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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.

Jun 30, 2020

Welcome to Episode 209 of Succotash Shut-In, the Soundcast Stimulus Package. As you may have figured out by now, this soundcast sports TWO hosts, and we switch off episodes every week in order to be able to crank these shows out. The other guy is Tyson Saner, and if you missed out on him bringing you Epi208 last week, where he featured clips from a trio of lovely comedy soundcasts – including Six Seasons & a Podcast, The Bitter Sound, and Deliver Us From Disney, it’s not too late to listen to that installment. It’s available on our homesite, SuccotashShow.com, as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, the Laughable app and all over the web.

Diverting away from playing clips from comedy soundcasts this time around, I am bringing you a Special Presentation! Among the things I was working on when I stepped away from fulltime hosting duties of Succotash a couple of years ago was writing and producing a pilot episode for a new comedy narrative soundcast. It was based on a project I had been curating on Twitter for a number of years, dating back to the last year of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Myself and a number of comedy writing minds were on Twitter, tweeting as a contingent of Secret Service agents who were on the overnight shift at the White House. We called this shift the Third Detail, and these agents were not the sharpest tools in the shed.  Our project sort of lost momentum and was more or less abandoned during the Obama Administration but then, in 2017, after Donald Trump took office, I began to realize that maybe there was new life in our old idea. I thought of it as a TV show and pitched that concept to some producers I know. They suggested that if I were to put it up as a soundcast series, we might be able to get some traction and then use THAT as a selling tool for television.

So I worked on a pilot script, with the help of Jeannene Hansen, a San Francisco comedian who had been instrumental in the version of the concept on Twitter. I reached out to a number of talented voice folks to be the cast of the show. And Joe Paulino, our esteemed engineer/producer for Succotash, applied his expertise to pull everything together technically. It took us a couple of months to get everything they way we liked it and I started trying to shop it around to some soundcast networks to see if we could sell it as a show. We got some nibbles, and it even went into contracts with one company but we were unable to come to terms that worked for everyone and so, to date, the show remains in limbo.

Until now.

I realized the least I can is honor the folks that have helped to make this pilot episode happen by releasing it here on Succotash Shut-In. I want to thank my amazing cast: Matt Weinhold, Joe Paulino, Jeannene Hansen, Kenny StevensonDorien DaviesPhil LeirnessDavian DentLily HollemanCeleste Perry, and a special appearance by Dana Carvey as Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Barack Obama.

I am proud to be presenting the pilot episode of SleeveTalkers: Adventures of the Third Detail without commercial interruption/ I really hope you enjoy it.

Tyson Saner will be here next week for Episode 210 with a rack of comedy soundcast clips, and I will be onboard the week following that with even more clips for your listening pleasure. Until then, wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t be racist, and please pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon