RAIN 2/3: Podcasts enable some comics to dare not be funny

Paul Maloney
February 3, 2012 - 11:00am

"The paradox of the podcast explosion among comics is that it’s at once a minirenaissance for comedy and a retreat by comics further into themselves — a sort of talking cure for a group of people who suffer from something not yet covered, I don’t believe, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: a need, when not formally doing comedy, to talk about how and why one does comedy."

Paul Brownfield, writing in today's New York Times, is talking about a trend he's noticed lately: podcasts by comics that aren't meant to be funny.

Rather, these downloadable and on-demand audio shows, such as Paul Gilmartin's "The Mental Illness Happy Hour, "play(s) to the trope that all comedians are in actuality broken people who are willing to expose their brokenness for our light amusement." Gilmartin and his guests set aside the jokes to talk about mental illness, addiction, and depression.

Read more today in the New York Times here.

Michael Schmitt
February 3, 2012 - 11:00am

Stefan BaumschlagerStefan Baumschlager, Chief Label Pleaser for CBS Interactive's Last.fm, is leaving to join on-demand music service Rdio.

Baumschlager tells All Access he'll help Rdio "with their roll-out across Europe." He had served with Last.fm for more than 5 years.

All Access has more coverage here.

Paul Maloney
February 3, 2012 - 11:00am

About.com has opened voting for its 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, including an award for the Best iPhone Radio App.

Through February 15, About.com is accepting nominations for hundreds of award categories. About.com judges will choose up to five finalists in each category based on the nominations they receive. Readers can then vote for their favorites. The site will announce award winners March 30.

Nominate your favorite iPhone radio app at About.com here.