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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 26, 2021

Hello, Succotashians, wherever you may be! Can you believe we are into the last week of October, 2021 at this point? Before I get too far ahead of myself, I’m Marc Hershon, your host for this week’s show Epi276, and I have got a humdinger of a show for you, as defined by the quartet of clips I have harvested.

Before I reveal the lineup for this episode, did you miss our last episode, number 275, moderated by your every-other-weekly host, Tyson Saner? It was a fun ‘un, for sure, and featured clips from Dragon Talk, Cinemassacre Podcast, and Metaphysical Milkshake with Rainn and Reza.

This week’s installment has some overt team-ups, with Mike & Tom Eat Snacks and O’Brien & Bolt. Then there’s subtler team-ups, as with the the host of The Projection Booth and the host of The Kulturecast crossing over to review "Dune", and The Dana Gould Hour, where the host brings in a few pals to riff with him about horror movies.

And this being Halloween week, we’re sponsored by Henderson’s Pants Deathly Hallowear. Protect your delicate treats from the ravages of Halloween miscreants!


Mike And Tom Eat Snacks
First up is a warm welcome for the return of what was one of my favorite soundcasts back aways: Mike And Tom Eat Snacks. The hosts, Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh hit episode 100 about 4 years ago and went on hiatus. Or hung up their snack shoes. Or who knows what but the important thing is that they are back! Armed with little more than their wits and their PER system – Pick a snack, Eat a snack, Rate a snack – these wisecracking jackanapes surround the most mundane of tasks – eating junk food – with the kind of very funny patter that you can only get with a couple of close friends who also happen to be pretty damn funny. Michael was part of The State, Wet Hot American Summer, and tons of other stuff, and Tom is currently best known for playing the many incarnation of Harrison Welles and the Reverse Flash on the CW’s The Flash. Our clip is from their recent noshing on Walker’s Shortbread.

O’Brien & Bolt: The Podcasts
Two of the funniest guys I know are likely a pair of improv comics you may have never heard of outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael O’Brien and Geoff Bolt have forgotten more improv than I’ll ever know, and I’ve been doing it for 35 years. There’s a long history of improv groups in San Francisco, including the National Theatre of the Deranged, Spaghetti Jam, Improv Incorporated, Papaya Juice, and more – and these guys have either been in or jammed with all of them. They’ve started laying down some of their characters through improvised scenes as soundcast episodes in O’Brien & Bolt: The Podcasts, so I wanted to turn you onto them so you could track down their show. The clip we have on deck introduces us to third base coach Stumpy Wilson and some of his “inside baseball” wisdom.

The Dana Gould Hour
When is an hour not an hour? When it’s The Dana Gould Hour! The latest episode, “House of Halloweenery” runs a good two and a half hours…and I’m not complaining! Host Dana Gould is super-funny, off-kilter, and can get pretty dark. He did, after all, come up with the IFC show Stan Against Evil  and it is a good barometer of Dana’s sense of humor. In the latest episode of his soundcast, he starts out talking to Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns, authors of “The Show Won’t Go On!”, stories about performers who literally died on stage. This clip is from the back half of the show when he talks horror movies and more with friend-of-Succotash Matt Weinhold and Ken Daly, who I wish was a friend of the show.

The Projection Booth
I’m not sure The Projection Booth qualifies as a comedy soundcast per se and besides, this is a crossover with The Kulturecast. Host Mike White of the former and host Chris Stachiw team up to bring their varying viewpoints to bear about director Denis Villeneuve's new Dune movie, with our clip giving a little of the back and forth when they compare it to David Lynch's 1984 version.

I was late getting this episode up and out this week, mainly because the power was out in Studio N, my Nerd Nook, because of the storms this past weekend in the Bay Area. So I couldn’t harvest clips or get much of anything else done. So we had to dispense with the TweetSack this time around. And there were no calls into the Succotash Soundcast & Runaway Truck Status Hotline.

Tyson Saner will be in this feed with your next week for Epi277 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, and I’ll be back the week after that. In the meantime, have a great Halloween, wear a mask, get vaxxed and, if anyone asks if you’ve heard anything good lately, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon