There aren’t a lot of ways to review Scott Aukerman’s brilliant comedy podcast without it devolving into a series of obnoxious in-jokes, but I feel I should give it a shot, because I laughed until I cried during all three of the show’s Bumbershoot tapings (Paul F. Tompkins is a national treasure). The show is basically a conversation in which Aukerman’s funny friends (often in character) get together and have a lively conversation that usually wanders into weird, ridiculous territory in a real hurry. Here’s the complete cast from this weekend’s shows, plus the “would you rathers” and how all of Andy Daly’s characters plan on killing themselves.
Anthony Jeselnik is a fun comedian to write about because I can just print one of his killer one-liners, like this: “I’ve spent the last two years looking for my ex-girlfriend’s killer. But no one will do it.” He would rather have to rap about his feelings during emotional conversations than have to channel a different ghost every time he has sex.
Mr. Brainwash (Paul F. Tompkins) is a street artist best known for his role in Banksy’s 2010 film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Prolonged exposure to the glue he works with has caused 95% of his blood to be replaced by glue, making it difficult for him to move and forcing him to retire from street art.
August Lint (Andy Daly) is a pretzel factory employee from Dusseldorf whose family is entitled to a $10 million pension but only if he takes his own life in a horrible manner. He plans to commit suicide by having a Pike Place fish merchant throw him off the top of the Space Needle.
Eugene Mirman, King of New York, is from Russia! He has a degree in stand-up comedy from Hampshire College in western Massachusetts and he went to the same high school as someone who went on to win a season of Survivor. He would rather have skin made of nacho cheese Doritos than have to make a goofy face at funerals.
Lord (formerly Dame Sir) Andrew Lloyd Webber (Paul F. Tompkins) is a beloved theatrical composer known for such classic musicals as Cats and Jesus Christ, Superstar. He is currently working on a film about drum circles.
Hot Dog (Andy Daly) is a member of ’50s nostalgia group Sha Na Na’s backup band whose duties include sabotaging John “Bowzer” Bauman’s new side project at every opportunity. He once attempted suicide with a homemade flamethrower and planned to try again on Sunday night, although he didn’t say how.
Doug Benson loves movies. The filming of his movie Super High Me ironically required him not to use any drugs during Bumbershoot five years ago. He would rather have to hear Liza Minelli songs every time he’s trying to sleep than give no answer at all.
Cake Boss (Paul F. Tompkins) bakes cakes on The Learning Channel. After having already been bitten by a cake bug, a cake scarab and a cake wolf, Cake Boss was bitten by a cake zombie in a scary house just before the show. He now craves cake brains.
Don DiMello (Andy Daly) was a children’s theater producer who specialized in violating Disney copyrights by turning their classic stories into what sounds like essentially violent pornography (sharks were involved in his Youngershoot adaptation of The Little Mermaid). He committed suicide at the end of the show by allowing Cake Boss to eat his cake brain. Rest in peace, Don.