This American Wife is a public radio parody podcast that gently skewers the public radio format, including shows like All Things Considered. Episodes include original improvised comedy with Superego, interviews with characters from The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a very special episode with Joel, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000, and relationship advice from Community creator Dan Harmon.
Since premiering in 2010 at the top of the iTunes podcast charts, episodes have been
downloaded over 2 million times. Probably mostly from people who thought they were
downloading “This American Life.”
NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour (starts at 38 min mark)
This American Wife Web series:
In 2013, Eric partnered with Fremantle Media to create a 5-episode web series based on the podcast. The show went behind the scenes of public radio and the latest internet trends, and starred Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week), James
Urbaniak (Venture Brothers), and Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force).
Produced and Directed by Eric Martin
Written by Eric Martin, Alison Agosti, and Dave Horwitz
Episode 1 – “Public Radio”
Starring James Urbaniak (Venture Brothers), Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark (Tripping with Alie and Georgia), Alison Agosti (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Dave Horwitz (Don’t Trust the B-__ in Apt. 23), Kathryn Burns (Comedy Bang Bang).
Episode 2 – “Reply Girls”
Starring Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken), Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6), Ruby Leigh Young (The Big Picture)
Episode 3 – “Cat Videos”
Starring Mary Holland (Asssscat!), Julie Klausner (How Was Your Week), Natasha Vargas-Cooper (NY Times), Lauren McGuire (Comedy Bang Bang)
Episode 4 – “Haul Videos”
Starring Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous), Jordan
Episode 5 – “Dubstep”
Starring Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Janie Haddad Tompkins (Regular Show), Adam
Spiegelman (Proudly Resents), Justin Michael and Jacob Reed (Before You Were Funny)