Ten years ago, a show like this couldn't have existed, that just goes to show how far we have come in such a short time. The premise behind The Last Podcast on the Left is a weblog or webinar format, interwoven with classic elements of performance theatre, comedy. It was the brainchild of Henry Zebrowski and his old pals Ben Kissel and Marcus Parks and follows a kind of mockumentary format along the lines of 'That Was the Week that was' or Have I got News for You, however, what marks it out as ground breaking is that at least half the stories are imagined. Call it satire if you like or maybe social commentary, it is hard to categorise but one thing is for sure: it is very, very funny.
Always keep on your toes with The Last Podcast on the Left Tickets
Donald Trump famously moaned about fake news undermining his authority and this is a very real problem with people getting their news and information from notoriously unreliable sources like Wikipedia and the daily mail online; frighteningly, the mail is in the top five 'news' websites visited in America but Australians are a bit more savvy than them. However, if you have Last Podcast on the Left Tickets, it is quite clear which skits are imagined or spoofs. Stories of little green men, paranormal shenanigans and leprechauns flying on a magical unicorn are fanciful and also quite amusing. The humour is also of a topical nature with political and domestic issues also being subjected to some intense scrutiny by Henry and the other guys. For those who are maybe not familiar with this new genre of stage entertainment, it might be a good idea to do a bit of research on your own before seeing it, just so you have an idea what to expect.
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The Last Podcast on the Left Tickets are popular with the younger generation, but older audiences don't seem to get the joke as much, but that is not to say they won't enjoy it too. Much like the curate's egg, it is good in parts. As mentioned above, The Last Podcast on the Left began online but quickly gained a following from mainstream critics. Although at first glance, it would appear to have a socialist bent, this is not the case. The left, as referenced here is purely coincidental and any political bias is evenly spread. To be honest, nobody comes out of this show with much credit, except for the six headed zombie cowboy, that guy is a real hero.