Illustration by Mary Grace Ewald
by Andrew Rosin
I believe it was John Cleese who once said “When you get in your teens and young adulthood…you begin to see flaws in the order. You see that these rules in your life are silly, ridiculous. And you poke at it, you make fun of it, and that’s where comedy, anybody’s comedy comes from.
But as you get even older, and hopefully wiser, you begin to see the truth. The truth that there is in fact absolutely no order at all – nobody has any idea what they are doing, at all. That religion is a lie, that politics is a lie, and morality is a lie. And that everything truly is in utter chaos.
And as soon as you realize this, well, it’s just not that funny.”
And if you think that’s a pretentious way to start a podcast review? Boy howdy, you are in for a treat. For you see? Today is the day that I’ve officially dropped my subscription to “How Did This Get Made?”
And it stems from the tone of the Podcast. Basically, you can call this podcast an incredulity off. Paul Scheer’s comedic persona is one that is generally amplified, as you can tell from his work on Children’s Hospital, Human Giant, and The League. The co-hosts (Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael) follow by bringing their energy levels up to match, and when it’s an over the top action movie like a Crank 2 or a Fast and Furious 5? It can work, and it can be funny.
But they haven’t been going down that road. This is a show that’s just as likely to “oh my God can you believe that shit a no-budget movie like Birdemic or Leprechaun in the Hood as they are to hit up a bad older movie like a Mac and Me or a Speed 2:Cruise Control.
And here’s the thing that hit me in recent weeks. Marveling in disbelief at the not-top notch filmmaking of a movie? Kind of an unnecessary way to spend my time. Most movies that manage to get made are a miracle in themselves. Especially if you put them through the Hollywood movie system. Incredulity is an ill fit. A Katherine Heigl movie was bad, VERBALLY CAPS LOCK IT TO DEATH UNTIL IT DIES.
Because here’s the thing. You don’t have sell a movie like The Room to the audience. You don’t have to have yourself at 11 to have a get over the fact that Tommy Wiseau is ridiculous.
Because he is. Obviously.
I mean, there are other podcasts with the exact same format who have been at this longer and do it so much better. I’m not going to make mention of it now. Because 500 words on why one podcast isn’t for me anymore and bringing another in toward the end of it would be rather uncouth. And even when I’m not feeling it, that’s a real dick move.
So, here’s where I’ll leave How Did This Get Made. A podcast that’s too high energy about something naturally ridiculous, and with a vestigial episode in between which just seems like busywork for Scheer. It’s a free podcast, and I have better use of my time.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna watch Predator 2.