Review: Josh Thomas and Friend

Josh Thomas and FriendAfter a successful standup carreer, Brisbane born commedian Josh Thomas has become somewhat of a household name in Austraia recently after frequent appearences on Good News Week and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. The podcast begun shortly before his television career started taking off and is hosted by himself and his friend Tom Ward.

The humor in John Thomas and Friend is unique and will not please everyone, particularly those easily offended. If you don’t mind the language though, Josh and Tom’s quick-witted, edgy conversations are a lot of fun. I would compare their humor to the Ricky Gervais podcasts, with a large portion of the time spent with Josh making fun of Tom, akin to Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant’s back and forth with Karl Pilkinton (not to suggest Tom Ward is in any way as docile and vague as Karl Pilkinton, in fact he gives as well as he recieves).

Unfortunately the podcast’s release schedule has been getting progressively less reliable. there has been some five weeks since the last episode at time of writing. This is understandable given Thomas’ recent career activity, but will prove frustrating for die hard fans.

John Thomas and Friend represents podcasting in its purest form — raw, uncensored and would never be heard on radio or TV. It’s these sort of programmes that demonstrate why online broadcasting is so important, and fills a hole left by mainstream media. It can be a light on content at times, and the release schedule leaves a lot to be desired, but even so it’s an instant classic. Check out an episode or two and if you’re not left feeling horribly offended, you’ll probably enjoy the rest.

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Ratings for Josh Thomas and Friend
Entertainment value
Edgy and irreverent, Josh and Tom’s banter is a lot of fun to listen to.
Quality of content
Content is thin at times, and could use a more structured format.
Production quality
Audio is good, but needs more bumper music.
This will not be for everyone, but I found it hilarious. Hopefully the release frequency will pick up steam in the future.

One Comment

  1. pierre
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    his name is Josh, not John. get it right

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