“Totally Laime” podcast wins the Earwolf Challenge; we chat with Elizabeth Laime

If you haven’t listened to The Earwolf Challenge (the world’s first reality podcast series) then stop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and listen to the entire series. Go ahead, I’ll hang out.

Finished? Yeah, I know, pretty sweet.

Judges Scott Aukerman and Jeff Ullrich, the masterminds behind the Earwolf network, along with Challenge host and UCB co-founder Matt Besser, deliberated for over an hour before casting votes and declaring the winner to be the Totally Laime podcast. As winners of the Challenge, Totally Laime snagged a one-year contract with Earwolf; this means their show will be prominently featured on their website alongside shows like Comedy Bang Bang, Who Charted? and How Did This Get Made? As of recently, this will also mean being included on the new Funny or Die podcast page, since the two entities have joined forces.

Hosted by Elizabeth Laime and her sidekick (and husband) Andy Rosen, Totally Laime was considered a front runner in the Challenge for most of the run– only finding their way in the bottom three podcasts on a few occasions. The show is entirely an interview-formatted podcast which sets out to ask “the most important people the least important questions.”

With previous guests such as Natasha Leggero, Paul Scheer and Patton Oswalt having at one point sat in the Totally Laime living room, it’s safe to say that the podcast has found its groove and knows how to make their guests comfortable. All of which translates to a great program for the listeners. I recently chatted with Elizabeth (pictured) about her podcast’s success.

How did it first come about that your podcast was selected for The Challenge?
We received an email from Frank and Peter, the producers, and the first word in it was “Congratulations!” followed by a bunch of important information that I didn’t read because I was too excited to have been included in the challenge.

From early on in the competition, maybe since the first episode, you and Andy were referred to as the front runners in the challenge. Why do you think that was the case?
I think it was only because we had two strong submissions for the first two weeks and the obvious front runner in terms of listenership and being established, The Complete Guide To Everything, was eliminated at that point. We had a lot of support from our fans in the forums in the beginning also. So all those things added up to us being called the dreaded front runners. uggh.

What will being part of the Earwolf network mean to you and your show? Will you still record in your living room?
In terms of our show, not much will change although we have some exciting developments that we’ve been working on outside of the challenge— side projects for the show that also won’t change the show itself. We will always be recording from our house. That’s a huge part of what the show is. I can’t imagine doing our show in a slick studio with no interruptions from Ruby. Being a part of Earwolf will definitely give us a much bigger platform in terms of listeners and status in the podcast world. We’re really excited to be amongst such incredible talent!

What’s next for the Totally Laime podcast?
Next is that we keep on doing our thing! We have some great guests lined up and are going to be updating the website and including some surprise content that’s TL related but not having to do with the show itself. We’re really excited about what’s coming up.

What the nugget of wisdom you gained from the Challenge that you think will stick with you the most?
From the challenge itself I think the lessons I learned the most are that you can only really compete with yourself, and you shouldn’t try to change what your show is but become better at “pitching” or marketing that to other people in an interesting way. Also, that sexual favors to the judges goes a long way.

Chase Roper

Chase Roper is the Internet’s only comedy writing, podcasting, stay at home dad (maybe). His comedic sensibility has been described as bitingly sarcastic. He’s not sure if he agrees with that but is pretty sure that “bitingly” isn’t a real word. You can check out his show, The Stay at Home Dadcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

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