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Earwolf Media, LLC
Earwolf
Private, limited liability company
Industry Podcasting
Founded August, 2010
Founders Jeff Ullrich
Scott Aukerman
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Adam Sachs
(CEO)
Jeff Ullrich (Chairman)
Scott Aukerman (CCO)
Products Comedy Bang! Bang!
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
How Did This Get Made?
Number of employees
21[1][2]
Parent Midroll Media, LLC
Website http://www.earwolf.com

Earwolf is a comedy podcasting network founded by Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich in August 2010. Initially built around the Comedy Death-Ray Radio podcast, the network has since grown to include many podcasts on diverse subjects. The Earwolf studios are based in Los Angeles, California.

In 2011, they announced a partnership with Funny Or Die.[3]

Contents

Comedy programming[edit]

Comedy Bang! Bang!: The Podcast[edit]

Main article: Comedy Bang! Bang!

Comedy Bang Bang (previously Comedy Death-Ray Radio) is Earwolf's flagship podcast. It is hosted by Scott Aukerman and was originally an extension of his weekly live Comedy Death-Ray show.[4] The weekly podcast features guests from the world of comedy, including Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian, Tim Heidecker, Bob Odenkirk, and others. The show is known for improvised conversations between Aukerman and his guests, some of whom perform impressions or original characters. The show celebrated its two-year anniversary during its May 2 show and changed its name to Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast. The A.V. Club listed the show as one of the top comedy podcasts of 2010.[5]

In 2012, IFC aired a television version of the show, called Comedy Bang! Bang!. The first season ran for ten episodes, was renewed for a 20 episode second season, and is currently airing its third season which premiered in May 2014.[6] IFC picked up the show for a 40 episode fourth season on March 20, 2014[7]

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show[edit]

Long-form interviews with luminaries from the worlds of comedy, film, and television, hosted by actor/comedian Kevin Pollak.

Rafflecast[edit]

A podcast hosted by Jon Daly where he does sketches and what he wants like making a song with Har Mar Superstar or calling Rob Huebel. Guests have included Honus Honus from Man Man, Brendon Small, Davin Wood of Heidecker And Wood, Doug Lussenhop, Adam Pally, Paul Scheer, Howard Kremer, Matt Besser, John Gemberling of Fat Guy Stuck In Internet, and Brian Huskey.

Nerd Poker: Dungeons & Dragons with Brian Posehn and Friends[edit]

Comedian Brian Posehn hosts a weekly Dungeons & Dragons session, featuring stand-up comedians Blaine Capatch, Steve Agee, Dan Telfer, and actor Ken Daly. Guests (stand-in players) have included Rick Remender and Dave Anthony. Original players who have since moved on include Posehn's Deadpool co-writer Gerry Duggan, Sarah Guzzardo, and Scott "Mr. Sark" Robison.[8]

Sklarbro Country[edit]

Sklarbro Country was the first show to be added to the Earwolf roster, and has been a part of Earwolf since its launch. It is hosted by Randy and Jason Sklar and is a sports-themed comedy program notably geared towards people that may not necessarily care about or follow sports. The brothers cover sports-related stories from around the world that normally would fall through the cracks of most sports news shows. In addition to The Sklars, voice actor Chris Cox often performs as various characters including Jerry Jones, Tiger Woods, Sam Elliot, and "Racist Vin Scully." Other characters are often played by Dan Van Kirk, James Adomian and Jason Nash. The show has featured a long list of famous guests, including Glenn Howerton and Kaitlin Olson from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jeffrey Ross, Patton Oswalt, and Jon Hamm, discussing specific sports stories or general themes of sports in the news. The title is a parody of Marlboro Cigarettes advertising campaign Marlboro Country.

Who Charted? with Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack[edit]

Who Charted?, launched on December 7, 2010, focus on pop culture by analyzing various film box office and record charts. Each week Host Howard Kremer and "Chart Keeper" Kulap Vilaysack host a guest from the comedy or music field to review the week's charts and discuss their feelings on them. Towards the end of the episode the guest will play one of a variety of games.

Glitter in the Garbage with Drew Droege[edit]

Hosted by Drew Droege of Planet Unicorn and launched on December 7, 2010, Glitter in the Garbage is "a celebration of all thing fancy" that takes the shape of improvised sketches and monologues with Droege and his guests playing "obscure celebrities who celebrate, fight, feast upon, and polish the filth." Notable guests have included Saturday Night Live alums Melanie Hutsell, Michaela Watkins, and Casey Wilson; comedians James Adomian, June Diane Raphael and Groundlings member Stephanie Courtney who is best known for playing Flo in the Progressive Insurance commercials.

Mike Detective[edit]

A send up of hardboiled detective stories starring Rob Huebel as the metaphor spouting title character, Grey DeLisle as Stephanie Client and featuring Neil Campbell as the announcer. After premiering as a backdoor pilot during Comedy Death-Ray Radio, the first season lasted from January 4 to April 11, 2011.

Hollywood Handbook[edit]

Hollywood Handbook is a satirical comedy program hosted by comedian/writer duo Hayes Davenport (Eastbound & Down) and Sean Clements (Workaholics). The show is supposed to mimic and mock reality programs that deal with trivial celebrity gossip and making it in Hollywood. The hosts pretend to be stupid, and go on long tangential riffs about show-biz and Hollywood. Each week they have a guest for an interview, while the hosts play the characters they have created for themselves. Preceding the interview there are comedy segments in which Davenport and Clements discuss different things in their highly satirical fashion.

How Did This Get Made?[edit]

How Did This Get Made? hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas was the only bi-weekly show on the Earwolf network before the premiere of WOMP It Up. Each show, which has a new guest, features the deconstruction and mockery of terrible films. Not only are jokes made, but attempts to unscramble plots are often begun before being abandoned. During the show's off week a ".5" episode is uploaded featuring Scheer announcing the next week's movie as well as challenges for the fans.

Eardrop[edit]

On March 14, 2011 Earwolf premiered Eardrop. Calling it an "Audio Twitter", Eardrop features a collection of comedians calling and leaving messages to an Earwolf answering machine, and those message then being played with sound effects between.

Cyber Thug Radio[edit]

Cyber Thug Radio was a part of Earwolf for two weeks before being discontinued. It was hosted by Jerry Minor (as "Cyber Thug") with co-host "Miles Archer". Together they talked about hip-hop, athletics, and other urban topics. It launched in November 2010 and was formally announced canceled on December 28, 2010. The Earwolf store released a special third episode in March 2012.

Professor Blastoff[edit]

The Professor Blastoff podcast premiered in May 2011 and finished in July 2015. Hosted by Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger. Professor Blastoff focused on science, philosophy, and humanities.

Earwolf Challenge[edit]

Billed as "America’s first reality podcast", the Earwolf Challenge premiered July 11, 2011 and follows ten podcasts through a reality television-style elimination competition to win a year-long contract with Earwolf. The show is hosted by Matt Besser. It was won by The Totally Laime podcast, hosted by the Los Angeles-based husband and wife duo of Elizabeth Laime and Andy Rosen. After attracting few listeners, Earwolf Challenge is not returning for a second season.

The Fogelnest Files[edit]

Jake Fogelnest brings on a guest to discuss YouTube videos.

The Apple Sisters[edit]

A mostly scripted podcast featuring The Apple Sisters. The show features original songs and stars three singing sisters who set their act in 1943.

improv4humans with Matt Besser[edit]

An improvised podcast lead by Matt Besser, a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Besser and various improviser use one-word suggestions from Twitter, listener calls, and videos from YouTube as basis for improvised scenes.

Ronna & Beverly[edit]

A podcast hosted by two characters — two Jewish women in their 50s. They often give unwanted advice to their guests.

Totally Laime[edit]

Elizabeth Laime and "Psychic" Andy Rosen interview comedians every week. The first episode aired in February 2010, and the last premiered in January 2015. Features The Oprah Game and Laime or Totally Rapid-fire.

Analyze Phish[edit]

On Analyze Phish, the late Harris Wittels attempted to convince Scott Aukerman to like the band Phish. The first episode aired on August 2011. Ten episodes aired, with the final installment, "Fuego," posted on July 10, 2014.[9]

Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca[edit]

A self-improvement podcast hosted by Seth Morris as his character Bob Ducca.

Topics[edit]

Topics is a satirical podcast hosted by Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. The two Michaels play fictionalized versions of themselves, having overly pretentious conversations about serious subjects, such as "Does God Exist?" and "Gender".

U Talkin' U2 To Me?[edit]

This is the comprehensive and encyclopedic compendium of all things U2. Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott express their mutual admiration for the band by attempting to discuss one album per episode. The podcast started on February 26, 2014, and has had seven special guests: Harris Wittels, Lance Bangs, Paul F. Tompkins, Jimmy Pardo, Todd Glass, Doug Benson, and U2.

The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project[edit]

A podcast where Andy Daly sorts through various podcast pilots that have been sent to Earwolf.

With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus[edit]

With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus: where the guest is the host. Take a seat with Lauren as she passes off her hosting duties to a new funny friend every week. Lauren is always the guest, as an original character–or one her host holds secret until they’ve announced her. You never know who will show up. It’s the host’s show, Lauren’s just along for the ride.

The Hooray Show with Horatio[edit]

A podcast featuring sketches and interviews with host Horatio Sanz. The Hooray Show left Earwolf after 26 episodes.

Spontaneanation[edit]

Main article: SPONTANEANATION

An improv podcast with host Paul F. Tompkins. Based upon an interview with a special guest, Tompkins and several "improvisational friends" (often co-stars from the Thrilling Adventure Hour or Superego podcasts) perform narrative improv set in a location provided by the guest.

WOMP It Up![edit]

Main article: WOMP It Up!

A "school project podcast" with Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham as their characters Marissa Wompler and Charlotte Listler.

Lifestyle programming[edit]

By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin[edit]

A live podcast recorded at Largo in LA, featuring a casual conversation between a guest and Jeff Garlin. Guests have included JJ Abrams, Henry Rollins, Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis and Larry David.

Love, Dad[edit]

A parenting podcast hosted by Earwolf founder Jeff Ullrich and comedian/actor David Koechner.

Seth Godin's Startup School[edit]

A business podcast hosted by author and marketing guru Seth Godin.

The Wolf Den[edit]

A business and media podcast hosted by Adam Sachs, focusing on the business of podcasting and digital media.

Yo, Is This Racist?[edit]

A spin-off of the popular tumblr blog of the same name, hosted by Andrew Ti.

Music programming[edit]

Nocturnal Emotions[edit]

An interview podcast hosted by musician Har Mar Superstar.

Shortwave[edit]

An interview podcast hosted by musician Grant-Lee Phillips.

Shots Fired![edit]

A hip-hop podcast hosted by journalist Jeff Weiss and rapper Nocando.

Other projects[edit]

Low Hangin Fruit stand-up album[edit]

Frequent Earwolf guest James Adomian released his stand-up comedy debut in 2012 through Earwolf. Low Hangin Fruit received positive reviews and was Earwolf's first album release.

Wolfpop[edit]

In November 2014, Earwolf launched a sister network, Wolfpop, led by Paul Scheer.

The Black List Table Reads[edit]

The Black List Table Reads takes the best and most exciting screenplays Hollywood hasn't yet made, and turns them into movies, for your ears. Black List founder Franklin Leonard presents a new script every month read by a rotating cast of talented actors, along with interviews from the Hollywood screenwriting community and beyond.

The Canon[edit]

Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie: is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.

Cardboard! With Rich Sommer[edit]

Rich Sommer loves board games. But we're not talking about the stuff of your grandparents’ rec room - things have changed a lot since people started to gather around the bridge table. Whether you're a serious player or a newbie, give a warm welcome to your personal board game evangelist. Every episode Rich will discuss the games he loves, introduce friends to new ones, and take on games that went way wrong.

Crybabies[edit]

Susan Orlean is one of the great writers of literary non-fiction, well known for her books and articles in The New Yorker. She joins writer and actress Sarah Thyre (Strangers with Candy), to host Crybabies, where they tackle the things in pop culture that make themselves and their guests cry.

Denzel Washington is Greatest Actor of All Time Period[edit]

Long-time collaborators comedian W. Kamau Bell and comedian Kevin Avery examine a shared belief that Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time, PERIOD! Each week they get into a Denzel movie to prove their point and bring you up to date on Denzel news.

Get Up On This[edit]

Jensen Karp and Matthew Robinson help you school that hipster at the coffee shop by letting you in on what’s going to be big, before it is.

Happy Sad Confused[edit]

Josh Horowitz gets candid with A-listers and Hollywood legends like Jeremy Renner, Michael Fassbender, and even Woody Allen, on Happy Sad Confused. He approaches his guests with a relaxed humor, and doesn't finish until he asks them to answer a random question picked out of his Indiana Jones hat. These conversations are nothing like your typical celebrity interview.

I Was There Too[edit]

The singular mind of Matt Gourley has been tapped to uncover the stories behind the most classic scenes from film and television, painted so vividly it’s like you were there when they happened. Of course, you weren’t, and neither was Matt. But the people he interviews–like the referee from Karate Kid–were.

Maltin on Movies w/ Baron Vaughn[edit]

Beloved film critic Leonard Maltin joins the podcasting world in a weekly series that looks at some of his favorite films—and spotlights some that may have flown under your radar. He’s joined by actor and comedian Baron Vaughn.

Nerd Machine's Picking Favorites[edit]

This show explores the idea that everybody has a "Favorite Something Something." Each week Nerd Machine founders David Coleman and Zachary Levi join Tyler Labine and stand up comedian Razzle to sit down with a very cool guest, discussing and judging their favorites.

Off Camera with Sam Jones[edit]

Photographer and director Sam Jones created the show out of his passion for the long form conversational, and intimate, interview. He approaches his guests with a warm manner that comes from his experience as a successful portrait photographer, building a comfortable rapport with his subjects.

OMFG![edit]

If OK! Magazine reads more like a "who’s that?" than a who’s who, if you have zero clue what #ILY stands for, if you wonder why that cute lesbian keeps getting into trouble, only to find it’s Justin Bieber, then you need a shot of OMFG! From the world of Hello Giggles, Deanna Raphael (Funny or Die, HGTV) and Emily Foster (Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings, Talking Dead) are in their 30s but are trying to stay relevant in a world that’s constantly is changing. They recruit and interrogate the youth of America to explain their dating rituals, communication practices, and the difference between a Miley and a Bieber.

Reading Aloud with Nate Corddry[edit]

Nate Corddry loves the written word. But he also loves the spoken word! So he brought them both together in a single podcast. It's a literary variety show of sorts. Reading Aloud presents some of the best live renditions of some of the most interesting works of literature of our time.

Rotten Tomatoes[edit]

RottenTomatoes.com is the singular resource on the web for movie reviews. That’s why Wolfpop recruited Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity and Senior Editor Grae Drake to bring their specially-calibrated Tomatometers into the studio and deliver the results for all the new theatrical and home video releases.

The Sylvester Stallone Show[edit]

The least expendable of The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone, draws podcasting’s first blood with The Sylvester Stallone Show. The show is a daily Q&A moderated by Paul Scheer, where Mr. Stallone will get up close and personal with fans as he takes their questions for a candid look back at his career and what’s ahead.

Howl[edit]

Howl is a podcasting app launched by Midroll Media.[10] The premium version of the app features the entire back catalogues of Earwolf and Wolfpop podcasts, as well as several comedy specials and all episodes of WTF with Marc Maron. Howl also features many limited-run podcasts exclusive to the premium version of the app.

Atlas Obscura Day[edit]

ATLAS OBSCURA, founded by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras, is the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places. In an age in which everything seems to have been explored, and in which there's nothing new to be found, they celebrate a different way of looking at the world. On May 30, 2015, Atlas Obscura Day, more than 150 hidden spaces around the globe were opened to exploration. This documentary, narrated by journalist-podcaster and Atlas Obscura CEO David Plotz, will take you to a few of those exceptional places, including a private concert from robot musicians, a visit with an artist known as "the Willy Wonka of Twin Cities,” and a look inside an historic surgical theater.

AV Club: I Know It Sounds Crazy[edit]

Hosted by The Onion A.V. Club editors Sean O’Neal and Erik Adams, I Know It Sounds Crazy delves into the remarkably complex world of fan theory. This mostly online school of criticism casts off the tyranny of directorial intention, and instead looks beyond a film's surface in search of all the secret symbolism, shared universes, and hidden messages encoded within the frame. Was Ferris Bueller a figment of Cameron's imagination? Is Toy Story 3 a Marxist allegory? Was Bane the secret hero of The Dark Knight Rises? Sean & Erik will take a second look at movies you thought you understood the first time, and uncover all the reasons why you were—according to some die-hard fans—wrong.

Colt Cabana Presents: The Gathering of the Juggalos[edit]

What is a Juggalo? Wrestler and popular podcast host Colt Cabana discovers many answers to that question as he reports from Gathering Of The Juggalos, the music festival hosted by rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse. Colt interviews ICP associate DJ Clay, learns how to properly prepare for a Gathering, and gets an up-close look at Juggalo justice.

Good Question[edit]

In this wildly ambitious series, Jack O’Brien (editor-in-chief of Cracked.com and host of The Cracked Podcast) sets out to answer the greatest questions of the last 100,000 years. No query is too big, as Jack digs deep into the world's most infamous unsolved mysteries, researching the facts, getting expert testimony, and tying it all together in ways that may shock you.

Hardcore Game of Thrones[edit]

If you love Game Of Thrones and/or Hardcore History, you need to hear Maester George RR Carlin's (Alex Berg) in-depth look at the history of Westeros. It may be the most complicated political entity in all of fantasy: truly understanding what's happening at any given moment requires deep knowledge of thousands of years of Westerosi history, a history which includes giants, dragons, winters that last years, and dozens of feuding rival houses. What was the doom of Valyria? Where did all the dragons go? Why did Robert Baratheon have a claim on the throne in the first place? It can be lot to process—unless somebody else does the processing for you. Join Maester Carlin and you'll never be confused by a Game of Thrones plot point again. OK, well, probably not very often, anyway.

Psychic Pshow with Lauren Lapkus[edit]

Popular Earwolf podcaster Lauren Lapkus has always believed in the power of psychics, so much so that she's never wanted to have a reading done herself. In this mini-series, Lauren ventures out to three different types of psychics to see what her future might have in store. Will their predictions come true? Will Lauren still be a believer? You'll have to listen to find out... or save time and go ask a psychic how this all shakes out.

Spalding Gray: Great Live Performances[edit]

Spalding Gray (1941-2004) was an actor and writer best known for his revolutionary, autobiographical monologues. In the words of New York Times critic Mel Gussow, "He is a sit-down monologuist with the comic sensibility of a stand-up comedian...He describes in vivid detail his search for self-discovery, and then laughs at himself and needles nirvana.” His pieces “Swimming To Cambodia” and “Gray’s Anatomy” were made into films by Jonathan Demme and Steven Soderbergh. We’re thrilled to present live orginal recordings of some of Spalding's most popular and least well-known monologues, culled from the Harry Ransom Archive at the University of Texas in Austin. These performances, introduced by Nate Corddry, showcase the many facets of this groundbreaking artist.

Superego: Forgotten Classics[edit]

A bold interpretation of the great works of literature, including Wuthering Heights and The Red Badge of Courage. So bold in fact, nobody here even bothered to read them. On each episode, our players will improvise a famous work of fiction, one with which they're not at all familiar. They'll be given only the book's title, its first and last lines, and the names of its characters. The rest is up to them.

The Complete Woman[edit]

It’s 1962. Do you know where your husband is? The tides are changing for American housewives and divorce is on the rise. Love and marriage expert Marabel May (Amanda Lund) wants to save your marriage! Her acclaimed book The Complete Woman! has taken the nation by storm! Now, the audio companion to her #1 best seller is available on vinyl for your listening pleasure. Marabel’s twelve step ‘Complete Woman’ program has already saved over 100 marriages in the continental United States and four in American Samoa! Marabel will improve your marriage or your husband's money back. She guarantees it!

The Crawl[edit]

Nationally-recognized food experts Zach Brooks and Jason Stewart want to take you on a culinary journey. Zach is the founder of the popular food blog Midtown Lunch and host of the Food Is The New Rock podcast, while Jason is a DJ and the host of podcasts Tall Tales and The Stew. They’ll be your tour guides for The Crawl; each episode, they'll visit a new neighborhood and organize a “crawl” through the area’s best eating spots. You can use the podcasts as real time audio tours, eating where they eat, or listen all at once as they explore delicious new worlds.

The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium[edit]

In 1768, the Fortitude sailed from the famous port of Damprot, the Jewel of the Gravy Isles. The ship, commandeered by Lord Joseph Banks (nephew of the infamous botanist Bertie Banks) was on a mission to find a plant known to be the very source of pleasure in the world: Heaven's Clover. This is the tale of that fateful journey, a journey that was to have influence far beyond the Gravy Isles, as the crew of the Fortitude encounter treacherous butterflies, plant-worshipping religious zealots, boiling oceans, cannibalistic sausages, and perhaps even Uncle Bertie himself.

The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium is an epic, richly sound-designed fantasy adventure, created by a truly unique trio of writer/director Duncan Sarkies, musician Lawrence Arabia and artist Stephen Templer. Starring Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and an ensemble of creative friends from Wellington, New Zealand. Featuring original music by Lawrence Arabia and audio design by Nic McGowan.

What's Wrong With Me?[edit]

Joel Stein has a problem...or five. In this humorous self help podcast, Joel will undertake various feats to change himself for the better - from being a better husband to being more assertive, and much more. With the help from gurus Tim Ferriss, Dan Savage, and his own family and friends, Joel begins his journey of self improvement right in your earbuds.

Wild Horses: The Perspective[edit]

Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, and Erin Whitehead are comedy veterans who perform together as Wild Horses! Join them as they bring their hit live show The Perspective to your ears. First, they'll get cozy with guests like Chris D'Elia, Ashley Tisdale and Laraine Newman, chatting about everything from childhood anecdotes to superstitious rituals and an intimate relationship with a life size Barbie. Then, they'll improvise a scene based on their conversation! Tonight we ride: listen in.

Words of the Years[edit]

Comedians Myq Kaplan and Zach Sherwin are grown-ups and best friends who love language and each other. (One of them even has a master's in linguistics, but we're not telling who!) Each episode is devoted to a single year and its most notable new word (according to various linguistic authorities) - from 2000's “chad“ to 2014's “vape.” Using these neologisms as prompts, Zach and Myq explore language, culture, history, politics, comedy, friendship, and fun. And you KNOW a podcast is going to be fun when its description includes phrases like “neologisms” and “various linguistic authorities!”

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