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Succotash


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.

May 3, 2022

I AM Marc Hershon, your host for this Epi303 edition of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Just back from a 9-day vacation in sunny Hawaii, and I’m all rested and recharged. Not surprisingly, world events are still nothing to come home to – embattled Ukraine, Roe v Wade in imminent danger of being overturned by the Not-So-Supreme Court, and COVID still bopping along with surges and spikes and people pretty much pretending it’s all better now.

Yay.

To take our minds off of such things, at least for a little while, I have a great guest I’m chatting with in this episode, and I’ll tell you more about him after I ask if you had a chance to check out LAST week’s installment of this show, entitled – appropriately – “A Very Special Episode”. Commanded by my co-host Tyson Saner, he took time to reflect back on the careers and soundcasts of three of our funniest, nicest, and recently passed comedians as he clipped  snippets from their shows: The Louie Anderson PodcastBob Saget's Here For You, and Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast. You can easily scoop it up from the usual distribution points like Apple & Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Audible.com and now Podchaser.com, too! And, of course, all 302 episodes of this show are available at our homesite, SuccotashShow.com.

For THIS edition of Succotash, my guest is Pat Hazell, who is a multi-hyphenate threat as they used to say: comedian-writer-director-producer, and – as of the pandemic - soundcast host! Called Creativity in Captivity, the show is not so much about comedy as it is about cracking open the noggins of his guests, metaphorically speaking, and getting to the juicy nuggets of creative wisdom inside. Frequently, however, his guests ARE comics like Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Regan, Jackie Kashian and, as of THIS week’s 50th episode of his show, Pat’s guest is Nate Bargatze.

Pat and I talk about a lot of topics, including where we first knew each other from, and you’ll find him a fascinating guy. He’s been a writer on Seinfeld, and award shows, and his own shows, and he’s got some great stories, including a terrific backstage-at-the-Tonight-Show story from when he got to appear during Johnny Carson’s last season on the show.

This episode of Succotash is jokingly supported by the folks at Henderson's Pant, makers on the new Summer Stock Slax!

I’m going to flick off the lights here in Mobile Studio MX-30 and shut it down but I wanted to thank our guest, Pat Hazell, for spending time chatting. Remember that Tyson will be by next week in this very same feed for Succotash Epi304, so be sure to subscribe wherever you like to get your soundcasts from, and I’ll see you the week after that.

Until next time, if you’re lying on a sunny tropical beach and an attractive young person pauses at your beach towel and asks if you’ve heard anything good lately, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon