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Succotash Shut-In


Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched in 2011 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 booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, associate producer Tyson Saner, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have kept the flame alive o'er these many years. In 2018, Hershon abandoned the host chair and anointed Saner to the position, with nary a notice from the legions of listeners. Typical.

May 5, 2020

Thank you, Bill Heywatt. Holy cats! We’re back! After what may have been the shortest hiatus in soundcast history! Hello. Welcome. I’m Marc Hershon, this show’s original host, then executive producer, and now sort-of-co-host, for Season 4 of what we’re calling Succotash Shut-In, the Soundcast Stimulus Package.

First off, if you’re wondering what’s happened to host Tyson Saner, worry not. He and I have a little chat just a few minutes into the show to fill you in on what our plan is for this crazy, locked-down Season 4. And he will be back every other week – switching off with me, to bring you a fresh batch of Succotash – meaning clips from a wide variety of comedy soundcasts AND also some interviews – each and every week! That’s our plan, anyway. Tyson and I will be doing our part to help fan the flame of soundcasting during these uncertain times, by giving you a place to listen in on a few minutes of some specially curated content. Then it’s up to you to decide if you want to got start downloading full episodes of those shows for your listening enjoyment.

You can see how we do and rate us appropriately on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, the Laughable app, and anywhere else fine soundcasts are streamed and or downloaded.

Let me tell you what soundcasts we’ll be featuring this episode. We’ve got clips from The Ron Burgundy Podcast, Shooters Gotta Shoot, The Cannon Canon, and the Monster Party soundcast. Plus, somewhere in the middle of all that, I have a quick revisit with Phil Leirness, co-host of the Chillpak Hollywood Hour! (If you’re thinking you just heard from Phil, you’re right – he was the last guest of the last episode of the previous season of Succotash.)

This episode is also sponsored by Henderson’s Pants TurtleNeck® Slacks.

THE CLIPS

The Ron Burgundy Podcast
Will Ferrell is now into his second season reprising the role of Ron Burgundy, made famous from the Anchorman movies, in an iHeart Radio production called The Ron Burgundy Podcast. Assisted by his ever-suffering…assistant Carolina Barlow, it seems that Ron may never quite realize that this isn’t actually a radio show. He has frequently has guests on — some real, some fictional — but in a recent episode entitled “From Lassie to Jesus”, he and Carolina have the studio to themselves and Ron is set to tell us about the top 10 people he’d like to meet in heaven. Our clip’s from the top of the show, just because I find Ferrell so funny before he even gets to the premise of the show.

Shooters Gotta Shoot
Shooters Gotta Shoot soundcast features comedian Erica Spera and businesswoman Molly DeMellier – both former NCAA athletes who know how to get what they want except, according to the show’s official website, when it comes to men. Telling it like it is, with a generous dollop of humor thrown in, they explore the complicated, frustrating and bizarre realities of dating as headstrong, twenty-something women in New York City. And they have guests! Recently, that included comedian Francis Ellis, whom you can also catch on soundcasts Barstool Sports and BroBible, who came on to discuss the 5 “love languages”. In this clip they’re talking about rings.

The Cannon Canon
Gotta brand new soundcast for you by a couple of UCB’ers, Frank Garcia-Hejl and Geoff Garlock, called The Cannon Canon. No, it’s not about the TV series Cannon, featuring William Conrad as a generously-proportioned PI that ran from 1971-76. Instead, these guys are going to deconstruct every movie that was produced by Cannon Films. They kicked it off with a deep dive into Death Wish II, starring Charles Bronson, and along for the ride is actor pal Noah Segan. Here’s a clip where they get into some of the nit and the grit of the movie. (Considering there are at least 46 more films in the Cannon Canon, these guys are going to be kept busy for about a year if they drop one episode a week.)

Monster Party
We round out this first episode of our 4th season of Succotash with not just a personal favorite, but one of the only soundcasts around that actually likes having me on as a guest: Monster Party! Featuring a quartet of hosts, including comedian, writer, longtime friend of the ‘Tash and a personal pal o’ mine, Matt Weinhold, as well Shawn SheridanLarry Strothe, and James Gonis, fine gentlemen all. This show was borne of the hosts’ love for all things horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and all around nerdtastical, conceived when they sat around drinking in a shared hotel room at the San Diego Comic Con many years ago. It’s that same kind of discussion, but in soundcast form. Episodes can run two or three hours, usually with guest, where they proceed to drink and discuss movies and TV shows around various theme. I recently was invited back for my second visit, this time via Zoom thanks to COVID-19, and the theme was Hexes, Spells, and Curses. Here’s how part of that went…

ADIOS

And that’s it. The first episode of the new season of Succotash Shut-In is complete. Here’s hoping you enjoy the new shorter format, and that you’ll take the time to check out some (if not all) the soundcasts we sampled for you. And same as before, if you ARE a comedy soundcaster and would like us to feature a clip from your showyou can take the initiative and upload a 3 to 5 minute swatch of your program directly to us by going to hightail.com/u/Succotash.

We’re looking for a nice sponsor or two to help us offset the costs of production and streaming Succotash so if you know of anyone or ARE anyone who is interested, please contact me directly at m-a-r-c@SuccotashShow.com. We will also likely be putting our PayPal donation button back up soon, a link to our Succotashery for merch, and maybe even a Patreon page.

In lieu of donations, and until we meet again, I will remind you to tell your friends about us by simply passing the Succotash! Good-bye.

— Marc Hershon