Yoyo-ing in and out of lockdowns over the past year or so had really done some damage to our collective social lives. And, more generally, the ever growing demands of work and uni tend to consume much of our daily life, making it difficult to prioritise new connections. If you are feeling a little isolated, and tend to think that the world is just a little too small (this is Auckland after all), then ‘Podcast But Outside’ may be the perfect show to draw you out of your rut. It’s pretty self-descriptive: two L.A. based comedians break the usual mould of podcast production by setting up a table in different outside locations. They invite guests to join them, with little to no criteria for entry, and indulge in conversations about whatever they’d like to talk about. Though there are occasionally themed episodes, the hosts, Andrew Michaan and Cole Hersch, are happy to let the discussion lead in any direction (while employing some deadpan quips), making for some sporadic moments of brilliance. Due to the nature of the location, the topics they cover range far and wide, with work, relationships and politics being recurring markers in their conversations.
‘Podcast But Outside’ is available on YouTube and audio streaming platforms, but it’s definitely worth taking the time to watch the full hour online. There’s so much fun visual comedy that takes place in each episode that you’ll be disappointed to miss with just the audio.
“Dry, irreverent, and, at it’s best, wholesome.”