Pets and Podcasting (or, Dear Podawan...)

dog radio A few weeks ago, I offered that if anyone had a question about podcasting, they could leave a comment or ask me in person.

I got one.

I’ll take it!

The topic actually hits close to home as a podcasting hobbyist. And since I’ve always wanted to be the Dear Abby of podcasting so… I’m making my own dreams come true.

Hello KC,

I've been reading your posts about podcasting and I've been enjoying it. I did have a question, though.

So the only place I can really do my podcast is in my own room. But the problem is that I've got a dog that for some weird reason likes to bark and whine when I'm trying to record. If I put him outside or in another room, he howls! It's really frustrating, and it feels like it's ruining my flow when I get into the zone. Any suggestions?


“Pet Podawan”

Dear Pet Podawan,

Yes, pets can be a bit of a hindrance when you are recording a podcast. I should know. I, too, have a dog. His name is Barky, and yes, he does live up to the name. My computer desk is by a window where he likes to stand guard and bark at everything and nothing.

In general, you should do your best to take care of your pets beforehand: Walk them if they need walking, feed them if they need feeding. Then give them a treat that will keep them busy. If they don't have severe abandonment issues, you can put them out in the backyard (if you have one) or close the door to the other room. If you have a partner or roommate, he or she or they may be able to keep pets distracted with playtime or cuddles.

In your case, Pet Podawan, if your precious fur-baby absolutely MUST be with you at all times and you can't stand the guilt and/or the noise, let the dog sit next to you. For the sake of sound, you may have to record under your comforter, but this might be the best way to keep your pooch quiet.

On the other hand, it's totally OK to embrace the fact that you're a pet-owner. There are podcasters with babies crying in the background and interrupting podcasts. They resolve the situation as quickly as possible and move forward. And they're dealing with tiny humans! It's better to acknowledge your pet dog or human and give your show a personality. Make your pet a part of the podcast!

I mean, who doesn't want this baby as a puppy podcast host?dog1

Look at this baby!





Take care, Pet Podawan.



If you have a question for me that you would like to share and have discussed in a future post, share a comment below. You can also talk to me in person! I promise you won’t die. Everyone who contacts me will be given an anonymous name ending with “Podawan."

Or, I’ll just come up with alter egos and ask myself questions.

That’s basically what podcasting is, anyway.

KC Ryan is an improv graduate turned Sketch Writing Level 2 student. When she's not working at the day job, she is a writer and podcaster for everything that combines feminism, comedy, theatre, and nerdery. She also performs in the puppet improv troupe Empty Inside.

DCH Reimagined: Canine Edition

A few weeks ago I wrote a post, in which I reimagined a few Dallas Comedy House (DCH) troupes as iconic professional wrestlers. People seemed to enjoy it. Why? I have no idea. But, as a result of that overwhelming support for the piece, I’m bringing the idea back.   So, as requested by you the people, notably David Allison via Facebook comments, in this week’s reimagining we’ll uncover which type of dog some of our favorite DCH troupes embody. Brace yourselves for some pawsitively, doggone, puppy-filled improv fun.  

All right, let’s do this thing!

GoldenRetrieverThe ’95 Bulls = Golden Retriever

People-friendly and full of fun, the six gents that comprise The '95 Bulls are a lot like a precious litter of Golden Retriever pups. Waggy-tailed and easily excited, they're always down to play and offer unwavering support for each other's ideas. Not opposed to chasing tennis balls, these guys are silly and always bring high energy to each performance. To top it off, with a basketball reference as a troupe name, it's only fitting that these guys are represented by the dog that played the beloved Air Bud. Slam dunks for The '95 Bulls. Slam dunks for Golden Retrievers.

corgiSummer Girls = Corgi

If there’s a dog you’d want to hang out on the beach and get drunk with, hands down it’d be a Corgi. And,  if there’s a DCH troupe that you’d also want to have the same drunken, summer experience with, then you can bet your sweet ass it’d be Summer Girls. Like Corgis, they too have cute butts and big smiles. Summer Girls are tenacious and loveable and look cool AF in a boss Hawaiian shirt (see pic for equal Corgi proof). Fiesty and cut, Corgis be down to party and Summer Girls be down to ‘prov.

ShihTzuPrimary Colours = Shih Tzu

Primary Colours is the Shih Tzu of DCH. Before you start shitting on the Shih Tzu, let me just say that these cuddly guys are some the silliest and weirdest dogs around. Their faces alone are enough to make you want to laugh. And, the faces that make up Primary Colours all make me laugh loads with their bold stage choices and willingness to get weird together. Shih Tzus appear to be the cute puppy-spawn of an Ewok and a Mogwai, making them trustworthy and friendly and downright nuts if fed after midnight! It is believed that the same description can be applied to Primary Colours.   

Boston TerrierSamurai Drunk = Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers have two settings: “dapper as f***” and “off the wall insanity.” Coincidentally, Samurai Drunk also shares those modes of operation. If you want high energy, fast pacing, lots of side support, and seemingly zero chill, then Samurai Drunk is the troupe for you. Like the Boston Terrier, the gentlemen of Samurai Drunk are frisky, intelligent, and generally overall entertaining. Fun fact, the Boston Terrier was Helen Keller’s dog of choice. So in my mind, Samurai Drunk would be Helen Keller’s troupe of choice, too.

Caucasian ShepherdPavlov’s Dogs = Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Caucasian Shepherd Dog are also known as “The-Biggest-Freakin-Dog-To-Ever-Exist-Ever-Actually-That’s-Not-A-Dog-That’s-A-Bear-Disguised-As-A-Dog.” Let’s just say, Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are some big-ass dogs. These Russian pups are probs the same canines that the real Pavolv rang his bell for and prayed that they wouldn’t eat his face off after depriving them of food during his classical conditioning experiments. Pavlov’s Dogs are also the big dogs at DCH, comprised of several improv OGs. Just as the Caucasian Shepherd Dog displays natural dominance and leadership, Pavolv’s Dogs have been leading the DCH pack since 1998. Though mighty in size, these Dogs are ultimately a bunch of fun, gentle giants.

catClover = Cat

Not even a dog. It’s a cat. Have you seen a Clover show? For those that may not be familiar, Clover is a group of former Ewing-ites and now one of the newest troupes at DCH. These guys are also the embodiment of everything kitty and cat-like. Like cats, Clover is made up of 10 percent fluffy cuteness, 20 percent distraction by shiny objects or string, 30 percent playful energy, and 40 percent too cool to give a what. You do you, Clover. You guys are purrrfection.

Feel free to post your suggestions for other DCH troupe reimagining in the comments below!

Lauren Levine is currently a Level 5 improv and Sketch 2 student at DCH. When she is not trying to come up with witty things for this blog, she is a freelance writer and editor, an amateur photographer, a Zumba-enthusiast, a dog lover, and an 80s movie nerd. In addition, she enjoys all things Muppet-related, the smell after a rainstorm, and people with soft hands.