This is def John Fogerty’s real youtube account.
This is the power of celebrity
I tweet a joke back in May of this year. I thought of it myself and I think it’s funny and got barely no response.
A cool guy from a cool band thinks of a similar, and arguably crappier joke, and gets over 500+ RTs, six months later.
Of course I have my own podcast and of course I don’t have enough money to pay a distributer to put it on iTunes and of course YouTube banned it in all countries because it includes a Weird Al song and Weird Al is part of WMG. Here’s a link to it via funnyordie.com
RyanSimmons asks: I don’t know if you’ve ever been through this, but how do you get rid of the voice in the back of your head that tells you you’re not funny and nothing you ever do will be funny? I’ve got one of those that’s on a wicked streak right now and I can’t seem to shake it.
I still hear that voice all the time. I think the issue isn’t to get rid of that voice in your head but rather to accept that it’s there and choose not to listen to it. I think it’s asking a lot to have that voice be totally eliminated, but it’s not askingas much to say that you should get accustomed to its existence and even more accustomed to not believing it. I might be very, very odd, but I am able to smirk at parts of my own internal monologue and choose not to buy into them. I know they’re lying to me. I ignore them just like I’d ignore any other shitty cynical naysayer in my life.
Remember, and I think it’s fair to say – if you didn’t have that nagging sense of doubt, you wouldn’t be putting any weight on the success or failure of your own creative vision. Your success can’t exist without that fear of failure, by definition. If you didn’t have that voice, you wouldn’t have that drive, and if you didn’t have that drive you’d be completely happy being a retail clerk or something else that’s more grounded and reliable, and living a normal standard life. The negative nagging voice is a piece of why you want to do this. Don’t eliminate it. Embrace it and learn to laugh at it. Let it become part of the radio chatter that also tells you other unrealistic things, such as – getting famous will solve your problems, being more successful than your peers will provide validation, and money equates to happiness. Those all feel “positive” but are just as gilded and false as the asshole voice. All of those things are false and problematic anyway - what’s important is doing the work.
If worse comes to worse, I want to die having made art I believe in completely in secret, that no one ever even saw, like Henry Darger. The things you make, the voice you put out into the world, the actual work, that’s what matters. Everything else is hollow.
Fuck that asshole voice. Tell him he’s an asshole. But don’t tell him to go away. He’s good in the long run. And also the short run.
I hope that helps!
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I’m going to list some of my favorites then I’ll just describe the other popular ones and some other ones I’ve listened to. OK? ok.
In the podcast world, there are several comedy podcast “empires” so to speak. Websites that host many different shows with varying content, comedic or otherwise. I have decided to group them accordingly.
Earwolf.com (Earwolf) is a network founded by comedy writer Scott Aukerman and his business partner Jeff Ullrich. Some of their shows include:
Comedy Bang Bang!: This may be my favorite podcast. Comedy writer Scott Aukerman started this show as an internet radio show on Indie 103 as “Comedy Death Ray Radio” in 2009. It is consistently my favorite thing about the week (its a weekly show). The guests are always fantastic comedians. The setup usually has one real person who Scott interviews in the beginning of the show then one, two, or three fake people played by amazing improvisers will come in and do bits with the real person and Scott. In fact one Christmas episode (2010) had Colin Hanks, Tom Hanks son and great actor in his own right, featuring 6 or 7 comedians who are all playing fake people. It was one of the funniest thing I have ever heard. Any episode featuring Cake Boss (portrayed by Paul F. Tompkins), Bob Ducca (Seth Morris), or Good One Robot (Tig Notaro) will be a gem for sure.
By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin: A great new show with amazing guests including Larry David and Lena Dunham.
How Did This Get Made?: A show about terrible movies with Paul Scheer.
Who Charted?: A show about the top charts with Howard Kramer and Kulap.
Sklarbro Country: A sports show hosted by the amazing Sklar Bros. They talk about sports and indie rock quite a bit.
Professor Blastoff: Tig Notaro is a hero and I love listening to her talk.
The Fogelnest Files with Jake Fogelnest: A show where Jake Fogelnest show old/weird clips to his friends the clips are posted on youtube so the listeners can follow along.
Analyze Phish: A show where Harris WIttles (Phish fan, Parks and Rec writer, creator of @Humblebrag) tries to get Scott Aukerman to like the band “Phish”. It so funny I love the concept.
adamcarolla.com (Carolla Digital) was founded by Carolla after he was banished by terrestrial radio in 2009. His show include:
The Adam Carolla Show: This is the most downloaded comedy podcast of all-time. Adam moved his syndicated radio show to the internet about five years back and he does a show every day. That’s right every day. I think Adam is so funny and he’s best friends with Jimmy Kimmel and Kimmel is the best.
Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend: Alison wants to be your friend.
The Adam and Drew Show: The guys from Loveline are reunited Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew take calls and Dr. Drew is just so cool you guys.
This Week with Larry Miller: A super cool “old-school’ comedian recaps the week.
The Dr. Drew Podcast: He’s just so cool you guys he has advice and he gives it, you know?
Nerdist.com (Nerdist Network) was founded by the World’s Coolest Nerd, Chris Hardwick. He actually sold the the company to Legacy Films and is now the online wing of Legacy. Hardwick still maintains creative control over the site.
The Nerdist: Chris Hardwick talks with his two nerdy friends (Matt Mira and Jonah Ray) and chats with someone more famous than all of them. He recently hired a former Conan booker to book his podcast. They have stepped up the game when it comes to guests. Examples: Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks, Conan O’Brien, and Steve Carell. There are so many episodes, (three a week) It’s hard for a person to catch up (me).
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: The Longest, Weirdest Podcast in the world. It’s weird and Pete doesn’t always go for the big name guests. For example: he’s had on Chris Thayer, a stand-up with only three years of experience, who absolutely crushed it. He’s famous for saying “500 Weeks!” in a Bill Cosby voice from being of the show.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour: An old timey radio show recorded live. It is brilliantly, and meticulously written and is so genius. Give it a listen.
Mike and Tom Eat Snacks: Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanaugh sit and eat snacks, that’s pretty much it and it’s a surprisingly fun listen.
The Indoor Kids: A show about video games hosted by comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon.
Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve: A new show by the guys who created Supertroopers. Come on, they created Supertroopers.
Writer’s Panel: A show where writers talk about writing.
Jonah Raydio: A show about music hosted by comedian Jonah Ray.
smodcast.com (Smodcast) This network started by cult icon, Kevin Smith, who is a movie director/producer/the cool guy who always wears hockey jerseys)
SMODcast: The original show starring Kevin Smith and his friend Scott Mosier.
Fatman on Batman: Kevin talks about Batman.
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Kevin and Jason Mews reminisce about their days as indie film legends. They starred in most of Kevin’s movies including: Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Clerks 2, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Hollywood Babble-on: Kevin and friend Ralph Garman (Family Guy, The Joe Schmo Show) make fun of Hollywood in front of a live studio audience located in Hollywood.
ABCs of SNL: Kevin talks to Jon Lovitz about Saturday Night Live.
fakemustache.com (Fake Mustache Studios) was created last year by comedian/actor Jay Mohr. I’m sure they have some great stuff over their but to be honest I have only listened to two of their shows.
Mohr Stories: Jay Mohr has some great stories. This show has some great guests (Charlie Sheen, for example). He really let’s funny people be funny. The greatest episode of all time has to be when he brought on his Uncle Dan, a surprisingly hilarious uncle. I was laughing so hard. If you can track it down, he also has the last recorded interview with Patrice O’Neal who died shortly after. He worked as SNL and has some great Chris Farley stories.
The Crab-feast: Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson share some crazy tales of growing up on the east coast and doing stand-up on the road.
Indies (for lack of a better term, shows without other shows attached)
The Pod F. Tompkast: I love this show and Paul F. Tompkins is one of the funniest comedians working today. This show is planed out and extremely well-written. It has a sketch from a live show, a funny story from Jen Kirkman, and a excerpt from the Great Undiscovered Project. It’s not released that frequently so it’s fairly easy to catch up on the last few years relatively fast.
The Best Show on WFMU: Tom Scharpling hosts this amazing radio show/podcast from the WFMU studios in New Jersey. He’s got some great guests and it has two of my favorite things comedy and music.
Superego: A cool sketch/podcast that is a must listen in my opinion. The guys a super cool with fans too. I tweeted a question about the show to the shows twitter account and within minutes Matt Gouley himself answered it. I love these guys and their cool weird show.
Doug Loves Movies: Doug Benson talks about movies and has cool actors/comedians/film critics as guests. It’s live and they play games.
Never Not Funny: It really is never not funny. Jimmy Pardo (Conan O’Brien Warm-Up Comic) is so funny and just a great guy to listen to talk, great radio voice. The only downside is that the show costs money, if it was free it would be in the top 5 on iTunes no doubt.
Walking the Room: Dave Anthony and Greg Bahrendt host this cult classic of a podcast or should I say “Podcuddle” you’ll get that joke if you listen.
The Smartest Man In The World: Comedian Greg Proops sits and talks alone in front of a live audience about everything and its so great. He’s just one of those guys you are willing to listen to for hours and not get bored.
Harmontown: Dan Harmon created Community and Channel 101 enough said.
WTF with Marc Maron: There is nothing, I repeat nothing like this show anywhere on the internet, TV, your grandma’s basement. It’s so unique and great! I love this show. 5 stars! OK Marc interviews comedians, writers, and musicians and is famous for allowing them to open up. You will cry listening to this show but it will be ok. On one episode, Marc goes to visit the former editor of the Onion, Todd Hanson at the hotel where Todd had recently tried to commit suicide. It is one of the most intense things I have ever heard. Marc is so funny and great. He has influenced my sense of humor and helped me through some stuff.
This list is not done I will keep adding stuff because I listen to way to much comedic content, I’m sorry mom.