Podcasts: Gameological and Mom on Pop - comedy in the unlikeliest of places
Now, we recently just started a new segment on podcasts that had long stopped casting but were worth tracking down because they were hugely entertaining and sorely missed. The first was Adam Buxton's Big Mix tape (click to go there). Now, I was expecting both of these pods to be (and they've been bundled together for a reason) appearing in an article in that same strand next week sometime.
Happily, only one is as dead as a doornail while the other made a surprise comeback.
Now some of you will be aware of who John Teti is. Originally a writer for the AV Club (who I see as direct competition with this website - the only difference being that they have many, many writers and an audience of hundreds of thousands) he then branched off and did his own website called Gameological. It was separate from the AV Club but a link to it was always very prominent on their homepage. It, unsurprisingly, dealt with games and the issues around it. A typical podcast episode would deal with recent gaming news, reviews of some new releases and then often a talk with the UK's Ellie Gibson (hilarious and fantastically foul-mouthed) - who was then a writer for Eurogamer.
For some reason in Episode 3 Teti decided to get his mother on as she had/has an addiction to mobile games like Candy Crush. She doesn't appear again until Episode 6, but after that (until the end of the woefully short run of 13 episodes) she was pretty-much a regular fixture probably due to the audience constantly telling Teti how hilarious she was. She finds herself in competition with friends who play the same games as her and asks her son for ways to cheat and beat them, she rages at elements of games she finds difficult, occasionally she uses bad language and then immediately denies it happened. She's a star.
Gameological came to an end and got rolled back into the AV Club and Teti returned to being an Editor and writer there (he's now the boss) but not long after the Gameological podcast came to an end another one popped up.
Obviously, Teti had realised what a draw his mother was and had now come up with a format that would allow them the scope to cover all sorts of topics. So games, TV (in one episode he has her watch an episode of Girls that features a pretty graphic sex-act; the conversation is hilarious), movies. Oh, and many episodes begin with her recounting her ongoing battle with her local post-office. To say Bonnie Teti is a character would be to understate things somewhat.
There was a break in podcasts for a while and it turned out that she had been unwell, but it appeared again sometime later. Only to disappear again for 7 months.
She'd been ill previously, and I feared the worst and I couldn't bring myself to go online and see what might have happened.
Of course she's bloody fine. Teti's new job and new baby just meant he couldn't find time to do the podcast for MORE THAN HALF A YEAR. I swear if I ever meet him I'll smack him with the back of my hand. So they're back, and reviewing things like the latest Star Wars film (he sent her to the movies thinking she'd hate it - turns out she loved it).
It's a great podcast. The dynamic of a mother and son reviewing modern media together is a unique, frequently hilarious, experience and makes you glad you don't have to have some of these conversations with your own parents.
It should be top of your podcast feed; apparently it's going to be appearing sporadically from now on, but in the meantime you have an absolute TON of top-notch entertainment to work through.
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