Podcap: Penn's Sunday School - Live From Boston, A Balls Grabbing Good Time
By Steve West 12 months ago
Podcasts are radio at its finest. As such, they should be lauded and enjoyed, and most importantly shared. I am an official podcast connoisseur, a title I bequeathed upon myself as I have listened to literally - a word that I have, for figuratively the first time ever, used correctly here - thousands of episodes of podcasts. These shows come in such varied flavors that anyone can find something to like. While we continue many of my own personal favorite shows, this is about exploring new shows as much as sharing old ones. From the dreadfully popular to the freaky basement recordings of strangers, welcome to Podcap. This week we visit with Penn’s Sunday School, for the episode “Live From Boston: A Balls Grabbing Good Time,” released January 26, 2014.
What denomination is this service?Penn Jillette is the voice of the magic duo Penn & Teller. Actually, it’s Teller who is the magician. Penn is, by his own admission, more of a carnival barker for the two. Now on Adam Carolla’s podcasting network, Carolla Digital, Penn dispenses with his filthy and perverted beliefs. With his friends and fellow libertines Michael Goudeau, Matt Donnelly, and Dustin Knouse, Penn entertains with a litany of anecdotes, behind the scenes revelations, and things that drive the group mad. It’s part political commentary, a modicum of religious discussion, and a whole shitload of sexual perversions.
It’s Not Even Tuesday, What’s Up With The Monkey?Penn’s Sunday School doesn’t have the laundry list of inside jokes that most podcasts do, but instead relies on the personality quirks of the hosts. The show’s longest running gag is what’s referred to as “Monkey Tuesday.” This harkens way back to Penn Radio on Free FM, where Penn and Michael Goudeau would take calls and questions about an array of primates. Whenever someone says the phrase, “Monkey Tuesday,” the theme song has to be played. It’s a fast paced jazzy piano diddy with horribly wrong monkey screeching noises interspersed within. Composed by Mike Jones, the bandleader for Penn & Teller, it’s the most distinctive aspect of the show.
Penn himself deflects praise by heaping it upon others. It’s one of his charming attributes, and is responsible for him being respected in the entertainment business. He’s a man who loves the art of entertaining, and shares his feelings with everyone. So he spends much of the time lauding his cohosts, or explaining how Teller is the one who studied magic for years and is incredible with his hands. In the end he ends up being the most engaging person in the room because he can’t be anything else, despite monumental attempts otherwise.