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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.

Dec 16, 2020

Season’s greetings, Succotashians! I’m your every-other-weekly co-host Marc Hershon and I know it’s a little early to be making with the Christmas cheer but this is likely the last time I’ll be speaking to you until after Christmas and New Year’s – my fellow co-host Tyson Saner and I will be taking a little holiday break after next week – so I figured I better make with the Yuletide wishes while I can.

Speaking of Mr. Saner, if you missed his most recent installment, that would be Succotash Shut-In, Episode 232, featuring clips from comedy soundcasts Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie, Puppet Tears: Puppetry Shop Talk, and Good For You. It’s not to late to enjoy it: It’s available from our homesite,, as well as Google and Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Laughable, and even on YouTube.

Normally I’d haul in a Santa’s sack full of season snippets for you on a show this close to Ex-mas but I’m unwrapping something different for you. If our normal fare is like a Whitman’s Sampler of soundcasts, then this is more like a Harry & David’s delivery – it’s a fresh chat! So fresh that, until I recorded this episode’s conversation with our guest last week, she and I had never met or even spoken before, even though we’ve been working together for the past couple of years.

Becca James is my guest this episode. She’s a freelance writer who has a major focus on soundcasts – or “podcasts” as she still refers to them (and I will be, too, during this interview but just to make her feel comfortable.) She and I are fellow soundcasts reviewers for This Week in Comedy Podcasts (there’s that word again!) over on She does a lot more written coverage than I, and she writes about comedy, and music, and a variety of subjects. She was a writer then editor at the AV Club a while back. And we cover how she got into it, what she likes about the gig, and we’ll talk about why she’s never seriously considered starting up her own soundcast.

Another big thank you to YOU for dropping by, popping us in your earholes, and enjoying the show. At least, I hope you enjoyed the show. If that’s true, then keep the good feelings going all the way over to Apple Podcasts and give us a pile o’ stars and a tasty little review. Even a couple of lines will do nicely, thanks.

I’ll get out of here with a reminder that Tyson will be here next week with Epi234, then we’re off for a few weeks until after the New Year and I will return with Epi325 on Tuesday, January 16th, of 2021. Until then, I want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, with a reminder to stay safe, socially distance, wash your hands and – until you get that Coronavirus vaccine in you, stop touching people! And you don’t have to touch them to give them the gift of cheer this year, which is to simply pass the Succotash!

‑ Marc Hershon