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Friday, November 5, 2010

Podcast - Pod F. Tompkast

Paul F. Tompkins used to have a show on VH1 called Best Week Ever, which was pretty darned funny. If you missed it, then you missed it, because it's since been canceled and Paul F. Tompkins has made his way onto the Internet (as well as into RiffTrax, the Michael J. Nelson / Kevin Murphy / Bill Corbett spin-off from Mystery Science Theater 3000) where he now hosts the Pod F. Tompkast, an irregular podcast.

The Pod F. Tompkast is as different from most podcasts, as Paul F. Tompkins is from most of his peers. It is a clever mix of odd sketches, skits, and radio plays, as well as the requisite banter which is handled more as monologues than interview sessions. In fact, I could be wrong, but I'm not certain Tompkins has interviewed anyone on the Pod F. Tompkast.

Tompkins is one of the truly "alternative" "indie" comedians, and his comedy is pretty out there most of the time, but he is aware of this and manages to distance himself from pigeonholing with frequent pop-cultural references and traditional comedy bits and structuring. But make no mistake about it, he's pretty bizarre -- hilariously so, but if you are looking for something more straightforward, the Pod F. Tompkast may not be your cuppa.

More variety show than traditional podcast, the Pod F. Tompkast is a a great addition to the ever-expanding roster of podcastery... dom. Highly recommended, though probably an acquired taste for some, it is also one of the more accessible, as there are only four episodes so far and there is no real connection to earlier podcasts.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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