I was at the show which they discuss at the episode opens…
The show was delightful. First, there was a professorial talk on why it’s everyone’s civic duty to smoke pot, and how to smoke pot, and how John Roderick has smoked pot (I don’t think this is a spoiler, but one hopes it creates a bit of an appetite. Ba-dum-tch.). Next, there was a Q&A. Then we got to meet Roderick’s lovely new assistants. To end the show, he played one of his newest songs, Same Song.
And on to the follow-up podcast…
During the opening talk, I did feel there was a bullet list-y inflicted drag. I member thinking “I bet he’s trying to consider notes and it’s interrupting his storytelling.” I think Merlin is right about a “set list” approach, particularly with the later Q&A section, where with the most random of prompts, Roderick is able to snap right to a topic.
Merlin’s musical effects = AH HA HA thank you.
Essay reading feels… more suited to audio books for Roderick based content. It seems like he’s trying to go somewhere else with live shows, and it would only be aided, I think, with his natural improvised asides.
Part of me also wonders if he should record the storytelling, THEN write the essay for posterity or publication? (Particularly later where he talks about the joy of writing. Also the latter mentioned desire NOT to see/hear oneself after the fact, he’s got TWO assistants now, so transcription? I also imagine there’s no shortage of uninitiated feedback coming his way *coughcough*. I also hope his assistants will be a filter for feedback without overwhelming boogledeeboo from the audience*.)
I could do with a 50 person capacity. Maybe 30 even if we could all have more space to use tables and relax (although only one hour long, maybe a little more time for the crowd - whatever the size - to socialize after?).
Of course tickets to the next show sold out, we want our stinking badgers.
If Hodgman doesn’t listen to RotL, he’s missing out!
With regard to storytelling, pacing, if you need reminders of Roderick’s effort, (These may not be in exact order, it’s late, I’m tie-tie, sorry.) please see progress from this, to this, and to this, and this… and a million hours of podcasting.
And finally, “Don’t crush the bunny.” I AGREE. I’d rather see a creative groove than a frequent change-up. Something you see a lot with Kevin Smith, I often feel like he doesn’t stop and explore one idea before it blows up into something big, then he chases after a shiny sparkle in the distance.
My side notes:
I wish there was a private forum for attendees to chat about the show, maybe arrange carpools… Bueller? …Bueller?
I hope ticket prices don’t go up. This is kind of the only thing I can afford to even do right now. Even 1 more dollar would make it harder. As it is I can never afford to eat there again, most certainly not during this run of shows.
It may be worth noting for people hoping to go in the future - the venue is not strictly accessible. There’s a step or two up or down to every section of the place, and the ladies’ room seems unlikely to fit a wheelchair - the stall is kind of large, but there’s not enough width in the passage or room for a turn. Aaand the seat is basically on the floor.
*I will never not be bored and disappointed by people who show up and pester him directly or stand just within in earshot complaining about a lack of a new album. Rude. Rude and unhelpful. If that’s all you have to say, stay home and talk about that amongst your friends. Art is weird, settle down.