The Rocket Podcast Network has launched its pilot podcast episodes!
“I’m very excited that you can now listen to these eight great podcasts on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher app,” said Rocket Comedy Network Podcast Coordinator Hunter Steffes.
The podcast releases mark the culmination of almost a year’s work at PHIT Comedy laying the groundwork to expand our presence onto the web. The Rocket Comedy Network will provide new avenues for the amazing talent in Philadelphia’s comedy community to reach a larger audience on the internet (which we’ve heard everyone is using now).
Here are your podcast pilots for 2016…
For every episode of Andrew Makes a Case Andrew Nealis will watch whatever movie his listeners ask him to endure – then try to convince co-host Tom Hannigan and a guest that everyone else has it all wrong and they are missing out on a hidden gem of the silver screen! Will he succeed?
PILOT FACT: Tom and the internet forced Andrew to watch the 2005 movie version of Bewitched with Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman.
Geek Girl Rants is a monthly pop culture rant/rave/review round-up of the issues within popular culture (especially television) featuring female and minority perspectives with a humorous bent. From episode to episode you’ll get passionate rants, round table discussions, interviews with local female, minority, and transgender comedians, and spotlights on upcoming geek events.
PILOT FACT: Anita’s first episode is dedicated to female super heroes.
Improv Everything with John Hanson and Rob Alesiani
Improv Everything takes on the task of educating listeners on how different improv concepts can be applied in the business world. Each episode a guest from the world of business, government or education joins co-hosts John Hanson (CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority) and Rob Alesiani (PHIT Comedy Instructor) for a lively discussion on the intersection of comedy, improv, and professional life – to lay out how improv concepts can be beneficial in professional leadership and personal growth.
PILOT TIP: John and Rob talk active listening with Camden County College President Don Borden.
Each week the Kid Goggles hosts, Matt Garren, Stacie Lyons, and Jeremy Keys, invite a guest to bring a beloved piece of entertainment from their childhood to the studio in order to discuss if the things they once loved were things worth loving. With hindsight on their side and their kid goggles gone, they will see past nostalgia to pass final judgement!
PILOT TIP: Matt, Stacie, and Jeremy are talking wrestling for their first episode.
A show that has the goal of being just like This American Life – but creepy and focused in Philadelphia. Each episode Brendan and Mo will explore areas of local significance, interview experts and comedians, and find interesting (and maybe creepy!) things to bring to your attention.
PILOT TIP: This episode features a bucket filled with human teeth.
Sarah & Andrea Should Smile
Local radio personality Andrea Duffy and higher-ed diversity expert Sarah Carter bring you the latest from the ongoing discussion of lady comedians (of all types!) through interviews, games, and clips of the best comedy by or related to women. Featuring discussion of current hot topics around women in comedy like harassment, being one of the guys, etc., mixed with historic context from the stories of ground-breaking female comics, this podcast promises to inject these important conversations into Rocket Comedy Network’s offerings and the national conversation.
PILOT TIP: Sarah and Andrea’s first episode discusses the difficulty of being a “difficult woman” in the world.
SHOULD HAVE GONE HOME with Sean Sullivan and Robyn Cartlidge
Have you ever been out all night and watched the sunrise or ended up at a strangers apartment and had to make a great escape? Did you wind up in a jail cell or help apprehend a criminal yourself? Fall asleep on a train or bus with no phone or wallet stranding yourself far from home? Have you started a dance party at a Wawa? Did you do shots with Justin Bieber? Said I love you to someone at the worst possible time? Been beaten up by a senior citizen? Skinny dipped in shark infested waters? Sean and Robyn will be listening to all these stories and sharing their own similarly inspired drunken or misguided acts that were all in the pursuit of squeezing every ounce of juice out of seemingly doomed evenings. The focus in SHOULD HAVE GONE HOME will be discussions of where guests’ stories went wrong or right, what was learned and applied to future escapades, or what ended up burned into their memories (or bodies) for life.
PILOT TIP: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency Writer Caitlin Weigel is Sean and Robyn’s first guest.
A podcast from Philadelphia sketch writer, performer, and PHIT Instructor Matt Schmid, focusing on sketch comedy and featuring interviews with comedians from across the country (those you know and those you *should* know) about their sketch comedy writing practices and philosophies.
PILOT TIP: Matt’s first interview is with Emmy award winning writer Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, Saturday Night Live, MAD TV, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Review).
If you especially enjoy any of the podcasts you listen to, it would be a wonderful holiday gift for our hosts if you subscribed or left a review!