Tell Em Steve-Dave

Tell Em Steve-Dave

tell em steve daveTell em Steve-Dave! That is the sign off to one of my favorite podcasts. The sign off to one of the downloads that I wait on each and every week. Hosted by Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn, this is potentially the best podcast on the SmodCo Network – sorry Kevin. If I could make a Venn Diagram – easily and not on either of the two pain in the ass sites I just looked at – the sweet spot of this podcast, the middle of that Venn diagram, lies somewhere in the middle of the three main hosts. That being said, you also have to take into account the supporting cast that they bring to play from time to time and the various forms that TESD take from week to week.

It seems stupid, and uneccessary to say but the hosts really are the selling point for this show. They are wonderful with each other. There is history at play between these three that cannot be faked. The way that the three of them interact with each other needs to be bottled and sold to the public – TESD Energy Drink. They are like a functioning government where each one of them is the check and balance to the other. Walt and BQ don’t have a problem calling Brian out on his shit. Bryan and BQ are able to give Walt a focus for his amazing and sometimes absurdly, funny creativity and Bry and Walt allow BQ to step out of his every day life with Impractical Jokers and do something completely different. But in the end, their friendship and history is really what makes the show work. I certainly still listen when one of the guys is missing but when they are all together it is podcast gold.

tell em steve daveAlong with the three hosts of Tell em Steve-Dave, the supporting cast that they are able to call on is remarkable, and strange, and unique… and … odd. I am going to miss a lot but here are my favorites:

  1. MIng Chen – Of Comic Book Men and I Sell Comics Fam
  2. Mike Zapcic – Also of I Sell Comics and Comic Book Men Fam
  3. Get Em Steve-Dave – current employee of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, former bottle dump diver and just all around interesting guy – in particular when he has managed to draw the ire of all three hosts at one time.
  4. Sunday Jeff – Damn I love Sunday Jeff and he can spit some mad lyrics… You need to listen to the show to get this one. I will eventually make the trip to Mecca – in this case the Stash – and I do want to meet Sunday Jeff.

TESD reinvents itself all the time. When the guys feel the need to do something new, it seems that Mr Flanagan is the one that the ball is tossed to. He will grabbed hold of a topic or an idea for a game and beat that idea into submission. The results are amazing. From Overdrive to any of the games they have added over the last 6 months, these guys keep it new and interesting. Overdrive episodes are my favorite, if I had to pick a type of show but they are followed very closely by the trial by fire-ANTS episodes. Those are long form, multiple episode pods and I love them.

tell em steve daveThere is no need to give TESD the 7 Days a Geek three episode challenge. If you give it a listen and make it through to the end of the show – you will end up adding this to your podcast playlist. From the hosts to the supporting cast and in particular, they way these guys keep changing the show, TESD one of my go-to podcasts.

PS – I listen for the ads and to the ads. They do some of the best ads on any podcast, anywhere. And most of the time the ones that involves Bryan’s niece or Walt’s girls make me roll a tear.

Post PS – TESD came before Impractical Jokers for me. I had caught a couple of episodes but I ended up on a business trip to Palm Springs and at night will I was working at the hotel I watched hours of IJ. Another great show and another reason to love this crew of people.

Tell Em Steve-Dave!

And I will be buying a Four-Color Demons patch soon – I will post pictures when it comes in.

I Sell Comics

I Sell Comics

I Sell Comics is part of the SmodCo network of podcasts. Starring Mike and Ming, this podcasts has at its heart comic books but it covers any and every other topic that happens to cross the minds of the hosts. From interviews to ribbing the folks at Tell Em Steve Dave, from what happened at their last con to what happened on their TV show Comic Book Men – Mike and Ming can discuss any topic and entertain the masses while they do it.

I Sell Comics

Mike Zapcic

Mike Zapcic is one of the full-time employees at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Redbank, NJ. He was part of the crew there before they all became pop-culture names. He is now part of the SmodCo network on I Sell Comics and any other show that he is needed for. He is also part of the cast on AMC’s Comic Book Men. Mike is also a walking encyclopedia of comic book knowledge. He has a very even eye when it comes to comics, not seeming to favor either of the big two (DC or Marvel) – though he is a huge fan if Nightwing so he might swing a little more toward the DC line of books. That being said he is able to speak to any of the many titles that he reads or has read.

I Sell Comics

Ming Chen

Ming Chen joined up with Kevin Smith when he was hired to build the original website for Kevin’s brand www.ViewAskew.com. Since that time, back in the 90s, Ming has stuck with View Askew and all of the rest of Kevin’s projects. He is part of the cast on Comic Book Men and he is on every podcast that he can find. Ming has a talent for podcasting and for drawing good conversations out of people that he is interviewing. Add to this a great enthusiasm for whatever topic he is talking about and a being talkative to a fault and you have the best personality possible for a podcast.

One of my favorite parts of I Sell Comics each week is their recap of what has just come out. I used to collect and I enjoyed looking through those new issues and reading every issue that they put in my pull box. Now that I am not an avid collector anymore, it is nice to hear about what is going on in the world of comics from two guys that spend their days working in and around comic books.

I Sell Comics is a big part of my podcast playlist which covers many of the SmodCo podcasts. These two guys always bring a smile to my face and the part I like best is the connection and friendship that they have together.

Hollywood Babble On

Hollywood Babble On

holllywood babble onHollywood Babble-On was my first. Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith took my pod-cherry together. They stormed into my week, forced me to slog through a backlog of aural goodness and then continued to make me come back for more. And not only do I come back for more… I look forward to Hollywood Babble On each and every week.

I got into podcasts and in particular this podcast in the fall of 2011. I read online that Kevin smith had a podcast. I didn’t know what the hell a podcast was but it was Kevin Smith so I was thinking that I would check this out. I didn’t know how to listen to a podcast. I streamed the first one from the website. I kid you not.

Now, in case you have been living on the other side of the podcast moon, Hollywood Babble-On is hosted by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Ralph, of course, is an actor, comedian, voice actor and radio personality. Kevin has done a little bit of it all in Hollywood. These two together are one of the best duos in podcast history. Their friendship makes this more than just a podcast. It is an ongoing weekly discussion between two friends. It is also a live show with an audience that gets to be involved at every turn.

holllywood babble onPart of what you listen for are the various segments that make up Hollywood Babble-On. From Inappropriate Toys to Anne Heche’s Butthole – the segments, ever-changing, ever-evolving and always scored by a theme song, are a huge part of the show. Whether Sexy Kev is giving love advice or Adma West and Bane are singing a duet I never can wait to see what Ralph and Kevin will come up with next.

Of course, the segment that outlasts them all is Liam Neeson’s Cock. It is a huge part of the end of every show. Kev and Ralph pay lip service to this storied member as their sign off each week. In fact, they have even gotten foreign countries involved in exclaiming the width and girth of this Hollywood man-mark… landmark – sorry.

If you have never listened to Hollywood Babble-On add it to your playlist and get ready for some irrevrant, hysterical at times touching fun once a week.

May these two never split up and let us all hope they keep the funny coming.

 

7 Days A Geek

7 Days A Geek

7 days a geekMy podcast playlist keeps me in anticipation each and every week. I pull down to refresh and it feels like I am playing the slots with a 100% chance to win. One of my favorite jackpots is when the 7 Days a Geek podcast rolls out a new pod. It is a highlight and I find myself skipping other shows to listen to The Angry Ginger and the rest of the crew at Monkey Poo Studios. Pop-Culture, movies, comics – pretty much everything that I am interested in pops up from time to time on the 7DAG show.

I originally started following the hosts of the show on one of their other podcasts: The Last Podcaster Standing. TLPS has been on hiatus and it is much missed in the podcasting world. At least, in my podcasting world. Loved this show. I have never listened to a more off the wall podcast with a more entertaining cast. It was a group of friends that just got together and shot the shit for a little while each week. When they announced their hiatus – seems like it might be permanent now – I had heard The Angry Ginger talk about another show he was doing called 7 Days a Geek. I did not have to give this new podcast the Three Episode Challenge. I subscribed and started playing catch up on the backlog.

7 days a geek7 Days A Geek is hosts by Jason, The Angry Ginger. The rest of the cast changes from time to time but The Angry Ginger is the constant voice of the show. Because of the very transparent nature of the cast, you get to know the people, their families and a lot about their lives. You get to know them. You get to look forward to their voices streaming into your ears each week and the laughter and joy they bring tot he table helps get you through the week. Unlike most of the podcasts I listen to during the week, these are regular folks with real jobs talking about what they Geek Out About. That is the recipe that makes 7 Days a Geek wonderful.

The cast of the cast:

  • The Angry Ginger is the core. The ever present. The persistent voice on this podcast. He is the driving force. Others come and go, but Jason always seems to push through and keeps the show rolling… several shows rolling… he keeps over 1000 podcasts going at any given time. OK, not a 1000 but there is a podcast out there or one to be made he has thought about it.
  • The Kilted One is currently MIA as of the writing of this article. Grant is just as quick-witted as Jason, just as technically savvy and his want for podcasting perfection is at the highest level. He floats into and out of the podcasting scene and this show from time to time but I do love it when he makes it on the show. Grant, you are missed.
  • Agent Palmer is one of the newest additions to the show. Starting as a lowly producer, he is now on air talent. I am looking forward to his next yearly review.

7 days a geekFor the last two years, The 7 Days a Geek crew has put on an event that they have dubbed Podtoberfest. The first year it was a 24 hour podcast. 2016 Saw a multi-day marathon. The show then gets cut up for November and we get to experience 30 Days of podcasting. Again, they are groundbreaking and I can’t recommend this show enough.

I have learned a lot from listening to these guys over the years. Here are just a few takeaways:

  1. The 3 Episode Challenge – This applies to everything. Podcasts, TV Shows, etc. Watch three of anything before you give up on it.
  2. BitCoins – Not a good podcast topic…
  3. Always Be Creating. Do not give up. If one project doesn’t take off, try soemthing else. Keep those creative juices flowing.
  4. Be Real. Don’t shy away from letting the audience now you or get to know you.
  5. Don’t Ever Do the Cinnamon Challenge! EVER!

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Podcasts – Talk Radio Whenever You Need It

Podcasts – Talk Radio Whenever You Need It

podcastMuch earlier in y life, I was Talk Radio junkie. High School and college, if I was in the car be myself I was most likely listening to the local talk radio station. Saturdays I looked forward to ar Talk and Wait Wait Don’t Tell me on NPR. At some point, with my tastes in radio changing, I fell out of love with terrestrial talk radio and started listening to more and more music, or a book on tape if I had the extra scratch to drop on an expensive set of Cds – and none of this abridged crap for me – unabridged only. Then, sometime in 2011, I found a new way to listen to talk radio,on demand anytime I wanted to; the podcast. Podcasts – Talk radio whenever you need it.

My first, the podcast that stole my aural cherry when it came to podcasts was Hollywood Babble-On. I found out that it existed from reading an article about Kevin Smith. I was intrigued, what was this thing called a PodCast? What was Hollywood Bable-On? I went to the person that I always went to for technology questions, the person that I still depend on to have their ear to the geek-grindstone – one of my coworkers. He knew what podcasts were and had been listening to them for a while. He told me how i could download them and use an app on my phone to stream them or listen to them after I downloaded them. I was even more intrigued. Now, at that point in my day job, I worked in the IT department doing travel writing and photography. One of the other guys in the department had been using an app called Beyond Pod to manage his podcasts. I wasn’t sure why I would need to manage one podcast but I figured it was worth downloading the free version and checking this out. I am a huge Kevin Smith fan so it made sense to make this my first/only podcast.

rss-feed-iconDownloaded the App, added HBO and got ready to listen to my first podcast. To say that I was an easy adopter of this technology was an understatement. To say that I am hooked on this type of audio formatted entertainment is also underselling how addicted I am. I love the variety of the content. I love the ease in added podcasts to my playlist. I love that I don’t have to do anything more than slide the screen downward on my phone to update the playlist.

It has become part of my morning ritual. My alarm goes off (the alarm on my phone of course). I pick up mu phone, turn off the alarm and then open Beyond Pod and start the app checking the feeds that I have stored, looking for new podcasts to download. Feeds – RSS Feeds – Really Simple Syndication – this is the tech that podcasts use, that podcast apps like iTunes and Beyond Pod use to find updates. Very easy technology and easy to setup on a website. Podcasts, in and of themselves, are easy as well. MP3 or 4 format. Save the file, use a plugin or some other service to push them to a distribution service – viola – You have a podcast.

the hard part about a podcast is making it interesting, finding an audience and keeping it going. We are going to have a podcast on This Geeks World. Who knows, down the road we may have several. Podcasts are yet another easy, cheap way to be entertaining instead of being entertained. That was actuallly something I picked up on one ofthe first SmodCo podcasts that I listened to back in 2011. Kevein Smith challenged those listening to be entertaining instead of eing entertained. This Geeks World is an offshoot of that challenge.

Here is to hoping that you are being entertained.