A lot of new podcasts are coming to “Stitcher” and “Stitcher Premium” this month, including a new podcasts with Paul Scheer and another with Michael Ian Black. If you’re looking for a new podcast to keep you distracted at the gym, in the laundry room or on your commute, there’s something for everyone.
If you follow me on social-media, then you probably have already heard me go on and on about “How Did This Get Made?,” the podcast hosted by Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Unlike HDTGM, Paul won’t be discussing bad movies but ones that have actually made the AFI Top 100 list of all time. The new podcast is called “Unspooled,” and it will be a collaboration with film critic Amy Nicholson (“The Canon”). In the podcast Amy will guide Paul through the films as they examine what makes these movies so special, how they hold up in 2018, and if they truly are the best films ever made. In the show, launching May 17th, Paul and Amy will dissect iconic scenes, talk to artists and filmmakers about the influence of these films, and give listeners a free education in classic cinema.
“Obscure” is set to debut on June 8th, and fans can listen along as actor and comedian Michael Ian Black (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Another Period”) reads every line of the classic Thomas Hardy novel “Jude the Obscure”. Not just an audiobook, Black will also be adding his own commentary to the reading and each week he’ll be joined by special guests from the comedy world.
Both shows will be available on all platforms where listeners access podcasts.
Those aren’t the only podcasts coming out this summer. Allison Raskin (“Just Between Us,” “I Hate Everyone But You”) will make her podcast debut with the comedic soap-opera “Gossip” on June 14th. The show follows three unlikely female friends as they meet each week to drink coffee and share the latest gossip floating around their not-so-traditional suburban town called Golden Acres. Joining Raskin are Amanda Perez (“Don Jon”), Beth Littleford (“The Daily Show,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”), Lilan Bowden (“Andi Mack”) and Victoria Rowell (“The Young and The Restless,” “Dumb & Dumber”). Stitcher will release the entire first season of “Gossip” to its Premium subscribers on launch day, and will roll out episodes on a weekly basis on all other platforms where listeners access podcasts.
If you need a podcast right now, “Threedom” features BFF-hosts Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”), Lauren Lapkus (“Orange is the New Black,” “With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus”) and Paul F. Tompkins (“Spontaneanation”). Inspired by their conversations while on tour, the improv stars get together to discuss one another, the world and everything in between. New episodes are currently streaming exclusively on Stitcher Premium and will be available on all platforms in fall 2018. The first few episodes are a bit vague, since the trio couldn’t even settle on a title for the podcasts, but stick with it because it really gets fun. As long-time fan of “Spontaneanation” I can’t resist a great Paul F. Tompkins podcast, and if you want to throw them all together, I STRONGLY recommend that you listed to the “How Did This Get Made?” episodes with Tompkins (Deep Blue Sea, After Earth, Lake Placid).
There are two other podcasts you can catch on the network, “John Levenstein’s Retirement Party” and “Lost & Found“. In John Levenstein’s (“Arrested Development,” “Silicon Valley”) podcasts, he draws from his career in show business to offer listeners personal stories from the writers’ room and advice on a variety of topics, including health and financial tips, dream real estate destinations, how to settle feuds and more. The 10-episode season, launching May 9th, will be co-hosted by actress and writer Mary Kobayashi and features guests including Karen Kilgariff (“My Favorite Murder”), Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show”) and Jill Soloway (“Transparent”). As for “Lost & Found,” that podcast will be hosted by Matt McConkey (“Homophilia”) and is set to premiere on May 23. The podcast will feature intimate conversations with prominent comedians, writers and actors affected by the adoption experience.