Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Succotash Clips 185.5: Hurricane Harvey Relief Exclusive!

Yes, friend. It is I. Marc Hershon. Host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Welcome to a very special Hurricane Harvey Relief Epi158.5!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EPISODE IS EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE HURRICANE HARVEY PODCAST PACK! (CLICK ON THE LINK OR GO TO http://hersh.co/HHReliefPak)

If you’re unfamiliar with Succotash, the short strokes are that we are THE Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, which means that, to a large degree, we feature clips from comedy soundcast all over the internet. (You may, BTW, better know soundcasts as “podcasts” but we here at Succotash feel like it’s time for a new name since the iPod, for which the medium was named, hasn’t even been in production for the past two years.)

ANYWAY…

The reason we’re doing this special installment is because of a direct message on Twitter I received from Justin Corbett, one of the co-hosts of the Mindfudge soundcast, just as Houston was beginning to pick up the pieces this past week from Hurricane Harvey slamming through town. He was putting out feelers for shows that wanted to do special episodes that would only be available through a package where all the proceeds would go to help displaced Houston area soundcasters and other various relief efforts, depending how much money came in.

So here we are.

I watched lots of the coverage on TV of the hurricane – before, during and after the storm arrived – and my heart goes out to all the good folks of Houston who had to tangle with the mess, who lost loved ones, and who are likely going to be trying to put their lives together for sometime to come.

There’s not a whole lot that I can do personally. I’m not rich, with a lot of disposable income. I’m not a doctor, a nurse, an EMT or a firefighter. Heck, I can barely boil and egg or feed myself so I’m not very well equipped to help others directly. So I’m hoping that Justin is successful in getting this and the other shows he’s putting together out there and is able to bring in some much needed donations to help the cause.

I wanted to give a special shoutout: Key to helping me put together this special epi of Succotash is our Associate Producer, Tyson Saner, who helped to harvest some of the clips you’re about to hear. In addition to giving me a hand, Tyson also co-hosts his own soundcast called The Anti Social Show with Hunter Block, so check their show out on SoudnCloud, iTunes and other places online.

In the course of THIS show we’re going to be featuring clips exclusively from Houston-area comedy soundcasts. You’re going to hear from Between Us Girls, Houston’s POV Podcast, Mindfudge, Relationshit, Stay The Course, The Stacks, and the Whiskey Brothers soundcast.

In addition, I recorded a short conversation via Skype with past guest, friend-of-the-show, comedian and SNL alumni Dana Carvey just for this special episode. He wanted to help out, he’s done some comedy stage time in Houston over the years, so he tells me a couple of Houston stories. We’ll get to that later in the show, which is brought to you by our sponsor Henderson’s Pants.

Mindfudge
The intro on the Mindfudge homesite reads, “MFCP is a comedy show hosted by three funny guys from Houston Texas. Each week Justin, George, and Andy get together and discuss a new theme through a series of aptly-named segments such as “Mind-Melters”, “Consumption”, and “Tell Us Something Nutty”. Listener participation is encouraged, and every week the guys will answer questions about anything during their “Ask The Nuts” segment! Please email them questions to Mindfudgecomedy@gmail.com!” We’ve clipped one of their recent “Consumption” segments.

Between Us Girls
Another trio of Texans are the women who host Between Us Girls, namely Michel, Sharonda, and Danielle, none of whom use their last names on their show’s homesite. But that’s okay – these women are strong enough that a first and only name is all they should need. According to their site’s About page, the show is “a raw and unfiltered show that gives a real life glimpse into the conversations shared between women. Our show is a balanced mix of fun and serious topics from politics and feminism to how to find out whether a guy is boyfriend material. It’s funny empowering stuff that can be enjoyed by both women and men. Did we mention there’s wine? In addition to the comedic spin we take on everyday life, we also review a bottle of wine each episode and give recommendations.” This clip is from Epi48, "The Rules of Engagement Rings", and they talk about the case of Evelyn Lozado.

The Whiskey Brothers
I don’t want you to get the idea that ALL Houston soundcast host work in threes, but the next clip comes from another trio. We’re featuring the The Whiskey Brothers Comedy Podcast, the details of which can be found on their http://PraiseWhiskey.com homesite. The first of the hosts, Slade Ham, we’ve actually mentioned recently on Succotash when we talked with Jordan Brady, the director of the documentary I Am Battle Comic, when he was on episodes 157 AND 150. Slade was one of the group of comedians visiting US military bases in the Middle East when Jordan was filming. Then there are Slade’s cohorts: Rob Mungle, another standup and the actual founder of the Whiskey Brothers back in 1998, plus he’s done a ton of voiceover work for anime, and Sam Demaris rounds out the triumverate of terror. As a comedian he’s been seen on Maxim’s Real Men of Comedy Tour and was named one of Funny Or Die’s 15 comics to follow on Twitter. This clip is very recent – from Epi 529 “Hurricane Rules” and has Rob talking about hunting for supplies with someone…

Relation$#!t
Next up is a show hosted by a pair of saucy Houston women, Stacy Daniels and Hoja (“oh-ha”) Lopez called Relationshit. (To get away with THAT moniker for iTunes listing, the homesite URL, etc., the “shit” part is technically spelled “dollar sign, hashtag, exclamation point, tee.”) The subtitle on their show is “A Comedy Podcast About Everything Love, Sex, Genitals, & How They All Lead To DISASTER”  This clip is from Epi42, where the ladies interview Houston-based musician and comedian Greg Cote.

Stay The Course
Stay the Course is a soundcast hosted by "Big Pat" Thomas, who refers to himself as “a big white guy in Houston who has a podcast. I also do standup comedy but I’m just getting started with that, too.” While epi 36 of Stay The Course is entitled, “Hurricane Harvey”, in which I believe he was trapped on a boat during the storm, we clipped the previous show with his guest, comedian Nick Palermo.
 
Houston POV Podcast
I’m not sure this next soundcast is strictly comedy but it IS from Houston and these guys seem like they’ve got a funny side to me. It’s the Houston POV Podcast, hosted by Johnny Riley, Andrew Alpough and Marcus Wilson. The headline of a Houston Press article they were featured in back in February of this year claims they are renewing the lost art of conversation. This clip features the three guys going off on the entourage of a comic who came through town and had granted them an interview, then seemed to go a little sideways on ‘em…

The Stacks
Maybe it’s peculiar to Houston but, once again, The Stacks is hosted by a trio, this time three folks that describe themselves on their iTunes logline as “standOUT comics”. Ballsy. I like that. Ruth Hirsch, Ned Gayle, and Josh Brokaw record their show in front of a live audience at The Rec Room in Houston. According to the Houston Press, the Rec Room did sustain some flooding due to Harvey but they are open for business but hurting not so much from storm damage but in cancellations of events because of the storm. In this clip from The Stacks, the gang and friends talk about “workout guys”.

WRAPPING UP

Thanks again to Dana Carvey for jumping on the horn and wanting to help out. If YOU would like to help out the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, bounce over to the Hurricane Harvey Podcast Pack site - http://hersh.co/HHReliefPak - and give what you can to help today.

And if you’d like to hear more of what we do here, visit us at http://SuccotashShow.com or grab episodes from iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Laughable, iHeartRadio, YouTube and pretty much anywhere else fine soundcast are streamed and/or downloaded. And don’t be afraid to share that information with your friends and family – thanks for passing the Succotash!

Marc Hershon

Monday, September 4, 2017

Succotash Clips Epi158: Labor Dayin' the Clips Away

Yes, friend. It is I. Marc Hershon, host and handmaiden of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Welcome to Epi158, which is another edition of Succotash Clips, featuring a great, steaming pile of snippets taken from comedy soundcasts as heard on the internet.

Our Associate Producer Tyson Saner snipped us off a trio of clips, I grabbed some, and one enterprising soundcaster got us a clip from their show by uploading it directly to us — if you’d like to try that it's as simple as hitting our direct upload link at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash!

We’re featuring snip-snips from My Dad Wrote A Porno, Off Book, Quick Question, The All Seeing Guys, and We’re No Doctors.

MORE THAN CLIPS

In addition to the clips we have a double shot (triple, actually*) of our Burst O’ Durst segment from friend and political comedian Will Durst. Plus we have a new Boozin’ With Bill segment, where our beloved announcer teaches us how to make a the bitterest drink ever to flow from the Studio P wetbar.

And the whole show is brought to you by our friends at Henderson’s Pants. Henderson’s — if you’ve got the legs, they’re got the pants.

(Heck, they even have legless pants, so go ahead and drag your torso over to wherever fine and not-so-fine pants are sold.)



CLIPS

My Dad Wrote A Porno
The first clip out of the barrel is from a soundcast I just reviewed for Splitsider and that’s My Dad Wrote A Porno. I had the cast — Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine — on Succotash Chats Epi141 and now they are just concluding reading Rocky Flintstone’s FOURTH book in his Belinda Blinked series. It’s a consistently funny formula and a truly horrible series of pornographic novels.

Off Book
Off Book is a soundcast that is helping to stretch the borders of what a show can do. There are a lot of improvised shows out there but this one, hosted by Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino, presents a full-blown improvised musical. This clip, provided by Tyson, is from their debut episode “Shrugging Destiny” and features the hardest working guest in soundcasting, Paul F. Tompkins. (Speaking frankly, I’m not a big fan of being in an improv group that improvises music because it’s usually pretty bad. Paul F, early in this episode, even remarks that he’s not that great at it. But these guys obviously know what they’re doing, so it’s a different ballgame. Check out my review of this episode from last July on Splitsider.)


Quick Question
Our esteemed Associate Producer Tyson Saner harvested a clip from a new show by an old friend. Travis Clark, late of the Tiny Odd Conversations soundcast, has joined forces with Jonathan Sadowski, an actor you may be familiar with if you have watched Young & Hungry on TV. Their new soundcast is called Quick Question and every episode starts with, as you may have guessed, a question. They then do their best to try and answer said query.


The All Seeing Guys
This clip comes directly from the source. Greg and Joe, the fellows at The All Seeing Guys soundcast across the pond in England, used our direct upload link (http://hightail.com/u/Succotash) to get us this chunk from one of their recent episodes. In their cover note they say, “We had a clip played by you a couple of years back so thought we'd possibly throw a newer clip your way.” Just a couple of chaps, sitting around and yakking it up? Soundcasting at it’s purest — good enough for me!


We're No Doctors
Another pretty new-to-you soundcast is We’re No Doctors, co-hosted by Steve Agee and Busy Phillips. They’re not just both comedians and actors, but they’re also self-admitted neurotic hypochondriacs who decided they should do a show about health and medicine.  In this clip from recent Epi4, they talk with guest Nicole Sullivan, another comedian/actor who recounts her brush with death caused by the dread swine flu. (Did you guys catch Steve Agee in Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2? He plays Gef, one of the Ravagers. He’s the guys with the huge thick glasses. Not a lot of lines but a whole lot of funny…)

That's it for now. We're doing a special episode of Succotash Clips to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston but it will only be available as part of a package of soundcast episodes being put together by Houston area soundcaster Justin Corbett, co-host of the Mindfudge soundcast. So our next "regular" 'sode will likely be a Succotash Chats show.

I will be hanging out at the upcoming 6th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival in Los Angeles in October, from the 6th to the 8th. And later in October, on the 22nd, I'll be the on-hand announcer for a live Los Angeles Breakfast Club extravaganza.

Thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon

 
*Listen to midway through the closing credits for a free bonus Burst O' Durst!
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Succotash Chats Epi157: Banterin' About "I Am Battle Comic"

Yes! It’s me, Marc Hershon, your host and stain-resistant fabric for Epi157 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. And we are NOT the only personal audio program using the new “soundcast” description. I just got a listen to Epi 7 of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club ON THE AIR and the host, Phil Leirness, mentions soundcast in relation to that show.

Which, BTW, is a lot of fun.

Phil’s got tracks from the LABC dating back to the 1920’s all the way up to last month. And the show has an adequate announcer, too. They can't afford themselves a Bill Heywatt yet, so I agreed to do it.

Check out the Los Angeles Breakfast Club ON THE AIR. They’re on libsyn, iTunes, and other distribution points across the vast intertubes. I’ll have to feature a snippet on a future Succotash Clips.

But not THIS episode.

Because this episode is a Succotash Chats show. And our Special Guest is Jordan Brady, who is making a speedy return to this program. He was with us for our sesquicentennial Episode 150 and now, with his third movie in the I Am Comic trilogy being released to the public for streaming and download, I wanted to have him back.

I Am Battle Comic is available on Amazon, iTunes, and some other places, PLUS you can purchase a download directly from the http://IamBattleComic.com homesite.

It's always a delight to chat with Jordan. And you can read my review of I Am Battle Comic on HuffPost,

This episode of Succotash is brought to you by Henderson's Pants "Back to S'cool" trousers, the pantaloons that are literally too cool for school.

NO BURST O' DURST

We missed our window to get the week's latest comedic harangue by San Francisco political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. But feel free to follow him @WillDurst on Twitter to catch up with his latest opinionated opinions.

Don’t forget to support us on our new Patreon page. And you can always support us for free by heading over to iTunes to rate and review us there.

I’ll talk to you next time you hear me, which will likely be on a subsequent installment of this here show. In the meantime, than you for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Succotash Clips Epi156: Boozin' with Bill is Back!

It's just me, Marc Hershon. Your host and Kentucky Blue Grass for Epi156 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast.  We’re back with another installment of Succotash Clips, where we feature some comedy snippets from the width, length AND depth of the internet.

Our associate producer Tyson Saner and I combined forces to pull down samples from the following shows for this week’s selections: And God Created Podcast, Gone Riffin’, In Poor Taste, Juice In The Morning, Podcast For Laundry, Live from the Poundstone Institute, and Your Mom’s House.

In addition, we not only have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst, but also a BONUS Durst bit – the opening segment from his new one man show in San Francisco, Durst Case Scenario.

(Durst's cover note: "Here's a short clip from my new show. The clip is about 4 minutes, but the performance is about 85 minutes long. Me and my trusty overhead projector. It mocks and scoffs and taunts, but with taste. And be warned: not very bipartisan. I'm playing by his rules now." — Will Durst) I'm having trouble embedding the clip here - please click on over to YouTube to enjoy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k73Gr9lbZXY&t=16s



And, for the first time in what seems like forever, we bring back the segment featuring out own Bill Heywatt, none other than Boozin’ With Bill! Yep. Bill and I belly up to the Studio P wetbar and he’s gonna whip up one of his oddcoctions.

This week’s episode, as always, is brought to you by our friends at Henderson’s Pants.

BECOME A SOUNDCAST PRODUCER

We’ve officially kicked off out own Patreon page, since the selling of commercials hasn’t been going so well. So this is your chance to help us out by contributing to things like the production and hosting costs for this show. You, essentially, get to become an adjunct producer of this show for just a buck a month. Just click over to http://Patreon.com/Succotash and kick into the kitty. I’m not asking for a lot. Yet. Mainly because I’m still figuring out how the damn thing works. At some point, if people start popping in there, I’ll start pulling together some exclusive content, special interviews, and some other treats I haven’t even dreamed up yet.

THE CLIPS

Live From The Poundstone Institute
We start with a bit of a brand new soundcast from an old friend of mine. This comes from Epi1 of Live from the Poundstone Institute, hosted by comedian Paula Poundstone. She’s appeared a lot on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, but now she’s got her own show for NPR. I recently reviewed it for Splitsider.com and it’s a pretty entertaining romp in front of a live studio audience. It’s pretty short – the debut episode runs just a smidge over a half hour – and she crams in a bunch of short visits from smart people like scientists and professors as well as celebrities. In this clip, she’s going deep on the sexual proclivities of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Juice In The Morning
Our next offering is from our Associate Producer Tyson Saner’s fresh crop of soundcast clips. It’s from Juice in the Morning. The host is Justin “Juice” Kelly and on the homesite for this show he says, “I do this show as a hobby but maybe one day it will be more than that!” He’s got more than 60 episodes under his belt at this point, so he’s well on his way. This clip is from Episode 65 and Juice is talking to frequent guest Thomas Smith, who may also be the show’s producer from what Tyson could find out.

Podcast for Laundry
There’s another brand newish soundcast – just a few episodes in – called Podcast for Laundry — I am beginning to think my campaign to change the term podcast to soundcast is maybe not catching on as fast as I was hoping but I’m going to keep on it mainly because I think it annoys people — but Podcast for Laundry is a show hosted by comedian Brett Davis on the Forever Dog Network. Brett is a winner of the Andy Kaufman Award and, like Andy, Brett often performs as one of a number of characters he’s created. This podcast is a great example. It is recorded in a laundromat and the guests don’t seem to be very happy to be there. His first guest is Tom Sharpling, host of The Best Show, and he’s got some unpleasant feedback for Brett.

And God Created Podcast
Soundcasting continues to get more and more “niche-y”. Not Nietzsche, although that may be true as well. And it’s making for really interesting content, which is good. The medium can probably only sustain so many pop culture-oriented shows with a bunch of dudes shouting at each other. Tyson scooped up a clip’s worth of a new entry called And God Created Podcast. So new that there’s only one episode up on SoundCloud so far. It features Stephen Peltier, Cassandra Cardenes, Erika Curry and Mickey Broussard, and although the hosts seem to have religion in their childhoods, they’re not really into it as adults. They’ve decided to revisit the stories in the Bible without religious bashing but really just checking out the stories as stories.


In Poor Taste
We got a clip submission from Eric Driscoll and Sean Kendle, hosts of the In Poor Taste soundcast, who used our direct upload link through Hightail.com. Full disclosure, I had a DM interchange with Sean on Twitter last week about a bunch of stuff and one thing was this clip. Even though we ask that the clips run 3 to 5 minutes – and believe me, five minutes can be a LONG time in Soundcastland – he said the best they could do was 6 minutes. Well, gents, after listening to it I thought of a couple of cuts to make everything flow a little smoother. Apologies to your comedy timing sensibilities if this cut pisses you off, but know that I did it with the best of intentions. Total running time: 3 minutes and 52 seconds.


Your Mom's House
We have a clip from a show that been around for awhile, over 400 episodes to be exact. And although we clipped the solo soundcast from one of the co-hosts back in Succotash Epi149 (the That’s Deep Bro show hosted by comic Christina Pazsitzky), this is the first chance we’ve had to clip Your Mom’s House with Christina and her husband, comedian Tom Segura. (Tom also host HIS own soundcast, called Charge It To The Game.) Now we finally get to play a snippet from Your Mom’s House, from recent Epi403 with no guest, just Tom and Christina, talking about being sick and the danger of golf carts.


Gone Riffin'
We wrap up the clip portion of this epi with one that Tyson grabbed us from another newbiecast called Gone Riffin’ on the Feral Audio Network. Hosted by Rich Fulcher and Abed Geith, they’re about seven 'sodes in and the clip we have is from Epi2. You may recognize Abed as “The Real Abed” from the Harmontown soundcast and Rich is a comedian, writer, and improvisor, whose been on Snuff Box, Drunk History, and The Mighty Boosh.

THE SAUSALITO NOUVEAU

OTHER STUFF

We’ve officially kicked off out own Patreon page, since the selling of commercials hasn’t been going so well. So this is your chance to help us out by contributing to things like the production and hosting costs for this show. Just click over to http://Patreon.com/Succotash and kick into the kitty. I’m not asking for a lot. Yet. Mainly because I’m still figuring out how the damn thing works. At some point, if people start popping in there, I’ll start pulling together some exclusive content, special interviews, and some other treats I haven’t even dreamed up yet.

Also, check out the Laughable app from our buddy Ned Kenney. Have you snagged the app yet? This thing is first rate for finding, subscribing and streaming or downloading the funny. It’s got a great search algorithm, so you can find your favorite comedians on all the soundcasts they’ve guested on, too. It really is a great soundcast companion to have on your smartphone so go to laughable.com or just download it from the App Store for iOS. I’m told there’s an Android version coming soon.

That’s gonna do it. Next time it’s a Succotash Chats installment with our old friend-of-the-show and returning guest Jordan Brady on the eve of the release of his movie, I Am Battle Comic. But until then, thanks for passing the Succotash.

— Marc Hershon
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Succotash Chats Epi155: Interactin' with Matt Besser

Hey, look. Or listen, rather. It’s me, Marc Hershon, your host and carpet remnant for Epi155 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. I had a delightful bunch of soundcast clips lined up but then got the chance to chat with one of my more popular soundcast contemporaries. So I decided to go with another Succotash Chats installment and hold the clips until next time.

Our special guest this episode is Matt Besser, host of the improv4humans soundcast and one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, which has become one of the guiding lights for improvisational comedy in the US.

I wanted to talk with Matt because of a special improvised narrative trilogy that he’s been doing recently amongst the regular improv4humans episodes, a three-part story entitled The Mopes.  Along the way we chatted about how he first got up to speed on doing improv in Chicago, what it was like to hold down “normal” jobs before getting in the business of show, and some future improv-based plans for TV that he hopes will come about.

Bookending that conversation is a double shot of our Burst O’ Durst segment with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. And this episode of Succotash is brought to you by our friends at Henderson’s Pants and their oh-so-comfy Chillin' Churidars.

LITTLE HELP?

We recently kicked off a Patreon page for this show, in case you were wondering how you could help support Succotash. Only problem is, no one has subscribed yet. So i don't even know if the damn thing is hooked up. Do us a favor and check it out, then let us know by subscribing for a measly dollar a show. (There's also still the Amazon banner at the top of our http://SuccotashShow.com homesite and our dusty old Donate button there, too.)

If you'd like to help us out in spirit only, please go to our listing on iTunes to rate and review Succotash. Those 5-star ratings help push us up into the light.

SIDE JOB

Starting with this month's episode 6, I am lending my voice as the announcer for The Los Angeles Breakfast Club ON THE AIR soundcast, hosted by Phil Leirness. Check that ou for a fascinating look at a fascinating LA institution that's almost 100 years old.

Next episode I should be returning with a Succotash Clips show BUT there are a couple of more interviews on deck, so those may take precedence. Nonetheless, if you're a comedy soundcaster and would like us to feature a clip from your show, you can get a 3-5 minute MP3 clip directly to us via our upload link, at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash.

Until next time, please remember to pass the Succotash!

Marc Hershon
 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Succotash Chats Epi154: Riffin' with Dana Carvey, Mark Pitta & Larry Brown

Yes, it's me - Marc Hershon - your host and flotation device for Epi154 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. This is a somewhat special (and impromptu) episode of Succotash Chats, featuring a trio of special guest comedians: Dana Carvey, Mark Pitta, and Larry "Bubbles" Brown.


l-r: Larry Brown, Dana Carvey, Mark Pitta & Marc Hershon
Dana was back up in Northern California the past week or so to do some corporate gigs  (he and his family have been living mostly down in Los Angeles the past couple of years), and we thought it would be fun to get together, along with old friends Mark and Larry to just shoot the comedy bull for an hour.

We cover a variety of topics during this chat, ranging from each guys' oldest "solid" joke and Dana playing answering machine messages that he left for someone in the voices of Jeff Bridges and Michael Caine, to favorite movies and remembering some of the old club days back in the comedy book of the 1980s.

This has got to be one of the least produced episodes that I've done with guests. I basically just hit "Play", toss in our opening and closing with announcer Bill Heywatt, a commercial for Summer Stock Slacks from our sponsor Hendersons' Pants, and that's it. No Burst o' Durst segment this time around (Will Durst had technical difficulties while vacationing in Greece this week), no Tweetsack. Just some jibber jabber which is occasionally funny, often curious and occasionally not very funny at all.

It's basically a conversation.

If you like what you're hearing with our soundcast, please remember to get up to iTunes to rate and review us - 5 stars would be great (if you like us less than that, don't bother, right?) And you can help us out financially now thorugh our new Patreon account, at https://www.patreon.com/succotash

You can catch us on iTunes, the Laughable app, Stitcher, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio and every YouTube. So tell your friends and thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Succotash Clips Epi153: Clippin' n' Snippin'

Yes, it’s me. Marc Hershon. Your host and corporeal being for Epi153 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. And this is another installment of Succotash Clips, where we feature clips of comedy soundcasts from all over the place.

As far as this epi goes, we’ve got clips coming up in this installment from Chillpak Hollywood Hour, Crazytown, The David Feldman Show, Harmontown, The Jackie & Laurie Show, Nerd Poker, Nerds with Words, PTO Unlimited, and Studio 60 Sessions.  In addition, we also have a double dose of our Burst O’ Durst segment, featuring political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. And this episode is brought to you by Henderson’s Pants CoverALLs.

Big thanks our Associate Producer Tyson Saner for harvesting half of the shows you’re going to hear on this episode – he does a great job finding new shows for this show and he also has his own soundcast, The Anti Social Show, along with Hunter Block, who is also a friend of this show. They just got their show up on iTunes so check ‘em out there, or on SoundCloud.

Speaking of iTunes, if you’d like to be a friend of this show as well and have not yet rated and reviewed Succotash on iTunes, please do so. It doesn’t cost you a cent and it really helps our visibility in Soundcastland.

For that matter if you listen to us on the Laughable app, or Stitcher, or SoundCloud, it would be great if you’d rate us using whatever system they’ve got going on. Same goes for YouTube and iHeart Radio, two more fab spots to hear our spew.

WELCOME US TO PATREON

I just popped the top on our new Succotash Patreon account. That’s right, we're now part of the Patreon soundcast life support system. I’m not quite sure what I’m doing with it yet, so I think the only option currently available is for you to kick us $1 a month, for which we will thank you every show in our Calvalcade of Gratitude. And I also think there’s a thing that’s live that if we get 250 followers on Patreon, I will commit to churing out an episode each and every week on a regular release day. So check out that page at https://www.patreon.com/succotash

THE CLIPS

The David Feldman Show
A soundcast that’s been around for a while in various forms is The David Feldman Show. David is a former standup comedian who I’ve known since he first got on stage in the San Francisco area. He took off years ago, heading for LA and then New York, where he’s been a writer on a bunch of TV shows. He’s been a guest on Succotash before – back in Epi108 – and I tickled that he asked me to be on his show just a couple of weeks ago.

Chillpak Hollywood Hour
Normally for our friends in soundcasting, Dean Haglund and Phil Leirness, of Chillpak Hollywood Hour fame, I reserve playing clips unless they’re mentioning me because I’m just that self-absorbed. But a couple of weeks back the boys were on the road across the great US of A – Dean was even in the country from Australia where he’s been living the past couple of years – and they were at a Famous Monsters convention in Dallas, Texas. And they were not alone but, instead, sat down with Bruce Harwood and Tom Braidwood, the two actors who had co-starred with Dean as the trio known as The Lone Gunmen, first on The X-Files TV show and then for a season in their spin-off, The Lone Gunmen.

Harmontown
One of Tyson Saner’s picks for this episode is from a soundcast that we’ve featured before but it’s always a delight to drop in and see what latest bits of outrageousness are going on over in Dan Harmon's Harmontown. In this case, the clip we have is from back in March, when Harmontown had been annexed to Austin, Texas, as part of South By Southwest. Harmon was on hand along with Jeff Davis and Spencer Crittendon.

Nerd Poker
At the end of April this year, a version of the defunct Nerd Poker with Brian Posehn & Friends soundcast snuck back into Soundcastland. Now called Brian Posehn’s Nerd Poker, it’s not network affiliated any more and so rather than being recorded in the Earwolf Studios, the action happens in Brian Posehn’s home in LA. The DM is Dan Telfer and, in addition to Brian, the players include Brian, Blaine Capatch, and Ken Daly, all of whom were in the original crew. We feature a slice from a recent episode where the characters are fighting something that might just be a werewolf.

Crazy Town

it may be called Crazy Town, but the host, Jonaas, takes pains on the homesite to make sure no one’s offended by things that happen on the show – here’s part of his disclaimer: “Let me be serious with everyone for a second. This podcast is all about having fun and being goofy and poking fun at things. Nothing should be taken super serious, and the hosts and anyone else involved in this podcast are great people who have no prejudices of any sort, in any way, shape or form. This podcast is a work of fiction, please keep that in mind even though real life events and stories are discussed. If anyone is offended or feels that they have been wronged, let us please apologize up front as that is not our intent in  any way, shape or form.” Make you really curious what you’re about to hear though, right?

We get a glimpse into the glamorous show biz lives of Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin. Jackie has had her Soundcast, The Dork Forest, for years now, but she and Laurie teamed up last year to put out The Jackie & Laurie Show, which is usually the two hosts talking about performing in comedy as woman, the state of comedy today, and reminiscing about various hell gigs over the years. But Laurie was a recent guest on Conan and so, in an episode entitled Show Yourself Out, she and Jackie headed backstage just before that appearance to do their show from there. (Producer's Note: Our host f'd up royally in this episode and called the show "Show Yourself Out". The dork has even reviewed Jackie and Laurie's soundcast before so I…er…he should have known better…)

Tyson snipped us off a hunk of a soundcast called Nerds with Words, featuring Adam Nutter and Greg Trout. It’s not to be mistaken with, or for, Nerdz with Wordz where the esses in "nerds" and "words" are spelled with a z. Totally different soundcast. Our clip is from a recent show featuring guest Joe Messina,a comedian and soundcaster who just shut down his show Breaking Up with Joe, where he recounted the details of a painful breakup he had gone through. He has a stage show called Party Lines and we pick up here mid-discussion about that show. 

Another “new to us” soundcast is PTO Unlimited, hosted by Brett, Josh, and Alyx. The PTO part – I think – comes from “paid time off” and the Unlimited part is from the fact they will talk about unlimited topics. Their SoundCloud page says there are from “Fort Wayne, United States.” I’m guessing that’s in Indiana, too.  Anyway, Tyson flipped us this clip, where the hosts kick around the movie Ghost Ship from 2002.

An old friend of Succotash is Travis Clark. He and his wife, Brandi, had their soundcast, Tiny Odd Conversations, up and running for quite some time. I think TOC is offcially in the Soundcast Graveyard now, as their last episode was posted in March of last year, but Travis popped up this last week as the first guest on a new soundcast called The Studio 60 Sessions. Another fine example of niche programming, this show is devoted to a TV show called Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which was on NBC over a decade ago. (You can find the series on Amazon and other online places. It seems Travis had been a fan of the show and he joins Studio 60 Sessions host Dave Amiott to chat about the pilot episode of the TV show.

CLOSING REMARKS

If you're a comedy soundcaster and would like us to feature your show on our show, you can get us a 3-5 minute MP3 clip (no promos, please!) by uploading it directly to me via our direct upload link, at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash. And please tell us a little about you and the show itself, including the homesite, distribution points, etc.

Our next epi will likely be an installment of Succotash Chats, with a surprise guest who's actually making his fourth appearance on the show!

Until next time, thanks for passing the Succotash!

— Marc Hershon
 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Succotash Chats Epi152: Talkin' Genius with Bob Garfield

Yes, it’s me – Marc Hershon – your host and ripstop nylon for Epi152 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. This is an installment of Succotash Chats, rather than Clips, and our special guest this episode is Bob Garfield, host of not only NPR’s Peabody-award winning show On The Media, a correspondent for All Things Considered, plus a journalist and writer for such publications as The New York Times, Playboy, Atlantic, and Sports Illustrated, but he’s also hosting a new soundcast on Audible called The Genius Dialogues.

It’s a really interesting series where Bob chats with people who have received MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." (If you’re unfamiliar, the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a fascinating philanthropic organization — click the link and check it out!)

Much like being able to binge watch a show on Netflix, all 12 episodes of the first season of The Genius Dialogues, is available for binge listening via either download or streaming from the Audible app. You may not recognize most of these names but the MacArthur Foundation has recognized them all as being geniuses: Chemist Phil Baran, RadioLab founder Radiolab Founder Jad Abumrad, DuoLingo creator Luis von Ahn, extreme action choreographer Elizabeth Streb, New Yorker Investigative Journalist Sarah Stillman, famed debunker The Amazing Randi, Growing Power Founder Will Allen, MIT Inventor Amy B. Smith, artist Jorge Pardo, Origami Microscope Creator Manu Prakash, physicist Carl Haber, and creator of HBO's The Wire, David Simon.

MORE STUFF

We have not one, not two but THREE of our Burst O' Durst segments with political comedian and social commentator Will Durst! (The third one is a BONUS segment and appears in the closing credits of the show.) We take a peek into the Tweetsack to check out some emails and tweets. And this epi is brought to you by Henderson's Pants newest offering, their Foggy Bottom Britches.

NEWEST OUTLET

You can now subscribe to get Succotash episodes via Facebook Messenger with Revoice! Just click on over to http://hersh.co/succo_revoice and make it happen. 

CLIP YOURSELF

If you've got a comedy podcast that you'd like us to feature, you can upload a 3-5 minute an audio clip (MP3 or WAV formats are good, but we can pretty much use anything you've got) directly to us. Click over to http://hightail.com/u/Succotash and upload it right into our Tweetsack!

OUR APPRECIATION

I, of course, have a deep appreciation for each and every pair of ears that gets filled with Succotash. But that appreciation runs even deep for those who willfully pass the Succotash along to friends, family, and co-workers. And deeper still to those who rtake the time to rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud or wherever they listen. But the deepest appreciation of all goes to those thoughtful folks who can afford to help me out with defraying the production costs for this show by clicking the Donate button over on SuccotashShow.com or who click the Amazon banner there or who buy themselves a mug or a t-shirt from our Succotashery.

That's going to do it for now. Coming up next will be another Succotash Clips episode, #153, and I'll see you then.

— Marc Hershon
 

Succotash Clips Epi149: Clippin' with the Best of 'Em

Yes, friend, it’s me, Marc Hershon, your host and freestanding lamppost for Epi149 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Just one more installment before we hit episode 150, which is likely to coincide with our 6th year of quality soundcasting.

This is an episode of Succotash Clips, coming at you the way this show started way back when, by featuring a gaggle of comedy soundcast clips. This episode we're featuring clips from Changes In Latitude, Knight & Day, That's Deep Bro, Dumb People Town, The Anti Social Show, The Nerd Blitz, The Story Worthy Podcast, Good One, and the Just In TIme podcast…sort of.

Also coming up this show we have a double dose of our Burst O' Durst, featuring political comedian and social commentator Will Durst. And the whole kit n' kaboodle is brought to you this episode by Henderson's Pressure Cooker Pants.

REVIEW REVUE

Normally I’m begging you to help us to spread the word with a 5-star rating and a short blurb about wonderful the show is and how it made you a better person. But we just got a couple of fresh ones in so I thought I’d give you a break and, instead, thank these folks and let you hear what they had to say, sort of as an example of how easy this process is.

The first one is from our old friend Sabrina Miller, host of the Changes In Latitude soundcast. Back when Succotash started in 2011, she was Charley Miller with a show called The Random Variety Show, and he told me that listening to this show was one of the things that got him into becoming a soundcaster himself. Here’s what she had to say after plunking down 5 stars: “Marc, Joe, Kenny and Bill are unsung heroes in the podcast world. If you're not listing to this podcast, then just go home. One of the things I love about this show is that every episode has something familiar (Marc, Bill and Henderson’s Pants) and then has something different (all the comedy clips) I still love this show even after it reached 100 episodes! Keep up the great work Succotash!"

We also received this short and sweet tribute from a fun comedy narrative story of a soundcast I’ve mentioned on Splitsider.com before but we’ve not yet featured here on the show called Knight & Day. The producer, Bill Franmeister, gave us 5 stars and wrote “Great podcast from top podders. Keep up the good work!"

A UPCOMING LIVE APPEARANCE

I’m producing and appearing in a live show on Saturday night, April 1st. It’s the April’s Fools Show at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. It’s going to be stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy, along with some spoken word performance and even some fool-based music! We have a great lineup, with Geoff Bolt, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Al Clethen, Debi Durst, Michael Meehan, Judy Nihei, Michael O’Brien, and Dan Spencer, along with Musical Director Dave Coldren. It all starts at 8 PM and tickets are $15-25 dollars, depending on whether you want reserved seats or not. For more info and details, click on over to http://ThrockmortonTheatre.org

THE CLIPS


Changes In Latitudes
This is a few minutes from last October, Epi108, which marked Sabrina Miller’s second year with the show. This clip is where Sabrina was talking about having gone back to start listening to her own show from the beginning…

Knight & Day
I’m not sure if this show by Bill Franmeister even has it’s own homesite. You can find it on iTunes and it links to SoundCloud. And I know its on the Laughable app. The first season is only six episodes, which just wrapped in February. I’m not sure if, or when, Knight & Day will be back. (But thanks for the review, guys!)

That’s Deep Bro
Christina Pazsitsky. If her name is familiar, she’s a comedian and she’s also the wife of another comedian, Tom Segura, and together they host another soundcast called Your Mom’s House. This clip is from That’s Deep Bro Epi106, entitled “Why Do I Keep Doing Things I Hate?” To catch more of That’s Deep Bro, you can find Christina all over the place – the Laughable app, itunes, SoundCloud, GooglePlay and wherever fine soundcasts are streamed and/or downloaded.


Dumb People Town
This is one of my favorite new soundcasts. I’ve already reviewed this thing a couple of times for both Splitsider and Huffington Post. It features Jason and Randy Sklar, comedians probably best known in Soundcastland for their Sklarbro Country show. And Daniel Van Kirk, who hosts his own show Hindsight and frequently appears on Doug Loves Movies as Mark Wahlberg. In Dumb People Town, they take one of the oldest tricks in the soundcasting book – reading news articles about assorted weirdos and the situtations they get into – and just riff mercilessly about and around them. Joining them in their 7th episode was Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, who was definitely up for this kind of monkey business.

The Anti Social Show 
Now into their late teen episode, it's just high time we featured a clip from The Anti Social Show, co-hosted by our esteemed Associate Producer Tyson Saner and our Esteemed Listener Hunter Block. You can find The Anti Social Show episodes on SoundCloud.

The Nerd Blitz 
Harvested by Tyson, we have a clip from The Nerd Blitz with Doom and Fitz. If you’re a REALLY regular listener of Succotash, you might remember Fitz as being one-half of the Jump To The End soundcast, which we featured back in Epi71 in 2013. You might remember it…I didn’t. But Tyson DID, which is one of the many reason we keep him around. Their tagline is “Real Nerds Talkin’ Real Nerdy Shit” and the real nerdy shit in this clip is from their Epi20, entitled: Turkey Baster 3-Way, where they discuss The Hobbit and the other Tolkien films while playing Battleship.


The Story Worthy Podcast
One of my rules on Succotash is that we feature clips, we don’t play promos. Because any show can play another show’s promos. But we sample and listen and evaluate before we harvest our clips. (Unless you directly upload something to us at http://hightail.com/u/Succotash. Then we’ll pretty much play whatever — clip, promo, randoms note — you give us. And that holds true in this case for an old friend of the show, Christine Blackburn, co-host of the Story Worthy podcast, along with Hannis Phinney.

Good One 
We’ve got a chunk from a new soundcast that’s only been out a few weeks called Good One, in which the host, Jesse David Fox, plays a joke or bit from a comedian, then has the comedian on to deconstruct the bit — where it came from, what it’s about, how it was developed, and why. A recent episode of Good One features Jesse’s visit with Weird Al Yankovic to talk about his song "Word Crimes", a parody of Robin Thicke’s 2013 “Blurred Lines”. In this clip they get into the weeds a bit about the intricacies of doing parody right.


Beyond Yacht Rock
Let me ask you this: If you had an internet show called Yacht Rock and then wanted to expand on that premise, what might you call it. If you answer Beyond Yacht Rock, you’d be right. Subtitled Uncharted Journeys into Arbitrary Genres, it’s hosted by JD Ryznar, David B. Lyons, Hollywood Steve Huey, and Hunter Stair. This clip’s from Epi6 entitled “Divorcecore” from a little over a year ago.

Just In TIme
Tyson discovered that a recent episode of the Just In Time soundcast thanked us for clipping them a few episodes ago. So I thought I’d play it here because I love playing clips from shows wehre they mention Succotash.

A LITTLE HELP?

If you’d like to help support our humble soundcast, it’s so easy. Get over to our homesite, at http://SuccotashShow.com and, from there, you can click on the Donate button, or use our Amazon banner to do your shopping, or even purch some merch from our Succotashery. I leave it all up to you. Every little bit of money we manage to scrounge up goes to help offset the production costs and maintenance of this show.

Speaking of which, that's all she wrote when it comes to Succotash Clips, Epi149. It’s been a pleasure serving you. We hope to see you again and remember, always, to please pass the Succotash.

Goodbye.

— Marc Hershon