I wanted to talk to you about entertainment. I have probably spent more time with Jimmy Pardo than I have with any other entertainer since my birth.
Let me explain: back in 2009 I learned about podcasting. It was like talk radio but on the internet, and better. On my first trip to the iTunes store I downloaded 2 shows, one I had heard of and one with such a dumb name it had to be good. The first was the NPR staple, This American Life. The second was something called Never Not Funny, a name so boastful that it just begs to be scrutinized. I can't remember the first episode I heard but I remember it ending abruptly after only about 30 minutes. I then immediately went to the next one, then the next, then the next. It was like a comedy drug.
What I learned during my first day listening to the show was that Jimmy Pardo was one of the quickest and funniest people on the planet and I needed more. It turns out that the show wasn't only 30 minutes long, but behind a paywall - first hit is free but you have to pay to keep getting high. I gladly PayPaled the money over to the Never Not Funny HQ and listening to the show became a regular part of my week. It's one of the only financial indulgences I allow myself.
Since 2009 I have been a primo subscriber to Never Not Funny which means that once a week I listen to Jimmy and his crew on NNF for sometimes 2 hours. Even though I failed every math class I ever took, I did some math. Let's just say that I started regularly listening to Never Not Funny in January of 2010; that's roughly 2 hours every week, 52 weeks a year until 2014 when they switched to 2 shows a week, plus their yearly Pardcast-a-thon event which is 13 straight hours of the show, plus listening back to the first couple seasons of the show, plus live and bonus shows I have spent over 1200 hours with Jimmy Pardo. That's almost 50 days listening to one person.
You may be asking yourself why? I'll try to explain: Jimmy, his crew and the show are effortlessly funny. It's the kind of show that the more you listen, the funnier it is. There are inside jokes inside of other jokes, recurring themes, characters, some based on the cast's real life personas, some actual fictional characters like Old Man Lizard, Cajun Jimmy, Larry. I can tell that this isn't making a lot of sense to you and the truth is I like that it doesn't. I like being a part of this weird community of people who "get" it. I like that if I meet another NNF fan we can have a conversation that you wouldn't understand. It's like a secret club that I am only tangentially a part of.
The show has been there for me through a lot of shitty times. Remember last year when I lost my mind? Jimmy Pardo was there every week in my RSS feed to provide me with at least an hour and a half of respite. Not only have the cast of NNF been there for me, the fans have been there for them too through births, deaths, good times and bad. It's a pretty incredible thing for a couple of guys talking into microphones to have such an effect on me.
I want you to be part of the club. I know finding time for entertainment is hard for you, but this is worth your time (I should make a Dylan stamp of approval?) Jimmy has a new show coming out on the Science Channel called Race to Escape, that I am pretty psyched to see. It's great to see him on television. For now, below is a full episode of Never Not Funny that they have graciously put up for you on YouTube. Hope you like it, Jeremy.