In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: Snark Tank which excels at poking fun of poorly conceived products. These Snarky pals are quite entertaining, but is it for you?
PodApplaud- Snark Tank
Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to take a look at the podcast: Snark Tank.
Before anything let me clarify there are currently two podcast that are using the name Snark Tank, one is called Snark Tank the other is The Snark Tank. I’m here to talk about Snark Tank, which is a roundtable show between three friends who poke fun at the worst inventions, products, and kickstarters capitalism has to offer. To further differentiate, their podcast art is a groovy lightbulb. Currently they are at 16 episodes with no set release schedule, their twitter claims every second Wednesday, but it looks to be more like two releases a month. Episodes are between 35 minutes to an hour long trending more towards the longer end of the scale.
I really like the idea behind Snark Tank, it should be apparent to most people living in the western world that we live in a land of excess. I understand not everyone can afford said excess, but that’s a discussion for another time. I really like the idea of poking fun at all the genuinely bad and useless crap that gets put on the marketplace. Snark Tank does a pretty decent job at poking fun of this type of junk. They have a really kicking intro song, and well balanced audio between three speakers so I can give them props on their audio. The conversation and quips between hosts is great and really props up the show. Whenever they are trash talking bad product ideas or goofing off the show is great.
There are a few places where the show could make improvements. The main bulk of the show is fantastic, these folks are very entertaining, the types of personalities that are just begging to be on a podcast. My main critique is that the structure of the podcast doesn’t seem well thought out. They have a weird 5 minute segment where one of the hosts talks about snacks. There’s also a segment that makes sense for the show in which they mention ideas and products that actually seem promising, but they haven’t named this segment after 16 episodes. Then they have another segment which is hot takes. Here’s my Hot Take: I feel like podcasters having a portion of the show do hot takes is kind of played out. I get it, you acknowledge your opinion is controversial to display awareness and reduce being raged at by the internet, but at the same time it’s feeling a bit tropey in 2019. Lastly they have a tongue in cheek rating system in which they rate shows out of flux capacitors? Like 2 flux capacitors out of 5 and sometimes they throw in a hoverboard in there as worth what I’m guessing is half a point. It was cute the first time, but it just doesn’t make much sense. I think they could play off their showtitle and parody shark tank. So instead of rating they could say how much they would be willing to invest in the product in a funny way. That being said I’m about to jump into my generic rating system.
Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! Snark Tank for me is a ⅗ that I will probably keep listening to. The personality and conversation in the show is tip top, I just think they could benefit from sitting down and thinking out the structure of the show a bit more. If you love watching late night TV infomercials, or laughing at bargain bin junk this show will be right up your alley.
That’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.