Monica! The Podcast
By Daniel Rogge & Tracie Potochnik
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This is Monica the Podcast, a 12 part deep dive into a private joke taken way too far, when two old friends -- Dan and Tracie -- wrote a musical based on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, conned Dan's composer brother into writing the score, got their Broadway level friends to perform it over and over in New York in the early 2000s, and accidentally ended up working on it for 5 years.
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Money Can't Buy You Podcast||Our LOST SONGS SPECIAL! Really, a bunch of crap we couldn't fit into the first 11 episodes and a letter from Gloria Steinem. PLUS a tease of Season 2, our loving tribute to the vanity singles of the Real Housewives. Featuring the songs: Sweet...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: What Does Garrison Keillor Smell Like?||Special guest Christine DiGiallonardo (of Prairie Home Companion and other Broadway efforts) stops by to talk about her role as Monica, which she played non-stop for five years. The moral of this episode is that you SHOULD go to a great amusement park..||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: So Much Epic||In 2003 we had no idea how to write the climax. In 2017, we had no idea how to talk about the climax. Unrelated, did you know that Tracie has birds living in her walls? Featuring songs featuring Hillary and a ventriloquist dummy, Ken and a...||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: The Complex Apex||All the minor characters go go go as Vernon, George, and Janet tell their friends, significant others, and presidents: "We're Out." Also, collaboration is a terrible thing. Featuring the songs "We're Out" and "We're Out (Reprise)." ...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: I Want to Eat My Car||Extremely special guest Adam Blau joins us to talk about the music! And eating his car. Featuring the songs "Access Denied," "Yes or No," and, of course, "I Want to Eat My Car." Learn more about Adam at http://adamblau.com/ and check out the...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Monica Rodham Clinton||Monica pens a letter to frenemy Tori Spelling, while Dan and Tracie all but beg specialty yogurt brand Icelandic Provisions to be their first advertiser. Featuring the song "We're Great."||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||ExplicitVideoINTERMISSION||It's the middle of the play, y'all, and at least one of us celebrated by neglecting to shower. During intermission, don't forget to rate and review us: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1215711740 (Featuring the cats Tove and Alice,...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Not as Good as One Day More||A lengthy and unexpected tangent about Gennifer Flowers is followed by Tracie finding she's not as impressed by the Act One finale as she was expecting. Who is Miserables now? Featuring random live snippets of the songs "The Fault Lies Not With...||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Criminally Criminal||Ken Starr, man. What a loser. But also a bad guy. But also a genius so evil he has the sixth sense to perceive he's appearing in a musical. But also he's bad at that. Ken Starr is the worst. Featuring the songs "We Spin," "Loser," and...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Whatcha Doin' Tonight||Monica shows up for the first time and promptly gets bullied by everyone she meets, so Dan and Tracie cut all of those characters out of the show to try and make her life nice. Unfortunately, they won't look at you twice if you try to stay nice....||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: More Than Any Town Else||The songs start getting better and the play starts getting weirder. Here come the major players from Clinton history: George Stephanopoulos, Janet Reno, and legendary entertainer Tom Jones. Yes, that actually happened. Featuring the songs: "Tom...||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Real Freaky, Man!||Bill and Hillary never really met in Arkansas, Bill and Vernon Jordan weren't really childhood friends, Hillary probably never burned a bra, and no one has ever said the words "freaky-deaky" this many times in less than 30 minutes....||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: We Had Dreams||Dan and Tracie unearth fifteen year old demos and relive their experience writing the third or fourth most famous musical about a US president. They never thought they would talk about it again, but they also never thought the world would have a...||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTeaser||"Jesus, they're going to start talking about the musical again?" -- all of our friends||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Unreasonably entertaining.. and a surprisingly refreshing escape from politics.
I honestly didn't think a podcast about a musical about the Clintons could be nearly as cathartic or entertaining as this is. But as it happens, listening to Daniel Rogge and Tracie Potochnik reminisce about their foray into musical theater is a refreshing and entertaining escape from politics. (Amazingly, it's just as much an escape from clinton-era politics as it is from today's overwhelming situation).
"Monica! The Podcast" is funny, heartfelt and ridiculous, and the hosts are both relatable and hilarious. One need not have seen the obscure and quirky musical that this podcast is dedicated to remembering in order to enjoy following along. Daniel and Tracie make it a pure joy to go along for the ride with them as they laugh together and recall the origin and evolution of the musical they describe as "accidentally" getting produced.
One has to imagine it would be fun listening to these two chat about nearly anything. STRONGLY recommended for anybody interested in a lighthearted, whimsical, roughly-half-hour show.
i wasn’t sure what to expect, but this is great. the 2 hosts are fun to listen to, and i enjoy hearing them rehash their crazy musical. it’s a good insight into what it’s like working on a show, and also really fun in light of politics today.
This is so much fun to listen to - recommend to a fan of podcasts and/or musicals.