At SXSW Comedy, we’re preparing for the cold weather the way we usually do, by stocking up on new albums, podcasts, web series and TV shows from our favorite comics. It just so happens that this year some of our favorite fall comedy comes from SXSW alumni. Here’s what we’re listening to, watching and getting excited about this month:
Gabe Liedman - Hiyeeee!!
You may have seen some of his collaborations with Jenny Slate, and soon, you’ll get to see his work on Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central sketch show, but it’s his debut stand up album, Hiyeeee!!, that gives you the best introduction to Gabe Liedman’s brilliantly-sarcastic, perfectly-timed wit. From an in-depth analysis of Hoarders to an exploration of our deepest fantasies, the album’s start-to-finish amazing. Hiyeeee!! is available on A Special Thing Records and iTunes. Here’s a preview:
Beth Stelling - Sweet Beth
Beth Stelling certainly lives up to her nickname, “Sweet Beth” (also the title of her debut album). The former Chicagoan, who now lives in LA, manages to marry deadpan delivery with sincere affability, making her one of the most engaging performers we’ve seen all year. Sweet Beth is available on Rooftop Comedy and iTunes. While you’re waiting for your download, check out this clip of Stelling on Conan:
Ok, it’s not technically a comedy podcast, but we’re loving Jonah Raydio, the new show from Nerdist panelist / Meltdown co-host / awesome stand-up Jonah Ray. Each episode’s like a hangout session with a few of your coolest friends, with Ray and guests talking about their favorite bands and musical memories.
Call Chelsea Peretti
She’s a fan favorite on shows like You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes and Doug Loves Movies, and (finally!) Chelsea Peretti’s got her very own podcast. And it’s not another interview show–launched last month, Call Chelsea Peretti literally puts the comic in touch with her fans, courtesy of a call-in line. What happens when anyone can ring up one of their idols is pretty amazing, and Peretti’s a master at turning awkward moments into comedy gold.
Written by Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, You’re Whole is the latest addition to Adult Swim’s lineup, an infomercial parody hawking a 27-DVD set of awkward life guru Randall Tyree Mandersohn’s teachings. You’re Whole airs at 4 a.m. on Adult Swim. The first episode is below:
The Gorburger Show
Hands down, the best talk show we’ve seen featuring an alien host occupying a Japanese news studio. Produced by The Warner Sound and Funny or Die, The Gorburger Show features the voice of T.J. Miller as the titular host, and each episode welcomes a musical guest (so far, Gorburger’s hung out with Dum Dum Girls, Les Butcherettes, Tegan and Sarah, 3OH3!, Mariachi El Bronx, and The Mars Volta). See episodes of The Gorburger Show on Youtube: