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little munchkin
Aug 15, 2010



jeffullrich posted:

So I have an honest question for whoever wants to chime in...I signed up for an account because there seem to be passionate Earwolf listeners here and I thought I could contribute. But...I don't really understand the culture and don't want to be where I don't belong. I also don't want to show up and take over the whole thing. But I don't want to ignore questions I could answer. So, the question is, am I useful to this thread or should I go away and stick to our own forums and leave this for you guys? Thanks for the help.

Lots of people with games or comics or podcasts or whatever come here, just don't be a huge shill who only comes here to repost press releases and stuff. The only other big thing is to try not to take the Lord's name in vain. The mods are pretty forgiving about that though, they know we all stumble now and again. Oh and make sure not to vote until the floor is closed.

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Evil Agita
Feb 25, 2005

Lord Fool, give me another chance. I'll prove my strength to you!

Jeff. Analyzing Phish. Tell me there is more to come!

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


Evil Agita posted:

Jeff. Analyzing Phish. Tell me there is more to come!

Not sure. Similar to Mike Detective, there is much love for it with us and Scott and Harris - but I'm not sure where it goes from here. We'll see, but it gets discussed every so often so I feel like there is hope.

On the bad news front, Affirmation Nation is officially retired and I don't know if Bob with appear on CBB in the future. Very sad. I worked hard with Seth to make that happen and it continues to be one of my favorite things to listen to.

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


little munchkin posted:

Lots of people with games or comics or podcasts or whatever come here, just don't be a huge shill who only comes here to repost press releases and stuff. The only other big thing is to try not to take the Lord's name in vain. The mods are pretty forgiving about that though, they know we all stumble now and again. Oh and make sure not to vote until the floor is closed.

I can definitely live by those rules, I have no intention of using this as PRNewswire. Thanks!

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


traveling midget posted:

Nobody takes anything too seriously, feel free to relax. Show up, answer questions, comment, tell people to gently caress themselves; it's all good.


Just don't go to "FYAD". Trust me.

Or "ADTRW".

Just so I don't overload the thread with individual responses, I'll just say thanks to everyone for their guidance and advice on how to participate here in a good way. I'm excited. Feel free to ask me anything. I won't be here daily (I don't think!) but I'll be checking up on this thread. I probably won't go to any of the other threads though.

Paul ReiserFS
Dec 28, 2006


when i die, bury me inside the lambic store






Smellrose

jeffullrich posted:

Just so I don't overload the thread with individual responses, I'll just say thanks to everyone for their guidance and advice on how to participate here in a good way. I'm excited. Feel free to ask me anything. I won't be here daily (I don't think!) but I'll be checking up on this thread. I probably won't go to any of the other threads though.

Pepsi Next. Never do that to us again.

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


Mob posted:

Am I to believe that on any given week I am just $100 away from Kulap saying my name at the end of Who Charted

This is definitely what we'd like you to believe...

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


traveling midget posted:

Pepsi Next. Never do that to us again.

Here is the previously untold story of Pepsi Next...

It started off great. They were buying a pre-roll for every third Earwolf show in April, May & June. We were going to have say in the copy and I hired the hilarious Chris Cox to do the VO. I was really excited. We could make some money and have a feather in our cap when it came to recruiting bigger sponsors. I was feeling pretty good.

Then they came to record. Great guys, great copy. But it was too long (100 secs to start) and didn't have the same production value or personal voice that we would want. By that time I realized it wasn't really for me to say how it went and the best I could do was to get it down to 65 secs. Which was the bes I could do. Still way too long and didn't really feel like something we would normally do. I was worried, but at that point felt my hands were tied.

The next part was what I think really screwed it up and caused us to have some listeners lose trust: they didn't approve the final file until May 29th or 30th, instead of the end March when we originally planned. When I finally received approval, I said "Okay, we'll start running June 1st through August 30th." I was told that the original timeline couldn't be moved and I was obligated to deliver 3.5 million impressions by June 30th, within Q2. So we had to run a spot that was too long, not enough in our own voice and with a lower production level than we would like...on every show, sometimes more than once, for a full month. It was rough. And the fans were pissed, rightfully so. Many were happy that we had the opportunity, but many were not. They felt betrayed. I understood but didn't think pulling them was a good idea either.

So we all endured. I couldn't say anything publicly because that would be unprofessional, and at the same time the guys we worked with were great and I didn't want to throw them under the bus. I really think it was all of these factors that didn't work, not their copy. So I shut up and took it. Even now, I still hear about it but I learned a lot and won't put myself in a position for that to happen again.

And the listeners have for the most part forgiven us, based on the fact that we are pretty careful about our ads now and vet all the sponsors and spots to make sure they are relevant to a big enough part of our audience so that it makes sense. The key I think is this: Not everyone who listens to Sklarbro Country are interested in buying $90 pants from Bobonos.com. But they understand that plenty of the people in the community are interested. It's when you do spots (reverse mortgages, shady divorce attorneys, et.c) that NO ONE feels the community would benefit from, then it's selling out and no one feels good about that.

Thanks for giving me a chance to explain after all this time!

Paul ReiserFS
Dec 28, 2006


when i die, bury me inside the lambic store






Smellrose

jeffullrich posted:

Here is the previously untold story of Pepsi Next...

That is a fascinating story. I don't think anyone really feels 'betrayed' by a lousy ad. If they do, that's kinda their own emotional issues.

However, if you WERE to do spots for reverse mortgages, payday loans, ambulance chasers.. just make Scott ad-lib them like the latest Bonobos stuff on CBB. It's hilarious.

Greggy
Apr 14, 2007

Hands raw with high fives.

I thought Andrew Ti was switching to once a week for Yo Is This Racist, but it's back to every day. Last week's (week before last maybe?) was pretty awful with a minute or so of banter between him and the guest repeated every day. Now it's just a little introduction, but man would I ever love it if he just went back to once a week. They're obviously all being done at the same time. Just leave them stuck together and put them out at once. If it was 11 minutes long and had an ad I probably wouldn't bother with it at all even though I really like it. Jenny Slate has been great this week.

SpacePig
Apr 4, 2007

They want to murder you in a well!
Seems a bit harsh, but
apparently they want to,
it says here on this card.


That's quite a story. It's pretty interesting how quickly something like that can fall apart.

I can't say I felt "betrayed" in any way. I figure that ads will inevitably be a part of any weekly podcast somewhere down the line, and that pre-recorded ones will show up every now and then. It was just such a dramatic shift in quality and loudness that it was annoying. I'll admit to laughing the first time I heard it, and I firgured it would be either a rotation of several ads, or a shortened version every time after, but whatever. They're still some fantastic shows, and I won't stop listening over one dumb ad.

Al!
Apr 2, 2010





Greggy posted:

I thought Andrew Ti was switching to once a week for Yo Is This Racist, but it's back to every day. Last week's (week before last maybe?) was pretty awful with a minute or so of banter between him and the guest repeated every day. Now it's just a little introduction, but man would I ever love it if he just went back to once a week. They're obviously all being done at the same time. Just leave them stuck together and put them out at once. If it was 11 minutes long and had an ad I probably wouldn't bother with it at all even though I really like it. Jenny Slate has been great this week.

Yeah I liked it a lot as a once a week show but just can't get into the 10-15 minute format and therefore don't subscribe. It's just not what I listen to Podcasts for and they never have time to get into an interesting conversation like he had with PFT.

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


Al! posted:

Yeah I liked it a lot as a once a week show but just can't get into the 10-15 minute format and therefore don't subscribe. It's just not what I listen to Podcasts for and they never have time to get into an interesting conversation like he had with PFT.

Basically the tribe had spoken. We thought switching it to once a week and still having Andrew put them out on his blog daily was a great idea. Until we did it. LESS people listened to the one long ep than listened to ANY of the daily shows. So we switched back. Sorry, I wish it worked both ways.

Al!
Apr 2, 2010





The Paul F Tompkins and Dave Holmes episodes got less listeners? People don't deserve nice things.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



traveling midget posted:

That is a fascinating story. I don't think anyone really feels 'betrayed' by a lousy ad. If they do, that's kinda their own emotional issues.

However, if you WERE to do spots for reverse mortgages, payday loans, ambulance chasers.. just make Scott ad-lib them like the latest Bonobos stuff on CBB. It's hilarious.

Yea I think most of us who didn't like it just felt annoyed, no major drama just kinda a 'woah this sucks what's up with that', interesting to actually hear the story behind it though!

Kodo
Jul 20, 2003

By definition tragedy is sad.


Great to see Earwolf reaching out to the community at large. It's great how active and vibrant earwolf has come these past months (years?).

Was wondering about any word on Glitter In The Garbage? Drew Droege kind of left us hanging with whether he'd be back or not. With Improv4Humans now a regular show, I can see why GITG might not be coming back. But hopefully he'll be a guest on I4H someday.

Also I bought the episode of cyberthug radio and god do I wish that was a regular show. Jerry Minor and Miles were hilarious together.

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


Kodo posted:

Great to see Earwolf reaching out to the community at large. It's great how active and vibrant earwolf has come these past months (years?).

Was wondering about any word on Glitter In The Garbage? Drew Droege kind of left us hanging with whether he'd be back or not. With Improv4Humans now a regular show, I can see why GITG might not be coming back. But hopefully he'll be a guest on I4H someday.

Also I bought the episode of cyberthug radio and god do I wish that was a regular show. Jerry Minor and Miles were hilarious together.

Unfortunately GITG won't be returning. Matt books his own show so I'm not sure if he'll have Drew on or not. Thanks for the kind words!

The_Rob
Feb 1, 2007

musicals are garbage


I have to say shots fired is seriously my new must listen to show. As a big hip hop fan it's cool to listen to a show that gets into the more absurd aspects of it. I also saw Jeff Weiss had an article in la weekly about the chronic and thought it was a pretty good article.

Zsinjeh
Jun 11, 2007

:shoboobs:


Oh cool, 53 new posts in the Earwolf thread, I hope it's not a derail about poo poo noone cares abo-
Cool to see you here Jeff! Like said before, it's really neat you reached out to a forum outside of your own.

Anywho, I'm listening to the Best of Improv4Humans 2 and laughing all over again to the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe and Eric The Intern at the Beverly Hills polling place.
Would love if Eric got an account here as well, I'd love to see a writeup on how he actually got where he is. He just casually mentioned once that he was from Alaska or Washington originally, signed up for an Improv sketch intern (despite only watching "that one show") and now he's a genius programmer for a facial regocnition software?
I mean, what?!

Although I guess he probably already posts in TCC.

Auritech
May 27, 2004

In every dream home a heartache

Jeff -- much respect to you. No matter what's ever happened, you and Scott have made it possible for a lot of funny and interesting things to enter my ears during the arduousness of work, and it's great to see you here.

I was curious most about Totally Laime -- the year since they won the Earwolf Challenge has passed. Does that mean TL is pretty much part of the Earwolf family for good? I think Elizabeth is a charming and endearing host, and I've stayed with it, and it completely belongs on the network.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Zsinjeh posted:


Although I guess he probably already posts in TCC.

Eric the Intern is someone from TCC who stopped posting one day and everyone thinks is dead but really he just forgot his password and doesn't want the hassle of the reset feature.

scary ghost dog
Aug 5, 2007



What's the update schedule of Nerd Poker? Is it weekly, or bi-weekly, or what? Is my question going to be answered automatically in a couple of days?

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



I'm almost positive he said 'next week', so hopefully it's weekly.

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


scary ghost dog posted:

What's the update schedule of Nerd Poker? Is it weekly, or bi-weekly, or what? Is my question going to be answered automatically in a couple of days?

We've got 3 more in the can and they just had to cancel Tuesday's recording session. I think the huge response to the show will help ensure it keeps going, but they didn't commit to a full-time, weekly show. We agreed that we'd be okay if it was more of a 6 episode "mini-series". They WANT to do it, but 6 people who are all busy make it really, really tough.

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


The_Rob posted:

I have to say shots fired is seriously my new must listen to show. As a big hip hop fan it's cool to listen to a show that gets into the more absurd aspects of it. I also saw Jeff Weiss had an article in la weekly about the chronic and thought it was a pretty good article.

I'll let them know, thanks for the kind words!

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


Zsinjeh posted:

Oh cool, 53 new posts in the Earwolf thread, I hope it's not a derail about poo poo noone cares abo-
Cool to see you here Jeff! Like said before, it's really neat you reached out to a forum outside of your own.

Anywho, I'm listening to the Best of Improv4Humans 2 and laughing all over again to the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe and Eric The Intern at the Beverly Hills polling place.
Would love if Eric got an account here as well, I'd love to see a writeup on how he actually got where he is. He just casually mentioned once that he was from Alaska or Washington originally, signed up for an Improv sketch intern (despite only watching "that one show") and now he's a genius programmer for a facial regocnition software?
I mean, what?!

Although I guess he probably already posts in TCC.

Thanks Zsinjeh!

I don't have time to tell the Eric story, but maybe someday

jeffullrich
Nov 29, 2012


Auritech posted:

Jeff -- much respect to you. No matter what's ever happened, you and Scott have made it possible for a lot of funny and interesting things to enter my ears during the arduousness of work, and it's great to see you here.

I was curious most about Totally Laime -- the year since they won the Earwolf Challenge has passed. Does that mean TL is pretty much part of the Earwolf family for good? I think Elizabeth is a charming and endearing host, and I've stayed with it, and it completely belongs on the network.

Thank you.

Originally Elizabeth emailed me saying they were going to leave when their year ended. I said we should meet to discuss. Turned out, they didn't want to leave but wanted to create their own website, add a podcast, do their own shirts, etc. She didn't think we'd be interested in that. I said HOGWASH! I don't care about any of that and am happy for them to grow into their own thing and still let us put their show out. She was thrilled about that and now we'll just keep going for as long as it makes sense for both sides. Which should be a while (knock on wood).

Power of Pecota
Aug 3, 2007

Goodness no, now that wouldn't do at all!


traveling midget posted:

However, if you WERE to do spots for reverse mortgages, payday loans, ambulance chasers.. just make Scott ad-lib them like the latest Bonobos stuff on CBB. It's hilarious.

I can only imagine how great this would end up being. Greg Proops did something like that on his podcast for a while when he was sponsored by something called the "ManGrate" where everything he said about it was just dripping with revulsion, and it was hilarious.

jyrka
Jan 21, 2005


Potato Count: 2 small potatoes


All I know about ads is that a lot of comedians really hate the post office.

emgeejay
Dec 8, 2007

Hey, it's the Pancake Guy!

jyrka posted:

All I know about ads is that a lot of comedians really hate the post office.
Comedians used to hate airplanes. Now they hate the post office.

New No-No: airplanes are the post office now

Mob
May 6, 2002

I wanted to change my avatar but I didn't have a good title so I wanted to say suck it hot dogs are sandwiches


Max22 posted:

Comedians used to hate airplanes. Now they hate the post office.

New No-No: airplanes are the post office now

I like it. New No-No: put down that mail and fly this plane!

little munchkin
Aug 15, 2010



Zsinjeh posted:

Would love if Eric got an account here as well, I'd love to see a writeup on how he actually got where he is. He just casually mentioned once that he was from Alaska or Washington originally, signed up for an Improv sketch intern (despite only watching "that one show") and now he's a genius programmer for a facial regocnition software?
I mean, what?!

Yea something like that. He's far from a comedy fanboy or anything, he only found out about the internship from a friend who hung out on the Earwolf forums and saw a posting.

They do a hilarious bit on that in the all-Eric I4H episode. Eric as an apathetic confused stoner who becomes president after his buddy tells him to check it out.

kdrudy
Sep 19, 2009



jeffullrich posted:

We've got 3 more in the can and they just had to cancel Tuesday's recording session. I think the huge response to the show will help ensure it keeps going, but they didn't commit to a full-time, weekly show. We agreed that we'd be okay if it was more of a 6 episode "mini-series". They WANT to do it, but 6 people who are all busy make it really, really tough.

That's pretty much how any D&D game my friends and I try to get going go as well.

Zsinjeh
Jun 11, 2007

:shoboobs:


little munchkin posted:

Yea something like that. He's far from a comedy fanboy or anything, he only found out about the internship from a friend who hung out on the Earwolf forums and saw a posting.

They do a hilarious bit on that in the all-Eric I4H episode. Eric as an apathetic confused stoner who becomes president after his buddy tells him to check it out.
Oh wow, completely forgot about that sketch, I'll dive back in.

Regarding the Stamps.com commercials they are hilarious to jump forward through when Scott is voicing them.
It's that time again!
*skip 15 seconds*
Hate lines?
*skip 15 seconds*
...Post Office?!?
*skip 15 seconds*
...WORK for YOU!! Yeah!!!
*skip 15 seconds*
aaand we're back.

indigi
Jul 20, 2004



Pillbug

"Someone tried to mail the Earth" might be the hardest I've laughed at anything on CBB this year. Scott's great at making the ads funny.

Greggy
Apr 14, 2007

Hands raw with high fives.

jyrka posted:

All I know about ads is that a lot of comedians really hate the post office.

It really must be toughest on the postal worker podcast-enthusiasts. They can get your letter from New York to California in 3 days for 45 cents, but they can't get stamps.com users to stop making them grovel on Scott Aukerman's command.

ZackHoagie
Dec 25, 2007

now eat him.


Hey Jeff, when it comes to Yo, Is This Racist could we find a way to have it both ways and have one compilation episode of the week beforehand or is it just redundant to do something like that?

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Oh my god Nerd Poker is even better this week, I love how it's a total comedy of errors.

"So I put her uniform on."

"Already?"

"Blackie Green isn't loving around!"

COUNTIN THE BILLIES
Jan 8, 2006

by Ion Helmet


Glitterbomber posted:

Oh my god Nerd Poker is even better this week, I love how it's a total comedy of errors.

"So I put her uniform on."

"Already?"

"Blackie Green isn't loving around!"

"I put her down" had me in tears.

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sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



For those who haven't listened yet almost the entire episode takes place with them capturing some random crewman, and then panicking on how to deal with her. It's pretty much every hilarious kidnapping comedy.

Also them having a legitimate worry that Poshein's character would 'Lenny' the situation and kill her had me laughing so hard I had to rewind.

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