Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi221: Guestin’ It Up with Pat Kelly & Peter Oldring

Welcome, welcome, welcome! I’m Marc Hershon, your host for THIS episode 221 of Succotash Shut-In: The Soundcast Stimulus Package, entitled, “Guestin’ it Up with Pat Kelly & Peter Oldring”. More on our special guests in a moment.

Hopefully you caught our previous installment, Epi220, “Harvestin’ Early Fall Comedy Clips”, with my alternating co-host Tyson Saner. He featured clips from The Whaley Family Hour, You're Dead To Me, and 2 Bears 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer. If you missed it, it’s not too late to catch it over on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, the Laughable app, and our very own homesite: SuccotashShow.com.

Now last time I was hosting, episode before last, #219, I played a clip from This Sounds Serious. It’s a true crime soundcast spoof of the first order, now in it’s third season. And I mentioned that I might be able to get the brains behind that bundle of comedy magnificence on this show. They have done been got, friend, and I am pleased to tell you that I have Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring as my special guests for this installment. I’m very excited. We’ll get into a lot of the stuff these guys have been doing and making funny since they were in high school. One of the shows they’ve done that makes me laugh hard is Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You…And You Can, Too. It’s a great send-up of motivational business dorks and Peter Oldring really nailed Dexter out of the gate. So I feature one of Dexter's patented "Thought Releases" before we get into the interview.

The interview runs about 45 minutes and we dig into some of the great techniques they've mastered when it comes to nailing certain tropes, cadences, and deliveries with their on-the-money spoofs. One of the first bits that caught my attention was Pat in this video from their This Is That program they've been doing for years in Vancouver:

This episode of Succotash is brought to you by our regular sponsors, Hendersons Pants - featuring their new Fancy Pants for Fops, and Trumpoetry.com.

If there are other soundcasts you’d like us to track down the hosts of and have them on the show, tweet or insta at us @SuccotashShow or call our tollful warmline at (818) 921-7212 and let us know. We’ll figure out how to tag ‘em, bag ‘em, and drag them in front of the Succotash Shut-In microphones.

Remember that my compadre Tyson Saner will be back on this very feed starting this upcoming Tuesday with a brand new episode filled with fun. Or at least some more comedy soundcast clips. And you can supply your own fun. Until then, please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask – yes, a mask…I’m talking to you – and please, pass the Succotash.

— Marc Hershon

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi220: Harvestin' Early Fall Comedy Clips

Saluton, estas mi Tyson Saner. I'm your every-other-epi host for the show which is Succotash Shut-In: The Soundcast Stimulus Package. Last week, Marc Hershon had the helm and brought you clips from 4 "True Crime" soundcasts. As you are reading this you no doubt notice that the words "True Crime" were in quotation marks in that previous sentence…as were the most recent use of those words a few seconds ago… but for different reasons. I use quotes because, although the soundcasts he clipped were "True Crime Themed" (See? Quotes again!), they were in fact all soundcasts that parodied "True Crime" as a genre and "True Crime soundcasts" as a genre…of soundcasts. They were "A Very Fatal Murder", "Done Disappeared", "My Neighbors Are Dead", and "This Sounds Serious" …and I urge you to check out that episode for a taste of all of those. It's episode 219. …

But THIS is Episode 220 and I've got clips for you for this episode. The clips I've selected for you are from The Whaley Family Hour, You're Dead To Me, and 2 Bears 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer. I've also got special advertisements from both of our fake sponsors, "Henderson's Pants" and "TrumPoetry.com" as per usual… and we here at Succotash are still on the lookout for a real sponsor just in case any are listening.

And away we go!


The Whaley Family Hour
Spend way less than an hour with Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction, Marvel's Luke Cage, Field of Dreams) and Heather Whaley, author of Eat Your Feelings: Recipes for Self-Loathing as they huddle through the pandemic in a closet. Our clip is from their debut epi back in March entitled "Is This Thing On?"

You're Dead To Me
Touted as, "The history podcast for people who don't like history… and those who do." Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past. Our snipped clip is from February 28th of this year, and is called "Mary Shelley", mostly because host Jenner is joined by literary expert Dr. Corin Throsby and comedian Lauren Pattison to explore the often turbulent life of literary icon Mary Shelley.

2 Bears 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer
Every week, comedian best friends Tom Segura and Bert Kreischer get together in the bear cave at YMH Studios to do what bears do: make each other laugh. Our featured clip is from the very recently dropped epi from August 31st, 2020. During this episode, Tom and Bert discuss Tom getting drunk over the weekend. Bert then shares what his weekend was like, and why he got kicked out of someone's house. They discuss their want to hire a private investigator to be on retainer, their old nicknames, and guys who wear cologne. Tom wraps up the show by sharing a video of him singing to his son.


I hope you enjoy this sampling of soundcasts during your extended period of home-dwelling…or any time, really. I hope this show encourages you to find out more about the world of soundcasting from the various sources that you can use to find their shows and, of course, more episodes of our show.

We appreciate your listening. If you are listening to us thru a service of some type that includes audience participation in the form of a ratings mechanism…we'd surely appreciate that as well. Some of us going thru this time of plague together might have accidentally discovered that they enjoy hearing other people have conversations in a totally-not-illegally-surveilling sort of way due to us here at Succotash and I wonder now where that will take you.

Will you be back next week? Will you be on to something else? Will you plumb the depths of our archive at www.succotashshow.com and discover shows that we featured in the last…almost a decade? Will you recommend us to your friends?

We'd appreciate it if you did. That's what we mean when we ask you politely to please, pass the Succotash

— Tyson Saner

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi219: Mockin’ Murders (and Other True Crimes)

I’m your every-other-episode host Marc Hershon, ushering you through Epi219 of Succotash Shut-In: The Soundcast Stimulus Package. If you missed episode 218, with our every-OTHER-episode host Tyson Saner, in which he featured snippets from comedy soundcasts The Honeydew Podcast with Ryan Sickler, The Bitchuation Room, and Vegan Abattoir, you can still fill yours ears with at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, the Laughable app, and our homesite: SuccotashShow.com.

I got a lot of nice responses and retweets to our Episode 217, where I interviewed multi-threat talent Mike Birbiglia, and you can still listen to that show as well. But this week I’m back to featuring a quadruple cluster of comedy soundcast clips. You can probably figure out my theme for this installment by the title: “Mockin’ Murders (and Other True Crimes)”. One of the most popular genres in soundcasting for the past few years – ever since Serial, actually, back in 2014 — is true crime. And following on the heels of it are the fake true crime shows. There have been some great ones. There have been some bad ones. But I thought I’d feature a few of the best ones, past and present, in case you haven’t had a chance to catch them.


I’m featuring clips from A Very Fatal Murder, Done Disappeared, My Neighbors Are Dead, and This Sounds Serious. And, as per always, Succotash Shut-In is sponsored by Henderson’s Pants, this week featuring their new Picnic Pants, just in time for socially social distancing! And our other regular sponsor is Trumpoetry.com, aiming a rhyming barrage of bombast squarely at the Orange Menace until he’s out of office OR until this show finally gets a paying sponsor. Then we toss both of those freeloading ad-peddlers out of Soundcastville.

Let’s get to the…




A Very Fatal Murder

If you’re a fan of true crime stories, real or imagined, you owe it to yourself to catch A Very Fatal Murder, produced by the Onion starting with Season 1 back in 2018. There have been two seasons, eight episodes apiece, and a third season was supposed to drop this year but I’ve found no sign of it yet. The intrepid, kudos-hungry citizen journalist is a soundcaster named David Pascall, voiced by David Sidorov, who also wrote the soundcast with head writer Katy Yeiser. The first season involves trying to find the perpetrator of the “perfect murder” of Hayley Price, a beloved high school student in the small town of Bluff Springs, Nebraska. This clip is from the premiere episode of the first season, where Pascall arrives in town and begins to sketch out a typical American town where murder can happen.


Done Disappeared

In the spirit of Wondery’s The Vanished came Done Disappeared, a three season (so far) that started in 2017. Investigative soundcaster John David Booter (which may or may not be a fictional nom de cast) goes in search of the truth behind the disappearance of Clara Pockets, a Pennsylvania woman. The very first episode has Booter arriving at the scene of a crime which may not be the scene of THE crime, but it’s a mess either way. I left in Booter’s live reading of a Me Undies commercial because it’s pretty damned funny, I don’t think it’s legit, and I’m jealous that Succotash, which has been soundcasting since 2011, has never had Me Undies as a sponsor.

My Neighbors Are Dead

Okay, this next show we’re featuring is a little different from the true crime spoof. My Neighbors Are Dead, which we originally clipped back in 2017, is more “meta” than that. It works on the premise that horrific murders from movies — like Nightmare on Elm Street and the Jason movies — are real, and the host, Adam Peacock, interviews some of the lesser known characters (and often survivors) of those films. It’s also improvised, unlike the three other shows we’re featuring this episode, which are tightly written and produced pieces. We’re clipping the most recent installment, Halloween H2O with guest Lauren Ash, who you may now from Superstore and the Giving It Up for Less soundcast, is onboard to talk about her love of the Halloween franchise. She also portrays a hapless single mom whose van gets stolen by Michael Myers.


This Sounds Serious: Grand Casino

Which brings us to the final clip we’re featuring this week. It’s from a show we have featured several times in the past, mainly because I think it’s not only hilarious but incredibly well written, performed, and produced. I’ve also got a podcrush on the producers, Kelly&Kelly, who do a whole lot more than This Sounds Serious, and it’s all funny. The third season just dropped for this show and I reviewed the first episode last week for This Week in Comedy Podcasts on Vulture.com. The host of the show is still Gwen Radford (played by Carly Pope), yet another intrepid soundcast journalist but one who is fixated on 9-1-1 calls. This time around, in the season entitled Grand Casino, it’s a call from back in 1991 that puts her on the path of tracking down a Hollywood conman. They tap into some solid soundcast casting with Paul F. Tompkins and Gary Anthony Williams, but there also some voices from the Kelly&Kelly stable that really know how to come across as almost the real deal, if the situations weren’t quite so cracked.

So that’s that. Dunzo. Epi219 is in the can, so to speak. Tyson Saner and I will continue to bring you episodes of Succotash Shut-In every week as long as we can and as long as this extended period of lockdown or shelter-in-place continues. It’s all to both celebrate comedy soundcasts and also to give you a chance to sample some shows you might not have heard or been aware of, given there are literally hundreds of thousands of soundcasts out there.


If you want to reach me and/or Tyson, you can address either of us @succotashshow.com or listen to Bill Heywatt’s wrapup coming up for things like the hotline number and the URL where you can upload clips from your own comedy soundcast directly to us to include in the show!


Until next time, let’s try not to be assholes to each other, wear a mask (if you don’t get THAT, there’s really no way for us to be friends), and remember to please pass the Succotash!


— Marc Hershon

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi218: Tryin' a New Triad of Clips

Saluton, estas mi Tyson Saner. I'll be your host this week on Succotash Shut-In: The Soundcast Stimulus Package.

Last week, in Episode 217, my co-host and show creator Marc Hershon interviewed American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and soundcaster Mike Birbiglia. If you haven't heard that episode yet I recommend that you do at your earliest convenience should you also be in the mood to listen to a soundcast episode at that particular moment in your future.

In this episode I've chosen some prime clippage for your listening pleasure. I've got clips from The Honeydew Podcast with Ryan Sickler, The Bitchuation Room, and Vegan Abattoir. This week we're once again sponsored by Henderson's handsome new Ransom Pants, and we have a reading from TrumPoetry.com our other 100% fake sponsor with a 100% real website.

Ready? The show starts here…


The Bitchuation Room 

A weekly caucus of progressive comics, activists, and thinkers hosted by Francesca Fiorentini. Our featured clip is from just a few weeks back - August 9th - an episode entitled "Breaking Biden" with guests Marisa Franco of Mijente and comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh.

The HoneyDew with Ryan Sickler 

The HoneyDew is a storytelling podcast hosted by comedian Ryan Sickler. Inspired by Ryan's adverse upbringing, the show focuses on highlighting and laughing at the lowlights of life. We're featuring a clip from their episode from August 17th, "Big JOhnson Energy", with guest Sara Weinshenk sharing a story about how she was being prescribed Adderall for ADD…and ended up in a psych ward for 72 hours.

Vegan Abattoir 

When filmmaker Kevin Smith nearly died from a massive heart attack, his only begotten daughter Harley Quinn Smith convinced him to try a plant-based diet for 2 months. 2 years later and still not dead, the dad asked his daughter to join forces so the two can provide plant-based answers to the Vegan-curious questions they get from a meat-eating and dairy-drinking audience. The clip we're highlighting is from their debut "Going Green" episode from June 26th of this year (that being 2020.)

…and here we all are once more at the end together. I do hope your listening experience was to your liking. Next week, Marc Hershon will have the hosting duties and I will, presumably, still be on the hunt for more soundcasts to clip. It just so happens that I've got two in mind already but you'll need to listen to Epi220 if you want to know what I ultimately decided on.

I greatly appreciate you for taking some of your time to spend time with us here at Succotash Shut-In. You have so many choices after all and we are but one…that also provides you with a few possible alternatives to us. Or, perhaps you prefer only to hear snippets of shows to a longer listening experience and Succotash is the only way you do that. We may never know…unless you go to Apple Podcasts or some other site that allows you to rate and comment on shows…and tell us there…you can also email us at marc@succotashshow.com or call in to our non-toll-free # which the wonderful Bill Heywatt will give during the outro of the show…which is right around the corner.

So, until next time… follow us on social media, Be decent to each other, wear a mask in public to protect yourselves and others, incorporate critical thinking into your daily life, maintain hope, and please…Pass the Succotash!

— Tyson Saner

Monday, August 24, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi217: Diggin' into Mike Birbiglia

Hi. Marc Hershon here, host of Epi217 of Succotash. In honor of the pandemic – wait, that doesn’t sound right. Because of the pandemic, we’ve repositioned ourselves and our full name is currently as Succotash Shut-In: The Soundcast Stimulus Package. Mostly because we saw that the ratings for soundcasts – or “podcasts” as older folks refer to them – has dropped precipitously. So we’re cranking these things out once a week now, regular as a guy with a double espresso and a pint of prune juice.

If you missed last week, episode 216, you didn’t get to hear my co-host Tyson Saner share clips from a trio of shows, including Trashy Trashy, Deluxe Edition: Yet Another Pop Culture Podcast, and I Don't Want to Talk About Fight Club Anymore. You can still grab it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever find soundcasts appear.


This show is not ALL about comedy soundcast clips. No, sir or ma’am. We sometimes do our own thing, like the SleeveTalkers pilot episode we featured a couple of months ago. And we like to talk to soundcasters, and comedians, and other showbiz folk. (Hell, I’d talk to a carny, if the chance presents itself.) But today, for Epi217, we’ve got a special guest. He’s a comedian, an actor, a writer, a director, a producer, a father, a son, a husband, maybe a member of the Illuminati but, more than anything, he is a soundcaster, too.


Mike Birbiglia joins us today. We’re going to talk about his latest soundcast – he’s had a few – and Working It Out with Mike Birbiglia has been getting some rave notices. From me, for one, as I reviewed a recent episode for this Week in Comedy Podcasts on Vulture.com. The premise of the show is that he has interesting, creative guests on and he talks to them about their lives but also what is it that they’re working on RIGHT NOW.

Before I get to our chat in this installment, I clip a bit of that episode I reviewed first, featuring his guest Roy Wood, Jr., a funny comedian you may recognize from The Daily Show and – from aways back – Last Comic Standing. Our sponsors this episode include Henderson's Pants, featuring their newest line: Henderson's Summer Stock Slacks, and Trumpoetry.com.


Big thanks to Mike Birbiglia for taking the time out of his busy day to chat for a bit. You can catch his soundcast, Working It Out with Mike Birbiglia on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or right from his own homesite: Birbigs.com.


If you liked what you heard, don’t be afraid to drop by Apple Podcasts to orate and review the show. Tyson will be back next week with a passle o’ comedy soundcast clips. And in the meantime, stay safe, breathe shallow, and remember to please, pass the Succotash!


— Marc Hershon

Monday, August 17, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi216: Clippin' The COVID Blues Away

Saluton, estas mi, Tyson Saner. I'm your host for this and every other episode of Succotash Shut-In, the Soundcast Stimulus Package, for the forseeable future and I welcome you happily into our loving embrace. Last week, Marc Hershon hosted Epi215 and provided you with 4 clips from the soundcasts 2 Dumb 2 Tame with Mia Pinchoff, Lewis Black’s Rantcast, Stop Me If I’ve Heard This with Art Krug and Susan Rice, and Sunday Papers with Greg Fitzsimmons and Mike Gibbons." You can still catch the episode, either on our homesite or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, the @Laughable app, Google Play, iHeart Radio, and more.

This week, I've got clips from the soundcasts Trashy Trashy, Deluxe Edition: Yet Another Pop Culture Podcast, and I don't want to talk about Fight Club anymore. I've also got an ad from our longtime sponsor Henderson's Pants for their new Spring Breakers line, and from our relatively new sponsor TrumPoetry.com…which is a 100% real website that I will be reading from.

 If this is your first time here, I appreciate you making us your choice for your listening experience for the next more or less half an hour. Let's get to the clips!


Deluxe Edition: Yet Another Pop Culture Podcast
Our featured clip from this show, hosted by Bill Sebald and Casey Schearer, comes from July 3rd, 2020: #7 - The Joe Alves Interview. Alves has designed three features for Steven Spielberg, firstly for The Sugarland Express. He designed the three mechanical sharks for the movie Jaws (1975) with mechanical effects man Bob Mattey and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and won the BAFTA for Best Art Direction for his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (Off the record, he had once selected a screenplay that was co-written by Succotash Shut-In's Marc Hershon to be his directorial debut but the deal never came together…)

I Don't Want To Talk About Fight Club Anymore
A torture endurance podcast where Jacob Wysocki subjects himself to watchthe movie Fight Club for 72 hours straight. Joined by his comedian friends, listen as he documents his descent into madness. Our clip is from 35 hours into the run and Jacob has seen Fight Club 15 times. He is halfway through the marathon. This episode he's joined by Shaun Diston (Wrecked), Kerry O'Neill (The UCB Show), and her dog Frank; together they delve into the exploratory qualities of Jacob's marathon.

Trashy Trashy
A podcast for garbage people. They cover trashy news stories. Hosted by Cassandra Cardenes and Erika Curry, our featured clip is from their Episode 3: "Farm Talk", from just a couple of weeks ago.

…and that's all the content I've got for you this week. I hope you enjoyed the time you spent with us because if you didn't… there's not a bunch I can do about that. I can apologize… show remorse somehow… through my speech into your ears apparently… but who is to say whether or not that is warranted?

We don't get a great deal of feedback anymore here at Succotash Shut-In, formerly called Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, created by Marc Hershon, who will be hosting again next week. I know that I would — and I believe that I can safely state that he would appreciate it — if you left a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes or wherever else one can leave reviews.

Anyway, if you enjoyed the show why not tell someone else about it with your mouths into their ears? Keep that safe social distance of course… never let it be said that we want you to unnecessarily risk your health for us. So until the week after next this is Tyson Saner saying "Good-Bye", asking you to keep an eye on my YouTube channel for more H.P. Lovecraft-inspired video games along with whatever else I'll be playing and posting, and reminding you to keep the spirit of hope alive in your hearts, be mindful and Please…Pass The Succotash?

— Tyson Saner

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Succotash Shut-In Epi215: Standin’ Up Clips

 Greetings, friend. If this is your first time here, welcome. If you’re a repeat listener, welcome back to Succotash Shut-In, the Comedy Soundcast Stimulus Package. I’m your every-other-weekly host, Marc Hershon, trading places in the Big Chair with Tyson Saner.

Did you catch his most recent show, Epi214, last week? He featured slips from three shows: "TalkyBox Podcast", "Facial Recognition Comedy", and "Subterra". You can still catch the episode, either on our homesite or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, the @Laughable app, Google Play, iHeart Radio, and more.

THIS, however, is Episode 215. I usually like to come up with some kind of linking theme for the clips I share with you. Last time we were together, in Epi213, I played four Australian-based soundcast clips with the help of Jason McNamara who host the still-on-hiatus Dhead Factor from Canberra, Australia. This time around, I have a quartet of clips from four shows that feature stand-up comedians as the hosts. Okay, maybe that’s not a stretch – there are a LOT of comics doing their own soundcasts these days, particularly in the midst of COBID-19 shutting down comedy clubs and other live venues. But that just means we can do that one-trick pony again sometime.

The shows I have in the queue this time around include 2 Dumb 2 Tame with Mia Pinchoff, Lewis Black’s Rantcast, Stop Me If I’ve Heard This with Art Krug and Susan Rice, and Sunday Papers with Greg Fitzsimmons and Mike Gibbons.

In addition, this episode of Succotash Shut-In is brought to you by Henderson’s Pants Air-Cooled Culottes and Trumpoetry.com.

Hold your earbuds tightly to your ears – I’m about to fill those delicate, pearly shell-like headholes with steaming hot clips!


2 Dumb 2 Tame

2 Dumb 2 Tame is hosted by comedian Mia Pinchoff. From the homesite notes come this description: “Every episode Mia will attempt to answer a question - a dumb question - because ‘there are no dumb questions’ is the dumbest statement she’s ever heard. There are dumb questions but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be asked. She’ll do the asking so that you don’t have to get judged up the anus for not knowing everything or knowing all the wrong stuff at the wrong time or all the right stuff… never. She’s asked “What was it like watching Indian Matchmaking with my Indian Husband?” Our clip concerns some deep information about her ability to hold super-spicy food.


Famous for his bitingly funny commentary on The Daily Show, Lewis Black Also has traveled the country to deliver the funny. Our clip comes from one of his more recent episodes in which he features a portion of his performance at the Fox Tucson Theater back in February, before this whole mess got serious. Are clip has him riffing with the crowd.

Stop Me If I’ve Heard This

Our next clip comes from a show by two comedians from the Pacific Northwest. Stop Me If I’ve Heard This features Art Krug and Susan Rice. I don’t want to say they’ve been around awhile but I knew from WAY back in the day, when I used to run The Comedy Underground in Seattle in the early 1980’s. In a recent episode they get into what reality looks like in “quarantine time”, how the concept of time is being perceived now, and our clip is from a chunk of their convo where they’re talking about how they cannot believe this is reality.

Sunday Papers w/Greg and Mike

Want a comic roundup on the week’s news for your ears? Listen no further that Sunday Papers comedian Greg Fitzsimmons and TV writer Mike Gibbons.  We’ve been big fans of Greg’s Fitzdog Radio soundcast for years – he’s still doing it, BTW - and Mike was often hanging out there. Now they are taking a breaking by ripping on each other to rip on the news. (Well, there’s still a lot of ripping on each other going on.) The clip we have, from a recent episode, is the two guys ripping on the motorcycle crowd that rolled into Sturgis, South Dakota, with no regard for social distancing.

There you go. See? That didn’t hurt a bit. Thanks for stopping by to grab a helping or two. On your way out, if you’d hit the review bar over on Apple Podcasts, I wouldn’t mind a new 5-star review and a writeup if you enjoyed what you’ve heard here. And, until we meet again, please tell your friend and please, pass the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon