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Yes, indeed, I remain Marc Hershon, your humble host and all-beef luncheon meat for Epi145, the post-Christmas, mid-Hanukah, pre-New Year's installment of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. I hope your holidays are being grand and we appreciate you taking us along during through this winter wonderland.

Unless you’re in Australia, like our friends Dean Haglund from the Chillpak Hollywood Hour or Jabs from the DHead Factor, because its summer down under.

Is there anything more festive than passing the Succotash for the holidays? I think not.

This is an installment of Succotash Clips, where we feature snippets from comedy soundcasts from around the internet. The lion’s share of this epi’s clippage comes from our Associate Producer Tyson Saner. I snagged a couple of 'em, but no one sent any clips in this time. You’re always welcome to, BTW, and it’s so easy – just click on over to http://hightail.com/u/Succotash and you can directly upload your 3-5 minute MP3 or WAV soundcast clips to us.

Coming up this show we’ll be featuring samples from the aforementioned Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Just In Time, Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw, Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker, Pepper In The Salt Shaker, Talk It Out, and Tokyo Hotel.  In addition we have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with our resident political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. And this episode, as are they all have been since we started, is Henderson’s Pants, which is bringing back their Auld Lang Slacks just in time for the New Year.

CATCH ME/US LIVE IN 2017

A couple of places that I’ll be appearing live coming up in the New Year are both connected to the 16th Annual San Francisco Sketchfest, which takes place every January in the city. Over 400 shows and hundreds of venues across town – it’s a great time to be alive and a fan of comedy.

Sunday, January 15th, I’ll be moderating a discussion just before the 40th Anniversary screening of Kentucky Fried Movie. That’ll be live, onstage, at the Castro Theatre with director John Landis, and the producers – the Zucker Brothers and Jim Abraham.

A week later, on Sunday, January 22nd, we’ll be doing a live episode of Succotash, on stage at Piano Fight in the Tenderloin. Our booth announcer Bill Heywatt will be there, as well as some comedy soundcasts and comedians as well, for 90 minutes of fun-filled…fun.

You can find out all the information including ticket prices and locations by visiting http://SFSketchfest.com.

NO ONLINE REVIEWS THIS WEEK

Because of the holidays, I have no soundcast reviews on either Splitsider.com or Huffington Post this week. Instead, Splitsider asked me to write up a little piece on my “Best Medicine” to chase away the holiday blues – and that’s the movie Time Bandits! Terry Gilliam, the director, just had the whole thing remastered so it looks great and you can catch it streaming online now.

A FEW EXTRA SOUNDCASTS OUT THIS WEEK

I appear on a trio of soundcasts that dropped this week, so I thought I would provide you with links here. I am the Narrator for the Casa Mirth Christmas Spectacular, featuring a pile of soundcasters from all over the world. I talk about It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World on the Movies Made Me soundcast with Cheryl Jones. And I talk about trademarks and branding with John Klymshyn on his Your StartUp Advisors soundcast as well. Check 'em out!

THE CLIPS

Chillpak Hollywood Hour
One of the drivers for me starting Succotash in the first place, nigh on 6 years ago, was listening to Chillpak Hollywood Hour, helmed then as it is now by those paragons of soundcast royalty, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness. They are in the midst of their 10th year and just a couple of weeks ago dropped their 500th episode. To commemorate the event, or maybe it was just to do something different, Dean and Phil took a field trip to the historic Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale – a cemetery of legendary proportions. Here’s a little bit of their meanderings.

Just In Time
Our Associate Producer Tyson Saner clipped us off a hunk of the Just In Time soundcast and it’s interesting to note that this is one of those shows that is defined a bit by the fact there isn’t a whole lot of information about the hosts, the show itself of anything else that ‘s available to read online. You definitely have to be a listener to know what’s going on with Just In Time. Tyson could glean that one host is named Rookie or sometimes just “Rook”, and another is DJ. Plus there might be a third voice. It seems there may have even been a fourth host at one time. From SoundCloud Tyson got this description: “Small town comedy podcast. Three broke stoners with a hint of geek discuss everything from movies, comics, sports, random everyday life, and embarrassing personal stories. New Episode every Tuesday.” This clip is from Epi54 this past November 15th, and the episode is entitled “Legal Butt Bush In The Middle of the Bio Dome.”

Talk It Out
Another Yuletide harvest from Tyson is from Talk It Out, which proclaims itself to be a “Millennial-focused podcast that is entertaining, educational and, at the same time, controversial.” The hosts are Gabby, KT, Joy, and Tuesday, and our clip is from their episode entitled, “Don’t Save Us; We Don’t Wanna Be Saved” You have to just love how Millennials tend to think they’ve pretty much got a lock on everything…and maybe they do.

Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw
I’ve reviewed the soundcast Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw several times for Splitsider and I may have featured it here on the show once before. The premise is pretty simple -  Joseph basically brings on people to talk about a topic that they tend to obsess over. It’s a little like Jackie Kashian’s Dork Forest in that regard. In one of his most recent drops, Joseph and his guests get into the Beatles and Beck, which gets pretty down into the weeds as his guests are already prone to obsessing over minutiae — they’re Pete the Retailer and Alex Robinson, the hosts of the Star Wars Minute soundcast, where each episode is devoted a single minute of the Star Wars films.

Pepper In The Salt Shaker
Tyson snipped us off a piece of a show that’s only been around since October, called Pepper In The Salt Shaker. I’m used to hearing soundcasts from people who don’t want people they work for or their parents knowing what they’re talking about so only go be first names or nicknames. The two hosts of P in the SS, who describe themselves in show notes on SoundCloud as "two new Hoosier millennial dads” go only by their initial D and AP. They refer to their show as a “hastily edited grab-bag of stories, rants and general dick-headery that will make you laugh, cry, and could quite possible make you shit yourself.” Okay. Talk order. See if this chunk has you scrambling for the Wet Wipes…

Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker
If you’re unfamiliar with Tim Heidecker, you realistically have no one to blame by yourself. He’s a comedian, writer, director, actor and a musician. He’s one half of the comedy team of Tim & Eric, with Eric Wareheim. He’s put together a fistful of TV shows and has been in some movies so, naturally, its time to branch into the bastard world of soundcasting. Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker is pretty fresh. He just takes Skype calls for an hour and a half from anyone who wants to call and asks him questions about pretty much everything.

Tokyo Hotel
Interview shows and yackfests between three or more people are just find as far as soundcasting goes, but I’ve made no secret of the fact that I really can get onboard with some of the great narrative series that have been cropping up during the past couple of years. Something with structure and stories, y’know? SO I am all over this new soundcast called Tokyo Hotel from the Australian Broadcasting Company. It’s 8 episodes that take place at this rundown but formerly grand Los Angeles hotel. Rather than just pull out a scene, we just let the show’s opening intro set it up for you.

EXTRA LINKS MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

Survey by SpareMin app creator Oliver Wellington

World's Smallest Playable Comedy Album by Jason Klamm

3 Still Standing documentary coming to Amazon Prime featuring Will Durst, Larry Brown, and Johnny Steele

That’s going to do it until our next episode. Remember that we’re going to be at Sketchfest in San Francisco in January. Help us out if you can with a rating and review on iTunes. Use the Amazon banner at the top of our SuccotashShow.com homesite to do your shopping because we get a little something something for that. Click the Donate button. Buy some of our merch. Have yourself a fantastic New Year’s celebration and whatever you do, wherever you go, don’t forget to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, ‘tis I. Marc Hershon — your humble host and seasonal perennial for Epi144 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. This is an installment of Succotash Chats, where we pin down some unlucky wretch from the world of soundcasting and interview the bejeezus out of them.

Our Special Guest this episode is Ben Tippett, host of the Titanium Physicists Podcast. I'm only calling it a podcast instead of a soundcast because that’s in the official title of the show. Plus Dr. Tippett insists on the term “podcast”. He’s not a fan of the soundcast moniker.

Ben's show is NOT a comedy soundcast in the classic meaning of the term. He is neither a comedian nor is the content overtly intended to be humorous. But, as you will see, he IS funny and the show itself leans heavily that way as well.

ALSO ON THE SHOW

In addition to our Special Guest Ben Tippet, we have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst and a dip into the Tweetsack. Plus we have what may be the last song by our old pal Abner Serd for a while — I tell you why towards the end of the show. And, of course, this installment of Succotash Chats is brought to you by our friends at Henderson’s Pants, exclusive makers of Santa Pants.

SHAMELESS PLUG

If you are going to be in the San Francisco area during January, chances are you will be in shouting distance of the 16th Annual S.F. Sketchfest. And I will be appearing not once but twice during this hallowed affair. On Sunday, January 15th, I will be moderating a panel before the 40th anniversary screening of Kentucky Fried Movie. I was just graduating high school when KFM came out and it was amazing. Bizarre, hilarious, and just great fun with a crazy cast, directed by John Landis, written and produced by the Zucker Brothers and Jim Abraham — the same guys who later brought us the Airplane! movies, the Police Squad TV series, which led directly to the Naked Gun movies. That will be at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.

And then a week later, on Sunday, January 22nd, I’ll be bringing Succotash to Sketchfest at 4 PM at Piano Fight  in the Tenderloin. We’ll have a live 90-minute show and  a great lineup of podcasters and comics. So for both or either of those shows, visit http://SFSketchfest.com to get tickets and further details.

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

If you’re going to be doing any shopping for the holidays by way of Amazon, please do use the Amazon banner at the top of the http://SuccotashShow.com homesite – when you access their site through our site, we get a tasty little morsel of a kickback, and that money helps to cover the production costs of this show. If you’re not in a buying mood, visit out homesite anyway and just click the Donate button. Every penny you donate goes to offset the production costs and upkeep for this soundcast.

And that, my friend, is that. Succotash Chats Epi144 is just another piece of soundcast history now. Hopefully we’ll have another installment dropping before Christmas but, just in case we don’t, have a very merry one and don’t forget to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, it’s me. Marc Hershon — your host and hot cross bun for Epi143 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. We actually kick off this installment of Succotash Clips with the first of two musical offerings from our chum Abner Serd over at his Shaggy Dogs & Tall Tales soundcast.

We've got a pile of snippets from comedy soundcasts to share with you. They’ve been gathered from near and far by our Associate Producer Tyson Saner, yours truly, and a few sent in by podcasters themselves via our direct upload link at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash.

 Included in this show are clips from 2 Dope Queens, 288 Podcast, Bertcast, Mouth Time with Reductress, Proudly Resents, and Rex Rivetter, Private Eye.

In addition we have a post-election Burst O' Durst segment by political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, plus a month-and-a-half old chat with Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds) from the Podcast Lab at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. I’m also going to feature a good old-fashioned folk song — Jesse James Blues by a friend of mine, Patrick Hanlon. And there’s also another song from our buddy Abner Serd, not to mention a long-awaited return to the Tweetsack with our Carnival of Convivial Comradeship.

Also, this epi is brought to you in timely fashion by Henderson’s Turkey Trousers. If you want to do it up right for Thanksgiving this year, stop dressing at the kids’ table and get yourself some Turkey Trousers from Henderson’s Pants!

 A COUPLA PLUGS

In the real world, you can catch me live if you’re in the Bay Area, specifically in Marin County, on December 1st when I’ll be hosting a Conversation with Michael Krazny. You may know Michael from NPR. He’s a humorist, a commentator and an author. And we’ll be at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael starting at 7:30 PM. You can find out more at http://hersh.co/krazny120116.

 Then in January, Succotash has been invited to participate in the 16th Annual San Francisco Sketchfest! They're going to have us do a kind of roundtable with a bunch of the podcasters they’re have on hand. Too early to tell you who’s on the docket yet, but I’ll keep you informed. We’re going to be on Saturday, January 22nd, at 4:30, at Piano Fight in the city. Go to http://www.SFSketchfest.com for tix and deets.

THE CLIPS

2 Dope Queens
One of the hottest shows to pop onto the soundcast radar this past year has been 2 Dope Queens with the absolutely delightful Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, plus their favorite comedians who join them for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. They’re deep into their second season now, and our Associate Producer Tyson Saner has shaved us off a taste from their Epi17, “Fifty Shades of Matthew McConaughey”, where they’re joined by The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand. That interview was bookended by two comedians, and Tyson mentioned that the show, to him, feels like a well produced LIVE talk show devoid of FCC regulations. I like that description.

Proudly Resents
There are lots and lots of fans of Adventure Time out there and friend-of-Succotash Adam Spiegelman recently talked with staff writer Kent Osborne (also star of Uncle Kent and Uncle Kent 2), on his Proudly Resents soundcast. (Adam and I were supposed to try to coffee it up when I was in LA for the Podfest back in September but between his new child and my not wanting to lose my coveted spot in the Podcast Lab, we couldn’t do it.)

288 Podcast
We had another clip uploaded to us from Matt Slayer, co-host of the 288 Podcast. I met Matt and his wife, Draven Star, in the Podcast Lab last September during the LA Podfest. They are an…interesting couple. Draven Star is an award-winning Erotic Video performer, they like bourbon — the name of their show is taken from 288 Bourbon — and their show is sort of a tribute to the Explicit rating on iTunes, you might say, In the clip they sent along, they interview porn actress Ella Nova.

Bertcast
Congratulations to comedian Bert Kreischer, who just passed the 200 episode mark on his Bertcast soundcast! Tyson snipped us off a bit of Bert’s epi 201, where he chats with guest and fellow comic and soundcaster Zane Lamprey about the secrets of successful crowdfunding.

Bert’s show is not the only soundcast to hit 200 episodes this week – big shout out to the Strange Times Show that also hit epi 200! Way to go Davian Dent, Kat Sorens, and Samantha Pett!

Rex Rivetter, Private Eye
We’re definitely in a period of soundcasting where the well-produced narrative is beginning to blossom. Tyson Saner grabbed us a clip from Rex Rivetter, Private Eye, which the show description calls “a modern radio drama”. Set in 1955, it’s a hard-boiled P-I comic thriller, starring Randy Coule as Rex and series director Rhiannon McAfee as Jenny McIntosh. Epi8, which this clip is from, is called Triple Indemnity. (It’s actually part 2, but Tyson pulled this chunk because it features friend-of-Succotash Sabrina Charlie Miller (Changes In Latitudes) in the role of Luca.

Mouth Time w/Reductress
The immensely popular site Reductress has been pumping out a soundcast with the great title of Mouth Time since March of this year. Tyson snipped us off a clip, featuring co-hosts Quenn and Div who “give you everything you expect from a women’s magazine in 2016.” (Tyson said he just HAD to finally check out the show because he’s been binge-listening to Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast on Stitcher and he says every ad he has heard has been for Mouth Time. This clip is from Epi74: “Cold Storage Facility in a Chicken Farm.” Check out more Mouthtime on iTunes, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio. And don’t forget that you can now find Succotash on iHeartRAdio, too, and YouTube! We don’t have a video component tho the show, but you can listen to us anyway!

GIVING THANKS

I wanted to be sure to thank those of you who have been using the Amazon banner at the top of the page on our http://SuccotashShow.com homepage. We just got a check for $46 bucks and change from our skim off the top the past couple of months, which covers a month and a half of web hosting. I really appreciate it. Keep on shopping – I mean, c’mon, it’s time for Christmas, right?  Also, I know that a lot of soundcasts are using Patreon these days, but if you want to help Succotash and cut out the middle man, simply use the Donate button on our homesite. In exchange, I’ll mention your name here on the show, plug whatever you want AND I’ll send you…something. I don’t know what — I’ve got all kinds of merch from the Succotashery kicking around Studio P — so I’ll scoop something up and send it to you if you pass along a snailmail address when you donate.

That's going to do it for Epi143. Please remember to pass the Succotash which is even easier now — let friends, family and absolute strangers know they can find us not only through our homesite and iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud, but we're also now on the Laughable app, iHeartRadio, and even on YouTube!

— Marc Hershon

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Howdy, friends, it’s me, Marc Hershon. Your host and buttery chardonnay for Epi142 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast.

I thought we were going to do Succotash Clips this time around because the bag of comedy podcast clips in the back room is overflowing. BUT I managed to get an interview with two of the main movers and shakers behind one of my favorite podcasts so I figured we’d trot out another edition of Chats.

 The sitcom soundcast Wooden Overcoats is kicking off their Season 2 this Thursday, October 27th, and I got time on Skype with head writer and co-creator David K. Barnes, along with series co-creator and co-star Tom Crowley, who plays Eric Chapman on the series.

They were kind enough to give up part of their Saturday evening in London for me, so I thought I would drop this episode of Succotash in advance of their Season 2 launch. If you haven’t caught the first season of Wooden Overcoats you might want to binge-listen that sucker before jumping into Season 2.

 

Go ahead…

 

I’ll wait…

 

All caught up? Great!

 

OTHER STUFF

We have a double dose of our Burst O' Durst, with our resident political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. And, man, the upcoming Presidential election has him SO worked up!

This episode is brought to you by Henderson's Toddler Trows, the perfect pants for your kid all the way through his or her high school years.

OTHER OTHER STUFF

Did I tell you that you can now hear the latest episodes of Succotash on YouTube? It's still audio only but, damn…YouTube! And that we're also now part of the iHeartRadio network?

But none of that is making us a lick of money to keep producing the finest award-seeking comedy soundcast that plays clips of other comedy soundcasts. So please visit the homesite, at http://SuccotashShow.com, and click on the Donate button. Or click on the Amazon banner at the top of the page to get to Amazon next time you're going to do some web shopping — they shave off a tiny pit of the proceeds and kick 'em back to us.

That's it. Enjoy the show.

And remember to please pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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It is I, Marc Hershon, your host and public defender for Epi141 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. And our Special Guests this time around are Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine, the cast behind the immensely popular soundcast called My Dad Wrote A Porno, available on Acast.

I don’t think I’ve had an interview on this show that I haven’t enjoyed doing, but I must say that chatting with these guys was a lot of fun. Jamie, whose dad is the one who actually DID write the pornographic novel in question, Belinda Blinked, along with sharpshooters James and Alice were kind enough to set aside part of a Sunday evening in England recently to accommodate me and the time change between London and San Francisco.

For those of you who perhaps haven’t heard My Dad Wrote A Porno, I feature a clip from Epi5 of their show to give you a taste of what the hoopla is all about. It's a simple format, really. Jamie reads passages from the book that his dad – who goes by the name Rocky Flintstone – wrote as Jamie and Alice take turns with their running critique.

The show is now well into the second season and, appropriately enough, focuses on Rocky’s sequel to Belinda Blinked. As you’ll hear in our interview, Jamie was running a little late but James, Alice and I decided to start without him.

OTHER BUSINESS

As if that interview wasn't enough, we've got a double dose of our Burst O' Durst segment featuring our resident political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, plus TWO bonus interviews — a couple of short chats I had at the recent Los Angeles Podcast Festival. The first features Kurt Long and Joey Bragg from The Dudes of Future/Past soundcast, while the second is with George Grimwood, purveyor of the Podnose network from England.

Also, this episode is brought to you by Henderson's HalloPants, just in time for Halloween.

SOUNDCAST VS PODCAST

Our grassroots movement to change the term “podcast” to “soundcast” is being embraced by some, dissed by others. Abner Serd of the Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs show has changed all of the references on his website to “soundcast”, and the ThunderTaco show is also officially a soundcast. I see there’s also the Salvation Army Soundcast.

On the other hand, I heard via Twitter from the Wheelbarrow Full Of Dicks show and also Chris Lanuti from the Broadcast Basement show that they don’t support the change. Chris says he thinks the name sounds “silly”, which I just don’t get, really. Podcast sounds less silly than soundcast?

That’s okay, of course. I think it’s fair to say that I’m a little disappointed that a couple of shows we’ve often mentioned and supported can’t throw in with us on the “soundcast crusade”, but that’s their prerogative. We still love you guys. Not to mention we still can refer to your shows as a soundcast here on Succotash.

LAST WORDS

Please take a few moments to rate and review Succotash on iTunes, if you’d be so very kind. You can also help us out to defray the cost of producing and hosting this mess by clicking on the Donate button at our homesite, http://SuccotashShow.com, or by doing your online shopping by clicking on the Amazon banner at the top of that very same homepage, or purch some merch at our Succotashery, not surprisingly reachable through that same homesite.

Until our paths cross again, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Succotash Clips Epi140: Snippin' All The Way

Yes, ‘tis I – Marc Hershon – your host and former-prizefighter-now-casino-greeter for Epi140 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. And, as you heard in the opening introduction by our esteemed booth announcer Bill Heywatt, our carpet now match the drapes. That is to say, we’ve got “soundcast” replacing the outmoded “podcast” just about everywhere we can. Special thanks to our engineer/producer Joe Paulino for making that happen.

LA PODFEST

As I drop this ‘sode, I’m heading to the 5th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival! Exciting, indeed. I shall be in attendance all three days, more or less. Holding down space in the Podcast Lab to interview just as many folks as I can. And I will be moderating the panel on Journalism and Podcast on Sunday, Supetember 26th, at 2 PM. We’ve got Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer, the host and producer of the Criminal soundcast and Jefferson Graham from USA Today. Should be a lively discussion.

Which you can listen in on! They’re going to be livestreaming the Podfest this year at http://LAPodfest.com and I can get you a special deal. That’s right. They want $25 from you BUT they’ve given me a discount code to give to Succotash listeners. So click on the link and enter HUFFINGTON as your code and they’re knock five bucks off the price. PLUS they’ll kick us a little chunk just because you used our code to get there! Here’s a link that takes you right in - https://podfest2016.eventbrite.com/?discount=HUFFINGTON

CLIPS

This is an installment of Succotash Clips and we have a whole rack of snippets for you. Some I picked, some were harvested by our associate producer Tyson Saner and at least one was uploaded directly from the soundcasters themselves. We’ll be hearing from The Answering Machine Podcast, the Big Question Podcast, Cave Crew Radio, Changes In Latitude, Dark Odyssey, Droids Canada, Ear Goggles, Improv Nerd, My Favorite Murder, No Such Thing As A Fish and The Unwritable Rant.

OTHER STUFF

We’ve also got a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst, courtesy of our friend, political comic, and social commentator Will Durst. In celebration of Fall, there’s a song from our friend Abner Serd all about apples.

THE CLIPS

Improv Nerd
I decided to do some double duty this episode and clips the same shows that I reviewed this past week for Splitsider.com and the Huffington Post. First up is Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane, a great improvisor and teacher from the Chicago area. He interviews some tremendous improv talent on his podcast and just this last week he dropped an episode interviewing always funny and jst slightly off TJ Miller. In this snippet he talks about creating his character of Erlich Backman on the HBO series, Silicon Valley.

Cave Crew Radio
We get a lot of Twitter retweet love from Choo Choo Stu from Cave Creek Radio, the internet radio show and soundcast, so high time we sliced off a hunk, thanks to Tyson. In addition to Stu from London, there’s Sir Big B, outta New York, and Mr. Wednesday Night from Ontario, Canada. The clip we have is from Cave Crew Radio’s highest rated episode on iTunes, Epi6, entitled “Smells like Urine Sushi”, and it’s a section when the hosts and guest on the show chat with the woman who inspired the meme “McScuse Me”.

Ear Goggles
Last episode I mentioned in the Tweetsack segment that I got a an upload from the gang at the defunct Ear Goggles soundcast. Well, guess what? They are defunct no longer — Jeremy Grater, Aaron Ristrow, and Stacy Black are back! Jeremy said they just couldn’t stay away and are recording 12 weeks of episodes, then they’ll take a break, do another 12 in the Spring, and so forth. The clip they sent us was from a special drop they did this summer to announce their return.

My Favorite Murder
For Splitsider.com’s This Week In Comedy Podcasts column I recently reviewed the soundcast which is at the top of the iTunes Comedy chart: My Favorite Murder, with comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. If you like your murder flashbacks delivered with a healthy dose of humor and a side of squeamishness, you have coem to the right place. The hosts do their homework and delve into cases that are sometimes fairly recent and sometimes back in the dusty archives. Most recently they looked at the unfortunately murder of a college law student named Jane Mixer and her death at the hands of supposedly a serial killer who was dubbed the Co-Ed Killer. Turns out that, years later, DNA pointed the musty finger of justice at another joker who was incarcerated for the crime. Here’s a sample of Karen and Georgia’s witty back-and-forth…

Changes In Latitudes: A Transgender Experience
Ever since Succotash began about five and half years ago, one of our staunchest supporters and loyal listeners has been Charley Miller, who said he was partly inspired to start his Random Variety Show soundcast. A lot has changed in five years. Charley now goes by the name Charley Sabrina Miller and describes herself as a 40-something transgenderqueer fem-person, and hosts a soundcast called Changes in Latitude: A Transgender Experience. It’s Charley’s stream-of-consciousness journey that she takes us on through life, self-discovery, relationships and beyond.

Doctor Who Dark Odyssey
I have to confess to being a little mixed up about a clip I played in the last Succotash Clips show. It was from a show called Doctor Who Dark Journey. THAT was actually a serious take or homage to Doctor Who — sort of audio fan fiction, I think. The same folks responsible for that also put out their own spoof called Doctor Who Dark Odyssey, which stars Atweh Atweh, Paul Thomas Manz, Jason Gray, Merrin Lalonde and which is – according to the email I got with their direct upload to us — “Dark Odyssey is a take on Doctor Who as if it were produced for audio in America with basically everything wrong about it! Our American Doctor shoots, swears and shags!” So what we have is a clip from a parody of a ripoff of Doctor Who. I think. Still confused.

No Such Thing As A Fish
There’s a very popular BBC TV panel show in Britain called QI, which stands for Quite Interesting, hosted by Alan Davies and Stephen Fry, in which the point is to just be interesting. And entertaining. Interesting and entertaining. Now the researchers for the show — because it’s got loads of trivia in it — are four folks called the “QI Elves” because they look everything up — have gone and started a soundcast called No Such Thing As A Fish. Simple format – each of the elves, who as named Dan, James, Anna, and Andy, take turns kicking off a segment with a favorite fact for the week. The others then chime in with facts and tidbits related to that fact. The episode that I reviewed for Splitsider.com features them talking about something called “train jam”.

Answering Machine Podcast
Tyson found us a really interesting soundcast I hadn’t heard before. It’s called the Answering Machine Podcast, and its tells a story all based on a series of answering machine messages left for a woman named Lila Rose. Created by Sara Polton, who voices Lila, there’s a big cast of people who leave the messages.

The Unwritable Rant
The last of my review podcasts from last week was featured in Huffington Post Entertainment. It’s The Unwritable Rant from Juliette Miranda, who is a writer and an essayist — kinda the same thing, right? — and she’s clearly a monologist as well. We’ve certainly had some terrific shows from dudes who can riff all by themselves, like Bill Burr and Greg Proops. But there haven’t been a lot of soundcasts like that from women. So give a listen to Juliette…

Droids Canada
The gang from a show called Droids Canada got a clip to us through our direct upload link, at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash. About the show they say, “Based out of the Niagara Region in Canada this geeky pop culture show features blunt, comedic and outrageous behavior that occurs on every episode! Hosts Mr. J, AJ (and other rotating hosts Gabbypool, Dr. Stevil, DanMo and DJ Johnny Rock) cover current hot TV shows, comic book movie reviews, fan made things, interviews and any geek other related topic they can get their hands on.” This clip features guest James O’Barr, creator of The Crow.

Big Question
Are you happy? That’s the Big Question that gets kicked around in Epi49 of the English soundcast Big Question. Hosts are Pete, Maria, Gary, Kay and Rocchi, plus they often have guests. Tyson, who snipped this clip, didn’t tell me if there were guests so I guess that’s MY big question. Let’s just listen…

SOUNDCAST OR DIE

To celebrate the kickoff of our grassroots campaign to change the term “podcast” to “soundcast” in as many places as we can, feel free to drop by the Succotashery via our homesite, http://SuccotashShow.com, and pick up some merch emblazoned with our name, Succotash, and the magic words, “The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast” directly beneath it. It’s on shirts, hats, coffee mugs and more.

That's all for now - how to see you at the LA Podfest this weekend or at least know that you're out there listening!

— Marc Hershon

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2016 Los Angeles Podcast Festival bound!
Hi friends!
 
This weekend, September 23-25, I'm heading to Los Angeles to take part in the 2016 Los Angeles Podcast Festival for the weekend.
 
It's a fun festival, featuring a few dozen of the most popular podcasts today — Welcome To Night Vale, Criminal, Fitzdog Radio, Doughboys, Cashing in With TJ Miller, Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend, and many more that will all be doing live versions of their programs for the PodFest audience.
 
There are also a number of panels throughout the weekend, including one on Sunday, September 25th, at 2 PM, on Podcasting and Journalism featuring the host and producer of the Criminal Podcast, and a reporter from the USA Today that I have the honor of moderating.
 
Why am I telling you all this? You, who may be scattered willy and nilly across the globe this weekend? Because the LA PodFest is going to be livecasting the entire event through their website, http://LAPodFest.com, for those who can make the trek to the Southland. And not just in audio but in video, too!
 
They're charging $25 for the whole kit n' kaboodle of shows, interview, panels, etc. BUT, if you use my special discount code — HUFFINGTON — you can save $5. And you've even be helping out my own podcast, Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, because they're going to kick me back some money based on how many people use the HUFFINGTON code to get their discount.
 
Here's a link with my discount code embedded in it, that you can cut and past into your browser to make it even easy to hang out and be part of this weekend 2016 Los Angeles Podcast Festival — https://podfest2016.eventbrite.com/?discount=HUFFINGTON
 
Hope you get a chance to check it out!
 
Cheers!
 
Marc
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Yes, it’s me – Marc Hershon – your host and found object for Epi139 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. This is an installment of Succotash Chats, where we focus on talking with a soundcaster, or a comedian, or a comedian/soundcaster, or – in this case – a magazine publisher/editor/writer/soundcaster.

Speaking of found objects, our guest is Davy Rothbart, the creator of Found magazine and, as of a couple of months ago, the Found soundcast as well. (You may have noticed that I’ve been using the “soundcast” word a lot already. Our grass roots campaign to shift from using podcast to soundcast is slowly taking off — you’ll even hear our guest Davy Rothbart mention that he’ll back our play and start using it.)

Davy is a really interesting guy and I enjoyed talking with him and getting the backstory on how he decided to start the magazine and how it's opened up his life by getting all of these odd little notes and other found bits of flotsam that people send him. He also shares a few of his favorite "foundities" with us during the course of our chat.

ALSO THIS EPISODE

We have a double shot of our Burst O' Durst segment, courtesy of political comic and social commentator Will Durst. During the Tweetsack segment I play a clip from the 100th epi of Drew Michael's I Might Be Wrong soundcast, only because his PR folks neglected to send me a free copy of his comedy album that they wanted me to plug. And we have a commercial from our sponsor Henderson's Pants for their ever-popular Drifter Chinos.

LIVE APPEARANCES

There are just a few days left before my live appearance with the Spaghetti Jam 40th Year Reunion Improv Comedy Show. Tickets are going fast but there are still some left, so if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday, September 11th – 9/11, that’s right — we’re at the Throckmorton Theatre in downtown Mill Valley. Such a GREAT lineup of performers that are turning out for this - people who really lit the fuse for what we know as improvisational comedy today: Terry McGovern, Gil Christner, Diane Amos, Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Denis Egan, Robin Eurich, Andy Goldberg, Rodney Sheriff, John Elk, Chris Pray, Jim Cranna, John Bates, Hennen Chambers, and Andrejs Gulbis. Jump over to http://ThrockmortonTheatre.org for the showtime, tickets and other details.

And then later in the month – September 23-25 – I’ll be at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival. In addition to hosting the Journalism and Podcasting panel on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, I’ll be set up in the Podcast Lab the rest of the time with my equipment doing interviews so stop on by and let’s chat! I’ve already got a couple of folks set up to drop by: Adam Spiegelman from the Proudly Resents soundcast and Chris Gore from the PodCRASH! show and Film Threat Magazine, which is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to go back into publication.

A LITTLE HELP?

If you want to help keep Succotash going strong, please visit our homesite at http://SuccotashShow.com, where you can click on our Donate button, shop at Amazon.com by using the banner at the top of the page, or grab some merch at the Succotashery. You’ll also find a link to the homesite for the Laughable app there, where you can learn more about this great new way to find, download, stream and follow your favorite and soon-to-be favorite comedy podcasts.

We won't do anything to stop you going to iTunes and both rating and reviewing Succotash, which helps more people to find the show. And speaking of finding the show, Succotash is now available on I Heart Radio, so check us out there, too!

Until next time, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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That’s right, it’s me, Marc Hershon. Your host and all-electric vehicle for Epi138 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast.

NOTE: If you haven’t been here the past couple of episodes, we’ve started a campaign to change the generic use of the word “podcast” to “soundcast”. (I realize that this gets a little sticky for those shows that pretty much officially have “podcast” in the name. The word is part of our logo design here on Succotash and for the past 5+ years, we’ve been THE Comedy Podcast Podcast.

But the name is anchoring the medium to a single device – the iPod from Apple – so I want to throw it back wide open with the new designation soundcast.  Our announcer Bill Heywatt is supposed to be cutting new intros and outros for the show to reflect the name change, but our engineer/producer Joe Paulino has had a computer meltdown at Studio P. So until he gets things back up and rolling we’re stuck with the old P-word in the open and close to the show.

And also have to get around to changing the logo, as seen here. No one said this soundcast biz was going to be easy. Or did they? I can’t remember…

First of all BIG news! BIG BIG News, in a way – it really isn’t going to change anything as far as I know, but Succotash is now available for your listening pleasure through the I Heart Radio chain, network, thing. It hasn’t required us to do much, as far as I can tell but we are on there! Potentially MILLIONS of new listeners can now avoid us. Just go to IHeartRadio.com and search for Succotash OR click this link!

LIVE APPEARANCES!

I’ve got a couple of live appearances coming up. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m going to be part of the 40th year reunion show of Spaghetti Jam, which was a really popular improvisational comedy show in San Francisco starting back in the 1970s. We’re gettign as many of the people that we can find that can still move most of their limbs to show up for this. It’s on Sunday, September 11th – that’s right, 9-11, best date for a comedy show ever, at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. You can go to http://142ThrockmortonTheatre.org for tickets and information.

And then later in the month – September 23-25 – I’ll be at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival. I’m hosting the Journalism and Podcasting panel on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, but the rest of the time, I’ll be set up in the Podcast Lab with my equipment doing interviews so stop on by and let’s chat!

Back to business. This is another installment of Succotash Clips, and it’s chock full of tasty snippets of soundcasts and podcasts from all over the web. I clipped a couple, our associate producer Tyson Saner grabbed a few, and we also have some uploaded directly to us using our upload link: http://hightail.com/u/Succotash.

In alphabetical order, we’ll be hearing from Dark Journey, Dazed & Convicted, Dino & Andy’s Skull Juice, Drinking In The Park,Lesser Known Somebodies, Proudly Resents, Spirits, Tao Of Comedy, and The 85th South Show. We also have a visit to the Podcast Graveyard to hold a clip seance with a soundcast from the great beyond.

Plus a Burst O’ Durst from our friend, political comedian, and social commentator Will Durst. We also have a little ditty for our pal Abner Serd. Not to mention a Scrooge McDuck–style dip into the Tweetsack.

This episode of Succotash Clips is brought to you by Henderson’s Pants. If you’re in the market for fictional pants that fit like a dream and don’t really exist, you should get yourself a pair of Henderson’s Pants.

THE CLIPS!

Dino And Andy’s Skull Juice
Let’s start out with a clip from a brand new soundcast, one that reviewed last week for Splitsider.com. It’s got the great title of Dino And Andy’s Skull Juice, and features Dino Stamatopolous, a guy who’s written on SNL, created Adult Swim’s Moral Orel, wrote and appeared on Community, and has written a whole bunch of funny stuff besides. Andy Dick is, well, Andy Dick. He’s been a standup comedian, sketch and improv player, as well as having appeared in films and television. These guys were pals for 25 years, although, as Dino points out in episode #1, he didn’t talk to Andy for 10 years. (Our esteemed Associate Producer Tyson Saner snagged this clip from their kickoff episode, which picks up right from their opening theme song.)

Lesser Known Somebodies
Friend-of-the-Succotash Abner Serd sent along a link to a comedy podcast he found out of South Africa. It’s called Lesser Known Somebodies, hosted by Johannesberg-based comedian Simmi Areff, and the latest installment features fellow local comic Alfred Adriaan. Took me a few minutes to get into the rhythm of the accent but then these guys unspool a kind of fascinating glimpse inside the current comedy scene in and around Johannesberg. (I got such a kick out of listening to Lesser Known Somebodies that I reviewed it in last week’s Huffington Post.)


Proudly Resents

We got a clip sent over by Adam Spiegelman, he of the Proudly Resents podcast. (He was complaining that there was no upload button on our Succotash homesite, which is true. I am working to remedy that. But you can always just got to http://hightail.com/u/Succotash and then upload a 3-5 minute MP3 clip.) He recently had Conan writer Todd Levin on to help him dismantle Ninja 3: The Domination. At one point Todd talks about the only time Conan O’Brien ever got sued. As Adam tells it, “It involves a one-hit wonder, an 80’s film, and Tim Tebo.”


Dazed & Convicted: Craigslost
We got a clip uploaded to us from the delightful Monica Hamburg, host of the Dazed & Convicted soundcast. Lately, it’s been subtitled as Dazed & Convicted: Craigslost. And why, you might ask? Monica likes combing the seedier side of Craigslist and presents, literally, the pick of the litter. Litter being the operative word…

The 85 South Show
Tyson clipped us a taste of The 85 South Show, which is billed as “a podcast for people who don’t know what a podcast is." It’s hosted by DC Young Fly and Karlous Miller. This clip we have is from an episode done in the wake of police-involved shootings, the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, with the hosts and their guest, Last Comic Standing champ Clayton English, discussing solutions to stop the violence, and the role that comedy plays in the social dialog. #blacklivesmatter

Spirits
Okay, I don’t know how many times I have said on this show that we prefer to play clips rather than promos. Clips make for better, real-er sample of the show. And I can talk about ‘em. When we had Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi on earlier this year, they even made a definitive We Got This ruling that clips are better than promos. But some people don’t get it, and that’s fine. We support all soundcasts and so it is that spirit that I present this 30-second promo of Spirits without additional commentary…

Drinking In The Park
Just the opposite of the challenge of Spirits is what I’ve got going on with a show called Drinking In The Park. The hosts are Neil and Johnny, per their direct upload to Succotash, with no last names. But they sent me the whole episode Issue 10, Live At Toronto Comicon. Not a clip, but almost 10 minutes of chat and music stuff. Still better than a promo! I sliced out a few minutes of them talking to some joker who calls himself That Joker Guy.

Doctor Who: Dark Journey
This is a clip from a show called Doctor Who: Dark Journey. I don’t think it’s officially affiliated with the British TV series Dr. Who at all. In fact, I know it isn’t, because here’s the note that came with clip: “The attached file is a clip from AM Audio Media's main audio drama Doctor Who: Dark Journey. Dark Journey is an unofficial fan made audio drama featuring professional actors, writers, sound designers and composers. Our theme tune is by the UK prog rock group 'Traffic Experiment'. Dark Odyssey is a bit of a wink and nod self parody of it and all things fan made.”

The Tao of Comedy
This podcast has a pretty grim origin story. The host, Kelly Maclean, had been at last year’s Just For Laughs festival in Canada, where she interviewed a number of comedians. Four months later, her brother Andrew was killed in a car accident. The conversations she had in Montreal were the things that brought her back from crushing depression and so she’s launched the podcast in order to continue that kind of deep interchange with funny people. In this clip from Epi10, she’s talking to Brad Williams, standup and co-host of the About Last Night soundcast.

Podcast Graveyard
In the 5 years that I’ve been running Succotash, comedy writer Caleb Bacon has had two very listenable soundcasts. The first was called The Gentleman’s Club which took a podcast dirtnap at the end of 2012. A few months later, Caleb was back with more of an instructional soundcast called Man School, in which he talked to guys from various walks off life, although most were somehow connected to show business, and he’d get their story about some deep subject matter. A little over a year ago, in June of 2015, the last known class of Man School was in session. The clip we're featuring is from a few epis before that one, #83, with Caleb and his guest comic, writer and fellow podcaster Mick Betancourt (The Mick Betancourt Show), talking about life as a sober alcoholic.

Country Fair Song
The latest ditty from our friend Abner Serd celebrates the "season" of county fairs. Special thanks to Abner for joining our "Soundcast Movement"!

SUCCOTASH CAN USE YOUR HELP!

There are a number of things you could do that would help us out in making sure that Succotash continues. First and foremost would be your kind indulgence to head over to iTunes to both rate and review us favorably (AKA 5 stars, please!) Our Donate button is clickable 24/7 at http://SuccotashShow.com, and we have now taken the limits off of how much you can give. That’s right! The sky’s the limit for you listeners who have been holding back because you were afraid you couldn’t give enough. While visiting our homesite, feel free to also click the Amazon banner at the top of the page (although I just learned recently that it may not be working properly if you browse with Google Chrome.) And for those of you who enjoy wearing t-shirts and sweatshirts, or dig drinking your hot beverages from a porcelain mug, we also have merch at the Succotashery, accessible on that very same homesite.

Thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon 

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 Yes, it’s me. Marc Hershon. Your host and fully articulated artificial resuscitation dummy for Epi137 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. Or The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, as the case may be.

This time around we bring you an edition of Succotash Chats, featuring my interview with Matt Knudsen — comedian, actor, bon vivant, and host of the Grabbing Lunch podcast.  Matt was kind enough to have me and Cole Stratton, co-host of the Pop My Culture podcast, as guests on his show when I was in LA last year. As he was recently playing a Tuesday night here in Northern California, I thought I’d return the favor. A few weeks ago, we grabbed dinner and a chat at the Piazza D’Angelo in Mill Valley before his show.

We talk about his early days as a merchant marine before he caught the comedy bug, and some of the acting and other stuff he's been up to since. (We don't talk specifically about any of these, but Matt's appeared recent in such TV shows as The Mindy Project, Rosewood, The League, and Why? With Hannibal Buress.)

ALSO THIS EPISODE

We’ve got a Burst O’ Durst segment in this episode. I always appreciate political comedian and social commentator Will Durst's segments on the show but especially with this year’s Presidential race being so wonky — and publicly embarrassing for Americans with what we’ve got running on both tickets.

We also have a call via the SpareMin app with Reverend John Price, a faithful listener who is on the verge of dropping his own soundcast soon.

And this whole mess is brought to you by Henderson's Back To S'cool Pants. Where would this show be without Henderson's Pants? Well, the same place we are, actually, which means we still can use you vigorous use of our Donate button up at our homesite, http://SuccotashShow.com. While you're there, don't be afraid to use the Amazon banner at the top of the page to do you shopping at the world's largest everything store — because we get a little taste of whatever you spend there. And we've got a link on our site to our Succotashery, whould you want to grab a t-shirt, mug or other piece of merch festooned with the Succotash logo!

PODCAST VS SOUNDCAST

I mentioned last episode, Succotash Clips Epi136, that I’m going to start a movement to replace the name “podcast” with “soundcast”, because why should Apple retain hold of the medium in the name with the vestige of a technology they've basically discontinued?)

So I’ve contacted our musical director, Scott Carvey, and asked if he’d be able to retool his portion of our theme song to say “soundcast” instead of “podcast”. And our booth announcer, Bill Heywatt, is getting ready to record new intros and outros for the show that reflect that change as well.

It’s likely going to take some time to make the switchover and then will come the long, hard road to getting an entire world to change how they think and talk about the medium but what the heck? I’ve got nothing better to do with my time. And, in fact, our friend Dave-In-The-Cave, former co-host of former podcast Taco Tuesday, is about to start his new show, the Thunder Taco Soundcast.

More on the soundcast situation as it unfolds.

Until next time, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Can it be? Yes! It’s me! Marc Hershon, your host and SPF30 sunscreen for Epi136 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. We’re back once again with a Succotash Clips episode, with an installment jam-packed with fresh clippage.

A couple of things before we get into the meat of this show

NOT CLIPS

First of all, I’m thinking of starting a campaign to change the generic name of “podcast” to “soundcast”. There are three trademarks in the US for soundcast but two of them are for audio equipment and the third is for a teleconferencing service. So if we all start using soundcast now to describe the podcast experience, there’s a good chance we can keep it in the public domain. (We’ve talked on the show before about how the podcast name was coined around the iPod from Apple, a device that is no longer even produced. And it will do away with the even more awkward “video podcast” which isn’t really even a thing – the video folks can just have videocasts if they want that for a name.)

Secondly, it looks like I’ll be participating in an upcoming celebration of the 40th anniversary of Spaghetti Jam in San Francisco. Spaghetti Jam was an early improv group/pickup game where pretty much any of the San Francisco-based improvisers at the time could drop in, including folks like Robin Williams, Jim Crenna, Lorenzo Matawaran, Michael Bossier, John Elk, Debi Durst, and a whole bunch of others, including yours truly. Well, we’re getting what’s left of the Jam back together for one night. On Sunday, September 11th, we’ll be at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco. For more info, Check out the Spaghetti Jam page on Facebook. 

And finally, I’m also beginning to get prepared for this year’s 5th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Last episode I had a brief interview with Chris Mancini, co-host of the Comedy Film Nerds podcast and co-organizer of the LA Podfast. And in that talk we mentioned that I will be on-hand to moderate the Podcast And Journalism panel, which is going to be great fun. It’s going to be on at 2 PM on Sunday, and the panelists include Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer from the Criminal podcast and Jefferson Graham of USA Today.

All right, that’s about me. Now let’s get to the good stuff.

For Succotash Clips this time around, we’ve for snippets from Big Question, Comedy Film Nerds, Fake The Nation, Here We Are, Monday Morning Podcast, Psycho Pshow, WTF and the most recent entrant into the Podcast Graveyard to date — the Taco Tuesday Podcast, our buddies in Killeen, Texas, who decided to shut it down just this week with their 100th episode.

Add to that a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, whose been all over the Republicant and Democrap Conventions the past couple of weeks, a brand new spot from Henderson’s Pants and we will toss in a little closing ditty from friend-of-Succotash Abner Serd.

CLIPS

WTF
I’m reviewing the episode out this week of WTF with Marc Maron, who has Jane Lynch in the garage as his guest. I think she’s hilarious and she also seems pretty level-headed and decent as a person. In this sample from the show, she’s talking about hoW she first met director and comic/actor, Christopher Guest, then later ended up in his Best In Show movie.

Big Question
Our next clip comes from the Big Question podcast and was submitted directly to us through our direct upload link. The note that accompanied it tells us a bit about the show and goes a little something like this: “Saw your requests for submissions on Twitter and figured that we’d throw our collective hats in the ring. The Big Question podcast has been in operation for slightly over a year and brings a weekly dose of no holds barred comedy and discussion. The four regular hosts are joined by a ever-changing collection of guests where we discuss a mass of topics from having sex with David Cameron for money (epi 2) to flatmates cleanliness problems (epi 33) to the inner workings of gay culture with our regularly occurring friend Rocchi." 

Comedy Film Nerds
The other chief source for our clips here on Succotash Clips is our noble Associate Producer Tyson Saner. From his lair in an undisclosed location somewhere where in the northern reaches of California, Tyson is constantly slicing and dicing delectable chunks of podcast goodness. We have several he’s cooked up this week and the first is from the aforementioned Comedy Film Nerds podcast, hosted by Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood. It's from from epi317 back in April, and features guest Geoff Tate.

Monday Morning Podcast
Another show I reviewed for Splitsider this week was the Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr. What a funny guy Burr is. And I admire his ability to just hold a mic and freeball his way through an hour without a co-host, a sidekick, or any other sort of production elements. I mean, he can’t read a spot worth a damn but, other than that, he’s on a level that includes Greg Proops and maybe Greg Fitzsimmons back when he occasionally didn’t have a guest. Get up to Splitsider.com if you want to read my review and here’s a snippet from the episode I reviewed, where Bill’s talking about Rudy Guilliani and cops.

Psycho Pshow
Tyson sliced us off a hunk of the Psycho Pshow – both of those words start with “P”, by the way, hence their tagline, “The World’s Worst Named Podcast – which is hosted by VJ, Chaidez and Toly. (No idea if I’m pronouncing those names right, by the way. Except maybe VJ because, really, how can you screw up initials?) I don't even try to describe the conversation in this 5-minute clip. I think they maybe were driving or walking somewhere while they were recording it. I can’t even tell.

Fake The Nation
There’s a new US comedy panel show that revolves around politics and current events. It’s called Fake The Nation and is hosted by Negin Farsad. Every episode she has a couple of comedically-inclined guests to help her comb through the nit and the grit of American and international politics. I mentioned Episode 3 this past week on Splitsider, when the talk was mostly about the political conventions and her guests were Dean Obeidallah and Nato Green.

Here We Are
Comedians are just curiosity seekers like the rest of us. I mean, with podcast such as Professor Blastoff (may it rest in peace), The Infinite Monkey Cage, Talk Nerdy and many others, the hosts are often comics just looking for answers. Tyson clipped us off some of the Here We Are show, hosted by comedian Shane Mauss. And in his Epi77, Shane talks up music and psychology with guest Daniel Levitin, who is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, best-selling author, musician and record producer.

Taco Tuesday
This past week saw some friends-of-Succotash toss in the virtual towel. Podcast Dan, Adam Wolf and Dave In The Cave over at the Taco Tuesday podcast hung up their mikes. They managed to hang in for their centennial, Epi100, but some siutations with their physical studio space as well as what they perceived as low listenership, finally decided them on closing up shop. Normally we wait until a show’s been in the ground for a year or more before we feature it in the Podcast Graveyard, and I have a feeling these guys will be back in one configuration or another. But for now, we feature — literally — the last few minutes of the podcast that was Taco Tuesday.

Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs (The May Bee Song)
So I got a note from our favorite acapella song stylist, Abner Serd, host of the Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs podcast. Abner says, “Hi Marc - A few months ago, I tagged you in a song called 'Reflections on a Snowflake,' while acknowledging that it didn't pack as much humor as some of the others. Same goes for this one - it's all yours if you decide to use it, but I understand if it doesn't quite fit. Here is my latest little ditty, called The May Bee Song.”

In closing, I did something this week that I don't think I've done since Succotash kicked off over 5 years ago, and that is take a long, hard look at our download numbers.

Guess what? They suck!

I mean, they're not horrible but they're not the kind of numbers that advertisers drool over. So if I can infringe on your delicate sensibilities to PLEASE get up to iTunes in good haste and give Succotash a 5-star rating and a few sentences of a glowing reviews, I will promise to redouble my efforts to churn out this show on a regular, weekly basis. But it's going to take a team to pull this off, otherwise we might just have to go the way of our friends at Taco Tuesday, bust a gum machine, and get the hell out of here...

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, it’s me. Marc Hershon, your host and drought-resistant shrub for Epi135 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. And this is definitely a succotash of an episode. We’ve got snippets from a bunch of comedy podcasts. And we’ve got a couple of interviews. So we’re going to make this a Succotash Clips n’ Chats show. e7mwxq5u

I’ve got a brief chat via the new SpareMin app with Chris Mancini, co-host of the Comedy Film Nerds podcast and co-organizer of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. We talk a little bit about his Earbuds podcast-oriented documentary, his graphic novel that he just successfully Kickstarted into existence, and Chris and I talk about my upcoming official duties in this year’s 5th edition of the LA Podfest.

Chris Mancini           Ned Kenney 

I have a longer chat with Ned Kenney, the brains behind Laughable, a new app that is specifically for and about comedy podcasts. Finding them, listening to them, and learning more about the people behind them. I’ve kind of fallen in love with this app and how easy it is to find and download comedy podcasts, which is my stock in trade. Ned talks about why he came up with the idea and what he’s been through to get the thing up and launched.

Podcastwise, on this installment of Succotash, we’ve got clips from Bad Cop, Bad Cop; Horribly Awkward, Irresponsible Mentors, The Naked Porch Podcast, and a long-delayed visit to the Podcast Graveyard where we dig up a show that hasn’t been around for about a year. (Thanks to our Associate Producer Tyson Saner for most of the clips for this week's episode!)

In addition, we’ve got a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, a new song and a Succotash tribute from our a capella singing friend Abner Serd, and a dip into the Tweetsack.

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THE SHOWS

Bad Cop, Bad Cop
The first clip for this episode is from Bad Cop, Bad Cop, a show I’ve not heard of before — which is becoming the rule rather than the exception it seems, there are SO many comedy podcasts out there — and was uploaded directly to us by a listener. An unidentified listener. He or she says about Bad Cop, Bad Cop: “One of my favorite shows. It’s hard to pin down a small segment of this show but here it is. These two guys have an infectious giggle and have me PMSL each week.” (I suspect the listener is British, as PMSL stands for “piss myself laughing”, which is the English version of ROFL – Rolling On The Floor Laughing.) The co-hosts of the show are named Jerry and Dave — no last names — who, according to the About blurb on their homesite, are “two guys with pretty bad attitudes."

Horribly Awkward
Normally I have more information about the podcasts that we get the clips from, but sometimes the podcasters are pretty stingy with putting the facts out on their homesites. Take Horribly Awkward, for instance. It took several links to find out that the name of the host is Shaun Fuller. And I didn’t get the last name until I hopped onto the Laughable app and found that he was a guest on the Three Is Comedy podcast. Here’s his description of Horribly Awkward as it appears on Stitcher: “This is my horribly awkward, guest-driven, improvised, comedy and fun filled podcast. Take a ride with me on this journey with a new guest every week!” Tyson pulled this clip from Shaun’s Epi42 when his guests included Brink and Jesus, the co-hosts of the Horrible Gamerz podcast, Brink’s wife Becca, and Rob from Random Ramblings with Rob. I don’t want to say that parts of Podcastland are getting a little incestuous but…ewww. 

The Naked Porch Podcast
I could have sworn we featured The Naked Porch podcast before but I’ve just been to the Succotash Archives and I just find mentions I made of the show, not any clips at all. So it’s high time, thanks to Tyson, that we rectify that situation. This podcast falls into the “Sittin’ Around And Chewing The Fat” category of podcasts and these three —
Chris, Ray, and Danielle are clearly having a great time without anyone else’s help.

The Irresponsible Mentors
Tyson clipped this next entry from The Irresponsible Mentors podcast – a title I love - but he didn‘t include a lot of intel. And I have to say, after tracking the hosts back through a few sites, there’s not much out there. Here’s what we know: This is from a “minisode” at the end of May called “Comeback Warriors & Unarmed Gorilla Get’s Shot”. By their cartoon logo, one host is Chip T, the other is SQ BZ. Guess you're meant to discover the rest for yourself.

Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs
Rather than my usual wrapup, I wanted to feature a recent episode of Abner Serd’s shortform podcast, Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs. In an episode entitled, "Faraway places (or, What's it like in Lower Shmorgestan?)". which is a story rather than a song, he ends up giving my wrap-up line himself.

Podcast Graveyard
There are SO many podcasts floating around out that, unless you listen to particular ones all the time, you might not even notice when one goes off the radar. Such is the case with The Tobolosky Files. I really enjoyed this show, featuring actor Stephen Tobolosky who, with the help of critic and filmmaker David Chen, would tell stories from his interesting life and unique position of being one of the most legendary modern-day character actors working in film and television. Stephen’s podcast went dark about a year ago,with Epi71 dropping on August 13th, 2015. Here’s a clip from that episode, which was entitled, “If I Know Now What I Knew Then”

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Yeah, it’s me. Marc Hershon, your host and HO-scale Lionel train for Epi134 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. This is an installment of Succotash Chats, with almost 100% yakity yak and almost 0% clippety clips.

 Our special guest this episode is none other than our very own raging moderate, political comedian and social commentator Will Durst! Yes! Unbelieveable — after his priceless contributions for the past FOUR years of our Burst O’ Durst segment, I finally managed to wrangle the great man himself into a sit-down.

It really shouldn’t have been that hard to get together with him – we live in the same goddamn city. And we’ve both been appearing periodically together on the same stage the past few years during screening of the 3 Still Standing documentary. It’s about the early days of San Francisco stand-up comedy starting back in the early 1980s boom times, and featuring Will, Larry “Bubbles” Brown and Johnny Steele.

Anyway, it’s a good time to get Will in front of the mic. Every four years we have the Presidential election and Durst blooms like one of those crocus plants, except his comedy is being liberally – or, rather, conservatively — fertilized by Donald Trump’s bullshit. So he’s in rare form.

BACK FROM L.A.

I just got back from LA this past weekend, where I was hosting the kickoff episode of The Carvey Podcast, a new show featuring Dana Carvey and his two sons, Dex and Tom. Their roommate Rickie was also onboard for this inaurgural event, and veteran comedian Barry Sobel jumped in for the last few minutes as well.

Things got a little dicey about a half hour into the proceedings. Dana and I kicked things off and he was really funny. The audience – which wasn’t huge – maybe 20 people in the Improv Lab — was enjoying it. And why not? A lot of them were friends of mine! So Dana had gotten up to make room for the boys at the table on stage. He was moving around to the other side of this standup piano on the side of the stage and… well, to find out what happened next, you're going to have to LISTEN to this episode! 

A NEW WAY TO LISTEN

I’ve been using a brand new app that just launched last week in my effort to make listening to comedy podcast episodes easier and easier. It’s called Laughable, and I’m finding it to be pretty handy. I’ll talk about it more on our next Succotash Clips episode and maybe have an interview with the brains behind Laughable — a guy names Ned Kenney — if I get the chance.

DURST…AND MORE DURST

In addition to my chat with Will, we have a double dose of our Burst O' Durst segment, one that plays before the chat, and one that plays after the Tweetsack segment. So strap in!

This episode is brought to you by Henderson's Wake Island shorts. Since most people have trouble tracking down Henderson's Pants, you can also help out Succotash by clicking on the Donate button at the top of our homepage. Or consider festooning yourself in some style of our merch at the Succotashery. Then there's always shopping online at Amazon - just click through to them by clicking on the banner at the top of our page — magic web elves make sure we get a slice of your purchase.

Please remember to pass the Succotash!

 — Marc Hershon

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Yes, it is I. Marc Hershon, your host and Henry Miller Aeron Desk Chair for Epi133 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. And if you’re having trouble recognizing the voice, that’s because it’s been about THREE damn weeks since I last dropped an installment.

Sorry about that.

I’ll keep striving to get better about it. I’d be lying if didn’t say a few clicks on the old Donate button up at our homesite, http://SuccotashShow.com, wouldn’t help motivate me.

Of if someone besides Henderson’s Pants wanted to help sponsor that show, that would be a bit of all right as well.

NEW PODCAST ALERT!

I wanted to let listeners who might be in range of Los Angeles, California, on Saturday June 11th, that I will be moderating a very cool event — Dana Carvey’s very first podcast. His OWN podcast, that is, which he’ll be doing with his two sons, Dex, and Tom.

You might recall they joined me back in early February for our very first LIVE Succotash show. And they liked the experience so much that the Carveys have decided to bust out their very own show.  I don’t know what it’s to be called yet but I was flattered to be asked to be the moderator for the kickoff show on June 11th.

And, who knows, maybe if I behave myself, maybe more after that.

It’s going to be at the Comedy Lab next to the Improv in West Hollywood and that’s all I know. Not sure whether you can buy advance tickets or what. Best I can suggest until I know more is to keep checking in at http://hollywood.improv.com and click on the link to the calendar.

GOT A SPAREMIN?

Another thing I have started trying out is using a new app called  SpareMin. It allows folks to call other folks back when they want to and with a five minute time limit. So I thought I might be a fun alternative to our Succotash Hotline because, rather than leaving a voicemail, you use the app to send me a request and when I have time to chat, I call you back.

The app automatically records the call, which I can then play back right here on the show. So check it out. It’s called SpareMin and you can download it from the Apple app store and I think the version for Android phones is live now, too.

WHAT ELSE YOU GOT?

Okay. Enough about me. Let’s talk about what I’ve got for YOU. This is a Succotash Clips episode and I have to mainly thank our erstwhile Associate Producer, Tyson Saner, for supplying the bulk of the clips we have on tap for you this time around.

We also have one that was submitted by a podcaster by using our upload link, at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash. And even I did a little work in the clip department…but not much.

All in all, we’re featuring clips from Awesome Etiquette, Chillpak Hollywood Hour, The Late Show – Tonight’s Watch, Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw, Savage Henry, the Schmoozecast, Secret Skin, The Slant, and Wisecrackin’ with Winter.  In addition to the clippage we’re featuring a double dose of our celebrated Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst.

I also have some exciting news about Mr. Durst: He going to be on Succotash! Not just in his usual short, 2-minutes Bursties of Dursties. Oh, no. Our very next installment of Succotash Chats will feature my face-to-face interview with Will that I held a couple of weeks ago in the green room at the storied Punchline Comedy Club in downtown San Francisco.

Our own Mr. Saner has also supplied us with one of his amazing pieces of music made up of bits and clips from a podcast, Off Yer Feet featuring Todd Glass along with Nick Thune. And Tyson also supplied us with a brand new instrumental track to play under out Celebration of Thanks coming up near the end of the show. (YOu can check out all of his amazing tunage over at SoundCloud.)

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CLIPS

Chillpak Hollywood Hour
Hard to believe but our friends in podcast — Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, the hosts of Chillpak Hollywood Hour — just kicked off their 10th year of changing the way you listen to the internet, as well as providing middle to high class entertainment for those with the ears to hear it. I’m happy to announce that sometime during Year 9, our false feud came to an end and so we can, once again, bring you a taste of the Chill…

Secret Skin
Secret Skin
is part of the Infinite Guest network of podcasts, hosted by musician and sometimes comedian Mike Eagle. Mike and his guest usually poke around behind the scenes of the hip-hop world. But recently his guest was comedian Nick Thune, and they got into a lot of topics — why Nick gave up one-liners and his guitar onstage to talk about who Jesus would want to hang out with if he was around today, and embarrassing stories. Nick shares the somewhat disgraceful way he ended his career as a car salesman, and Mike shares a story so embarrassing that, until now, he’s only told four people. And now yo, once you listen.

Awesome Etiquette
It seems like Awesome Etiquette is actually hosted by a couple of folks with some manners in their DNA. Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning are with the Emily Post Institute and, for those of you who as so gauche as to not know, Emily Post literately wrote the book on manner and etiquette in 1922. Both hosts don’t have Post in their names by amazing coincidence – it turns out they are the great great grandchildren of the Grand Dame of Manners.

The Slant
Our next clip comes directly from the podcasters themselves. They uploaded this to us at our direct upload site, at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash and I wish they’d sent a little more background. They have a Libsyn site and a Facebook page and a Twitter account and — don’t get me wrong, The Slant is constantly retweeting our stuff and they are very supportive — but I just don’t know that much about them. I know that the ringleader is someone named Sal. And there’s Lisa, and Ant, and Christine. There may be more, I can’t tell.

The Late Show — Tonight’s Watch
What I love most about podcasting is that pretty much anything goes. And I do mean anything. There's a spin-off podcast from The Late Show with Stephen Cobert called Tonight’s Watch. Hosted by Duncan (and his guest, Maester Text-To-Speech, in this episode), It’s a ostensibly a weekly update about HBO’s Game Of Thrones series but…well, you just have to hear it for yourself. (And it's shouldn't be confused with the actual ToNight's Watch GOT-following podcast…or maybe it should.)

Wisecrackin’ With Winter
Our Associate Producer has unearthed yet another podcast I’ve never heard of, called Wisecrackin’ With Winter. It features Mike Winter, who, according to the podcast’s About page: …bring decades of entertainment experience, including television, radio, and live performances, in his commentary on topics ranging from: challenges of doing stand-up at Ebola clinics, how to win shot a drinking contest with an Authoritarian Dictator, debating the severity of erectile dysfunction (after athletes abuse steroids for years), to trying to figure out how to re-purpose the thousands of discarded jerseys of disgraced football players. What does that all mean? I’m not sure.

The Schmoozecast
Comedian Barry Weintraub has been working hard to resurrect the Comedy USA name (formerly the title of his national comedy magazine) in several ways. One of those is a comedy podcast called The Schmoozecast. He’s been recording in a sound booth that has been built at Comic Strip Live in New York and recently he had an episode featuring comedian John Mulrooney. John’s a great guy who’s still working today but, when he’s not doing comedy gigs, he works as a patrolman for the Coxsackie Police Department in upstate New York. You can only find episodes of The Schmoozecast at ComedyUSA.com and that’s about it — Barry has yet to master how to get the show up on iTunes. But he will – he’s a very determined fellow.

Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program
There's a humor magazine in Arcata, which is in Humboldt County, California, called Savage Henry and, once every couple of weeks, the owner/editor Chris Durant puts out a podcast called the Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program. In the show that Tyson snagged this clip from, he’s joined by “special” co-host Matt Redbeard and guest, comedian Dash Kwiatkowski.

Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw
Got a note from Sarah Meyer, who does press for the podcast Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw. She says “Hi there, Me again! 'Obsessed' put out a special Hamilton episode today — I thought I’d send the press release along since you were so helpful back in March! :) If you wanted to feature a clip on Succotash, or write a review for the Huffington Post, that would be amazing! Thanks so much! Sarah.” Thanks for the note, Sarah! Not sure about HuffPo yet but you got a clip on, featuring host Joseph Scrimshaw and his guests Paul & Storm, and Emma Fyffe

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Don’t forget to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Like the man says, it’s me, Marc Hershon. And I’m to be your host and 100% recyclable container for Epi132 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. This is actually an edition of Succotash Chats, the variety of where we feature a conversation instead of clips, and this time around our Special Guest is Danny Lobell.

Danny is a comedian and also the host of the Modern Day Philosophers podcast. He interviews comedians but It’s a nice twist on the typical talker, because once they cover some of the usual ground in an interview, Danny reveals a philosopher that’s been selected for each particular guest.

He and the guest then learn about the philosopher at the same time — Danny keeps himself from knowing who they’re going to talk about by having his producer, Alex Fossella, select the philosopher and information about them.

He’s had some terrific guests since the show’s been on — people like Carl Reiner, Bill Burr, Jackie Mason, Maria Bamford, and Lewis Black. This past week he interviewed Brian Regan, who I’m a big fan of, and so I thought it would be fun to talk to Danny about that experience, how he came up with the concept for Modern Day Philosophers, and stuff like that.

We play a couple of clips from his chat with Regan, but you’re probably going to want to grab the whole interview, which you can do at http://ModernDayPhilosophers.net.

A DOUBLE DOSE O' DURST

In addition to this episode’s Chat, we have TWO segments of our Burst O’ Durst with political comedian & social commentator Will Durst, as well as some original tunage from our friend Abner Serd, a dip into the Tweetsack and the whole thing is brought to you by Henderson's Fancy Pants for Fops.

Thanks again to our special guest, Danny Lobell. And thank to YOU. Yes, YOU. For downloading or streaming this episode. Appreciate all you do but we’d love you even more if you’ll visit our homesite, http://SuccotashShow.com, and click on our Donate button to give us some of your delicious money to help us keep things podcasty. Barring that, you can click on the Amazon banner at the top of the page and do your shopping there that way, which kicks us back a little something. Or avail yourself of our fine merchandise in the Succotashery. If all of those options are somehow beyond you, at the very least, please remember to PLEASE pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

 

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Oh, jeez, here I am. Marc Hershon, your host and artificial sweetener for Epi131 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. This is another edition of Succotash Clips, and we have a whole passel of comedy podcast clippage for you.

When I say “we” I mostly mean me because I’m the only one typing up this blog entry.  But I also include our booth announcer Bill Heywatt, whom you heard at the top of the show, our Engineer/Producer Joe Paulino, our booth assistant Kenny Durgis, and our delightful Associate Producer Tyson Saner, who discovered and harvested several of the selections you’ll be hearing. And I also include those comedy podcasters who got their clips to us themselves.

Yes, that’s right. If you want to get a clip of your show on our show, and you’re tired of waiting around for either Tyson or me to find you, you can upload a 3-5 minute MP3 clip directly to Succotash by going to http://hightail.com/u/Succotash and following the simple instructions.

Fifth Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival

I got my super early bird 3-day pass for this year’s 5th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival. It’s toward the end of September – the 23rd thru the 25th. That pass was just 99 bucks and I just checked – ALL the early bird passes are sold out so if you’re going to go, you’re going to be paying full freight. You can get a one day pass or got for all three days. Check out the ticket sitch at http://LAPodfest.com. I’m trying to see if they’ll let me run a panel or be a guest on a panel or even do a live Succotash episode from the festival. We’ll see. At the very least, I’ll go prepared to hold down my usual corner of the Podcast Lab.

In This Episode

Most of clips we have loaded up for this show are from podcasts we’ve not featured before, but there are a couple of familiar faces…or voices, rather. We have snippets from the Cue Plot Device podcast, The Language of Bromance, the Mt. Rushmore podcast, Poop Culture, the SeeSo SeeShow, the ShePod podcast, Sup Doc, This Freakin’ Show, This Is A Podcast and The Unoriginal Podcast.

In addition to the clips, we have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. Plus another musical piece by Tyson made up by cobbling together audio from the How Did This Get Made? podcast called “Dance Mr. Boogaloo.” (Other selection by Tyson can be found on his SoundCloud page.)There is a pile of things to read in the ol’ TweetSack. And, in honor of Elon Musk’s most recent Space X private rocket launch and landing, this episode of Succotash Clips is brought to you by Henderson’s Space Pants.

Clips


Shepod
I think Succotash is beginning to collapse under the sheer weight of podcasts. It’s crazy how many new shows are flocking out of Podcastland. And not so old shows. I’ve recently become acquainted with a show called The Shepod: Brunch with Rachel and Sara (not the bible ones) and it just passed it Epi50 mark without me noticing it until now. The show features two women who aren’t comedians per se, but they are funny as hell – Rachel King and Sara Tenenbein. The latter is some kind of marketing consultant and the former works as a writer and some other kind of consultant.


Sup Doc
Tyson snipped us from Sup Doc, a podcast about documentaries and the documentarians who make them. From Epi26, which I mentioned a few weeks back on Splitsider.com and the Huffington Post, we have part of a conversation with Sup Doc co-host Paco Romane and guest Todd Glass, a very funny comedian and podcaster whom I interviewed during last year’s LA Podfest. The subject of the episode was Bill Maher’s Religulous doc from 2008, all about the craziness of the worlds’ religions.

 

Cue Plot Device
Next up is a podcast which I never knew about until they were kind enough to start retweeting some of our stuff a few months back. Often times that’s enough to get our attention so I went to check out Cue Plot Device. It’s hosted by four guys: Dr. G, Yosh the Scientist, The Captain, and Chief — not their real names, I assume. This show falls into the Nerd category, I think, because they cover such things as “cartoons, comics, video games, movies, tv-shows, card games, board games, and much, much more”, according to their homesite. But one of their segments focuses on their title’s subject: Plot devices. Here they delve into Season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil series.


SeeSo SeeShow
We’re going to go a little meta here. We have clipped and talked about the SeeSo SeeShow podcast a few times previously, hosted by Andrew Stevens. It’s an independent podcast that cleaves very closely, nonetheless, to the relatively new SeeSo streaming comedy channel. In his fourth episode, Steven himself clips an interview with Community creator Dan Harmon which was done on the 100th episode of the Innovation Crush podcast last October.So we're clipping a clip that was clipped for another show. In that episode, Harmon talked at length about the “story circle” technique of story writing.

Mt. Rushmore
We stick with the musical theme for a bit, by way of a clip uploaded directly to us by the guys over at the Mt. Rushmore podcast. According to their homesite, the show features Michael Winfield and Richard Manfredi who argue a lot. Their arguments revolve around what they call the "Mt. Rushmores of Life" — the four things that best represent any particular category. Such as the Mt. Rushmores of Kids’ Cereals. Or the Mt. Rushmores of Fictional Presidents. They then present those arguments to Jeff Hopkins, a comedian, judge and jury, who then passes judgement. The clip that they uploaded to us is from their Epi4: The Mt. Rushmores of One and Done Albums.

Then here is where I started to get a tad "ranty"…


The Language of Bromance
There’s a whole swath of podcasts out there in Podcastland helmed by people that really aren’t looking for personal fame, which you can tell because they don’t use their last names. Of course, it could just be because they don’t want anyone at work — or their parents — to find out. I’m not sure what the case is for Richard and Bruce, the hosts of a show called The Language of Bromance, but they have 93 episodes out there on the podwaves so it’s obviously a serious enough endeavor. (Come on, guys! What are your last names? Drop me an email or a direct message on Twitter and we’ll reveal the information in the next Tweetsack segment.) I’ve got a chunk from their Epi92, entitled "Bros At The Zoo". In this clip they’ve been ruminating about what it would be like if animals came to look at people in what they’re calling a human zoo.

 

Then I got even rantier…

This Freakin’ Show
Our next show, scooped up by Tyson, is ANOTHER show featuring semi-anonymous hosts. I don’t know why I’ve got a thing aobut this so much this week. People can do what they want. But to me it smacks of the Millenial thing of being anonymous on the internet. Saying shit but not being visible enough for anyone to knock you down for it. That’s not saying that the hosts of This Freakin’ Show are talking shit about anyone. That’s just the name of their podcast. Awesome. By way of thei homesite, the hosts are Travis-T, a Divinity student; Awkward Colin, a Navy veteran; and Geek Show Joe, a podcaster and graduate student. Their thing is the usual territories of chatfest shows: current events, pop culture and then, in the miscellaneous column, “shenanigans that tickle our fancies.” (That must have been written by the graduate student.) And they put their own spin on the commentary which, in this clip, revolves around which — in the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — has them asking each other which DC Comics characters would they like to see made into a movie.

But then I finally give up…


Poop Culture Podcast
Okay, okay. I’m going to give up obsessing on this “no one wants to use their own name” thing. It’s kind of like radio back in the day, when all the on-air personalities had made-up names like Wolfman Jack, Jocko Henderson, and Kid Leo. I guess this is the podcast trend, at least for hosts that aren’t famous comedians or whatever. So let the slack-cutting begin with the Poop Culture Podcast! The hosts are the Boobie Brothers and Mancrush. Clearly their pseudonyms haven’t kept them from getting decent guests on the show. A few episodes back they talked at length to Lloyd Kaufman, the man, the myth and the legend behind Troma Films.


This Is A Podcast
Another selection from Tyson Saner’s bushel basket full of clips comes from a show with the blatant title, This Is A Podcast. Interestingly, there is a second show called This Is A Podcast show listed on iTunes but don’t be fooled – the last episode for THAT show was in September of last year. (Another few months without a fresh installment and that show will be eligible for the Podcast Graveyard segment…) But THIS version of This Is A Podcast, hosted by Thomas Allie and Kristi Diaz, who are described as “20-something young lovers” on the Stitcher website, say that they poke fun at the of the world in a way that most wouldn’t.


The Unoriginal Podcast
The next clip comes from a show that’s begun passing the Succotash, meaning retweeting our Succotash tweets on Twitter and we love that. It’s called the Unoriginal Podcast, which is very honest but not very original, as it turns out, because there’s The Original Unoriginal Podcast, as it’s called but which stopped putting out new ‘sodes back in 2012. (A definite candidate for the Podcast Graveyard. If we only had the time this week we’d do it. Next time…) Anyway, THIS Unoriginal Podcast hails from Ireland and features Ciara, Dayo, and Fredi. They’re only five episodes in and don’t seem to have a proper homesite yet. This slice is from their Epi4, entitled, “The One with The Shenanigans?" There’s that word again. What’s the deal with “shenanigans”?

Before I sign off, I wanted to kindly suggest you visit our homesite at http://SuccotashShow.com and help to keep us in business by clicking on the Donate button there and tossing us a few bones. Or use the Amazon banner at the top of that same page next tim eyou want to buy something from Amazon – we get a li’l taste of that. Or buy some of our merch from the Succotashery.

Other than those things, I got nuthin’. Except this: Please remember to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, it’s me again – Marc Hershon – your host and commemorative beer stein for Epi130 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. And I got a passel of comedy podcast clips for you. Our ace associate producer Tyson Saner harvested some. I found a couple. And we got some uploaded directly to us from podcasters themselves, using the upload link at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash.

Podquest

Julie Shapiro / RadiotopiaIf you think you have a cool idea for a new podcast, don’t keep it to yourself. I’m saying you should tell me about it either, but you’re going to want to hang in for my chat with Julie Shapiro, who’s the executive producer with the Radiotopia network — they’ve got a baker’s dozen of shows occupying podcastland, including 99% Invisible, The Memory Palace, Song Exploder, and Mortified. But they're looking for more and they want a show that no one is doing yet. So if YOU have an idea for a show, or are doing a show that’s been bumping around, cloaked in obscurity, Radiotopia is sponsoring Podquest, the search to find that show. Julie and I talk about the contest and how you can get your concepts in front of their ears. 

What's Up

I’ll tell you whose clips we have on the show in a moment, but you should also know that we’ve got our Burst O’ Durst with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. Our show's brought to you by Henderson's new Hooray For Hollywood Pants, and we have a dip into the Tweetsack, where we FINALLY Have a couple of recorded calls from our Succotash Hotline. Plus I’ve got Cursed, a really cool musical piece that Tyson put together using bits and piece from The Todd Glass Show. Our Associate Producer continues to amaze me with his talents. And we have a SECOND musical piece from our acapellanist, Abner Serd, who brings us a seasonally-appropriate tune called Joe Mann, the Self-Rolling Snowman.

The Clips

As for the actual shows that we’re featuring clips from this time around: Cave Crew Radio, I Am Rapaport, Local Ass Bitches, Loud & Obnoxious, Obsessed, The Potato Bureau, Russell & Mudtooth, The Sketch Comedy Podcast Show, and Spontaneanation.

As a blanket thing, the podcasts that we get our clips from can be found at their homesites — click on each show's title to be whisked there instantaneously — as well as on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and a number of other podcast distribution points on the World Wide Web.

I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast
I caught actor Michael Rapaport on WTF with Marc Maron this past week. You might know him from his work – he’s been in over 60 movies and TV projects, starting with Zebrahead through last year’s Little Boy movie. He had a great arc on the second-to-last season of TV’s Justified, too. He and his best friend, Gerald Moody, kick out fresh episodes of the I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast every week, or maybe it’s twice a week. Rap and G, as they call each other, shoot from the hip on a variety of topics. I actually met Michael years ago, when I used to hang out at the Improv in LA, because he did, too – his sister’s step-father was one of the owners. Anyone, he always seemed a decent guy and I like what he has to say on his p’cast. A word of warning if you don’t like profanity — Rap and G speak the language of the streets. Oh, and they also take a certain measure of pride in the fact that they don’t fact-check their spew.

Spontaneanation
Tyson grabbed us a clip from Epi49 of Spontaneanation, the latest podcast from the brain of one of the hardest-working men in podcasting, Paul F. Tompkins. It’s a completely improvised show, with a rotating cast of guest friends and performers. On the episode this clip is from, Paul’s guests are Cameron Esposito, Shulie Cowen, Brandon Johnson, and Chris Tallman. I’m a big fan of Paul F. but then, who isn’t?

Potato Bureau
One of our upload savvy listeners is Corky Kneivel, he of the Potato Bureau podcast. This week he shot us a scene clipped from their Epi2, featuring Court Hansen as the guy getting his dishes back, Molly Doan as “Darren” (the screw up), Corky's playing Darren’s brother, with Michelle Petro is the security guard who — spoiler alert — gets killed. The way the Potato Bureau "gimmick" works is that the scenes are somehow inspired by each episode's musical guest, which is where the sketch in this clip sprang from…)

Loud & Obnoxious
Another clip that was uploaded directly to us this episode comes from the crew over at Loud & ObnoxiousKorey H., D-Brew, Producer Dave, and Halfpint. First off, how can you NOT listen to a clip featuring someone named Halfpint, right? They’re part of the MenRule Network. Here’s their description of their show that’s up on iTunes: “They are four guys that don't apologize for speaking the truth. Each week they discuss movies, news stories, beer, politics, and sports. They also have their intern, Halfpint, do things that he is very uncomfortable with including karaoke and talking to girls.”

Sketch Comedy Podcast Show
Tyson clipped us something from a recent epi of the Sketch Comedy Podcast Show, which is about as descriptive a title as you can get in a podcast title. Also maybe a bit misleading, as the description for the show says it’s “Lightly scripted and improvised.” The hosts are Alisha Holland and Stuart Rice and the show booms out of Portland, Oregon.

Obsessed
This next clip was ripped from the Tweetsack, having been dropped in there by Sarah Meyer who writes “I really enjoy your podcast reviews and I hope it’s not taking a liberty, but I’d LOVE it if you could take a listen to a comedy podcast I co-produce — 'Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw.'" It’s over on the on the Feral Audio network. The title is a little deceptive because it isn’t a show about an obsession with Joseph Scrimshaw — he’s the host and he talks to guests about their obsessions. In this case, the obsession is podcasts and the guest is Dustin Marshall, the founder and maniac behind the Feral Audio network, host to such shows as Harmontown, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour and Obsessed with Joseph Scrimshaw. Also, this is Joseph’s 100th episode of Obsessed, so congratulations! 

Russell & Mudtooth
Tyson clipped us off a hunk of the Russell & Mudtooth Show from the Radio Random Network. It features Russell Devlin McLain (or #RDM, as he’s socially mediatroducing himself these days), and Mudtooth. To me, “Mudtooth” is WAY more interesting a name than hashtag-anything, but maybe that's just me. This show drops every Friday and #RDM, who is a musician, tears up the country music scene, music in general, as well as sports, current events, etc., etc. with his pal Mudtooth. In this sample of the show, Mudtooth goes off on a tear about the most recent Oscars.

Cave Crew Radio
In case you haven’t figured it out on your own, podcasters are not the only ones who can upload their clips to the show. If you are a LISTENER to a comedy podcast that you enjoy, you are cordially welcome to upload a clip, too! That’s exactly what Stuart Ramsden did recently when he uploaded us a chunk of Cave Crew Radio, which is great. Because who knows how long it have taken us to discover the hosts, DK and Big B on our own? And the show has been going for a tad over a year. (So way to take the inish, Stuart!) In this clip the talk is about Valentines and giving stuff up for Lent.

Local Ass Bitches
Our friend Davian Dent host of the soon-to-be-defunct The Bitter Sound podcast and co-host of The Strange Times podcast has sent in a promo of a show he enjoys: Local Ass Bitches, a comedy podcast I’d not heard before. Davian must really like the show, because he knows I’m not a fan of playing promos. He uploaded it directly to us via out Hightail link and he says, “Four best friends from Chicago talk politics, sex, dating and everything in between!  Born, raised and living on the NW Side – Lisa, Manny, Nora and Rosa are the epitome of Local Ass Bitches, a term coined by one of their comedic favorites, Kevin Hart, which now has its own definition in the urban dictionary. They also win the Davian Dent Award for being the sexiest mofo's in podcasting...”

That’s it, friend. The Succotash tank is empty for another week or so. You can help us to keep the show going by clicking on the Donate button at our http://SuccotashShow.com homesite. Or else go there and click on the Amazon banner at the top of the page And visit the Succotashery, also accessible though the website, where you can get some garments or other gewgaws festooned with the snappy Succotash logo.

Even if you can’t afford to give us any of your hard-earned money, the least you could do it to tell your friends about our show. And, in exchange, I give you a hearty thanks for passing the Succotash!

Marc Hershon

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Howdy, neighbors! It’s me – Marc Hershon – your host and rheostat for Epi129 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.

I hope you enjoyed the most recent installment, Epi128, our live recording from the Comedy Lab at the Improv in West Hollywood. Dana Carvey, his sons Dex and Tom, and comedian Wayne Federman were our guests. I’m not real handy with figuring out the metrics on the show but I THINK it’s our most downloaded show so far since we started Succotash almost 5 years ago.

This episode is another Succotash Chats version, and my special guests are Rufus Penzance and Howard Long — the writers, producers, and actors of The ManBuyCow Podcast from England.

Rufus and Howard play the two main characters, named Rufus and Howard, on the show, as well as every other character on the show, and they are just kicking off Season 3 of ManBuyCow this week on Comedy.co.uk, iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

I’m a big fan of of this show and these guys and it was a treat chatting with them.  If you’re thinking of getting into podcasting, comedy or otherwise, I think you’ll be inspired by their story as they’ve had to teach themselves every aspect of what they do on the show – writing and performing not just comedy but music, figuring out all the equipment and figuring out how to get it distributed.

ALSO IN THIS EPISODE

We have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, a classic Henderson's Pants commercial and the Tweetsack is back! Which means we'll be getting to your cards and letters…or, rather, your tweets and emails.

THAT'S IT

Boom. That’s what we've got for you this week. But it's an hour's worth of show, so kick back, push those earbuds in and hit Play.

Remember to check out the all-new Season 3 kickoff episode of the ManBuyCow podcast. And if you’d like to help us to keep the equipment on here at Studio P and Studio F, it wouldn’t hurt you click our cheerful blue Donate button on our homesite, at http://SuccotashShow.com. Which is also where, incidentally, you can click on the Amazon banner at the top of the page and help us out by purchasing something at the world’s largest everything store. And we have a fully stocked Succotashery, with t-shirts, hats, coffee mugs and more, all festooned with our several Succotash logos.

Thanks for listening and don’t forget — wherever you go, whatever you do — thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Yes, this is Marc Hershon, your host and non-fat dried milk for Epi 128 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. And this is the very first episode of the show to be recorded in front of a LIVE audience! It all went down on Friday, February 5th, at the Comedy Lab, the tiny showroom next door to the world famous Improvisation in West Hollywood, California.

Our announcer, Bill Heywatt, and I made the trek from NorCal to SoCal, arriving in time to set up and welcome show guests Dana Carvey, his two sons Dex Carvey and Tom Carvey, and Wayne Federman. (We also had a Burst O' Durst, but Will Durst was making his appearance via recorded medium…)

Friend-of-Succotash Rick Overton was slated to be on the show as well, but had to bail as he got cast in an episode of HBO's Veep literally the night before and had to be on set shooting at the same time we were doing the podcast.

I want to thank the Sideshow Network's Shawn Marek and his crew for inviting us in and making the whole thing come together. As well as the folks who showed up to watch — 6 PM on a Friday night in LA is a sketchy time to pull off a show and we did it. (I will not be thanking the LA Parking Authority, which slapped me with a $63 ticket because the show ran 10 minutes too late for me to feed my meter…)

Suffice it to say, between airfare, the rental car, and the parking tickets, and the dinner I bought some of our guests afterward, this was the most expensive episode of Succotash to date. Which seems a dandy time to remind you that there are several ways to help support the show:

• Click our handy Donate button on our homepage, at http://SuccotashShow.com

• Click on the Amazon banner at the top of http://SuccotashShow.com and we get a slice off anything that you might happen to purchase during that shopping trip

• Click on the link to The Succotashery at http://SuccotashShow.com, purch some merch, and festoon yourself with our logo

If money's an issue, you can give us moral support by clicking over to iTunes to rate and review us, Like our page on Facebook, Follow @SuccotashShow on Twitter, "heart" us on SoundCloud and, whenever you get the chance, whether you're with friends, family, co-workers, or total strangers, please remember to pass the Succotash!

Marc Hershon

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Yes, it is I – Marc Hershon – your host and 100% recyclable container for Epi 127 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. We’re back to the clippage this time, with a fully loaded Succotash Clips show.

We’ve got a full rack of comedy podcast clips ready to roll, from the Bertcast, BrianTALKS, Buffet Kings, Now That I’m Older, Push The Button, Rick & Paul Heal The World, Screams & Moans, Sup Doc, Wicked Theory, and You Made It Weird. We’ve also got a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment with our resident political comic, correspeondent, and commentator Will Durst, plus a classic spot from our sponsor, Henderson's Pants.

THE CLIPS

Bertcast
Our Associate Producer Tyson Saner clipped us off a chunk of the Bertcast, hosted by comedian Bert Kreischer. Bert’s a funny guy and I love his appearances on Doug Loves Movies, especially when that insane laugh of his get going, all girlish and giggly. He tours the comedy clubs a lot but he also cranks out the episodes. This is from back in December, Epi150, when he had comedian Jimmy Tingle on the ‘cast.

Now That I’m Older
Another clip from Tyson’s harvest comes to us from the Now That I’m Older podcast, hosted by Ken Baldwin and Shane Smith. The general premise for the show is that getting older sucks but can also be awesome at the same time. The two host like to poke fun – at the world at large as well as each other. And they occasionally review movies. The clippage is from Epi47 from December, and features Shane going off on the worst part of his telemarketing job.

Sup Doc
I think I mentioned the title of this next podcast we’re featuring when it first came out, for two reasons. The first is that one of the co-hosts, Paco Romane, is a comedian and actor in San Francisco whom I happen to know. The second reason is the close connection our shows’ titles have – ours, of course, is Succotash, as in “Sufferin’ succotash”, the catchphrase of Warner Brothers’ cartoon cat, Sylvester. Paco and his compadre in podcasting, George Chen, run Sup Doc, which may sound a lot like Bugs Bunny’s “What’s up, doc?” tagline. Like our show, theirs has nothing to do with those characters. Sup Doc is a podcast that looks at film documentaries. I’ve been hanging onto this clip for a few months because I wanted to see the film they were talking about first, which is Going Clear, the somewhat chilling doc about Scientology. Their guest in this show, Epi16, is Jamie DeWolf, who is also the great-grandson of none other than Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

You Made It Weird
Next episode we’ll feature our live recording made at The Improv in Los Angeles, featuring Dana Carvey among other guests. Tyson clipped an episode of Pete HolmesYou Made It Weird from the end of December 2014 that featured Mr. Carvey in a long episode. In this snippet, Dana thinks on Lorne Michaels and also Paul McCartney in the year before SNL’s 40th anniversary.

BryanTALKS
I first learned of the BryanTALKS podcast from a note that host Bryan Cain-Jackson dropped into the Tweetsack. (By note I mean “tweet” and by “Tweetsack” I mean “Tweetsack”.) He wanted to know if I’d had a chance to check out his brand new podcast, which I hadn’t. But I did after that and I liked what I heard! Part sketch, part news, part reaction to the news, and interviews makes for a well-rounded show with a decent sound. Bryan seems to be connected – this clip comes from his recent episode, where he was hanging on the set with the entire cast of NBC’s show Undateable.

Rick & Paul Heal The World, A Comedy Podcast
Thanks to our man Tyson, we have a clip from a podcast called Rick & Paul Heal The World. Sounds like a tall order. I can’t find the last names of these guys anywhere, which certainly limited their liability if they DON’T end up healing the world. Just to get you back in the holiday mood, this clip is from just before last Christmas where Rick & Paul explore the pain and misery of holiday shopping.


Screams & Moans

I wanted to play a clip from a podcast by a longtime supporter and friend-of-Succotash, Megan Moen. I only knew her by her Twitter handle for a long time, @podcastwhore, but it’s already been two years since she kicked off her Screams & Moans podcast. So congrats, Megan! Her guest in her 36th episode is Wayne Baglin, whose own podcast, The Crunch Time Show, is — I think — in the Podcast Graveyard, but who was also an inspiration to her getting started.

Buffet Kings
We got a note to check out a show from Adelaide, Australia, called The Buffet Kings. So of course we did. Byt their pictures on the SoundCloud page for this show, the three hosts — Matt O’Brien, Matt Rix, and Luke Verharen — are are “gentlemen of proportion” (to use a phrase a tailor once used on me when fitting me for a tuxedo.) This clip is from their second episode, where they obviously feel they are in a position to chat about how funny can directly translate to body mass…or not.

Push The Button
Associate producer Tyson Saner clipped off a bit of the Push The Button podcast, hosted by David Vox Mullen and Mr. Anderson. They chat it up about a bunch of different things and, in this clip, they’re talking about the bru-ha-ha that kicked up this past holiday season over Starbucks changing the design of their holiday cups.

Wicked Theory
One of our awesome Twitter supporters is Bill Sweeney, one of the hosts and the producer of the Wicked Theory podcast. So I thought it was high time we played a clip from a recent episode. He’s joined by his buddy Dom, his brother Bob and NOT by his buddy Ed, who called in sick. The Wicked Theory guys cover a lot of shows and movies and comics and stuff in every episode, so they’re packed with nerdy goodness. Or goody nerdness.

That’s going to put the bow on this edition of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. If you have any desire to help a brother out, there are 99 things wrong with our website but our Donate button isn’t one of them. Works just fine. As does our Amazon banner at the top of the page. Click that sucker, buy something on Amazon, the world’s largest anything store, and we get a tasty kickback. Or buy yourself a Succo-t-shirt, mug or other gewgaw at the Succotashery, easily accessible at the aforementioned http://SuccotashShow.com.

— Marc Hershon

P.S. I want to leave you with a reminder that our very next episode is not just a Succotash Chats installment, but it was recorded live at the Improv in Los Angeles. Our guests were Dana Carvey, his sons Dex and Tom, and Wayne Federman. Our announcer Bill Heywatt even made the trek to LA along with me to be at The Comedy Lab in West Hollywood. So subscribe today if you don't already so you won't miss it when it drops

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:29am PST
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Hello, everybody. Yes, it is me – Marc Hershon – your host and no deposit, no return container for Epi 126 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. I THOUGHT this was going to be an edition of Succotash Clips. I mean, our Associate Producer Tyson Saner has harvested a bunch of beauts and I have some I’ve scraped up off the podcast factory floor as well. But I’ve been so pressed for time in the “real world”, with my job, and side projects, that I haven’t had time to cobble them all together decently.

So, instead, I’m proud to bring you another installment of Succotash Chats, where we talk to interesting podcasters, comedians, comedian/podcasters, and other show biz folk.

SUCCOTASH LIVE!

Before I get into the guts of THIS show, I wanted to let you know about the special LIVE recording of a Succotash Chats we’re doing this coming Friday night, February 5th, in Los Angeles! That’s right. LIVE at The Comedy Lab next door to the world famous Improv on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood!

My very special guests will be Dana Carvey, Rick Overton, and Wayne Federman — all past guests on this show — and even Bill Heywatt, our esteemed booth announcer, is making the trip to be on this episode. There’s also a good chance that Mr. Carvey will be joined by his two sons, Dex and Tom, who are also now doing comedy and busily immersing themselves in the Hollywood experience.

If you’re in the area, tickets are FREE, but the catch is they are only available at the door – nothing in advance – and when they’re gone, that’s it. The Comedy Lab holds 60 seats. You CAN get more information about the show at http://hersh.co/SuccotashLive020516. If you’re driving and can’t jot that down, visit out homesite, at http://SuccotashShow.com, and click on the show link in the blog entry for THIS show you’re listening to right now.

WE GOT THIS

But that’s then – days away. Right NOW is when you’re listening to this, and our special guestS this episode – that’s right, GUESTS, plural — are Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi. You probably know those names best from their time served on the Thrilling Adventure Hour, stage show and podcast. But for the past year they’ve been doing their own thing, their own very fun thing, the podcast called We Got This.

The guys were recently in San Francisco for the 15th editon of our annual Sketchfest here. We've spoken with Hal for the past three years but this time I was able to sit with both of them and talk about their show and a number of the other fascinating projects they're each involved with. PLUS the gents indulged me and did a mini-version of what they do on their show when I asked them to decide which was better for our show: Clips or Promos. Their decision was swift and, as you'll hear them declare, binding.

WAIT…THERE'S MORE!

In addition to our interview with Hal and Mark, we’ve got a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, a new weird song from our friend Abner Serd (accompanied this time out by friend Kitten Caboodle), and an abbreviated version of the Tweetsack, our exclusive segment looking at tweets, emails and the like. And this episode is brought to you by Henderson's Pants and their line of Bitchin' Britches trousers.

A LITTLE HELP?

Just a reminder that this show happens through the good graces of your generosity. And there are several ways to lavish us with your largess. Simply by clicking through to our homesite, at http://SuccotashShow.com, you can click on the friend Donation button, or shop at Amazon through their banner at the top of our page (which automatically shaves off a tiny percentage of whatever you happen to buy on that visit and pops it into our pocket…) OR you can shop in our Succotashery for t-shirts, mugs and the like with our logo and other Succotash-related stuff.

That's everything we have in store for you this episode. Thanks again to our special guests Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi. And don’t forget the LIVE recording of Succotash coming up THIS Friday, February 5th, at The Comedy Lab next to the Improv on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood! My guests will be Dana Carvey, Rick Overton, and Wayne Federman.

If we don’t see you there, we’ll see you here – or wherever it is you got this episode from – next time. Until then, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

 

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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:48pm PST
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Yes, it’s me – Marc Hershon – your host and pre-brush dental rinse for Epi 125 of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast. This is another edition of Succotash Chats, which means no clips — except for clips related to our interview — and I am VERY excited. Our Special Guest is Michael Ian Black, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve been angling to try to get Michael — or “Magic”, as Tom Cavanagh, his co-host on the Mike And Tom Eat Snacks podcast, refers to him.  I have to tell you that we don’t have a very long interview with Mr. Black, but I’m happy to be able to bring you what we got.

I caught him on his cell phone, on the run doing business in New York, so let’s be thankful I got some kind of time with him in time for this episode.

 Recently, I reviewed Michael’s podcast How To Be Amazing, the two-part episode with David Sedaris, for the Huffington Post — so be sure to use the link and check that out. HTBA is just one of the three ongoing podcasts that he is involved with, including TOPICS with Michael Showalter and the aforementioned Mike And Tom Eat Snacks.

 Be sure to check out Michael new book! It's called Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom's, which I know sounds weird), and you can get it just by clicking on the Amazon banner at the top of our http://SuccotashShow.com website and typing in Michael's name. (Then we get a little kickback!)

 What Else

 In addition to our interview with Michael Ian Black, we’ve got a Burst O’ Durst with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst giving out his predictions for 2016, and a dip into the Tweetsack, our exclusive segment looking at tweets, emails and the like. This episode is brought to you by Henderson’s Pants new Parachute Pants, in a spot written for us by Harry White.

Succotash Goes Live-ish!

I am really amped up about our upcoming and first recording of a Succotash show in front of an LIVE audience! That’s right. Thanks to friend-of-Succotash Shawn Marek, we're taking over The Comedy Lab at THE Improv in Los Angeles – the main flagship Improv club, the one on Melrose Avenue, right there in West Hollywood! We'll be there on Friday, February 5th, from 6 to 7 PM. And our Special Guests will be Dana Carvey, along with his two sons, Dex and Tom, and also our old friend, Rick Overton! Plus our booth announcer Bill Heywatt will be joining us as well!

The Comedy Lab holds 60 seats and this is going to be a first-come, first-serve sort of deal. Tickets are FREE, but you can’t get anything in advance — it’s all at-the-door. You CAN get more information about the show at http://hershco.co/SuccotashLive020516. This should really be something!

That's All, Folks!

For this epi, anyway. I think this may be the shortest Succotash episode every, other than our halfisodes. We'll be back next time with a chock-full Succotash Clips show. Until then, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

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Happy New Year! It IS me, Marc Hershon, your host and New Year’s baby for 2016. And this is Succotash, The Comedy Podcast Podcast. It’s the first edition of Succotash Clips for this new year, and we have a fine passel of clippage for you.

Before we get into the nit and the grit of what’s in store this time around, I thought I’d check in to see how many of you Succotashians are also Resolutionaries. You know, those folk who steadfastly trot out a litany of resolutions for the new year. New leaves that they are bound and determined to turn over this time for sure, only to almost immediately start backsliding furiously on their self-commitments.

I tend to go pretty low key and achievable with the resolutionary action, mostly because I know, after being around as long as I have, I’ve got a pretty good idea how low to set the bar in order to clear it.

My first resolution is one I’ve been kicking off the past ten years or so with, and that’s to go without regular coffee or any other form of caffeine for one month. I LOVE coffee – its aroma, its flavor and its effects. But I know it’s not all good in term of the way you feel if you miss your morning cup so I’ve taken this step to purge my system of caffeine and its residual cravings for 31 days. Achievable!

The other one is exercise. I’m actually pretty good with this one, to the point that this is actually a resolution to continue my exercise regimen, not jump start it. To help out, I’ve signed up for a 10K race in April, so I just need to press a little harder and I should be ready for that.  Achievable!

Regarding Succotash, well, I’m just going to shoot for bigger and better this year.

I’ve arranged with our friend Shawn Merek to put on the first LIVE epi of Succotash just one month from now. That’s right. Friday night, February 5th, at 6 PM at the Improv Lab on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. I’m still firming up the details and will have more information for you shortly, but we’ll have some amazing guests and a lot of fun that night.

But we’re also aiming to have a lot of fun right NOW. We've got clippage from the Hobcast with Hob the Troll, How To Be Amazing, The Mike Jolitz Show, The New Hollywood Podcast, The Potato Bureau, River City Rant, Royal & Doodall, The Cure, and Victrola! 

We, of course, will be looking into the Tweetsack for your tweets and emails. But no Burst O’ Durst this time around. Our friend Will Durst has been off, touring the Bay Area with his Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off Show. If you need your Fix O' Durst, please visit his website at http://WillDurst.com or check out his tweets @WillDurst on Twitter. (And the Burst will be back next episode!)

The Clips

How To Be Amazing
We’ve clipped podcasts featuring Michael Ian Black as a host before – like Mike And Tom Eats Snacks and TOPICS. But he’s had a new one out for the past year called How To Be Amazing, where his guests are mostly authors and he picks there brains about their backgrounds, their careers, and how they do what they do so well. I just reviewed his recent two-part interview with author David Sedaris for Huffington Post this past week. Very entertaining and enlightening interview, so I thought we’d pull a nice clip out of it.

The New Hollywood Podcast
I’ve got a clip from The New Hollywood podcast, hosted by friend-of-Succotash Brian Flaherty. Brian’s been getting some great guests on his show and most recently he chatted it up with Paula Pell, a very funny writer who’s been on-staff at SNL since 1995, produced and wrote on 30 Rock, wrote the screenplay Sisters, which Tina Fey and Amy Poehler starred in, and on and on. In the clip we're featuring, she relates to Brian what her first few days moving out to Los Angeles was like. I’m kinda surprised she survived.

Victrola!
Another podcast I recently reviewed was Victrola!, which is the namesake of a plucky little troupe from Austin’s Coldtowne Theater. They rolled out a first eight episodes of their monthly show in 2015, and they promise to return for a second season. The shows are all written by and starring Michael Jastroch, Bob McNichol, Bryan Roberts, Lance Gilstrap, Cortnie Jones and Jericho Thorp. In December, they’d dropped a compilation show, with sketches from the first eight epis, and here’s one of them — a riff on Jurassic World.

The Cure
Our next clip was sent in using our direct upload link at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash by Terrell, one-half of the crew at The Cure podcast. He writes: Hey, Thanks for Following @Thecurepodcast on Twitter. We decide to use your service and we already have a intro. However its not 3-5 min long. Its about 2 min hopefully this would suffice. If not we will create another intro next week. Thanks, Terrell I DM’d him back to let him know that  we’re not that keen on playing packaged promos and that we prefer straight up clips, but after listening to what he sent in on behalf of his co-host, Marcus, and himself, I think this works just fine.

Royal & Doodall
If you felt a disturbance in The Force the past couple of weeks, that wasn’t the new Star Wars movie opening, it was the return of the Royal & Doodall podcast. After some time away from the mics, Tommy Royal and Angus Doodall are back. Where have they been? What have they been doing? Well, you’ll have to download and subscribe to their podcast for the intimate details but here’s a snippet of R&D banter to give you a taste.

Hobcast
We haven’t chatted up our friend Hob The Troll lately, the purveyor of The Hobcast. But I do chat with him every so often on Twitter and occasionally on Facebook. That’s how I know about his recent Christmas special. The Hobcast has been a little…off-schedule during 2015, but Hob got it together enough to produce a fun little holiday episode where he placed phone calls to some folks. Some of those people apparently donated money for the opportunity to hear from Hob but this clip doesn’t come from one of those calls…

River City Rant
Uploading clips directly to us is not the only way for comedy podcasters to get their stuff on the show, of course. I harvest a bunch of clips myself, our Associate Producer Tyson Saner is busy slicing and dicing clips as well, and you can also email a 3-5 minute MP3 clip into our Tweetsack at marc@SuccotashShow.com. That’s what they did over at the River City Rant podcast and, to prove it, here’s the letter that came with the clip: “Marc, I heard you on Dave's Comedy-a-go-go podcast and you were a great guest. I think your podcast idea is such a unique idea and really helpful to helping others weave thru all that's out there. Our Podcast "River City Rant" is dubbed an irresponsible comedy podcast where we simply just rip on anything and everything, one of our favorite segments we do is called Worst Characters, where two of us throw out voices in an improv format. I hope you enjoy and use this clip as we feel it's one of our best. Thank you, Britt Crumley, River City Recordings Radio, Jacksonville, Florida” Thank you, Britt. Without further ado, here’s a sampling of River City Rant.

The Potato Bureau
Once upon a time there was a show out of Sacramento, California, called the Van Full of Candy podcast. Fresh episodes stopped showing up in the early months of last year but the guys connected to it – a bunch of sketch and improv performers – have branched out in new and different ways AND other podcasts. We featured a clip from STAB! back in the fall and now here’s a clip from another show called the Potato Bureau. Fun concept – let me read from their iTunes description: The Potato Bureau is a musically-inspired improv podcast, recorded live at the Sacramento Comedy Spot. Every show features a local musician or group performing on stage for the audience. They give the Bureau a few songs and stories, and the Bureau uses those nuggets of inspiration to take you on a (sometimes crazy) audible journey. The cast of the Potato Bureau is  Corky McDonnell, Zach Coles, Tina Jett, Eric Barger, Michell Petro, Molly Doan, and Court Hansen. Here’s a sample of what they sound like in action…

The Mike Jolitz Show
When I guest on other podcasts, like Dave Nelson’s Comedy A-Go-Go show, I often talk about how one of the shining benefits of the medium of podcasting is that the barrier of entry is so low that pretty much anyone can do it. You just need a mic, something to record with, a smattering of knowledge how to get what you record online, and an idea for the show. A lot of the shows we clip are hosted by comedians or other well-known entertainers and it’s clear some of those production budgets are decently sized. I was recently DM’ing with Mike Jolitz on Twitter and he’s a one-man operation, that podcasting-from-the-kitchen-table model. I’m not sure what the size of his listenership is yet and he’s still feeling his way into his sound. So I thought we’d give him a shout out and play a clip from The Mike Jolitz Show. Here he is, giving his take on the news…

That’s going to do it for Epi124 of Succotash Clips. Thanks for listening, or whatever it is you might do while I’m talking and playing clips. Fingers crossed that upcoming Epi 125 is a Succotash Chats show and my guest will hopefully be Michael Ian Black. We’ve never met but we both wrote movies identically titled Wedding Daze. He directed his and mine was on TV, and they both currently have 5.7 stars on IMDB. We’ll talk about that and more so be sure to pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

 

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