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Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched 11 years ago 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 co-host Tyson Saner, booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have been keeping the flame alive o'er these many years.

Apr 5, 2022

Hello, listener (or listener-to-be…)! If you’re no stranger to this feed, welcome back! If this is all new to you, glad to have you auditing the show. This is Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, and I’m your host, Marc Hershon, for Episode 299, which I’m calling “Martin Olson Goes to Hell.” I’ll tell you why in a moment.

First, I’ll ask if you checked out LAST week’s show, Epi298, entitled “2 Hobbits, 2 Pals, and a Bee”, with my kickass, worldly co-host Tyson Saner. He featured a triad of soundcast clips from the likes of The Friendship OnionThe Deep Dive with Jessica St. Clair and June Diane Raphael, and Full Release with Samantha Bee. You can still tap into the magic at our homesite,, or through any number of soundcast distribution points on the web – including Apple & Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, YouTube, and

So, back to the title of this show. Why does Martin Olson go to hell? Martin is a longtime writer of comedy and television and assorted other bits and pieces of fun and frolic but I wanted to get him on to talk about the latest and second installment in his trilogy, The Encyclopedia of Hell II: The Conquest of Heaven. The first volume, Volume 1, is subtitled An Invasion Manual for Demons. Yes. Dig it! These books are funny, crammed with humor and incredible weirdness – it’s basically a set of instructions from Satan on how to take over everything.

The second book came out recently and, as you’ll hear, Martin and I have known each other in a kind of peripheral way for years through our mutual network of comedian friends. So I Zoomed him up for a chat and we get a some of his background and a whole wonderful download about how The Encyclopedia of Hell came to be – and peek into the third volume, which is still making its way out of Martin’s head. You can find both volumes up on Amazon, and links to them our our homesite.

Sponsoring this week, as usual, is Henderson’s Pants,, who are re-introducing – just in time for Spring Break – their Wake Island Abbreviated Trousers!

Thanks again to Martin Olson for the chat. A little free from and all over the map – the kind of conversation that happens when you know so many people in common and have so many things in common that you sometimes wander all over the place. We’ll have him back and get into some of the TV shows he written for, where some of his other adventures have taken him, and where his roots are. I know, I know, that’s where you’re supposed to start. Oh, well. Hope you enjoyed it – I sure did!

This is Episode 299 as I mentioned at the top, which means our next show is our 300th episode!!! What does that mean? What do we have in store? Here’s the deal for next week’s Episode 300, celebrating our 11th year of doing this show: At least, Deal #1 is that we will have a special guest join us and the one we have in mind was also this show’s very first in-studio guest way back at the beginning. BUT I have to call him and make sure he’s available on short notice. If that bombs out, it will be Deal #2: Tyson and I will flashback to a few of our favorite clips from the past 11 years of doing this show. Either way, you’re getting both hosts for the price of one, so don’t forget to join right here in this feed for Succotash Epi300!

Until next time, if you should happen to be walking down the street and fall head first into an open manhole, just try to remember if the EMTs that rescued you just happen to ask if you were listening to anything fun, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon