Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2011)|
|Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!|
|Debut||February 21, 2010|
|Website||SModcast.com Tell'Em Steve Dave!
Tell 'Em Steve Dave Bonus Podcasts
Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! is a weekly podcast that is released Fridays on the SModcast Podcast Network. It is hosted by View Askew Productions regulars and close friends of Kevin Smith, Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, as well as the Brian Quinn. They are also joined regularly by Ming Chen, who works on the many View Askew websites. On occasion, the group has also been joined by Sunday Jeff, who works the Sunday shift at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. Jeff was also a host on the podcast Puck Nuts. Johnson played Steve-Dave and Flanagan played Fanboy who yelled "Tell 'em, Steve-Dave!" in Mallrats and Clerks: The Animated Series.
As of February 2014 they have released 191 episodes of the podcast, as well as 13 bonus podcasts which can be purchased on their bandcamp page although one of the podcasts is a bonus Puck Nuts episode which the hosts also appear on. Additionally the first annual Tell 'Em Steve-Dave Christmas-Pod was released on Black Friday of 2011.
The podcast was originally the idea of Bryan Johnson. Walt Flanagan was not inclined to do the show at first, but agreed to do it because he thought it would help make Bryan, his friend, happy. Bryan later described his reason for starting the show: "I had no direction, was a depressed mess of a human being, didn't know what to do next". A running theme/joke of the first episodes was the idea that Bryan and/or Walt would quit the show for various reasons.
Their mutual friend Brian Quinn (or Q) was originally supposed to be technical help with the sound board &etc but eventually his role morphed into co-host. The shows were originally recorded in Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash after closing hours. The first show was recorded in late 2009 but didn't air until the beginning of 2010. Declan Quinn worked on audio issues. Various friends and associates dropped in for guest appearances. Ming almost became the 4th member but he felt the show was better with three people.
The show was almost titled 'Joint Counterjoint'. That was nixed quickly after discussions with Kevin Smith, who planned to make the show part of his nascent SModcast Network. "Tell 'em Steve-Dave" became both the title of the show and the 'sign off' which Walt would use as a sort of marker to end the show.
The show influenced the creation of the 2012 AMC TV reality show Comic Book Men. The show is set in the Stash and the cast includes Walt, Bryan, Ming, Mike, and Kevin. A producer on Smith's film Red State knew someone at AMC and talked to Smith about doing a TV show. Smith had the idea of a comic store version of Pawn Stars. The network liked it and the search for a suitable store began. An AMC producer heard the TESD podcast, and this eventually led to the show being set in the Secret Stash store itself. Quinn was not on the show because, according to him, AMC didn't want to share him with rival network Tru TV, where he was doing Impractical Jokers. Johnson can be seen wearing a TESD shirt during many episodes of the show. His arm tattoo also features a zombified picture of his niece wearing a TESD shirt.
Awards and Recognition
In 2010 Tell 'Em Steve Dave! won two Podcast Awards, one for People's Choice and the other as Best Comedy. The show was also named a best of 2010 audio podcast by iTunes. Winner of the 2012 Stitcher Award for Best Entertainment & Pop Culture.
Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! Overkill
Sixteen episodes were made exclusively for Zune in 2011. A seventeenth episode was recorded but never released. As of January 2013, all Overkill episodes including the seventeenth unreleased episode are available for purchase from the Tell em Steve-Dave page on the Bandcamp website.
Brian Quinn and Bryan Johnson created the podcast Space Monkeys as a companion to Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! to talk about the hot button issues that Walter Flanagan would rather not touch on. They completed a sold out tour of three English cities in 2011.
Live Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!
- June 5, 2010 - The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford, Ontario (Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! 16)
- October 8, 2011 - Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey (Available for sale on Bandcamp)
Also with SModcast
- July 21, 2010 - The Improv, Los Angeles, California (Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! 23)
- July 26, 2010 - The Improv, Tempe, Arizona
- July 27, 2010 - Allen Cineport 10, Las Cruces, New Mexico (Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! 33)
- July 28, 2010 - Granada Theater, Dallas, Texas (Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! 45)
- July 29, 2010 - Alamo Drafthouse, Houston, Texas (Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! 27/28/29)
- July 31, 2010 - Studio 35, Columbus, Ohio
- Tell 'em Steve-Dave, episodes 1-10
- Tell 'em Steve-Dave, episode 143 intro.
- Tell 'em Steve-Dave, episode 143 intro, and the TESD website
- TESD #25
- AMC Launches Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men", comicbookresources.com, Feb 10th, 2012, TJ Dietsch
- Tell 'em Steve Dave, episode 150
- Comic Book Men, TV show, AMC Networks, 2012/2013
- live nude smod 2