Philly Podcast Festival

Pancakes & Podcasts Potluck @ Indy Hall! by Teagan Kuruna

Don’t bother eating breakfast before heading over to Indy Hall on July 20…they’re hosting a pancake potluck to kick off their full day of live shows.

Indy Hall is firing up their griddles and serving pancakes to everyone who stops by between 10am and 12pm. BYO toppings and breakfast sides. Starting at 11am, bring your breakfast into their Gallery for the official start of Indy Hall’s slate of live podcasts as part of this year’s Philly Podfest.

Here’s what you can see on July 20 at Indy Hall:

  • 11am - Breaking Mayberry

  • 12pm - MISSION Story Slam

  • 1pm - The Kevin and Nikee Show

  • 2pm - Strong Feelings

  • 3pm - Unboxing Story

  • 4pm - Rhythm and Pixels

  • 5pm - Comic Book Junto

  • 6pm - Streets Dept

  • 7pm - The Cognitive Bias Podcast

RSVP now for the Pancakes and Podcasts Potluck at Indy Hall!

Philadelphia Podcast Festival 2019 Full Schedule Released by Teagan Kuruna

Drumroll, please…

The schedule for the Philadelphia Podcast Festival 2019 is here! Based on this line-up, our 7th year is going to be incredible. This is by far the most wide-ranging set of podcasts we’ve seen. The topics and formats are creative, fascinating, and thought-provoking, and the hosts are amplifying their own and others’ diverse voices.

Plus, we have beloved returning venues (hey, Tattooed Mom and Victoria Freehouse!), and three brand-new additions (World Cafe Live, Indy Hall, and the National Liberty Musuem). Can’t wait to bring Philly podcasting to these community spaces.

See the full schedule.

Check back soon for updates and additions to the schedule. Questions? Email us!

Kicking off philly podfest 2019: Mueller She Wrote, RISK!, and Yo Is This Racist? by Teagan Kuruna

The Philadelphia Podcast Festival is thrilled to announce that three fantastic podcasts will be opening Podfest 2019 at World Cafe Live.

On Wednesday, July 17, Mueller, She Wrote will be recording live at 7:00pm. Mueller, She Wrote simplifies the absurd amount of Mueller news and wraps it up into informative, hilarious bites. MSW is committed to separating the facts from conjecture with just the right amount of snark. The podcast bills itself as “a binder full of women unraveling the mysteries of the Mueller investigation.”

On Thursday, July 18, we’ll start off with RISK! Live at 7:00pm. RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share. RISK! has featured incredible true stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Michael Ian Black, and regular folks from around the world.

And then at 9:30, Yo, Is This Racist? Live! will answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

Presale tickets for all three shows go on sale May 22, 2019. Use code PODFEST. Stay tuned for the full Philly Podfest line-up, including dozens of locally-produced podcasts, coming soon!

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Mueller, She Wrote

July 17, 7:00pm @ World Cafe Live

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RISK! Live

July 18, 7:00 pm @ World Cafe Live

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Yo, Is This Racist? Live!

July 18, 9:30pm @ World Cafe Live

Yes! So many awesome podcasts recording today! by Teagan Kuruna

Wahoo! We have an impressive lineup of podcasts recording live today:

Last Podcast on the Left (sold out) is packing the house at the Trocadero today at 6pm!

Starting at 1pm today, seven of Philadelphia's best podcasts will be at Tattooed Mom: Kidflix, Film Loop, Doom Thugs, The Ghouls Next Door, First Reaction/Fan Reaction, Blacklisted, and Jawn Appetit. Come join us for free shows, tasty food, and cold beer (you know you need a cold drink today--it's a hot one)!

Philly Podfest 2018 Kicks Off Today! by Teagan Kuruna

Today's the day! The 6th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival kicks off with Eavesdropping on America, recording live at Good Good Comedy Theater. Haven't gotten your tickets yet? They're just $10 and are still available!

We have a great lineup for tomorrow, too! We'll be running three venues simultaneously:

Philly Improv Theater: Appointment Television, Overdue, Black Tribbles, We Got This with Mark and Hal
Tattooed Mom: A Quest for Magic and Steele, The Crispy Noodle, Poppin Bottles, Highlander Rewatched, Good Times Great Movies, The Cinescape, Dissecting the 80s
Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse: Comic Book Gurus, Victims and Villains, Voice of Free Planet X, Galaxy Wars

Be sure to check out the full schedule--make sure you don't miss anything!

Press for Philly Podfest 2018! by Teagan Kuruna

Read up on what's being said about the 6th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival!

PHILLY VOICE: "The festival is an opportunity to get behind the scenes of a favorite show, or to find a new podcast to binge and obsess over."

WRNB 100.3: "Are you a fan of podcasts or want to see how things work behind the scenes?...Starting on June 22, you will be able to see how podcasts are produced."

DAILYLOCALNEWS.COM: In an article about third-time festival participant Dissecting the 80s - “We loved the movie[s] as kids, but that doesn’t always mean they hold up when you revisit them, so I’m excited to talk about it.”

Last Podcast on the Left + More Great Podcasts Join Podfest 2018! by Teagan Kuruna

Philly Podfest, in partnership with New Media Touring, are really excited to announce four great podcasts joining the 6th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival at the Trocadero Theater!

  • Last Podcast on the Left, a comedy podcast that “covers all the horrors our world has to offer,” by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski (presale starts at noon, 6/5/18)

  • A double-bill with Part-Time Genius, a podcast of “incredible research, fun-filled quizzes, nerdy interviews and giant, head-scratching questions,” by Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur, and Ridiculous History, retellings of “weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization,” by Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown (presale starts at noon, 6/5/18)

  • Unhappy Hour Live with Matt Bellassai, “a comedy show full of anger, judgement, and fully-clothed full-frontal nudity,” featuring Matt Bellasai (presale starts at noon, 6/5/18)

Philly Podfest Schedule for Saturday, July 15 by Teagan Kuruna

Come one, come all to two of Philly Podfest's favorite venues to see 12 fantastic podcasts today, Saturday, July 15!

Tattooed Mom

1:00pm: The Voice of Free Planet X
2:00pm: Shady Little Hour
3:00pm: Your Weekly Top Six
4:00pm: The Lazy Banana
5:00pm: The Blacklisted Podcast
6:00pm: Lulu and Pop
7:00pm: Get Up In the Cool

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

11:00am: Victims and Villains
12:00pm: Party of One
1:00pm: Comic Book Junto
2:00pm: Quest for Magic and Steele
3:00pm: Micheaux Mission


Q&A with Everything is Awesome by Teagan Kuruna

We have so many great podcasts participating in the 5th annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival, so we're highlighting some of them in this Q&A series. Everything is Awesome will be recording live on Sunday, July 16 at 2:00pm at Tattooed Mom. You can find the full schedule of live shows here. Also, special thanks to Everything is Awesome host Kevin Gallagher volunteering to help keep things running smoothly at Tattooed Mom during the first weekend of the Festival. Kev, you're the best!

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How did your show come about? I had taken some time off from podcasting when my son was born—I couldn’t find a way to manage getting a set time for my co-hosts and I to sit down and record on top of focusing on work and being a dad. That’s when I thought of Everything is Awesome, a long-form conversational podcast that didn’t rely on set cohosts; just a new guest each week.

How did you meet your co-hosts? Everything is Awesome only has a co-host when we do our show live. I’ve known Mike DeAngelo since grade school and we’ve been best friends since middle school. Our shared interests and ability to just riff with one another off the cuff was the driving force to bring him in for the live shows.

Are there episodes you consider your “greatest hits?” Which ones are good “entry” points for new listeners? The beautiful thing about having a show that is long-form conversation / interview is that you can jump in anytime. There are few, if any, inside jokes. That being said, I do have my own personal favorites that I would recommend:
1. Episode 20 – Irish Fairies was my first big ‘HOLY CRAP’ moment when I booked Erin McGathy (host of This Feels Terrible).
2. Episode 57 – One Shot to the Heart with James D’Amato. James has been a huge inspiration and his podcasts, One Shot & Campaign, are shows that make me smile no matter my mood
3. Episode 63 – Odin’s Beard! (Live from Atomic City Comics) is single handily one of the funniest shows I’ve ever been part of.
4. Episode 69 – Convos with Kiddos features a short conversation I recorded with my son, who loves the idea of a podcast. That one is super special to me.

What do you appreciate most about this medium? The freedom. I love that anyone can literally do a podcast. There is so much passion that goes into creating this, and people who really put their all into it let it show.

What do you most look forward to when doing live shows? I love performing in front of people—something I picked up when I started wrestling for Falls Township Wrestling. It’s like I get to tell a little story without getting to deep.

How does the show change when you're doing a live recording? Everything is Awesome is normally just me and one other guest for an hour or so talking. When we go live, I tend to dub the show Everything is Awesome: LATE NIGHT because I put a bit of a late night talk show spin on it. We interact with the audience, play games, talk to a guest, and usually have a comedian or musician on to help close us out.

Where can people find your podcast and hosts? You can find Everything is Awesome on AwesomePodcast.com, CoreTempArts.com, and on social media—Facebook.com/RealAwesomePod and @RealAwesomePod on Twitter. You can find me on twitter @ThatNerdyKev (that’s where I do most of my tweeting and twating) and Mike on twitter @Tellest


Even more coverage for Philly Podfest 2017 by Teagan Kuruna

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We're really excited that this year's Philly Podfest is getting great coverage. Here's what's been published about us in the past few days:

  • PHILLY.COM #1: "For clues on how big and lucrative the world of podcasting is getting, consider the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, planting flags at nine area venues this Friday night through July 23...this year, there will be 55 sessions hosted by locals, with many more who 'couldn’t be accommodated,' Kuruna said."
     
  • PHILLY.COM #2: "Topics on We Got This! include “Best Color of the Rainbow,” “Best Movie Snack,” “Pirates or Vikings,” and “Bar Soap vs. Liquid Soap vs. Foam Soap” — minor, sure, but topics close to our hearts. Often, decisions come from celebrity guests like Philly’s own comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins or former Mythbusters cohost Adam Savage."
     
  • NEWSWORKS: "For the fifth year going, you can pull up a seat and — here's the twist — watch as podcasts are recorded throughout this city at a variety of venues for the Philadelphia Podcast Festival or PPF. Beginning Friday and running through July 23, the PPF will feature 55 local podcasts;  some are free to watch, others require tickets."
     
  • GEEKADELPHIA: "With the live crowd involved, the [We Got This with Mark and Hal] taping will have an additional energy to it that will make that episode truly pop and bring out some truly excellent debate about the finer things in life."
     
  • BILLY PENN: "Philly lowkey has a lot of podcasts, and this event will feature more than [55] local series. An additional seven podcast teams will travel to Philly from all over the country for the event. The vast majority of the live recordings are free."
     
  • METRO PHILLY #1: '"I don't think there's one overarching theme or connection because they're all reflective of the creativity Philly holds,” Kuruna said. 'Rather than a homogenous group, Philly's podcasts are varied in content [true crime, sex, race, comedy, sports, movies, music, etc.] and format [roundtable, interviews, scripted fiction].'"
     
  • METRO PHILLY #2: "While Philadelphians are podcasting fans like anyone else, certain members of the community have turned to creating their own audio masterpieces. Thankfully, there is a festival in town that celebrates these local personalities, inviting fans to meet them in person and possibly even get introduced to a new favorite."