Have You Heard? is where the Pod Bible team meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard? aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! We recently caught up with R. Scott Edwards, the driving force behind comedy podcast Standup Comedy “Your Host and MC”…
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
R. Scott Edwards, an entrepreneur who owned a chain of comedy clubs from 1980 to 2001. The show is tribute to standup comedy as an art form. It features live comedy performances one week, then the next I interview a professional comedian. It’s perfect for me to curate and present the show, as I own many hours of LIVE comedy sets by the now famous, and not so famous.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
I sampled a few comedy podcasts in 2019 before launching, including Joe Rogan (which was way too long!).
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
I had written a book in 2019 about my days as a comedy producer and my wife looked me straight in the face and Laughed, “no one is going to read your stupid book, you should do a Podcast!”. I trashed my book and started researching podcasts.
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
None… sorry, I have always been a lone wolf entrepreneur; I research something and then create my own version. I have started over a dozen companies, including restaurants, art galleries, a submarine, and a beach shack in Hawaii…. I don’t do much normal stuff…
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
Working on old Friends like Jay Leno, Dana Carvey, and Dave Coulier…all have worked for me, but not yet interviewed.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
I was surprised by the demographics of listenership. Would love more young people to listen as the show and people on it are very funny!
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
That is difficult, some of the early ones were very informative; but I was still learning. And some of the Best have not launched yet… (for example an interview with Tom Dreesen, a legend in comedy, who opened for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and many many more).
I would say the best starts are interviews with…
Ep48. Willie Tyler, and his Buddy Lester
Ep52. Kelly Monteith (BBC Star)
Ep68. Yakov Smirnoff (famous Russian Comic)
Where can the Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
Or read my books on comedy: Be a Standup Comic, or just Look Like One and 20 Questions Answered about being a Standup Comic.
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