Los Angeles Podcast Festival

Los Angeles Podcast Festival Los Angeles Podcast Festival, the world's premier live podcasting event, unites the biggest podcasting names in comedy and other genres for a weekend-long blowout in Los Angeles.

Dave Anthony (The Dollop), Graham Elwood (Comedy Film Nerds), and Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds) founded the festival in 2012. Our annual festival unites podcasters, their special guests, fans, and the podcasting industry to celebrate all things podcasting. Launched on Kickstarter five years ago as a comedy-centric festival, over the years, the growing event has expanded to include additional podcast genres. It’s all about eliminating the middleman and having the broadcaster talk directly to the audience. There are no filters, no gatekeepers, and no rules. Just the talent and the audience. So why not put them all together for a weekend? We wanted to start the Los Angeles Podcast Festival to shove podcasters and fans together in a small enclosed space. To meet. To mingle. To love. In addition to live podcasts and a huge standup show, you can hang out and meet your favorite podcasters in the Podcast Lounge, hit up a party or two, and take in panels about podcasting hosted by experts from both sides of the curtain. It’s a celebration of podcasts, podcasters, and most importantly, of the fan. We’ll see you in the fall!

Operating as usual

04/19/2021

Do you use podcasting to have the purpose of elevating others?

Espree Devora and Chris Mancini talk about the importance of fostering others into podcasting and share some stories of meeting at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival in this latest episode of Chris' new show, What Are You Watching?

In this short clip from the episode Espree shares how she even flew to a small town in Bosnia to amplify the work of an engineer and the interview helped attract investment from Silicon Valley; completely changing her life.

Be sure to give a like and check out Espree's show Women in Tech Show, too!

Anyone coming down to the last day of the festival, please note that CicLavia is TODAY in LA and they are closing street...
10/08/2017
CicLAvia returns to downtown L.A. with six-mile, car-free route

Anyone coming down to the last day of the festival, please note that CicLavia is TODAY in LA and they are closing streets for bicycle traffic only from 9am to 4pm. Take the Metro or ride your bike if you can.

The free event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., bringing thousands of people onto closed-off city streets on non-motorized forms of transportation.

10/06/2017

Podcast Pros panels start today at 1:30pm! Make sure to check out Where's Your Audience? Podcast Promotion with our expert team! Kurt Long (Dudes of Future/Past) moderator, along with panelists Murray Valeriano (Road Stories), Xavier Guilleman (Podcast Addict) and Brenton Biddlecombe (All Things Comedy) on Saturday at 1:30pm.

Thanks LA Weekly for the shout out. Much appreciated!
10/06/2017
L.A. Podcast Festival Returns, Now With More Socialism

Thanks LA Weekly for the shout out. Much appreciated!

The sixth installment of the L.A. Podcast Festival is titled “Truth & Lies,” a nod to the era of conflation of fact and fiction, comedy and entertainment, news and the other thing we are all currently mired in. The festival features stalwarts like the consistently gory and good My Favorite...

10/05/2017

Ready for the next awesome panel highlight? Pay attention people. Our good friends Neal Gauger & Carron Mitchell at Nixon Peabody are going to dive into the legal issues surrounding podcasts with KCRW Program Director Gary Scott and Sex With Emily Producer Larke White. 4:30pm on Saturday. You know what they say about taking care of details like this? Pay now or pay later. It's always better to be informed.

We are super excited about many of the Podcast Pros panels on deck for this weekend. "Don't Leave Your Fans on the Table...
10/05/2017

We are super excited about many of the Podcast Pros panels on deck for this weekend. "Don't Leave Your Fans on the Table" will feature moderator Jordan Cope, Creator Talent Lead at Patreon along with panelists Susie Meister (Brain Candy) and our very own Graham Elwood (Podfest / Comedy Film Nerds / Ear Buds / lots of other stuff). 4:30pm on Saturday. Want to figure out how to make the leap to supporting your podcast? This is the spot.

Walking the Room. One last time. Ever. Ever.
10/04/2017

Walking the Room. One last time. Ever. Ever.

Quick Question with Jonathan Sadowski and Travis Clark make their live debut at Podfest! Special guest celebrity chef Mi...
10/03/2017

Quick Question with Jonathan Sadowski and Travis Clark make their live debut at Podfest! Special guest celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio! Sunday October 8th @ 2pm.

10/02/2017

What's that you say? No way I say. In my wildest dreams such a team could not possibly stand on the stage of Podfest and deliver a seemingly endless stream of laughter! I say, what an incredible piece of news, you have made my day good sir!

MC Graham Elwood will do the business with The Todd Glass Show, Jackie Kashian, Jimmy Dore, Karen Kilgariff, Marc Maron, and Erin Foley at our Saturday Night All-Star Stand Up Comedy Podsmash!

We discussed selling tickets to the show separately, and then decided that this event is strictly for the people who are supporting podcasts, participating in podcasts and who are a part of this community and our festival! Thank you all for listening and attending.

10/02/2017
Something funny 'bout Podfest.

It's beginning to look a lot like Podfest! Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds breaking down the happenings in a way that only they can. No better way to find a good laugh on a Monday morning than to watch this exclusive video!

10/02/2017
hollywood.improv.com

Lots of news to share this week, so stay tuned. Just a reminder that Hollywood Improv Comedy Club will be featuring Timesuck with Dan Cummins and The Raven Effect in the Improv Lab and Rob Has A Podcast and Who? Weekly in the Main Room. If you're in town on Thursday night, come and see these worthy podcasts.

It is PODFEST WEEK people! For those of you who are crazy enough to think that you can get everything Podfest has to off...
10/02/2017
L.A. Podcast Festival & Podcast Pros Conference 2017

It is PODFEST WEEK people! For those of you who are crazy enough to think that you can get everything Podfest has to offer in a single day...single day tickets are on sale now!(Three day pass holders will have preferred entry for My Favorite Murder.)

LA Podfest is a yearly festival celebrating all that is podcasting, bringing fans, podcasters and the podcasting business folks together. Anchored by live performances of podcasts, we'll also have panels, parties, the DIY podcast lab, and a live standup comedy show. The 6th Los Angeles Podcast Festi...

10/01/2017

Holy Mother May I And Then Spell Cup! We almost slept on National Podcast Day. We don't even know if this is a thing, but since we were the first ever podcast festival, we are going to go ahead and get on board. If there's one thing that you do this weekend to celebrate podcasts, after you listen to one, its buy a ticket and help keep Podfest going! It's a national day...for Podcasting!!! Come on people.

Jimmy Dore of The Jimmy Dore Show and Paul Gilmartin of The Mental Illness Happy Hour will be the guests for Road Storie...
10/01/2017

Jimmy Dore of The Jimmy Dore Show and Paul Gilmartin of The Mental Illness Happy Hour will be the guests for Road Stories with Murray Valeriano Comedy!

Friday night 9-11pm!

10/01/2017
Volunteer - Los Angeles Podcast Festival

Come and join us! We could use a few good people to help make the magic happen. Be a part of the action and volunteer for the 2017 LA Podcast Festival!

Volunteer for the LA Podcast Festival WHAAAT? You said you want to Volunteer for the LA Podcast Festival!?!? YOU SHOULD!! Why? Because it’ll be funsies!!!!!!!!!!! And you’ll get access to the most wonderful festival of them all! duh.. REQUIREMENTS Be dope AF Show up and on time – WE ARE COUNTING...

IS IT REALLY THE LAST YEAR? If you follow Podfest co-founder Dave Anthony's Twitter, you might have seen him mention tha...
09/29/2017
L.A. Podcast Festival & Podcast Pros Conference 2017

IS IT REALLY THE LAST YEAR? If you follow Podfest co-founder Dave Anthony's Twitter, you might have seen him mention that this could be our final festival. Last year, our team personally lost tens of thousands of dollars on the festival and it hurt. As many of you know, a big corporation’s competing festival dropped on top of us and split our audience. We are 100% independent, we love bringing everyone together but it takes a lot of work and last year was hard on us.

We have kept our prices as low as possible and offered as many podcasts and panels as possible. We have been uncompromising in our devotion to our community. Through the generosity of our podcasting friends, we have been able to get this year’s show together even though we’re still paying off last year. We are going to celebrate this year as if it is our last and invite you to do so too. (Cue Prince’s “1999”!)

The biggest thing that you can do to support the show’s continued existence is to tell your friends and invite them to join us.

Thank you all for your support!!!

LA Podfest is a yearly festival celebrating all that is podcasting, bringing fans, podcasters and the podcasting business folks together. Anchored by live performances of podcasts, we'll also have panels, parties, the DIY podcast lab, and a live standup comedy show. The 6th Los Angeles Podcast Festi...

There's been some questions about whether we are doing a preview night and the answer is 1000% yes! Hollywood Improv Com...
09/29/2017
Tickets for The Raven Effect | Hollywood Improv (The Lab) at TicketWeb

There's been some questions about whether we are doing a preview night and the answer is 1000% yes! Hollywood Improv Comedy Club has always supported great comedy and our festival. If you're around LA on Thursday, this is where everything is getting kicked off!

PodFest weekend pass holders may enjoy free entry to all Preview Night shows. Admission to pass holders will be first come first serve based on availability after ticket holders are admitted.

Find tickets for The Raven Effect showing at Hollywood Improv (The Lab) - Hollywood on 10/05/17 9:30 PM PDT. Tickets starting at $0 available via TicketWeb.com

Comedy Film Nerds' special guests are going to be Joey Mulrey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block along with Laurie Kilm...
09/29/2017

Comedy Film Nerds' special guests are going to be Joey Mulrey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block along with Laurie Kilmartin from The Jackie & Laurie Show!

09/28/2017

Podfest co-founder and Comedy Film Nerds co-host Graham Elwood just confirmed his guests for the CFN live show and WHAT A LINEUP! I love when he surprises me with amazing news like that. More to be revealed...and soon.

We are rolling out all of the details on Podcast Pros, the panels, speakers and guests. Rebel Radio just confirmed speci...
09/28/2017

We are rolling out all of the details on Podcast Pros, the panels, speakers and guests. Rebel Radio just confirmed special guest Metta World Peace. There's no telling what happens in this room!!!! Every Podcast Festival ticket holder gets entry into Podcast Pros panels, speakers and conversations. Want to learn about the industry between podcasts? Come listen to the experts!

And the hits keep coming!
09/28/2017

And the hits keep coming!

We are thrilled to announce a very special collaboration at this year's festival. KCRW's Guest DJ Project will be doing ...
09/27/2017

We are thrilled to announce a very special collaboration at this year's festival. KCRW's Guest DJ Project will be doing their live recording with special guests My Favorite Murder! This is only the SECOND EVER live recording of Guest DJ Project -- last year's festival was the first.

Last year, KCRW's Guest DJ Project had their live debut at our festival with Bill Hader as their guest. We are pretty ex...
09/19/2017
Bill Hader (long ver.) | Guest DJ Project

Last year, KCRW's Guest DJ Project had their live debut at our festival with Bill Hader as their guest. We are pretty excited to have Guest DJ Project return this year...More to be revealed soon but they will have VERY special guests.

We catch up with Bill Hader for a live taping of the Guest DJ Project at the LA Podcast Fest.

The official Film Threat podcast will be joining us too. Chris Gore and Anthony Ray Bench have special plans afoot. Get ...
09/19/2017

The official Film Threat podcast will be joining us too. Chris Gore and Anthony Ray Bench have special plans afoot. Get ready, or else!

Something clever. Something funny. The 40 Year Old Boy joins us again at Podfest! Some words that will really make you g...
09/19/2017

Something clever. Something funny. The 40 Year Old Boy joins us again at Podfest! Some words that will really make you go to www.lapodfest.com and join us at the legendary Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Something funny to close.

I just can't stop naming more confirmed podcasts after Walking the Room, Never Not Funny and Competitive Erotic Fan Fict...
09/18/2017

I just can't stop naming more confirmed podcasts after Walking the Room, Never Not Funny and Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. I mean, how could we do that to you?!?!? Right? Ok, one more for this afternoon but that's it.

Podfest co-founder Graham Elwood is not only 1/2 of fest faves Comedy Film Nerds and the director of the podcasting documentary "Earbuds" (now on iTunes) but he is ALSO doing some other stuff. He is a man who does not spend time doing things that other mere mortals do. Sleep is a joke to him. He is a man with so many projects, his projects have projects.

We are pleased to announce the LIVE DEBUT of his new project, Political Vigilante Podcast! Last year My Favorite Murder debuted live so we're excited to see what happens when Graham breaks it down on the microphone. Palm Strike This!

Now, there are a lot of things that we have to announce in the next few days.... but this one jumped right up to the top...
09/18/2017

Now, there are a lot of things that we have to announce in the next few days.... but this one jumped right up to the top because, well, it's simply EROTIC. Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook will be at the fest. Will you?

There's a lot that you can say about Podfest.... It is Never Not Funny is one of them. So it only seems right to have Ji...
09/18/2017

There's a lot that you can say about Podfest.... It is Never Not Funny is one of them. So it only seems right to have Jimmy Pardo join us for a live recording of Never Not Funny at the festival! #Truth #Laughs #Lies

09/18/2017

Remember that amazing podcast that everyone used to love but then they stopped doing it? What was it called... That guy Dave Anthony used to be in it. Does anyone remember what it was called? They did a special appearance last year and we thought it was pretty awesome. It pretty much never happens. I know - it's Walking the Room!!!! Last year at Podfest was the last time that they got together. Come and join us for this very special performance.

Who loves movies? We do. Doug Loves Movies. Who loves Podfest? We do. So does Doug. Come see Doug Loves Movies at the LA...
09/18/2017

Who loves movies? We do. Doug Loves Movies. Who loves Podfest? We do. So does Doug. Come see Doug Loves Movies at the LA Podcast Festival this year!

09/07/2017
Volunteer - Los Angeles Podcast Festival

If you want to Volunteer for @lapodfest sign up here! http://www.lapodfest.com/volunteer/

Volunteer for the LA Podcast Festival WHAAAT? You said you want to Volunteer for the LA Podcast Festival!?!? YOU SHOULD!! Why? Because it’ll be funsies!!!!!!!!!!! And you’ll get access to the most wonderful festival of them all! duh.. REQUIREMENTS Be dope AF Show up and on time – WE ARE COUNTING...

09/07/2017

#Truth #Laughs #Lies We are less than 30 days away! (If my math is good, which it is not.) The podcasts are coming.

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Admins Note: Please remove if this goes against the pages guidelines. Hello Everyone! Was curious if there are any LA based Sifi Podcasters here or ones you may know about. I'd love to check them out and give them a listen! Thanks a bunch!
Will y’all be doing any future LA podcast festivals?
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Website is down, I guess the answer to this, "Thanks for stopping by LA Podfest's home. We are deciding whether or not we are moving forward in 2018. If you want to be notified if we move forward or have ..." is no.
Whyyyy is it that I'm looking through last year's program and seeing no podcasts for people of color or people with disabilities? There are certainly enough of us to create interesting and enlightening caucuses and panels. Why is there seemingly no diversity in the podcasting world? Isn't this festival taking place in LA? One of the most diverse cities in the US? Just a few questions to meditate on.
Do you have dates for 2018?
Big THANKS to all the Los Angeles Podcast Festival VOLUNTEERS who make it so enjoyable for everyone.
‪There is NOTHING like the Los Angeles Podcast Festival and the audience engagement & access‬ ‪#LAPodfest #NothingLikeLAPodfest @lapodfest‬
‪To make a difference we need ...”To create, not to simply do things”.‬ John Opdycke #PoliticalVigilante #LAPodfest
Let the digital downloading continue! More and more great stories & talent revealed.
Paul Gilmartin and Jimmy Dore on the Road Stories Podcast Friday night 9pm... and perhaps a special guest or two! Don't miss it!