Make Fun Of Good & Bad Movies Here

Max Healy
April 12, 2019 - "Just be comfortable and act like no ones listening, because for the first few episodes no one will be."
Since 2018

►Tell us about you and your podcast

I'm Max Healy creator of Hold My Popcorn- an in-depth movie review podcast that makes fun of good and bad movies. Each week I recap a film my friends and I watched in the same way that a sportscaster covers a post-game show, while my village idiot friends make unqualified, and often offensive observations. Our motto is "you dont need to drink to feel drunk"

We have listeners ranging from Boston, to Nashville, to LA, as well as a steady international audience in the UK, Ireland and Australia. We also had some fans in Sweden but I think our co-host Tim scared them off.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

I'm a huge movie and comedy podcast listener, with a Rain Man type memory when it comes to actors and movies, so I decided to get a few of my buddies together and start a show. Each of the cohosts come from a different background which include the liberal law student who wants us to stop comparing movies to Schindler List, the engineer with a great vocabulary who can snap into a blood filled rage at any time, to the southern MAGA fan who says things that make the liberal audibly groan.

We started the show back in September, and dial into a skype call. However, we all record our audio separately so the show doesn’t sound horrific. I try to have us always a week ahead since it typically takes several days to edit the show.


►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?

A new show comes out every week, and we will typically record in the middle of the week. This gives me enough time on the weekends to edit, and watch the new movie that we will be discussing.

Our overhead to start probably cost us each $80 prior to our first release, which was buying the mics and splitting the host site 4 ways, and we probably spend another $25-$50 per year on movie rentals if the film is not streaming.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

Honestly we do the show for fun, we all live in different parts of the country and the show is a great way to have a few beers and laugh.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

For me I watch the movie a few days prior and write out a script. Then the next day I will go in with a fresh mind and edit. The biggest thing for me is finding scenes in the movie that standout and then setting up openings for the guys to jump in and attack it.


►How do you market your show?

We are on all the platforms: Facebook, twitter, Instagram, we also have a mailbag.

When we started out most of our listeners were via iTunes, but over time it has opened up to a lot of different apps and sites, including listennotes ;)


►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?

For anyone starting out I would suggest you don't think about it...easy for me to say. But that's the most important thing, if you are doing the show with more than one person just treat it like a convo. If you are doing it by yourself you need to just treat it like your talking to yourself in the car...if you're one of those people who talks to themselves on the public train I suggest you speak to a professional...that said the show could also be quite just be comfortable and act like no ones listening, because for the first few episodes no one will be.

Also, do not depend on your family and friends to listen because they already know you and don't care. Do the show you want to listen to.


►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?

Email- [email protected]
Instagram- holdmypopcorn_pod
Twitter- HMPopcornpod
Facebook- holdmypopcorn.pod

Updated: 5 months ago