest in the Skeptic Tank in the clip we're featuring, from epi 295, "Low School", is Adam Eget. Adam runs the world famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. He's also the sidekick to Norm MacDonald on his YouTube program Norm MacDonald LIVE. I think I managed to find a great chunk that is indicative of the 2+ hours of this episode.

Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp
The iTunes description of this soundcast from comedian Tom Rhodes tells us it "is a festival of ideas, knowledge, stories, books & adventures. I have been a comedian for more than 30 years. I travel the world doing comedy. I almost drowned in Thailand, got maced in Paris and had my own late night talk show in the Netherlands. Whenever I can I will share my adventures and knowledge nuggets with you on this Tom Rhodes Radio Smart Camp podcast. This clip is from epi #246, January 12, 2018. Mr. Rhodes reads from the autobiography of Charlie Chaplin. A book which I have read myself at least once.

That's about it. Remember that where there's smoke there's fire, and where there's peas, carrots, and Lima beans, there's usually succotash. Thanks for passing this latest serving!

 — Tyson Saner

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Saluton! It is I, Tyson Saner, your Audio-Tour-Guide or something like that.  Come with me, won't you, as we explore assorted points of interest in Soundcastland for the next hour or so.

Friend-of-Succotash Hunter Block sports his new tee

I've got some good ones for you.  There are clips from Launch Left, Raised By TV, Whiting Wongs, Doughboys, Wife of The Party and The Movie Court

In addition we have a single shot of Raging Moderate Will Durst's "Burst O' Durst" (and if you're in San Francisco in the coming weeks, check out http://themarsh.org for tickets and information on his live show The Durst Case Scenario.)

This installment is brought to you by Henderson's Breakaway Trousers, and I thorw in a couple of shout-outs for good measure.

CLIPS

LAUNCH LEFT
This show kicked off their first episode on Halloween, October 31st, of last year. According to the description on the Launch Left webpage: "Rain Joan of Arc Phoenix and Moon Unit Zappa interview extraordinary minds, mavericks, and pioneers in their unique fields. As two women from artistically uncompromising families, Rain and Moon celebrate non-conformists who achieve success by doing it their way, and support "left of center" emerging artists." That is to say...the show features established musicians promoting or "curating" less mainstream musicians.  Their guests are referred to as  "curators" and in this clip from December 26th of 2017 the curator is none other than Moon Zappa's brother Dweezil Zappa, who gives a humorous lesson in tri-tones...

RAISED BY TV
Among my favorite improvisors that I hear on soundcasts such as Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang and Matt Besser's Improv4humans are Lauren Lapkus and Jon Gabrus. They have a soundcast together called Raised By TV which is described on their homesite thusly: "When Jon Gabrus and Lauren Lapkus were growing up, they watched a lot of TV. Like, a LOT of TV. Now adults with minds hopelessly warped by television, they've come together to indulge their shared obsession. On Raised By TV, Jon and Lauren revisit the best and worst TV of the late 80s and early 90s — everything from game shows and TGIF to Oprah and cereal commercials." They recently announced that Season Two of Raised By TV kicks off this April 11th.

WHITING WONGS
Whiting Wongs is described on iTunes as "An honest conversation about race and writing between two people who think very highly of themselves. Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao know they won't solve racism in Hollywood, but they still like to talk about it. Sometimes with guests!" By IMDB, "Jessica Gao is a writer and art director, known for Silicon Valley (2014), Rick & Morty (2013) and Lab Rats (2012). If you need credits for Harmon, perhaps you're listening to the wrong genre of soundcasts. OUr featured cli've clipped episode 4 titled "They invented those finger traps" from November 2nd, 2017 because it is the first episode  that was recorded after people had had the chance to listen and respond to the first three episodes.

DOUGHBOYS
"The podcast about chain restaurants," as the Doughboys listing on iTunes tells us, continuing: "Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger review fast food/sit-down chains and generally argue about food/everything. Nick is a writer and actor, known for NTSF:SD:SUV, Matthew Perry's Testimony (Pt.2), and A Christmas Story: Only I Didn't Say Fudge. Mike is an actor and writer, known for The Birthday Boys, Love, and Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special." Guest Bobby Lee  is credited with appearing on 162 episodes of the long-running sketch comedy show MAD TV. I deviate slightly from the norm in terms of presentation for this bit of 'soundcastery", as you'll hear it serves the content of this show better.

WIFE OF THE PARTY
If you listen to comedian Bert Kreischer's soundcast Bertcast on the All Things Comedy network, you might have heard his wife LeeAnn Kreischer appear as a guest in some of the episodes. On January 31st, LeeAnn's very own soundcast dropped on iTunes and the description of Wife of the Party reads as follows: "Wife of comedian Bert Kreischer talks to friends in the mancave about, marriage, family, and what its like to be married to the life of the party." I would also like to point out the delightful "live reads" LeeAnn and Bert do for Bertcast's various sponsors.  As a fan of advertising I'm quite partial to their Blue Apron reads. (Executive Producer note: Attention, @BlueApron: We have advertising slots available on Succotash!)

THE MOVIE COURT
Movies finally get their day in court. Here's the online description of this unique soundcast: "
Overrated classics. Unsung masterpieces. One Prosecutor. One Defense Attorney. And one judge. The Podcast that puts the movies you love or hate on trial, to decide their fate. Once and for all." That's a great description...the soundcast is as though each film was on trial to be sentenced to "movie jail" with amusing results. The Prosecutor is Stephen Krueger, the Defense is Kyle Bornheimer and Ryan (JUST Ryan) is the Judge.The clip Ive selected for you is from the 12th episode posted November 20th, 2015. (They haven't dropped an episode since January 1st of 2016 ... but I'm reluctant to send this show to the Soundcast Graveyard just yet...)

EPILOG

Before I leave you I'd like to give aknowledgement to a couple of soundcasters: First, a shout out to host Steve Owens of Fascination Street - a soundcast I featured in the episode of Succotash before this one.  Mr. Owens has been very vocal on Twitter about having been featured on Succotash and I appreciate it a great deal. (Cheers, Sir, and thank you for passing the Succotash!)

Iraj Lopez of High Content Podcast has also given Succotash a shout out on his 29th and a 1/2 episode of his soundcast. I play it toward the end of this episode. High Content is one of several soundcasts that I listen to regularly.  This is in addition to what might be several episodes of YOUR soundcast when  I'm combing the internet looking for digital bits of corn, bacon or lima beans to incorporate into this succotash that is Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. If I hadn't been a consistent listener of High Content there's really no telling how long it may have been until I heard the kind words Mr. Lopez had for us.

So if you do give or have given the show a mention in your soundcast, don't be shy. Contact me, Tyson Saner, on Twitter @RevT23, Executive Producer Marc Hershon on Twitter at @hershco and the show at @SuccotashShow. That way I'll be able to properly express my gratitude in as timely a fashion as I can.

And that's another in the can... or the pan as it were.  If you haven't been entertained I do hope the lingering scent of bacon is some small comfort.  My thanks to you for listening. I'm grateful each and ever time you decide to spend time with us here. So I'll bid you farewell for now and gently remind you to please pass the Succotash...

— Tyson Saner

 

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Yes, it is I...Tyson Saner. Very grateful that you are joining me, brand new host of this program and pale imitation of former host Marc Hershon. It is a great honor to be entrusted with the keys to the Succotash SoundCast Soundkingdom and I look forward to carrying on the tradition that has been listening to and sampling Comedy (and otherwise) Soundcasts for your own personal variety show, between your ears, in the theater of your mind...

Today I have for you what can best be described as an average amount of soundcast clips.  Six seems to be the magic number but it's certainly not set in stone as long-time listeners of this program can attest to. Soundcasts to look forward to hearing clips from include Fascination Street, Logical Nonsense, Your Mom's House, The Stanley and Branley Show, The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: On The Air, and the High Content Podcast.

We also have a double dose of comedian and raging moderate Will Durst's famed "Burst O' Durst" segments. I am grateful that Mr. Durst has agreed to continue supplying us with his unique take on the politics of our times. You'll be hearing those later in the program. And if you're in or near the San Fransisco Bay Area you will find, on the aformentioned website, dates, locations, and tickets for Durst's latest one-man show: Durst Case Scenario: Mid Term Madness.

And, as always, Succotash is sponsored by Henderson's Pants.

As the associate producer of this show, when I was finding clips for this program and sending them off to Mr. Hershon I NOW realize that a few of my contributions over the years may have stretched the definition of "Comedy" a bit.  Sometimes my decision to submit a clip was made by it being interesting or different or having a particular quality about them that I felt made them worthy of inclusion on Succotash.  (I always had backup ideas for clips to submit in case my submissions couldn't be used for whatever reason but to Mr. Hershon's great credit, my submissions were rarely, if ever, unused.)

Now I am completely aware that something "having a particular quality about them" is nebulous at best and nothing if not 100% a subjective viewpoint. Whether or not something is "interesting" or "different" is also, pretty much 100% subjective.  This, of course applies to comedy. Maybe not 100% with comedy but very probably.

Anyway, just something to bear in mind as we explore the highways and byways of Soundcastland together.

THE CLIPS

Fascination Street
It debuted on iTunes on July 3rd, 2017 and it is Hosted By Steve Owens of San Antonio, Texas. Last year, in 2017, Mr. Owens had the good fortune to spend a great deal of time with actor and Hollywood Legend, Clint Howard. There is a two-part episode of Fascination Street that is with Mr. Howard. The clip you are about to hear is from an interview that Mr. Owens had with Clint's father, another Hollywood legend, the Late Patriarch of the Howard family of actors and entertainers, Rance Howard.  According to Mr. Owens, this is the last interview Mr. Rance Howard ever gave.

Logical Nonsense
Here's a soundcast from Ontario, Canada whose 1st episode is listed on iTunes as having been posted in October of 2017.  The description of the show on Soundcloud and iTunes is: "Jab & Breezy take an explicit & comedic look into popular pop culture topics that make no sense to them. Every Tuesday without shame they will share their experiences and opinions while dissecting the nonsense and sharing new mind blowing facts and history that will leave you cry laughing. Follow us to join in our weekly challenges, where J & B compete against each other in a unique contest of wits or might."

Your Mom's House
Hosts Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitsky podcast is part of the "All Things Comedy" network which, according to Wikipedia, "is a digital media co-operative and content creation studio and home to a community of professional comedians. It is the brainchild of comedians Al Madrigal and Bill Burr, founded in October 2012." I previously grabbed a clip of their episode "403" back for Succotash Epi 156 "Boozin' With Bill is Back" from July 29th, 2017 Sometimes they have guest for their program - which is often streamed LIVE on YouTube - this Clip is from episode 435 in which they do not have a guest…

The Stanley and Branley Show
Sometimes a soundcast will have very little biographical information attatched to their pages. The Stanley and Branley Show is one of those soundcasts. The description for the show on both their Soundcloud and iTunes page reads as follows: "Welcome to the worst call-in show you never heard." So far they have 60 episodes with several mini or bonus episodes and they've been posting on iTunes since May of 2016.  This clip is from episode 60, published February 13th 2018, and in it Stanley and Branley listen to dating advice from a YouTube video. If you want to hear more of these mysterious Soundcasters you can go to the aformentioned Soundcloud or iTunes.

The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: On The Air
If you pay a visit to the Los Angeles Breakfast Club homesite, you will see the cheerful sentiment "Making Los Angeles a better place since 1925".  In case you have never heard of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club - or the LABC for short - you can also read the description of the club there OR listen to this epi of Succotash, during which I will read it to you. On February 28th, 2017 the Los Angeles Breakfast Club : On The Air soundcast debuted.  As described by host Phil Leirness in this same episode, "for many decades, The Los Angeles Breakfast Club was a fixture on the Radio" and on the soundcast Mr. Leirness called it a "return of sorts to the days of yesteryear..." The show features interviews, newsreel clips, a selection of musical interludes from throughout the near-century the LABC has been operating and various speakers who share their experiences and generally have a good time. Succotash's very own former-host-turned-executive producer, Marc Hershon, began announcing duties for this program in its 6th episode, published July 1st, 2017.

High Content Podcast
I became aware of this show as I was looking for soundcast-related gigs on Craigslist.  I happened across an ad from someone looking to start a soundcast who was seeking a co-host.  That someone was High Content Podcast's host, Iraj Lopez, who dropped his first episode on Soundcloud back in June of 2017.  Since then he has released episodes consistently, occasionally with co-host Joe Buratti, guests such as Ariel Robinson and comedians local to Humboldt County where this soundcast is based, including Joshua Barnes, Jessica Grant, and Matt Redbeard.  Also featured in the episode with Matt Redbeard was Chris Durant, the co-creator of Savage Henry Magazine - a well-known humor publication in Humboldt County that sponsors many comedy events throughout the
year including a comedy festival every Labor Day weekend that had its sixth iteration in September of 2017. The show's topics range from pop culture, politics, science, nature and what is both frightening and exiting about humanity.  When there isn't a co-host or guest the show features host Iraj Lopez brainstorming ways to improve the world and various "what-if" scenarios. Our clip is from
Episode 27, entitled "I want to boil a gallon of cum," posted on Feb 18th, 2018.

Well, that about does it.  It's been a sort-of-but-not-really maiden voyage.   I'd like to thank Kenny Durgess, Will Durst, Joe Paulino, Scott Carvey, Bill Heywatt, Henderson's Pants and of course our Executive Producer Marc Hershon for their support and contributions to this episode and EVERY episode of Succotash that came before I had even heard of the program back when Mr. Hershon started posting episodes in March of 2011.

I hope you will continue this journey of discovery with me and I look forward to continuing to bring you this "Whitman's Sampler" of soundcasts from all around the world where they record in English.

For everyone here I bid you farewell and gently remind you to please, Pass the Succotash...

— Tyson Saner

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Yes, believe it or now, and for the last time – really, this time, it’s me. Marc Hershon. Departing host but still remaining executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast.

First of all, I lied to you last episode when I said THAT was the final episode.

Because after I dropped that installment I heard from a number of our friends-of-the-show, mainly soundcasters who have been so supportive and helpful over the seven years that the show has been on that I felt I truly hadn’t thanked enough people when last I signed off.  Also, between Epi162 and now, we’ve found a way to keep Succotash going! In classic show business fashion, I’m just going to tease you with that for now and it will NOT be revealed in this blog post! 

You'll just have to listen to the episode to find out, as I do have a lengthy chat with my replacement toward the very end of the episode. 

The initial impetus to do an UNFINAL episode was that our resident political comedian and social commentator Will Durst had sent me a last Burst O’ Durst installment which arrived after we’d dropped Epi162. And then I discovered we also had a last Boozin’ with Bill segment with our announcer Bill Heywatt that had somehow slipped through the cracks.  Based on those things, I figured I would do one last round of soundcast clips just featuring shows from some of our most vocal supporters on social media. Which gives us quite a lineup! 

Big giant thanks, by the way, to our Associate Producer, Tyson Saner, for helping me to harvest the absolute bumper crop of clips we’re featuring this show. You’re going to hear from The Anti Social Show, Casa Mirth, the Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Comedy Film Nerds, Ear Goggles, Film Threat, Illusionoid, Quick Question, Story Worthy, and Strange Times.

And this Unfinal episode is sponsored by our friends at Henderson’s Pants and teir spanking new Down UnderPants. (Including an endorsement from Jason "Jabs" McNamara, all the way from Canberra, Australia.)

THE CLIPS

Chillpak Hollywood Hour
First out of the barrel are a couple of gents I have referred to often as being members of “podcast royalty” and that is Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness of the Chillpak Hollywood Hour. Early on these guys were very supportive of the show and generous with their time and, over the years, we’ve become good friends. Their show is now in it’s 11th year and these guys not only have careers on their own from each other but they’ve made movies together as well, including a great dark comedy thriller called The Lady Killers. It will be screening in about a week in San Jose, California. One night only, on February 21st, at Club 3B.

Strange Times
Succotash has, on occasion, been a kind of conduit thorugh which people from one show have found out about and, eventually, connected with other shows. A case in point was Jabs, heard this show, making contact with Davian Dent in England who, at the time, had a very unique show called The Bitter Sound. Davian and Jabs put their heads together – a half a world apart from each other, mind you, and created a soundcast mini-series call The Kundalini Files, a kind of detective spoof. They also pulled in some other soundcasters on that one – other fine folks we have featured over the years here on the show. Here's a snippet from a recent episode of Davian’s other long-running show, Strange Times, featuring Davian, Samantha Pett and Kat Sorens. All three have been very friendly to our show and one of these days I’ve got to somehow meet these people and down some brews with them until we all pass out.

Story Worthy
Another ardent supporter of this show has been a woman with a terrific show of her own, and that’s Christine Blackburn, co-host of the Story Worthy Podcast, along with Hannis Phinney. I’ve run into her almost every year at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival and she’s always been a great promoter and cheerleader. Some years she’s even dragged various comedians and soundcasters into the Podfest’s Podcast Lab and insisted that they sit down and do an interview with me. Story Worthy is a great storytelling show, with some great guests, and recently they had on comedian Johnno Wilson, who related a harrowing tale.

Film Threat
Another good friend to this show and who I have ended up hanging out with whenever I run into him out in the world is Chris Gore. When Succotash first started he was running PodCRASH, where his gimmick was to appear on other soundcasters shows, then play THOSE episodes as his own. In a way it was the ultimate cross-promotion. Once upon a time he had been the editor and publisher of Film Threat magazine, a great “alt” movie magazine and Chris has returned to that property, only now in website and soundcast form. Here’s a clip from his recent “Time’s Up At Sundance” epi from January with guests Natalia Winkleman and Jon Bernstein

Casa Mirth
The Casa Mirth soundcast features the team-up of Dr. Norman Trousers and River Gambezi. Norman’s been a presence around here pretty much since we began Succotash and he’s part of the infamous Podcast Mafia that got started years ago with myself somehow ending up as the titular Podfather. (Although I believe that moniker was started by Eric Furniss of The FOONcast.) Trousers and Gambezi run a very sporadically-appearing show and, for the past four holiday seasons, they have produced these wild mashup Christmas productions. They’re scripted and then the boys draft fellow soundcasters from all over the world to voice the parts. I’m honored to have been included in these crazy shows and this past December Casa Mirth featured their own take on It’s A Wonderful Life, the Jimmy Stewart classic. I was asked to be the Narrator, which I pulled off rather nicely, I think.

Illusionoid
We head up to Toronto to hear from the cast of Illusionoid. Love these guys, who I got to interview fairly early into when we started. Paul Bates, Lee Smart, and Nug Nahrgang – the best name in soundcasting – were in San Francisco for the annual Improv Festival here and we got a chance to hang out. And being a longtime improvisor, I really took to their style of an improvised sci-fi anthonolgy series, based around the gimmick of mankind’s creation bent on the destruction of humans. We feature a glimpse at a transmission from the last episode of their 9th season last November.

Ear Goggles
Jeremy, Aaron, and Stacy don’t soundcast all that often but they still drop an episode every now and then. I used to run into Jeremy and Stacy at the LA Podfest for the first few years but they stopped coming down from Seattle. We're featuring a ready-made clip I found on their homesite – one of their “bonus clips” from a show last year where Stacy plays with some toys, as she puts it. (If you go to their site, you can browse through their archives all the way back to 2005, which is when they started out as The Sibling Rivalry podcast.)

Comedy Film Nerds
A couple of other longtime soundcasters who have been very nice to me are Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood, the hosts of the Comedy Film Nerds soundcast. They are also two of the organizers of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival and have never been anything but welcoming, accommodating, and kind to me. It probably helped that I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign that paid for the first LA Podfest but, since then, they have invited me to moderate panels and be a guest on other panels. Here’s a clip from their episode 403 from last month, with guest Jon Reep.

Quick Question
I wanted to be sure to toss in a soundcast farewell to Travis Clark and Jonathan Sadowski, hosts of the Quick Question soundcast. When I first mentioned I was going to step away from Succotash, Travis messaged me to ask if it was his turn to “talk me off the ledge”, as he put it. That’s because a few years ago, he and his wife Brandi were considering hanging up Tiny Odd Conversations, the show they did together and I convinced them to hang in there as they had only hit their Epi50. And they did, for quite awhile. Eventually, Brandi got herself a new job that kept her crazy-busy and TOCpod eventually drained away.  But then the Clarks got a new neighbor, Jonathan, and Travis discovered they had a lot in common. Mostly talking, judging from the amount of palavering that goes on during episodes of Quick Question. I had them on a few months ago from a chat we had at the LA Podfest.

The Anti Social Show
For our last clip of this Unfinal Succotash episode, we turn to a couple of the most ardent supporters of the show who started their own soundcast last year. Our very own Tyson Saner teamed up with one of our most supportive listeners, Hunter Block, and created The Anti Social Show. For the first 10 episodes, they were only on SoundCloud but now they’re on iTunes and other fine distribution points around the interwebs. This clip, harvested by Tyson himself, is from their Epi41, one of the first installments of 2018, entitled “Obscured By Sound”.

And that is going to do it for Succotash under my command. We’ll be announcing when the first new episode of of the show is dropping, as soon as we figure out what we need to do to put all of the controls into the new host's hands. I will likely drop in from time to time, and I’m in the process of putting a whole new soundcast into production.

I want to thank you for listening to this Unfinal episode of the show. For those of you who have been listening for a while, I can’t thank you enough for your support. And whether that describes you or you’re relatively new to the show, please subscribe and keep listening as show continues. I’m excited to see where our new host takes the show.

Now, for the last time as your host, it’s my pleasure to ask you to please pass the Succotash.

Goodbye.

— Marc Hershon

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Hey, reader. It’s me, Marc Hershon, the host and executive producer for Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. In this installment, I'm bringing you the show we recorded live this past weekend at the 17th Annual San Francisco Sketchfest in just a moment. 

It's a fun episode, featuring a couple of my favorite past guests: Matt Weinhold, of the Monster Party soundcast, and Mark Pitta, of the late After Hours soundcast. (Weirdly, both of these guys were former roommates of mine at one time, which had nothing to do with them both being booked here. Or did it?)This is epi 162 and it’s going to be the last installment of Succotash for a while or maybe forever. 

We also had a surprise third guest who was in the audience: Josh Gilliland, host of the Legal Geeks soundcast, who was tagging along with Matt. Turns out that Josh is the brother of another past guest of our show, Gabriel Diani, and I was delighted to invite him up to join us. 

And, although he was unable to join us live due to being out in Hawaii dodging a mythological missile, we were about able to feature our final Burst O' Durst featuring Will Durst, our resident political comedian's predictions for the coming year.

Our announcer, Bill Heywatt, was in his glory and shares a tale of radioactive frogs in addition to handing the emcee chores and reading a commercial for the new #MeToo Ladies Trousers for Men from our sponsor, Henderson's Pants.

As you'll hear in this installment, this is to be the LAST episode of Succotash, for at least a while or forever, I'm not exactly sure. 

We’re taking this break or hiatus or vacation or holiday or whatever you want to call it just a few months shy of our 7th anniversary in Soundcastland. Whether you’re a longtime listener or you just found us, I want to thank you for listening and supporting Succotash. 

When I started doing this show with my producer, Joe Paulino, in his Studio P – the Home of the Hit – here in Sausalito, California, I really didn’t think about it lasting for any particular length of time. My original concept was to create a comedy soundcast that would serve to promote other people’s comedy shows, and to spread the word about the amazing entertainment value of soundcasts in general. 

I think we succeeded. 

When we started, barely 15% of American had even heard of soundcasts, or podcasts as they used to be known, let alone regularly downloaded and listened to them. And there were about 50,000 shows out there. Now the number of regular listeners is over 40% and there are more than 300,000 soundcasts available, featuring every genre of which you could think.

Comedy soundcasts, and networks carrying them, have proliferated so fast that we kind of can’t keep up by sampling the eight or ten we could do in our show. And I’ve had more and more people asking me if featuring those shows without explicit permission is even legal. Frankly, I don’t know. Since we’re not profiting by that content – we’re never had any sponsor besides Henderson’s Pants and they don’t ever pay us – we’re more like a entertainment news program which would, at least in my scanty understanding of the law, constitute fair use. 

So we’re going to wind things down for a bit. I may bring Succotash back as it has been, or with some minor changes, in a bit. I may release some special episodes from time to time which would likely be interviews with comics or soundcasters or actors or what have you. And I’m definitely cooking up some new soundcast ideas.

I’ll still be reviewing shows for Splitsider.com and I will likely get back to doing my reviews for HuffPost as well. And if you want to reach out to me for any reason, I’m still around. The marc@succotashshow.com email will still go through. And our site will stay up as well. Just don’t expect to be bombarded with the number of tweets we normally put out.

Thanks again for listening. I’ve enjoyed doing this show for the past seven years and I’ve loved getting to interact with you on whatever basis that’s been, even if you’ve only ever listened and we have not exchanged a single word.

(Stay tuned after the end of the live show, as I have one final Cavalcade of Gratitude where I thank some recent retweeters as well as some folks who have been around supporting this show for a lot of our run. I'm sure I missed a ton of people in that rundown and for that, my sincere apologies.)

All right. Let’s get on with the (final) show, recorded live at S.F. Sketchfest 2018!

— Marc Hershon

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Ho ho ho, yes it’s me, Marc Hershon. Host and nerf herder for Epi161 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. This is a full-on Succotash Clips episode, with a couple of extra treats in store, as befits the holiday season.

First up, gotta couple of like dates coming up. This very show has been invited to get onstage in the upcoming 17th Annual San Francisco Sketchfest once again. We’ll be at Piano Fight in the Tenderloin on Sunday, January 14th, at 5:30 PM. Our announcer, Bill Heywatt, will once again be live for this show and we’ll have some special guests. So special I don’t even know who they will be yet – gotta wait to see who’s hanging around from the Sketchfest as we get closer to the date.

Admission is FREE but space is limited, so you can click here for your free tickets!

Then a week later, at that same SF Sketchfest but at a different venue – the historic, magnificent Castro Theater - they will be doing a tribute screening of The Foot Fist Way, starring Danny McBride and directed by Jody Hill. It’s a hilarious low budget movie if you haven’t seen it, McBride’s first starring role – since he and Hill co-produced it, he had an in, you see. And both of those guys will be on hand and onstage for a live chat which I am honored to have been asked to moderate. That's on Sunday, January 21st, at 8 PM. So get over to SFSketchfest.com or, again, I’ve got the direct link to tickets right here.

Also don’t forget that I’m working with Phil Leirness as the announcer on his less-than-a-year-old soundcast Los Angeles Breakfasts Club ON THE AIR. The December edition is up now and you can download ‘er from iTunes or from the homesite: http://LABreakfastClub.com.

But now onto THIS show.

Here’s the deal with this installment – the clips we’re playing were all pretty much harvested by our Associate Producer Tyson Saner for a show I was GOING to do back in October as a crossover episode with the guys from the Monster Party soundcast — Matt Weinhold, Larry Strothe, Shawn Sheridan and James Gonis. But Matt ended up having back surgery the week I was going to be in LA and we couldn’t pull the thing together.

So before these clips start growing mold on them – or the digital equivalent – I figured we’d just do a Succotash Clips where we just play snippets from comedy soundcasts that are horror and sci-fi movie oriented.

We’ve got The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, CadaverCast, Comedy Film Nerds, the Universal Monster Cast and The Star Wars Minute. Plus I’ll throw in a clip from Monster Party just give my pals over there some guilt feelings.

In addition there's a Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. PLUS a visit to the Studio P wet bar in a new Boozin’ with Bill where Mr. Heywatt is going to mix up an unsavory tribute to Washington D.C. called the Swamp Drainer!

And, of course, this whole magilla is brought to you Henderson’s new Holiday Pants.

THE CLIPS

Monster Party
Here’s a clip from the show responsible for this particular clip collection, Monster Party, and it's actually one of my favorite soundcasts. (You can tell because even with all the shows I have to listen to for THIS show AND my Splitsider.com reviews, I actually subscribe to this one!) This is from their latest drop, featuring a past guest to this show as their guest, and real life friend Rick Overton. The episode is entitled “Future Past” and looks at the future as depicted in films from the past. In this clip, the guys are going off about the way Star Trek thinks we might be going.

Comedy Film Nerds
We love Comedy Film Nerds with Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood. In fact I just featured my chat with Chris from the recent Los Angeles Podcast Festival on our last episode. And while they don’t feature strictly sci-fi, monster, and horror movies on their show, they ARE pretty heavily into those genres. Back in their episode 384, the guys – along with guest Kevin Avery - get into a low budget crazy little movie called Dave Made A Maze, where they get into a little aside about none other than Rick Overton, who was just heard on the previous clip. Man, this show is getting’ meta!

The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast
The next clip is from a very specific genre soundcast. The show is called The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast (although at their homesite their logo says it’s The Sci-Fi Movie AND TV Podcast…), hosted by Remi Lavictoire and Jonathan Colbon, a couple of film geeks from Canada. This clip is from a recent episode where they were getting into War for The Planet of the Apes. They’ve been around for a few years, so you will no doubt find their show propagated throughout Soundcast Land.

Cadavercast
Next up is a clip from a show that Tyson says is “delightful” called Cadavercast, a Father-Son Monster Movie Podcast. The hosts are a Dad, Jef Burnham, and his 5-year-old son Alistair. And with a 5-year-old behind the mic, trust me when I saw a horror movie soundcast has never been more adorable.This clip is from their Epi30 where they get into one on of my all time faves, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Their homesite is actually just up on Soundcloud, and you can find the show on iTunes and other places you might expect to find soundcasts.

Universal Monsters Cast
There’s soundcast for specific movie genres, like monster movies, say. But then there are shows that get into sub-genres, too – such as the Universal Monsters Cast. First of all, I like that they just call it a “cast” instead of using the “P” word. Our associate producer really likes this show – says the hosts — Gillman Joel, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh — really stay on track with the discussion which, in this case, is all about The Mummy. In this clip, its about how Hammer Films treated the character, which came from the Universal corral of monsters.

The Star Wars Minute
One of the best-known and longest-running sci-fi soundcasts around has got to be The Star Wars Minute. It set the bar for micro-genre casts, in that Pete the Retailer (aka Peter Bonavita) and Alex Robinson decided to break down Star Wars in the geekiest way imaginable – devoting each episode to ONE MINUTE of the movie, from beginning to end, including the closing credits. And they’re been working their way through the entire franchise. Currently blazing their way through Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, they are up to minute 18 with guest commentator Chrysanthe Tan, a very talented musician/composer with, clearly, a streak of geek.

BOOZIN' WITH BILL

Here's Bill's latest recipe, Swamp Drainer, and after you try it you'll be asking yourself the same question I asked myself: Why?

That's going to do it for Epi161 but before this clog ends, I have a question for you and, please, answer honestly: Have you been up to the podcast section of iTunes – that’s what they call soundcasts, of course — have you been up there to rate and review the Succotash Show? Of course you haven’t.

I don’t blame you.

No, wait. Yes, I do.

But you can correct that easily enough by jumping up there right now to give us 5 stars and a short, pithy review. It really helps to get the word out there because our listing pops up higher in the pages and pages of soundcasts.

If you’re in San Francisco during January don’t forget about our dates at SF Sketchfest and you can grab FREE tickets for the Sunday January 14th LIVE Succotash Show at 5:30 PM by clicking on the link up above.

Hope to see you around. And, as always, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, it’s me, Marc Hershon. Host and haberdasher for Epi160 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast.It’s been a couple of weeks since we last dropped a ‘sode. Apologies, but life gets busy. Suffice to say we’re back. 

And we’ve got a bit of a mixed bag so it’s kind of half Succotash Clips and half Succotash Chats this time around.

On the Clips side we have a couple of snippets uploaded to us by soundcasters themselves. A bit of a show called Nothing's Good and another from a soundcast called Pretty Gross. 

Over in the Chats department, I’ve got some interviews leftover from the 6th Los Angeles Podcast Festival that took place I nearly October. Chris Mancini, one of the co-founders of the Podfest, Jonathan Sadowski and Travis Clark from the Quick Question soundcast, Murray Valeriano from the Road Stories soundcast, and Chris Gore, who stopped by and we did kind of a simulcast – the interview has already been heard on his Film Threat soundcast.

In addition, we have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. Get over to http://WillDurst.com to get a line on Durst Case Scenario, his one man show that’s been extended, playing every Tuesday night at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. And also where he’s headlining with his comedy stylings. Plus the Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Show he does every year will be falling into place about now, and you can get times and places where that will be up on his homesite. You can also follow Will on Twitter @WillDurst and on Facebook, too! 

The whole shootin’ match is brought to you by the good folks at Henderson’s Pants, featuring their Turkey Trousers just in time for Thanksgiving. Gobble 'em up!

SUCCOTASH LIVE AT LAST

Before we get further into this episode, I wanted to let you know that Succotash will be having the first LIVE episode we’ve done since this year’s San Francisco Sketchfest. It’s going to be at next year’s Sketchfest, on Sunday, January 14th, 5:30 PM at Piano Fight in downtown San Francisco. I’m not sure which guests we’ll have yet. Waiting to see whose in town that weekend. But I will tell you this – it may be the LAST episode of Succotash, at least in it’s current form.

CLIPS

Nothing's Good
We heard from the Nothing’s Good soundcast when a guy named Adam direct-uploaded their premiere episode to our Hightail link with this note: “Here's the first episode of my podcast. It's a story telling podcast about messed up things that have happened to you. Use whatever you'd like from it.” There’s been about half dozen episodes since the one this clip came from, entitled “Slimy Peaches”. And so far there’s not a lot of information on their homesite. The About link reads: “Stories of failure and regret, by the worlds foremost regrettable failures. A storytelling podcast of things gone awry.”

Pretty Gross
Grabbing another clip out of the Hightail direct upload bucket. This time we have a chunk of a relatively new show, call Pretty Gross, hosted by Alyssa and Kayla. Here’s the note they included: “Hey there! Here's a clip from Pretty Gross, episode 2, "Google It!: A Pretty Gross Halloween Special." In it, Alyssa & Kayla talk about their recollections of learning about womanhood, and how they don't want any of those questions answered by their moms. Enjoy!”

That’s going to do it for epi160 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. The next installment is going to feature a bunch of clip from horror and sci-fi movie soundcasts. Associate Producer Tyson Saner and I had harvested like 10 clips  which I was going to use for aspecial show with the Monster Party soundcast guys, but that never happened So before these clips pass their expiration dates, I figured we better make use of them.  Until next time, thanks for passing the Succotash.

 

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, it's me - Marc Hershon - your host and executive producer for Epi 159 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Usually we'd either be presenting a Succotash Clips or a Succotash Chats installment and, while I guess this is more Chats than Clips, it's a lot more informal than usual.

That's because I recorded it from Studio F (my Fiat 500C) as I was trundling down Interstate 5 from San Francisco to Los Angeles to this year's Los Angeles Podcast Festival. The quality is about as good as you might expect, considering I'm in a tiny convertible car speaking into a digital recorder. But, as our friend in soundcasting Phil Leirness from Chillpak Hollywood Hour says, how much are you paying for this?

We're featuring an interview I did with a writer and entrepreneur, RIck Karlsruher, who self-published a very funny novel, Standoff: How the Cold War Really Ended. We talk about the book, his attempts turn it into a movie, and some other adventures as well.

This installment features a double dose of our Burst O' Durst with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. And in lieu of having access to our TweetSack, I play a brief message that came into our Succotash Hotline from listener and soundcaster Hunter Block, who co-hosts The Anti Social Show with our own Associate Producer Tyson Saner. 

I also have a in-transit speakerphone chat with longtime friend-of-Succotash (and friend in real life) Travis Clark. We talk about his new soundcast, Quick Question, that he co-hosts with Jonathan Sadowski. We also talk about his old soundcast, Tiny Odd Conversations, that he used to do with his wife Brandi Clark. And we stir the pot about a couple of other things before I hang up and get back to the business of driving south.

This episode of Succotash is brought to you by Henderson's Pet Pants, BTW — your pet may not be embarrassed running around with their butt hanging out but, really, come on.

And that's it. I'm actually posting this episode from the Podcast Lab at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival so disregard any of the events that I'm talking about that will have passed by the time this show reaches your ears. But feel free to enjoy the rest of it!

And I hereby promise that the next 'sode of this soundcast, Epi160, will be dropping WAY sooner than this one did.

Marc Hershon

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Yes, friend. It is I. Marc Hershon. Host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Welcome to a very special Hurricane Harvey Relief Epi158.5!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EPISODE IS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE HURRICANE HARVEY PODCAST PACK! (CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO http://hersh.co/HHReliefPak)  

If you’re unfamiliar with Succotash, the short strokes are that we are THE Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, which means that, to a large degree, we feature clips from comedy soundcast all over the internet. (You may, BTW, better know soundcasts as “podcasts” but we here at Succotash feel like it’s time for a new name since the iPod, for which the medium was named, hasn’t even been in production for the past two years.)

ANYWAY…

The reason we’re doing this special installment is because of a direct message on Twitter I received from Justin Corbett, one of the co-hosts of the Mindfudge soundcast, just as Houston was beginning to pick up the pieces this past week from Hurricane Harvey slamming through town. He was putting out feelers for shows that wanted to do special episodes that would only be available through a package where all the proceeds would go to help displaced Houston area soundcasters and other various relief efforts, depending how much money came in.

So here we are. 

I watched lots of the coverage on TV of the hurricane – before, during and after the storm arrived – and my heart goes out to all the good folks of Houston who had to tangle with the mess, who lost loved ones, and who are likely going to be trying to put their lives together for sometime to come. 

There’s not a whole lot that I can do personally. I’m not rich, with a lot of disposable income. I’m not a doctor, a nurse, an EMT or a firefighter. Heck, I can barely boil and egg or feed myself so I’m not very well equipped to help others directly. So I’m hoping that Justin is successful in getting this and the other shows he’s putting together out there and is able to bring in some much needed donations to help the cause.

I wanted to give a special shoutout: Key to helping me put together this special epi of Succotash is our Associate Producer, Tyson Saner, who helped to harvest some of the clips you’re about to hear. In addition to giving me a hand, Tyson also co-hosts his own soundcast called The Anti Social Show with Hunter Block, so check their show out on SoudnCloud, iTunes and other places online. 

In the course of THIS show we’re going to be featuring clips exclusively from Houston-area comedy soundcasts. You’re going to hear from Between Us Girls, Houston’s POV Podcast, Mindfudge, Relationshit, Stay The Course, The Stacks, and the Whiskey Brothers soundcast.

In addition, I recorded a short conversation via Skype with past guest, friend-of-the-show, comedian and SNL alumni Dana Carvey just for this special episode. He wanted to help out, he’s done some comedy stage time in Houston over the years, so he tells me a couple of Houston stories. We’ll get to that later in the show, which is brought to you by our sponsor Henderson’s Pants.

Mindfudge
The intro on the Mindfudge homesite reads, “MFCP is a comedy show hosted by three funny guys from Houston Texas. Each week Justin, George, and Andy get together and discuss a new theme through a series of aptly-named segments such as “Mind-Melters”, “Consumption”, and “Tell Us Something Nutty”. Listener participation is encouraged, and every week the guys will answer questions about anything during their “Ask The Nuts” segment! Please email them questions to Mindfudgecomedy@gmail.com!” We’ve clipped one of their recent “Consumption” segments.

Between Us Girls
Another trio of Texans are the women who host Between Us Girls, namely Michel, Sharonda, and Danielle, none of whom use their last names on their show’s homesite. But that’s okay – these women are strong enough that a first and only name is all they should need. According to their site’s About page, the show is “a raw and unfiltered show that gives a real life glimpse into the conversations shared between women. Our show is a balanced mix of fun and serious topics from politics and feminism to how to find out whether a guy is boyfriend material. It’s funny empowering stuff that can be enjoyed by both women and men. Did we mention there’s wine? In addition to the comedic spin we take on everyday life, we also review a bottle of wine each episode and give recommendations.” This clip is from Epi48, "The Rules of Engagement Rings", and they talk about the case of Evelyn Lozado. 

The Whiskey Brothers
I don’t want you to get the idea that ALL Houston soundcast host work in threes, but the next clip comes from another trio. We’re featuring the The Whiskey Brothers Comedy Podcast, the details of which can be found on their http://PraiseWhiskey.com homesite. The first of the hosts, Slade Ham, we’ve actually mentioned recently on Succotash when we talked with Jordan Brady, the director of the documentary I Am Battle Comic, when he was on episodes 157 AND 150. Slade was one of the group of comedians visiting US military bases in the Middle East when Jordan was filming. Then there are Slade’s cohorts: Rob Mungle, another standup and the actual founder of the Whiskey Brothers back in 1998, plus he’s done a ton of voiceover work for anime, and Sam Demaris rounds out the triumverate of terror. As a comedian he’s been seen on Maxim’s Real Men of Comedy Tour and was named one of Funny Or Die’s 15 comics to follow on Twitter. This clip is very recent – from Epi 529 “Hurricane Rules” and has Rob talking about hunting for supplies with someone… 

Relation$#!t
Next up is a show hosted by a pair of saucy Houston women, Stacy Daniels and Hoja (“oh-ha”) Lopez called Relationshit. (To get away with THAT moniker for iTunes listing, the homesite URL, etc., the “shit” part is technically spelled “dollar sign, hashtag, exclamation point, tee.”) The subtitle on their show is “A Comedy Podcast About Everything Love, Sex, Genitals, & How They All Lead To DISASTER”  This clip is from Epi42, where the ladies interview Houston-based musician and comedian Greg Cote.

Stay The Course
Stay the Course is a soundcast hosted by "Big Pat" Thomas, who refers to himself as “a big white guy in Houston who has a podcast. I also do standup comedy but I’m just getting started with that, too.” While epi 36 of Stay The Course is entitled, “Hurricane Harvey”, in which I believe he was trapped on a boat during the storm, we clipped the previous show with his guest, comedian Nick Palermo.

Houston POV Podcast
I’m not sure this next soundcast is strictly comedy but it IS from Houston and these guys seem like they’ve got a funny side to me. It’s the Houston POV Podcast, hosted by Johnny Riley, Andrew Alpough and Marcus Wilson. The headline of a Houston Press article they were featured in back in February of this year claims they are renewing the lost art of conversation. This clip features the three guys going off on the entourage of a comic who came through town and had granted them an interview, then seemed to go a little sideways on ‘em… 

The Stacks
Maybe it’s peculiar to Houston but, once again, The Stacks is hosted by a trio, this time three folks that describe themselves on their iTunes logline as “standOUT comics”. Ballsy. I like that. Ruth Hirsch, Ned Gayle, and Josh Brokaw record their show in front of a live audience at The Rec Room in Houston. According to the Houston Press, the Rec Room did sustain some flooding due to Harvey but they are open for business but hurting not so much from storm damage but in cancellations of events because of the storm. In this clip from The Stacks, the gang and friends talk about “workout guys”.

WRAPPING UP

Thanks again to Dana Carvey for jumping on the horn and wanting to help out. If YOU would like to help out the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, bounce over to the Hurricane Harvey Podcast Pack site - http://hersh.co/HHReliefPak - and give what you can to help today.

 And if you’d like to hear more of what we do here, visit us at http://SuccotashShow.com or grab episodes from iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Laughable, iHeartRadio, YouTube and pretty much anywhere else fine soundcast are streamed and/or downloaded. And don’t be afraid to share that information with your friends and family – thanks for passing the Succotash!

Marc Hershon

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