8 Preview: This American Parody May 8, 2007 4:50 PM   Subscribe

Apropos of nothing: a preview of this week's upcoming podcast.

posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 4:50 PM (26 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Ira must be a pancake.
posted by achmorrison at 5:00 PM on May 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


I've often thought the Metafilter Podcast could use a Glassing.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:05 PM on May 8, 2007 [5 favorites]


Ha!
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:09 PM on May 8, 2007


"Today on the MetaFilter Podcast, stories of people putting their tongues on things..."

Ooh, this should be very interesting!
posted by ericb at 5:27 PM on May 8, 2007


The ending was great. Thanks for the laugh, I really needed it. Is the whole episode going to be done like this or is this just some fun?
posted by sequential at 5:27 PM on May 8, 2007


Now I want to see Matt and Ira in a cage match.

Wait, I've wanted to see that for years.
posted by Eideteker at 5:28 PM on May 8, 2007


Well, along the lines of putting your tongue onto the iBook charger, I once played with a 220 volt fixture in Ireland. It had one contact on one end and another contact on another end of a long bulb which looked like a fluorescent, but was really just a long incandescent. Somehow I got my right hand on one contact and my left on the other, yes this is conduction right through the heart, and I hadn't even been drinking (I was 12, although I did get Guiness on that trip). The resulting jolt threw me across a bed and perhaps even knocked my out. After thanking God for leaving me on the planet, I am left with a healthy respect for electricity (there might have been other incidents which involved melting objects rather than personal shocks that contributed to this). I have eyed the iBook connector but I don't think I could ever put that on my tongue. Bully for you Matt. By the way, we are coming out with a new medicine and are looking for test volunteers.....
posted by caddis at 5:29 PM on May 8, 2007


Fucking great. Note perfect. Someone needs to get this to Ira toot sweet. Has there been a This American Life about TAL parodies?
posted by Rock Steady at 5:38 PM on May 8, 2007


If you have no idea what This American Life is this sounds just like the usual podcast, only with better production values.
posted by jack_mo at 5:48 PM on May 8, 2007


So I've been meaning to do this for about three weeks, since I saw Ira Glass give a talk. He came off as kind of weird because he walked around with an ipod and would actually play plinky music behind himself as he talked as if he was on the show. I was fascinated with his trademark delivery and I started doing impressions of him for friends, by thickening up my tongue and nerding up my voice a bit more. I need to keep working on it though.

Anyway, once I interviewed Jesse, I knew I had a perfect set of quotes for a TAL-style intro. Much to my chagrin though, once I had the idea, I found out on Friday that a comedy group had done a better job of the same joke (show 1, show 2) already.

So this was just something for shits and giggles, a one-off thing but once I was done with it I figured I'd share.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:51 PM on May 8, 2007


genius.
posted by niles at 6:31 PM on May 8, 2007


You goofy bastard, you.
posted by ColdChef at 6:43 PM on May 8, 2007


Matt, trust me (and I mean this in the very best way possible); you do not need to nerd your voice up any more.
posted by yhbc at 7:11 PM on May 8, 2007 [3 favorites]


"Today on the MetaFilter Podcast, stories of people putting their tongues on things..."

Do these people have licker licenses?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:25 PM on May 8, 2007


Loved "Ack One"! Can't wait for the rest of the acks...
posted by trip and a half at 7:41 PM on May 8, 2007


I favourited this so hard, it hurts.

When are you going to interview me for the podcast? I do a very decent David Sedaris.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:12 PM on May 8, 2007


Metatalk: nerding up my voice a bit
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:09 PM on May 8, 2007


Well, you got the giggles out of me, so well done.
posted by O9scar at 9:50 PM on May 8, 2007


Bravo. Loved it.
posted by wemayfreeze at 10:32 PM on May 8, 2007


I'm all up over this thing!

Also, this is freaking brilliant. Awesome.
posted by ORthey at 11:23 PM on May 8, 2007


I think they moved TAL from 1PM to Noon on Saturdays in Chicago so Ira wouldn't say "One o'Cock" anymore in the promos.
posted by macadamiaranch at 5:26 AM on May 9, 2007


Why, macadamiaranch?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:20 AM on May 9, 2007


Funny!!!
posted by onlyconnect at 10:50 AM on May 9, 2007


I wanted to type the first comment in a new category. Do I win anything?
posted by cgc373 at 10:26 PM on May 10, 2007


Hilarious. Or are you trying to get the Hodge's attention???

I'll work on my Sarah Vowell, just in case. Her vocal style would do the ladytastes story justice, I'm sure.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:15 PM on May 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Fanamatastic. This is a great demonstration of how intentional the sound of a radio show is -- from vocal intonation to pacing to production style, you've got it down pat.

he walked around with an ipod and would actually play plinky music behind himself as he talked as if he was on the show.

Now, that's just scary. He has obviously made the soul transformation from man to product.
posted by Miko at 12:28 PM on May 25, 2007


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