Well folks, we're down to the final two! This week Earwolf co-founders Jeff Ullrich and Scott Aukerman join host Matt Besser to decide which of our remaining contenders have earned a spot on the network. The Challenge? One full 30 minute episode of each podcast with the results announced on Wednesday. Today you'll hear Totally Laime spend some time with Charlie Day from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Fears, New England accents, family dynamics and more are discussed as Elizabeth and Andy give us their final submission. Come back tomorrow for The Little Dum Dum Club and join us on Wednesday for the results.
Episode 10.1 — The Final Challenge: Day 1
Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:04 AM
"Yay! Very well done. You're such a positive person. "
Odd moment. And oddly loaded subject matter for this particular podcast. That's one of the most important questions!
Otherwise I thought the show was quite fun. Been enjoying the challenge a lot. Hope there's another season, especially if Besser returns.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:42 AM
Fantastic stuff! There are few straight interview podcasts where the guests seem to enjoy themselves as much as they do on this one. (I also agree that not having a laff-a-minute is not necessarily a bad thing. As Louis CK put in his AV Club interview, comedians who fatten their scripts up with jokes are often insecure about how the piece fits together, and these guys are very secure!)
(There was also the implication that there might not be a season 2. A lot of us made it this far, we're loving the show! Season 2! Season 2! Season 2!)
Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:06 AM
Interesting change in format, would have liked to have seen Scott & Jeff going through the same process as the other judges, but it obviously makes more sense this way. I've not been a huge fan of Totally Laime so far (though I've not been on the hate wagon) but that was a nice, genial and sometimes funny interview.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:50 AM
I too have really enjoyed the whole season and think you must do a second season or continue the show in some form.
I am really interested in hearing what LDDC does now. Totally Laime set a very clear bar to compare them against. This TL episode wasn’t the funniest or the most compelling thing, but I can definitely see why people listen.
It seems like the one downside of TL is that they are always interviewing someone they don’t seem to know that well. A lot of my favorite podcast episodes are ones where the hosts and guests have a real friendly relationship regardless of how big the guests are. It is what made the original Scott Aukerman episodes of NNF so awesome even though I had no idea who he was then, and is what made the recent Wittels, Peretti, Scott episode of CBB so so so amazing. That’s probably a dumb criticism since it goes against everything their show is, but I am just not compelled to subscribe to their show, and I think that is the reason. I could see 9 out of 10 TL listeners saying Totally Laime is their 10th favorite show, but I would be surprised if many put it in their top 1-2 because it just doesn’t have that pizazz (or potential for it) that many of the top podcasts have. At this point I don’t even listen to 10 weekly podcasts, so I just can’t get that excited about it. Though I’d guess if someone prefers a relaxing conversation with famous people as their entertainment, this would be the perfect show.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:22 AM
They didn't really seem to give much thought to plugging It's Always Sunny (Time/channel) or anything else that Charlie Day would have coming up in the pipeline.
A minor quip to be sure, but something that's probably important to guests that are giving up their time to be on the show, at least let them get a decent plug in at the end of the episode.
Other than that, definitely enjoyed this little episode for what it was, a breezy conversational talk with a funny guy. I'm looking forward to Little Dum Dum Club's submission, this is the first week that I don't listen to all 3 episodes on Wednesday in one big time-wasting work chunk.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:30 PM
Honestly I felt Charlie Day really saved the podcast. There was too many awkward moments that if Charlie wasn't so game for this interview could have taken a turn for the worst. I really do enjoy Totally Laime and wish them luck. Please don't hate me.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:32 PM
First - I want to thank all the kind people who brought the challenge together. For a first run of anything, the strenghts greatly outweighed any minor flaws in the format. I never had the feeling that any of the eliminations were unfair or undeserved. I listen to most of the Earwolf fam of podcasts due to large chunks of driving throughout my day, but this one had me checking in at midnight to get my challenge fix as early as possible. Credit to Matt, the boys, and the contestants for putting up with the inane forum posts for this long....I think I would have wanted to maim a Dirk or two by now if I was in their shoes.
Second - I thought TL's episode today was a strong submission. Although I have been following the challenge for its entirety, I haven't listened to any of the contestants podcasts outside of the show. I would say that after listening to this episode, I am impressed that TL has done well enough to even make it this far. I definitely feel their strengths are much more apparent in the longer format. I could see how hard it would be to pick out 2 or 3 minute clips of that episode that were funny and also mostly self-contained or self-explanatory. What I was really surprised at is what I enjoyed most from the show. I actually thought the best moments weren't the question/answers directed towards Charlie (as would be assumed by the mission statement), but the random dialogue between the hosts and Charlie's input on the matter. I was really interested to hear about Elizabeth's sister's perspective on her career choice and I could see myself getting hooked on the husband/wife chemistry in the show. It might be because of where I'm at in life (30 - married 2 years- no kids) that I feel a real connection there, but I think it has wider appeal too. Great job, good luck, and both of these last two (even three) are all the real deal in my book.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:31 PM
I hope Scott and Jeff will be on the podcast to talk about their impressions, I would hate not to hear them break down these podcasts.
I have also really enjoyed the series, despite being one of last week's complainers. I hope you absorb some of the criticism and bring it back even stronger next season.
This submission was pretty much exactly what I expected from Totally Laime. The questions were very surface-level, and the conversation inevitably tilted toward sex, Liz and hubby's personal life, and the point where these two things intersect - TL's center of gravity.
People seem to enjoy it, so why yuck someone's yum? I can't see myself subscribing, though. LDDC isn't necessarily much better, but after this listen TL just seems disposable.