Many podcasts are available to subscribe to and watch

in a variety of genres, and one of these is the comedy

podcast. Every small scale wannabe writer has a chance

to become a comedian through podcasting, since the

low entry cost allows people to start podcasting with

minimum effort and money. To find some of these

comedy podcasters, check a podcast directory. A

podcast directory is a listing of many, sometimes

several thousands, of podcasts submitted and divided

into categories. A podcast directory will probably have

a large number of comedy podcasts available to

subscribe to.

These comedy podcasts are usually created by a small

team of people who do the work in their free time, as a

hobby, not as a source of income. Because it is a hobby,

they’re more willing to give the work away for free, for

nothing more than recognition, probably in the hopes

they can parlay that recognition into a more mainstream

job. Some more corporate groups also put together

comedy podcasts, however. The satirical comedy web

site puts out a regular comedy podcast,

featuring readings from their fake news site.

Placing a comedy podcast on the Internet has several

advantages for the creators. They get to showcase their

work, easily distributing their art to many people. This

following is likely to be be unusually passionate,

following the artist with more enthusiasm than the

artist’s average audience. The comedian has a chance to

be more open with the audience, engaging in a sort of

dialogue with them. The comedian broadcasts the files,

which enter the computer of the user, already a more

personal level than simply hearing the jokester on the

radio or on television. Compedy podcast subscribers

will often then write back to the podcaster, or leave

comments on the blog which often accompanies a

podcast site. This can give them a degree of input and

connection with the writers of the comedy podcast that

is far removed from other styles of comedy distribution.

The writers and producers of a comedy podcast thus

benefit from several advantages of the podcast form. It

is cheap and easy to set up, and uses a distribution

mechanism that is also easy to use. The way the podcast

form is designed, as well, creates greater connection

between the producer and the subscribers. The comedy

writer has a greater ability to interact with the

subscribers and to find out what they appreciate or do

not. Because podcasting is so simple to get involved in,

requiring only a small investment to get started, many

amateur comedy writers have begun starting their own

shows and distributing the feed. It is likely, because of

the unique connection podcasting offers between writer

and listener, that we will see at least some of these

amateur comedians make the leap to the professional


Joshua Shoemaker

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