A crop of Melbourne-based comedians who are doing consistently impressive things with podcasts. Time Out investigates a few of the best
There comes a time in every comic's life when they think to themselves, "You know what the world needs more of? Me. I'm going to release a podcast".
Perhaps the most well known of the current crop is Karl Chandler and Tommy Dassalo's The Little Dum Dum Club, an hour long weekly effort that splits its attentions between the usual comedy fare and a consistently impressive string of local and international stand-up guests. Tommy's fast-talking style bounces off Chandler's more laconic delivery and they have a gift for bringing out the best of those in the studio with them. With 60 episodes down, their hard work has been recognised with a second placing in the LA-based Earwolf Challenge podcast competition, which led to them touring the US and receiving some complimentary words from America's own king of the comedy podcast scene, Marc Maron.
One of the stranger pairings is that of Bart Freebairn and Nick Cody with Something For the Drive Home. While both are excellent comics in their own right, one is a purveyor of the finest adult whimsy while the other is a reliably dirty if piercingly astute observational stand-up. However, the dynamic works in its curious way and the 30-minute episodes make for pleasingly bite-sized slabs of rough-as-guts insanity.
A newer entrant to the field is Slapbang Radio, a weekly outing from Dave Thornton and Tommy Little that gives the two affable gents an opportunity to flex their comedic muscles in a way that their commercial radio obligations probably don't. The pace is fast and the 40-minute episodes skew from anecdote to hyperactive discussion to prank calls to guest appearances, all tied together with the pair’s easygoing brand of humour.
Finally, for a less straight up comedy effort, former Rove mainstay Peter Helliar combines with Justin Hamilton, one of the best stand-ups this country has to offer, on Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks! in which they and the occasional guest discuss film (in a generally comic fashion) for anywhere between 30 minutes and a full hour. Past visitors to the podcast include Steve Carrell, Morgan Spurlock and Stephen Curry.
The author of this article, Luke Ryan, has his own podcast: The Lords of Luxury
Hosted by: Radio broadcasters/comedians Luke Ryan, Dan Debuf, Paul Verhoeven, Matt Saraceni
Best for: Off-the-wall humour in an old-timey radio show format. Comedy sketches from these improv comedy alumni are bizarrely funny (our favourite: a captain who thinks a cruise ship is a spaceship).