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How Did This Get Made? – 12 Days of Podmas

It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.

Dedicating a podcast to the joys of epically bad filmmaking can be a gamble.  Relatively few such shows last any great length of time, possibly as the drip-drip effect on the listener of constant complaint can be wearing.  Of the shows that have survived, only a couple stand-out: one is the terrific We Hate Movies, but a clear step above is How Did This Get Made? 

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Beginning in December 2010, at the time of writing the show has reached 253 episodes, covering such expected content as Superman IV and Batman and Robin, but also covering more genre fare, such as the Leprechaun series and Drop Dead Fred.  Elevating it over similar shows are two factors.  The first is the sheer quality of the three presenters.

Real life couple Paul Sheer and June Diane Raphael are both successful comedians and actors, with the former having appeared in shows such as Veep, and the latter in films such as Zodiac, Anchorman 2 and Long Shot.  Joining them is Jason Mantzoukas, comfortably the funniest of the three, and someone most readers will have seen in something – recently having played the Tick Tock Man in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.  Such noted track records allows them to call on notable contributors to appear: such as Kevin Smith, Damon Lindelof, Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron – and many others.

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With the show starting as a studio/home-recorded hobby, the second factor elevating the show began with episode 24 – the live show.  Starting with a live, theatre-based show (at Largo at the Coronet in LA, where they still record the majority of the live shows) covering 1983’s Superman III, the mixture of being able to sell such an event as an inducement to the guest contributor – with Jack O’Halloran from the first two entries in that series appearing to tell some decidedly non-PR-approved stories of his time on the films – and playing to an audience noticeably leading to bigger, better-time performances from all, lead to the show kicking into another gear entirely.

Comfortably the best of the bad movie appreciation genre of podcasts, How Did This Get Made? has covered so many films mainstream enough to have competitor efforts available to demonstrate the massive gulf in class between this show and the all of the pale imitators.

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