Supposedly, Andy Warhol said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Well the future is now, and if by world-famous he meant have a podcast, he was right. There are thousands of podcasts out there in numerous formats–comedy, news, interview, panel, audio drama, others even–so how do you stand out amongst the din? By being marginally famous of course! Barring that, you have to make sure the quality of your show is beyond reproach.
This workshop series will introduce participants to the basic technical aspects of podcasting, but most importantly it will include:
7/18 – Session One: Podcasts are like assholes, everyone needs one AKA Getting Started
The first session will introduce you to the basic hardware and software of podcasting. We’ll also discuss the importance of your show bible, figuring out what kind of podcaster you are, and the unbreakable rules of podcasting.
7/25 – Session Two: The Art of Conversation
The second sessions will unveil the lie of podcasting that most shows are just “friends being friends.” Nothing is more boring than listening to friends catch up, which is why this class will focus on the underlying structure of a show, the art of conversation, and how the rules of improv can be applied to just about any show format. This session will help you find the ‘voice’ of your show. We’ll also continue our journey into hardware and software, and start talking about editing.
8/1 – Session Three: Leave It On The Cutting Room Floor
In the third workshop, we’ll go further into the editing process (which some consider the most important part of crafting a solid show…we think all parts are tied for most important). From in-the-room live editing to the basic How To Physically Edit to the ideas behind editing, this session will help you make a show people want to listen to even if you’re not a comedian who sort of had a following in the nineties. We’ll also workshop the scripts, outlines, and bibles of all participants. This session will ensure you are of sound mind, body, and technical skills to create a dope show people will enjoy.
Chapman University MFA Creative Writing Alumnus, 2017
Host of Writers’ Block; Co-host of the Super Hero Hour Hour;
Director of Operations, YourPopFilter.com
Mike Gravagno has been podcasting since 2010, way before Sarah Koenig made it “hip” and “the next big thing,” mom! While serving seven years in the California National Guard and later pursuing his BA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, Mike co-founded yourpopfilter.com with Ryan Haley, and the two launched the PopFilter Podcast, Nutflex: Building the Ultimate Netflix Queue, and the Super Hero Hour Hour. During his time at Chapman, Mike started Writers’ Block as the audio arm of the interdisciplinary graduate journal, Anastamos. This is also when podcasting stopped being something he lost money on, as he started producing and engineering The Coast Conversation with Samantha Dunn for Coast Magazine, and Catalyst: A Cultural and Creative Industries Podcast for Chapman University. His poems, interviews, and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Calliope, The Gordion Review, and the poetry anthology, Lullaby of Teeth. In addition to Writers’ Block, and The Super Hero Hour Hour, you can also catch Mike on The OC Disorder and Movie of the Year.
Host of The OC Disorder; Co-host of the Super Hero Hour Hour;
Creative Director, YourPopFilter.com
Ryan Haley has been podcasting since 2009, a whole year before Mike Gravagno started podcasting and made it “lame” and “for losers.” He co-hosts and co-created all of the podcasts that Mike is on that aren’t dumb. He has a BA from Cal State Fullerton, the Columbia of the West Coast, along with his teaching credential in English Language Arts, which he has used to teach English and Literature to students of all shapes and sizes. He doesn’t understand why you would write poetry and bore a couple of people when you can teach high school students how to write poetry and potentially bore the world. You can catch Ryan on such podcasts as The Super Hero Hour Hour, The OC Disorder, and Movie of the Year, starting sentences in the middle of each of Mike’s sentences.