With comedy podcasting at a crossroads, maybe it’s time for comedians to go small and embrace the humanity that makes the medium unique.
My favorite quote (block) from the piece:
If anything, we need more comedy podcasts that take advantage of the freedom and intimacy of the medium. Podcasters of the world should experiment, try new things, take chances, and luxuriate in not having to worry about squeamish executives or weak-willed advertisers or a network that will cancel you if you don’t bring in coveted demographics. They should embrace the elements of podcasting that makes it unique from every other artform, even complementary mediums like stand-up, radio, talk shows, and sketch comedy. Go long. Go short. Create a podcast unlike any other. Innovate in a field where the cost of entry is tantalizingly low. Appreciate that you’re entering an exciting field at a singular time. Do not be discouraged if money does not come quickly. It won’t. It’ll probably never come. If you love what you do—a quality shared by just about every great podcast—then doing it will be its own reward.
I’m really happy I decided to start a podcast, you guys. My Dad teases me and says I’m good at it because I have a “gift for gab”—very polite ribbing at how I can’t shut up, not ever—but it’s true; I like to talk and podcasting works well for that. Destiny and I have had a LOT of fun blabbing to each other (and sometimes other people) and I know that personally, my creative output has increased since I started the podcast (I feel like I write a ukulele song a week!).
I love podcasting because it’s allowed me to meet and connect with amazing, creative people and it allows me to create something every week with my creative soulmate (corrrrrrny, but absolutely true). I also can say fuck as many times as I want AND THAT IS A DREAM COME TRUE.
Ohh and then this makes me want to write up a huge primer on the very British and very literary convention of romantic homosociality and male/male friendship and all the ways that it can be very very complicated (cf. Brideshead Revisited). So many versions of…