Review: The Shebang

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Those living in Australia will likely already know of the comedy duo Marty Sheargold and Fifi Box. After their recent move to Sydney breakfast radio, however, they have taken a dive, with a 5.3% share of the breakfast audience — a loss of 47,000 listeners since March. Why this is the case I’m not sure, because The Shebang is a great show. Marty and Fifi have great chemistry and the podcasts are a decent length, unlike some of the other pod-versions of radio programmes.

The issue may be the length of time it takes to fully appreciate their humor (Sheagold’s in particular), or maybe their new morning timeslot is too competitive. Either way, things weren’t looking good for them at the end of 2007, so this year they have added a new co-host Paul Murray. Personally I feel this has had a negative affect on the show, as the dynamics have changed with the introduction of Murray and removal of board-operator Drew, but it nevertheless remains a recommended podcast.

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Ratings for The Shebang
8/10 Entertainment value
Always good for a laugh, though it currently is not at its best.
6/10 Quality of content
In 2008, they have given many long-standing regular segments the chop, which has left the show feeling a little aimless and light on content at the moment.
10/10 Production quality
Being a radio show, it is well produced.
7/10 Lasting appeal
If I were writing this 6 months ago, I’d have given it an 8 or 9, but I’m not so sure at the moment. Perhaps I will reassess this in a couple of months.
10/10 Reliability
Very reliable.
7.5/10 Overall
If given enough time, The Shebang is great fun, but it won’t appeal to everyone, especially with their new format.
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6 Comments

  1. Matt
    Posted November 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree, with the replacement of Drew and introduction of Paul Murray The Shebang has taken a dive. The last month of the show (with just Fifi & Paul) was HORRIBLE radio!!! In the last month of podcasts i would of given the show 3/10, down from 2007 probably 9/10, and early-mid 08 – 8.25/10. Paul was boring and NOT funny, and the podcasts (if the best of show was podcasted) only lasted for 10 mins instead of the 40-50 in 2007 & early 2008. Oh well, i guess i can listen to the old ones for memories of a great show.

    • liam
      Posted April 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      yo matt is there anyway i could get those podcasts of you? i loved the show and my computer lost them all, i got no idea how to replace them

  2. Peter
    Posted November 16, 2008 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Marty and Fifi had a pace about them that went with Paul Murray. Marty gave the show unpredictability. I am back to my ipod without the original Shebang. Tony Martin or Doug mulray may change that but I doubt either will get a shot. There is no other breakfast show I would listen to they are all average.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone know where i can get some shebang podcasts? I only have ones between 2007-2008? I want to get some earlier ones

    • Matt
      Posted February 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

      did you have any luck finding shebang podcasts?

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