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Chillpak Hollywood Hour, that is. In Epi4 of Succotash, my special guests this show are Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, hosts of the podcast which just marked its fourth year on the web. And, I should mention, a model of consistency, having gotten up every week of those 4 years.

I got a chance to catch up with D & P on the occasion of the US premiere of The Truth Is Out There, a documentary delving into conspiracy theories of every stripe. (I favorably reviewed TTIOT on Huffington Post a couple of months ago.) Shortly before the movie got underway at the Retro Dome in San Jose, California, I was able to sit down with the two — Dean serves as the host for the movie, which Phil was the moviemaker who shot, chopped and shopped the film — in their hotel room.

The interview, featured on Succotash this episode, is interspersed with half dozen podcast clips, including:

  Featuring guest Adam Pally

  Doug Benson with guest Paul F. Tompkins

• The Adam Carolla Show

  With guest Albert Brooks

The Titus Podcast

  Christopher Titus' Armageddon Update

The Glory Hole

  With guest Samm Levine

Professor Blastoff

  Tig, Kyle & David talk about the Afterlife

Of the clips in this episode, I was especially delighted to get to hear Albert Brooks, a comic mind that tends to stay way too far off the radar, as a guest with Adam Carolla. Maybe one has to be a comic nerd to truly appreciate that some of today's comedy podcasts — like The Adam Carolla Show, WTF with Marc Maron and Greg Fitzsimmons' FitzDog Radio — are likely the only places you're going to find lengthy, in-depth interviews with some of the best comedians of all time.

We're starting to get more clips submitted by you comedy podcasters out there but keep 'em coming! (Since you know your show better than I do, chances are that the 3-5 minute snippet you send me will be more representative of what you do that I'll be able to find...) And for you podcast listeners out there, let us know of your favorite we haven't featured yet! Send any and all emails to

Until next, please pass the Succotash!


Marc Hershon

Direct download: Succotash_04_5_29_11.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:01pm PDT

Truth_poster THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE follows actor-artist-inventor-improv comic Dean Haglund (best know as one of the computer-hacking Lone Gunmen from "The X-Files" and their own spin-off series) as he travels the world, hoping to learn what it means to search for the truth in a world where conspiracies, or conspiracy theories are everywhere.

(IS there a conspiracy to keep people from going to the U.S. premiere on Saturday, May 21st, at the Retro Dome in San Jose? If this is the first you're hearing about the movie, maybe so...)

A true epic that is equal parts comedy, consciousness and conspiracy, the film had its World Premiere on 30 April at the British Film Institute in London.

"This is one of those films that you will have to watch more than once. It's a timeless piece of work and destined to become a legend." - John Bryan, SlideTV

"All in all, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE is a call to all eager for more knowledge and new insights: They should dare to think beyond current boundaries and not let anyone limit their power of imagination. It is not THE truth that is out there, but rather several truths that wait to be discovered." - Anastasia Hansen, The Junction (Germany).

"THE TRUTH JUST MIGHT BE IN HERE - Examines the world of conspiracy theories in a refreshing and novel way." - Marc Hershon, The Huffington Post (Hey, that's ME!!!)

On Saturday 21 May, at The Retro Dome in San Jose, California, we will be having the US Premiere of the film. The screening will be followed by a brief intermission, and then Dean Haglund and director Phil Leirness will take the stage to do a live installment of their weekly podcast show, Chillpak Hollywood Hour. They will answer questions from the audience and share stories of our adventures on the road.

Because Dean, Phil and producer Lyle Skosey are completely self-distributing the film, they are relying on the help of kindred spirits to help get the TRUTH out there.

If there is anyone you know in, or near, the San Francisco Bay Area, who might enjoy what I expect to be a really fun night, I'd greatly appreciate you helping the guys spread the word.

Tickets can and should be obtained in advance exclusively through Everbrite.

Movie info, the trailer and a link to the tickets can be found at the official site.

Category:Movie -- posted at: 10:22am PDT

Succotash Epi 3 w/Guest Co-Host Dana Carvey

A bit of a delay to get to this, Succotash Epi3, but I was waiting for our guest co-host to clear enough of his schedule to join me in the studio. Since Dana Carvey was going to be the show's first guest, I wanted it to try to get it right. And I think we did!

He had a bit of a time crunch, so this epi's a little light on the podcast commentary in favor of time spent with Dana in the studio. Nonetheless, we manage to get in as many comedy podcast snippets as we have in the two previous episodes. Check out what we've got in store for you this time...

After Hours with Mark Pitta

Delicious Mediocrity

The Longshot Podcast

The Green Room with Sean Green

Ham Radio with Brett Hamil

What Duvet Said

Chillpak Hollywood Hour

David Feldman Comedy Show

Waking From The American Dream with Kelly Carlin

WTF with Marc Maron

Dana is just the first guest we have in mind for Succotash - stay tuned for upcoming episodes where we'll feature both interviews and guest co-hosting stints from your favorite comedian and/or podcasters!

As I've mentioned before, there are a TON of comedy podcasts out there, so if you ARE a podcaster or a listener who would like to recommend we feature one of your faves, please email me directly at with information about the podcast you're thinking about.

Until next time, please pass the Succotash!


Marc Hershon

Direct download: Succotash_03_5_15_11.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:58am PDT

There's been a slight break between Succotash Episodes 2 and 3 but, never fear, we ARE in pre-production. Just a eensy delay due to actual paying work. But we appreciate the mentions, tweets and Facebook comments about the show. We've also been receiving snippets from comedy podcasts that would like us to take a look at them (Thanks, Sean Green of The Green Room! We'll be hearing from your clip on the upcoming episode of Succotash!)

If you're curious to find out more about host Marc Hershon (aka "me"), we urge you to click on over to Comedy A-Go-Go, where Dave Nelson is featuring his interview with yours truly from just after our debut episode. (The embedded link goes to Dave's website, but you can subscribe to Comedy A-Go-Go via iTunes as well.)

TEASER: In addition to The Green Room, on the upcoming epi3 of Succotash, we're going to be giving a listen to What Duvet Said with Jason Duplissea and Rob Cell, The Longshot Podcast, and we might even give a cut from Doug Stanhope's new album, Oslo, Burning The Bridge To Nowhere, a listen.

Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am PDT