Sideshow

A bi-weekly podcast about art and culture (and especially the stuff in between). Studio 360’s Sean Rameswaram talks to the people who make the memes.

Latest Episodes

Christoph Niemann, Instagram Savant

Sideshow September 17, 2014

If you’re an illustrator with a dozen and a half New Yorker covers in your portfolio, several popular children’s books, and your own blog at the New York Times, you’re doing something right. But Christoph Niemann isn’t resting on any laurels. Sean Rameswaram talks to Niemann about how he’s used every trick on the internet to invent a new kind of visual storytelling.

Howard Kremer Is a One-Joke Comedian, and Proud of It

Sideshow September 03, 2014

Most comedians have just a few memorable bits; Howard Kremer has just one, but he’s managed to build a comedy empire on it. Sean Rameswaram talks to Kremer about “Have a Summah” – a routine that has spawned merchandise, three albums of summah songs, and an annual festival held in Los Angeles.

“Rude” by Magic! Is the Worst Best Song of the Summer

Sideshow August 20, 2014

Warning: this podcast contains strong language. “Rude” by the Canadian band Magic! is the #1 song on the American charts right now. So how can it be that this pseudo-reggae romance is the most hated song in the country as well? Sean Rameswaram talks to critic Jia Tolentino about the fine line between good, credible pop music and the incredibly bad stuff.

Bea Arthur and Unicorns Teach You the Heimlich Maneuver

Sideshow August 07, 2014

There’s one item you can find in most restaurants from New York to California: a poster telling you how to save someone who’s choking. Though required by law in many states, those simple greyscale instructions tend to fade into the wallpaper. Now artists are designing eye-catching, comical versions. Sean Rameswaram investigates the trend with reporter Sonja Sharp, illustrator Lara Antal, and New York Times graphics director, Steve Duenes.

YouTube’s Favorite Musician

Sideshow July 24, 2014

Pogo might be one of the most popular musicians in the world, but there’s a fair chance you’ve never heard of him. His channel has well over 300,000 subscribers, and his pop culture music videos have been viewed more than 100 million times. Where some mash-up artists stun with clever technique or surreal juxtapositions, Pogo is first and foremost a fan, passionate and careful with sources like Alice in Wonderland and Fresh Prince. Sean Rameswaram speaks with the New Zealander about the secrets of his success.

About the show

The mashup video that broke the internet, the GIF that went around the world in a minute, the parody twitter account with a million followers – that’s the frontier of culture today. The internet is our theater, gallery, sandbox, and bouncy house rolled into one.  New cultural finds are posted every day at studio360.org/sideshow.