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Part II – - Interview with the “Couchcast” dudes

June 3, 2010

It was a real struggle, but I got the three “Couchcast” dudes off the couch one more time—for what seemed like an endless two minutes to them—so they could complete their interview with “Underground Nashville.”   Part II of the interview is below.

“Couchcast” is a regular podcast featuring Vince Gaetano, Nick Benson, and Kenny Fisch, who have never once referred to themselves as “the three amigos.” You can listen to past and future shows at couchcast.wordpress.com. The guys’ latest installment, “Robbing from Kevin Costner,” finds them talking about Robin Hood and offering their edgy, off-beat predictions about Prince of Persia.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: How is your “Couchcast” podcast distinct from Roger Ebert-style movie-review shows we’re accustomed to?

VINCE GAETANO: Well, for starters, I don’t consider “Couchcast” to be a review show. That is to say, reviewing movies isn’t our main goal. Really, it’s just our take on the movie business—our opinions presented in a light-hearted manner with the occasional fart joke thrown in to get a laugh. That, I suppose, would be the core difference: We don’t put entertainment above or below information. We keep it as equal as possible. Now, whether or not people actually find us funny is neither here nor there. The point is, we’re trying.

NICK BENSON: First of all, it’s a show. Most movie reviews are written and then you have to read them, which is really un-American if you ask me. Speaking of fascism, Roger Ebert and Peter Travers are the two primary movie reviewers of our time, and they are also like 90 years old. So our podcast is a bit more down-to-earth and accessible to a younger audience. We are not really telling you what to watch or getting all artsy on your ass. We are just having a conversation about movies and hope that the listener will be able to form their own opinion based on what we discuss. We don’t take it too seriously and we are certainly not above anyone’s heads. If anything we are very, very beneath you.

KENNY FISCH: I’ve never seen Roger Ebert review anything, so I assume our show is much different than his.


UN: What do you hope listeners will get out of each podcast?

VINCE: In a word, fun. Honestly, we didn’t start this podcast to change anything. We’re not trying to make any sort of impact. Most of the time, we’re not being serious. We’re just having a good time. And we hope you’re having one, too.

NICK: I hope that they will have fun and get a laugh. That’s the primary purpose of any form of entertainment: enjoyment. A bonus would be if they get some useful information out of it. It’s just another place to go to for some information on movies. I’d like people to be able to start e-mailing us and saying, “Hey, I actually really liked Avatar and you and Vince can go blow me.”

KENNY: I hope they have a good time, a couple of laughs, and [that they] don’t unsubscribe. Even if they think it’s stupid, in the end, at least it’s different than other reviews.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

Three underground film critics—who refuse to call themselves that—launch “Couchcast” podcast

May 31, 2010

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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Three underground film critics—who refuse to call themselves that—launch “Couchcast” podcast

By Dave Carew

Three budding film critics—okay, change that to three dudes who dig movies and like to talk about them—have launched “Couchcast,” a regular podcast featuring their take on recent flicks, not-so-recent flicks, and, basically, “all things movie.”  You can listen to past and future shows at couchcast.wordpress.com.

The three dudes on the couch are Vince Gaetano, Nick Benson, and Kenny Fisch, and the latest installment, “Robbing from Kevin Costner,” finds them talking about Robin Hood and offering their edgy, off-beat predictions about Prince of Persia.

Underground Nashville
recently was able to get the guys off the couch just long enough to interview them about their new podcast.  Part I of the interview is below, with Part II coming later this week:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What compelled you guys to launch “Couchcast”?

VINCE GAETANO: Nick compelled me to launch the podcast. Nick said to me, “I think we should do a podcast,” and after a lengthy explanation (and subsequent re-explanation) of what a podcast was, I was on board.

NICE BENSON: I think it was a combination of frustration and boredom. I was getting increasingly fed up with job hunting. Vince and I would call each other over Skype once a week and just talk about movies and vent about our lives. Eventually I thought it might be a good idea to record this and try to make something out of it. Podcasting is an unexplored market and I think we will be seeing much more of it in the future. Worst case scenario is that we chalk it up to experience; best case is we get some listeners and have a good time.

KENNY FISCH: I don’t really care about movies, but [Vince, Nick, and I] don’t get to talk as much these days, so it was a way to stay in touch and have fun at the same time. I think my role is partially comic relief, and the other part is to remind Nick and Vince that not everyone dissects movies as much as they do.


David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground
Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.


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