90% of my time with earplugs in is listening to Podcasts. Music is on for when I’m working and need to focus, but if I’m walking around, commuting, doing work around the house – I’ve got a podcast on. And 90% of the podcasts I listen to are “comedy” podcasts. Almost all comedians lately have been starting podcasts as a direct connection to their audience and it helps a lot when they’re doing standup dates.
The article below lists 8 of the top comedy podcasts and I listen to 5 of them as soon as they’re available.
1. WTF – Marc Maron does really great one on one podcasts with comedians and gives you an hour-long glimpse into the personalities behind the celebrity you see in movies and on tv. He’s a great interviewer and is very open with his own personal life as well. I even subscribed to his back catalog of some of his first shows so I could listen to the controversial interviews with Carlos Mencia, Dane Cook and Robin Williams. Twice a week. http://www.wtfpod.com/
2. Comedy Bang! Bang! – Formerly known as Comedy Death Ray podcast, this brings in a lot of improv and comedians from LA and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theatre. More than just interviews, there’s some hilarious improv games and people do characters on the show that are hilarious. Definitely download any show that Andy Daly appears on. My favorite is #94 with Andy Daly and Ben Schwartz – I’ve listened to it at least 20 times. What’s up hotdog? Posted every Monday morning. http://www.earwolf.com/show/comedy-bang-bang-podcast/
3. Adam Carolla Show – the one that started it all for me. Back when Adam Carolla was on Free FM radio, they also put out a podcast of the show and I listened to that every day for 2 years. After the radio show was cancelled, Adam turned to podcasting, bringing his audience and instantly becoming one of the most downloaded shows. Now he’s got the Guinness World Record for most downloaded podcasts and has become the show that’s blazing the trail for others to replicate. After years of listening his stories and rants are getting repetitive, but he really excels in his long-form One On One interviews. The show is usually a review of a couple news items (nothing too heavy) and a guest with a wide range of subjects. This one’s daily, so set your subscription feeds in iTunes. http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/
4. Doug Loves Movies – the famous pot head, Doug Benson (Super High Me) hosts a weekly podcast from the UCB theatre with a wide range of comedians and movie stars. A short discussion of recent movie watching followed by a humorous and competitive trivia game, the Leonard Maltin Game, guessing movie titles based on a cast listing. This is posted on Friday, for your weekend listening while you do house projects. http://douglovesmovies.com/
6. Pod F. Tompkast – Paul F. Tompkins is one of the regulars on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast above and he has just finished his first year of podcasting, putting one out monthly. His podcast is wide ranging with clips from his standup show, phone conversations/stories with his close comedian friend, Jen Kirkman as well as a story of characters (Ice T, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, John C Reilly, John Lithgow, Cake Boss, others…) all voiced by Paul F. His laugh is infectious. This comes out monthly, but is on a break right now, gearing up for the second “season”. Listen to the first year show once you get familiar with his work on Comedy Bang! Bang! http://pft.libsyn.com/
Other podcasts that are currently on my iPhone are:
* The ABC’s of SNL – Kevin Smith (who has at least a dozen podcasts of his own) interviews Jon Lovitz about his start at SNL and what went on behind the scenes. There’s been 2 episodes so far and they’re very interesting if you’re an SNL devotee.
* The Best of the UFC – video interviews and clips from UFC fights and fighters
* Best of YouTube – some of the best viral videos from YouTube
* ESPN: The B.S. Report – Bill Simmons does great interviews from the sports world and tv/comedy. I don’t listen to the sports ones unless it’s a sport I’m really interested in. But he usually has a lot of SNL staffers on, Adam Carolla, and occasionally does a breakdown of a few reality tv shows (my favourite episodes) with Dave Jacoby, the self-dubbed “Czar of Reality TV”. Download every episode that Chuck Klosterman is on – he’s such a great interview. http://espn.go.com/espnradio/show?showId=bsreport
* Fitzdog Radio – another standup, he does a show on Sirius XM radio and then usually follows it up with a podcast. Lots of great comedians on the show.
* Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler – Aisha Tyler has been one of my favourite female comedians and she’s typically described herself as a guy’s girl. She drinks, plays video games, watches sports and likes burping and farting – not a dainty lady. She’s just starting out and episode #4 with Adam Carolla as a guest has me interested enough to keep listening.
There’s a few that I just added and haven’t had the time to listen to yet but I’m hopeful they’re decent
* Back to Work – Merlin Mann talks productivity, software and other things. I’ve listened to one show so far and it has possible potential. Not a gripping show, but decent background listening.
* Mohr Stories – Jay Mohr’s recent start
* The Smartest Man in the World – Greg Proops, from “Whose Line is it” fame is a very interesting guy and definitely smart and somewhat eclectic.
* The Todd Glass Show – a funny comedian, he makes lots of appearances on Doug Loves Movies, Comedy Bang! Bang and others, now trying it himself. Subaru!
What are some of your favourite podcasts? Let me know in the comments.
I came across this FREE app for the iPhone the other day, and I’m loving it. It’s a game changer. The best way I’d describe it is similar to what Flipboard is for reading, Showyou is the same for videos.
Once you install the app, connect to your Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, other accounts and any videos your friends post to share with you appear in the Showyou feed. You can then watch those videos immediately, or do like I do and add them to the Watch Later queue. It’s great because it’s customized videos that your friends share with you, but you can choose to watch it when you want. You might not want to watch your nephew’s first bike ride at the office, but you can queue it up to watch at home. I can also watch the videos on my AppleTV via AirPlay. The iPad version of the app is even cooler. It even suggests videos that are viral and getting a lot of plays so you can keep up with all the internet trends.
I’m really happy with this app, but I’ve got some changes I’d like to see made.
1. Change that icon – The Showyou icon looks so flat and simple geometric, a 5 year old could have made it.
2. Add the ability to add to the Watch Later queue without having to click on the video preview first. This is my typical usage and it’s a lot of forward, add, backward clicks to get it in the queue.
3. Implement a true start to finish watching queue. You have to watch a video, start another once it’s done, then start another once it’s done, then start another. I want to go into my Watch Later queue, hit play, output it to AppleTV and watch everything in the queue start to finish.
I really like this app, it’s got a lot of potential, and it’s giving me relative video to watch during the slow summer tv schedule.
Today’s another day that causes Apple fanboys like myself to spring out of bed and bite their nails until 1PM EST. It’s announcement day! New product reveals. I’m expecting to see the following announced today:
- Obviously the iPad 2.
- iOS 4.3 finally released (Please Rogers, don’t block or charge for Wifi Hotspot ability)
- Preview of Lion (OSX 10.7)
- And maybe the classic “One more thing”?
I was really aiming to pick up the new iPad release. I’ve been waiting since before Xmas since I didn’t want to buy the old tech. But from recent whispers, it sounds like there’s an iPad 3 on the way later this year and I should wait until then.
A secret source states…
“For the iPad 2 don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.”
Here’s links to all the liveblogging action so you can follow along live…
Update after the event:
iPad 2 was revealed, as expected. The fact that it’s now 33% thinner (8.8mm) is very impressive – it’s thinner than my iPhone 4. The front and back cameras are a great addition – I look forward to future FaceTime sessions with family members. But as expected, the screen resolution remains the same. That’s the one reason while I’ll wait until September (rumoured timeframe) for iPad 3. Both white & black colours – I think I’ll stick with the black. The iMovie update is a good update. It had some major holes that other apps were filling. GarageBand isn’t exciting for me as I’m braindead when it comes to making music.
iOS4.3 – AirPlay will be useful – I can now push the video from my iPhone onto the AppleTV. This is great for when I load videos for my daughter. And now any songs or videos in my iTunes library can be streamed to my iPhone. I was looking for a solution to this for a while. Air Video Server solved that problem for me, but this will be good for video podcasts I’d like to watch that aren’t sync’d to my phone.
I came across this really cool idea a couple guys made for the iPhone. Since the iPhone is a HD video camera and 5MP still camera, it’s very powerful just as a camera. But…there’s no way to mount it on anything to stabilize it. Until now. These 2 guys designed some prototypes of a mount, tested a few through digital 3D printing and came across a final design. Selling individual orders and getting the company is a gamble starting it up, to see if there’s a demand. Kickstarter.com takes that risk away. For the Glif, the guys figured it would take $10,000 to get the project off the ground. A fair amount, when you’re selling the item for only $20. Kickstarter allows people to enter an intent to purchase the item, should the baseline funds (10K) get raised. You’re not charged if the minimum amount is raised, the product doesn’t get launched and everyone launched. The guys were hopeful that they could raise $10,000 of orders, and the Glif because so in-demand, they ended up getting pledged purchases of over $137,000. Over 5,000 people wanted to buy the Glif even before it was produced. Quite a successful launch story. So now, the Glif is going into production, and within a few weeks, I’ll have a handy iPhone 4 mount to produce more stable video and photos.
Check out the video below and go visit the project at Glif – iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand. I love the “Royal Tenenbaum’s” style of the video and font.