This blog is slowly being built to feature transcripts and additional information regarding episodes of the show Radio Ha Ha, as heard on the Macquarie Radio Network’s digital station. It’s hosted by comedy nerd Dom Romeo who, for the first thirty-three episodes, was joined by stand-up comic and actor Tammy Tantschev; since Episode 34, various guest co-hosts have been featured.
Since there are a finite number of shows – it ended in November 2006 – there is the ability to go back and add ‘commentary’, as it were: a bit of a background into the show and how it came together. And how it came apart. But as it is mostly a labour of love, it will take place gradually, in between the stuff that pays the bills. Unless of course you donate to this blog, or visit Dom’s other blog and donate to that.
Unfortunately, owing to the Australian government’s reluctance to free up digital forms of entertainment, digital radio didn’t take off in Australia as had been expected – that is, as it had taken off in the UK. The result is that the podcast boom took a little while longer to hit and the jump that the Macquarie Radio Network had on it didn't quite eventuate. Radio Ha Ha came to an untimely end. Or actually, a timely end – the year’s contract was never renewed. Two years down the track, there are a heap of other comedy podcasts around that do exactly what Radio Ha Ha did – right down to sampling laughter as part of the ‘theme music’ – only, let’s face it, not quite as well. Oh well. For now, all 52 (well, 53; there was a bonus offered one week) episodes are available for download. Or why not subscribe? It’s free.
There’s also the occasional replacement of Radio Ha Ha, Stand & Deliver!. Whatever you download and listen to, just make sure you get out regularly and see comedy live – there’s nothing else like it.