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Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette host the
increasingly popular comedy podcast "Uhh Yeah Dude", available for free
Uhh Yeah Dude (UYD) is a podcast hosted by Seth Romatelli and
Jonathan Larroquette. Available on
podcastalley, a new episode of UYD is published every week.
The format is of the show is simple - these two close
friends meet once a week at Seth's apartment in East Hollywood and talk
about... whatever they want. And while that may sound like every other
podcast in the universe, what makes UYD stand above the other shows is
the chemistry between Seth and Jonathan. The combination of Seth's dry
sarcasm with a dollop (okay - a BIG dollop) of neurosis, and Jonathan's
laid-back, brutally honest, and often embarrassing recollections of
his life's experiences are presented with such sincerity and humor that
their audience can't help but love them and laugh with them...regardless
of how far outside the realm of society their conversational
topics might take them.
Described as "A weekly roundup of America through the
eyes of two American Americans", the discussions between Seth and
Jonathan can range from normal to extreme and anything
in-between. While in "first mic" mode, Seth handles difficult segues
with such finesse that it 's tough to recall how the two went from
discussing things like the news to talking about breast milk and on to Jonathan's
ejaculate landing on his own face. Popular segments of UYD include
recounting bizarre news stories, Jonathan's stories of his friend and
band mate Amir, and the infamous dramatic readings of
craigslist ads found in the "casual encounters" section of the
Now... on to the clips!
Seth and Jonathan describe how they came up with a
name for their podcast:
Seth reading a few Craigslist ads, in a way that only
Jonathan had a way with the ladies in school:
Real men are comfortable holding hands. Gay
people are, too.
Seth and Jonathan aren't exactly the epitome of what you'd expect
podcasting superstars to be. They aren't computer nerds, narcissist
Hollywood types, or loudmouthed wannabe shock-jocks. They are just two
awesome, unassuming dudes who enjoy podcasting.
The homeless people of Hollywood wanted to take
up a collection to buy Jonathan some new shoes, but Seth assured them
that their money was better spent on Boonesfarm and crack.
Jonathan, Henry Hill (Goodfellas), and Seth.
Henry forgot to wear his flannel.
Seth is a well-coiffed individual.
I defy anyone to tell me that these two
wiseguys ain't handsome as fuck.
What makes them
Seth and Jonathan are
Hollywood without the attitude.
They are putting
podcasting on the map without really trying too hard.
They achieved their
popularity mainly by "word of mouth" and quickly became one of
the most downloaded shows in podcasting history.
What gave you the idea to podcast?
Seth Romatelli: I would call up his
(Jonathan's) house after we didn't see each other for a few days, and
we'd end up being on the phone for two hours and we'd be, like, getting
crazy. And a friend said, "Every time he calls you up, it's like an hour
later and go nuts on the phone. What if you just started recording those
(calls)"? And that was the original genesis of it. So, Jonathan had
mentioned it, and I was like, "I don't know what the fuck you are
talking about." And he kind of badgered me throughout the year, and he's
like, "It's not that big of a deal. Just think 'radio show' and you'll
get a handle on it." So Thanksgiving of '05 we said, "that's it - we'll
do this thing". And then in January, he started coming over and we would
sit down... we have a few that were a couple of hours long, and we
were like, "What are we doing?" And then we were at his old man's house,
and he said, "The last one that you just did, you might as well just
make that the first episode." And that was 142 episodes ago. We just did
episode 143 last night.
How did you come up with the title "Uhh Yeah
Jonathan Larroquette: It's really
hard to remember
SR: Having started the show in the
JL: Yeah. It was a Reagan era title.
SR: Remember "trickle-down
JL: I think we'd come up with the
idea of doing a podcast, and I literally... I remember sitting with you
(looks at Seth) at some point, and I said, "I don't know... let's just
call the show like, 'Uhh Yeah Dude'" and it literally came out of my
mouth that fast. And it just stuck from there. But, I mean, it was based
on some concept of what we had talked about up to that point in the
couple of dry runs we had done of the show. Where we were just trying to
see if we could do it. There was something about it. I mean, obviously
those three words certainly get said an awful lot by both of us.
So you didn't want to call it "The Jonathan
and Seth Show"?
SR: Oh god no.
JL: Heavens no. Everything is "The
Something Show". And, umm, other than "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show"...but
I think it was also podcast wise because there is so little that
differentiates us from everything else. Every show was literally, you
know, "The Tim and Hammer Show" or "The Hammer and Shonky Show" I mean,
like, it's every single one.
SR: Listen, we'll get into the 'testostezone'.
We need bikini girls and we need to name them. What would they be, the
JL: I keep thinking that one day
we'll just look back and see the show and it'll just be "The Man Show"
basically, and we'll look back and say "Man, we staved that off for so
long... we fought it for so long but we eventually just gave in."
SR: Tweens on trampolines.
JL: Exactly. Like, just girls
bouncing around, and me like, you know, "Bwahahaha" with like sound
bytes and buttons and we'll look back and be like, "What happened?"
Like, we tried to stay away from all that stuff and yet just
systematically it got all of us. Like it starts with a bad intro, like a
bad, extreme intro, and then into sound bytes and then, that's it.
If someone offered you a contract for radio,
would you do that"
JL: Regular radio?
JL: They'd have to pay us a fuckload
of money, and we would have to probably be able to retain some ability
to do the podcast as well. Where they just didn't get to touch that. I
don't know how we would work on regular radio. I just don't see how that
How about satellite?
JL: Satellite is possible, but...
SR: Cash rules everything around me.
I mean, I only care about money.
How did you two meet?
SR: We met through a mutual friend who is a
casting director and I met her on a casting while I worked at a video
store in Hollywood. And sort of around that time Jonathan lived around
the corner from it and frequented it. And she thought we should get
along and should meet. That was about eight years ago.
Seth, are you still acting?
SR: No, no no. Unless anyone sees my
photo, reads this interview and has to have me on a sitcom. And "has to
have me" means I just come in and be on it because there will be no
Do you get offers like that?
SR: There were some things with Brad
Pitt that were in the works, but I just, I don't know. It's just crazy.
Like when Clooney wants to take you out... when he wants to fly to Italy
and it's like, I don't like to fly. And, it's just shit like that.
You aren't into the whole "bromance" thing?
SR: No. It's like, to get caught up
in that crew and start running around with those guys again... it's not
the 90's any more.
Why don't you have a cell phone or email?
SR: I have no cell phone or email
because the only two people I talk to are my mother and Jonathan. And
they know how to find me.
How did you find your way to Los Angeles?
SR: When I finished school, my old
man gave me his Volvo and said, "Go west, young man" and sent me out
here to seek my fame and fortune. He said, "I have a feeling that 10
years from now, there's going to be a thing called 'podcasting'. Go and
bide your time for 10 years, try not to OD, and if you're still
alive, dominate the internet."
Does your family listen to the show?
SR: My family listens, yes. Some
times we have to preface to his mother Elizabeth and my mother Marcia,
like, "if you're listening, be careful now because it's about to let
loose". She (Marcia) says it feels like she's in the living room
with us. It's so far away that every week it's like an hour with her
JL: My brother doesn't listen. The
one person in my family who probably should listen to it doesn't listen
to it. My mom listens to it.... I think she's heard every single
episode. And for the most part I think she really likes it. I mean, I
certainly get into some graphic stuff about my life currently and also
my teenage years that I think she, maybe, wants to throw-up at a little
bit and gets a little embarrassed, I think, either for me or for us as a
family. But for the most part I think she's cool with it. And I
think she understands that it's like anything, you know... I think
anyone in my life knows that anything that happens in our daily lives
could end up with me talking about it on the show. And I don't know if
people are just acting appropriately or have just given up like, "if
anything happens it happens" . But a couple of times she's called
me and said, "that was a tough one to get through." Definitely.
What do you want to achieve with this?
JL: When we started the show, it was
definitely like the idea was to move from this into, I thought,
satellite radio. But at this point you look at the state of satellite
radio, and I think the thing about is to me, I thought it would have
been a place where new stuff could have gotten broken in and formats
could have changed and in essence what it did was, it's regular
talk radio with "fucks" and "assholes" in it, you know? And it just
such a waste of the format. And that's I think why podcasting, for me or
for us, it started out as just the only option. But then it became
like, "No - this is the option." This is the place where we get
to do this however the fuck we want, and we can draw the parameters
accordingly. And now it's about staying as long as we can. I
think it's about taking people away from satellite radio and
getting them back on to the internet. And that it doesn't have to be
it's own thing... that you can, in essence, choose your own media and
decide what you get and get your entertainment first hand as opposed to
subscribing to this giant thing and it's like, "Oh, you need a
receiver". And it's just... it's retarded. It's like completely... I
think it's a dead format. It's like satellite radio is dead, personally.
I mean, people would probably shoot me for saying that, but I really
just don't see how, without some really creative people at the
helm of programming and deciding who is going to be on the radio and
what is going to be on the radio that you're going to have, like
everything else, 150 channels of shit and two things that are
I think all of the "shock radio" is done. You
almost have to kill someone on air now to shock anyone.
JL: Well, yeah. The shock concept, I
think, is just ridiculous. I don't know how you could do it now and not
feel like a schmuck. Unless you're like an OG. I mean if you were
to get into it now and be like, "I'm a young shock-jock", that's a crazy
thing to try to do, right?
Howard Stern is the OG.
JL: That's the thing, I mean, that's
just where he's at in his stage of life. I think that there's people who
listen to him now and think that he's as current and as funny as he ever
was. I mean, we can see it and kind of go, "he was young and he was
vibrant and he was doing amazing stuff" and now he's just, sort of,
making gobs of "fuck you" money or whatever. But he was a pioneer. I'm
thinking about people our age who are looking for ways of doing,
you know, it you're trying to do a new show...
SR: By "our age", he means 21 year
JL: 21 - 26. Our age.
What is your demographic?
JL: Our demographic is all over the
place. I mean, I'm not exactly sure what our demographic is because
every time I get a phone call from somebody it's somebody so vastly
different from somebody else. It's like, you know, we have people
literally all over the planet, and so many age groups and so many
different walks of like. It seems to me that the demographic is
more a personality type than anything else. The people that really go
crazy for it are people that seem to feel as though... that they've been
looking for something and they found it.
SR: Like God?
JL: A little bit like God. Like two
Gods. Like if you found God twice in the same room.
SR: in the same room, in the same
JL: I think it's like a show that
they would make if they made a show.
Do you think that's why your fans embrace you
like they do? I think that people feel like they are living part of your
JL: Well, I think we have managed to
synthesize that to a certain extent. But I also do think that in several
ways that they are. The people who stumbled across that show, completely
by accident, at episode 3, let's say. Here we are at episode 143
episodes later, and they have been there the whole time. And so,
at least as far as I'm concerned, I mean the stuff that I talk about on
that show a lot of the time has to do with really, really serious
moments in my life in one capacity or another. Like they (the stories)
are very funny or very sad or very... whatever. And so if you're hearing
me tell those stories, and you have the ability to contact me and have
dialog with us... I mean, they certainly know us more than a lot of
people know other people that they listen to on a show, right? I mean I
think we try to make ourselves more available than...
SR: I know that Regis Philbin's
wife's name is Joy. But that's really all I know.
JL: Exactly. What do we know about
Reg? We don't know shit about Reg. You know everything about us. You
know I fucked a fucking cantaloupe... You know I was fingered in the
butthole by a scientologist preschool owner.. I mean, typical
shit, you know?
Where did "seatbelts" come from?
JL: I don't know. We say it at the
end of the show. There is an episode where Seth first said it. Somebody
traced back and said that Seth said it first. And I think a week or two
after that we both said it. And a week after that we started saying it
SR: It's something I said. Hollywood
days turn into Hollywood nights... living, laughing, loving Los Angeles.
What is the "end game" for you?
SR: The "end game" is Jonathan and
I... both of us married, with families, living next door to each other
in Abiquiqui, New Mexico. Our idea is to build 2 southwestern ranch
houses, from scratch, identical, with some separate flourishes. Both be
married. I want, probably, two boys and a girl. He wants two girls and a
boy. And they would be the same age. We would live next to each other -
they would go to the same school. And we would coach soccer and do the
podcast until either one of us kills the other one or the internet eats