The Last Podcast on the Left
Presentation
Hosted by
Genre
LanguageEnglish
UpdatesTwice-weekly
LengthAbout 1 hour[1]
Production
Audio formatMP3
No. of episodes600
Publication
Original releaseMarch 29, 2011 (March 29, 2011) – present
ProviderSpotify
Websitewww.lastpodcastontheleft.com

The Last Podcast on the Left is a weekly podcast on the Last Podcast Network[2] featuring comedian and podcast host Ben Kissel, podcast producer and researcher Marcus Parks, and comedian and actor Henry Zebrowski, all of whom are longtime friends. Episodes have explored the topics of serial killers, conspiracy theories, UFO sightings, ghosts, and readings of fan-submitted creepypastas.[3] The name is a reference to the 1972 horror movie The Last House on the Left.

Premise

Episodes explore real and imagined horror, with a typical runtime of one to two hours. The show releases two episodes weekly, a main episode and a side story episode.

The opening theme of the podcast features snippets from serial killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer who utters the line, "That's when the cannibalism started." It also includes the line and subsequent advertisement transition "Rise from your grave!" uttered by Zeus from the Sega action game Altered Beast. The closing theme is Al Bowlly's "Midnight, the Stars and You", a reference to The Shining.

Several repeat characters are present on the podcast, primarily voiced by Zebrowski, such as "Detective Popcorn" (the semi-erotic food-focused incompetent police detective), Charles Ng (a notorious serial killer), "Terry the Gnome", and Minnie and Nannie Williams (victims of serial killer H. H. Holmes).[4]

History

The podcast was launched in 2011.[4]

In 2017, The Last Podcast on the Left received the People's Voice Webby in the Podcasts & Digital Audio (Comedy) category.[5]

In 2018, they filmed their first live show at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL. In 2019, they filmed their second live show in New Orleans, LA.[6] The hosts have toured extensively in the US and internationally for live events.[7]

On November 19, 2019, it was announced that the show was moving exclusively to Spotify[8] for ad sponsored episodes.

In 2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released The Last Book on the Left,[9][10] written by Kissel, Parks, and Zebrowski, and illustrated by Tom Neely.[11] [12]

Last Stream on the Left

The Last Stream on the Left is a spin-off show hosted on the Adult Swim website. The episodes typically consist of commentary of a selection of videos found by the hosts. There are currently 8 seasons and a total of 145 episodes available on the Adult Swim website.[13] The program was moved to the show's Patreon page after the closure of the Adult Swim streaming platform,[14] with the video uploaded to their YouTube account after the live episode airs.[15]

Episodes

Main article: List of Last Podcast on the Left episodes

See also

References

  1. ^ "Last Podcast On The Left". Podchaser. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.lastpodcastnetwork.com/
  3. ^ "Podcast Review: The Last Podcast On The Left". July 23, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kelly, Laura. "The Last Podcast On The Left: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". heavy.com. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Last Podcast On The Left | The Webby Awards". Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Last Podcast on the Left: Live in New Orleans 2019". Last Podcast on the Left Live. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  7. ^ Jordan, Jerilyn. "'The Last Podcast on the Left' uses comedy to shine a light on the darkest corners of the universe". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "'Last Podcast on the Left' Moving Exclusively to Spotify". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "'They're Idiots': Ripping On Serial Killers For A Laugh, 'Last Book On The Left' Takes Away Some Of Their Mystique". Oxygen Official Site. May 28, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Marks, Andrea. "'Last Book on the Left' Cuts Serial Killers Down to Size". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History's Most Notorious Serial Killers | HMH Books". www.hmhbooks.com. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Last Podcast on the Left Hosts Break Down the Art of True-Crime Comedy". Vulture. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Last Stream on the Left". Adult Swim. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "Last Podcast On The Left". patreon.com. patreon. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "Last Podcast On The Left". youtube.com. Google LLC. Retrieved February 13, 2021.