October 21, 2011
As with many of our acts, clients often want to see or hear the Comedian they're enquiring about before they book them for an event but it's often difficult to arrange to see a comedian without shelling out for tickets and even though the abundance of online video is helpful, it can be tough to find a clip that gets across the essence of a comic in a couple of minutes.
All this is a long winded way of saying "Listen to Podcasts! Why aren't you listening to Podcasts? Listen to Podcasts!" The aforementioned 'casts can be a great way to keep abreast of the latest goings on in Comedy but they're also useful for getting an idea of what a performer is like in a more intimate setting - something that's particularly important in Corporate Events since booking a comedian means working with them in some capacity on an event.
Not all comedians are avid podcasters, but you'd be surprised how many of your favourite comics have turned up on some obscure show or other and if you're someone who doesn't have the time to check out every comedy night in London before an event, a couple of hours of podcasting can give you a decent base knowledge of who's who that'll let you make an informed opinion when it comes to picking a stand up for an event.
The self-described "Audio Newspaper for a Visual Age" - this weekly topical comedy podcast has developed a cult following thanks to the tortured puns of cricket obsessed host Andy Zaltzman (brother of 'Answer Me This' Host Helen Zaltzman) and the soft-rock crooning of Daily Show reporter/'Community' regular/"star" of 'The Smurfs Movie' John Oliver. Displaying all the giggly, rapid-fire energy that the duo displayed as a touring double act before Oliver left for the US, 'The Bugle' takes an often bizarre, always funny look at the week's news that's definitely worth a regular listen.
Acclaimed sketch troupe Pappy's (formerly Pappy's Fun Club) shift focus from their usual sketches to create their own shambolic take on the comedy panel show. Drafting in other Podcasting luminaries to settle flatshare disputes such as "who will get the milk?" and "who will take the bins out?", Pappy's offer up a pleasantly lo-fi version of the comedy quiz complete with poorly beat-boxed 'stings' and a lawyer from the Deep South by the name of Fanshawe Standon who... well... just give it a listen.
Adam and Joe
Featuring highlights form the Saturday Morning BBC 6 Music show, the Adam and Joe Show has spawned countless songs, catchphrases and bouts of strange listener behaviour whilst developing a rabid following known as 'Black Squadron.' It may seem in-jokey at first, but the pair's well spoken, disarmingly polite style of podcasting has a way of worming its way into the listener's affections until the months in which the show is off air become frankly unbearable. Please come back.I don't think they're coming back.
The genius pairing of bitter, bookish and occasionally furious Robin Ince with the perpetually sunny and enthusiastic Josie Long proves irresistible in their Podcast 'Robin and Josie's Utter Shambles' which attracts some pretty astonishing guests to play 'show and tell' and generally babble about whatever takes their fancy. Stewart Lee, Alan Moore, Dave Gorman and John Ronson are among the guests who've popped in during the rather excellent second series (all of which is available on iTunes for FREE)
The weekly podcast from the digital comedy channel displays an admirable commitment to new comedians as well as experienced pros. Host Ben Shires welcomes big name guests like Chris Addison, Jo Brand and Alex Horne as well as newcomers like Student Comedian of the Year Adam Hess. There are a few plugs for upcoming Dave programmes, which is understandable really, but the focus remains on comedy and the comedians themselves - a great place to introduce yourself to acts new and old.
Have any more unmissable comedy podcasts you think we left out? Let us know in the comments below.