Monday, September 26, 2022

Succotash Epi323: Autumn Triple Play


Saluton, estas mi Tyson Saner welcoming you to Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, Episode #323. Welcome! I'm glad you made it.

Last week on Epi322 of Succotash, show creator and executive producer Marc Hershon, whom I alternate hosting duties with, brought you a quartet of clips for a show that he titled "Interesting Behaviors". The clips were from the soundcasts known as My Neighbors Are Dead, The Doug Stanhope Podcast, Sarah Halstead’s Drinking During Business Hours, and Were You Raised By Wolves? They made for an enjoyable episode that I urge you to listen to at your earliest convenience. You can still find that episode and EVERY episode of Succotash going back to the first episodes from way back in 2011 at www.succotashshow.com and also on most soundcast streaming services including, but probably not limited to, Apple & Google Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, PodBay, and Podchaser.

This week's episode, "Autumn Triple Play", contains three clips, one of each from the soundcasts known as On The Rocks: Where Celebrities & Cocktails Mix, Gutting the Sacred Cow", and Chatabix. This week's show is broght to you by our longtime (and 100% FAKE SPONSOR) Henderson's Pants and their new Fancy Pants for Fops.

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CLIPS

Gutting The Sacred Cow
From the show's description: Standup comedians Kevin Gootee and Kevin Israel love films and they love arguing about them. But in this unique podcast; they invite guests to come in and argue why some of the most financially successful, beloved or acclaimed films are trash. But here's the twist, the film must meet 1 of these criteria: widely beloved, financial success, or critically acclaimed. So no dunking on Friday the 13th part 8, we all know that's an egregious piece of s--. We give a platform with those who have unpopular opinions to be bold enough to voice them. Some films that have faced scrutiny: Back to the Future, The Dark Knight, Toy Story, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Matrix, and Die Hard. Can the guests persuade us? Or do we rip them a new one? Give us a listen and we'll easily prove that we belong on any top movie podcast list. My clip comes from very recently - September 17th, 2022 - Entitled "Noodles from the Offspring FLUSHES Christmas Vacation DOWN THE SEWER": Episode 152. joining Kevin Gootee as co-host for this installment is longtime friend Terry Loda.

On The Rocks: Where Celebrities & Cocktails Mix
TV & radio personality Alexander Rodriguez, along with co-host Stephanie Erb, sips and chats with your favorite celebrities from TV, film, Broadway, music, reality TV and pop culture in this weekly, entertainment, no holds barred talk show. Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Tony Award, Golden Globe Award winners – Alexander’s drank with them all! It's talk radio with a twist! Our clip is from back in the Spring of this year - March, to be a bit more precise - and is entitled Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles, Mulan, ER) Chats Diversity in Hollywood. I really liked hearing this interview. I chose a clip from the very beginning of it because I do love a big, detailed introduction and when an interview has the amount of warmth that this one clearly does.

Chatabix
This was recommended to me by none other than Davian Dent of Strange Times Podcast (longtime friend of Succotash and frequently clipped.) What's the show about? Basically, comedians David Earl & Joe Gillingham chat drivel and nonsense. A shambolic Breakfast Show with Special Guests and regular contributors. The clip we have dropped on September 12th, 2022, featuring guest Doug Stanhope.

Wow, it seems like only a few minutes ago I was writing the intro to the show and now this bit at the end needs writing as well. Isn't that the way of things? I do hope you found something enjoyable in the program tonight…I say "tonight" for a couple of reasons, one is that it is actually night when I am recording this part, and the other is because, more often that not, I used to say that regardless of what time of day it was when I recorded…and now I still do.

I appreciate your taking some of your time out to listen to what I selected for you. If you are now inspired to learn more about the entertainments you were just exposed to, you are free to do that. Maybe you'll come back to listen to the next show which would be Epi324 and will most likely be hosted by Marc Hershon. Maybe you've already listened to #324 because it is far enough in the future that you are listening to the episodes backwards, or just generally out-of-sequence for whatever reason you choose.

Maybe you are an electric audio archivist far into the future when myself and everyone else I know, or knew of, are long dead and you are navigating the audio virtually with A.I. generated art to represent us soundcaster ghosts visually in some way. In any of those scenarios I do hope you have the oppourtunity to share us with others. We'd really appreciate it.

Maybe, in your present, I still have the webpage www.tysonsaner.com which you could visit to check out links to another soundcast I co-host with Hunter Block called "Anti Social Show". There are also links to my YouTube channel which mostly features videos of myself playing video games. At this point in history, it is September of 2022 so I've just recently published an episode where I play "Slime Rancher 2" and give my first impressions of it.

And finally, maybe, when you are checking those things out you will remember that you listened to this show at some point and discovered a soundcast that you will listen to every episode that you possibly can of it. Sometimes it works that way. Thank you for listening, be decent to each other and please remember to pass the Succotash.

— Tyson Saner


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Succotash Epi322: Interesting Behaviors


There you are! Right on time. I just got here myself, actually. Yes, it’s me, Marc Hershon, creator, executive producer, and your host for this Episode 322 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. And what does that mean? Our main focus is to shine a favorable light on the world of comedy soundcast – or podcasts, if you insist – usually by playing clips of a variety of shows but sometimes by chatting with fellow soundcasters or other people in the business of show.

When I say “we”, that’s not the royal “we”, I’m referring to myself and my kindly, well-versed co-host Tyson Saner. Unlike traditional co-hosts, Tyson and I don’t often appear together on our episodes. Instead, we’ve found that we can crank out these shows every week if we divide and conquer the task of listening to soundcasts and clipping out bite-sized segments to share with you.

Last week, for example, Tyson was hosting Epi321, entitled “Summer Close-Out Clips” and dealt out a trio of clips from Last Week on Earth with Ben GleibBest Friends Back, Alright!, and The Fckry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus. In case you were somewhere last week where soundcasts aren’t available, you can still get Episode 321 at a wide array of soundcast distribution points – including Apple & Google Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, PodBay, Podchaser and, of course, always on our homesite at SuccotashShow.com, where you’ll find our entire archive of 11 and a half years of shows.

As for this week’s show, which I’m calling “Interesting Behaviors”, I’ve got clips from My Neighbors Are Dead, The Doug Stanhope Podcast, Sarah Halstead’s Drinking During Business Hours, and Were You Raised By Wolves? This episode is brought to you by our fictitious, non-paying sponsor Henderson’s Pants and their seasonally appropriate Leaf Behind Pants. I’ve also got the TweetSack, where we acknowledge folks that has used our @Succotashshow handle in their socials – during which, by the way, I’ll be reading an actual email which we just go in. And there’s even a call into our Succotash & Runaway Truck Hotline we’ll get to today.

CLIPS

My Neighbors Are Dead
The last time we checked in with the soundcast called My Neighbors Are Dead was a little over a hundred episodes ago, when Tyson clipped it in Epi219. I actually reviewed the show back in 2017 for the then-Splitsider.com and a quote from my review is STILL up on their homesite at MyNeighborsAreDead.com, where I wrote, “I wish I’d thought of that!” And I do. The brainfever of Adam Peacock, MNAD chats up the lesser known characters from scary movies. He’s had a lot of comics and others pop in to voice the horror movie side characters, but recently Patton Oswalt (who I SWEAR I will get in front of the Succotash mics one of these days) was on as truck dispatcher Frank Ludd and his take on one of his company’s hapless drivers, Ed, who made the mistake of stopping to pick up a “hippie chick” as he put it, and barely escaped with his life. Our clip covers how part of it went down…

Sarah Halstead’s Drinking During Business Hours
Normally Tyson and I come across the soundcasts we clip pretty much the same way you and people you know might: We scan the scads and scads of shows that are out there and we see what captures our fancy about one show or another. Sometimes it’s a familiar name or face, occasionally it’s shows that share a similar theme, and often it’s a bit of a crap shoot. There are plenty that I’ve listened to that I just end up not finding a viable clip. Or the sound quality’s off. Or whatever. In the case of this next clip, however, it was a comedian buddy of mine, Rich Chassler, and the surprise announcement via his socials that he had proposed to comedian Sarah Halstead. That’s when I learned that in addition to soon becoming the future Mrs. Chassler – I don’t know if she’s actually changing her name – that she’s also the host of Sarah Halstead’s Drinking During Business Hours. Her usual M.O. on the show is to crack open a bottle of vino and kick back with what she called a ‘diverse line of creatives about their fife’s journey, passions, and what might lead them to drink during business hours.” In this case, after having taken a couple week off from dropping new episodes, Sarah is back this week for Episode 47 and her guest is the future Mister Halstead…Rich Chassler.

The Doug Stanhope Podcast
We’re going to revisit another show and this one we haven’t clipped since 2013. It’s The Doug Stanhope Show with the titular Doug Stanhope. Truly an original comedy voice, Doug also take a great interest in the folks he talks to and recently for his 499th episode back in August he invited comedian Kristine Levine into his studio, affectionately called the The Funhouse, in Bisbee, Arizona. Entitled “Kristine’s Wad of Gum is Cancer”, they get into her bout with and upcoming operation for stomach cancer. Our clip is from early in the show, when Kristine talks about her wait problem and other issues. (There’s a GoFundMe for Kristine. And Doug Stanhope has a new audio book out on Audible.com called “No Encore For The Donkey”.)

Were You Raised By Wolves?
Our last clip this week deals with the idea of etiquette and how to handle yourself mixed company. Hosts Nick Leighton and Leah Bonnema have a virtual grab bag of sticky social situations and they break out some usually pretty practical advice how to deal with stuff. Their episode from last week was called “High Tea, Overcoming Terrible Handwriting, Tipping for Gas in new Jersey, and More”, and the clip I’ve snipped deals with a few of the finer points of auto etiquette.

If you’d like to write to me or my co-host Tyson Saner, it’s SO easy! Just email me at m-a-r-c@SuccotashShow.com or Tyson at t-y-s-o-n@SuccotashShow.com and who knows? We may read YOUR email on the show!

Remember to catch my partner in soundcasting, Tyson Saner, in this same feed next week for episode 323.

Oh, and I almost forgot! I’m appearing on an episode of the Legal Geeks soundcast this week. Not sure when it drops but that’s show show with real lawyers, headed up by friend-of-the-Succotash and past guest Josh Gilliland and Jessica Mederson, talking about legal issues that crop up in comic books, movies, and other not-real-world situations. They did an episode about last week’s fifth episode of She-Hulk on the Disney Channel when the main character gets sued by her nemesis, Titania, for infringing on the She-Hulk trademark. Since I actually work in the branding business when I’m not clipping soundcasts, I got called in as a kind of “expert witness” as the legal eagles batted that case around.

Okay, last thing: The next time you’re at the grocery store and you find yourself reaching for the last bottle of Clamato juice at the same time as someone, look ‘em square in the eye and ask: “Have you heard anything good lately?” If their answer is “No”, `won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon

Other than that, if you find yourself pushing a cart down the aisle in your neighborhood grocery store and a kindly senior citizen is heading your way from the other end of the aisle and stops you to ask, “Have you heard anything good lately?”, won’t you please

pass the Succotash?

 

  • Marc Hershon

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Succotash Epi321: Summer Close-Out Clips


Saluton, estas mi Tyson Saner. Welcome to Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. I will be your host for the duration of this episode, which happens to be #321…contact, it's the secret, it's the moment when everything happens…and in THIS particular case, it is an episode that will be bringing you clips from other people's soundcasts for you to sample, and perhaps seek more of to listen to over the course of your natural, listening lives… it happens.


Last week in Epi320, show creator and executive producer Marc Hershon brought you an episode of Succotash that took on the alternate form of the show known as a "Chats" episode. In that episode, Mr. Hershon welcomed guest Christine Blackburn. Who, in addition to hosting a live show called Story Worthy, and the story-telling game show soundcast Story Smash, has now launched her newest soundcast called My Life in 3 Songs featuring comedians talking about a trio of songs that heavily influenced their life and, often, careers. I really enjoyed listening to that episode, and so might you. It's sill available to listen to thru services such as Apple & Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible.com, iHeart Radio, Podbay, Podchaser, and Stitcher. Of course you can also find it and EVERY episode of Succotash thru it's many iterations over the last 11+ years at www.succotashshow.com.

This week, I have a trio of clips of soundcasts for you to consider for future listening. They are from the soundcasts known as Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib, Best Friends Back, Alright!, and The Fckry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus.

It's almost inconceivable to imagine putting together an episode of Succotash without including a classic advertisement from our 100% fake sponsor Henderson's Pants, but it totally could happen one day. (If, for instance, a REAL sponsor would be willing to take us on. … One can dream.) in the meantime, this episode of the show is brought to you by their Picnic Pants!

Ok, that's enough preamble from me so without further faffing about… let's get to the clips!

CLIPS

Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib
From the show description: News. Pop Culture. Politics. Weird stories. EVERYTHING that happened during the last week. Comedian Ben Gleib catches you up on it all, while making fun of basically everything. Some people tell him this podcast is the way they prefer to get the news. He thinks these people are geniuses. Sometimes he's joined by celebrity guests like comedians, actors, politicians, Four-Star Generals, and his parents. But mostly he talks to himself. If you've been in a coma for the last 7 days, this podcast should not be high on your list of things to tackle. Our clip hails from last month, August 13th, 2022, an episode entitled "The New Season Starts Now!" - (The previous episode posted September 2nd, 2021) Ben catches us up on everything since last season. Including his new hour special "The Mad King" which dropped on YouTube Aug 14th!

Best Friends Back, Alright!
The show's description at Apple Podcasts goes something liek this: "Oh my God, they’re back again. Stevie Wynne Levine (Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link) and her high school best friend, Neagheen Homaifar, haven’t been friends for over fifteen years. Can they rekindle their best friendship through a weekly podcast? Some things never change, and some things do. My clip is from their premier episode that dropped back in March, called "BeyoncĂ© Stole Our Inside Joke." The hosts reconnect after a decade and a half, and set the scene of their best friendship back in 2002 at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC. They recount various events that defined their adolescence; from George W. Bush choking on a pretzel, to the release of the film "Holes," to the launch of YouTube. Neagheen tries to decipher the strange things she wrote in Stevie’s yearbook.

The Fckry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus
As this show's homebase Earwolf describes the show: Keeping it 100 is Leslie Jones’ mission and any fckry will not be tolerated. Each week Leslie and her co-host, Lenny Marcus, expose the fckry of any given topic and they have a fun time doing it. They interview special guests and answer listener questions. Plus, in the ‘fckry of the week’ segment, Leslie and Lenny call out people, places, things or situations. Nothing is off limits and you don’t want to miss it." Our selected snippet was harvested from the August 17th episode of this year, entitled "Use Ya MuthaF’ckin’ T*****s" w/guest Denita Abernethy Holmes, although our clip takes place before the guest appears.

And another episode is in the can and on its way to the archives over at www.succotashshow.com … and pretty much everywhere else one can listen to soundcasts. I do hope you find something interesting and/or funny in the offerings presented to you in this episode. I aim to please. I sometimes feel that the amount of listening to soundcasts that I do, not only for Succotash but also in my everyday life, has had some sort of effect on my brain. The way I process information, perhaps. I could say that I have a lot of practice listening to people talk.

I never could have foreseen the amount of active listening that is now a regular part of my existence. I mean, I used to listen to a LOT of music before discovering soundcasts because I also make music occasionally but that's not the same kind of listening, really. There have to be other people that spend as much, or possibly even more, of their time listening to people have conversations that they cannot participate in in real time as I do. I wonder what percentage of listeners of soundcasts experience them the way I have for easily 13 years? Anybody know of any ongoing studies? Seriously, I really want to know. I need to know if I should do less of it in case there is any sort of detrimental effect on my brain as a result.

Maybe it's fine. Maybe, in the most general sense, our brains can take it. My ears aren't bleeding yet, so that's gotta count for something, right? Anyway, speaking of listening, thank YOU for doing exactly that. If you liked what you heard, tune in next week for Epi322 in which Marc will bring you whatever he desires to share with you. In the meantime, be decent to each other, go to www.tysonsaner.com to find all my links to the stuff I choose to share with you, and if anyone asks you if you have heard anything interesting lately, and we spring to mind, won't you please pass the Succotash?

— Tyson Saner


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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Succotash Epi320: Special Guest: Christine Blackburn


Hello, gentle listener! Welcome to Episode 320 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. I'm Marc Hershon, your host for this latest stroll through Soundcastland.

If you happened to somehow miss last week’s Episode #319, entitled “Title Resonance” and masterfully curated by my counterpart and co-host, Tyson Saner, during which he played snippets for a trio of soundcast treats including Not Today, Thank YouStrong Songs, and Trashy Trashy, fear not! It is still within earshot for you through any one of a number of online distribution points, including (but not limited to) Apple & Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible.com, iHeart Radio, Podbay, Podchaser, Stitcher and, of course, our very own Island of Misfit Toys here on the Soundcast Sea at SuccotashShow.com.

For this week’s episode, I have no such bouquet of clippage to share with you because I am very happy to welcome a special guest in for a chat! This is Christine Blackburn’s first actual interview here, even though I’ve talked to her numerous times in the past as a friend of Succotash. Our first run-in was during the very first Los Angeles Podcast Festival – an event which lasted 5 years and then was eclipsed by some giant corporate entities’ moves to squelch the li’l guy.

We kept running into each other at subsequent Podcast Fests, and Christine was instrumental in helping to round up various and sundry soundcasters to come join me at the Succotash microphones we had set up. Her first soundcast is just slightly longer running than this one, called Story Worthy, and features guests telling stories in front of a live audience. She has also been running Story Smash, the story-telling game show soundcast. My most recent guest Blaine Capatch, is a frequent judge on that show.

And now she’s has just launched her newest soundcast called My Life in 3 Songs, featuring comedians talking about a trio of songs that heavily influenced their life and, often, careers.

Our chat took place a couple weeks ago, just before My Life in 3 Songs debuted on Spotify, so you’ll hear us talking about the fact the show is about to drop when, in fact, it is now available!

Our Succotash chat with Christine Blackburn is brought to you by out completely fake sponsor Henderson’s Pants, and the latest word on their new Summer Stock Slacks!

Thanks again to our guest, Christine Blackburn. Please check out ALL her soundcasts, won't you? Don’t forget to grab Succotash Epi321 next time around in this very same feed with Tyson Saner bringing the soundcastic magic to you. And remember: If you happen to be out on the open plains, running some cattle from Texas to Wyoming, and Cookie, the grizzled cook in the chuckwagon happens to ask if you’ve heard anything good lately, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon


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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Succotash Epi319: Title Resonance


Saluton, estas mi Tyson Saner welcoming you to Epi319 of Succotash. And thank you for making us your destination for this period of listening that you are currently embarking upon. This show started 11+ years ago as a way to feature comedy people and their podcasts, which we here at Succotash have been calling "soundcasts" as a way to attempt to separate the medium from the dead format known as the iPod that it is named for.

As time went on, the soundcast proliferated in a way that is still quite surprising at times. More's the merrier, more for show creator and executive producer Marc Hershon and myself to choose to listen to, take snippets from, and ultimately present a few of them to you, the listener. If this is the first soundcast that you've ever listened to I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing us.

I've got 3 clips to share with you, but first: I'd like to point out that last week in Episode #318 of Succotash, Mr. Hershon brought you a quadrilogy of clips from soundcasts that contain comedy AND sports, namely Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, Sportsfeld, The Grade Cricketer (that included guest commentary from our friend Jason "Jabs" McNamara (The DHead Factor, Boganwood) from Canberra, Australia), and View from the Cheap Seats. It is the first time in this show's history that it has featured an all-sports-related soundcast lineup, and I found it to be actually quite an interesting listen. You can find that episode in our show archive at www.succotashshow.com or pretty much wherever you might listen to soundcasts in your own personal future.

The clips I will be sharing with you this week are from the soundcasts called Jake Yapp presents: Not Today, Thank You, Strong Songs, and Trashy Trashy.
I feel like this episode is loaded with feminine energy, but I'm not sure that I am the best person to evaluate that. I will let the listener decide.

This episode is sponsored by Henderson's Pants new Pushover Pants, the perfect trouser for those who feel a mite unbalanced.

CLIPS

Jake Yapp Presents: Not Today, Thank You
A once-daily-now-occasional podcast featuring Jake Yapp, as seen and heard on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, Radio 4 and 6Music. Our clip hails from the episode that dropped on October 7th, 2020, with guest Ellen Rose entitled "Game Saves". Interestingly, there is no mention of Ms. Rose in the show description, nor is there any additional information about her…so I looked her up! According to a page on youtube.fandom.com/wiki/Icklenellierose she is listed as an "English YouTuber best known for being a host of Outside Xtra, as well as being a former host of Xbox On."

Strong Songs
Music: it's good. On each episode of Strong Songs, host Kirk Hamilton takes listeners inside a piece of music, breaking it down and figuring out what makes it work. This soundcast features the type of granular approach to music analysis that, as a lifelong music nerd, I appreciate a great deal. I took a clip from the August 11th, 2022, show entitled, "Help Me" by Joni Mitchell. (Host's note: I have listened to a few episodes of Strong Songs" and had been looking for an excuse to clip the show for our show. Thankfully, this episode I have clipped for you happened, and I could not resist the urge to clip this show any longer, as this is one of my all-time favorite songs!)

Trashy Trashy
I first featured a clip of Trashy Trashy's 3rd episode way back in August of 2020 and now, they have reached their 100th episode, and are steadily sailing ahead to their 200th, one would presume. Over the last 2 years, this soundcast has become one of my weekly regular listens that I try to make a point of getting to when it drops, usually on Monday of every week.

For those who have never heard it before, the description says: "A podcast for garbage people by garbage people. We cover trashy news stories.
Hosted by Cassandra Cardenes and Erika Curry.

This clip, featuring dog parks and their people, is from their episode 101, from August 8th of 2022, titled #NOTALLDRESSING - In which, its episode description is a repeat of the previously mentioned SHOW description. It also includes their social media links, and a series of links to all of the news stories they are sourcing for this particular episode, including the weekly inclusion of a "Dumpster Fire of the Week" story.

And that completes your journey through the selected bits of audio that other people took the time to commit to a more-or-less permanent format, that I have taken the time to commit to an additional more-or-less permanent format, that you have taken some of your time to listen to, and I am very grateful for that.

I am grateful for a great many things of late. I am grateful for the friends and family that I both have had and, through the recent nuptials of my brother, I now have. Or…I also have…now… Something like that. It was an amazing time seeing many people I had not for 20-30 years perhaps. It was amazing food and the ceremony was both very moving and succinct. I'm grateful that my parents were able to attend a marriage of their child, in their lifetime. I'm grateful for the furiously expanding amount of perspective that time and life has brung, and is bringing to me.

I can even say that I am grateful for the soundcast as a format. I don't know if any of my assorted audio content post-2002 would have even existed as it does had it not been for the soundcast. Much of it does directly because of the soundcast and because of other soundcasters sharing it with their listeners over the last significant portion of my life so far.

So, I can only close by saying "Thank you" to all involved, and to remind you that next week there will be something else for you to listen to: Epi320. It will most likely be hosted by Marc Hershon and will feature his interview with Christine Blackburn, friend of Succotash and host of the longer-running-than-our-show, Story Worthy, as well as the Story Smash soundcast game show, AND the brand new soundcast My Life in Three Songs!

So…if you enjoyed this, and somewhere out there in "The rest of YOUR life" - land someone should happen to ask you if you heard anything interesting or good lately, and we spring to mind…by all means tell them so. It's what we mean when we ask you to please pass the Succotash?

— Tyson Saner


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Monday, August 22, 2022

Succotash Epi318: 4 Good Sports


If this is your first time dropping in to listen to Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, welcome. If you’ve been this way before, welcome back! This is Episode, or “Epi” number 318 and I’m Marc Hershon, your guide for this week’s tour of comedy soundcast clips.

Not to be confused with your host for last week’s installment, Epi317. That would be Mr. Tyson Saner, a grand fellow in his own right. He presented a trio of soundcast clippage under the title “Reach Out and Clip Someone”. Those shows included The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)Mom Can't Cook!, and The Co-Founder. If you somehow missed the show last week, it’s still hanging around wherever you get your soundcasts. Places like Apple and/or Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Audible and, after a long break while we were boycotting them for their programming decisions, Succotash is back on Spotify, baby! Plus, as always, you can grab any of this show’s past 11 and a half years’-worth of episodes at our homesite, SuccotashShow.com.

But that was then, this is now, so let me tell you what I have in store for you. Of all the comedy sub-genres – crime, movie reviews, TV show rewatches, the paranormal, etc. – one that has gotten very little play on this show over the years has been sports/comedy or comedy/sports. Not for a lack of content – there are thousands of soundcasts with a sports bent to them. The truth is that I’m just not much of a sports fan. Any sports. And although some of my favorite funny people host or are featured guests on these shows, when I’ve tried to listen I pretty much don’t know the details that they get into around whatever the sport happens to be.

To be totally transparent, no one has ever written in or called the Succotash and Runaway Truck Ramp Hotline at 1-818-921-7212 to request clips from sports-based soundcasts. Nor have any of those shows sent in their own clips to our direct Hightail upload site, at hightail.com/u/Succotash. So have I been remiss? Sure. I’ll take the hit on that but Succotash is a two-way street – or soundcasts, rather – and if you let us know what you like to hear, don’t hesitate to reach out!

No matter! Today’s the day we make it all up with a quartet of sport-oriented soundcast clips! You’ll be hearing from the likes of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, Sportsfeld, The Grade Cricketer, and The View from the Cheap Seats. I will confess right now that I won’t pretend to know the intricacies of what’s being bandied about in these clips but for you sports fans out there, you won’t need my help. And, if like me, YOU’RE not a big sports fan, just sit back and relax. This won’t take long. PLUS we have a commercial from our favorite and only long-running sponsor, Henderson’ Pants new Drifter Chinos. If you love the romance of the open road, look out: Henderson’t rag pickers are out there, looking to get into your pants!

CLIPS

Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson
Who would have figured soundcasting would be the next best stop for heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson? Who in their right mind would tell the champ “no”? Not me! No, sir, no way! I understand from some friends of Succotash who have been guests on both our shows that the title isn’t so much about boxing as it is about being enclosed in a studio with a former pro boxer and a lot of herb being partaken of with very little ventilation. Back in July Mike had Bill Maher as his guest and they tore it up about religion, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and Marilyn Monroe. (Who’s coming at poor Marilyn Monroe after all these years? That would be Bill, of course…)

Sportsfeld
Here’s a clip where I am totally out of my depth. This is from Sportsfeld – “a sports podcast about nothing”, according to the show’s description on Apple Podcasts – and I think the hosts, Andrew Zuber and Jake Goldsbie are talking about soccer. Pretty sure. But the series in Canada they’re talking about was happening concurrently with a baseball series AND a hockey series. For this clip I purposefully left off whatever set-up there was, just to see if you’re as lost as I am…

The Grade Cricketer
This next clip may be a bit out of reach for listeners who are even die hard sports fans in North America. The show The Grade Cricketer and it’s about – you guessed it – cricket. To start with, I’d never heard of the term “grade cricket” and had to look it up. Here’s the definition on Wikipedia: “Grade cricket, also known as Premier Cricket is the name of the senior inter-club or district cricket competitions in each of the Australian states and territories.” There were originally three hosts of the show, all cricket writers in Australia: Sam Perry, Dave Edwards, and Ian Higgins. These lads have even written books about the topic, although I was sad to hear that Dave went his own way in 2020 to focus on other things.

Anyway, I could barely understand what they’re saying, let alone what their cricket references are about. So I reached out to an one of our oldest friends of the soundcasts: Jabs (Jason McNamara) of the old DHead Factor soundcast down in Canberra, Australia to give me his thoughts on The Grade Cricketer. Thanks, Jabs!

View from The Cheap Seats
Our final clip is from a show by a couple of guys I’ve met peripherally, years ago, at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. We’ve featured them before from the great soundcast they do along with Daniel Van Kirk called Dumb People Town. I’m talking about the Sklar Brothers, Randy and Jason. These guys are totally into sports and they get to let it shine nowadays in their other soundcast called View from the Cheap Seats. In this clip they’re talking about MVPs and champinoships and other things I don’t get, along with their guest – another friend of Succotash – the great Wayne Federman.

That’s going to do it for our sports clip-related show. If you’re a sports fan I hope I didn’t ruin it for you, but I just don’t get it. Or them. I’m a nerd, and a dweeb, and I prefer a good game of Dungeons & Dragons to watching the Super Bowl. But I recognize the importance of sports in our international zeitgeist so please enjoy.

Listener, you are always welcome to send email into either me, at m-a-r-c@SuccotashShow.com OR Tyson Saner at t-y-s-o-n@SuccotashShow.com

Jump into this feed next week for Epi319 when Tyson  returns with more soundcastic wonderfulness. If you’re looking for more entertainments, I do an editorial cartoon for the Half Moon Bay Review weekly newspaper which you can find online at http://hmbreview.com and just click on the Opinion section in the pulldown menu.

Other than that, if you find yourself pushing a cart down the aisle in your neighborhood grocery store and a kindly senior citizen is heading your way from the other end of the aisle and stops you to ask, “Have you heard anything good lately?”, won’t you please pass the Succotash?

— Marc Hershon


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Succotash Epi317: Reach Out And Clip Someone


Saluton, estas mi Tyson Saner, your host for this episode of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, a soundcast that invented the word "soundcast" which is, sadly, still what most people refer to "podcasts" as…which is also what THIS is, as anybody who has listened to this program over its last 11 years already knows.

Last week, in Epi316, show creator and executive producer Marc Hershon brought you an interview with Blaine Capatch who, in addition to being a standup comedian, is also a writer, a sketch performer, a husband, a father, a son, and a man who plays a druid character on the soundcast Nerd Poker, which has been featured on Succotash quite a few times over the years. It's a pretty fun episode and I recommend that you check it out at your earliest convenience.

You can find that episode and every episode of Succotash in the show archives over at www.succotashshow.com

This week, in an episode entitled, "Reach Out And Clip Someone", I've got three clips for you from the soundcasts known as The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly), Mom Can't Cook! A DCOM Podcast, and The Co-Founder.

This episode is brought to you by our 100% fake sponsor "Henderson's Pants"  and their new Passive Aggressive Pants, for when you just can't take it any more…but don't want anyone to know for sure.

CLIPS

The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)
From the show detail: "The podcast that takes karaoke exactly as seriously as it should be taken." Hosts Adam Wainwright and Ed Cunard discuss an aspect of karaoke or music, and play a short round of trivia on that topic, where one of them challenges the other with five questions related to the topic, along with an Impossible Bonus question. Then they're joined by someone with a connection to that topic—and feature that guest singing karaoke (when possible…) Our clip springs from a recent episode drop on July 27th, 2022: "Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Karaoke Singers: The Villains of Karaoke with Tiana Hennings (of the Next Door Villain soundcast). She has her own karaoke villain up her sleeve, but also some great stories about singing karaoke in China while studying abroad, what karaoke is like for the more casual karaoke fan, and how it’s a great way to get out into a new place you’re living and meet people.

Mom Can't Cook! (A DCOM Podcast)
Join hosts Luke Westaway and Andy Farrant for their brand new podcast Mom Can’t Cook! in which they attempt to salvage something, anything from the fact that they’ve watched every single Disney Channel Original Movie from the late 90s and early 2000s. The title of their show comes from the premise that the mom character in the film is usually unable to cook, and this is considered richly comic. Our featured clip comes from their recently released premier episode "Smart House", from July 18th of this year. (The plot of this epic tale is that a young boy wins an intelligent house of the future, which starts off by stealing some of his blood, and then things go downhill from there.) The clip takes from the hosts' discussion of the capabilities of the "Smart House".

The Co-Founder
Starring Sunita Mani and Alexandra Shipp, two young start-up founders, both women of color, are on the brink of losing their company; a fate they narrowly avoid thanks to a hairbrained scheme to have their neighborhood barista— a white dude, of course— pretend to be the third founder in order to raise money. But when the barista reveals he has a scheme of his own to keep the company in his clutches, hijinks and hilarity ensue. The Co-Founder is a Realm production, starring Sunita Mani and Alexandra Shipp, and written by Alexis Wilkinson, Alexa Wejko, and Mimi Mondal.

Which brings us neatly to the end of the show that I put together for you, the listener. I do hope something in the program caught your attention and perhaps has carved out a niche in your time for another listen. I also hope you listen to us in the future should you continue to have niches in your schedule freely available to you that you would share with us.

I spoke earlier in the program about spending a little more time with some people that life, in the fashion in which my particular existence seems to be unfolding, has separated me from, and they from me. It seems to be the way of things. I bring it up because this coming weekend which will be the 20th and 21st of August, 2022, my brother is getting married. It's a pretty amazing time all around this year. Weddings have always given me a boost of optimism and this one does especially because I am so close to the people in question.

That's pretty much how it works…the life experiences that are subjective to one's own particular perspective.
I don't know anything about you, but when you have hope, I am happy for you. It might seem hard to find hope, but it is there to be had if you are open to it.

That all being said, I hope that you feel compelled to tell others of our existence. You'd be doing us a really big favor. It's what we are referring to when we ask you to "Please pass the Succotash."

— Tyson Saner


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