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
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
Sunday’s programming features a live screening of a new television
episode of comedy "Bang! Bang!" followed by a Q&A session with host
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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