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Marc Hershon
Marc Hershon is a branding expert who helped to create the names for BlackBerry, Swiffer, nüvi and many other hit products over the past 25 years. Currently the Senior Manager of Naming & Writing at Landor in San Francisco, CA, Hershon also co-authored the business book, I Hate People! Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job (Little, Brown and Company). In addition, he's the host/executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.

Entries by Marc Hershon

Podcast Review: The John Dredge Nothing to Do With Anything Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 9:52 AM

In a podcast world of longform interviews and multi-voiced chatterings, The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show is a long-titled breath of fresh air. This week kicks off the fourth season of the show -- it's from England and, similar to BBC television, each season is...

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Podcast Review: WTF with guest President Obama

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:39 AM

Yes, Obama said the N-word. But I'll get to that in a minute. The main thing is that it feels like podcasting just leveled up this week. Not that President Obama hasn't ever been on a podcast before. Heck, he started out having his own when he first...

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Podcast Review: A Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 9:45 AM

2015-06-19-1434684494-5797336-twilight_world.jpegNormally I'd review a single episode of a new podcast but that's not happening this time around, because A Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness is a 6-episode mini-series produced by David Wilcox which, like a series by Netflix, was released all...

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Podcast Review: Pistol Shrimps Radio

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 10:04 AM

2015-06-12-1434117601-5858742-pistolshrimps.jpegThere's a new podcast, Pistol Shrimps Radio (eight episodes so far), that's the answer to the prayers of listeners who love the action of women's rec league basketball.

Sort of.

The LA-based Pistol Shrimps really exist (as featured in a

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Podcast Reviews: The Late Show Podcast and Mike and Tom Eat Snacks

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 6:36 PM

2015-06-05-1433543507-5526733-late_show.jpegDavid Letterman has said his last goodbyes and his show's set in the Ed Sullivan Theatre has been carted off, consigned to the showbiz Dumpster. Next up is Stephen Colbert, who is busy running test shows, whipping his writers into a frenzy to...

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Podcast Reviews: Henry and Heidi AND The Pauly Shore Podcast Show

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:15 AM

2015-05-29-1432912200-8356545-hh.jpegPodcasting is open to any and all, illustrated again recently by the entrance of musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist Henry Rollins, with his Henry & Heidi show hitting podcastland about 6...

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Podcast Review: The Smartest Man in the World, Coyotes

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 11:42 AM

2015-05-15-1431704298-6960555-proops.jpegConsistently funny and semi-educational (even the host disclaims the source of some of the information he spouts during the course of The Smartest Man in the World), host Greg Proops holds his own for an hour and a half of his...

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Podcast Review: Kill Me Now with Judy Gold

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 11:07 AM

2015-05-09-1431183702-8762849-kill_me_now.jpegNormally, when a new podcast hits the web, standard practice used to be to give it a few installments to find its voice. Not so much any more. Case in point is this week's new entry Kill Me Now, hosted by...

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Podcast Review: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, LIVE with Lewis Black

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 4:51 PM

2015-05-03-1430685643-7228276-GGACP.jpegIt seems I just recently reviewed Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast but I'm doing it again so soon because I simply couldn't resist his latest offering. A LIVE team-up of epic proportions in front of an audience at Caroline's in New...

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Podcast Review: First Laughs With Jason Crane

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 11:18 AM

2015-04-25-1429974895-749223-first_laughs.jpegComedy -- and comedians -- have been a large portion of podcasting since the inception of the medium. In fact, podcastery has turned out to be a major haven for standup comedians who have wanted and needed a place to showcase their material...

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Podcast Review: To The Manor Borne By Robots

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 2:48 PM

It's great discovering new entries to Podcastland, particularly those that push the boundaries of what we get to hear. While To The Manor Borne By Robots is largely comedy-flavored, it is also by turns social commentary, science fiction, mystery,...

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Podcast Review: How Did This Get Made? Lake Placid: LIVE!

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 1:10 PM

If you love to hate bad movies, you're likely already on the beam with How Did This Get Made? Hosted by Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukis, and June Diane Raphael. This podcast set the standard for bashing crappy cinema. Usually, the episodes happen in the dank depths of an...

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Podcast Review: 'Yo, Is This Racist?'

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 12:45 PM

Andrew Ti's two-and-a-half-year-old podcast -- Yo, Is This Racist? -- has broken a couple of expectations of the medium. It's a pretty damn funny show hosted by a guy with no previous performing chops and the subject matter is that uncomfortable type of ballsy: Ti and his guests...

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Podcast Reviews: We Got This and Always Been Silly

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 2:43 AM

What do you do when you're a regular cast member on a popular podcast that's about to close down its phenomenal run? For Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin, fixtures on The Thrilling Adventure Hour (not to mention regular turns on Drunk...

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Branding: What's The Story?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 7:41 PM

How does the story of a brand get told in a way that doesn't come across sounding like so much hype and hot air?

Think. Creativity. Innovation. Storytelling.

What do these four words have in common? Lots of things, really, but the answer I'm looking for is that they all...

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Podcast Review: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Since starting his Amazing Colossal Podcast 10 months and 42 episodes ago, comedian Gilbert Gottfried has played host to a pretty amazing retinue of show biz folk -- including Danny Aiello, David Steinberg, Barbara Felton, Adam West, Frankie Avalon -- the list is mind-boggling.

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Podcast Review: The David Feldman Show

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 9:23 AM

David Feldman is a sterling example of a comedian and writer who, despite his success in mainstream media -- he's won a trio each of Prime Time Emmys and Writers Guild Awards, has written for a pile of TV shows, like Roseanne and Real Time with Bill Maher, as well...

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Podcast Review: Proudly Resents w/ Guest Todd Yasui

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Adam Spiegelman, host of podcasting's Proudly Resents, recently threw the format for his show -- reviewing and rehashing bad "guilty pleasure" movies with guest comedians and commentators -- into a blender and hit "frappé". He's stepped up the level...

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Podcast Review: WTF -- Remembering Harris Wittels

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Host Marc Maron had the late Harris Wittels as a guest in "the garage" for episode 424 of WTF less than two years ago, back in September of 2013. The day after Wittels was found dead, Maron reposted that interview.


"This is...

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Podcast Review: Batman: The Animated Podcast

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Podcastland continues to amaze in many ways, including its ability to appeal to niche tastes on a gargantuan level. Did you know, for instance, there are over 15 different podcast series devoted - in some way, shape, or form - to Batman, the Caped Crusader? That number includes Star Trek...

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