Comedy Podcast Review : Illusionoid

Illusionoid comedy podcast

In the distant future, humanity has its last stand against the tyrant computer ILLUSIONOID. A lone survivor sends messages backwards through time in hopes that he can provide a warning of the danger to come. Will you heed his warnings? Open your ears and hone your senses, for without immediate action, none can escape the future that is ILLUSIONOID…

Illusionoid is an improvised sci-fi comedy in an old-time radio style, mixing in music and sound effects on the fly. The title of episode comes from audience suggestions, and the cast (comprising core regulars Paul Bates, Lee Smart and Nug Nahrgang and per-episode special guests) then use it as a starting point to take the story in directions that even they can’t predict!

As mentioned the episode titles come from the audience, which is via social media suggestions for the studio based shows, and from an actual live audience for the shows recorded in a comedy club. Some examples are Panic In Year Zero, The Suitcase Of Cranio, and one of my favourites, The Gaseous Apothecary!

A description of this fantastic show doesn’t do it justice, so just use the links below to start downloading now – but make sure that you listen somewhere where you don’t mind suddenly bursting into laughter!!

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Comedy History Podcast Review : Z List Dead List

Z List Dead List comedy history podcast

If there’s a group of people who have really taken to podcasting (apart from internet marketers…and somewhat bizarrely, wrestlers), it’s comedians. A free podcast every week or so is undoubtedly a great way to get your name in the minds of people who might not otherwise know you on a list of circuit comedians.

Marc Maron’s WTF podcast probably needs no introduction, and several other shows have gone down a similar road (comedians interviewing other comedians about comedy), for example The Green Room, Comedian’s Comedian and Show Me Your Bits.

Other comedians are using their podcasts to document their comedy journey – for example Can I Be Funny, and recently the co-creator of the 4am Cab comedy sketch podcast, Lee Wilson, has also embarked on a stand-up career, documented in Joking Around.

However, some other acts have taken it a step further and moved into other areas (whilst keeping the comedy!)

  • Geekatorium – a live recording of fun and games that makes you wish you were part of the audience!
  • Scummy Mummies – Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson letting the world know that when you do something that makes you feel like a bad parent, don’t worry – we all do it!
  • Fixated – comedian Tom Goodliffe interviewing other comedians but not about comedy this time, instead it is about their other fixation, everything from Warhammer to The Beatles via Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

One of the comedians who has really gone the extra mile and produced a top quality podcast is Iszi Lawrence, creator and host of the ‘Z List Dead List’ show which bills itself as ” a history of the not-so famous.”

Each episode features guest comedians and podcasters giving a biographies of people who did something significant in their lives, but for one reason or another are in danger of being lost in the annals of history.

The guests are a fantastic selection of comedians and podcasters – Richard Herring, Helen Zaltzman and David Quantick to name but a few. The stories that they tell are weaved in and out throughout the show, and are presented in a mix of live performance and more intimate interviews. They are intercut with each other along with a mix of music, sound effects and commentary from Iszi – it all comes together to give the show a very high production standard, along the lines of This American Life, or more recently, Serial. And it has arguably the best podcast artwork that I’ve seen!

You get all of this in less than half an hour per show, so what are you waiting for, download it now!!

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Film Podcast Review : The Dew Over

The Dew Over film podcast

You quite often see magazine articles that proclaim to list the ‘Top 100 Best Films In The World Ever!!!!’, and inevitably it features movies that have only just been released surprisingly high in the list.

These things quite often need time to settle, it is only as films mature over time, as they find an audience, have a knock on impact, resonate over time that their value can truly be appreciated.

And it is this sort of hindsight that the panel over at The Dew Over apply to the Oscars…’for your reconsideration’. Each episode takes a year in Oscar history and decides if the best film decision requires a ‘do over’…or, as the show is named after host Jamie Dew, a ‘dew over’!

The panel of movie bloggers and podcasters talk through the nominated films in turn, discuss what else what released that year that perhaps should have been included in the running, then vote and decide on the new winner.

Despite a reasonably large group of participants the conversation flows well, and although the audio quality could perhaps be a bit better, there isn’t too much talking over each other as can happen in large groups.

So if you’ve ever bristled at the decisions of the Academy (and I’m sure many of you have!), join The Dew Over to right Oscar’s wrongs!

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Self Improvement Podcast Review : The Changeability Podcast

Changeability self help podcast

If you have a perfect life then congratulations, well done, what’s your secret, and I don’t believe you. The rest of us will all have at least one thing if not a whole list of things that we want to change, and the Changeability podcast will help you do it.

The official description of this show is very good, so rather than attempt to rehash it myself I’ll just print it here :-

The Changeability podcast is a weekly show exploring how to manage your mind to make changes in your life, through lively discussion & engaging entertaining interviews that empower, inspire & motivate the listener to pursue their dream/vision of a better, happier, successful life & business.

Couldn’t have put it better myself, so I didn’t try!

This podcast is a companion to the Changeability book, and both are in turn part of the Brilliant Living HQ website set up by Katherine Bryant & Julian Illman which offers all sorts of advice and products to help you make some changes. I can also definitely recommend the Changeability: Manage your Mind – Change your Life
book – unlike many self help books that present fairly vague but nice sounding ideas, the Changeability book presents concepts grounded in reality and science, along with plenty of practical tips and encouragement to implement them.

Back to the podcast, as you would (hopefully!) expect from a husband and wife presenting team there is a great rapport between the hosts, and the podcast is given a real lift by the production, sporadically utilising music, sound effects and voice treatments to provide an extra level of audio interest, something that a lot of podcasts would benefit from.

One question to ask yourself on finding a new podcast is what to do about earlier episodes, do you just start at the current episode and keep up with new ones from there, or do you go back and start from the beginning, binge listening up to the present day?! Normally I’d say to just start with the current one, but with Changeability I’d definitely recommend starting at the beginning – the podcast to date has been outlining a toolbox of techniques to help you make some changes in your life so if you’re at all interested in something like this then you should definitely start from the beginning.

Good luck making your changes!!

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Here is an Amazon link to the Changeability book!


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GoodPodcasts Awards 2014

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Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you….The 2014 GoodPodcasts Awards!

You’ll have to listen to the show to find out who has won, but the nominees are :-

Music Podcasts

Film Podcasts

Comedy Podcasts

 Self Improvement Podcasts

Audio Production Podcasts

Other notables…


As well as listening to find out the winners, listen to see what the future holds for GoodPodcasts!


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Good Podcasts Ep 44 – Faculty of Horror | Cyphreinc | Audio Drama Production Podcast

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Audio Drama Production Podcast

Audio Drama Production Podcast

There is a saying that everyone has a novel in them – with the kindle store filling up on a daily basis with more and more people realising that dream, maybe a more unique way to get your story heard would be to instead think about making an audio drama? This is a genre of podcast that doesn’t currently have many entries, and personally it’s this kind of podcast that is the most interesting to me – I’d much rather hear the realisation of someone’s creative impulses than listen to the umpteenth show talking about superhero films!

So if you’re inspired and need help in producing your audio masterpiece, look no further than the Audio Drama Production podcast from Yap Audio!  Matthew and Robert are speaking from experience as they have their own audio drama, Aftermath, which is set in a post apocalyptic Scotland. On the Audio Drama Production Podcast they offer their own advice as well as featuring interviews and sections from other producers, covering tips on everything from writing, recording, casting & sound engineering as well as providing any budding producers out there with plenty of motivation and inspiration. And don’t go thinking that this is just for audio drama producers, there are plenty of tips that ‘normal’ podcasters can take away too.

So what are you waiting for? Get creating!

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Music Podcast Review – Cyphreinc

Music Podcast Cyphreinc

The Cyphreinc podcast is a no nonsense show that delivers a blast of high energy guitar music – as the tag line states, it’s ’13 choons on the 13th of the month’! The tracks are varied in styles but generally have a garage/punk feel and are linked by a slice of daily life from the host, it makes the show feel as if you’re round a friends house and they’re playing you something that they think you’ll like.

This is only a short review as the message is pretty simple – this show plays music from some fantastic guitar bands and is hosted in a totally unique and engaging way, download it now!

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Film Podcast Review – Faculty Of Horror

Film Podcast Faculty Of Horror

I get presented with countless film podcasts, so it’s a breath of fresh air when a show like Faculty Of Horror appears that views the world of movies through a unique lens.

Presented by Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati each episode takes a psychological or sociological issue and examines how it has been addressed (or not!) in a couple of featured films. For example, at the time of writing, the most recent episode looked at eating disorders by talking about Black Swan and Drag Me To Hell.

The shows are a fascinating thesis not only only of the main theme under discussion, but also by bringing in a film school style analysis of the films in terms of the film making techniques used to get across the directorial intent and subtexts.

The hosts use their knowledge of psychological themes and awareness of social issues, along with wide range of film knowledge and references to create a thoroughly interesting, intelligent, and engaging conversation in each show – highly recommended.

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