|Hosted by||Kevin Smith|
|Genre||TV & Film, comedy|
|No. of episodes||309|
|Original release||August 24, 2010 – present|
|Cited for||Best Film and TV Podcast|
Hollywood Babble-On is a weekly podcast featuring filmmaker Kevin Smith and radio personality/actor/voice over artist Ralph Garman. Released each Monday, the show is Smith and Garman discussing the week's celebrity and movie news.
Show history[edit | edit source]
Kevin Smith is a frequent guest on the Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ-FM, and suggested to Ralph Garman they do a show on the station. They recorded two pilots, which were passed on. The show was called The Showbiz Beat (after Garman's regular spot on the Kevin and Bean Show) and was released in 2012 as Hollywood Babble-On #91. In August 2010, Garman and Smith started recording Hollywood Babble-On at Smith's SModcastle theater; the podcast was subsequently moved to the larger capacity Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre, formerly known as the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. The show also tours, but this is limited due to Garman's day job. On April 22, 2013, Smith announced through Twitter that the podcast would no longer be recorded at the Lovitz after a falling out with Lovitz. He announced on April 25 that the show's new regular home will be The Hollywood Improv from May 24 onwards. Said comments and a further explanation on the falling-out with Lovitz were addressed at the beginning of Episode #126 of the podcast (recorded on May 4, 2013).
Format[edit | edit source]
The show discusses current events happening in Hollywood, and includes segments (of variable frequency) such as:
- What Strain is Kevin on?: The opening segment in which Ralph asks Kevin what cannabis strain he has been smoking before the show.
- KevIN: Ralph presents various photographs sent in by fans of the podcast, which have been modified to include Kevin's image.
- Shout Outs: Ralph reads out Emails from people in the audience.
- Email Bag: Ralph reads out Emails from people from all over the world.
- Inappropriate Toys: Ralph and Kevin review pictures of toys sent in by listeners, that are obviously bad choices for one reason or another.
- Kevin Smith: Butthole Judge: Ralph presents audience submitted media clips of high-profile actors in nude scenes, and Kevin determines whether the celebrity's posterior orifice is visible. This is an extension from the "Anne Heche's Butthole" segment discussed early in the podcast, during which Anne Heche's posterior is revealed in the Gus Van Sant remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
- Green Lantern Oath: Ralph recites the Green Lantern oath in the guise of different famous personalities.
- Creepy Clown Time: Ralph sings Entrance of the Gladiators to Kevin to scare him (Kevin is notoriously afraid of clowns), in the manner of various famous personalities. In episode #254 (8/26/2016), Ralph does a hybridized version of Creepy Clown Time, in which he sings an amalgamation of Happy Birthday with the Entrance of the Gladiators theme.
- Hitler in the Movies: Where Hitler (and the Nazis in general) is/are inserted into movie titles. This segment was retired in episode 271, 2/11/2017, and replaced by a similar segment involving Donald Trump in the presidency.
- PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen): Ralph sings to the background music of this song made popular by Japanese popstar Pikotaro, in the voice of various fan-requested celebrities.
- Your Town's Got a Fucked Up Name: In a segment initiated by fans sending in signs displaying their hometown names, Ralph and Kevin discuss the variably questionable names of towns around the globe. In episode #280 (6/2/2017), this segment receives its own official segment theme.
- What the Fuck, Japan?: In a segment initiated by the popularity of PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen), Ralph and Kevin discuss the latest news regarding inexplicably popular fads in Japan. In episode #272 (2/18/2017), this segment receives its own official segment theme.
- Arnold Sings Children's Themes: Ralph sings various songs, usually children's themes, in the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Arnold Sings 80s Hits: Ralph sings popular music of the 1980s in the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Stallone Sings: Ralph sings in the voice of Sylvester Stallone.
- Dynamic Duets: Ralph and Kevin sing duet songs in the voices of Adam West's Batman and Tom Hardy's Bane.
- Pee-Wee Herman Monologues: Ralph recites famous monologues from various movies and television shows in the voice of character Pee Wee Herman.
- Tinseltown Stiffs: Where recently deceased Hollywood celebrities are discussed.
- This Week in Bad Names: Where Ralph self-admittedly "goes off the rails", and calls into question the names chosen by celebrities for their offspring. (official segment theme initiated 8/26/2016)
- Shit That Should Not Be: An exposure of errors made on set or in production on a finished piece.
- Exquisite Acting: Similar to the previous, except exposing poorly delivered performances by actors/actresses.
- Hollywood Helper: Where the pair point out acts of helpfulness or charity amongst the show business crowd.
- No Thanks- We've Already Got One: Where Ralph discusses new upcoming television shows or movies that are remakes of old material. (official segment theme initiated 11/11/2016)
- HB-O Headlines: Ralph reviews current news headlines related to celebrities.
- Movies That Will Suck: Which predicts upcoming productions that tout a lackluster premise, usually revolving around needless sequels or remakes.
- Geek News: The duo discuss upcoming TV, movies, comics etc. falling under the geek umbrella.
- PorgsIN: In this subset segment of Geek News, fans of the show send in artwork depicting the inclusion of the newest Star Wars universe characters Porgs in various scenarios, a la KevIN segment fashion. First debuted on 10/20/2017, Episode 295.
- How Big is Liam Neeson's Cock?: Each show also finishes with their favored entries submitted by members of the public from the Tumblr account Liam Neeson's Cock (a page dedicated to fictitious claims originally based on Janice Dickinson's comparison of Liam Neeson's penis to an Evian bottle).
Each segment is preceded by a characteristic lead-in introduction song.
Recurring segments discuss actress Lindsay Lohan, singer Miley Cyrus, "singer" Justin Bieber, pornographic actress Kim Kardashian, reality star Farrah Abraham, and actress Amanda Bynes, during which Ralph and Kevin discuss the latest exploits of these persons. Some of these segments have been retired through the show's six-year history.
When discussing current events with Smith, Garman will also perform impressions of famous actors such as Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Charlton Heston, Adam West, Truman Capote, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Wynn, and Sylvester Stallone. Fans of the show have created an informal drinking game (mostly centered on Garman's phrase "How dare you, sir?" and Smith's overuse of the word "whatnot"), which the hosts have mentioned approvingly.
Hollywood Babble-On guests[edit | edit source]
While the show is primarily hosted by Smith and Garman, there have been several occasions when Smith was unable to record, and his place was filled by a guest.
|Jon Lovitz||25, 31, 37, 52, 70, 89|
|Catherine Reitman||38, 47, 54, 63|
|Brad Williams||51, 80|
Hollywood Babble-On Comic Con Theater[edit | edit source]
Smith has had all three issues of his comic series Batman: Cacophony "dramatized" during three special episodes of his podcast, entitled Hollywood Babble-On Comic Con Theater. Primarily performed by his co-host Ralph Garman, who used several of his better-known impressions to represent the main characters, both episodes were essentially a read-through of one of the issues of the story. Garman's voicing of the main characters included the "voices" of Adam West as Batman, Ed Wynn as the Joker (initially, this was Garman's impression of Cesar Romero's Joker, but Smith suggested using Wynn's voice instead), Sean Connery as Commissioner Gordon, and Al Pacino as Maxie Zeus. Smith acted as the "omnipotent narrator" and voice of Onomatopoeia in both episodes. In the first episode (podcast #43), an audience member was brought up to cover several other minor character roles; in the second episode (podcast #65), Smith brought in voice-over actor/announcer Kyle Hebert to voice Alfred (which he did in a cockney accent somewhat reminiscent of Michael Caine, who played Alfred in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) and others, and cohort Jason Mewes to voice most of the female characters. (Smith and Hebert also voiced two of Zeus' henchmen, as well as other characters in the second episode.)
Smith's other comic Batman: The Widening Gyre, which is a six-part series, is also being "dramatized" on Hollywood Babble-On Comic Con Theater.
Garman and Smith also acted out their collaborative comic series special issues where Batman (Adam West's version) and Green Hornet (Van Williams' version) met again to take on General Gumm (Roger C. Carmel's Colonel Gumm with a higher ranking) and The Joker (Cesar Romero's version). The comic series is significant for being the first crossover between the 1966 Batman series and The Green Hornet series since the 1967's episode "Batman's Satisfaction" (with guest stars from The Green Hornet's Van Williams and Bruce Lee).
In Episode 306 (New Year's Eve Episode 2017), Ralph and Kevin perform Babble-On Theatre for the first time on a work not written by either. Batman 66, Issue 27 "Bane Enters the Ring", serves as the centerpiece for the episode.
|Batman: Cacophony Episode 1||43|
|Batman: Cacophony Episode 2||65|
|Batman: Cacophony Episode 3||104|
|Batman: The Widening Gyre Episode 1||147|
|Batman: The Widening Gyre Episode 1, 2||268|
|Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet Issue 1||Fatman on Batman Podcast #66|
|Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet Issue 2||175|
|Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet Issue 3||180|
|Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet Issue 4||184|
|Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet Issue 5||188|
|Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet Issue 6||193|
|Batman '66 Issue 27||306|
TV show[edit | edit source]
In July 2012 Smith and Garman announced they were in negotiations with an unnamed network about a Hollywood Babble-On TV show. They revealed in February 2013 that it would not be going ahead as the network wanted them to stop the podcast as a part of the deal and other network negotiation/communication issues.
In November 2013 the duo revealed that AMC had shown interest in a TV show and in March 2014 The Hollywood Reporter confirmed AMC have ordered a pilot which will be filmed on Sunday August 3 following an August 2 rehearsal.
On October 10, 2014, AMC announced that they have decided not to continue its line of Unscripted Television shows except for Comic Book Men and Talking Dead. Because of this the Hollywood Babble-On TV Show was not picked up. The pilot was released via BabbleVision in 2017.
BabbleVision[edit | edit source]
Starting from June 2, 2017, each show of Hollywood Babble-On is now available as a full, professionally shot, video at BabbleVision.com as part of SModCo's subscription based service SModCost. During weeks in which there is no show, supplementary bonus material will be provided in the way of Classic Babble episodes. The show is shot and edited by Josh Roush of Roush Multimedia.
Awards and recognition[edit | edit source]
In 2010, the podcast was placed upon iTunes' Best Podcasts of 2010 and won the 2012 Stitcher award for Best Film & TV podcast. It then won the Best Entertainment + Pop Culture podcast at the 2013 Stitcher awards.
References[edit | edit source]
- Episode #126 of HBO, first segment of episode (approx. 30 minutes) explains move from Jon Lovitz's club to the Hollywood IMPROV.
- Coming Soon: Hollywood Babble-On TV Show
- No Hollywood Babble-On TV Show Coming Anytime Soon
- Hollywood Babble-On TV Show MIGHT Be Happening…Again…
- AMC Developing Late-Night Series With Kevin Smith, 'Comic Book Men' Renewed
- Hollywood Babble-On podcast episode #176
- Comic Book Men and Talking Dead only survivors
- "BabbleVision Stream". SModcast. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
- 2012 stitcher awards Archived 2012-11-12 at the Wayback Machine.
- The 2nd Annual Stitcher Awards!