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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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Guess what? It's me, Marc Hershon, once again, your host and floor walker for Epi116E of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. And I'm still camped out in the SquareSpace Podcast Lab at the 4th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival.

This is the fifth in a lineup of Succotash Chats minisodes, and for those of you curious about the mindset behind both the @LAPodfest and Ear Buds, The Podcast Documentary, I leapt at the chance to interview Chris Mancini - heavily involved in both of those endeavors.

Chris is co-host of the well-respected Comedy Film Nerds podcast along with Graham Elwood, and the duo is also the brains and muscle behind Ear Buds. Plus they are one-half of the quartet that has pulled the Los Angeles Podcast Festival together the past four years, teamed with Dave Anthony and Andy Woods.

We talk about the movie, the festival, and what other projects Chris has simmering on the back, middle and front burners of a mind that never seems to be at rest.

I hope you're enjoying our lineup of interviews from the Podfest - there's more on the way later today, so check back frequently for updates.

Thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Greetings, Succotashians! Welcome to Episode 33. Going a little different this installment, with the majority of the show centered around our special guest, podcaster and singer/songwriter John Anealio. (I promise we'll have beau coup clips from comedy podcasts locked and loaded in the next episode...)

John Anealio AKA Captain Six String

I think you'll like our chat, which is interspersed with several of John's comedi-sci-fi tunes as well as a clip from his weekly podcast, Functional Nerds. (I even sneak in a reprise of friend-of-Succotash Dana Carvey singing a silly ditty we've featured before, The World's Catchiest Song.)

Here's the list of John's tunes I play during the interview:

George R. R. Martin Is Not Your Bitch (Remix)

We Don't Need Another Trilogy

Cecilia

Rachel Rosen

Unicorn Pegasus Kitten

All this tuneage plus a lot more is available at John's website, http://JohnAnealio.com. (And as good a job as I finally do in this episode by pronouncing John's name correctly, I actually misspelled the his name in trying to give out the website. Sorry, John!)

Sammy Wegent


In addition to our time with John, we kick things off with short teaser by comedian/actor/writer Sammy Wegent, talking about his new web series Everybody's A Comedian. (Savvy Succotash listeners/blog readers already know that your truly makes a guest appearance in Episode 2 of EAC.) This teaser is a preamble to a longer interview I recently had with Sammy in a San Francisco North Beach coffee house, which I will play in its entirety in upcoming Epi35.

And our Burst O' Durst has Will Durst checking in on the heels of Congressman Todd Akin's ridiculous declaration about the ability of a woman who has been raped to "shut down" her reproductive system to prevent unwanted pregnancy. (As a member of the U.S. Congress, Akin is a "Representative" but, with statements like his, who is he representing, precisely? 17th century Puritans?)

In other realms, in exchange for my contributing to Chillpak Hollywood Hour's Dean Haglund's Kickstarter campaign to create his graphic novel (Shock And Awesome), the alumnus of TV's The X-Files has created a new Succotash logo which you can now see (and buy) gracing t-shirts, mugs and other merch at our Succotashery! It's pretty cool-looking and I'm waiting for my own long sleeve black tee to arrive from Cafe Press any day now...

Speaking of Kickstarter, I also just this past week received my tickets for the upcoming L.A. Podcast Festival, Oct. 12-14. While I'm not involved in the fest in any official capacity (no one asked…), I'll have my remote equipment and will interview any and all podcasters and comedians that I can get to sit still in front of the microphone. (I should be easy to spot, as I'll be wearing the aforementioned Succotash t-shirt.)

I've been getting more and more clip submissions from comedy podcasters, which is great — a lot of what I'll be featuring in the next episode will come out of the Tweetsack. But you don't have to be a podcaster to suggest show for us to feature. If you're a regular listener, a "civilian", go right ahead and let us know your favorite show(s) and we'll track down the clips and put 'em up! (You can always email me, marc@SuccotashShow.com, or tweet a message and be sure to throw @SuccotashShow in there somewhere.)

That's enough. Get out of here and into the show. Enjoy! And please, if you truly care about your fellow man (and woman), won't you pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon


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Howdy! I'm popping in with this short blast between posting about Succotash episodes to let you know about an appearance I make in a just-released installment of a new comedy web series. So if you've been wondering what the face behind the voice of Succotash looks like, here's your chance to catch a glimpse!

Everybody's A Comedian is a web sitcom about an unknown comic who can barely pay his bar tab, let alone his dues. I'm proud to have been asked to appear in Sammy Wegent's "Everybody's A Comedian", Episode #2! Look for the sleazyish commercial director. That'll be me...

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I had no idea it was going to take this long to get to the next episode of Succotash. Between moving, a bum hard drive and the day gig (you don't think podcasting actually pays, do you?), it's been hard to scrape this epi together. But because it's been so long since the last show, I kicked in an extra half hour of audio goodness.

Dorien Davies and Kenny Stevenson

The core of this epi is my interview with Kenny Stevenson and Dorien Davies, a couple of sketch players, actors and now movie "hyphenates" who were recently in range while Kenny's group Oh, Brother! was performing in the 2012 San Francisco Sketchfest. (A few years ago, the three of us were also heavily involved in an innovative LA-based sketch group, called Fries On The Side.) I caught them on a sunny Sunday just before they headed back down south and we did the interview in Washington Square Park. (Needless to say, the audio experience of being outside is a little different than the perfectly balanced environs of Studio P - so please bear with the lesser sound quality.)

Kenny and Dorien not only talk about their experiences going through training and performances with The Groundlings in LA, but the excitement of writing, producing and starring in their first feature-length film. Missed Connections is heading for film festivals starting this month, so get the inside scoop on how it all came about right here.

During a break in the interview, I play Drinking Beer And Smoking Cigarettes, a novelty comedy song by comedian Perry Kurtz that dropped on YouTube less than a month ago and already has almost a million hits.

Tacking on an extra half-hour allows us to hear a decent number of podcast clips as well. Here are the shows in store for you, along with links to their homesites:

Way Too Hip Radio

I've been meaning to get a clip up from LyonHart and Labrat for some time. I had an interview with LyonHart back when Succotash was just a few episodes old and they've been big supporters of the show You can check them out live every Monday night at 7 PM EST at http://WayTooHip.com or afterwards on iTunes.

The Dana Gould Hour

Our clip is harvested from the second-ever episode of The Dana Gould Hour, a brand new offering from the show's namesake, who is a very funny comedian and writer (most notably on The Simpsons). In this segment, he's joined by fellow comic and writer Ed Crasnick. This and all future episodes of TDGH can be had at http://DanaGould.com and on iTunes.

Probably Science

What is it about comedians and science? From Bill Nye, The Science Guy to the Professor Blastoff podcast, they go together like Goober's peanut butter and jelly. This newcomer to the podcast fold (less than a dozen 'sodes so far) features a trio of self-avowed "professional comedians and incompetent scientists" - Matt Kirshen, Brooks Wheelan, and Andy Wood - who take a look at science-oriented items in the news and have at them. Episodes also features guests, such as this clip from epi7 with Kyle Kinane. Catch up with the eggheads at http://ProbablyScience.com and iTunes.

Royal & Doodall

This pair of rollicking Brits - Angus Doodall and Tommy Royal - have been stalwart retweeters of our Succotash Twitter feed and are fans of the show, despite the fact we haven't gotten around to playing a clip from their show...until now. In this clip, a segment they call "Redneck Sports", you'll hear their impression of a couple of Southern-fried hicks. There's a lot more to be had at http://RoyalAndDoodall.podbean.com or on iTunes.

The Anti-Semantic Show

These spirited East Coasters - Ryan Anti-Hero, Pinder, Pradogod and Drew - describe themselves gleefully as "four assholes with microphones" so prepare to take the show as advertised. It's all in good fun, of course, including this clip where they're talking about possible ways, if unconventional, ways to protect yourself from a wolf attack. Find more fun at http://anti.libsyn.com and iTunes.

Snitch & Lins

This is why it helps to reach out and let us know about your comedy podcast. Michael Snitch and Lindsey Price have just dropped their 30th 'sode and I'd never heard of them until they shot me a clip from their show. Have a listen and go find yourself a bunch more at http://SnitchAndIns.com or on iTunes. You can even see them here on YouTube.

We close the show with a Burst O' Durst, our episodic commentary by political comic and raging moderate Will Durst. Find more of his insights at http://WillDurst.com and follow him on Twitter @WillDurst.

To help remind you that we now have merchandise, faithful listener Mary Bernstein got herself a Succotash baseball jersey and is currently using a picture of her in it as her Twitter avatar (follow her @MaryElizabethhB). Take a look...

Finally, I've found a good use for funds that we take in through our Donate button on the website. (You DO know that we are listener-supported, right?) I have several very good interviews with comedian friends that are trapped on the faulty hard drive I mentioned way back at the start of this blog. turns out that it's going to cost a cool $1000 bucks to retrieve the data off that drive, so I'm kicking off the Succotash Save Our Hard Drive Drive! So far, we've still got $988 to go, so give generously won't you? And we'll see you back here next time.

Until then, please pass the Succotash!

Cheers,

Marc Hershon

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Back with producer Joe Paulino in Studio P for this New Year kickoff show! Succotash Epi 17 is stuffed full o' clips, this time a look back at some of my personal favorite p'casts. But we're only retreading a couple of cuts — I've selected a bunch of recent clips from amongst the podcasts I tend to listen to most (when I'm not scanning, scrolling and slicing up bits n' pieces of the known and unknown p'casts that have yet to grace our show...)

2011 was a banner year for Succotash, mainly because we kicked this whole mess off last April. Our first lucky break was getting a kickass theme song provided to us by our musical director Scott Carvey. And we've gotten a lot of nice ratings on iTunes (but we can always use more!), kindly comments on Twitter, got picked up by Stitcher Smart Radio, and yours truly started contributing reviews weekly to This Week In Comedy Podcasting over on Splitsider.com.

On the downside, we have yet to attract a sponsor (besides Henderson's Pants who, between you and me, doesn't pay us squat), which led to the brilliant idea of trying out being listener supported. While I'd love to be able to say this is your Succotash, not a single soul has clicked over there on the sponsor button since we put it up. Which means this is still my Succotash, damn it!

We're sure glad you're listening, of course, and we welcome your emails, tweets, and voicemails called into our Succotash hotline (1-818-921-7212). We're looking forward to an amazing 2012 — in addition to our usual lineup of funny, new, and interesting podcast clips from around the internet, we're looking into doing some live shows, hooking you up with some more amazing interviews, and just having a whole lot more fun before the Mayan prophesy takes over and kicks our butts in December...

Here's what we're serving up this episode:

Affirmation Nation
Can I play too much of Bob Ducca? I think not. To prove it, here's a rundown of everybody's favorite ex-stepdad with a list of his New Year's resolutions. Seth Morris kicked off this series over on Earwolf this year and the world's never been a brighter yet sad sackier place.

Comedy Bang Bang
Another offering from Earwolf — this time from one of its founders and operating partners, Scott Aukerman — CBB changed its handle from Comedy Death Ray Radio this past year but has retained its commitment to keep providing warped, weird and funny stuff thundering down the pipeline.

The David Feldman Radio Show
Ringmaster David Feldman is an old buddy of mine from his San Francisco standup days, but that's not why we feature him on Succotash. It's because his show is inventive, funny and often hard-hitting when it comes to taking the world's politicobankstershitheads down a peg or five.

Fitzdog Radio
There's something endearing about Greg Fitzsimmon's sincerity even when his humor gets biting. He has few qualms when it comes to exposing his own faults to his audience, a disarming quality which tends to make his guests open up (probably more than they were expecting to.) This clip is a sample of him at his soul-bearing best.

Mike And Tom Eat Snacks
I probably play clips from MATES more than is good for me, just from a calorie intake standpoint alone. But the repartee between hosts Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh, based around the simple notion of picking, tasting and rating snacks, is unique in the realm of podcastery and always makes me laugh out loud even when I'm by myself, which is vaguely disturbing.

Succotash
What?! Yes, I'm narcissistic enough to think some of the shit we do on this show is hilarious. Witness one of our Boozin' With Bill segments. Or any of the Henderson's Pants commercials. Then, of course, our occasional guests can rip the place up. One of our most pointed-out pieces is from Epi3, when Dana Carvey was our in-studio guest and we got a call from Sir Paul (no last names, please...)

Superego
I only discovered Superego this year - they've been around for a few - and I'm glad I did. Rooted in improv, this four-man team is always joined by a crew of some of LA's funniest improv, sketch and standup performers. And they never fail to throw together some stunning audio comedy.

This Week With Larry Miller
I've been a fan of standup comedian Larry Miller since he first worked a week headlining at Seattle's The Comedy Underground, which I managed in the mid-80's. His podcast has already had over a million downloads and it's a delight to see this raconteur storyteller capturing the attention spans of some younger listeners who have maybe never seen him on stage.

What The Fuck
Arguably the hottest podcast on the interwebs for the past couple of years, Marc Maron and his combination of manic self-introspection and probing, insightful interview style makes for a thoroughly entertaining show. Grab you some right here.

Burst O' Durst
We round out the first show of the year with a shot from our regular contributor, raging moderate politcal wag and wit Will Durst. He started shooting his reports to us early in our inception and continues to be a terrific flagpole in our comedy podcast bigtop.

That's quite a little lineup for you - hope it keeps you sated until the next epi is served up. Next time we'll have an interview from an old comedy chum and a bunch of fresh clips from show we haven't featured before. Until then, please remember to pass the Succotash!

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