Two of my major obsessions are comedy and history. I’m a huge fan of stand-up comedy, to a point where I follow and cheer for comedians not unlike how some cheer for sports teams or political candidates. On the other side, history probably would have been my major if I had completed college, and that’s probably a good thing that I didn’t, because having a history major usually means you have a lot of student loan debt without a matching career to justify it.
Anyways, The Dollop is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, two excellent stand-up comedians who explore weird parts of American history. The format is simple: Dave reads while Gareth reacts, though they will often go on tangents where they act out possible situations in the story they’re telling. The end result is informative and hilarious. I love it to pieces.
The true genius here is that there is an endless supply of material to mine. They confine themselves to American history, but there are so many weird things that have happened in America’s relatively short history that there should be no end in sight for what they could do. And even if they do run out, I don’t think anyone would fault them if they expanded their net to include the rest of the world.
Above all else, even if you don’t think the idea of a history/comedy podcast is a good one, you should listen to what is so far my favorite installment of The Dollop, The Rube. I won’t spoil anything, but it is one of the most ridiculous sports figures in the history of all mankind, who I sadly had never heard of before I listen to Dave and Gareth. The Rube is now my favorite baseball player of all time, full stop.
Anyways, do yourself a favor and give them a listen. You’ll learn a thing or three, and laugh while doing so. It’s typically difficult to get me to full-gut laugh these days, but these guys manage it on a bi-weekly basis.