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Posted May 31, 2020 by Jeff in Podcasts
 
 

Comedian Dave Hill Relaunches His Live Call-In Radio Show


The pandemic has made comedian Dave Hill realize it’s a good time to relaunch The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, his live call-in radio show that took a hiatus from WFMU over a year ago.

Hill normally travels too much to commit to hosting, but with the COVID-19 shutdown curtailing live comedy and music, he’s decided to temporarily return to hosting a weekly livestream.

The show returned at 9pm ET on Monday, May 25 with Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf as the first guest.

You can tune into the livestream only on the show’s original and, as of late, mostly dormant Facebook page and Twitch, where Dave hopes to “find a new audience among gamers who have suddenly lost interest in games.” Good luck with that! 

Hill will interview guests and take both video and audio-only calls from listeners around the world whom he says “somehow haven’t found anything better to do despite there being all sorts of Zoom shows and stuff now.” Longtime sidekick James Fernandez (aka “Dez”), and Chris Gersbeck, a guy who describes himself as head of a youth crime syndicate, will co-host

“These are stressful times,” Hill says in a statement. “And while bringing back our radio program definitely won’t end this pandemic, it probably won’t make it go on any longer either. I guess what I’m trying to say is we are just looking for something to do on a Monday during this odd period when we can’t finally try going to one of those paintball places like we’d always talked about doing one day as part of a fun outing that would hopefully help us get to know each other a bit better and also fulfill a shared desire to hurt each other in a goggle-friendly setting.”

Hill says the program will last as long as the country remains under at least partial lockdown or until he gets bored. 

“I’d follow Dave Hill anywhere, so long as it doesn’t involve crossing two rivers, driving at night or basically anything to do with the Cure,” says Dez, who ran the board and screened calls for Hill while it was still on WFMU. “When he made the call and told me show business needed me back to make these dark times bright, well how could I say no? I mean, doing this from home, I don’t even need pants!”

TGDDHS originally launched in 2014, taking over the three-hour time slot long held by The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling. But in early 2019, Hill took a break from the program to finish writing his latest book, Parking the Moose, and to focus on other projects including Witch Taint, his second stand-up comedy album and his weekly comedy podcast, Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident

Callers will be able to phone into the show from both their phones and computers. Audio from the program will be released as a podcast as well.


Jeff

 
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