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Celebrating 10 years this year, Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched 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 co-host Tyson Saner, booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have kept the flame alive o'er these many years.

Oct 12, 2021

Welcome back if you’re a return listener to this soundcast. If this is your first time in, welcome as well to Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, where we offer you a weekly tasting platter of comedy soundcasts from around the internet for your ears. Bite-sized little clips that will, hopefully, tempt you to seek out the shows we’re featuring in their entirety.

I’m your host for Episode 274, Marc Hershon, but to keep up the frenetic pace of putting out a weekly show, I split the hosting duties by switching off weeks with Mr. Tyson Saner. And if you didn’t catch last week’s entry, Epi273, in which Tyson featured clips from Amazing Pop Culture PodcastLife is Short with Justin Long, and WTF with Marc Maron. Don’t despair, as you can still catch the episode on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Audible, iHeart Radio, Soundcloud, and wherever fine soundcasts are streamed and/or downloaded. You can also grab it from our homesite, SuccotashShow.com, where we have stockpiled our past 10+ years of comedy soundcast clippery and also interviews we have done over the past decade.

Just a quick reminder that Tyson and I are currently (and always have been) clipping and presenting this array of soundcast snacks out of the goodness of our hearts. We so far have failed to lure any sponsors to this show, other than our freeloading fake advertiser Henderson’s Pants, and it actually costs money to put this sucker out every week. We’re not complaining – we love doing this – but what would be so super nice of you would be if you could show your appreciation for our efforts by rating and reviewing Succotash Show wherever you happen to be getting it from. A quick five stars, a couple of lines about how enchanting the show is – you’re in, you’re out, no one gets hurt. Thanks in advance – we really do appreciate your listenership and we hate to beg, but hey…

I’ve got a full rack of clips to share with you this week, from comedy soundcasts For What It’s Worth, Storytime with Seth Rogen, How to Survive! with Danielle & Kristine, and Films to Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein. In addition, this episode is brought to you by Henderson’s Pants new Beavertail Pants!

CLIPS

What Are You Watching?
I’m going to kick things off with a special bonus clip! What makes it special? Well, I’m in it. That’s right. It’s me being featured as a guest on another soundcast. Hosted by past Succotash guest and friend of the show Chris Mancini, What Are You Watching? is Chris and a guest talking about what they’re watching, mostly on TV but sometimes movies, too. So we’ve had Chris on, we’ve featured his soundcast, so all it took was a little begging and pleading to be invited to be the guest for his recent Episode 50. It was a nice change of pace to be the interviewee, and we had a great time talking about a bunch of shows. The clip is from our discussion of the Hulu/FX streaming show Y: The Last Man.

Films to be Buried With with Brett Goldstein
If you’re a fan of Ted Lasso, the big breakout hit on Apple TV last year starring Jason Sudekis – as I am, regardless of the pounding it’s been taking from people this season – then you probably also love the character of Roy Kent. Portrayed by Brett Goldstein, Roy’s a foul-mouthed contentious veteran footballer who becomes a foul-mouthed, slightly less contentious coach in Season 2. Brett started out as a staff writer on the show who lobbied Sudekis and the producers to let him play Roy and wouldn’t you know? The guy’s perfect. What I didn’t know of, I’m ashamed to say, is that Brett is also a comedian and, what’s more, has been hosting more than 160 of episodes of his own comedy soundcast called Films To Be Buried With, with Brett Goldstein. He brings in a guest, explains that they’ve been killed in some manner, but the good news is that they go onto an afterlife where they get to explain their life through their favorite movies. Episode 121 featured guest Patton Oswalt and, as you can imagine, hilarity ensued. We have an ear peek for you…

How To Survive! with Danielle & Kristine
Next up is a clip from the debut episode of a brand new comedy soundcast: How To Survive! with Danielle & Kristine. Every episode features hosts Danielle Koenig & Kristine Kimmel doing their best to help you figure out how to “survive the things that could kill you and the stuff that just makes you wish you were dead.” In their kickoff installment, it’s how to both survive a wildfire and also, with the help of their comedic actress friend and guest, Alex Alexander, how to survive being fired. Our clip is from the first part, and jumps into what you should do if you’re at home and can see a fire coming…

Storytime with Seth Rogen
We’ve clipped another soundcast that just kicked off  in recent weeks: Storytime with Seth Rogen. Seth has a very funny and creative mind, and this is a pretty inventive show, with guests popping in an out as he unfolds someone’s story that intersects with other people and becomes their story along the way. In his first episode, the story belongs to Quinta Brunson, a writer, producer, comedian, and actress. You may know her from her self-produced Instagram series Girl Who Has Never Been on a Nice Date. But before she got into showbiz, she was a Jehovah’s Witness, living a pretty buttoned up lifestyle. Until she was on a date in Phildelphia and happened to meet Paul Rudd, yes, that Paul Rudd, at the movie theater she was in. The impact of that encounter changed the course of her life. Our clip is from Seth’s chat with Paul Rudd, who doesn’t recall his encounter with Quinta, but does explain why he’s so damn nice to people.

For What It’s Worth
Murray Valeriano is a comedian and longtime soundcaster – you maybe heard his show Road Stories, where he chatted with fellow comics about mostly hell gigs – and we’ve met repeatedly during the five-year-run of the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. He has a new-ish soundcast up and running, which I reviewed last week for This Week in Comedy Podcasts for Vulture.com called For What It’s Worth and, as Murray calls it, “the only music and comedy game show … that matters!” It’s a fast-paced game show with a lot of opportunities for the comedian contestant to bust each other’s (and Muraay’s) chops while trying desperately to correctly answer music trivia questions. This clip is from a recent episode featuring Jimmy Pardo, Gary Brightwell, and Geoff Tate, and the opening round, called “The Rock Wall”.

That’s what you're going to hear, and a few other little odds and ends, on Succotash Epi274. Here’s hoping you enjoy our clip harvest for this week, and that you are inspired to go listen to one or all of the shows we’re featuring this week. If you’re having trouble remembering the show titles or where you can find them, I invite you to slide over to our blog page for this episode at our homesite, SuccotashShow.com, where you’ll find lovely little clickable titles for the show AND clickable Twitter or Instagram links for the folks involved in the soundcasts.

Tyson Saner will be right in this same feed next week with Episode 275 which will likely have a new crop o’ clips for you. In the meantime, try to treat everyone you meet decently, wear a mask if you’re supposed to, vax if you haven’t, and if anyone asks if you’ve heard anything good lately, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon