I haven’t posted many new links lately but I have been listening. I’ve had a lot of work on recently, and so have had ample time to tune in to lots of aural content.
I must have heard about 30 episodes of The Crabfeast over the last 2 months. Ryan and Jay and their guests are good company. The fun level is up and down depending on the guest but once the stories start flowing it’s generally an hour of good times.
What has been catching my ear obsessively over the last 3 weeks has been The Dollop, a sometimes educational but always hilarious podcast by Dave Anthony and Gary(!) Reynolds. I first heard of Dave on Wil Andersons FOFOP as the “number one guest Charlie” but on The Dollop he really comes into his own.
The premise of The Dollop is quite simple, Dave does quite a bit of research into some very strange person or event in US history and as he explains it to Gary (or Gareth if you prefer) the comedy ensues. The fun is in the absolutely unbelievable weirdness of the subject matter. Gary isn’t aware of the subject matter beforehand and so is hearing the facts evolve along with us, the audience.
They are both good at cracking each other up with over-the-top asides and interuptions, voices and palpable disbelief. The story usually start sort of normal and Gary keeps guessing where things are going to turn down bizarro Avenue, when the weirdness starts to pile up I ususally find that I have to pause the podcast and spend 5 minutes online googling whatever person or subject is the topic and seeing for myself that this is a true story. It always is.
My favourite episodes would have to The Rube, The Tank Chase, The Jackson Cheese, Ten Cent Beer Night, Purity Balls, Ooofy Goofty, The Vampire Panic and David Hahn, amongst others but they are all pretty funny. Start with The Rube and see what you think…
One that was excellent and insightful, but not very funny was Ferguson about the race riots, protests and general craziness this year in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.
The only thing that could make The Dollop better would be if they got hold the people that animated the Ricky Gervais show and did the same thing with The Dollop.
My only complaint is that I have nearly listened to them all and waiting a week for each new episode will be a drag…