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

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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 round should prove to be every bit as bizarre as all the rest.

Podcast Review: WTF with guest President Obama

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Now, about that N-word. Naturally, the fact that the President utters it has mostly been taken out of context: "Obama said the n-word!" Frankly, in the way it's being used -- as a reference, really -- there's been a lot more made of it than needed.

Podcast Review: A Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

There are some great running elements in the show, like Willis' fixation on his "Robe And Slippers Cruise" promotion that proves to be his undoing, and his escalating feud with the station manager. There's a passing resemblance to Steve Coogan's Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge BBC TV series from 1994, but this is a whole new treat for the podcasting medium.

Podcast Review: Pistol Shrimps Radio

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

There'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.

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

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

David 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 generate material.

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

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

This episode has Rollins recounting the journey through adolescence he had, and Mr. Pepperman, the teacher and influential figure that helped him gain confidence and self-esteem, as well as the physique he became recognized for as the lead singer for Black Flag.

Podcast Review: The Smartest Man in the World, Coyotes

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

It's always kind of a challenge to put a pin in the podcast enough to nail anything resembling main topic, as Proops is the master of tangential monologue. Which is a bit of an amazing feat for someone to pull off who is only talking by themselves.

Podcast Review: Kill Me Now with Judy Gold

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.09.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Her debut guest is comedian and writer Frank Conniff and, along with co-host/board op Lauren Hennessey, the trio makes their way hilariously through the kind of technical glitches and awkwardness almost every podcast is prone to in the early going.

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

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

It 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 York, featuring Gottfried and fellow comedian Lewis Black.

Podcast Review: First Laughs With Jason Crane

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Host Jason Crane is an experienced podcaster (he's hosted over 450 episodes of The Jazz Session) but a brand new standup. Very new. And he's launched First Laughs as a way to chronicle his foray into the art form.

Podcast Review: To The Manor Borne By Robots

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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, intrigue, with a helping of noir narrative ladled over the top.

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

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

If you're a fan of Lake Placid, I dare you to mount a sensible defense against this show's hilarious onslaught. And yet, I am strangely driven to see it again...

Podcast Review: 'Yo, Is This Racist?'

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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 pretty uncomfortable.

Podcast Reviews: We Got This and Always Been Silly

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Someone from the local paper was in attendance and wrote an extensive story on the incident. The rest of the show takes off from there, with the hosts Wold and O'Connell chiming in with stories that are brought mind by the guest's adventures. The episodes are not very long but they are, as advertised, always silly.

Branding: What's The Story?

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Marc Hershon

Ultimately, whether your brand's story is a Cinderella tale, a superhero's origin, or a timeless epic that people will talk about for generations, as the storyteller, it's imperative that you learn how to tell the story in a way that will capture the hearts and minds of anyone.

Podcast Review: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Since starting his Amazing Colossal Podcast ten 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.

Podcast Review: The David Feldman Show

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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 ...

Podcast Review: Proudly Resents w/ Guest Todd Yasui

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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".

Podcast Review: WTF -- Remembering Harris Wittels

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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.

Podcast Review: Batman: The Animated Podcast

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Is Batman a comedy podcast per se? Not exactly, but it passes the sniff test because it's hosted by a comic performer who knows how to insert laughs along the way.

Podcast Review: The PO'DCast with Dennis Miller & Adam Carolla

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Considering that both of these guys have platforms from which to spew their views, this is like a DC/Marvel comic crossover of legendary proportion. This week was only the second edition of their mashup, and one gets the feeling that the two hosts are politely feeling out the edges of each other's hot buttons.

Podcast Review: The Pauly Shore Podcast Show

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Pauly Shore's back and podcasting's got him...again. This freewheeling comedian -- and scion of The Comedy's Store's owner Mitzi Shore -- recently launched The Pauly Shore Podcast Show as part of the Podcast One network.

Podcast Review: 'Nerdist' Episode 627 with Bill Gates

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Host Chris Hardwick and his two co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, are granted a 40-minute audience with Gates, somewhere in the bowels of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HQ in Seattle.

Podcast Review: No Such Thing As A Fish

Marc Hershon | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

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.

Podcast Review: The Bugle #263: #JeSuisCharlie

Marc Hershon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

In the light of last week's tragic massacre in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, I wanted to see how a news-oriented comedy podcast would handle the event.