The podcast that saved my comedy career

1am, some Tuesday, 2014

I return home dejected after another open mic where my material crashed and burned. The usual. It’s been four months since I started doing comedy and open mics are the only public forums where I can take my pitiful jokes and hope to evoke a reaction. But it doesn’t seem to be working.

My mom keeps some dinner for me which I don’t bother heating up. I just want to get it over with. The embarrassment of bombing on stage isn’t half as bad as coming home after work and a gig to a quiet room with no one to talk to. I can’t watch TV or I’ll wake everyone up and I can’t cry into my food because it is salty enough as it is.

Instinctively, I open Soundcloud and instead of listening to remixed ‘90s anthems (my real source of power), I check out Comedy Central’s podcast. There, in a sequential order are international comedians performing some of their new material. Curiosity took over and I start eating my meal while listening to these episodes. I listened to the episodes, back to back, each featuring just about 10 minutes of comedy from comedians who were now, somehow hanging out with me in that room that night.

With no visual to these bits and just the audio, that podcast made me appreciate every single line. I understood what joke delivery was, how to set something up, and then deliver it. It made me realise what I wasn’t doing right on stage; speaking too fast and with fear. I realised that the audience is always listening and it’s my job to communicate better. It’s a learning I cherish to this day.

I have been doing stand-up comedy and improv professionally for two years now and I also get to host my own podcast now,  so I’d say everything kind of worked out. I still eat food at 1am though; some routines are hard to break.

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Check out Comedy Central’s podcast channel: https://soundcloud.com/comedycentral

Check out my podcast Keeping it Queer, in which I talk to members of India’s LGBTQ community and bring their stories to you: https://audioboom.com/channel/keepin-it-queer

 

- Navin Noronha

#PodsWeLike Making Oprah

30 years ago, Oprah Winfrey made her big debut on television. While it may not seem like that to us now, considering her status as a part-book Midas, part-therapist and part-lady who gave people free cars, it wasn't always easy. 

In this mini podcast series by WBEZ, Making Oprah, host Jenn White traces the show's awkward beginnings, Oprah's rise on daytime television and what the show meant to people who worked on it. 

In just 3 episodes (plus 3 bonus ones), Making Oprah talks to producers, competitors, publicists and even Oprah herself. Check it out: https://goo.gl/OJqdT3

 

The IVM Podcasts app is here!

Introducing *a procession of drummers walk buy slowly building up to a heart-thumping drum roll* the IVM Podcasts App! 

An application exclusively for all of our wonderful podcasts, the IVM Podcasts app is available on both Android and iOS (that’s right!) and you can find the latest episodes of all our shows.

Go ahead, download it, rate and review the app, listen to something, learn, sing, laugh, startle your uber driver! 

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Introducing Sex Vex

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What's something you shouldn't say on a first date? What happens if you're attracted to your best friend? What kind of lube should I buy? And if the spirit moves me, can I kiss my boyfriend on Bandstand without getting arrested? 

We are so excited to announce a brand new show, X&Y that attempts to answer or at least debate all of these questions. Hosted by Siddhant Mehta and Dilnaz Irani, Sex Vex is all about real, casual conversations about dating and sex in urban India, without judgement.

This is a weekly podcast and will be available every Wednesday on our website, YouTube, Audioboom or any other podcasting app you like. Of course, the content is meant for adults, so if you're trying to find the show on iTunes India, just switch to the global store instead. 

The first episode tackles first dates and you can listen to it below: 

Footnotes: 

We mention not discussing movies on your first dates, here's an article about that, here's one that attributes the research to a book and this is the book itself.    

 

#PodsWeLike The Hilarious World of Depression.

Comedians are known to be notoriously sad people in real life. This podcast hosted by John Moe (who's fought his own battles with depression) tries to understand why that is and the different coping mechanisms that the comedians found in comedy. What's fascinating in each episode is how every comedian went through or is going through a different type of depression from bipolar disorders to a messy divorce to suicidal tendencies. It's not all doom and gloom though, every episode has a bunch of laugh out loud moments. Some stand out episodes are the ones featuring Maria Bamford, Peter Sagal and Andy Richter.

You can find it here: https://www.apmpodcasts.org/thwod/

#PodsWeLike 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

Tim Harford - the undercover economist talks about some of the critical "inventions, ideas and innovations" that make the modern work function.

There are episodes on the light bulb, the shipping container, the compiler where he narrates the story of how the subject became a crucial building block of modern life. The latest episode is about paper and is a great way to get started.

You can find it here: http://bbc.in/2jeZe2T

What we've been upto: January 2017

New year, new shows! 

We are only in the beginning of 2017 and we've already launched 4 new shows that we are super proud of. Get ready for a list! 

The Seen and the Unseen

As someone who doesn't fully understand some of India's policies, always aims to find multiple opinions on it and then gives up and just reads tweets, this podcast is perfect. Journalist Amit Varma takes on public policies and explains the seen and the unseen affects of it. 

Keeping It Queer

Hosted by our very own producer, Navin Noronha, Keeping It Queer or KIQ as we say (on internal Slack channels, I mean) chronicles the life and journey of India's LGBTQ community. We've had incredible guests so far who've shared stories of their first love, the struggles they faced to come out and what it's all meant to them (I may have teared up a couple of times during editing). 

My Neighbour, Zuckerberg

Entrepreneurs talk to entrepreneurs to discuss entrepreneur stuff. Hosted by Munaf Kapadia (of the Bohri Kitchen) and Nabeel Merchant (of Fixy), My Neighbour, Zuckerberg traces stories of struggle, adventure and creativity and find out what makes them who they are today. One month in and I've learned so much already! 

IVM Likes

This one may or maybe not be my favourite. Every week, we are rounding up our staff to bring their personal pop culture recommendations and general chit chat about tv shows, movies and books. 

#PodsWeLike: Crimetown

Gimlet Media has a new show called "Crimetown". The concept behind the show is to examine crime from the angle of how it affects a town. The first season examines the intersection between the mob and the politicians in what is a relatively small town, at least compared to the mega cities where the mafia normally thrived. The fact that it is a smaller city makes the stories much more personal. Check it out, I highly recommend it.