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If I was to be fully honest with you, I have to admit that when I began listening to podcasts, American podcasts were never very appealing. Whether it was because I had a different sense of humour, or I didn’t like the accent or if I was just racist, I couldn’t tell you. Although I am Australian so the evidence points towards the latter. It wasn’t until I heard of about this show called Probably Science that my podcasting tastes started to lean a bit more towards the land of the free. That led on to Rooster Teeth and then on to Marc Maron which opened up a whole new world of Yanky Doodle. Of all the American podcasts I listen to, none could ever be as funny as my next recommendation.

Cashing In With T.J. Miller

1400x1400srCash Levy hosts this show for Nerdist Industries and each episode he endeavours to talk to a new and exciting guest. Unfortunately or fortunately, however you want to look at it, his guest book is quite empty and often the only guest he can manage to wrangle is the star and shining light of Yogi Bear 3D, T.J. Miller. Collectively they can never manage to have anything more than a birdbath conversation but to their credit they do change a life every episode. They also ruin a life every ten episodes but hey, you win some, you lose some.

This is the part of the article where you realise that this is probably not going to make much sense to you if you haven’t heard the show. Cashing In has so many running jokes that it could win a marathon and I intend to ladle in as many as I can into this cold tomato. It’s always a fun idea to come back to these recommendations once you’ve listened to a few of these hot ‘n’ tasty pods.

You would probably recognise T.J. Miller as the funny guy in the background of any movie. He’s been in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, How To Train Your Dragon, Big Hero 6 and will play Weasel in the upcoming Deadpool. More prominently, he plays Erlich in Silicon Valley but acting aside, T.J. Miller is a hilarious comedian in his own right and is a master of the shouty, absurdist style of comedy. Cash Levy is also an amazing stand-up appeared who’s on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed With Byron Allen and hosted Late Night In The Afternoon (that last one didn’t have “with” in the title but he did host it WITH April Hall). Cash’s style of humour also strays into the absurdist territory but with a more dry, sarcastic tone and his observations are so unique that they won’t make sense until they’ve had time to settle in and then they’ll come back and sandwich punch the laughs out of you.

Some of the show’s segments include THE TRIPLE BANGER LIGHTINING ROUND, asking questions like “New England, more like Middle-Aged England?”, “Limping, underutilised pick-up technique?” and “Worst baby name, Syphilis, Kilgor, Damien, Blob, Lucifer, Diarrhea, Omen or George?”. A lot of the other segments are self-explanatory, such as Where Were You?, Essential Questions Of Human Nature and Tiny Opinions. Tweetalise, the show’s Twitter segment has many names, that all sound better in audio format and the final segment, Maskers is about masks or something like that. Really, this show is about eating a ridiculous amount of Snickers ice creams, Sean Connery’s ridiculous rules, Nancy Grace’s ridiculous face, the ridiculous Moon Wizard films and above all, ridiculous conversations.

There is so much I can say about this show, it’s very respectable that it is still going considering both the hosts’ busy schedules and while it may not be as successful as Donkey And The Jeff, Cashing In will always look after it’s twelve and a half listeners. I implore you to listen to this absolutely hilarious show, if only for the sake of Yoda’s happiness. Before Daddy comes home for Christmas I must move on to the next podcast from Nerdist Industries because IF WE STAY HERE, THE PARTY DIES!

Cash Withdrawal

Cash WithdrawalWhat the? Where the? When the? How the? Horton hears the who the? Alright calm down, yes there is another podcast in this week’s recommendation but it also comes from Nerdist Industries. During the long winters between Cashing In episodes comes the Cash Withdrawal podcast. Cash assures the twelve and a half that this show will tide us over until new Cashing In episodes appear but I’m suspicious as to whether he is trying to empty his cache of “cash” puns. In the coming months look out for; Cash Back Guarantee, Cold Hard Cash and Cash For Gold.

Cash Withdrawal is only two weeks old but already it has proved itself to be a worthy addition to the Nerdist feed. This show is more structured towards conversation but that’s not to say it doesn’t have segments. There are the familiar sounding; Double Thunder Rorschach Round, Since You Been Gone and Cheap Epiphanies. As well as Get Off Your Jock, Ouch That Smarts, Uncomfortable Silences and Meritless Advice. All segment openers are proudly brought to you by Auto-tunes. There have been two brilliant guests so far, Matt Knudsen and Steve Mazan, who both fit well into the show’s style of humour.

Since both shows are hosted by the Nerdist Industries, you can find an archive of the shows here and here. There are over one hundred and fifty episodes of the Cashing In available and even though it has just started, Cash Withdrawal is well worth a look. Until next time I shall end on a cliff-hanger, da-shi…