I devour podcasts like a hungry beast. Most of them come from our ABC Radio National. I have heard that podcasting has saved Radio National. The download figures are extraordinary compared to real time listeners. What RN produces is quality and is probably downloaded all over the world, like BBC podcasts.
But I also like some light relief in my podcasts. In the past, Frank and Benny in The Two Fat Lattes on Joy Melbourne were very amusing. For a while gay comedian Adam Richards amused me with his podcasts, but he disappeared, returned and then disappeared again. The stalwart of Melbourne comedy podcasts must surely be Steele Saunders with I Love Green Guide Letters. Also the Coodabeens have entertained me over the past year.
But maybe Steele wasn't the first. Tommy Dassalo has made more podcasts than Steele and his Little Dum Dum Club podcasts are very good.
I don't really get why talented comedians make podcasts. There is not much in the way of direct earnings to them, especially from the likes of me who doesn't do Apple and the Itunes store. Maybe it is an awareness thing, to get their names known? It is succeeding as I am writing about them. But is a male on the downhill slide to sixty really the audience and the demographic they want? I, who have rarely paid to see or hear anything on the internet, did donate $10 to Dassalo to hear his anniversary special. I haven't listened to it yet but consider it as payment for other podcasts. I could have donated $0 and still downloaded it, but the payment process was easy, so I did pay.
I have praised Steele Saunders and I Love Green Guide Letters in the past. I am now recommending you to have a listen to Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler at the Dum Dum Club.
I briefly felt I had a connection with Tommy Dassalo. His parents don't swear and don't tolerate swearing at all, rather like my parents. But we are generations apart. The difference is Dassalo now swears and I don't. Well, I may for effect at times on very special occasions. But the Dassalo podcast swearing is minimal compared to what I have heard on Steele's I Love Green Guide Letters. Why do comedians think fuck is a word that will get the crowd on side? 'Maaaaaaaattttttteeeee. He is a great comedian, down to earth. Swears a lot.' Is that how it works? I feel old.
R is known to use the eff word more than I do, yet after seeing I Love Green Guide Letters live at Melbourne Town Hall and having no idea what the show was about, I can summarise what he said by saying, 'Why do they have to swear such a lot? It was funny enough, but all the swearing was a bit much'.
As a podcast listener of I Love Green Guide Letters, I was a little more sanguine about it, having heard it all before. While Libby Gore is a thoroughly professional fill in host on ABC Melbourne radio, it was good to hear her use the eff word appropriately when she was a guest on the afore mentioned podcast.
Yes, if you have the time, podcasts made by a comedians make some great listening.