Profiles In Self-Obsession
|Hosted by||Jeremy Carter
Paul F. Tompkins
|Opening theme||"The Man with the Golden Gun" by John Barry|
|Audio format||Podcast (via streaming or downloadable M4A or MP3)|
|No. of episodes||79 episodes (as of March 4, 2016) (List of episodes)|
|Original release||March 1, 2006 – March 4, 2016|
Superego is an improvised, absurdist sketch comedy podcast presented as a collection of case studies prefaced by "doctors" as a primary example of a particular disorder. Nearly all the sketches are completely improvised in each recording session, typically with one or two characters at the center and the rest of the cast reacting to that set-up. The segments generally run 5–10 minutes unedited and Gourley edits them down to a 3-5 minute show length.
The podcast is presented in an enhanced format that allows listeners to pick a chapter and provides additional visual content.
Superego was developed by Jeremy Carter and Matt Gourley, who met at a ComedySportz tournament in the mid-1990s and were founding contributors to Channel 101 where their show, Ultraforce, was a number one series. After finding the video production process to be a burden, they hit upon the idea of audio sketches as a less production-intensive medium. At a bar on the day after Christmas in 2005, Carter and Gourley first came up with the idea of a "Godcast"; the idea then transformed into a clinic for personality disorders in order to grant more improvisational freedom.
The podcast debuted in 2006. Mark McConville joined the podcast permanently in season 2 after having guested during the show's first season. Jeff Crocker also joined and brought his skills as a video producer. Most of the podcast's music is produced by James Bladon.
On July 17, 2014 Superego announced the addition of Paul F. Tompkins as an official member and the departure of Crocker.
Originally developed as an audio podcast, Superego has also occasionally released video 'Supershorts' that are animated and produced by Crocker. Superego's first live show, Superego Live!, was performed in Long Beach, California on December 10, 2008 and then again in Hollywood, California on March 11, 2009. The early live shows were in the style of a rehearsed sketch comedy revue. The group now performs a live version of the show regularly at venues like San Francisco Sketchfest, the Kansas City Improv Festival, the Bell House, Theatre 99, and the Solid Sound Festival. The live performances now generally take the form of the group and its guests wearing lab coats and improvising with the aid of sound effects and music.
Season 4 began on September 1, 2014 after a 15-month hiatus.
On August 17, 2015 it was announced that Superego would be doing a show titled Superego: Forgotten Classics that would be part of the premium subscription to the new Earwolf Howl app. On March 2, 2016, Howl.fm posted the first three Superego seasons and extra material including commentary and live performances, with copyrighted music edited out and replaced by new tracks composed by James Bladon. The website stated that the enhanced episodes would be posted later.
Superego formally ended on March 4, 2016 with episode 4:6, though according to the group special episodes will continue to be released in the future. The group held a 10th Anniversary show on March 5, 2016 at Largo at the Coronet to celebrate the show's history and ending.
The Journeymen, made up of Carter, Gourley, McConville, and James Bladon released an album in July 2013 titled Mount Us More. The album consists primarily of country western/rock performed by the group's alter egos named Shunt McGuppin, Mutt Taylor, Cubby Lauderbourne, and Jimmy Blades. Carter and Gourley split the writing for the tracks.
- Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program)
- Drew Carey (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Drew Carey Show)
- Neko Case (The New Pornographers)
- Scott Chernoff (The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!)
- Andy Daly (Eastbound & Down, MadTV)
- Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole)
- Colin Hanks (King Kong, Orange County, Dexter)
- Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty)
- Erinn Hayes (Worst Week, Children's Hospital)
- John Hodgman (The Daily Show, Bored to Death)
- Joe Lo Truglio (The State, Reno 911!, Superbad)
- Derek Mears (Pirates of the Caribbean, Friday the 13th)
- Lauren Pritchard (MADtv)
- Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, True Jackson, VP)
- Mike Rock (Chelsea Lately)
- Tom Scharpling (The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling)
- Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock)
- Chris Tallman (Reno 911!, Chocolate News)
- Shunt McGuppin
- Imogene Kanouse
- Mutt Taylor
- Bruce 'The Throat' Hume and Ed 'The Inflection' Olivas
- Milton and Dupree
- Trevor Lundgren
- The Reverends Allard H. Mundy Jr. and Merlin Escondante Daniels
- Dwight Loomis
- Grandma Queen Bee
- Grandma Jonesy
- God's Crazy Monsters
- Leroy Jenkins
- Janice Caaf
- Different James Bond theme songs are used as the themes to each of Superego's seasons. So far this has included On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun, and A View to a Kill.
- Dwight Loomis is based on the actor George Buck Flower.
- Leroy Jenkins as played by Carter is based upon televangelist Leroy Jenkins.
- The Character of Imogene was created after Gourley found the 'mouse' vocal filter on GarageBand.
- Bruce and Ed, the movie voice guys were developed by Carter and Gourley endlessly trying to annoy their ex-wife and ex-girlfriend respectively.
- Gourley and McConville appeared on an episode of Lingo! hosted by Chuck Woolery. They were dressed like aliens, as it was SciFi week. They won.
- Superego was originally conceived on a cocktail napkin at an Irish pub in Seal Beach, California.
- The characters of Vyvyan and Cyril from 'Pageturner Presents' are named after Oscar Wilde's two sons.
- Grandma Queen Bee and Grandma Jonesy are based on Carter and Gourley's actual grandmothers.
- The '3 Total Assholes' sketch with Jason Sudeikis and Joe Lo Truglio was actually recorded on a laptop, in a car.
- The number 710 is frequently used throughout the podcast, referencing the CA-710 Long Beach freeway.
- Trevor Lundegaard/Lungren/Rothstein never has the same last name.
- The Coach Helzevec character was thrown at Gourley in spite of the fact that he knows nothing about sports except to name check Dan Fouts.
- The character of Don DiMello originated on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast.
Other podcast appearances
- In Season 3 Superego did a multi episode collaboration with the popular Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast titled "The War of Two Worlds."
- Comedy Bang! Bang!, episode #308
- The Nerdist Podcast, episode #548
- Walking the Room, episode #125
- The Discussion with Kevin Grigg
- Search for Treasure, episode #132
- Beginnings, episode 128
- Pop My Culture, episode #52
- This American Wife, episode #24
- 1st Place - Viral Video Night, Improv Olympic West, November 2008
- The first double 5 star rating on Edgy Podcast Reviews
- Best First-Wave Podcast That's Better Than Ever, Splitsider, 2011
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