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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.

Dec 1, 2020

We are Succotash Shut-In, the Soundcast Stimulus Package, which means we’re here to help keep the entire soundcast industry solvent by featuring clips from a variety of comedy soundcasts from around the world. Why? Because even in the face of the literally hundreds of thousands of shows out there in Soundcastland, the numbers have been falling off since this pandemic started – less people commuting to work, working out in gyms, and killing time at their desks with earbuds in to shut out the cacophony of the office. Oh, and sometimes we also do interviews.

Who’s “we”? It’s not the royal We, as in me talking about myself in grandiose terms. I AM half of the “we”, namely Marc Hershon, and I host Succotash Shut-In on an every-other-weekly basis. I share these duties with the other half of “we”, Tyson Saner, who just hosted Episode 230, in which he featured snippets from soundcasts Lie Hard With A VengeanceKasting Cuzzin, and Review Revue. You can still grab that installment at out homesite, SuccotashShow.com, or from a designated soundcast listening post such as Apple or Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeart Radio, the Laughable app, the list goes on and on.

Let’s get down to the business of show, shall we? I’ve been kind of dragging my feet on this one because I’m not sure how it’s going to go over. I’ve got clips from FIVE shows this episode but instead of regular clips – you know, a three to five minute chunk of a show so you can get the flavor of it – I’ve scraped together a bunch of bloopers. Times when things didn’t go quite as planned OR times that we were never intended to hear but they decided to drop the tracks on us anyway. We’ve got bloopers from Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, A Paranormal Chicks, Roll Out!, Who Back When, and Voyage to the Stars.

This whole mess is brought to you by our longtime sponsors Hendersons Pants, makers of the new Santa Pants, and Trumpoetry.com.

CLIPS

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
First up is a candid slice from one of my favorite soundcasts that I like to listen to pretty much week in and week out, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend. Great guests, fun chats with Conan, his trust assistant, Sona Movsesian, and the show’s producer Matt Gourley, who is also a past guest and, dare I say, a friend of the show. Maybe, I don’t know if he’d take my call but probably, right? A recent gust was comedian Colin Quinn, was really, really funny. But it seems that Colin is a might tech-challenged and had a hell of a time getting set up to do the interview via Zoom, which most of the show have been resorting to because of the pandemic. So Conan let the audio of the attempts to get things set up roll at the end of the show, and I’ve got some of that for you right here…

A Paranormal Chicks
I back into this next soundcast, A Paranormal Chicks, by finding a blooper teaser reel of the show floating around on the web. Really didn’t know too much about it before but the two hosts, Donna and Kerri, sound like a lot of fun. The show describes itself as a “true crime and paranormal comedy podcast” – or soundcasts, as we prefer – and that’s their formula: one paranormal story and one true crime story along the way in every episode. But into every soundcast a little havoc must fall, as it did for our plucky hosts the day a cockroach showed up in their studio…

Roll Out!
If you dig RPGs – AKA role playing games – like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Star Wars, Warhammer, etc., etc., there are a bunch of fun gamecasts out there. Some with people playing games, some with people talking about game play. I’m a particular fan of Brian Posehn’s Nerd Poker and the Critical Role soundcasts but that’s because D&D is my jam. Roll Out! Is another such soundcast where they play an ongoing campaign. Their game is Masks: A New Generation, and it’s a superhero-based world, I believe. Not really that familiar with that particular game. But they’re got a collected set of bloopers out there so I grabbed a sequence of several in a row – completely out of context – but it makes for some pretty entertaining listening. Here are some of the cast of Roll Out!

Who Back When
If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you may already be clued into Who Back When, a long-running soundcast about all things Who that’s based in England. While they take their Doctors seriously, the current crew on the show  - Marie, Drew, Jim and Leon – clearly have fun since they release a blooper collection for every season of their show. The cluster of boo-boos I have for you are from their fourth season reel and, like so many bloopers, these don’t have a whole lot of context unless you are familiar with the episodes they were cut out of…and, even then, you may not recognize them.

Voyage to the Stars
The last blooptastic soundcast I have for you is from a very funny sci-fi narrative show called Voyage to the Stars. There’s a whole host of funny-ass people onboard including Colton Dunn, Felicia Day, Kirsten Vangsness, Steve Berg, and friend-of-Succotash Janet Varney. If I remember correctly, there’s a lot of improvisation that happens in this show – in fact, it may be ALL improvised – and when that happens your cast is often likely to paint themselves into a narrative corner with the more details they cook up and then trying to remember everything. So no surprise they have a pile of bloopers saved up – here are just a few…

That does it for my great experiment – an episode full of bloopers. A Succotash of succotash, if you will. If you enjoyed it then this IS Succotash Shut-In, the Soundcast Stimulus Package. If you don’t enjoy it, then this is Fresh Air with Terry Gross. That’s going to did it for me until the week after next. My partner-in-clips Tyson Saner is here next week for Epi232. I have to ask Tyson when his next episode of The Anti Social Show is going to drop. That’s another soundcast that Tyson co-hosts, along with Hunter Block, and those fellows had me on as a guest recently and I’m waiting to listen.

Final bits of business here. If you are a comedy soundcaster and want to hear your clip on this show, you can either wait until Tyson or I find your show OR you can submit your own damn clip directly to us! You can directly upload a 3-5 minute MP3 clip to us at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash. Include some detail about your show and we’ll pop it into an upcoming episode. Please do us the great favor of rating and reviewing Succotash Shut-In on Apple Podcasts. And follow us on the socials – it’s @SuccotashShow on Insta and Twitter, and we have the Succotash Show Page on Facebook. Other than that, our friend Bill Heywatt has information on how you can reach Tyson and me coming up in the close so I will just implore you, as I often do, if anyone asks if you’re heard any good soundcasts lately, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon