I love this episode.
The “perfect world” line is one I’m very proud of.
The response to the comment about praise is obviously a bit of venting on my part. I was having trouble dealing with those sorts of comments internally. I like what I said, but I also know that after posting this I was aware of the potential problem I would face if I started responding to negative stuff – namely it would be a game-able way to get a comment on air. It is also an unfair battle… I have the mic. As a rule I stopped responding publicly to a lot of the snot, and tried to focus on things that could start me down a path.
I think its the first show to go full bore on a theme, and it might be one of the most effective because I was able to maintain a casual feel throughout. I love the transition into the sex ed, and there are some great analogies scattered throughout. The change in voice that happens right near the end of that segment – where I say “it’s dark, and wet” is something that I battled with for the rest of the show. It’s my “wrap-up” voice, and I find it very hard to listen to. Too self aware. I tried wrapping up in different ways, but without some sort of transition in tone segments felt like they ended far too abruptly. I think it works ok in this episode, but there are others where it makes me cringe.
Last thing to note: the beginning of the episode is basically about rhythm. Sort of like a jazz drum solo. I used this technique often – small speaking and editing improvisations around the sentences. It’s obvious on the big cuts, but I like the small sound after “something for the comments” best. In such a short format the rhythm of the words you choose becomes a very important tool in keeping the pace moving along. In that vein I’ve become a fan of Jay Smooth http://www.illdoctrine.com/ because he pays so much attention to those details.