The F Plus

The F Plus is a group made up of a dozen or so people who live in various parts of North America and refer to each other by absurd pseudonyms. It’s a big group that sometimes thinks of itself like a “family”, and like any dysfunctional family that drinks, the real bond that keeps them together is a shared sense of hostility thinly masked in humorous asides and derision. Fortunately, reading things on the internet has proven to be a helpful outlet for these impulses.

Guest Appearances

Original Content: Day 3

Earwolf Challenge #7.3August 24, 2011

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…

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Original Content: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #7.2August 23, 2011

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 going home tomorrow on…

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Original Content: Day 1

Earwolf Challenge #7.1August 22, 2011

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 coaching…

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Sketches: Day 3

Earwolf Challenge #6.3August 17, 2011

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…

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Sketches: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #6.2August 16, 2011

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. Will…

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Sketches: Day 1

Earwolf Challenge #6.1August 15, 2011

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 innovator, thinks of the…

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Using the Guest: Day 3

Earwolf Challenge #5.3August 10, 2011

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…

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Using the Guest: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #5.2August 9, 2011

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 remaining…

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Using the Guest: Day 1

Earwolf Challenge #5.1August 8, 2011

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 themselves…

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Recurring Segments: Day 3

Earwolf Challenge #4.3August 3, 2011

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…

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Recurring Segments: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #4.2August 2, 2011

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…

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Recurring Segments: Day 1

Earwolf Challenge #4.1August 1, 2011

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 non-conversation podcast can seamlessly…

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Concept & Content: Day 3

Earwolf Challenge #3.3July 27, 2011

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…

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Concept & Content: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #3.2July 26, 2011

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 quality, sketch writing,…

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Concept & Content: Day 1

Earwolf Challenge #3.1July 25, 2011

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…

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Theme and Intro: Day 3

Earwolf Challenge #2.3July 20, 2011

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…

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Theme and Intro: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #2.2July 19, 2011

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…

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Theme and Intro: Day 1

Earwolf Challenge #2.1July 18, 2011

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…

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Meet the Podcasts: Day 2

Earwolf Challenge #1.2July 12, 2011

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…

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