It’s been a busy week, folks, what with all the watching and listening to comedy I do. Now, none of you may be asking, “What else do you do with your life?” Well, glad you didn’t ask. I’m a husband. I’m also a father to a two-year-old son; let’s call him “Thundercock,” a name I just stole from a Christian Finnegan joke.
So why am I telling you all this? Well, it’s because I feel a bit inspired to personally open up after having listened to the second episode of comedians Jim Breuer and Pete Correale’s new podcast The Podcast Masters. (Yes, the title of the show is tongue-in-cheek since they’ve only been podcasting for a few weeks; but in their defense, the pair has done satellite radio together for years.).
The show’s website more than implies what you will not hear on The Podcast Masters; and that is politics and news. And that’s fine with me. I’m the type of person who will spiral into depression because its drizzling outside; I can’t imagine what I’d do if I actually knew what was going on in the world. So, what do the longtime friends chat about? Mostly marriage, their friendship, family– that kind of stuff. As you may know, Breuer, in the last few years, has gone through a bit of a transformation onstage, wherein he’s traded in stories about getting high for stories about his three daughters and his wife.
Episode two is anchored quite artfully by a story Breuer tells of a heated (and wordy) text message exchange between he and his wife that began moments before he hit the stage in Atlantic City, where he was performing with Jim Norton, Bill Burr and Dave Attell. The important things to know about the couple’s dynamic is that they’ve been married for 17 years, they have three daughters and she is kind-of a Born Again Christian, though, despite Correale’s persistent questioning, Breuer still has a hard time describing her faith. The point is, things were said and Breuer had lots of choices to make– choices that were ultimately made with the guidance of Star Wars.
In an effort to re-produce an old-school radio experience the two buddies are joined by DJ Lou who often inserts mood music and sound effects to help illustrate conversations. Honestly, if the number of sounds were decreased by half, I think the show would flow better than it already does. I could also do without the FM radio-friendly intros and outros– there’s lots of bang-zoom sounds. But, I’m picking. There’s very little wrong with what Breuer and Correale do on this new project. I’d highly suggest you check out The Podcast Masters. Once you do, let us know what you think.