As you know if you’ve popped in to Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distractions before, Dr Jeff Wilson, PhD, was our in-house UX ninja who went through thousands of monthly videos and other web content to bring you some of the best (or at least, some of the most distracting).
But sometimes the best of the best isn’t best enough. Put another way, sometimes the best of the best need a best themselves. Dang, I’m confused. Maybe we’ll just get on with showing you this clip Dr. Wilson selected with all the elements of a perfect distraction: (kids + kittens + pranks = #winning web content)
One of the youngest members of the Applian family is Replay Radio: a tool that lets you record and keep audio content from just about anywhere. But this is the internet we’re talking about, and with Applian, the problem is never ‘how can I record this media?’ it’s ‘how do I choose what media to record?’
Here’s a selection of our favorite, funny podcasts. Capture them all with Replay Radio and finish this summer with a laugh. Listen on!
WTF with Marc Maron
“To me being a comic meant to be autonomous, angry, truthful, and funny,” says Mark Maron, whose WTF podcast isn’t always as laugh out loud funny as it is self-reflective, truthful and angry. Last month, President Obama joined the podcast but Maron’s usual guests are comics. Funniness, a healthy dose of coming of age tales and inside comedy showbiz stories ensue. Use Replay Radio to capture WTF from its website or iTunes.
How Did This Get Made?
Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? So begins the official show description and premise of the wonderful How Did This Get Made? podcast, which features funny people, making fun of terrible movies. Hosts Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael dive deep on the movies and TV shows we all love to hate.
Self-declared “famous minor television personality” John Hodgman has been a master of wry, sarcastic criticism for some time. You might remember him from the I’m a Mac ads with Justin Long, or from his contributing role on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show as Resident Deranged Millionaire. In his podcast, Hodgeman asks his audience (or anyone else) to bring him issues that need resolving and then brings his bludgeoning, literalist wit to bear on debates and, ultimately, rulings. You won’t find a more fiercely comedic judge, more tyrannical jury or more hilarious executioner anywhere. Use Replay Radio to capture Judge John Hodgman from its website or iTunes.
Perhaps America’s favorite contemporary British comic, John Oliver’s bread and butter are pointing out the absurdities of modern American (and other) politics and animal puns. So it’s no surprise his podcast The Bugle with Andy Zaltman calls itself an ‘audio newspaper for a visual world’ and leaves ‘no political hot potato unbuttered.’
If you enjoyed John Oliver’s contributing or hosting work on The Daily Show, or if you’re a fan of his new, more provocative show on HBO, check out The Bugle and make reading tomorrow’s paper just a little less painful. Use Replay Radio to capture The Bugle from its website or iTunes.
Star Talk Radio
And now for show that’s not so much a humor podcast as a humorous podcast, starring perhaps America’s most unlikely folk comedic celebrity, the oft-cited and well-known Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Tyson is an expert at making big, scientific notions and questions accessible, with smart, healthy doses of pop culture references and humor. Use Replay Radio to capture Star Talk Radio from SoundCloud.
Our superstar UX lead here at Applian, Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, PhD, spends a lot of time analyzing debug logs from customers. He likes to give customers a quick 2 minute video to test record so that he can keep the logs small. So he frequently searches out these short video clips which end up playing a vital role in the data logging procedure. Needless to say, he sees quite a few videos (and other types of media).
This month, Dr. Wilson actually received this video from a recent customer. He thought it was good enough to share. Below a fictitious (or is it?) account of college soccer as it gets down to the ever-dramatic penalty shots. So good it makes our face hurt. Enjoy!
In the immortal words of Jon Bon Jovi, “Shot through the heart, and cupid is to blame”, or something like that, right? It is that time of year again when the holiday cards and candy bags turn various shades of light red. So sit back, unwrap a few (red foil covered) Hershey’s Kisses ™, and watch an innocent Valentines Day prank in this month’s PhD post.
What a season of football! And it’s all about to end in a week with the Super Bowl. Specifically, a game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. If you’re like us then you aren’t just watching it for the end score, but also for the halftime show, the expensive commercials, and the pre-game commentary. Now, you don’t even need to watch it from the ugly jumbo TV in that noisy pub you hate, you can actually stream it LIVE on your PC through NBC. Which also means that you can record all of the spontaneous action and hilarity with your copy of Replay Video Capture 7.
In fact, one of our favorite parts of watching the NFL is pretending we’re the Bad-Lip Reading folks and coming up with our own witty quips in the mouths of 200+ lb. athletes. If you record and capture the game on February 1st, you can even make one for yourself! And just in case you missed it, they released the new NFL Bad-Lip Reading 2015, so be sure to check it out below for inspiration. Oh, and don’t forget to grab Replay Video Capture before kickoff on Sunday!