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Marc Hershon

Podcast Review: Mohr Stories with Jay Mohr

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.29.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

One of the treats of a comedy podcast hosted by a comedian who often has other comedians as guests is that it is frequently funny. That's probably the...

Podcast Review: Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.22.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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.

Podcast Review: Bad 4 Business with Jerry Ferrara

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

If you're a fan of HBO's late series Entourage, you probably have been lying awake nights wondering, "Whatever became of the guy who played Turtle?" R...

Podcast Review: Harmontown Epi110 with Dana Carvey (and Tenacious D)

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.08.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

The podcast known as Harmontown is writer/show runner Dan Harmon's little corner of the world (along with Community and Rick & Morty and their attendant fan bases.)

Podcast Review: Kumail Nanjiani's The X-Files Files

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.02.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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.

Podcast Review: Judge John Hodgman: Hunter-Gaveler

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.25.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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.

Podcast Review: WTF Episode 514 - The Amazing Johnathan

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.17.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

It wasn't my intention to cover Marc Maron's WTF podcast so soon after the last time but that's before I knew he was going to have the Amazing Johnathan on this episode.

Big Brother Brands

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.18.2014 | Business
Marc Hershon

Such companies exist in every industry. But what factors -- besides their seeming unquenchable desire to acquire other companies -- make us think that they are exhibiting Big Brother-ish behavior?

Podcast Review: The New Phil Hendrie Show

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.12.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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.

Movie Review: I Am Road Comic

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.10.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

It's been four years since comedian-turned-commercial-filmmaker Jordan Brady used the low-budget documentary I Am Comic to give us a glimpse of what the world of stand-up looks like from the inside

Podcast Review: WTF with Marc Maron and Guest David Huntsberger

Marc Hershon | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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.

Podcast Review: It's That Episode With Craig Rowin

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.27.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

It's been awhile since It's That Episode with Craig Rowin moved from the now-defunct Splitsider Podcast Network to the Nerdist Network. So high time t...

Podcast Review: Greg Proops' The Smartest Man In The World

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.23.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

His Whose Line Is It Anyway chops brought it back around with flip and hilarious answers to questions from the crowd, which then fled into the night having been charmed by a true Master of the Spew.

Podcast Review: Kumail Nanjiani's X Files Files

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.13.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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.

Gottfried's Gotta Podcast

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.06.2014 | Comedy
Marc Hershon

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?

Taking New Car Names for a Spin

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Marc Hershon

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show recently wrapped up in Switzerland, having rolled out a spectacle of both new car models and speculative concept cars as we...

Burning Candy

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Marc Hershon

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."

Love, Sex & Missed Connections (Film Review)

Marc Hershon | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Is 2013 The Year of the Kickstarted Movie? True, movies both short and long have been funded in whole or in part by the Kickstarter website before this year.

Reupholster Your Ears (Music Review)

Marc Hershon | Posted 07.01.2012 | San Francisco
Marc Hershon

When I found a five-song CD entitled Inhale Slowly by Tim White and Joe Paulino, I was intrigued. It was familiar, yet was different in ways I was having trouble putting my finger on.

Goodbye to the Nice Guy With the Crazy Eyes

Marc Hershon | Posted 10.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

2011-08-15-Screenshot20110815at1.19.20PM.jpg A garrulous performer, Vic Dunlop was one of a small collection of satchel-toting prop comics who tended to use his powers for good

This Old Guy Walks Into a Comedy Club...

Marc Hershon | Posted 10.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Richard Carter, 1920-2011 I just learned that Richard Carter passed away at the age of 91 last month, over across the bay in Concord, CA. He was a wa...

The Truth Just Might Be in Here

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.08.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Full disclosure: I'm a huge conspiracy buff. Not in the sense that I believe in UFOs, hybrid alien-human star babies, FEMA death camps or many of the...

Brands Just Want to Be Friends

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Hershon

Just as protecting one's good brand name requires attention, companies need to also be aware of how their name is being used -- and recognize when it may be time to get a little friendlier.

How iPad Is Naming the Game

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marc Hershon

Lots of pundits took their potshots at the iPad as it was first coming to market in early last year. Now, a year later, with Apple reportedly having sold 15 million of the devices, no one's laughing.

Tiger's Brand Bogey

Jonathan Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Littman

What's the real business lesson in Tiger's astonishingly precipitous fall from grace? In the age of the personal brand, Twitter and real-time, one major misstep can cost you a fortune.