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Kathie Lee Gifford Lands Regis for First Episode of New Podcast

PodcastOneLogoThis sounds like another match made in podcast heaven.

To the freewheeling and long-form interview format on October 23 is coming another name-brand participant: TODAY co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. She is set to kick off her PodcastOne network program Kathie Lee and Company with none other than, as first guest, Regis Philbin. From today’s announcement:

“I’m so looking forward to this new podcast adventure,” says Gifford. “I feel like I’m in an episode of The Jetsons, soaring into unknown territory on my podcast.”

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Tom Leykis Celebrates Three Million Metered Tune-ins

Less than a year into his bold Internet experiment, Tom Leykis feels there is no need to consider returning to the realms of terrestrial or satellite radio.

The reason for this conclusion are the stats he has been accumulating since last fall. Although Leykis’ online program debuted April 2 2012, it wasn’t until September 9 – after some months of working out the online kinks – that he and his The New Normal colleagues layered in Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics. In just four months, Leykis has reached the three million tune-ins (connections) mark. From today’s announcement:

In addition, The Tom Leykis Show was number ranked 34 on TuneIn’s Top 100 Stations of 2012 and normally trends at or about Number 1 out of TuneIn’s 70,000+ streams every weekday PM drive when the show is live.

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Adam Carolla’s Mangria Lands Esquire Review

Adam Carolla is a jack of all trades.

The former carpenter turned media and podcast giant is now diving into the world of alcohol with the release of Mangria, a spinoff of the popular sangria beverage that he concocted one night at home while searching for a way to get buzzed with whatever he could find in the house.

Matthew Kitchen of Esquire cracked open a bottle of the powerful drink (20.9 percent alcohol content) and shared his thoughts on Carolla’s latest endeavor:

At first whiff, Mangria smells like that sticky red punch that paints the corners of a child’s mouth a birthday party. To be honest, the taste isn’t much more masculine. Apparently the “Man” part comes from the alcohol content, which tops out at 20.9 percent, or about eight percent above what you get from your standard wine bottle.

Mangria calls itself a wine that boasts “aromas of plum, cherry, blackberry, orange, and citrus.” But it’s fooling absolutely no one. This is a stiff drink that goes down easy because it doesn’t taste much like alcohol. And therein lies the problem: It isn’t so much a way to unwind after work as it is the fastest road I’ve found to forgetting I have adult responsibilities. Fans sometimes refer to it as “college in a bottle.”

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Westwood One Founder’s New Division Puts Podcasts on the Launchpad

Norm Pattiz’s Courtside Entertainment Group is getting into the podcast business.

Per an announcement today, Pattiz has partnered with Kit Gray to form new division Launchpad Digital Media. It’s set up essentially as a podcast syndicator and, thanks to Gray, counts most of the genre’s marquee Socal gabbers. From today’s release:

The Launchpad platform includes some of the biggest names in digital entertainment including Adam Carolla, Bill Burr, CBS News, Afterbuzz TV with Maria Menounos, Jay Mohr, Dr. Drew, Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist), Mark Maron, Mark & Lynda, Brian & Jill and Penn Jillette. Launchpad will also be home to the Sideshow Network, The Fake Mustache Network, Riotcast Network, Splitsider Network and the Toad Hop Network making Launchpad one of the industry’s largest players.

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Comics Mock Adam Carolla for His Jab at Women

Comedian Adam Carolla thought he was cute for taking a job at female comedy writers in an interview with the New York Post, but the joke backfired in the end.

Here’s what Carolla told the New York Post:

“The reason why you know [there are] more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks,” Carolla cracked while promoting his new book, Not Taco Bell Material. Given a chance to, er, explain, he continued: “When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin—super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.”

And here’s how his peers responded via E! Online:

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Adam Carolla: Sixteen Homes, Sixteen Chapters

There’s no shortage today of Adam Carolla news, thanks to a bit last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live as an LA Kings bandwagon fan and the subsequent accidental tripping of a panic alarm at his Hollywood Hills home.

FishbowlLA prefers to focus on the New York Times write-up about Carolla’s forthcoming book. Cleverly, the comedian anchors each of the 16 chapters around the successive San Fernando Valley area homes he spent time in while growing up and pursuing a now very successful show business career. He tells Steven Kurutz that you can tell a lot about someone by the house they live in… and the mattress they sleep on:

“My mom had the mattress on the floor. I slept with a futon on the floor. I realized the farther you get from the floor, the better you’re doing. You can actually get too high, though, and be sleeping in bunk beds.”

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‘Man Candles’ Teenage Entrepreneur on Lopez Tonight

This is just too funny, and definitely DVR-worthy.

For his latest media appearance, 13-year-old Ohio high school student Hart Main will guest this evening on Lopez Tonight to unveil the newest scent in his “ManCans” line. The scented candles made especially for men already include such aromatic touchstones as “Sawdust,” “Grandpa’s Pipe,” and FishbowlLA instant favorite “New York Style Pizza.”

Ahead of his talk show appearance, which will appropriately be shared with former The Man Show co-host Adam Carolla, Main gets a nice write-up in the Columbus Dispatch. The kid pockets 50 cents per item, wants to eventually work in sports radio, and has basically stumbled into a booming business:

The demand for ManCans–carried in 11 states–has shown such swift growth that his parents pitch in each night to manage spreadsheets, handle sales-tax and shipping issues… His parents have since made an investment in the venture, forming a limited liability company and trust that will be turned over to their son when he turns 18.

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Jimmy Kimmel Puts Buddy Norm MacDonald Back on the Air

If you’re a fan of nasal-voiced Canuck Norm MacDonald, today is a day to rejoice. It has been announced that the comedian is coming to Comedy Central this spring in a new program, Sports Show with Norm MacDonald.

Imagine The Daily Show with a much taller, non-Jewish guy and a focus on sports rather than politics. Comedy Central has ordered eight initial episodes in partnership with Jackhole Productions, the company of Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison. From the press release:

Sports Show with Norm MacDonald will feature MacDonald’s unique and comedic take on the most topical and controversial stories from the sports world. Taped in front of a live studio audience, the fast-paced and informative show will cover all sports – from the popular to the obscure…

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WTF Host Marc Maron Gets the Attention of the New York Times

Comedian Marc Maron–a former Air America host who these days is best known for his podcast WTF, which he tapes out of his garage in Highland Park–just got himself a nice long profile in the New York Times.

A taste:

Mr. Maron, a stand-up comic by trade, has cast himself as an unlikely celebrity interviewer — one who is angry, probing, neurotic and a vulnerable recovering addict. And somehow he’s able to elicit from his guests, mostly other comedians like Sarah Silverman and Ben Stiller, the same level of vulnerability.

The interviews, usually taped in his garage in Los Angeles, often end up feeling more like therapy sessions. Take, for example, Robin Williams talking to Mr. Maron about the dark side of dealing with audiences: “I guess it’s that fear that they’ll recognize — as you know — how insecure are we really? How desperately insecure that made us do this for a living?” Read more

A Classy Collection of ‘LA Stories’

Finding new ways to cover the same general retail, residential and rumination territory is the challenge that confronts the editorial staff of Los Angeles Magazine each and every month. But it must be said that for the December issue, they’ve risen to the task and hit it out of the (Griffith) Park.

Beginning with Steve Martin, the 18-page “LA Stories” cover piece groups together 50 breezy celebrity reminiscences of growing up in LA, wrapped around the golden vignette aura of the Renaissance Man’s classic 1991 comedy. Everything from Jodie Foster at the Hollywood Bowl and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine at the Guitar Center to Joey Lawrence at the crossroads and Adam Carolla on the soap box.

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