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Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #2 Comedy Death Ray

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#2 Comedy Death Ray:
Comedy Death Ray is sublime and has made it’s move to Earwolf Studios, a budding new podcast hub that will kick SMODcastle in the nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll listen to the Kevin Smith stuff occasionally, but it’s not something I listen to regularly. Comedy Death Ray however is something that I listen to weekly.

Scott Aukerman hosts this weekly radio program with a guest co-host. Through the hour characters take advantage of the Earwolf “open door” policy by coming in and hopping on the radio. From El Chupacabra to Little Gary, you would be amazed at the comedic starpower that hops in. Many comedians come in as characters they have created or overexaggerations of celebrities (such as Paul F Tompkins as Ice T – In one episode he tells someone to eat a bowl of dicks. I don’t remember which one, so listen to them all.) Seth Morris as “Bob Ducca” makes me laugh so freaking hard. Especially when he lists all of his ailments. I know that Parallel Parkinson’s Disease isn’t funny, but… but… it is. Also, I want to lick Nick Kroll. That has everything and nothing to do with Comedy Death Ray, but I just figured I’d make that known to the internets.

Scott also plays games with the guests like “Would You Rather” or “Fortunately/Unfortunately” where the guests imaginations are taken to beyond their limits. There is a request for would you rather scenarios on TWitter and then Scott takes over from there. The guests are welcome to ask questions to help them choose the correct answer. If you are going to go straight to one of those games, might I suggest Episode #63 with Jon Hamm, Rich Sommer, and David Koechner as Jon Hamm mentions Bat for Lashes and I’m completely on board with that.

Comedy Death Ray is also where I found and fell in love with Steel Panther. Steel Panther is a current group of musicians that are bringing back the glam hairband rock. Of course, you should not listen to them if there are children in the room. You should also not listen to them if you are ovulating because you WILL get pregnant.

Subscribing to Comedy Death Ray will be your smartest move for 2011… AND IT’S FREE!!!!!

Check out Comedy Death Ray on iTunes
or add Comedy Death Ray to your RSS feed
or just pop over to EARWOLF and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #1 Nerdist

Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#1 Nerdist:
Oh Chris Hardwick, what can I say that I haven’t already said in previous reviews? Probably a lot, but this isn’t just about you, so I’m keeping the specific ass kissery to a minimum.

The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly installment of nerding out. Yes, it is not just a clever name. Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira (That’s My-Rah folks. Say it out loud.) sit with a new guest every week and shoot the shit. Sometimes they are talking with an actor about their process or with a comedian on the struggle to market to some towns they’re booked at. Many times it’s just Jonah licking AMC’s taint. Still, it is a great podcast to listen to. Why?

They occasionally do a live show at Largo. This makes me hate the East Coast.

I know that I have barely done it justice, but these guys sound exactly like my friends and I when we get together and talk. There is no pretense. There is no sheet full of questions that they have to get through before they can end the show. It’s just genuine conversation.

Each of the hosts has something that they talk about very often in the scope of the 51 episodes. One of them will talk Dr. Who to you until you are TARDIS blue in the face (and actually inspired me to watch the show), one will thrill you with their incredibly creepy love of zombies, and one is quiet except when talking about his weight. I think he is so friggin cute.

Still you find that even though they know things are being recorded, there may be some moments in each episode where they forget the red button is glowing because the conversation is so damn organic. I am incredibly impressed that they do not seem to edit anything out. They keep me laughing for an hour when I’m sitting at work. They quell my desire to stab.

So although this review doesn’t do the podcast justice, if you regularly read the stuff that I put out there and follow me on Twitter and think I’m funny… Subscribe to the podcast and get your mind thrice blown. If I enjoy them, and you enjoy me, then you will most likely enjoy them.

Check out Nerdist on iTunes
or add Nerdist to your RSS feed (You’ll get other updates on this feed too)
or just pop over to Nerdist and give it a listen

Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

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