Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Chris Geiger and I write funny things for other people to say and sometimes I say them too.
What podcasts do you listen to?
I love love love Comedy Bang Bang – the entire Earwolf family, really. I also love How Did This Get Made?, as I could listen all day to the collective chortling of Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Rapheal while they ponder continuously on how some of the worst movies ever actually got made. I’ve been easily listening to the Giant Bombcast for ages, a never-ending video game podcast whose constant regularity offers cheerful comfort in the face of an often very cynical culture. On the irregular side of releases, I listen to Analyze Phish whenever they release one – another Earwolf podcast – where host Harris Wittels (co-executive producer and writer for Parks and Rec) tries to convince cagey Scott Aukerman to like the jam band Phish. No matter which side of the Phish debate you land on, it’s a delightful, almost Sisyphean push and pull between two points of view that results in actual drug use, podcasting at a concert, and fears of death. Despite the slight derailing of Paul F Thompkins trying to convince a young comedian to watch the movie Jaws (Spoilers: She does, she enjoys it, and they put the topic to rest), the entire series pretty much follows the same trope, which makes each episode an easy listen and surprise hit.
Of course, you should also listen to any of the podcasts my group (The Nerdologues) produces (The Nerdologuecast, which I host, Your Stories, or MBSing With Mary Beth Smith), but you knew to do that already didn’t you?
How do you listen to podcasts?
I listen to podcasts while I’m working or in transit. I need to be in a state of constant entertainment consumption to delay the inevitable crushing realization that, in a reductive way, all I really do is work and travel to and from work things. Essentially, podcasts are “The Matrix.”