In a world where everyone seems to be starting a podcast (with even more starting up in the last year), this event is a perfect example of the fact that just because everyone can start a podcast, doesn't mean they should.
It's hard to provide an accurate retelling of this show, as the audience participation causes it to vary greatly - will there be an amazing line-up of audience volunteers to entertain you for the evening, or will the randomly chosen podcast guests fail to provide the entertainment and have the event miss the mark completely.
Unfortunately while we had a few entertaining podcast volunteers who regaled us with their new expertise and funny stories, there were a few others who dampened the mood with never-ending stories and rants, at times even going straight past "just not funny" and instead being just inappropriate, rude and just plain offensive, causing visible cringes throughout the audience.
While that's not to say that the podcast hosts themselves weren't entertaining, it would be great to see a bit more control in moderating their audience guests, as the quality of volunteer can be very hit-and-miss and their content not necessarily appropriate for what we expect from a Fringe show, as part of a festival that has a reputation for being inclusive and respectful of everyone. Perhaps a bit more vetting of volunteers before allowing them to take the stage for a segment of the show, which admittedly can be difficult when there aren't as many audience members to choose from.
While I was left a bit disappointed in the quality of the show, this is definitely one that has great potential, and would be interested to see how the experience fares if there are different volunteers included, or a slightly stronger moderation of those that do make it to the stage when necessary.
And with each show being published as actual podcasts online, if you dare to volunteer and become a podcaster for the night, you can share your newfound fame with friends and family on Spotify and iTunes.
Make sure you grab a ticket, so you don't miss your chance to become a podcaster (more importantly without the having to handle the logistics yourself).