Thursday, January 27, 2011

Podcast Rollcall: The Pod F. Tompkast

Genre: Variety show

What It's About: Sheer entertainment. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins has locked down a format that allows for sketches, live performances, impressions, and stream-of-consciousness monologues, and music. With both recurring bits and original one-offs, each edition is a grab bag of comedic segments. Tompkins' distinct style never wavers, making this one of the most strongly authorial podcasts available.

Why You Should Care: This is one of the rare podcasts that veers from the talk show format. Tompkins dares to step away from the familiar one or two people talking to the listeners, and actually writes, produces, and performs original bits, making this podcast more like an audio "Saturday Night Live." Needless to say, Tompkins is hilarious in both delivery and content. And at a rate of only one per month, this podcast is also easy to keep up with.

Frequency: Monthly

Average Length: 1 hour

As always, if you become a regular listener to a podcast that solicits donations, try to find a way to make the occasional contribution.

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