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Back in the early 2000s, I lived in Olympia, Wa and there was a lot of DIY music and media production happening in the small college town. People were mixing albums in their basements, silk-screening posters and T-shirts in their kitchens, and using DV, High-8, and/or Super-8 cameras to record short films in dusty fields and damp alley ways. My friend Mac Dawg was taking advantage of the fact that we had a local public access station to create his own programs. His original idea was to film a fictional, biopic-style sitcom based around Kurt Cobain in the 80s, referencing his tenure as an Olympia resident. Being a Jewish Puerto Rican in his early twenties who had dread locks and mutton chops at the time, he came to the conclusion that I would be the perfect person to star as the dead, blonde, white grunge-rock icon in the re-imagining. The project never actually came to fruition, but, during a random house party at Mac Dawg‘s house, I came up with my own idea for another program by the name of “TANGENT.” The basic premise was that I would have guests on, like an informal talk show, and then just consistently shift the topic on them. [I only have brief glimpses of memory pertaining to coming up with the idea… I was really drunk.] One morning Mac Dawg wakes me up with a phone call and asks if I’m ready to do the show. “What show?” I asked. I thought that he might be referring to the Cobain thing again. He explained that it was my idea and that I should get ready, because he was planning to film it that morning. I threw on a slim, denim 1970s pantsuit (just vest and pants) and a large plastic dollar sign necklace, bought a case of OLY stubbies and came up with/scribbled down some topic ideas onto a piece of scrap paper during the ride over to his basement, where the video equipment was set up. Between being awaken to sitting in the basement getting miked, it was probably 1/2 hour total. It was about 9am, I had taken down enough alcohol to get rolling and we went from there. There was no real podcasting back then and there was no Youtube whatsoever. There was no real direction for the program either and, although I’d like to believe that it had it’s moments, there was a decent amount of aimlessness involved. I imagine that doing an improvised standup routine must be similar to trying to carry an unscripted program and helping it to remain interesting; it can get awkward quicker than you may think. If I we could have harnessed those select moments, expanded them, and worked tirelessly on them for years, I could still only have hoped to yield something half as effortlessly smooth and entertaining as the podcast, “Uhh Yeah Dude.”
Tangent only made it to about 5… possibly, 6 episodes (for good reason). UYD, on the other hand, just clocked in their 300th episode, since their 2006 inception, just last week. With no particular frills, regularly scheduled celebrity guests, or even a consistently designated theme, the staying power of the program rests solely on the shoulders of its two co-hosts, their abilities to expand upon and quickly interject life into whatever topics that they do find themselves on, and their undeniable rapport with each other. Visually somewhat of an odd couple, Jonathan “JAH” Larroquette is a bearded, cigarette-smoking, longhaired, vegan that generally remains seated while sporting either worn-in T-shirts or tanktops, while Seth Romatelli is a clean-shaven character with a finely coiffed do (rockabilly light?) consistently standing and/or moving about in, typically Western-cut, collared button-ups. If Larroquette‘s name sounds familiar, it’s because he is, in fact, the son of Emmy award-winning actor, John “Dan ‘Reinhold‘ Fielding” Larroquette (Night Court). He is also 1/2 of the electronic duo JOGGER that was signed to Daedelus‘ Magical Properties label, released an album back in 1999, and went on the Magical Properties tour with the electronic pioneer/label-head and Nosaj Thing back in 2010 (a tour that his dad tweeted about accompanying him on). If Romatelli‘s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you are already aware of the Uhh Yeah Dude podcast. Either that, or you might be a huge fan of his bit part as a “talent organzier” in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads (2001) or as an obsessed celebrity memorabilia collector in the Hallmark made-for-tv movie, McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? (2005), starring his co-podcaster’s father a year before their hour-long web series was ever launched. Whether it’s John‘s dad or Seth‘s appearance in a shitty teen film, neither Larrouquette or Romatelli shy away from their history, but that’s clearly not the basis of the program at all and, at the most, those topics might very rarely surface in the midst of their continuous banter. What really carries the show are the hosts’ unrestrained social commentaries and back-and-forth between each other. I haven’t listened to that many pod casts in general, but I have always gotten the impression that they were hosted by “experts” in one field or another, or that “experts” were often brought in to weigh in on some subject matter. What’s great about UYD is that these guys don’t really claim to be experts in anything. What they do, however, is make their listeners want to be involved in the topics themselves and, regardless of how absurd or trivial the topics may technically be, they definitely get the mental cogs churning and explore some visually descriptive avenues while they explore them.
Here’s a bit of a breakdown on the podcast and it’s success, via the press release:
Described as “A weekly roundup of America through the eyes of two American-Americans”, Uhh Yeah Dude (UYD) is available free via the Apple iTunes store.
Uhh Yeah Dude is a comedy podcast containing discussion and free-form comedy by host Seth Romatelli and co-host Jonathan Larroquette. Episode 1 of Uhh Yeah Dude first aired on February 11, 2006 and quickly gained a world-wide fanbase.
UYD is consistently ranked within the top 10 of Podcast Alley’s 3,000+ comedy podcasts. Additionally, Podcast Alley monthly ratings for almost 50,000 podcasts often rank UYD in the top 100 podcasts worldwide in all podcast categories. Since the summer of 2008, UYD has held a coveted spot on the front page of iTunes’ featured podcasts, where they are consistently in the top 50 iTunes comedy podcasts. Uhh Yeah Dude is recorded weekly and a new episode is available on iTunes every Sunday.
The show has utilized the video format several times. The first, and most famous, was when the duo recorded their 100th episode and posted it as a video podcast. Since then, UYD has engaged more professional video help and posted high-quality video clips of their show on YouTube.
Considering that the best way to really get a grasp on what UYD is all about would be to experience it, we’ve included a few of the aforementioned YouTube video here for your viewing pleasure. In these following clips they tackle such serious issues as…
PARENTING with Drugs:
You’ve likely noticed that some of these clips were filmed in front live studio audiences. That’s because, occasionally, UYD will go out and do live tapings of their podcasts in venues around the country. On Friday, January 13th the guys will being make one such appearance at the Neptune Theatre here in Seattle. Coincidentally, Friday the 13th was one of the topics on their recent 300th episode. Also, somewhat coincidentally (but not really, because that’s what this post is created for), our friends at the Seattle Theatre Group provided us with a pair of tickets to give away to one of yooz lucky jerk awffs.
Tickets can be purchased for the event HERE
THE CONTEST / GIVEAWAY:
*One winner will receive a a pair of tickets to see Uhh Yeah Dude perform live @ The Neptune Theatre in Seattle on Friday January 13, 2012
HOW TO ENTER:
This contest will revolve around the subject matter in the following UYD videos taken from poscast #124
For this contest, your task is pretty straightforward: create an original craigslist ad with content that falls along the lines of the ones that Seth and Jonathan are discussing in the videos.
Post your answer in the comment section below.
There is no part 3. That’s all there is to the contest. It’s pretty easy… but you should probably read the fine print.
The Fine Print:
All entries must be received by Friday December 30th at 11:59 pm to be eligible.
You can enter as many times as you want, but use a valid email so that we can contact you.
Winner will be chosen arbitrarily, based on our personal “favorite”, so try to be interesting.
If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen.
[If you have any intentions to post comments asking us to pick you, or asking when the winner will be announced… how about, just don’t do it? It’s pretty fucking obnoxious and it won’t help your chances.]