Benson, a comic who has managed to make a living off of podcasting movie trivia and parodying Morgan Spurlock movies, was in town for three shows at 4:20 p.m. (natch), supported by fellow podcaster Graham Elwood and special surprise guest Sean Cullen. If you're not familiar with Doug (or his podcast Doug Loves Movies, which taped at Zanies on Memorial Day), you may find my critic's pick for the show enlightening:
Over the past few years, stand-up comedy has been utterly revolutionized by the podcast. Once the sole domain of tech bloggers and Harry Potter aficionados, the iTunes podcast charts have turned into a veritable who’s who of professional funny people. Podcaster-comedians like Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron and Julie Klausner are regularly (and deservedly) credited for pushing the medium forward, but you’d be remiss to forget stoner-comic Doug Benson in the conversation. Benson’s podcast Doug Loves Movies skews the line between “comedian interview” and “public radio game show,” offering listeners both a funny conversation about movies and a series of ludicrously difficult yet totally enthralling trivia games.
True to his word, Benson released not one but two episodes of Doug Loves Movies this week, both taped in Nashville. The first, entitled “Graham Elwood Vs. The World,” chronicles audience attempts to crush Elwood in the Leonard Maltin Game (which is essentially “Name That Tune” except with movies) and secure a spot on the dais for the regular DLM episode.
The second is the real show, which is truncated due to a recording error that prevented the first 20 minutes (which had some choice MIB3 slams in it) from being committed to tape. If you listen really closely, you can probably hear me yell “YES!” after Sean Cullen sings a song from Phantom of the Paradise. Also, Cullen nearly took me out with a Nerds box to the face, if it weren't for my cat-like reflexes. If you're curious, my name tag was an action figure of Bishop from Aliens. Because he's played by Lance Henriksen. Nobody seemed impressed by my creativity.