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Succotash


Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, was launched 11 years ago 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 co-host Tyson Saner, booth announcer Bill Heywatt, engineer/producer Joe Paulino, musical director Scott Carvey, and booth assistant Kenny Durgis have been keeping the flame alive o'er these many years.

Mar 22, 2022

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Whether you’re downloading this soundcast or are streaming it from somewhere on the World Wide Web, as the host of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, I am delighted that you’re listening. Apologies for not knowing your name, but I’m Marc Hershon, the host, executive producer, and founder of this little slice of Soundcastville, which kicked off just 2 weeks shy of 11 years ago.

Before I get into what’s in store for you in the next half hour or so, let me ask if you had a chance to lay ears on last week’s Epi296, entitled A More or Less Typical Episode, hosted by my fastidious and factually accurate co-host Tyson Saner. He featured clips from a triad of soundcasts, including JudyCast with Frances GummThe Ramble, and Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds. The good news for you, if you happened to miss it, is that you can still grab it – on Apple or Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, YouTube, Amazon Music, Audible.com, as well as any number of reputable distribution nodes across the web – including our own SuccotashShow.com.

Since you’re here now, however, I’ll let you know that I’m going to be shaving off shreds of three soundcasts: Citation Needed, The Stoners NextDoor, and War & Peace in Just 7 Years. I’ve also got another Slice from comedian Dan St. Paul’s blog, and a trailer from a brand new soundcast that’s dropping this week entitled Rituals. And even as we’re still shaking the bushes for a real sponsor, I have a commercial from our long-running fake sponsor Henderson’ Pants and their just-now-in-season Picnic Pants.

Before I get into the clips, just a quick bit of news for longtime listeners of this ‘cast that remember our feature the Burst O’ durst with San Francisco comedian and social commentator Will Durst. Will suffered a stroke back in the Fall of 2019 and has been on a very long and slow road of recovery all the way through the pandemic. He’s still working hard on getting it all together but I was delighted to find he’s finally started posting on Facebook in the past couple of weeks. You can dig the Durst at facebook.com/will.durst.9 — and let him know that we are waiting with bated breath for him to start pumping out the funny again.

CLIPS

Citation Needed
The first comedy soundcast I’m clipping today is a five-hander, that is five hosts who stir the stew that is Citation Needed. Weirdly, in the About Us section of their homesite, some of the guys have last names and some don’t. There is Cecil, Eli Bosnick, Heath, Noah Lujeons, and Tom. The format for this show is hilariously simple: They pick a subject, read one article about it on Wikipedia, then pretend to be experts on the topic. The focus for their episode that dropped just last week was Alice Roosevelt, the eldest daughter of US President Theodore Roosevelt. She was pretty much crazy pants, Looney Tunes, and a deliciously black sheep of the family…and her dad Teddy R. was a bit of a dick about it. Just listen as the guys take their initial dip into the Alice Roosevelt pool…

War And Peace in Just 7 Years
This next show claws out a special little niche for a comedy soundcast: Literature. War And Peace in Just 7 Years is attempting to provide the equivalent of one of those episode-by-episode watch-along TV show soundcasts like Office Ladies or Fake Doctors, Real Friends, except they’re doing it with the 12 hundred and 25 page epic tome War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. With 500 characters, there is no lack of material in store. The hosts, Will and Steve, are both British comedians but they conveniently have not used their last names on the show’s homesite. A recent episode picks up the action in 1886 or 1887, and things are looking a bit grim for the world at large…

The Stoners NextDoor
I can’t imagine that this next soundcast is the only one to dip into the crazy world of NextDoor, the half-gossip, half-neighborhood news site. But The Stoners NextDoor does a great job of harvesting some of the loopier posts and their responses from the site. Host Aaron and Moll don’t focus on where the incidents and altercations are happening, which always makes it feel like it’s happening in YOUR neighborhood. Our clip is from this past December, their season three finale, and involves a warning from an angry apple tree owner warning neighbors to keep their mitts off his fruit.

Slices: The Lands of Hoops and Plenty
When I was last in this feed, for Epi295, I featured a new segment called “Slices” from comedian Dan St. Paul’s blog of the same name. I have another slice of Slices for you, this one about Dan’s trek to a Golden State Warriors game with a mutual comedian friend of ours, Bob Sarlatte. Give a listen…

Dan and I are still trying to figure out if people are enjoying these audio odysseys so please drop me an email at m-a-r-c@succotashshow.com or a note in your socials directed to us @SuccotashShow to let us know if you’re digging these stories. We’re considering a short-form soundcast of Dan’s own, featuring stories like this, and we’d love to hear if you’re enjoying them.

That’s going to do it for this installment of Succotash. As always, it’s a pleasure to go out into the soundcastiverse and scrabble up these tidbits from the incredible range of comedy soundcasts that are out there. Between Tyson and I, it’s hard to even pretend to be keeping up with the massive influx of new programs that seem to be dropping weekly, so if we haven’t harvested a clip from your show, or a show you enjoy listening to, you can upload a 3 to 5-minute MP3 clip directly to us at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash and we’ll pop it into an upcoming episode.

Speaking of Tyson, he’ll be here next week with Succotash Episode 298, and a trio of comedy soundcast clips, so don’t miss out. Then I will be back the week after that with Episode 299. And THEN, for Episode 300 – THREE HUNDRED!!! – we will also be celebrating our 11th year of doing this ding-danged show!

I’m going to talk with Tyson about us actually co-hosting that one and maybe we’ll do something special. Who knows? If YOU want to record a special 300th episode, 11th year anniversary message to us, you can call the Succotash and Runaway Truck Hotline at 1 (818) 921-7212 OR upload a message to the Hightail URL. Or just say it to yourself while listening to that episode. Whatever gets it done for you.

Just remember that the next time running down that next perp that skipped bail and it’s up to you, as a bounty hunter, to bring him or her back to justice, and someone asks if you’re listening to anything fun, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon