After ten weeks ofnerve-wracking Skype calls as part of The Earwolf Challenge, we've got Matt Besser in our living room and we're going to hold HIS feet to the fire for a change! And by that we mean, we ask him about his grocery shopping and find out why he dislikes Domino's Pizza. This is our first episode on Earwolf, so be sure to drop us a line on the forums (as long as you aren't a troll)!
Episode 88 — Vanity Plates! Incest!
Posted 07 October 2011 - 05:53 AM
Whoa, Matt Besser's all over the place today with two shows on Earwolf. This was a fun episode. Welcome to Earwolf, Totally Laime! I can't wait to go back and catch up on your past episodes. I'm also super excited for Matt's new improv podcast. Any chance of throwing the title debate up as an Earwolf poll, Matt? Though you have to be careful when you leave voting up to listeners. Earwolf listeners were wise when voting for Reggie Watts' new CBB theme song, but some of them were unwise in voting that Harris Wittels should be bumped from CBB. Democracy can be a scary thing. By the way, I have to go against the grain on this one. My vote's for Improdcast with Matt Besser.
Posted 07 October 2011 - 09:17 AM
I too am on the Improdcast bandwagon. PA was right that it's a little on the nose, but what's wrong with that? The show will likely sink or swim - at first - on Matt Besser's name, so I'm all for being on the nose.
Matt has been the most obstructionist guest for 'Laime or Totally Rapidfire,' which was completely appropriate.
Posted 07 October 2011 - 11:45 AM
I never got around to listening to the EWC, but I'm think I'm really glad you guys won - I'm listening to the Bryan Safi episode and like 2 minutes in it's already explosively awesome.
Yayyy for having a new podcast back catalogue to chew through.
Posted 08 October 2011 - 12:25 PM
Great Earwolf debut, Elizabeth and Andy!
I actually am from a few hours outside St. Louis, which means my biggest connection to the city is having to fly to Lambert International twice a year and wait out all the holiday-related delays.
Also, very excited about the new Besser improv show! I enjoyed the episode of Sound of Young America where Jesse had a few UCB people try long-form on the radio, so it definitely works!
Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:28 AM
Kudos to Besser for logically assesing sibling incest. Not many people have the guts to speak against illogical but deeply entrenched cultural taboos like that. (I'd suggest that if they do some screening to makes sure the DNA doesn't get fucked up, they could have kids, too)
TL was not my favorite pick during the Challenge, but if you can delve into serious issues like that while keeping it entertaining, I'll certianly keep listening.
Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:35 PM
Now that I've finally gotten to this episode, I want to know that Besser's considered all of his name pun options. Something simple like The Besst Cast works on various levels, and I find that less is more for show titles. I didn't like Going to Crazytown until I realized it's an existing term and thus has depth, so if you run with that title you might want to explain the backstory upfront.
But then, I like Improdcast for being loveably bad-good, so whaddwiknow?
(Obviously these forums will be the first place Mr. Besser looks for critical feedback, seeing how well that's gone for him lately, so I know my thoughts here will be taken to heart.)
Anywho, I know I'm nerding out too hard, but I just want to say I'm glad you guys slogged it out though what looks like a total horror show over on the Challenge forums. I love the 'cast (and the Oprah Game) and it's made for a fun, totally nonproductive Thanksgiving weekend - and I haven't even gotten to Good's suggested episodes yet.