Mar 8, 2023
Can you believe it? We’re here again. You and I, I mean. I am, as our booth announcer Bill Heywatt just intoned, your every-other-weekly-host Marc Hershon. And you’re, obviously, you. And this IS Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Episode 346, to be exact. And, if this is your first visit, well, then, you know pretty much what you need to know.
We’re just about a month away from celebrating this soundcast’s 12th anniversary. TWELVE years! Can you imagine? When Succotash started, the dodo birds were practically still alive, walking the still-cooling surface of the primordial Earth, stalking their favorite prey: the sabretooth tigers. My esteemed co-host, Tyson Saner, and I were conferring this past weekend about our upcoming show to commemorate the 12 years of Succotash and what we’re going to do to celebrate. Some past guests and friends of the show are recording some salutations for us. AND we’ve discussed plans for what changes the next season, our SIXTH season, might bring.
(If, by the way, YOU would like to record a quick message with your thoughts and/or feelings on our 12th anniversary, we would love to get it and play on our big celebration show! You can call it in, to our Succotash Show and Runaway Truck Ramp Hotline, at (818) 921-7212 OR record it and upload the .wav or MP3 file to us at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash!)
Speaking of Tyson Saner, last week in this very same feed he hosted Episode 345 and brought along his special guest, comedian Josh Barnes. It was an interesting and funny chat with one of the members of the fairly exclusive circle of Extreme Northern California comics, based in Humboldt County. Check it out on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, YouTube, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, PodBay, Podchaser, and, as always, on our homesite at SuccotashShow.com.
For this week’s episode, entitled “Clips Like a Lion”, we get back to our more traditional clips-from-comedy-soundcasts formula, with a little extra treat. I’ve got snippets from the shows Dear Chelsea, The JTrain Podcast, and Two Vegan Idiots. Plus a contribution from comedian Dan St. Paul’s Slices blog,called “Rebel Without A Phone”. And we are sponsored by our long-time, non-paying client Henderson’s Pants and their just-in-time-for-tax-season Accountant’s Pants.
That’s pretty much the whole preamble I had in mind for this week’s show. Let’s get to the clips…
We first check in with comedian, author, and long-running TV show host Chelsea Handler and her soundcast Dear Chelsea. This is a weekly advice show where Chelsea and what are usually her celebrity guests answer questions from listeners to the soundcast. Usually in a funny way but sometimes she can dig into the topic at hand and real. I clipped a recent episode where she had two guests on, and whose main claim to fame is that they are Chelsea’s sisters, Shoshanna and Simone. In this clip they talk about how sister Simone went from working in the healthcare industry to becoming a free-range ear piercer.
The title of the next show we clipped tells you pretty much all you need to know. Two Vegan Idiots is a soundcast features a pair of British comedians, Carl Donnelly and Julian Deane, usually interviewing a comedian guest each episode. Or, as the show description reads, “Carl tries to interview them while Julian tries to get them cancelled.” The vegan angle is true – they’re both meatless eaters, and tend to get a lot of ink from the vegan press – but it’s not the focus for their shows, since a lot of their guests seem to be omnivores. Their Epi186 featured returning guest Eleanor Conway, and this snippet has them into the topics of orgasms and also doing interviews on the street, which Eleanor famously does on British television.
Jared Freid is a New York-based comedian whose acts focuses a lot on dating and relationships. His soundcast, The JTrain Podcast, shares a similar focus, where he and his comedian guests answer listener emails and get into conversation about the dating life and other things, too. Our clip hails from last month and an episode entitled “Would You Expose A Cheater?” with guest Ashley Hamilton, co-host of the Celebrity Memoirs soundcast, which is what they’re kicking around in this clip.
Slices: Rebel Without A
That’s it for our clips this episode but we’ve got a treat in store. Regular listeners to this show may remember that I featured several comedy blog-pieces-turned-audio-musings from comedian and friend of the show Dan St. Paul. These were contributions to his regular blog Slices, and I’d played around by adding a music bed and some sound effects. Dan picked up the ball and is now doing that himself with the aid of Jimmy Goings. So we’ll keep featuring them when they become available. This week I have one of his latest essays called Rebel Without A Phone. You can check Dan St. Paul and his essays out at danstpaul.substack.com, as well as at comedy venues around the San Francisco Bay Area where he’s been headlining for years.
That’s going to do it for our regularly scheduled content for this episode. Remember that Tyson Saner will be here next week with Episode 347 for you. He and I are planning the big upcoming 12th anniversary show, and don’t be shy about sending in a note or a recorded salutation for the occasion. You can even do it via Twitter or Instagram by using our @SuccotashShow handle!
In the meantime, If you’re ever lying in the sand on a beach on a tropical island, and some bully kicks sand in your face to get your attention because you’ve got your earbuds in, and he asks, “Have you heard anything good lately?”, won’t you please pass the Succotash?
— Marc Hershon