Podcast: The Worst Idea of All Time
Hosts: Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt
Summary: (taken from Worst Idea of All Time)
The Worst Idea of All Time is a podcast hosted by Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt, two New Zealand comedians who watched Grown Ups 2 once a week, every week for a year. The duo then watched Sex and the City 2 52 times. They are currently watching We Are Your Friends. 52 times.
What started as a simply stupid idea, quickly turned into a public mental unraveling of two grown men, week by week. The podcast has been downloaded over 5 million times since it began in Feb 2014. They hope you enjoy the show and recommend you join their Facebook page.
4.5 out of 5 stars
I have a confession. I really wanted to give this podcast 5 stars but just couldn’t do it. The only reason it does not get 5 stars is that the backlog is impressively long (and I will get into below I think necessary to knock out). I almost created two separate categories (Quality and Ability to Jump In) but that seemed overly complex so here we are. Sorry.
The Worst Idea of All Time is hosted by Tim Batt and Guy Montgomery, two New Zealand based comedians. About three years ago now they conceived this terrible idea to watch the movie Grown Ups 2 once a week every week for a year and record a podcast “reviewing” the film immediately after. This led to one of the funniest, weirdest, most wonderful experiments in podcasting. Both Tim and Guy are hilarious and start off having some fun with the idea. They have some interesting theories in the first few weeks such as the film being sort of money making scheme like in The Producers. This quickly devolves into more and more ludicrous theories and approaches being needed to be taken in order for them to just get through the movie each week. Listening to them simultaneously devolve into madness and become closer friends in the process is just amazing. Episode to episode the experience is both wildly different yet incredibly familiar. Sometimes both are just in a goofy mood and sometimes one or both of them is just angry that they are being “forced” to watch the film again. It occasionally feels like they are having existential breakdowns, but the whole time they are both incredibly endearing and humorous.
They finished their first year and for some reason decided to repeat this experiment twice more with two other movies (which I will not spoil if you are interested in checking out the podcast). And this is where the only criticism I have with the podcast comes in for new listeners. So much of the podcast is built on the inside jokes that develop through the course of these repeated viewings and even from year to year with new movies. It really feels like you are along for the journey with Tim and Guy so even when there is the occasional episode that seems like utter nonsense (“Prawn Salad” from season one I believe still has the distinction of being the best example of this) you at least are able to enjoy it and be there for the journey. If you were to start in the middle of a season or I would even argue with the beginning of one for the second or third movie the full enjoyment of the podcast would be very much mitigated. This is even more of a bummer since season 1 is now only available through HOWL.fm. The length of these episodes are every inconsistent, most being between twenty minutes and about an hour, however, there is one glaring outlier in an episode that is almost five hours long. This is all very much in the free form style the podcast creates for itself. Overall, I would absolutely say if you have the time this is an incredibly charming podcast that is well worth the investment.