Splitsider: This Week in Comedy Podcasts (Thursday, November 7th, 2013)

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FitzDog Radio – Paul Scheer

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MARC: Regardless of how busy he gets in television production of late, Greg Fitzsimmons delivers a consistently entertaining podcast. His recent visit by fellow comedian and podcaster (as well as TV producer/actor) Paul Scheer is a model for how to have a great chat. The fact that these guys know each other (“We’re friends but not GOOD friends,” jokes Fitzsimmons early on) and they both have learned what makes good podcasting certainly helps. The smooth way that they move from topic to topic in the course of the hour and twenty minutes show should serve as an example of how to have a conversation rather than an interview. There’s no stilted rhythm of question-answer-question-answer that’s become the hallmark of the creaky late night talk show. While both are sounding off about current topics, Fitzsimmons casually pulls answers out of Scheer that reveal things about his upbringing and history, while Scheer is able to do the same with his host. And with two comedians, both in command of the medium, their visit is consistently funny as well.

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Marc Hershon is host of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast and author of I Hate People!


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The first and only time I met Steven Wright was for a week in 1983, when I running the Comedy Underground in Seattle. One night he asked me to watch his act, to help him figure out why he wasn’t connecting with the crowd. He would do his set and scan the audience but, while he was looking at them, he wasn’t looking AT them. I gave him this observation and he thanked me. Never sure if he paid it any mind, nor have I seen him since. But during his appearance on Fitzdog Radio this week, I finally know what that blank scan was all about. “I was terrified,” he reveals to host Greg Fitzsimmons. Turns out the the first few years he was doing standup, he had trouble remembering his act joke to joke and he would blank out. After a few seconds, he’d take any joke his panicked mind could recall and say that, which eventually led to the purposely pauseful act he’s now famous for, as well as the halting stream of non-sequiturs. The early days of Boston comedy, his love/hate relationship with Hollywood, why he has so much trouble writing a feature-length film — he is equally forthcoming the rest of the chat, an interview deftly handled by Fitzsimmons even though (or perhaps because) he is an unabashed fanboy when it comes to Wright. A must-hear for any comic nerd.


 

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