Hello there! I’m Ross Llewallyn, and I listen to a hell of a lot of podcasts. I often share them with my friends on social media, but often I don’t get around to each one. Sometimes the moment of interest is more personal, sometimes it’s a bit off the wall, and sometimes it feels way too late to share.
That’s why I’m starting a new experiment! I’ll collect over the month various podcast episodes that were especially funny, insightful, entertaining, or weird. This way I’ll have a dedicated place to put my reactions to episodes, and people will only have to be bothered by my enthusiasm once a month!
I’m tired of missing and skipping starting this because it’s not the first of the month or whatever nonsense. It’s true that I started this post late into the month, but it’s so easy to make excuses to not try something new. I think it just takes a little push to get rolling into it, though. So let’s get started!
A few months ago I wrote a blog post about the comedy advice podcast If I Were You, hosted by Jake and Amir.
I was listening to the latest episode, “Ex-Girlfriends“, and noticed two questions in a row where I felt the guys missed the mark. I just wanted to note it down as a small example of where a diversity of experience and perspective can really elevate the discussion and give better advice. Though I don’t wish to tear the guys down, as I consistently laugh at every episode.
If I Were You is a comedy advice podcast where a comedic duo, Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, give sometimes-sincere, sometimes-silly advice to people who write in asking for it. They’re open about the fact that the show aims for humor first, often cherry-picking ridiculously improbable submissions to play off of.
The two sometimes answer serious questions in positive, healthy ways. The are generally accepting, sex-positive, and analytical of the situations they are presented. But at times I have found myself frustrated with responses to questions, especially about relationships, that either miss the obvious answer, lead the person astray, or perpetuate a bad culture.