22 Apr 2006

aussie podcasts review


last night, someone (i don't know if he wishes to be anon) told me he actually listened to something that i checked out my podcasts i listen to page. we were talking about podcasts and he said that i had really weird taste because he totally didn't get sunday night safran.

so this morning i decided i would go through some of my list to introduce you to things that aren't really mainstream. these are australian podcasts because they form a bulk of what i listen to. i miss aussie radio.

sunday night safran

people who don't know john safran are probably going to freak out why this person who has a weird sense of humour and raspy voice can actually be on radio. i've got a set of dvd's of this series on tv called "safran vs god." it is a very black humour type investigative documentary on all sorts of religion. i haven't even finished watching it yet because it is very hard to convince patricia to sit down and watch it with me. this is mainly because his voice is so irritating.

however, once you get past his chalkboard scratching voice, you'll find that he pokes fun at all sorts of religions, moral and social issues. for instance on his dvd's he sneak into free masons, tries out shinto buddhism for two weeks (very funny), tries to join a cult halluciganic cult where they claim it is against their religion not to get high.

now back to the radio show, it is actually just talk about recent news events that is religion related and he often has controversial guests that disagree with him. one of the most memorable interviews recently is he interviewed some chick who wrote a book about something - but she basically spent the whole interview bagging him out for not reading her book. anyway, it's interesting stuff, but not every episode is excellent, but its always something fun to listen to if you've got nothing to do.

the cage

the cage is a morning breakfast show on a nation-wide radio network in australia. it features are couple of comedians plus an ex-australian team cricketer. the best bits of the show is when they just go off on a tangent about what pisses them off, or JB's internet joke. the podcasts are not an afterthought, they actually go and bother to put an intro and snip out the right bits for you. which is great.

the shebang

the shebang is an afternoon drive show. they rely on listeners to call in with contributions about a particular topic they start. the think their quirky style of amateur radio is very funny, and to think that this is on national radio is even funnier. yet heaps of people listen to it, and it shows because they're not just some fake over the top radio announcer voice. dead air happens alot on the show, but that is what makes it so fun.

hamish and andy

i only discovered these guys on the net, they weren't particularly big when i was in australia. but they really rock. you have to listen to some of the segments. they do some pretty outrageous things, like challenged one of their hosts to get botox on their forehead, call up a guy who has the license plate BONKRZ and test whether he is really bonkers, got a farm boy into new york to gatecrash a coldplay interview and got him to sing a song about mariah carey boobs!

get this/toughlove

another australian radio show. the two male hosts, tony martin and mick molloy, used to do a really hit radio show back in last century called Martin/Molloy show and even won a couple of awards for best comedy albums with names such as "eat your peas" and "the brown album". they've since done all sorts of things from writing, to tv, to movies. and now they're back on radio and as funny as ever.

tony martin is famous for his john howard (our prime minister in australia) impressions. mick molloy is just an all-round crazy typical aussie guy. but they have two separate shows now, which means twice the content!

the sporting life
the sporting life is a three hour marathon of sarcastic commentary on sports. they are the foremost sports satrical comedians. it is very heavy aussie humour, so i would think that most people won't get it. although, when the 2004 olympics was on, i did attempt to get people hooked on to their unique sports commentary on the weightlifting and gymastics by giving each of the contestants back stories such as a user car salesmen, a box packer, etc.

merrick and rosso

these guys are another breakfast radio duo. i think their claim to fame is their interview skills (or lack thereof) and so they manage to ask some ridiculous questions when they interview celebrities. recently the prank called a guy from japan, and they were so impressed with how polite this guy was and ended up sending him a slab of VB (24 cans) and then invited him to sydney for a holiday all expenses paid!


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