I had the privilege of enjoying several shows at NYC Podfest ’14 this past weekend. The main location of the fest was held at Fontana’s downtown on Grand street. A venue which seemed to be a perfect fit for a festival like one that celebrates podcasts. The broadcasts were taped in the bar’s basement venue which is a good sized basement, that’s dark and perfect for talking hard for their Hard Harry ambitions. A small stage, and a small bar as well. It was a very intimate setting which proved to be a lot of fun.
The festival was full of big name acts over the course of sixteen shows in just two days. Boasting the awesome lineup of podcasters like Keith and The Girl, RISK!, The Dork Forest, Pep Talks with Eddie Pepitone, Tell Your Friends! (The Podcast!), I Sell Comics!, Hang Out With Me and The Laughspin Podcast. Comics appearing on podcasts included Lewis Black, Gilbert Godfrey, Colin Quinn, Judah Friedlander, Myq Kaplan, and many more. Sadly, sixteen podcasts proved to bee more than just one person could handle but those we were able to see perform were stellar as always.
Upset you missed the festival this year? Fear not, I got a personal confirmation from the festival’s founder Jeremy Wein that it will indeed be back in 2015. Wein stated that he had hopes for the festival to remain in the same venue (Fontana’s) but the details are still being hammered out. As with every festival, the hope is always to grow and get bigger as the years progress in size and performers. After hearing this news, I had only one thing left to say, trust me, I’ll be there.