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Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast


Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched in 2011 with the idea of promoting comedy soundcasts in what was then a marketplace still trying to find its way. By featuring short clips of shows being produced by funny folks both known and unknown, we like to feel that we maybe had a little tiny, eeny weeny, itsy bitsy bit to do with helping to ignite the torch of soundcasts across the globe! (But then we've always had a rather high opinion of ourselves...)

Original show host and executive producer Marc Hershon, along with booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, associate producer Tyson Saner, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have kept the flame alive o'er these many years. In 2018, Hershon abandoned the host chair and anointed Saner to the position, with nary a notice from the legions of listeners. Typical.

Mar 23, 2011

Greetings to comedy aficionados and, especially, comedy podcast aficionados! As the creator and host of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast, I wanted to let early birds who dig this stuff in on the beginning birth pangs of my new show.


My goal is to create an audio offering akin to TV's version of "The Soup" (or Chris Hardwick's "Web Soup" on G4) but one dedicated to just comedy podcasts (or podcasts featuring comedians - there is a difference...)

Here's my "dress rehearsal" — a version of the show that I slapped together myself on my Mac, using a primitive version of Audacity, an old Logitech USB microphone and one sleepless night. I'm using this to pull the pieces of the puzzle together. And it's working! (I THINK to get it at this point, you need to click on the title of THIS blog item to get to the download. Let me know if that doesn't work and I'll try something else.)

So far I have blessings from a bunch of podcasting comedian friends, including Greg Proops, Dean Haglund, David Feldman, Cole Stratton, Kelly Carlin, and Kevin Pollak, with more jumping onboard daily that are happy to allow me to use snippets and highlights from their most current offerings. (The hope is that listeners, both new and old, can use Succotash to learn what's going on in the world of comedy podcasts. Then they can grab a taste and go get themselves a full and tasty download at their leisure.)

I've got friend Scott Carvey composing an original theme for the show — the tune you'll hear on the test episode is just a placehold, appropriately entitled "Succotash" by the Bel-Airs. And I'm meeting with another buddy this week to talk about him producing the episodes in his state-of-the-art studio.

And YOU can serve a vital part of the Succotash process — should you choose to accept the responsibility — by letting me know what I'm missing, forgetting or not including. There are a lot of comedy podcasts out there and I can't listen to them all. So drop me a line at marc@SuccotashShow.com to let me know where to go.

Finally, although I'm hosting this puppy, my real hope is to feature some guest comedians along the way. Both the ones who are doing such a great job posting and hosting their own podcasts but also those comics who are fun to have drop in and share a few minutes talking about comedy, their careers, and their take on state of comedy today.

That's about it. Love to have you download and listen to this test episode of Succotash, although I'll beg you to please remember that this is nothing more than a crude rendition, a run through, a dress rehearsal of what I'm hoping the final product will sound like. Your comments and criticisms are welcome, with in comment form on this blog or by email. You can also visit and like the Succotash Show page on Facebook and follow us @SuccotashShow on Twitter!

Cheers,
Marc Hershon