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Plop of The Week: Sklarbro Country #98

A few current prolific comedians joined forces this past week for some fun podcastery (made-up work alert!). The way-out-there but always working, Reggie Watts, brought his brand of comedic magic to the calming shores of Sklarbro Country. The hard working duo in their own right, Randy and Jason Sklar, create an excellent messing around space for guests and having Watts in the fold was a fun experiment. Here are a few more thoughts about Sklarbro Country #98 for Splitsider's "This Week In Comedy Podcasts" post:

Worlds collide with the latest Sklarbro Country episode when musical comedy genius, Reggie Watts, visits the hardest working comedy duo. Before Watts checks in, The Sklar Brothers show off their bounty of “week-of” sports jokes. Showing off their topical range, they manage to sneak in a great Sklarbrotration segment dissing Lil’ Wayne, complete with a Hatfield and McCoy reference. Once Watts steps in, the show really gets going with a steady stream of riffing. Watts is a natural partner-in-crime for the brothers. They kick-start it with several minutes of overanalyzing Watts’ infamous golf sweater. The Sklars make the sports connection with Watts through a fun sports anthem discussion. They explore the process of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army becoming a sports anthem. Then Watts gives it a try himself, creating a brand new haphazard Dodgers’ anthem. Other gems include a highly inappropriate but hilarious brainstorming session about Native American restaurants and Y2K Museums. Plus, there’s another quality appearance by Tiger Woods (the always on point Chris Cox). There’s a lot packed into the episode, the only way the brothers know how to operate. The Sklars continue to show why they’re the masters of fun with the ability to bring anyone into the sports fold and their awesome house of riffing.

Here are the rest of the Splitsider crews' picks for the week. I'm happy another seemingly oddball pairing of Bills Simmons and Lena Dunham made the list (nice one, Samantha!):

WTF with Marc Maron #287 – Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis, Josie Long, Neal Brennan
Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank #62 "L.A. Story" – Steve Rannazzisi, Cort McCown
Comedy Bang! Bang! #162 – Andy Samberg, Adam Pally
Sklarbro Country #98 – Reggie Watts and Chris Cox
My Brother, My Brother and Me #108
Proudly Resents "Shakes the Clown" – Bobcat Goldthwait
The Best Show on WFMU #500 - John Hodgman, Ted Leo, Julie Klausner, Sam Seder, Jason Woliner
The B.S. Report – Lena Dunham

Honorable mentions from the Splitsider crew this week include Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #60, Walking The Room #107 (Jake Johannsen), The Champs (Trevor Noah) and WTF with Marc Maron #268 (Kurt Braunohler).


A Bit of Catch Up

Travels and other projects took me away from Plop List for a bit but we should have a new batch of shows added to the directory very soon. You can stop the Comedy Podcast bum rush.

Here's the list of podcast picks from the Splitsider "Week In Comedy Podcasts" crew from April 26th:

The Mike O'Meara Show #562 "Jalapeno & Cheese Flavor"
Thrilling Adventure Hour #68 "Beyond Belief, 'Nuns The Word'" – James Urbaniak, Kate Micucci, Janet Varney, Jeri Ryan
The Todd Glass Show #41 - Eddie Pepitone, Daniel Kinno
Walking The Room #100 – Patton Oswalt, Karen Kilgariff
Probably Science #17 - James Adomian
The Duncan Trussell Family Hour #16 - Natasha Leggero

Honorable mentions include Girl On Guy #44 (Jay Mohr), Who Charted? #73 (Natasha Leggero) and You Made It Weird #43 (David Koechner).

Check-out their full recaps and episode links over at Splitsider.


Plop of The Week: Pop My Culture #72

It seems I'm always pushing for the silly/serious combo with these Splitsider episode picks. Duality of man and all that BS? Or just a sympton of my emotional ADD? This week, I leaned heavy on the silly and and was grateful to catch the Judy Greer episode of Pop My Culture. Greer fit right in with Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland, almost like she could be their third host. It's easy to be a fan of PMC and Judy Greer. Having them all wrapped up in one fun podcast present? Bonus. My write-up for Jesse Fox Splitsider "Week In Comedy" podcast round-up:

Judy Greer is an entertainment gem, always a treat no matter the movie, show or interview. Her recent visit with Pop My Culture’s Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland is another head first jump into the silly pool. It’s such an easy fit, Greer feels like she could be the unofficial third host. The three roll through a ton of topics and even manage to mix in some a little honest-to-god thoughtful Greer career revelations. Some of the choice topics include the glory of a Zombie Whitney Houston video, tornado turtles, CMT reality shows, academic Taco Bell talk and whole lot more. It’s a treat to see both the contemplative and go-with-it shades of Greer. There’s quality revelations on Greer’s latest film, Jeff Who Lives At Home, including some serious Susan-Surandon-is-awesome talk. A particularly crazy segment is when the trio list numerous types of “Judy” – a truly oddball brainstorming session. Plus, Greer explains the mechanics of Madonna parties. Stratton’s a smart and thoughtful host, keeping things moving and sneaking in a few oddball revelations to match Ragland’s charming kookiness. Ragland punctuates like no other in podcasting. Both Stratton and Ragland embrace the joy of tangents. Having Greer in tow just adds to the fun.

The rest of the Splitsider podcast group went a little off the beaten path this week with its main picks and honorable mentions. Always fun to spread the shout-out wealth. (Pretty sure there's no actual monitary value assigned to podcasts or podcast-related shout-outs.) The complete list of picks from the Splitsider crew:

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour #8 - Pete Holmes
The Smartest Man in the World "Lobsters"
Pop My Culture #72 – Judy Greer
My Brother, My Brother and Me #96
FitzDog Radio with Greg Fitzsimmons "St. Patrick’s Hangover Show"
Walking The Room #95 – Dana Gould
You Made It Weird #33 – Judd Apatow, Todd Barry, Chris Gethard, Kumail Nanjiani (and, briefly, Doug Benson)

The Splitsider podcast crew also handed out honorable mentions. This week, they include Get Up On This #33 (Emily Gordon), It's That Episode #10 (John Gemberling), Never Not Funny #1015 (Matt Walsh), Pod Awful #330 "The Ex-Girlfriend Episode" (Hate Maile) The Dead Authors Podcast Chapter 7 "P.G. Wodehouse" (Brian Stack), The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show #36 (Craig Rowin), The Todd Glass Show #37 (James Adomian) and WTF with Marc Maron #262 (Fred Willard).


The AV Club: Podmass January 26 - February 1

Here we go again - another healthy week of digital comedy offerings. The A.V. Club continued to keep track of all things pop culture, including their favorite podcasts. Again, the comedy shows win out for the most part. The A.V. Club elders also took the time to introduce themselves and their readers to Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser's show, You Had To Be There. Doug Loves Movies pulled off the WTF double dip for the week. Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #180 "The Truth About Lies"
Doug Loves Movies - Paul F. Tompkins, Garry Marshall, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
Doug Loves Movies - Chris Hardwick, Tom Lennon, Greg Proops, Samm Levine
How Was Your Week? “What Someone’s Mom’s Idea of a Nightclub Is” - David Cross, Eliot Glazer
Monday Morning Podcast
The Nerdist #163 - Bob Odenkirk
Never Not Funny #1008 - Kevin Pereira
Scott Free #15 "Looking For Love"
Sklarbro Country #79 "Sloppy Lady Junk" Tom Scharpling, Chris Cox
Stop Podcasting Yourself #202 - Kaitlin Fontana
Superego #3:11
Uhh Yeah Dude #308
Walking The Room #88 "Arm Rest Battle and The Power Move"
Who Charted? #61 "Time Traveling Skrillex" - Jason Mantzoukas
WTF With Marc Maron #248 - Paul Feig
You Made It Weird #17 - Eugene Mirman



The AV Club: Podmass January 12-18

Wow. How late am I to passing this along? Well, last week's crazy great week of comedy podcasts somehow bumped up against my slow week of posting. The A.V. Club dug in deep and offered up a crapload of Podmass picks, inlcuding a ton of comedy shows to highlight. All well, deserved. Of course, it's the week of the great WTF With Marc Maron talking with Todd Glass. The A.V. Club also got to know My Brother, My Brother and Me.

Here are the comedy episodes making the cut from the latest Podmass offering

The Best Show On WFMU
Comedy Bang! Bang! #140 "Ron Swanson Off" - Nick Offerman, James Adomian
Doug Loves Movies - Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Wayne Federman
How Did This Get Made? #28 "Director’s Edition: Crank"
How Was Your Week? “Many Parts Of A Pine Tree” - Frank DeCaro, Kate Beaton
The Nerdist #159 - Scott Ian
Never Not Funny #1006 "Conquest Of The Planet Of Dana Gould"
The Pod F. Tompkast #14
RISK! #313 "Shady"
Sklarbro Country #77 "Will Punch Shark" - Andy Daly, Jason Nash, James Adomian
The Smartest Man In The World "Condors"
Stop Podcasting Yourself #200 "EVERY SEGMENT!"
The Thrilling Adventure Hour #54 "Beyond Belief: A Dave At The Races"
Uhh Yeah Dude #306
Walking The Room #86 "Junk Pics and Napalm Dixon"
Who Charted? #59 "A Real Asssscat!" - Matt Besser
WTF With Marc Maron #244 - Steven Wright
WTF With Marc Maron #245 - Todd Glass
You Made It Weird #14 - Marc Maron



Plop of The Week: Walking The Room with Patton Oswalt

Just a few dudes talking in a closet? Ahh, the timeless format. Walking The Room strikes again with a Patton Oswalt guested episode winning the day...well, week. Episode #81 of the Behrendt/Anthony show is my pick for the Splitsider "This Week In Comedy Podcasts":

Intimate and insane, as always, Walking The Room offers up another energetic episode with Patton Oswalt. The closet chat session quickly turns into a crazy mess. A fun crazy mess. Behrendt, Anthony and Oswalt create the best kind of hangout session, free form and full of passion – no matter the topic. Behrendt classic recap of his Camp Freddy experience sends Oswalt to a giddy state. Oswalt chimes in throughout with his usually awesome storytelling, connecting the dots between the Anthony and Behrendt ranting to his own absurd happenings. Oswalt relays an epic glee club fail moment and his story about running into crazy fallen-apple hoarders. The guys offer up a hobotang PSA, of sorts. And the episode concludes with some bonding over complaining about shitty neighbors. The universal sitting around and bitching topic. Don’t worry – they still manage to sneak in some more “horse shit.”


Here's the complete list of the Splitsider episode picks, an eclectic mix of popular shows that don't always get the top recognition. And then there's the ol' standby, WTF:

Pop My Culture #61 - Phil LaMarr
Guys with Feelings - Rob Delaney
WTF with Marc Maron #235 - Donald Glover
Walking The Room #81 - Patton Oswalt
Judge John Hodgman "The Bedding Crasher"

Honorable mentions include Comedy Bang! Bang! #135 (Paul F. Tompkins, Erinn Hayes, Dan Telfer), Doug Loves Movies (Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Edgar Wright), Improv4humans #5 (Sean Conroy, Jill Donnelly, Colton Dunn) and Superego “The Season of Giving."

2012 SF Sketchfest Packs In The Podcasts

The SF Sketchfest announced its lineup for its 2012 fest, including a slew of quality comedy podcasts offering up live recording shows. The comedy festival highlights sketch comedy and much more over several weeks, January 19 through February 4th to be exact. I'd venture to say this may be the greatest concentration (over a few weeks, albeit) of live comedy podcast shows at one festival. Congrats to all the shows making the San Francisco trek. Even more so - congrats to all the lucky digital comedy fans in the area. Tickets are on sale here.

With so may great podcasts at the fest, you might as well just check-out the full list:

WTF with Marc Maron - Geoff Bolt, Will Durst, Pete Holmes, Arden Myrin and Laraine Newman
The Nerdist - Guests TBA
Doug Loves Movies - Guests TBA
The Benson Movie Interruption: Road House - Guests TBA
Never Not Funny - Pat Francis, John Slattery
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show - Guests TBA
The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast
Walking The Room
Superego - Paul F. Tompkins
Pop My Culture
RISK! - Steve Agee, Robert Ben Garant, Nikki Glaser, Joshua Grannell, Myq Kaplan, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Natasha Leggero, Rick Overton, Sheng Wang and more

For the full 2012 lineup, check-out www.sfsketchfest.com or follow the fest on Twitter (@SFSketchfest).


The AV Club: Podmass December 1-7

The A.V. Club elders did their thing again. You know that thing? The one where they consume a shitload of media and entertainment and then act all knowledgeable about it, maybe even with a little better-than-the-rest-of-us vibe? Yeah, that thing. Honestly, I'm always in awe of the output of their staff. Even if it's all a lie, they do a damn good job of lying to us.

They also took the time to check-out two new shows (new to them): You Made It Weird and The Dork Forest. Both are quality shows with distinct outputs compared to their peer shows, thanks in large part to their great hosts (Pete Holmes and Jackie Kashian, respectively).

Their Podmass picks for favorite podcast episodes are again comedy dominated with many of the usual suspects. A few more selections than the last week out: 

The Best Show On WFMU
The Bugle #174 "Britain’s Back Baby!"
How Was Your Week? #39 “Horror-curious” - Nick Kroll, Gabe Liedman
Judge John Hodgman #43 "Triple Word Scorn"
The Nerdist #147: Jimmy Pardo
Sklarbro Country #71 "Sklarbros And Sklarhos" Tom Segura, Chris Cox
The Smartest Man In The World "Crackers"
The Sound of Young America - Carrie Fisher
Superego #3:10
Uhh Yeah Dude #300
Walking The Room #80 "Fashion Fight and The Horse Ending"
Who Charted? #53 "Ace Of Baritone" - Myq Kaplan
WTF With Marc Maron #232 - Henry Phillips

Check-out the complete Podmass recaps here.



Plop of The Week: Walking The Room "Live Cuddle"

The Plop List lives! And, yes, I'm still listening to shows. Don't let the slow news week fool you. After a holiday reprise from picking favorite episodes for Splitsider, Jesse Fox got the gang back together for the weekly roundup post. I plucked down a few bucks for the first live Walking The Room episode. Probably the best few bucks I've spent in awhile. And it's nice to contribute to the mighty comedy podcast economic engine. Can you hear the rumble in the distance? (Let's just say we both hear it, okay?) My deep thoughts, meaning my recap on this quality episode:

The wayward comedy buddies, Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony, offer up a live episode for fans. Proving the charm and, yes, even the bickering translates into the live arena. The guys jump right into a fun arguing session from the get-go and then we’re off to an hour-plus of inappropriateness. Behrendt joyfully ties together airplane and flatulence anecdotes. Anthony and Behrendt fall into a fun who’s-on-first worthy riff, explaining Tapout to each other. A live show means we get guests. The guys have a ton of fun with both Jen Kirkman and Brendon Walsh, showing how Walking The Room could easily feature guests on the regular. Kirkman quickly gets sucked into dirty talk with the clowns but, as she’s want to do, quickly regains control. Honest through-and-through, she steers the conversation towards memory lane and life on the road with Behrendt. Walsh relays a story truly made for this show – one of he and friends working as drunken clowns for fancy parties back in Austin. Walsh’s obnoxiousness and go-for-the-wrong joke instincts make him a natural partner for Behrendt and Anthony. As a bonus: Marc Maron makes an off-mic appearance, sitting in the audience. Don’t worry – there’s still some family filler, including a one-upmanship of who can mess with their kids the most. All-in-all, it’s just what you’d want from a Walking The Room live hangout.


The rest of the Splitsider picks this week:

The Best Show on WFMU
This Is That #22
RISK! - Gil Ozeri
Walking The Room "Live Cuddle November 18th" - Jen Kirkman, Brendon Walsh
Comedy Bang! Bang! #133 - Patton Oswalt, Chris Tallman
Analyze Phish #3 - Adam Scott

Honorable mentions going around: How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner #38 (Mike Daisy, Gil Ozeri), Skeletor's Mouthpiece #12 "Headlines: Part 2 Erection Productivity" and  The Long Shot #408 (Jackie Kashian).


The AV Club: Podmass October 27 - November 2

Early month Podmass from The A.V. Club means Superego receives its usual (well-deserved) shout-out. After podcasting it up last week, this week The A.V. Club staff offers up a shorter list of favorite shows. The lighter list of comedy shows making the Podmass list this time out is a dude affair. The comedy episodes received praise this time out:

The Bugle #170 "It’s Time To Ban Slap Bass"
Judge John Hodgman #39 "Slash-Friction"
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks #40 "Pralines"
Never Not Funny #922 - Pat Francis
Sklarbro Country #66 "Sklarington Manor" - Joe Lo Truglio, Jesse Thorn, Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher
Superego #3:9
Walking The Room #75 "Witch Nose And The Pig Room"
WTF With Marc Maron #222 - Steve Almond
WTF With Marc Maron #223 - Seth Meyers, Scott Adsit, Jodi Lennon, Julian McCullough, Gabe Liedman, Rachel Feinstein

Check-out the complete Podmass recaps here.