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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.

Jan 11, 2022

Happy Two Thousand and Twenty Two, worthy listener! I'm Marc Hershon, your every-other-weekly-host of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Where we usually feature snippets from our fine folks’ comedy soundcasts and tell you where you can go find them for yourself in their entirety. We also occasionally do interviews, and I may have one of those the next time I hold court here in the Succotashery, but today I’m “Clippin’ A Crop of Clips” for you, as the title suggests.

And I am coming to you from my plush new all-electric mobile studio, Studio MX-30. (I just got Mazda’s first EV car and it’s pretty cool – I actually parked at a charging station while I was recording this episode so if you hear any weird clicks and hums, that’s the Succotash Mobile Studio chowing down in the background.

Before I get to the lush harvest of soundcastery in store, let me shake the reminder tree to see if you caught our last installment, Epi286, curated by this show’s alternating host Tyson Saner. Shame on you if you missed it because it was chock full of fun with clips from the likes of soundcasts The Dave Hill Goodtime HourDepresh Mode, and Multiverse of Badness. That ‘sode is still up where you can grab it from all of soundcasting’s major distribution point: Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, Audible, YouTube and, of course, on our very own homesite SuccotashShow.com!

As for this week’s episode, I’ve got a few soundcasts that have been around a bit, and I’ve clipped a preview of a brand new show that doesn’t start until next week! They are namely Legal Geeks, Wiz World Live, Muriel’s Murders, and Dear Earth, I’m Really Sorry. Henderson’s Pants is taking a week off of sponsoring us this week to make way for an old fake sponsor who first got started with us back in our first year of doing business – it’s investment barrister Mike Diké.

CLIPS

Jock Doc Podcast
Before I get into the regular clips, I’ve got a bit of a bonus clip for you. Just before Christmas for Succotash Epi284, I chatted up Dr. London Smith and his producer Cameron Clark from the Jock Doc Podcast. The day before I had appeared as a guest on their show, and was interviewed as Dokter Andrew Minutiae, an amateur expert in nanotechnology.

Dear Earth, I’m Really Sorry
This next clip is from a brand new show. So new, in fact, that it doesn’t begin dropping until next week, on January 20th. I got a lovely note from the creator, Amy Thorstenson, telling me about it. "…I wanted to reach out and let you know that I have a new pod coming out this month called Dear Earth, I'm Really Sorry. It's a story about two siblings (an incompetent brother and a Frankenstein sister) who take over the family laboratory after their father, the greatest mad scientist on Earth, disappears. The first episode will launch on 1/20/22.” Thanks, Amy! She sent along some of the earlier episodes so I could get a listen and I figured why should I be so lucky? I reached out and asked if we could play a clip before the show’s official launch and she replied, “Sure! Why not?"

Muriel’s Murders
The true crime murder-slash-comedy soundcast is among the most popular genres and has been for a while. I don’t know if you’re a fan, but I do know that Nick Casalini doesn’t get what all the hoopla is about. His other half, Muriel Montgomery, is coocoo for Cocoa Puffs over the true crime thing. You may know them both from the soundcast Hella In Your Thirties. While that show is still clanking along, they started a new show this past year called Muriel’s Murders. Muriel keeps finding famous and not-so-famous cases to try and blow Nick’s mind. A recent episode, entitled “Dr. Bogle and Mrs. Chandler – The Confession”, about a case set down under in Australia, yielded our featured snippet.

Legal Geeks
I really like this next show. First time we’re clipping it on Succotash but not the first time we’ve heard from co-host host Josh Gilliland. He was a drop-in guest for Epi162 in January, 2018, during what was going to be our last ever installment – a live show during the Annual San Francisco Sketchfest. Josh hosts Legal Geeks, where he and Jessica Mederson, both actual attorneys, examine hypothetical cases from science fiction movies, comic books, TV shows and other worthy subject. They recently dove into the privacy issues plaguing a young man named Peter Parker, as chronicled in the documentary Spider-Man: No Way Home. Warning: There may be some spoilers in here for those who haven’t seen the movie yet.

Wiz World Live
Our final offering this episode was a show actually recommended to me by Dr. London Smith, who was featured in the first clip this episode, from the Jock Doc Podcast. Wiz World Live only recently has moved into the soundcast realm but they’ve been doing a video show for a while. Billed as “Earth’s only talk show by wizards, for mortals,” they say that “each episode gives you a peek into the very real magickal world around you.” The hosts, Amoenus Franco and Summersbane, are immortal which must be what allows them to survive interview entities from the multiverse! Our clips has them testing out the awesome powers of Tristán, the Trivia Troll.

Wrapping it up, if you’ve been looking for my reviews as part of This Week in Comedy Podcasts on Vulture.com so far in 2022, stand down. I heard from my excellent editor, Megh Wright, and there’s a format change coming down where we’ll just be doing that rundown once a month. So I think we’ll be dropping the next column in the very last week of January.

Remember that Tyson will be here next week with Epi288 with some more soundcastery magic for you. And we’re still taking your suggestions and comments for anything having to do with the show – stuff you’d like to see, or rather hear us do as we steam towards our 11th Anniversary coming up in April. Pop a note to @SuccotashShow in the socials or email Tyson or Marc @ SuccotashShow.com.

See you back here in a couple of weeks. I think that’s going to be an interview – let’s see what happens. Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends of Bob Saget, who passed away much too young this past weekend just after performing in Orlando, Florida. Just a reminder to keep in contact with those you hold dear or can even stand a little bit. And if anyone asks if you’ve heard anything good lately, please remember to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon