Breaking Character (A Thank You to Paul)

I am going to get a little bit serious for a second and extend a sincere Thank You to Paul for doing this podcast. During the course of this whole thing I was reading some of the negative reviews online (especially early on) and all I could do was roll my eyes. People would write things on iTunes like, "I get the joke, but it's not funny," "It got old fast," or whatever other bullshit they had to say, and I always felt sorry for those people because I felt they were really missing out. Yes, it was a show that whose raison d'etre was to help promote the Wolfpop launch, but I think it turned out to be something pretty special.

In most podcasts, the role of the listener is a pretty passive experience. You listen to the host and their guests, it ends, and you get out of it whatever you get out of it. Maybe then you go to a forum and regurgitate some joke that was told during the episode or argue about something you did or didn't agree with, but that is pretty much it. This is the only podcast that I know of that required the listener to be an active participant. That is, to get the most enjoyment out of it, you couldn't just listen, you had to buy into the premise, and-- what made it even more fun--is if you REALLY bought into it.

One day I was trying to explain to my wife why I liked it so much and the best way I could describe it was to say it was like adult pretend. I really think this is what people who tuned out too soon missed out on. Additionally, I feel bad for anyone who may be just starting to listen to it now, as they won't be able to experience the immediacy of it all. Oh well, it sucks to be them, I guess.

Anyway, I have probably waxed WAY too philosophically about it all, so I'll just end by saying: "The Sylvester Stallone/Jack McBrayer/David Wain/Landmark Forum/Sylvester Stallone Podcast! Fuck Yeah!"

P.S. Bring on Daniel Day Lewis!

MidrollAndrew
MidrollAndrew
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Paul S. is the best! Great show!

joe_lerini
joe_lerini
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This was a super-weird, fun podcast. I liked the twists and turns in Paul's life as he devotes himself first to the podcast, and eventually to the LMF. Lookin' forward to the poDD-Lcast.

jonsheffer
jonsheffer
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Great post, Cameron. I completely agree. This has been so much fun to listen to, and to get involved with. To me, this has been one of the most creative, entertaining podcasts to listen to, and so I'd like to say thank you to Paul as well. It's fun stuff like this that inspires me to think creatively, to work on projects that I enjoy, and to approach things with a sense of humor. Plus, it's cool to see other people really getting into it, too. It makes you realize that there are other people who find the same things funny, in the same way. So again, big thanks to Paul and company, and good luck with the Daniel Day-Lewcast! (I hope that catches on.)

firsttimecallerlongtimelistenr
firsttimecallerlongtimelistenr
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yeah, it was fun. cheers paul & co

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