One could have, perhaps, predicted the glut of pop culture-oriented podcasts that have sprung up. Hell, it's the linchpin for the recently launched WolfPop network of shows. Less understandable (at least to me) is the rise of the trivia-oriented podcast. Especially trivia AND comedy.
Podcasting once again shows off its prowess as a medium that's versatile enough to pull off the unexpected without a whole lot of hassle and difficulty with TWO adjacent episodes of The New Hollywood Podcast, hosted by Brian Flaherty, that both dropped this week.
Each month the show's creators, Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell, stir a pot of lively discussions featuring journalists and comedians. This month it's Hal Cruttenden, Michael Deacon, Jo Jo Smith and first-timer James O'Brien (who normally serves as the host for the show.)
The guests that pass through the portals of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn run the gamut of show business and the conversations can get serious. Still, given the host's comedy connections, no one would debate that his show counts as a comedy podcast.
As we round on the end of another year, it's worth noting that podcasts are drawing guests of increasingly notable status. (True, a number of them think they're doing a radio interview but, that aside, the pool is getting deeper and more interesting.)
Eschewing a cardinal unspoken rule of traditional radio, "Thou shalt not eat on the air", Grabbing Lunch's Matt Knudsen tucks into the midday meal at different restaurants and chats amidst the clatter of tableware and the chatter of nearby diners.
The absence of music makes the show move superfast, at a pace "regular" podcasts would be hard-pressed to match. What Fernando and Greg may lack in podcast quirkiness is more than made up for with caffeinated, high energy, radio hijinks.
In the world of comedy podcasts, there are actually very few that talk about how to do comedy. And, while Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane isn't an instructional "how to" course about improvisational comedy, there is a lot to be learned -- and some laughs along the way.
Nanjiani's fanboy excitement is palpable at times as Haglund spins out tales from behind the scenes of the episode. And there are a few Easter eggs revealed that fans of the show never knew to look for before.
Some of the most fun in these episodes is after the judgement is rendered, when Hodgman and his bailiff, Maximum Fun's Jesse Thorn, are relaxing in chambers with a stiff drink, smooth jazz, and a few followup cases to comment on.
What's so new about The New Phil Hendrie Show, especially if it's already up to Episode 157 as of Monday this past week? The fact is that Hendrie is now a podcaster as opposed to being a broadcaster, which he was since 1973 when he got his first terrestrial radio gig outside Orlando, Florida.