Sideshow Network & the Hollywood Improv Play Host to an Evening of Podcasting Entertainment 9/17 to Kick Off the Los Angeles Podcast Festival

​​To kickstart the 4th Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival presented by Audible, Sideshow Network and the world famous Hollywood Improv will host the festival’s first ever preview night featuring an eclectic mix of top podcasts on Thursday, September 17th from 8pm to midnight. Bringing together four of the hottest podcasts from four different podcast networks Why Didn’t They Laugh (Sideshow Network), Sex Nerd Sandra (Nerdist), improv4humans (Earwolf) and Before You Were Funny (Feral Audio), Sideshow Network and the Hollywood Improv hope to introduce the art and entertainment of podcasting to even more fans with the excitement of a live broadcast experience.

Admission to the preview night is free for weekend festival pass-holders who present their badge.  Individual tickets are also available for purchase. Festival passes can also be purchased the evening of 9/17 at the Hollywood Improv.

Podcasting in the MAIN ROOM 9/17:

8p – Why Didn’t They Laugh? With Owen Benjamin (Sideshow Network)

An examination of comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn't. Created and hosted by Owen Benjamin from TBS’s “Sullivan & Son”. Guest: Greg Fitzsimmons

10p – Sex Nerd Sandra (Nerdist)

Curious about the naughty side of life? Come giggle with Sandra at the cuddly side of the sex pool! Exploring fascinating topics & perspectives on sex & love. Join sexuality educator Sandra Daugherty & special guests for a loving laugh at the fundamentals of human nature. Butt Stuff: A Retrospective with sex educator Tristan Taormino

Podcasting in THE LAB 9/17:

830p – improv4humans (Earwolf)

Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show Asssscat, Matt has brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe. 

1030p – Before You Were Funny (Feral Audio)

Tremendosaur (Justin Michael, Jacob Reed) presents BEFORE YOU WERE FUNNY: the most entertainingly terrible sketch show the world has never seen! We've raided the Awful Sketch Vaults of yesteryear and asked our favorite comedians to bring in and perform their worst sketches…LIVE. There’s no time to prepare, no time to memorize lines, and nobody but the writer has read them beforehand. It will BLOW YOUR MIND. Guests: Jason Horton, Ahmed Bharoocha and Margot Leitman

For more info and tickets

The Hollywood Improv is located at 8162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323)-651-2583.


The Los Angeles Podcast Festival is a celebration of podcasts, podcasters and, most importantly, the fan.  Founded in 2012 by Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini of Comedy Film Nerds, Dave Anthony of The Dollop and Andy Wood of Probably Science, the annual event features live podcast recordings, panels, stand-up comedy, sponsored parties, and a podcasting lab where podcasters of any experience level can record their own podcast from the festival.  Follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter at and

LEVITY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP [LEG] is a vertically integrated media company specializing in premium comedy with four divisions: Live, Production, Talent Management and Digital Media. LEG is the largest buyer of live comedy talent in the world, owns-and-operates a national network of premiere comedy venues, has produced over 1000 hours of specials and series for broadcast and manages over 60 top artists and lifestyle personalities.

SIDESHOW NETWORK aggregates and distributes original audio and video content to multiple online platforms. With over 35 comedy and lifestyle broadcasts, Sideshow is heard by millions of fans each month. Sideshow currently features ongoing series from such diverse personalities as Jillian Michaels, Gilbert Gottfried, All Time Low, and more.

Sideshow Network Podcasts can be found at, iTunes and all other podcast platforms.

Production Contact: Roddy Swearngin​ - LEG/Sideshow Network

(310) 417-4829

Advertising Contact: Brian Sussman​ - LEG/Sideshow Network

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