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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.

Jun 23, 2021

Hey, you. Glad to have you here for Epi258 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, where I, Marc Hershon, am Mixin’ Up a Mess O’ Soundcasts this week. Details on what shows I’m featuring in a sec but first, did you miss last week’s Epi 257, hosted by my alternating co-host Mr. Tyson Saner? He featured a triumphant trio of soundcast clips from Blake's Takes for God's SakesGood Game Nice Try, and Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. You can always grab that or any other previous installment of Succotash right on our homsight, at SuccotashShow.com. Or pretty much anywhere else you normally gobble up your soundcast treats: Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio…search for Succotash Show on the web and we’re sure to pop up.

As for what I’ve got in store for you this time around, I’m going a little differently that usual. I normally harvest four clips from various comedy soundcasts but I’ve got kind of a mixed bag special for you. A combo platter, if you will. There are some brand new shows and a smattering of things from a few years ago. We’ll be hearing from Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger in the new Did You Get My Text?; a couple of comedy sketch commercials from Left-Handed Radio; May Contain Nuts, a BBC soundcast from Scotland; Stay F. Homekins, the pandemic-inspired show from Paul F. Tompkins, and a mini-clip from The Midnight Miracle by Dave Chapelle and assorted co-hosts. In addition, I’ll be featuring a clip from the Jock Doc Podcast. Yes, I featured the JDP on my last installment, it’s true. BUT this clip features yours truly appearing as a character on the most recent installment of Dr. London Smith’s show and, gosh, I’d hate for you to miss a minute of me!

Plus this episode is sponsored by Henderson’s Pants new Down Under Pants, mate!

Here’s something I forget to mention a lot of these shows but if you’re like to read what I have to say about comedy soundcasts and not just listen to me blather on, I am part of the squad that writes the this Week in Comedy Podcasts column over on Vulture.com each week. We each pick one and write about 200 words about it. That column drops every Thursday, usually, and this week I’m reviewing…well, that would be telling. Suffice it to say that I will be reviewing one of the shows that I am clipping in this very episode. In fact, it might be this first clip…

CLIPS

Did You Get My Text?
…Which is from the first episode of a brand new soundcast. It’s called Did You Get My Text? And features comedian Patton Oswalt and his wife, Meredith Salenger, who – according to the show blurb – live in the same house yet text each other more than people who live across the country from one another. Here, they sit down and go through their texts together. Our clip is about a photo Patton texted to Meredith which you might have seen. It got quite a bit of attention. It’s a woman being interviewed on the news from her home and in the background, displayed prominently on a bookshelf, is the kind of object you normally wouldn’t be showing off.

The Jock Doc Podcast
Next up is a clip from The Jock Doc Podcast. And yes, yes I know I JUST featured a clip from Dr. London Smith and Cameron week before last because they uploaded it to us. But THIS clip is different. It’s special. It’s got ME in it! But not just me, I’m playing a zany character with a bad French accent. I play Guy Niçoise, a “reclaimed food chef”. Which means he makes meals out of garbage, basically. Bon apetít!

Left Handed Radio
A podcast crew that has been around even longer than your Succotash family is Left Handed Radio. Started in 2010, a year before us, it is hosted by Anna Rubanova and Adam Bozarth. It's largely a collection of original comedy sketches and parodies, mostly of public radio shows and ads. Their publicist, Heidi Vanderlee, from Positive Jam PR, sent me a couple of their spots for Father’s Day, which was just this past Sunday. Let’s listen together…

May Contain Nuts
For this next clip we leave the States and head for Scotland. BBC Scotland, to be exact, and a TV show AND a soundcast called May Contain Nuts, to be exacter. This clip is from episode 6 of Series 3 that dropped a year ago this month. The show touts itself as being about “Four hosts, one subject, no script,” and features hosts Stuart Condy, Russell Miller, Chris Miller and Craig-James Moncur. This clip is from a show all about Stonehenge and these guys are pretty funny. I think. Their Scottish burrs are so thick I had to listen a couple or twelve times to get it all, so don’t be afraid to hit that rewind button.

Stay F. Homekins
What did soundcasting mainstay Paul F. Tompkins and his wife Janie Haddad Tompkins do during the COVID-19 lockdown? They produced a soundcast of course, called Stay F. Tompkins. And it’s still going, although I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be keeping it going – Paul’s got to get back to visiting all those other soundcasts! In this clip, Paul starts to get into having been a guest on Larry King’s show…

The Midnight Miracle
The Midnight Miracle is a soundcast that came out of a summer camp that Dave Chappelle put on in Ohio. The show description calls it “a thought-provoking podcast that uniquely blends the salon and variety show traditions while providing a glimpse into the inner lives of hosts Talib Kweli, yasiin bey, Dave Chappelle, and friends.” It’s available under Apple Podcasts’ new paid subscription model, so I couldn’t get an ordinary clip from the show BUT they released this two minute blurp – that’s a cross between a blip and a blurb – so here you go…

You had enough? Me, too. Be sure to pop in next week for Tyson Saner and Episode 259’s rasher of soundcast clippage. Remember to give a listen to me guesting on the Jock Doc Podcast. If you want advanced voting rights, I guess you’ll have to find someplace more forward-thinking that the USA. And if anyone asks if you’ve heard anything good lately, feel free to pass that ol’ devil Succotash!

— Marc Hershon