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 to check in and see how Rowin's premise -- let's watch episodes of peoples' favorite TV shows then describe, discuss, and deconstruct them for the listener -- is holding up.
His guest this week is author, humor writer, and magazine editor Mike Sacks, who brings us the gift of Chris Elliott in the form of "Zoo Animals On Wheels", an episode of Elliott's short-lived FOX sitcom Get A Life. Sacks is a very particular student of comedy, having authored two books (And Here's The Kicker and the just-released Poking A Dead Frog) devoted to interviewing comedians and comedy writers.
As he and Rowin pick their way through the episode -- which we don't get to hear, unfortunately -- their discussion covers Elliott's contributions to Late Night with David Letterman, his Adult Swim TV series Eagleheart and everything in between. (Including the often-maligned film Cabin Boy. Spoiler Alert: Sacks loves it.)
Sacks has a knack for getting in the minutia of why Elliott's humor works... and even why it only seems to work on a select group of hardcore comedy fans. Hint: To get the most from this episode, try watching "Zoo Animals On Wheels" first. It's available on YouTube. Worked for me!
This review originally posted as part of This Week In Comedy Podcasts on Splitsider.com. Marc Hershon is host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.