Paranoid Video: The Terri Schiavo of Comedy

A column article, Paranoid Video by: Dylan Garsee, Nick Hanover

No longer content to merely review television through the creative use of Friskies gifs and awkward jokes, Dylan Garsee and Nick Hanover have moved on to the internet airwaves, co-hosting CB's own television podcast, Paranoid Video.

Welcome to the debut of Paranoid Video, Comics Bulletin's own "serious discussion" program about television. By which we mean two idiots with a microphone and access to the CB servers chat about all things tv. This first episode is devoted to a discussion about Portlandia and its second season, particularly the season finale; the future of smart comedy on network tv; and the greatest television dramas of the past 25 years. You can listen to the episode at the player below or download it here

The two idiots mentioned above are these guys:

Nick Hanover: Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin, Frequent Cleaner of Glasses

Dylan Garsee: Senior TV Correspondent, Owner of World's Greatest Tupac Ensemble

In this first episode, Dylan and Nick reviewed the season finale of Portlandia and spoke about how the second season on the whole compared to the first, and how the third might unfold. That discussion starts at 2:01 and ends at 16:53. You can also find Dylan and Nick's review of the second to last episode of Portlandia here.

From there, they moved on to a conversation about the future of network comedy on the whole, and why cable, basic or otherwise, might present greener pastures for smarter funny. This was sparked by the return of Community to the airwaves, which came at the cost of the consistently excellent Parks & Recreation. That conversation starts at 17:14 and ends at 36:10.

And finally, Dylan and Nick argued about Vulture's recent feature on the Best Television Dramas of the Past 25 years, with some especially angry ranting about how much BSG's finale sucked and Dylan's assertion that The Wire is the "closest we've come to Shakespeare in the past 500 years or so." Using Dylan's chronology, that means The Wire potentially beat Shakespeare himself, what with the bard dying in 1616 and all. That conversation starts at 36:47.

This being the first podcast, we're definitely still working out the kinks, so let us know what you think in the comments. And yes, we know about the audio issue with Dylan. We're working on it. Basically it's because he speaks at a sub-human frequency that microphones have a difficult time picking up.

The theme song and namesake for the show is Total Control's excellent "Paranoid Video". The rest of the tracklist is, in order of appearance:

Baths- "Maximalist"

Bra Sello & His Band- "Soul Time Nzimande Go"

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