Matt Gourley says he might have been the first analog podcaster, which makes perfect sense if you’ve ever heard Conan O’Brien roasting him for his love of vintage items—like, say, his beloved phone that was once owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Gourley went from being an actor who hated auditions to a podcasting polymath. He created Superego, a popular improv sketch comedy podcast, and has worked on projects like James Bonding, dedicated to all things 007, Pistol Shrimps Radio, which is play-by-play audio of a recreational women’s basketball team (yes, you read that right), and The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project with noted improviser and actor Andy Daly. Today, Gourley is the producer of the top-rated Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.
He entered the world of podcasting early, with no grand illusions about building a big audience or making a lot of money. Instead, he jumped into podcasting with enthusiasm because he felt he had nothing to lose. It’s an attitude that has served him well throughout his career.
Improvising a career
Gourley grew up in southern California, the son [...]
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