Friday, May 18, 2012

Comedy and Porn Duke It Out. SWORD FIGHT!


Hey everyone,


I bet y'all thought this would be some comedic post about sword fighting. Ha... made ya look. LOL

This article from Examiner is a little over a year ago, but it's only now that I'm bumping into it. After reading it, I had to share with you all of you. Read more below.


Comedy and Porn mate on "The Morning After" Podcast

When a porn star opens their mouth, the World has come to expect moaning, screaming, cliché demands, and as of late, foreign tongues.  Listeners of The Morning After comedy podcast have come to expect those mouths to spout a little insight and introspection into what they do and why they do it.  Hosted by comedians Eli Olsberg and Jake Weisman, “TMA” (or TMI if you’re a prude) aims to explore the porn-industry in an honest and comedic way – and not just by giggling at the mention of naughty parts and the number 69.

Weisman and Olsberg are genuinely interested in the field (the ins-and-outs of it, to make a pun that they would likely find “tired”). “Eli and I are both nebbishy men, terrified of relationships with women, [who] have an interest in feminism, and are much more interested in the psychology and business of pornography than anything else” explains Jake. Plus “porn is hilarious and should be handled much more lightly than it currently is in mainstream America.” Seriously, take the porn DVD’s out of your closets and under your beds and toss them on the coffee table, America!

View slideshow: Funny pictures of porn.


Kicking off the weekly podcast is their theme-song, produced by LA Font, which sounds like the score to a low-rent porn. Or perhaps if there was a porn Atari game.  Listeners are invited to eavesdrop on their conversations, featuring porn-industry insiders and guest comedians, which they approach with a frank, intellectual curiosity that is reminiscent of the day in Sex-Ed when your teacher said “ask me anything.” “People assumed, and I don't blame them, that it would be gross, demeaning to women, and very alpha-male oriented.” The only “alpha-male” element seems to be the dynamic between Jake and Eli, who launch questions, interject feelings, and interrupt one another like two competitive brothers after the same girl.

Jake and Eli are not uncomfortable with any of the “wild stories [on the] porn side of the podcast” though Jake supposes he “can be awkward because [he] is afraid to love.”  He finds it “much more dicey to see how the comedian guests will react, because the world of porn is so foreign to them.”  It was in the comedy world that Jake and Eli realized they both were fascinated with porn, after Jake performed a joke about it and the two struck up off-stage conversation about the subject. Before they knew it, Eli booked the first guest and they “scrambled real fast to get what they needed” to launch the podcast.

Their first guest was Dana DeArmond, a popular “bondage pinup glamour fetish model” (put that on your resume) who responded to an open message Eli sent her on Twitter.  After her appearance, Twitter became the tool for finding guests and promoting the show.  In fact, the primary audience for the podcast has been the fans of their porn-star guests, evidenced by the spike in downloads they witness once the guest plugs the show on their Twitter account.  Perhaps the only time that “viral” and “porn star” in the same sentence is a positive thing.

TMA has popularized two relatively unknown comedians through their connections with porn-stars (they note TMA would “be nothing without the generosity and enthusiasm of [those] who have appeared on the show”).  Not only does the porn-industry appreciate their examination, but so does the comedy-industry.  Punchline Magazine named them “2010 Best New Comedy Podcast” as voted by readers and they have been able to successfully perform the show live as a “season finale.”  On-stage, Jake has grown “more comfortable being in the moment [and] much less nervous.”  Now let’s see if he can achieve that with women.

If you feel that what porn is truly lacking is intimacy, check out the Morning After.  You might find that you have much more or so very much less in common with those naked people that do the dirty on your screen.

WHAT YOU’RE NOT SEEING: The Morning After hosts and guests gathering around Eli’s kitchen table. A mixer, some microphones, mic-stands, and cables feeding into Garageband on a Mac.

REQUIRED LISTENING: Madison Young & Kumail Nanjiani (#15), Tyler Knight & Ed Greer (#9), Kayden Kross & Marianne Sierk (#7), Bobbi Starr & Shannon Hatch (#18), Ashley Blue & Jason Nash (#27) and Wolf Hudson & Guy Branum (#12).  Free downloads at the www.themorningafterpodcast.com or iTunes.

“Porn” count: 16.  I feel inadequate. 


Wet dreams,
Wolf Hudson

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