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Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched 11 years ago 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 co-host Tyson Saner, booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have been keeping the flame alive o'er these many years.

Mar 24, 2021

Howdy, chum! I am Marc Hershon, your every-other-weekly host for Episode 245 of Succotash Shut-In, the Soundcast Stimulus Package. And this week I come to you semi-immune to the coronavirus, more commonly known as COVID-19. One shot down, one shot to go. I don’t want to seem overly eager to get the next dose over and done with, but my wife and I ARE now starting to plan a getaway to Hawaii just to get the hell outta town for the first time in over a year.

Switching gears: In case you missed my awesome co-host for last week’s Epi244, you can still catch Tyson Saner and his lineup of soundcast clips that included Mayim Bialik's BreakdownHumboldt Holding Up, and Behind the Bastards. Find it on Apple or Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, the Laughable app, iHeart Radio, YouTube, or right on our very own homesite,

I have no clips for you this week but, instead, a visit with Michael Rowe, who started out as a standup comedian but who went on to become a comedy writer and producer for TV. Mike’s been nominated for a half dozen Emmy Awards for his work on Futurama and Family Guy – and he even took one home. He also got a WEBBY Award for his own animated series, The Paranormal Action Squad.

Mike’s one of those guys with long roots in comedy that I should know – we have tons of friends in common. In fact, I was turned onto Mike by Jon Manfrellotti, a friend and comic who was on Succotash a decade ago – WAY back in Episode 16! Mike has got a new book coming out — a memoir — called It’s A Funny Thing: How the Professional Comedy Business Made me Fat and Bald.

This chat was actually recorded a couple of weeks ago and I have now finished It’s A Funny Thing. It’s available at Amazon for sure, BearManer Media, and we have links up at the blog entry for this episode at

Tyson will be with you next week for Episode 246 and I’ll be back the week after that. In the meantime, keep your nose clean, your feel wiped, your teeth brushed, your hands washed, and your faced covered while you socially distance. And, if anyone asked if you’ve heard anything good lately, please do not hesitate to pass the Succotash.

— Marc Hershon