During my early days on the job, I did a trend story on blogs. This was back in the early 2000s, when you still had to explain such things (blog = web-log). Shortly thereafter podcasts came along and really blew people’s minds. It was sort of like radio, but you could put the shows in your iPod and listen to at your convenience. Finally, there was no excuse for not knowing about “This American Life.” Fast forward to 2013, and podcasting in not just a thing (with millions of listeners), it’s a career field. At least for guys like Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron and Adam Carolla, who is live taping an episode his his podcast Sunday night at the Tower Theatre.
I busted my butt trying to work an interview with Carolla in advance of the show. Sadly, we couldn’t get our schedules synced, so, I threw some questions out to my buddy (and local podcast guru) Mike Seay. Disclosure: Seay is my co-host on Flowing with Famous.
How have podcasts changed since 2004 or whenever people started paying attention to such things?
It’s become much more niche. In the beginning there was a lot of regular people doing their version of a radio morning show. Not many celebrities, mostly average people that would never try getting a job in radio but still thought they could do that brand of entertaining.
Carolla hosts the most downloaded podcast of all time, which, technically, means since the early 2000s or so. Still, Carolla, best known for his TV (“The Man Show,” Crank Yankers”) and radio (“Loveline”) work, is podcast royalty. His show was downloaded 60 million times between ’09 and ’11.
Carolla will be taping an episode of his podcast live at the Tower Theatre, Dec. 8 and we have tickets to put a few lucky Beehivers in the audience. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. Tell us what is your favorite podcast and why. The contest ends 5 p.m. Friday. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please. Rules on the jump.
1. GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME LOCAL GOODS
Since the Fresno Handmade Bazaar was such a success earlier this year, organizers The Soulflower Group have crafted a seasonal sequel — Saturday’s Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar. You can buy gifts — for you or your fam — handmade by Fresno’s indie artisans. This ain’t your grandma’s craft fair, though. It’s in a club with a DJ and drinks. Keep in mind that it’s only open to the 21+. [More]
Lewis Black plays Saroyan Theatre on Feb. 7 as part of his “The Rant is Due” tour. Black is a Grammy winner, who used to be a regular on “The Daily Show” and now performs more than 200 dates a year, selling-out shows in places such as Las Vegas, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and Broadway. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, costing $39.50 and $49.50. Get ‘em at the Fresno Convention Center box office or through Ticketmaster. If you’re wondering: Black last appeared in the area in 2009, for a Table Mountain Casino show.
Jeff Dunham, a popular ventriloquist and stand-up comedian, is back at Save Mart Center, which is a regular stop for him. He’s starting his new “Disorderly Conduct” tour this month and it stops in Fresno on March 24. Tickets cost $46.50. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They’ll be available at the Save Mart Center box office or through Ticketmaster. Dunham played Table Mountain in May and was at Save Mart Center last in January of 2011.
Saroyan Theatre just announced a comedy date with the Wayan Bros. — Marlon and Shawn, who will share the stage on Aug. 28. Tickets go on sale real quick too, at 10 a.m. on Friday. They cost $38.50. Marlon and Shawn are best known from films such as the “Scary Movie” franchise, “White Chicks” and “Little Man.” They also had their own sitcom, “The Wayans Bros.”
Jo Koy — a regular on “Chelsea Lately” — returns to Saroyan Theatre on Nov. 6. He played there May 2010 as well. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 5, costing $32. Keep an eye on the site next week for a ticket giveaway.
Tower Theatre has confirmed a Dec. 8 date with Adam Carolla, who sold out the theater out last year around the same time. No ticket info has been announced yet, but keep an eye out for that, Ace fans.
One last shout-out: Fresno-bred comic Darren Carter comes home on Aug. 20 to headline Tower Theatre. He’s co-headlined the theater before, played in our clubs too — and now comes back to headline the theatre. Good job, local boy. Tickets are on sale now for $19.50 and $24.50.
1. GET FESTIVE
All the Christmas-related stuff revs up this weekend around Fresno. That includes the opening of Christmas Tree Lane (and the first walking night tonight), the tree lighting at City Hall, Tuba Christmas and the Tower District’s Christmas festivities. Here’s a list of 12 different Christmas things to get out and do this season that includes details on all those plus more. For a deeper look behind some of your favorite Fresno light displays, check out this Bee story.
COPY, COPY, COPY: Underground rap fave Copywrite is at Starline on Tuesday night. What, you didn’t know? I just found out myself not too long ago.
TOWER POWER: A couple good reasons to head to the Tower Theatre this week — Eddie Money, who plays an acoustic concert on Thursday and funny man Adam Carolla, who is there Friday night. Carolla’s gig is sold out, though. Sorry if you slept. But you can still get two tickets to paradise Eddie Money.
BEER + MUSTACHES = EUREKA! Looks like Eureka!Burger is having some sort of fundraiser on Tuesday night that involves beer and mustaches. There are other details, but those are the main things you need to know. Speaking of Eureka!, the Creative Fresno monthly blender is there on Friday too.
ARTHOPPIN’: It’s ArtHop this week, which means all kinds of fun you could be having at the Tower and Downtown galleries. One thing that caught my eye is the concert photography exhibit, “In the Round,” happening at City Hall.
If you were one of the many upset when Adam Carolla’s morning radio show got the boot (from Fresno and radio altogether), you’ll be happy to hear that Carolla is coming to Fresno on Dec. 3 for a stand-up comedy show.
He’s performing at Tower Theatre. Tickets cost $33.50 and $43.50, and are set to go on sale Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Aside from his morning show, Carolla is well-known from Loveline (with Dr. Drew) and The Man Show (with Jimmy Kimmel).
Word is that the Adam Carolla morning radio show — which is broadcast out of L.A. and piped into Fresno — has been canceled. The details are still a bit sketchy and I’m not sure what 104.1 (that’s KFRR, FM, if you’re keeping track of such things) will do to replace it.
I’m actually somewhat of a radio station flipper in the morning — going back and forth between numerous stations, looking for something interesting. I recently started listening to Corolla a little more and he’s grown on me. Too bad he’s gonna be gone now. I liked when he has Joel McHale on. One less station to flip, I suppose.