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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.

Aug 25, 2020

Hi. Marc Hershon here, host of Epi217 of Succotash. In honor of the pandemic – wait, that doesn’t sound right. Because of the pandemic, we’ve repositioned ourselves and our full name is currently as Succotash Shut-In: The Soundcast Stimulus Package. Mostly because we saw that the ratings for soundcasts – or “podcasts” as older folks refer to them – has dropped precipitously. So we’re cranking these things out once a week now, regular as a guy with a double espresso and a pint of prune juice.

If you missed last week, episode 216, you didn’t get to hear my co-host Tyson Saner share clips from a trio of shows, including Trashy TrashyDeluxe Edition: Yet Another Pop Culture Podcast, and I Don't Want to Talk About Fight Club Anymore. You can still grab it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever find soundcasts appear.

This show is not ALL about comedy soundcast clips. No, sir or ma’am. We sometimes do our own thing, like the SleeveTalkers pilot episode we featured a couple of months ago. And we like to talk to soundcasters, and comedians, and other showbiz folk. (Hell, I’d talk to a carny, if the chance presents itself.) But today, for Epi217, we’ve got a special guest. He’s a comedian, an actor, a writer, a director, a producer, a father, a son, a husband, maybe a member of the Illuminati but, more than anything, he is a soundcaster, too.

Mike Birbiglia joins us today. We’re going to talk about his latest soundcast – he’s had a few – and Working It Out with Mike Birbiglia has been getting some rave notices. From me, for one, as I reviewed a recent episode for this Week in Comedy Podcasts on Vulture.com. The premise of the show is that he has interesting, creative guests on and he talks to them about their lives but also what is it that they’re working on RIGHT NOW.

Before I get to our chat in this installment, I clip a bit of that episode I reviewed first, featuring his guest Roy Wood, Jr., a funny comedian you may recognize from The Daily Show and – from aways back – Last Comic Standing. Our sponsors this episode include Henderson's Pants, featuring their newest line: Henderson's Summer Stock Slacks, and Trumpoetry.com.

Big thanks to Mike Birbiglia for taking the time out of his busy day to chat for a bit. You can catch his soundcast, Working It Out with Mike Birbiglia on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or right from his own homesite: Birbigs.com.

If you liked what you heard, don’t be afraid to drop by Apple Podcasts to orate and review the show. Tyson will be back next week with a passle o’ comedy soundcast clips. And in the meantime, stay safe, breathe shallow, and remember to please, pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon