Lies with Sara Schaefer ★★★
On this podcast, you can expect nothing but lies! I was turned on to this podcast by a fellow podcast reviewer, Ryan Steiner. This is an interview-format show where Sara Schaefer draws no full truths out of any guest.
To listen to a one-on-one comedy interview, you have to suspend reality, be in the mood for it, and be open to new comedy. Therefore, this podcast is not for everyone, and you may not get Schaefer’s comedy. Humor podcasts are tricky because you don’t hear a laugh track or audience and there is no obvious pause at which you’re supposed to snicker. But Schaefer finds some great comedians to interview (Colin Quinn, Jenny Slate, Michael Ian Black) who play along very well with the format.
So who is Sara Schaefer and what else does she do besides host a podcast? Well, she does quite a bit. “Sara Schaefer is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer, and producer currently based in Los Angeles. She was recently the co-host of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live. Sara has appeared on @Midnight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Best Week Ever, and Inside Amy Schumer. She won two Emmy awards for her work at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has written for BestWeekEver.tv and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Her debut stand up album, Chrysalis, debuted in March 2015.” (SaraSchaefer.com) Pretty good resume! Schaefer’s website is a nice complement to the podcast, it helps you learn more about her and the other work that she does, including live shows.
The last episode aired in late 2014, so there is no new recent content, but hopefully if Schaefer finds some time amidst her other success, she’ll either come back to Lies or start up a new podcast. The world needs more comediennes.
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (2 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (3 / 5)
Schaefer’s had some cool guests on, and there are a lot of pop culture references throughout the untruths discovered in the interviews.
Host Listen-ability (3 / 5)
Flow (both planned podcast flow and advertisement-impacted) (2 / 5)
For me the podcast doesn’t flow very well because of the concept, I have to keep reminding myself that everything is a lie, but keep searching for some hidden truth within a lie. Maybe my brain doesn’t quite keep up with the lie/truth dichotomy. Or maybe I just need to let it go and roll with it. 🙂
Humor (4 / 5)
OK – I like Schaefer’s humor and I really like when she has comedians on, it flows much more smoothly and they feed off each other (see episode with Colin Quinn, 11/11/14).
Investigation (0 / 5)
Storytelling (2 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (3 / 5)
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