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.
When Marc Maron started the WTF podcast, his guests were mostly friends from the comedy world and some other comedians he didn't know so well. Now that he's passed 500 episodes, he's run through a lot of people.
So why does this qualify as a comedy podcast? Because it's damned funny! The analysis and review of the episode turns out to be a field ripe with comedic possibilities, which are fully exploited in the course of the show.
It was just a matter of time, really, before Gilbert Gottfried got into the podcasting game. We couldn't expect him to keep that trademark cackling laugh restricted to the odd roast or obscure gig forever, could we?
A little over a month ago, the Skittles hit the fan when the Internet discovered that King.com Limited had trademarked the word "candy." Reaction ranged from "all other games with candy in their titles were in trouble" to "no one on Earth could ever utter the word candy again."