Rick and Morty has sprung up one of the most devout cult followings of any cartoon out there. Smaller than The Simpsons, but maybe even more dedicated. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are a couple Rick and Morty podcasts as well. Maybe the most popular of the bunch, Interdimensional RSS: The Unofficial Rick and Morty Podcast, manages to create podcast episodes despite the shows extremely inconsistent scheduling.
I caught up with co-host, Brandon Cruz, to discuss why there aren’t more Rick and Morty podcasts out there, how he manages to keep his podcast top of mind, and how he got into podcasting in the first place. Check out the full Q&A below!
Discover Pods: How did your podcast get started?
Brandon: My cohost Travis and I started podcasting back in January of 2015; it was kind of a joke, to be honest. As a one-off smartass comment I said, “let’s just podcast” and he said, “sure”
He and I started up Interdimensional RSS: The Unofficial Rick and Morty Podcast here in January of 2017. He and I are both huge fans of the show and he thought it’d be a great idea to do something in the seemingly infinite space between Season 2 and Season 3. We actually wanted to do an episode recap of Season 3 (which premiered it’s new episode April 1st) but because we didn’t quite know when the season would start, and because of the finicky nature of iTunes timing… we started in January.
DP: Why did you choose a podcast over other mediums?
Brandon: We chose podcasting because it’s such a great medium to get a message out. I saw an article the other day about Podcasts being the new talk radio, I think it was posted on your twitter, actually. For me, I think that’s the best summation of what podcasting does. When I was a kid in Los Angeles, my Dad would listen to Mark and Brian on 95.5 KLOS. They were clearly good friends that had a history together; entertaining people every morning. Alot of podcasts out there are pretty much an extension of that style of discussion. I grew up thinking those guys were people we knew personally… we were connected! I think the other thing about podcasting is its ease of creation. Podcasting really has never been easier to do, though, what separates most shows from the others is not only the quality of the content but also the audio quality. That’s how you get and keep people listening. I wouldn’t claim to be a professional (I certainly don’t get paid for any of this, haha) but I do pride myself on providing a decent listening (audio and content) experience (I say ‘decent’, I’m not trying to say it’s the best, haha).
DP: What’s unique about your podcast? Why do your listeners keep coming back?
Brandon: Interdimensional RSS: The Unofficial Rick and Morty Podcast is unique in the sense that we’re one of 2, maybe 3 Rick and Morty podcasts out there. Travis and I were both sincerely surprised that there weren’t more than that… hell, I’m STILL a little confused why there aren’t more out there. It’s a smaller niche than the broader TV & Film podcasts out there, but there’s like 8 Twilight Zone podcasts (one of which I host), all these other After Buzz TV podcasts for every show on earth, but yet, Rick and Morty is a relatively untapped market.
I think that’s a big part of why our listeners are growing and keep coming back; Rick and Morty is this huge thing now. I was living in Korea when the show started, and my buddy introduced it to me… I fell in love. In between Season 1 and 2, I spent a majority of my time convincing any and everyone who’d listen about how great the show is and was legitimately stoked when I met a fellow fan. The listeners, I feel, are the same. They want to talk about the show, they want to hear their friends talk about the plot and the jokes. Hopefully, the listen to us to help scratch that itch.
DP: What’s next?
Brandon: As far as what’s next, we have some potential interviews lined up with people who work on the show. We’ve already interviewed Kyle Starks, writer for the Rick and Morty comics, and we’re excited to talk to anyone related to the show.
DP: Where do you want to take your podcast?
Brandon: I don’t know where we want to take the podcast, ideally, it’ll go as long as Rick and Morty is a thing. Realistically, my sincere hope is that we continue to entertain, provide good, quality content, and help, in our own small, insignificant way, keep the pop-culture consciousness of Rick and Morty alive.
DP: What are your favorite 5 podcasts?
Brandon: 5 favorite podcasts, eh? I don’t honestly listen to that many; my commute to and from work limits my podcast intake. I do like Comedy Bang Bang, Bertcast, We Have Concerns, The Bill Simmons Podcast and Vergecast. Also, a shout-out to my friend Carrie Poppy, co-host of the award winning, Oh No, It’s Ross and Carrie. Her and Ross have an excellent show and I definitely recommend it!