One of the interesting things about podcasts growing up is the archives they build. Blink and suddenly your favourite podcast, which hasn’t stopped releasing weekly episodes even when you took a break from listening, has a daunting amount of episodes to get through.
Comedy Bang! Bang! is one such show. A cult improvisation comedy show hosted by the acerbic Scott Aukerman, it’s been running since 2009, clocking up 770-plus episodes that regularly hit two hours and an innumerable list of guests, both from the world of comedy (Jason Mantzoukas, Andy Samberg, and Paul F Tompkins are among its favourite regulars) and pop culture at large (Phoebe Bridgers, Edgar Wright, Bob Odenkirk).
The podcast-hosting platform Aukerman co-founded in 2010, Earwolf, was sold as part of Stitcher last year (Stitcher Premium – $4.99 a month – hosts the WTF with Marc Maron podcast archive) and now he has launched Comedy Bang Bang World in partnership with Acast. It offers ‘premium podcast programming’: Exclusive access to new comedy series, ad-free listening, full back-catalogue episodes of Comedy Bang Bang and other shows, and more.
One of the interesting new shows will be CBB Presents! – new content from friends of the Comedy Bang Bang team, including spin-offs and limited series. It’s reminiscent of The 11th, a “home for in-between ideas” from Pineapple Street Studios, which “publishes an entirely new issue on the 11th of every month”. (Check out the two-parter Time Machine: The Score, about the Fugees; seminal album, hosted by poet Hanif Abdurraqib.)
Aukerman seems like he’s bursting with ideas so CBB Presents sounds like it will be a vehicle for gestating ideas.
The subscription prices for Comedy Bang Bang World are as you’d expect, $4 or $7 or a month, with annual subs discounted. Aukerman has been on the cusp of podcasting innovation over the past decade and more – don’t be surprised to see more long-running shows seeking to monetise their archives.