Total Sidebar is three friends who can make an entertaining conversation out of a discussion on, well, pretty much anything. We are women work, raise families, and go off on tangents that never fail to surprise and entertain. Comedian and guest wrangler Ellen Comley runs the shows, selecting topics that her two sidekicks Jennifer Palmer and Alex Shumway are not briefed on, meaning all content is fresh and unscripted. The average show might include an argument over how to penalize people who suck at parking, what happened to Hammer Pants, or whether you should ever accept a trophy that calls you an “Unsung Hero.” We also cover pop culture in our “Like it Or Not” segment and toss up impossible decisions in our which-would-you-rather-do segment Speed Round.
We are a team of very funny, very relatable grown-ass women who have become a habit for a core of rabid listeners who love to “sidebar.” Our listeners tell us we are their best pals for the morning commute, working in the kitchen, getting in your 10,000 steps or kicking back with a cocktail (or three). We studiously avoid politics and contentious current events, and instead focus on the ridiculous and absurd – think “Seinfeld” at a girls’ weekend. One listener claims we lower his blood pressure with every episode (should we look into bottling this stuff? Hello, Bristol-Meyers, our new sponsor!).
We have all worked in advertising most of our careers (look us up!) so we are well-versed in what it takes to deliver a great advertising value. We can write custom scripts for any advertiser or punch up existing spots so they come through in the Total Sidebar voice. We will organically promote products within the show, and happily talk about our beloved sponsors on social media.
You’ll find we’re an upbeat, positive and highly listenable podcast who's fanbase is committed - and growing. Let’s do this thing!
About the Host
Our host Ellen Comley is a veteran stand-up comic, improviser and emcee who comes to podcasting after a narrow escape from decades in the advertising business. She’s performed on both coasts for years, telling jokes at clubs like the Improv and the Comedy Store, doing team improv at Improv Boston, and emceeing charity auctions and corporate events for audiences ranging from teenagers to cardiologists (nothing funnier than stent jokes, people). She’s an Ivy League graduate with a quick wit, and an inclusive, approachable style (basically, she was Ellen before Ellen was Ellen, dammit), and on Total Sidebar, she keeps the conversation moving and the jokes flowing.
Our show distributes on all major podcast platforms including iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and more. With every ad spot ordered, we’ll promote you on our extra social media channels for no charge. This includes 2 mentions on our Instagram account ( over 100 followers), 1 post on our FB Page (150 followers), and a mentioned in our weekly blog at Totalsidebar.com.
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