The ‘Deadpool’ Episode of ‘Hollywood Handbook’ Is Roughly a Million Times Funnier Than ‘Deadpool’
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. I finally caught up with the zeitgeist-capturing surprise blockbuster Deadpool for the Lukewarm Takes column on my website, and though I enjoyed it for the most part, it most assuredly did not liv... [Read More]
‘Classic Showbiz’ Tells the Fascinating Story of Forgotten Gay Comedy Pioneer Ray Bourbon
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff’s ambitious history of American comedy The Comedians is essential and invaluable in no small part because it does not profess to be authoritative or exh... [Read More]
Jesse Camp and Mike Denied Hijacked ‘Going Off Track’ in a Bizarre, Morbidly Fascinating Episode
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. Former MTV personality Jesse Camp is the ultimate Warholian cult celebrity. At one point Camp had the profile and popularity to command a million-dollar recording contract for a hair metal debut f... [Read More]
Anne Heche and Onur Tukel Thoroughly Embarrassed Themselves on a Morbidly Fascinating Episode of ‘Doug Loves Movies’
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. As readers of this column perhaps know by now, I am a fan of podcast episodes that begin pleasantly enough but quickly devolve (or evolve, depending on your perspective) into crazed psychodramas f... [Read More]
‘Analyze Phish’ Took a Sharp Turn Towards the Tragic in the Painfully Intense “Hollywood Bowl” Episode
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. When I was a guest on Harris Wittels and Scott Aukerman’s Analyze Phish podcast Harris invited me to be part of the gang when they saw Phish perform at the Hollywood Bowl. I wasn’t abl... [Read More]
‘Analyze Phish’ Took a Sharp Turn Towards the Tragic in the Painfully Intense “Hollywood Bowl” Episode
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. When I was a guest on Harris Wittels and Scott Aukerman’s Analyze Phish podcast Harris invited me to be part of the gang when they saw Phish perform at the Hollywood Bowl. I wasn’t abl... [Read More]
‘Complete Joy’ Is a Hilariously Grim, Worthy Follow-Up to ‘The Complete Woman’
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. The 2015 cult mini-series The Complete Woman introduced listeners to self-help author Marabel May, a gently narcotized 1960s housewife who has the curious distinction of being the hero, anti-heroi... [Read More]
‘Missing Richard Simmons’ Is a Fascinating, Frustrating Exploration of a Gothic Pop-Culture Mystery
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. In this column I have written about great podcasts widely heralded as milestones for the medium, like President Obama on WTF. I’ve also written extensively about podcasts that are fascinatin... [Read More]
‘Missing Richard Simmons’ Is a Fascinating, Frustrating Exploration of a Gothic Pop-Culture Mystery
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. In this column I have written about great podcasts widely heralded as milestones for the medium, like President Obama on WTF. I’ve also written extensively about podcasts that are fascinatin... [Read More]
‘The Long Shot’ Explores the Complex Relationship Between a Podcast and its Most Devoted Listeners
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. There’s something about the intimacy and relatively modesty of the medium of podcasts that encourages obsessiveness and intensity. Podcasters and fans tend to be intense people so it makes s... [Read More]