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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.

Nov 16, 2022

Hello, hello, hello. This IS Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, and I AM Marc Hershon, host for Episode 330. Sorry that this installment is a bit late. I caught a little bit of a cold, which you might still hear in my voice, and didn’t want to impinge on your eardrums with my hoarseness.

I’m not the ONLY host of Succotash, as you may well know. I share these duties with my awesome counterpart, Tyson Saner, as we switch off episodes so we can bring you the very most bestest clips from soundcasts across the Interverse.

Just last week he hosted Epi329, an edition entitled, “Pleasure, Gender & Pens”, where he featured snippets from a trio of soundcasts, including My PleasureGender Reveal, and Pen Pals. It was a delightful roundup for your ears and, if you missed it, you can still catch it across the web at ear joints like Apple & Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Audible.com, iHeart Radio, Soundcloud, PodBay, Podcatcher, YouTube…you get it. And a great place to start listening is right from our homesite, at SuccotashShow.com, where you can dip back into our 11+ years of soundcastery deliciousness.

As for this week, and what I have in store for you in this “Early Thanksgiving Feast o’ Clips”, we’ll be sampling Ghosted!, Overwhelmed & Living with Judith Lucy, My Dad Wrote A Porno, and The Midnight Snack. And the whole shootin’ match is brought to you by our longtime, non-paying, freeloading sponsor Henderson’s Pants and their new High-Waisted Hip Huggers.

Before I wade into the pile of clips for this week, and for those who caught Dana Carvey on this show as my guest for Epi326, where he talked about his new soundcast, The Weird Place, you may be curious how it did in its one week debut. I talked to Dana yesterday and it has ended up in the Top 10 in comedy soundcasts for the past two weeks in a row! So now he’s waiting to see if the folks at Team Coco believe in it enough to pony up the scratch to make more episodes. I bet they will.

CLIPS

My Dad Wrote A Porno
One of the most unique soundcasts when it debuted back in 2015 had to be My Dad Wrote A Porno. Jamie Morton discovered that his father, writing under the nom de plume “Rocky Flintstone”, had written a pornographic novel call Belinda Blinked. Reading it aloud to his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine proved to be too hilarious to keep to themselves so they turned the experience into a soundcast. I actually chatted with the trio back in our Episode 141, which you can check out on our SuccotashShow.com homesite. I wanted to revisit the show because they have recently announced that My Dad Wrote A Porno will be closing down next month. Maybe it's because they’re tired of it, or maybe Rocky won’t stop writing porn – he’s up to his 6th book in the Belinda Blinked saga. This clip is from their “Best of Book 6” episode, where they get into some of Belinda’s best bits, so to speak.

Ghosted!
There is certainly no shortage of soundcasts dealing with the paramormal out there. Many of them lean into comedy because, otherwise, I guess we’d just be scared shitless all the time. Take, for instance, the clip we have from Ghosted! With Roz Hernandez. Specifically from an episode that dropped earlier this month, where Roz’ guest was comedian Matt Braunger. In this part of the show, they listened to a couple of EVPs, or “electronic voice phenomena”. If you don’t know what those are, Roz explains at the top of the clips. And even with Roz and Matt joking about what they’re hearing, you might want to sleep with your light on from now on…

Judith Lucy: Overwhelmed & Living
I was turned onto this next Australian-based soundcast from our friend “Jabs”, or Jason McNamara as it says on his birth certificate, host of The DHead Factor, which is currently on the longest hiatus ever, as well as Boganwood. The soundcast is Judith Lucy: Overwhelmed & Living, and Jabs says Judith Lucy has “very dry but hilarious Australian humor”. The show description on Apple Podcasts reads: “After lockdown Judith is still asking the big questions. Between baking and wondering if she had a drinking problem, Judith wondered how happy we'd been in our old lives and why 'back to normal' is not a good idea for us or the planet. She's out to change her life and yours.” In our clip, she decides to make some changes in her home to save money and to benefit the environment. She invites Brett Hedger, the greenhouse programs officer for the City of Port Phillip, over to see just how bad her place is. It’s…not good.

The Midnight Snack
One of the first Succotash listener-slash-supporters-slash-soundcasters out there to start using the term soundcast  for their own show was Dave In The Cave. That’s the only name I ever called him (although I do know his name is actually Dave Howard…), and he had a show called Taco Tuesdays. That show ended up, eventually, in the soundcast graveyard – which is a segment we should maybe bring back. After a few years off my radar, Dave In The Cave popped back on when he responded to one of our Succotash tweets last week. It turns out he has a soundcast called The Midnight Snack but he's kind of off the reservation in terms of where the show is distributed. I’m only finding it on Soundcloud, which is a fine place to be – you can find us there, too, of course. The show has an amazing cast of wacky characters who seem to appear only in bumpers between some cool original music. We have a sample from his latest episode 98…

That's it. There is no more Episode 330 left in the can – it is all gone. Feel free to listen to it again if you want, or you can hang around our feed and listen to Episode 331 next week with Tyson. Actually, Tyson and I are going to each take some vacation time around Thanksgiving, so both Epi 331 AND 332 with be Succotash: Second Helpings. Past episodes from the archives that have been re-heated for your pleasure.

Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday if you’re in the United States. If you’re elsewhere in the world, have a great Thursday! And remember: If you ever have anyone ever ask you if you’ve heard anything good lately, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon