Picking the Brains of the Ladies of Podcasting: Elizabeth Laime

(Podcast Squared: This is our first post in the “Blog” section of the site. It comes from Jenny Stracener the author of the Podcast Listening Log )

Jenny Stracener.How did you and Andy get started in your podcasting adventure?

Elizabeth Laime:
A few years ago we were on a road trip, listening to Too Beautiful To Live and This American Life. I was in a bit of a funk having recently moved to LA from NYC and having decided to stop performing and focus on writing. The writing, while fulfilling, is also incredibly isolating, as is Los Angeles until you get the hang of it. I felt like after having been a part of something at UCB- NY, I was completely out of the comedy loop and it dawned on us that we could use Andy’s recording equipment (he’s a record producer) and my friends from comedy and just do something creative to put out and see what happens. It almost started as a joke, we were thinking that we would do a few episodes and have no listeners and go from there. That was true, around episode 16 we still had only 60 listeners! But by then we loved doing it so much, so we kept up with no expectations – we never could have expected for it become as popular as it is now

You guys were the winners of the first season of The Earwolf Challenge, a quite impressive feat, for sure. As listeners, we got updates on the show through the coaching & judging sessions, but how was the process on the opposite side of the mic? Did it completely take over both your lives or were you able to balance that and everything else you do (writing, Andy’s job in the music world,etc)?

EL: In a way it did take over our lives. It was actually quite a time consuming thing, on top of doing our regular podcast – I can only imagine what the producers (Frank Capello and Peter Moses) had to contend with – it was a very ambitious undertaking on their end, in terms of workload. The other way it took over was that I sort of got wrapped up in the judges critiques and the negative comments on the forums and online. It’s a weird thing to have this podcast thing you do – and it is just you being you – get critiqued. I let some of that get in my head which was sort of a downward spiral. Luckily Andy has his head on straight so he was able to keep me from crumbling into a useless floor blob.

JS: While we’re on the topic of Earwolf Challenge, besides gaining more listeners, what are some other effects the Challenge has had on the show?

EL: Yep – The listeners and getting to work with the awesome people at Earwolf have definitely been the two biggest perks. It also doesn’t suck saying that we’re an earwolf show – gives us a bit of a podcast boner :)JS: How do you feel in your position of being a representative of comedic,interesting & really smart ladies on the scene today? Any words of wisdom you would like to pass along to ladies who are wanting to get into podcasting, writing, comedy or other things of that nature?EL: Am I?! This is the first I’ve heard of this, and now I must go scream with joy and possibly masturbate… Okay, I’m back. So, wow! Thanks. It feels good. I take this as the highest compliment because truly I think women are ever so slightly superior (except for my husband, Andy, who is a far better human being than me and anyone else). My words of wisdom are this: Ladies! We rule. We are funny and smart and never ever need to feel inferior to dudes in any way, especially in comedy. So let’s support each other! The idea that men are funnier has been perpetuated by unfunny men and made us to feel like we need to compete with each other to be the funniest lady. We should all just do our thing, write our books, act our asses off, create our shows and then staff and cast each other in everything. I don’t know where I would be today without all my awesome, funny, talented lady friends who keep me afloat every day.

JS:  Where did the idea for one of my favorite podcast segments, the Oprah Game, come from? What do yu think O would have to say about it?

EL: That was one of the first things I thought of when we decided to do the podcast.  I think it started as a joke with Andy, who said that I could be the Oprah of podcasts. I take back that the previous question included the highest compliment because the actual Everest peak of a compliment to me would be that I am my generation’s Oprah. I adore her. Some people take my fanaticism as ironic because it’s “not cool” or “mid-western soccer mom” of me to like her. I don’t care. I LOVE OPRAH!! I love her! I DO! wait… what was the question?