We’re a podcast about podcasts. Probably THE podcast about podcasts. Being so, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer you a primer on the High Plains Comedy Festival and some of the amazing talent descending on Denver. Listening to someone’s YouTube clips is like visiting their MySpace page. You’re better than that. Listening to a podcast where they spend three hours chumming it up with their comedy buddies? That’s where the real nutmeat lies.
Below you’ll see a list of headliners for the various showcases, other roustabouts that will be featuring, and a little background on the two podcasts that’ll be doing live shows. (Hint: it’s not us!)
My Dining Room Table
Hosted by: Adam Cayton-Holland
In 140 characters or less: Adam invites people to sit around his dining room table and talk, as he usually houses comedic refugees.
In 140 characters or less: A monthly storytelling show where comedians, actors, musicians, writers, etc share true stories from their lives centered on a monthly theme.
Fest Guests: #1 Adam Cayton-Holland, Amber Tozer, Timmi Lasley, #2 Ben Roy, #5 Bevin O’Brien, Kristin Rand, #6 Chris Charpentier, #7 Mara Wiles, #13 Pt 2 Chris Charpentier, #15 Pt 2 Taylor Gonda, #17 Pt 2 Amber Tozer, #18 Chris Charpentier, #19 Jodee Champion, #23 Jordan Doll
These Things Matter
Hosted by: Kevin O’Brien and Taylor Gonda
In 140 characters or less: Winner of the Westword #WebAward for best pod, they talk pop culture autobiographically.
Fest Guests: #8 Weezer with Adam Cayton-Holland, #11 The Road with Sam Tallent, #20 Super Mario with Jordan Doll, #21 SNL with Mara Wiles, #27 Slasher Movies with Nate Balding, #30 Legos with Andrew Orvedahl, #31 Pro Wrestling with Nathan Lund, #40 Outkast with Sean Patton, #46 Patrick Swayze with Ian Douglas Terry, #48 The Wire with Ben Roy, #49 The Simpsons with Kevin White, #52 TGIF with Brett Hiker, #53 Seinfeld with Chris Charpentier, #56 Ska with Bryan Cook, #59 with Jim Hickox, #61 Modest Mouse with Bobby Crane, #62 Star Trek with Timmi Lasley, #63 Michael Jackson with Christie Buchele, #67 Arrested Development with Jordan Doll
Reggie is a regular on Comedy Bang Bang (the podcast) and the band for Comedy Bang Bang (the IFC program), so that’s not confusing at all. He’s also responsible for some of the best theme songs in the podcasting canon. His episode of the Nerdist podcast with Bill Burr remains one of the top rated episodes the show has released.
Kurt recently released his own podcast on the Nerdist network called “The K Ohle” (pronounced K-hole) where he either talks with guests about boating, pets, or he kidnaps them and drops them off in a place they’ve never been. Festival participants who have been boated/petted/abducted include Kyle Kinane and Matt Braunger.
Howard, AKA Dragon Boy Suede, has one of the longest running shows on the Earwolf network. “Who Charted?“, with co-host Kulap Vilaysack, talks about the hit songs and films of the week with guest comedians. Festival participants who have charted themselves include Brendon Walsh, Matt Braunger, Kyle Kinane, and Reggie Watts.
We’re big fans of this guy, mainly because he did our podcast last time he was in Denver. Which was mere weeks ago. You’re mad at yourself for missing him the first time around, so make sure to catch him at High Plains. Sean hails from New Orleans, where FEMA still owes him money for demolition work he did after hurricane Katrina. True story. For more true stories, listen to him on the podcasts below!
One of our favorite shows from the All Things Comedy network is “The Bone Zone“, hosted by Brendon Walsh, Randy Liedtke and Davey Johnson. Sometimes they’ll have a guest on, play entertaining covers of pop songs, or make a prank call to a Best Buy. Festival participants who have been boned include Howard Kremer and Sean Patton.
Kyle is the reigning champion of Drunk History on Comedy Central, a regular performer at Comedy Works (and the Deer Pile if you’re lucky), and has an album called Whiskey Icarus. Needless to say, we’re supporters of all things Kinane. Catch him at 3 Kings on Friday or the Gothic on Saturday. Or don’t and just continue to be wrong about most things.
Fresh off the release of “Matt Braunger: Shovel Fighter“, Matt comes to Denver with a full head of steam. His podcast “Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger” on the Nerdist network is one of their hottest new shows they’ve added, and he doesn’t even need to book guests. Nope, he just talks to himself for roughly 15 minutes every week. It’s great.
Host of: Probably Science
Former host of: Black Astronauts
Former hosts: Mid-Best Podcast
In from out of town? Here are local performers we’ve had as guests: #16 Jim Hickox, #21 Roger Norquist, #22 Adam Cayton-Holland, #23 Chris Charpentier, #25 Elliot Woolsey, #30 Nate Balding and Jordan Doll, #33 Aaron Urist and Matt Monroe, #35 Sean Patton