LA Podcast Festival Returns To Santa Monica This Friday Through Sunday

Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013, 9:02:00 AM

Mirror Staff

The LA Podcast Festival returns to Santa Monica this Friday through

Sunday with a stacked roster of the biggest names in comedy, bringing

diehard fans and burgeoning podcasters face-to-face with some of the

most popular entertainers in the world.

This year’s festival, brought to you by Comedy Film Nerds and Walking

the Room, will be held Oct. 4-6 at the Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

Hotel at 530 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Among the over 40 live podcasts scheduled, the festival kicks off on

Friday with "WTF with Marc Maron," featuring guests Dana Gould, Jimmy

Pardo, Aisha Tyler, and Paul Gilmartin.

In one of its first live appearances, the #1 iTunes hit "Welcome to

Night Vale" will welcome actor James Urbaniak with music from Sara

Watkins.

Jon Lovitz brings "Lovitz or Leavitz," Jason and Randy Sklar of

Sklarboro Country will host comedian Nick Swardson, and Jake Fogelnest

of "Fogelnest Files" welcomes Andy Richter among other surprise guests.

A star-studded Saturday night stand-op PodSmash Show will feature

comedy from Marc Maron, Dana Gould, Baron Vaughn, Jake Johanssen, Wil

Anderson, and Karen Kilgariff.

Panel discussions for podcasters of all levels of experience will be held throughout the weekend.

Topics include patent trolling (presented by the Electronic Frontier

Foundation), monetizing your podcast, podcasting networks, and tech

matters.

Sunday’s programming features a live screening of a new television

episode of comedy "Bang! Bang!" followed by a Q&A session with host

Scott Aukerman.

Finally, new to the event this year is the Squarespace podcasting

lab, which will enable festivalgoers to set up shop and personally host

the festival’s featured guests on their own podcasts.

The festival will provide electricity only (festivalgoers planning to record podcasts must bring their own recording gear).

Three-day passes are available for just $99, and single-day passes range from $29 to $59.

Visit www.lapodfest.com for tickets and a full schedule.

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