‘S-Town’ and ‘Las Culturistas Live,’ Identical Podcast Twins? | Observer | March 31 2017

Las Culturistas is an equally buzzed-about New York pop culture podcast from Forever Dog Productions. Each week, Rogers and Yang sit down with comedian to talk about the pop culture that shaped who they are today. Now you’re probably thinking, what does this have in common with my new favorite podcast S-Town? You would be surprised.”

Las Culturistas LIVE is a New York Times Comedy Pick | NYT | March 16 2017

“Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, hosts of the pop-culture podcast Las Culturistas, will lead a wild live version of their show featuring 50 comedians sounding off on a cultural grievance of their choice for one minute each. Comedians to be featured include the “Saturday Night Live” performer Sasheer Zamata, the “S.N.L.” writer Julio Torres, Phoebe Robinson of WNYC, the “Welcome to Night Vale” performer Dylan Marron and dozens more.”

The Las Culturistas Podcast is ‘Addictively Bitchy’ | TimeOut New York | March 14 2017

“The pièce de résistance of the pop culture podcast Las Culturistas comes at the end of every episode, when hosts Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang take a minute to say, “I don’t think so, honey!” to the pieces of culture that they can’t be bothered with. Before their Littlefield show on Tuesday March 21, at which 50 of NYC’s funniest comedians—including Sasheer Zamata and Phoebe Robinson—take one minute each with their own rants, the bon vivants give some of the best New York attractions the read.”

Kevin McDonald Talks Podcasting with Tom Power on CBC | CBC |January 3 2017

“Kevin McDonald calls podcasting the ‘last refuge of the comedy scoundrel…’ Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show lives somewhere between the past and the future of entertainment. ‘What I wanted to do was a sort of Jack Benny Show, bring it back to the old radio kind of thing where you can do anything,’ McDonald explains. ‘So I’m taking this futuristic thing called podcast and I’m bringing it way back to the ’30s and ’40s, to the old radio days and that’s what excited me about it.’

Applying It Liberally’s Keisha Zollar and Andrew Kimler Discuss the Role of Comedy Under Trump | PASTE |December 27 2016

“The role of jokes during the Trump administration is more important than ever. They serve to provide levity during these stressful times and to avoid normalizing hatred towards marginalized people. Jokes help empower people to speak up and say, “hey, you’re right, that’s totally fucked.” It’s easy to make jokes that are superficial about Trump because he looks like a walking talking orange clown, but now more than ever, it’s important to use comedy to dismantle the system…” –Keisha Zollar and Andrew Kimler, Co-Hosts of Applying It Liberally podcast

The Scary Secrets of Stasis PA Selected as “Best Limited Series,” Best Comedy Podcasts of 2016 | Splitsider |December 19 2016

“Now that podcasting has been around a bit, a lot of people are realizing they don’t have to just produce an endless parade of episodes for years and years… And it’s beginning to really pay off in the form of very binge-able fare that’s both well-produced and well-acted in the case of the narrative offerings. One recent entry is The Scary Secrets of Stasis PA. This is a 3-part series that was produced as a run up to Halloween this year…”

Las Culturistas’ Bowen Yang Selected as NY Comedian You Need to Know | TimeOut New York | November 23 2016

“When we’re not eating, drinking, art-peeping, shopping and generally checking out the most stellar new things the city has to offer, we’re seeing a lot of live comedy. And with that in mind, we present to you the seven local comedy upstarts who we think are set to get their big breaks. It’s the class of 2016, if you will…” Listen to Las Culturistas on FDPN.

Rob Haze & Chris Daniels Talk to Comedy Hype about Book of Ye | Comedy Hype | November 14 2016

“Who knows more about Kanye than Kanye? Comedians Chris Daniels and Rob Haze might. In fact, the two have a podcast based around everything Kanye West. “Book of Ye” specializes in Kanyeology; they discuss the music, the history and recent news involving Kanye West. On Thursday, November 17th, the podcast will be taping live in Chicago, at the Promontory venue during the Chicago Podcast Festival. Comedy Hype caught up with Rob Haze and Chris Daniels to discuss Kanye West and the “Book of Ye” podcast.”

The Scary Secrets of Stasis PA Selected for Best Podcasts of the Week | Splitsider | October 20 2016

“Not unlike the podcast burgs of King Falls and Night Vale (Welcome To Night Vale), Stasis is a small town (Population: 9,999) that hides many secrets… The writing is sharp, snappy, and funny, with a number of quick turns and non sequiturs reminiscent of the writing of The Simpsons and Family Guy, only definitely NSFW. They also leave enough loose ends that tuning in for parts 2 and 3 feels almost mandatory.”

Kevin McDonald Talks Kids in the Hall, New Podcast | The AV Club | September 9 2016

“From his lynchpin role in sketch troupe The Kids In The Hall to his guest appearances on shows like Friends and his extensive work in animation, Kevin McDonald has long been one of comedy’s most unusual—and instantly recognizable—voices. Now he’s putting that voice to use on his first-ever podcast, Kevin McDonald’s The Kevin McDonald Show, which recently launched on the Forever Dog Podcast Network. Described by McDonald as an old-fashioned variety “show within a show” akin to The Jack Benny Program, the podcast finds McDonald plying both the comedy skills he’s honed over decades of sketch and improv, as well as trying on some new ones as an interviewer.”

Kevin McDonald Hopes You Listen to Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show | Paste Magazine | September 6 2016

“The quirkily named Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show is a clever play on the branding often associated with live television events, tours or even, heck, stadiums. The brand Kevin McDonald presents the comedian Kevin McDonald, but, more than that, the title signifies the show-within-a-show approach he uses to frame each episode. He’s especially looking to The Jack Benny Program for inspiration when it comes to formatting. “It interests me because you can do everything,” he explains about the structure. “You can actually do a sketch, but then you can do a sketch where I play myself and I’m having trouble doing the sketch.”

Chicago Podcast Festival Features Two FDPN Podcasts | Chicago Tribune | August 29 2016

“The first ever Chicago Podcast Festival, featuring some 30 comedy and storytelling podcasts from networks including Earwolf and Maximum Fun, is slated for Nov. 17-19.” Includes live recordings of The Book of Ye and Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show.

‘The Book of Ye’ Podcast Explores All Things Kanye | The Daily Dot | August 21 2016

The Book of Ye is dedicated to thinking through and about all-things Yeezy. The result is an hour-long episode posted every few weeks about whatever news West is generating; discussions about his album or a specific song; and guests ranging from Dante Holley, the man who won a free pair of Yeezys after guessing the title of West’s album The Life of Pablo based only on the acronym “TLOP”; to “Crying Jordan Meme” king Lawrence DeLoach… As the co-hosts of the show, [Rob] Haze and [Chris] Daniels are clearly fascinated with West, but they don’t come across as fanboys. In fact, their love for West feels more like that of a creative individual whom they respect and admire. Antics be damned.”

Inspirer Talks to Applying It Liberally’s Keisha Zollar | Inspirer | August 17 2016

“Actress, comedian, and activist Keisha Zollar has graced our screens on many shows including ‘Orange is the New Black” and A&E’s new show “Black and White.” The California born Zollar co-hosts an eye opening podcast Applying it Liberally with her husband, where the two go toe-to-toe on politics, pop culture, and discuss being an interracial couple.”

Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show Featured in Splitsider | Splitsider | August 11 2016

“It’s been 30+ years since the Kids In The Hall first got together as a comedy troupe in Canada. And although they rarely perform as a unit these days, it’s good to see the “kids” are all right on their own. Kevin McDonald kicked off his new podcast this past week, part of the Forever Dog Podcast Network, and it’s quite a production. More like a nighttime TV talkshow, McDonald’s show sports an announcer, a couple of fairly big name guests (Wallace Shawn and the Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts), and some supporting sketch players.”

Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show Selected for Best Podcasts of the Week | The AV Club | August 8 2016

“Joined by Wallace Shawn and Brad Roberts, McDonald and his cast tackle the difficult task of entertaining the live audience as well as the people who will listen to the recorded podcast. The result is a major success. In the opening sketch, Wallace, who has one of the most recognizable voices in the world, plays Sherlock Holmes. “Ah, yes! Cocaine quickens the mind in the quest for truth,” he exclaims in a faux British accent. After proving that the magic of the audio play still lives, McDonald interviews Wallace…”

The Five: Greatest Kanye West Comedy Crossovers | The Interrobang | August 8 2016

The Book of Ye co-hosts Rob Haze and Chris Daniels compile the definite Kanye West comedy crossover moments for Interrobang’s weekly column THE FIVE… “It seems ironic that Kanye West is now known to the internet as being the guy that doesn’t like to smile in pictures, because he refused to smile while taking selfies with privileged teenagers during one of the closest Super Bowls in recent history. Kanye actually has a great sense of humor and great taste in comedy.”

The Book of Ye Ep13 Reviewed in Huffington Post | Huffington Post | August 5 2016

“Still hot is the ongoing sort-of-feud between Kanye and Taylor Swift… This topic dominates a big chunk of the episode but there is a lot more in store for the co-hosts and their guest to break down… including a dissection of Ye’s Monster track, Desiigner’s Tiimmy Turner release, how bad ass Black Panther was in Captain America: Civil War, and more.”

Soren & Jolles Appear on Keith and the Girl Podcast | Keith and the Girl Podcast | July 28 2016

Tracy Soren and Jessie Jolles, co-creators of soren & jolles Presents on FDPN, visit the Keith and the Girl Podcast. Episode 2437: Vomitous. “Bad interviewers; eating disorders; Donald Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton’s emails; Anthony Weiner vs. Donald Trump, Jr.; Michelle Obama comments on the White House being built by slaves and Bill O’Reilly rebuts that the slaves were ‘well-fed’ with ‘decent lodgings’; ALS breakthrough; mom beats daughter on Facebook Live; the classic woman-groping prank.”

Comedy Cake Quick Dish: Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show | Comedy Cake | July 26 2016

“You really can’t call yourself a comedy enthusiast without being familiar with the iconic sketch group and series The Kids In the Hall. The group’s brand of humor paved the way for so many young comedy innovators. Founder, Kevin McDonald, has continued to bring smiles to audiences around the world since then. His television credits include The Martin Short Show, That ’70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, NewsRadio, MADtv, and Arrested Development, as well as voice work for animated series like Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim and Clerks: The Animated Series…”

Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show is a NYT Comedy Pick | New York Times | July 21 2016

“Kevin McDonald (“Kids in the Hall”) presents this live variety show of sketch comedy, music and “uninhibited tomfoolery,” which will be recorded for his monthly podcast. He will be joined by the musician Brad Roberts. At 8 p.m., Union Hall, 702 Union Street, at Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.”

Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald Launches Live Variety Podcast on Forever Dog Podcast Network | AXS.com | July 12 2016

“Kevin McDonald already has an impressive comedy resume which includes his role as a founding member of the iconic Canadian sketch group, The Kids in the Hall… Now, McDonald is adding the title of podcast host to his sprawling comedy career as he is gearing up for the debut episode of Kevin McDonald’s Kevin McDonald Show. The new podcast is set to premiere with the Forever Dog Podcast Network on Aug. 1 following a July 28 live taping at Union Hall in Brooklyn.”

Book of Ye Co-Host Rob Haze is One of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People | Brooklyn Magazine | May 26 2016

“One of the most-sustained audience laughters we’ve ever heard was in reaction to Rob Haze, who, for just over two minutes of stand-up, talked about gluten intolerance in white people. As the place erupted, Haze remained so even keeled you’d think her were grocery shopping. This is a big part of the power of his delivery: before you know what’s hit you, his low-key delivery has you doubled over in laughter. Catch him on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central and on Viceland’s Flophouse, or while he’s touring stages across the country.” Listen to Book of Ye on FDPN.

Las Culturistas Co-Host Bowen Yang is One of Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People | Brooklyn Magazine | May 26 2016

“The toughest part about being on the Brooklyn comedy scene today is the looming threat of global warfare. The best part is that there’s no shortage of people who are both inspired in their work and also willing to help you. I used to think that someone’s talent was inversely correlated with how generous they are with their time, but I’ve found the opposite to be true, and I think that’s somewhat specific to Brooklyn.” Listen to Las Culturistas on FDPN.

The Book of Ye Selected for Best Podcasts of the Week | The AV Club | March 28 2016

The Book Of Ye is a new bi-weekly podcast from comedians Rob Haze and Chris Daniels. It may also be the first podcast dedicated to exploring the multifaceted life and times of Kanye West… This isn’t a show that seeks to explain or defend West to listeners. However, it’s more about diving into his dark twisted fantasy in a noble attempt to figure it all out. The result is a truly fun and laid back philosophical discussion.”

Cilio & Ramsey at the 2016 Dallas Comedy Festival  | Dallas Comedy House Blog | March 16 2016

“Forever Dog, based in New York and Los Angeles, are multi-taskers. And that’s putting it lightly. These guys do a little bit of everything! Co-founder, Joe Cilio, let me in on what we can expect from his and Alex Ramsey’s (also a Forever Dog co-founder) sketch show at DCF, as well as the awesome stuff we can look forward to from the Forever Dog team this year.”

Forever Dog’s “Volcano Town” Part 8 at The PIT | Broadway World | August 10 2015

“Forever Dog Productions has made a name for itself in the New York comedy/theater world through the ambition, scope, and quality of its projects. Its latest undertaking, Volcano Town, is no exception. A 12-­part play that blends dark comedy, music, political drama, and fantasy, Volcano Town tells the epic story of Zoar, PA, a corrupt mining town full of mystery that may or may not be on the verge of being destroyed by a giant volcano. With over 40 characters and a plot that takes audiences from the inner sanctums of city hall to the neon recesses of karaoke dive bars to the bowels of Hell itself, Volcano Town pushes the boundaries of what theater can do and what a comedy show can be.”

Cilio & Ramsey Selected as Must See at Chicago Sketch Comedy Fest | Time Out Chicago | January 6 2015

“With 168 groups performing 188 shows over eight days, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is the largest sketch fest in the country, so it’s understandable if looking at the the line-up makes your eyes go blurry. To help set your comedy agenda, consult this list of 20 must-see sketch groups.”