H. G. Wells invited Walt Whitman to an interview at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Los Angeles. On Tuesday, we found out this is what happened. They made some talk of Leaves of Grass and Oscar Wilde, but a memorably large — you might say overbearing if you are the kind of person William S. Burroughs might consider an asshole — amount of time talking about ways in which Walt Whitman was a true patriot.
Not being a Whitman fan myself, I couldn’t possibly tell you if half of what James Adomian was reciting was accurate, but it was hysterical. I can only imagine what kind of insane person I have looked, laughing sometimes to tears, during the several bus rides in which I’ve listened to characters inhabited by Adomian. Walt Whitman to Paul F. Tompkins’ Herbert George Wells has been rather frequent these last three days, but his Todd Glass is another from the past several months that has had me cracking up.
I found out who Adomian is by listening to the Todd Glass Show — voted number one by the Podcasters Association of America and easily one of my favorite several hours of listening every week. The pair, whose last recorded duet of bits was released Nov. 14, work extremely well together for the purposes of Todd’s show, which are largely silliness and additionally seriousness. They make full use of the sound mixer to give a thin veneer of reality to the hours of fun best described as improvised radio sketches that have on several occasions been misinterpreted as genuine people coming from my tablet. And they do this seemingly effortlessly. Todd Glass deserves a lot of the credit for this, producing a 2-3 hour show every week that is consistently funny. But the pair of them together creates an energy that seems to substitute for oxygen for sustained periods of time, demonstrated by the successive back and forth bits that only stop every so often to avoid suffocation through laughter, or to introduce music, to be explicated and imitated.
It turns out I had heard a bit of Adomian on Doug Benson ventures Doug Loves Movies and The Benson Interruption, but he was behind the guises of Jesse Ventura and a very strange, audience-hating former cop, if I recall correctly, Vic Garcia (who I, one of few it seems, happened to like). After hearing his take on Friedrich Nietzsche in the Dead Authors Podcast Appendix B, I was interested in hearing his next take on a literary figure. This is one hell of a take.