Live Podcast Roundup for the Vancouver Comedyfest, Feb 7-17

Tig Notaro, one of the hosts of the Professor Blastoff podcast

Tig Notaro, one of the hosts of the Professor Blastoff podcast

As most comedy nerds already know, podcasts are the most ideal medium for comics to do their thing, aside from on stage. There’s a freedom in podcasts that can’t be found in traditional radio – there’s no cap on time and bad words aren’t censored. Their popularity in the comedy world lends itself to live podcasting, which is essentially a comedy show that’s taped in front of a live audience and broadcast later on iTunes.

With the launch of Vancouver’s Comedyfest this week there will be plenty of live podcasts to check out. We’ve complied your list of options.

Professor Blastoff
Venue: The Playhouse Theatre, 601 Cambie St.
Date: Fri. Feb. 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Hosts: Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger
What to expect: This podcast explores the big questions in life, which are pontificated casually yet hilariously. Each episode focuses on a central theme, ranging from science to philosophy. (A recent episode, for example, pondered how do you define freedom.) Tig Notaro is having a moment right now, after experiencing a traumatic year and then rebounding with a now legendary set at LA’s Largos.

Who Charted
Venue: TBA
Time: TBA
Date: Fri. Feb. 8
The Hosts: Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack
What to expect: This podcast takes a look (and listen) at what’s topping the charts in the music and movie industries. The hosts and their guest chat about their opinions on the current trends and round things off by playing silly trivia games.

Scott Aukerman, host of Comedy Bang Bang

Scott Aukerman, host of Comedy Bang Bang

Comedy Bang Bang
Venue: The Playhouse Theatre, 601 Cambie St.
Date: Sat. Feb. 9
Time: 7:00 pm
The Host: Scott Aukerman
What to expect:  Last time this podcast recorded live in Vancouver, its special guests (which weren’t reveled until they came out on stage) included Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt…so expect some big names.  The format involves a mix of characters, games and interviews, performed in a high-spirited manner.

You Made It Weird
Venue: The Venue, 881 Granville Street
Date: Fri. Feb. 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Host: Pete Holmes
What to expect: This podcast is basically a therapy session for Holmes and his guest and they chat about their secret weirdness – in a funny way. At times it’s uncomfortable but more often, it’s hilarious.

Marc Maron

Marc Maron

WTF with Marc Maron
Venue: The Venue, 881 Granville Street
Date: Sun. Feb. 17
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The Host: Marc Marcon
What to expect: Maron has a self-indulgent interview style that showcases his vulnerabilities. In turn, his guests let down their guard and revel themselves in ways they wouldn’t with other conventional interviews. His live shows are a lot more spirited – Maron has a huge, devoted following. Expect him to begrudge the amount of baked goods his fans traditionally bring him.

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