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Succotash


Celebrating 10 years this year, Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched 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 co-host Tyson Saner, booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have kept the flame alive o'er these many years.

Jun 9, 2021

Howdy, friend, and welcome to Epi256 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, which I am entitling “Playing Through A Foursome” because I, Marc Hershon, have precisely four comedy soundcast clips for you in this show. More on those in a moment. Did you happen to catch last week’s episode 255 of our little show? That’s when your every-other-weekly-alternating-host Tyson Saner took you on a tour of a trio of comedy soundcasts, including Childlike At Best with Mike Valdes, Shut Up, I Love It, and Distractible. It’s never too late to catch that or any past edition of Succotash – in addition to the fleet of distribution points like Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and more, you can always resort to our homesite, SuccotashShow.com.

In fact, you can dip back into our storehouse of Succotash any time you want at our website, where every episode is archived and available for listening. What’s more, if you want to get to the homesite of any of the shows we feature clips from or find the socials of the hosts and guests on those shows, you can usually find links on the blog entry that accompanies each episode – again – at SuccotashShow.com. (I know that Tyson takes great pains to read those links out during his episodes but I’m the executive producer of Succotash and I am – how to you say? – lazy. But those links are up for every episode regardless of who’s hosting. And as a blanket back-announce for the clips you’ll be hearing this episode, all are available on Apple & Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and pretty much everywhere find soundcasts are streamed and/or downloaded.

As for the foursome of awesome clips I’m sharing with you this week, I’ve got three from Column A and one from Column B. Column A in this case are clips from shows I harvested myself, which includes The Ron Burgundy Podcast, May I Elaborate with JB Smoove, and Comedy Has An Ouchie. Column B are those clips sent in by a soundcaster or listener and, this week, we enjoy another hit off The Jock Doc Podcast as submitted by host Dr. London Smith. In unrelated news, I’ll be appearing as Guy Niçoise, a chef of reclaimed food products, with a bad French accent, on The Jock Doc Podcast a little later this month.

This episode of Succcotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, is brought to you by Henderson’s Pants, makers of the patented Pain Pants, designed to help you lose weight quick and painfully.

Just before I get to the clips, I wanted to share some exciting news with you. We don’t really have a great way to track how this show is doing in terms of ratings. With some many thousands of soundcasts in the world today, it’s amazing that anyone can find us at all. But I got a note from someone named Carlos Tenor at a place called Pod Status and I guess they track rankings of shows. He wanted to let me – and by extension, you – know that Succotash is ranked 200 in the category Comedy Interviews on Apple Podcasts in China, and 241 in Germany’s Apple Podcasts’ rankings. So, if you were dying to know how we’re faring in those markets – BOOM. Pretty much tastemakers and influencers in my book.

CLIPS

The Ron Burgundy Podcast
Will Ferrell is back for his 4th season playing the title character in The Ron Burgundy Podcast, the guy he made famous as the blustering, not-very-smart, TV news anchorman in the movie Anchorman. Along with this long-suffering sidekick, Carolina Barlow, Ron is ready to take on the world again with commentary, interviews, and a mind that still doesn’t quite seem to be all there. The new season kicked off just last week and our clip is from the first episode “Ron Takes The Vaccine.” Ron seems a little hesitant to actually get the shot.

May I Elaborate?
Another guy that consistently makes me laugh is JB Smoove, whether he’s on Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David or guesting on a talk show or spouting words of wisdom. That’s what he’s doing now, five days a week, on his new soundcast May I Elaborate? Joined by Miles Grose, who selects some tidbit of wisdom from various sources – mostly self-help enlightenment desk calendars, I think. Then JB breaks those philosophies down as only he can. Warning that the following clip is un-bleeped and has some salty language, for those unfamiliar with JB’s style.

Comedy Has An Ouchie
A pretty new entry into Soundcastland is Comedy Has An Ouchie, hosted by Steve Han, Phylicia McLeod, and Ashley Whitehurst, a trio of comedy improvisors with their roots in the Chicago scene. But their newer generation of performers, the system in the comedy world is rife with problems both on the surface and behind the scenes. Each episode they kick around relevant topics and try to come up with some solutions. This clip is from their episode last week called “Chicago Is Where It’s At” and they are right in the midst of the ideal comedy venue wish list.

The Jock Doc Podcast
Our final clip of the show comes from The Jock Doc Podcast, literally. Host Dr. London Smith sent along a clip from a recent episode, along with this note: “Sorry the file isn’t in simple audio format, but my cohost sent this brief moment from this week’s episode to me today in group chat and it was short enough that I thought it might be a nice goody for Succotash.” Love it, Doc. Thanks for thinking of us and we can convert pretty much any audio format into the thin, tinny-sounding show you’re hearing now. He goes on: “The Jock Doc Podcast is an improvised comedy with the premise of being a medical education podcast. Listeners can find us at all major podcast platforms or just find links at JockDocPodcast.com Thanks! Dr. London Smith (.com)”

Tyson’s back next week with more soundcast clip fun and I might do an interview the week after that, considering how well this show is regarded in the Comedy Interview field in both China and Germany. In the meantime, if anyone should happen to ask if you have heard anything good lately, feel free to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon