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The Earwolf Challenge is America's first reality podcast. Ten podcasts compete to win a year-long contract with Earwolf by competing in various podcast-related challenges. Matt Besser hosts and judges along with a slew of notable figures in the world of podcasting.
||Explicit11 Earwolf Challenge Epilogue||With Season One of The Earwolf Challenge under our belt, we're ready to go back and see what worked, what didn't, and how we can make Season Two even better. This serves as both an episode of The Wolf Den and The Earwolf Challenge as Jeff...||9/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10.3 The Final Challenge: Day 3||After ten weeks of competition, we're finally ready to declare a winner! First, a few words of thanks: Thank you to all ten of our podcasts competitors, as well as each and every podcast who gave "Project Tippy Toe" a chance. Thank you...||9/14/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10.2 The Final Challenge: Day 2||The Little Dum Dum Club have spent the entire Earwolf Challenge in the top, only once being considered for elimination. Today they pull out all the stops as they invite Australian comedians Luke McGregor and Nick Cody into the fold for a full 30...||9/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10.1 The Final Challenge: Day 1||Well folks, we're down to the final two! This week Earwolf co-founders Jeff Ullrich and Scott Aukerman join host Matt Besser to decide which of our remaining contenders have earned a spot on the network. The Challenge? One full 30 minute episode...||9/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9.3 Time Crunch: Day 3||In the immortal words of Boyz II Men: "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday." Our third place contestant is "yesterday" for the sake of this metaphor. Who will get the bronze metal? Our Aussie friends down in The Little...||9/7/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9.2 Time Crunch: Day 2||Dave Anthony and Matt Belknap are two major figures in the world of podcasting. Dave co-hosts Walking The Room, the "comic's comic" of podcasting. Matt co-hosts Never Not Funny, one of the longest running podcasts around. They know full...||9/6/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9.1 Time Crunch: Day 1||Our top three competitors have been given their biggest assignment yet: One hour to interview Zach Galifianakis as part of an editing challenge. Too bad it isn't going to happen. This week we test our challengers on their ability to bounce back...||9/5/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8.3 Using a Famous Guest: Day 3||Four podcasts become three as we reach the end of the week. Only one podcast is safe this week making it one of the toughest eliminations yet. Who will go home? You'll have to listen to find out. And as always, leave your thoughts and critiques...||8/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8.2 Using a Famous Guest: Day 2||Both Doug Benson and Harris Wittels are experienced podcast guests. Knowing what they know about podcasting and Nick Thune, what will they think of each show's four minute submission? Only four shows remain, so no nit will go unpicked as we...||8/30/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8.1 Using a Famous Guest: Day 1||There is a good chance that some of you listeners found this show because of Paul F. Tompkins, Marc Maron, Paul Scheer, or some of our other well-known guests. This week we see how each of the contestants handle 10 minutes with comedian Nick Thune...||8/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7.3 Original Content: Day 3||For the first time ever, fewer podcasts are safe than are up for elimination. Who blew the judges away, and who confused and bemused them? We're more than halfway done, so hold on tight as we finish up the search for Earwolf's next great...||8/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7.2 Original Content: Day 2||The challengers have three-and-a-half minutes and no introduction to get our judges on board. How will they fare when Matt, Jordan Morris, and Kulap Vilaysack "commentate" on their mini-episodes? Learn who makes the bottom three and who is...||8/23/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7.1 Original Content: Day 1||With the competition now cut in half, we return to a trusty old challenge: Concepts and Content. Only it's a little bit different this week: They can't pull from the archives, and they don't get to introduce the clip! This week's...||8/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6.3 Sketches: Day 3||We started the competition with ten podcasts and after today we will have whittled it down to five. Hear how the chat shows fare and if the sketch shows proved themselves in today's elimination episode. Leave your comments here on the forum and...||8/17/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6.2 Sketches: Day 2||Our guest judges for the week are Tig Notaro and Seth Morris. Seth has written, performed, and directed many a sketch show at the UCB Theatre, and while Tig isn't a sketch comic herself, her podcast Professor Blastoff includes weekly sketches...||8/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6.1 Sketches: Day 1||Given the success of podcasts like Superego, The Pod F. Tompkast, and The Thrilling Adventure Hour, we asked our contestants to try writing and performing sketches. In today's coaching session you'll hear what Matt, a venerable sketch comedy...||8/15/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5.3 Using the Guest: Day 3||We don't love doing it, but we have to eliminate yet another podcast. Matt, Howard, and Marc call the three lowest performing shows and one must leave. Keep up with our eliminated contestants on the Earwolf blog, and join in on the discussion on...||8/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5.2 Using the Guest: Day 2||Marc Maron and Howard Kremer both use guests in a unique way on their podcasts. Let's hear what they think of our seven remaining challengers. With the competition thinning out we have longer submissions to judge and harsher critiques for the...||8/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5.1 Using the Guest: Day 1||This week we ask our challengers to send in examples of how they use their guests. In the coaching sessions we'll hear how the guest-less podcasts plan on competing this week and why it's important for the "chat" shows to set...||8/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4.3 Recurring Segments: Day 3||We end the week as we do every week with an elimination. Hear which three podcasts had the hardest time with the challenge and who will be subsequently eliminated. Don't forget to check out the Earwolf Blog where each eliminated contestant is...||8/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4.2 Recurring Segments: Day 2||It's time to see what the contestants have come up with for their recurring segments! Matt Besser is joined by Matt Gourley from Superego and Paul Scheer from How Did This Get Made? to judge the podcasts' submissions. Let us know which...||8/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4.1 Recurring Segments: Day 1||Comedy Bang Bang has Would You Rather?, Sklarbro Country has Sklarbitration, and this week we ask our contestants to show us their recurring segments. Through the coaching sessions we'll learn what constitutes a recurring segment and how a...||8/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3.3 Concept & Content: Day 3||It's elimination time again, and it isn't getting any easier to say goodbye. Matt, Jesse, and Paul have chosen the three weakest submissions and will ultimately say goodbye to their least favorite. Be sure to let us know on Facebook and the...||7/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3.2 Concept & Content: Day 2||Jesse Thorn and Paul F. Tompkins both host popular podcasts with unique concepts and compelling content, so who better to judge this week's challenge? No topic is left uncovered as the judges critique the submissions for their originality, sound...||7/26/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3.1 Concept & Content: Day 1||It's Week 3 of The Earwolf Challenge and we're down to nine contestants who will compete this week over show content. Meaning? There must be a reason for someone to listen to your podcast, and some reasons are more compelling others. In...||7/25/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2.3 Theme and Intro: Day 3||Our first elimination week comes to a close with, well, an elimination. As tough as it was, our judges have chosen the three weakest intros and unfortunately one will leave the competition. Did we make the right call? Who are your favorites so far...||7/20/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2.2 Theme and Intro: Day 2||Now that Matt has coached our wonderful contestants, let's check in and see what they come up with! Our guest judges are Jason Sklar from Sklarbro Country and Jimmy Pardo from Never Not Funny who join Matt to see which theme songs work, which...||7/19/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2.1 Theme and Intro: Day 1||We begin our second week of The Earwolf Challenge with our first elimination round. We've asked all ten of our contestants to send in the opening of their podcast, be it a theme song or spoken introduction, and the lowest ranking competitor will...||7/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1.3 Meet the Podcasts: Day 3||We’ve finally reached the end of the getting-to-know-you week on The Earwolf Challenge and we’re ready to reveal our three final contestants. We start off with The Little Dum Dum Club which is based out of Australia and is our only international...||7/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1.2 Meet the Podcasts: Day 2||Today is day two of the Earwolf Challenge and it’s time to meet some more contestants. First off we have Ham Radio which features Brett Hamil writing, performing and editing sketches all by himself. Next we get a look inside the married home of...||7/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1.1 Meet the Podcasts: Day 1||Welcome to The Earwolf Challenge, America’s first reality podcast! For the next ten weeks Matt Besser and Engineer Frank will help us find the next Earwolf podcast, but for now let’s just get to know our competitors. Meet The Fort Podcast where...||7/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Great idea but it doesn't work
Judging podcasts you don't actually listen to is a bad end product. I can't count the number of times Matt says he's confused.
Earwolf is the greatest
Aukerman will rule the world one day.
Great unique idea, interesting contestants and great hosting by Matt Besser.