I used to be 24.
I used to work evenings, at a bar four days a week. The rest of my week was wiiiiide open. So what did I do with all of that glorious free time? Pursue lofty intellectutal endeavors? Tackle personal career goals? Embrace the night life my buzzing metropolis had to offer? Occasionally. But mostly I just sat around with my dude friends and watched TV. And what did we watch you ask? Mythbusters was certainly a favorite, at least for the first two or three seasons.
My familiarity with Discovery’s urban myth debunker is probably why it was so easy for me to fall back in step with Adam Savage’s friendly, mildly narcissistic cadence.
Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project is part of Jaimie Hyneman and Savage’s Tested Network. They have a glut of videos and other shareable content. It’s a pop culture treasure trove.
On the podcast, Savage is joined by Will Smith and Norman Chan, savvy tech and culture experts who seem to be the gas in Tested’s tank. It would be easy call this show “nerd culture;” but I think we’re all over that aren’t we? It’s getting to where I ignore any new content provider that has the word “nerd” or “geek” in it. Untitled gets it right. Taking a page from Patton Oswalt, the show is about passion. And those passions could be anything: cooking, coffee, crosswords. Like most podcasts, this show boils down to engaging conversation.
Sure these hosts are fresh off a Comic-Con, and they talk about LEGOs, Oculus, and 3D printing, but they’re also pros, and they can keep the convo lively. Plus, there’s the fact that you get to listen to the guy who created this place:
I’ve heard stories about comedian Gilbert Gottfried — it seems, in reality, he’s a far cry from the manic nails-on-a-chalkboard character he’s made a living off of for 40-plus years. He’s said to be meek, polite, subtle, and low-key. That’s the kind of the guy I wanted to hear on Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast. But what I got was a slightly nicer version of the same cloying character we’re all ready to put to in the nostalgia bin.
Having cemented a reputation as being the “too soon” guy, (he made 9-11 jokes before the tower rubble was done smoldering, and lost a lucrative contract as the Aflac duck for making “insensitive remarks” about tsunami victims) I was ready for the human being behind the button pusher. Shocking gets boring. Human continues to intrigue. I kind of wanted mundane. I wanted to hear this guy:
But I just got more of the same from what I assume to be an insightful and intelligent entertainer. The guests are all there. Paul Shaffer was on the episode I listened to. And the model’s podcasty enough. (Gottfried does the show from his New York apartment.) But an interviewer Gottfried is not. In between the occasional funny story, it sounds like the host is ticking off a list of topics, and forcing novel subject matter on the listener. Hopefully, this is just the training wheels phase of this seasoned comedian’s admittedly spanking-new vehicle.
The Gentlemint Podcast is a new weekly show dedicated to “the manly issues” featured on the Gentlemint website. The show is hosted by the Gentlemint founders, Brian McKinney and Glen Stansberry. Gentlemint, the website, purports to be a place where men can share “manly links.” But it’s effectively just a nicely packaged online internet gab fest.
Podcasts are already “a manly” endeavor. I can show you my analytics demographic data. Ladies are not big fans of the medium. In fact, odds are if you’re reading this, you’re probably a white or hispanic male 25 to 44 years of age. Podcasts have a pretty specific demo, so these guys are catering to the right crowd, but kind of redundant from a framing perspective.
I stumbled upon Gentlemint right around episode 12, so we’ll start there. They cover a few things most of us with day jobs have discussed at length at the office, namely 50 Cent’s amazing pitch at a Pirates-Mets game. The discussion was funnyish. They digressed into the awesomeness of Bill Murray following his appearance at yet another stranger’s wedding.
You’ve heard it before I’m sure. The show’s fine, and the hosts are funny. The subject matter just feels heavily trodden. They’re probably avoiding obscure subject matter to broaden their listenership, but I would’ve been much more impressed if they’d delved into some weirder stuff. Most of the stuff they talked about had been in my Facebook feed for a few days by the time I listened. This list was pretty mind blowing though.