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Succotash Shut-In


Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched in 2011 with the idea of promoting comedy soundcasts in what was then a marketplace still trying to find its way. By featuring short clips of shows being produced by funny folks both known and unknown, we like to feel that we maybe had a little tiny, eeny weeny, itsy bitsy bit to do with helping to ignite the torch of soundcasts across the globe! (But then we've always had a rather high opinion of ourselves...)

Original show host and executive producer Marc Hershon, along with booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, associate producer Tyson Saner, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have kept the flame alive o'er these many years. In 2018, Hershon abandoned the host chair and anointed Saner to the position, with nary a notice from the legions of listeners. Typical.

Feb 22, 2020

Saluton, estas mi…Tyson Saner! I will be your host for the duration of this penultimate episode of Succotash, the comedy soundcast soundcast, and as you may or may not know, I've been combing the internet far and wide, more or less, to bring you a few tastes of comedy soundcasting to your hungry-hungry ear-hippos for a few years now.

You are about to hear what is likely to be the last typical "clips - style" version of Succotash for the foreseeable future but don't dismay…this coming break is being called a "hiatus" because of the temporary nature that the term implies. The most likely scenario is that the show will return in some form or another…perhaps exactly the same form as you are about to hear…perhaps not, who can say?

And while that question hangs in the air could I tempt you with some clippage? I've got clips from Games for the End of the WorldRefried ReviewsWisecrackin' With WinterKnowing: Robin WilliamsPajama Pants and Piecing It Together Podcast.

I've also got another reading from our 100% fake sponsor with a 100% real website "TrumPoetry.com" and it wouldn't feel like an episode of Succotash without at least one Burst O' Durst from raging moderate Will Durst, who is still recovering from having suffered a stroke last October (of 2019 to those of you listening in the far-off future…or even just 2021 really.)

I'd also like to point out that one of my favorite things to do on this show as i've been hosting is to try to the best of my ability to read the episode descriptions exactly as written with the exception of links or commercials or promo codes. I look at it this way. A soundcast is something that is unlikely to be heard as the way you first experience it…unless you have friends who play podcasts as entertainment for each other to enjoy and someone hears it by accident, you generally will intersect with its description first…especially on iTunes or Stitcher or Soundcloud where you can read about a show before you decide to listen to it. So…if you are taking the time to write what is basically your "HEY, Listen to me!" commercial for your show, then I'm going to honor that time someone took to try to describe what you would potentially be about to listen to. Minus non-episode-or-show-descriptive text as previously mentioned.

I have to write some of these things myself and I often wonder what those words I write to describe the nonsense I get up to would sound like if someone other than me spoke them aloud. 

Anyway, on with the show! Thank you for listening.

CLIPS

Games for the End of the World 
What game would you save if you could pick just one? Which character would you choose to protect you in the apocalypse? The show is hosted by Tom Deacon and the section of conversation I've selected for you is from the episode entitled: "Jane Douglas: Role Playing Games, World of Warcraft and tricking her mum to get her dad a PS1 for Father's Day."

Refried Reviews 
Whether it's deconstructing a classic, or autopsying a flop, we re-watch movies so you don't have to. From the Podcast Graveyard comes Refried Reviews, which last dropped a new epi on July 6, 2017 - but who knows? In the world of soundcasting, this could just be a protracted hiatus… Our clip is from their second ever episode, posted November 21st, 2013. Host J.P. Cutter, along with co-host John Veron, stumbles through the plot synopsis of his pick, Rian Johnson's film Looper (2012) Looper.

Knowing: Robin Williams 
Chances are Robin Williams has made you laugh, cry -- or cry laughing! -- at least once in your lifetime. From sweaty standup riffs to sitcom mayhem as Mork from Ork, to a powerful Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin was an artist who was constantly pushing his craft. In this limited series, New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff and host Kristy Westgard share never-before-heard interviews and thoughtful analysis to celebrate the life and legacy of a comedic genius. Our clips is from the episode posted October 27th, 2019 entitled "The Comet". 

Wisecrackin' with Winter
Mike Winter and co-host Mitchell Haugerud sit down with their guests to talk news, sports, politics, and anything else they can fill his show with. You will enjoy the endless banter, laugh your ass off, and maybe learn something new… The clip we're featuring is from their epi that dropped just last month, on January 28th, 2020, entitled "Name That Hospital Bill Amount", in which contestants Emma and Paul guess the amounts of different line items for a three-day hospitalization. No matter all the arguments we might have, every American can agree that health care in America is about the best bargain on the planet.

Piecing It Together Podcast
This podcast about movies and the movies that inspired them has host David Rosen, and returning co-host David Quinones figuring out what the clear (and not so clear) influences were that make up the movies we love. Our featured clip is from the episode titled "Guava Island" from April 16th, 2019, the semi-feature from Childish Gambino's Donald Glover.

Pajama Pants
Not to be confused with the Pajama Pants offering from our longtime sponsor Henderson's Pants, this is a soundcast by Robert Iler and Kassem G., along with special guest Jamie-Lynn Sigler, discussing a whole lot of nothing but everything at the same time…in their pajama pants. Our clip is from January of this year, an episode where Dr. Drew joins the crew and weighs in on gender reveal parties, being a good listener, and what's wrong with Rob.

Yes, it's the end of the show again. Here we are together and thank you for spending time with us. You know…I wouldn't describe the overall experience of putting together a show like Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, as being particularly difficult. I enjoy listening to soundcasts a great deal so that's no fuss, I'd be doing that anyway because I enjoy hearing other people's conversations more than I ever realized I would.

I'm not the type to eavesdrop in general because people don't often like it when they find out you've been doing that…but with a soundcast they invite you to listen…and sometimes it's the only way you might have exposure to some very creative minds that exist out there in the world.

I really enjoy the idea of being able to share parts of those conversations with you, I enjoy the writing, recording and editing of the episodes…all of that is not what I would necessarily call "easy" but it's certainly not what I would call "difficult". No, the difficult part has always been this part…saying "goodbye". I mean I could just keep it simple…I could just say "Goodbye" and cue the music…I just don't think it would be right to do so.

And now that we are so near the end of our run - at least until the hiatus is over - I'm reminded of all the kindness that has been shown to this program over the years…and how a relatively unknown format such as the podcast - perhaps permanently rebranded as a "soundcast" one day - has become so widely used throughout the world as a way to archive conversations and communicate to anyone interested in listening.

Thank you all for your interest, it means the world to us here at Succotash…so, for Marc HershonJoe PaulinoWill DurstScott Carvey, and Bill Heywatt I'd like to wish you nothing but happiness in your lives and thank you for sharing us with others, for that is what we mean when we gently remind you to Please, Pass The Succotash.

— Tyson Saner