Keith and the Girl and NYC PodFest help you jump on the podcast badwagon

Longtime podcasters Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili offer their Ultimate Podcasting Guide as a podcast festival enters its second year

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Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili

Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili Jerome Charles


In March 2005, Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili began recording a podcast from their spare bedroom in Queens, as audiences were just catching on to the medium; digital downloads of the chat show were free, and meant as a promotional tool for the duo’s comedic and musical exploits. Nearly nine years later, Keith and the Girl has grown up, and the podcasting industry with it. Now it seems everyone has a program—if not a network—as podcasting visbly augments careers (see Pete Holmes’s You Made It Weird), energizes them (Marc Maron’s WTF) or, in the case of KATG, becomes a business of its own.

This month, two events demonstrate how far podcasting has come. Seeing both a hole in the market and a way to help eager but hesitant young podcasters, early adopters Malley and Khalili—whom Maron credits as his inspiration in this arena—are sharing hard-won lessons via a how-to digital kit titled the Ultimate Podcasting Guide. The eBook, videos and tutorials are geared to help out fledgling show producers learn the ropes, from picking a name to choosing equipment. And during the second annual NYC PodFest, Malley and Khalili show off their honed conversation skills, recording an episode of KATG. The festival, a weekend of live shows by top podcasters, encapsulates both the democratic nature of the medium and its rise, as everyone from the salesmen of AMC’s Comic Book Men to comedy celebs such as Lewis Black sits at a mike.

Ultimate Podcasting Guide ($29–$199, ultimatepodcastingguide.com) is available now. NYC PodFest takes place at Fontana’s Sat 11 and Sun 12.

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8 comments
Yola
Yola

Keith and the Girl has been a go to for me for a couple of years now. Love them, the guests and the topics.

Enunciated Piffle
Enunciated Piffle

There are many comedy podcasts but KEITH AND THE GIRL IS THE BEST! Seriously. It's free. Download a show and see for yourself. You'll be glad you did...

Cat
Cat

KATG is the BEST.PODCAST.EVER. Seriously, if you're not listening your missing out.

Scott
Scott

I've tried to listen to many different podcasts, but this is one of the few I've managed to stick with for years. Keith and the Girl is brutally funny and heartfelt. I love these guys.

B. James
B. James

Keith and the Girl is and are the best. I've been listening since 2008 and it has not lagged a second; the sound quality is spot on, the guests are amazing, and the interviews are probing/funny/interesting/informative/intelligent/shocking/heartfelt/gut wrenching/entertaining. Nobody compares. It has an active global community that has produced some of my own lifelong dearest friends. It's not just a podcast, it's a universe. Get in on it.

youvelookedbetter
youvelookedbetter

Keith and the Girl is the first podcast I listened to. It remains my favourite, even after listening to dozens of other shows. The business ambition they have makes for much better entertainment for fans, and they never disappoint with the guests they have and the topics they cover. Keith and Chemda provide different viewpoints about so many kinds of topics, which creates interesting discussion and enriches viewers. We don't always want "yes men". They make the listeners think, laugh, and escape from their everyday lives...all at the same time.

Krys
Krys

Keith and the Girl are always worth checking out and supporting

PotatoE
PotatoE

Why wouldn't you listen to two of the few people on the planet who were able to turn their creative pursuits into a business without ever selling out?