Just when you thought there were more than enough podcasts that involved comedians interviewing comedians, along comes another comedian-on-comedian podcast — but this one offers a twist. Or two.
For one thing, Comedy Bit List with John Heffron, hosted by the former Last Comic Standing winner, airs on Rhapsody.
For another, Heffron’s interviews via Rhapsody’s streaming music service allows him to jump in and out of his interviews to play recorded jokes from the comedians for more in-depth discussions, or sample songs that spur further conversation.
“Unlike a podcast, we can play music and comedy bits — and the artist gets paid,” John Heffron, who’s in NYC this week headlining at Gotham Comedy Club, told The Comic’s Comic. He likes how the format allows him to go “behind the scenes with bits” with the comedians.
The first episode of Comedy Bit List with John Heffron debuted this week with guest Darren Carter. They talk about Carter started in San Francisco and saw greats back then such as Bobcat Goldthwait, Tom Kenny and Robin Williams, talk about the lyrics to songs by New Edition and LeAnn Rimes, and show off their own skills as rappers or even country music songwriters. Other episodes in coming weeks will showcase fellow Last Comic champs Jon Reep and Alonzo Bodden, plus veteran headliners such as Dom Irrera and Craig Shoemaker. It brings Heffron back to his early days as a young man and former sidekick in Detroit morning radio to Danny Bonaduce.
But now Heffron is calling the shots. And you can listen to them anytime through Rhapsody, which is using Heffron’s podcast series to get subscribers and non-subscribers alike to see what kind of comedy content the service has to offer. “And because they want everyone to know they have a lot of comedy they are giving 2 months free trial (no commercials free all music and comedy you can listen to for 2 months),” Heffron told me.
Just go to www.rhapsody.com/comedybitlist and enter COMEDYRHAP in the coupon code for your two-month free trial. Note: You’ll be charged if you keep subscribing after the trial period ends.