If you’re a late night talk show fan like me, your viewing habits and content consumption has likely drastically changed from 5 or 10 years ago. Instead of staying up late to watch Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, or any of the other hosts and their guests, the majority of us now check out only the top clips from YouTube. Why? It’s convenient and curated. We can watch at our leisure when we’re free. PodCast of 1000s takes this concept to it’s next logical place, the late night podcast, on-demand of course.

PodCast of 1000s takes modern-day digital celebrities from YouTube, comedians, actors, and other personalities and has them guest host the podcast together. Part interview, part co-host.

I had the opportunity to meet creator and host, Michael Paonessa, and discuss how he started the podcast and where he plans to go from here. Check out our full interview below!

Discover Pods: How did your podcast get started?

Michael: About 10 years ago, a friend and I cohosted a comedy sports podcast from my garage. He moved away and we ended it. Since then I’ve been trying to find others that wanted to start up a new podcast with me. I came to the realization I needed to do this on my own because I could never demand someone to devote as much time on it as I would. One good thing about this new podcast is that I do have cohosts. They are my interviewee in each episode.

DP: Why did you choose a podcast over other mediums?

Michael: With the experience I had in the past, it was the most logical medium. Plus, I could do this all from my new home office.

DP: You gave some examples of how you listen to your favorite podcasts, do you have any feedback into how people are mostly listening to yours (commuting, working out, etc.)?

Michael: I mostly listen to my favorite podcasts sitting around the house. Sometimes I also listen during work outs. Always from my iPhone. As far as my listeners, seems to be all over the board.

DP: What’s unique about your podcast? Why do your listeners keep coming back?

Michael: The podcast is a late-night talk format, showcasing performers, from Actors to YouTubers, and everything in between. We’ve interviewed Actors, Circus Performers, Comedians, Musicians, Tribute Acts and other performer types already. I wanted to be like your Seth Meyers, or Stephen Colbert, but in podcast form and I think all the different types of performers I interview is very unique.

DP: Are there specific TV shows you found your audience is more engaged with either by numbers or feedback?

Michael: We’ve had a handful of America’s Got Talent performers and a few actors from new shows on TV Land. I’m guessing some listeners in my audience are into those shows.

DP: What’s next? Where do you want to take your podcast?

Michael: The goals are to get better at interviewing and continuing to get more and more interesting performers to interview.

DP: Where do you physically record?

Michael: I physically record from my home office using my laptop with microphone and headset. I currently release a new episode every 2 weeks. I’m considering more often but haven’t pulled the trigger on that yet as this seems to be working best for me.

DP: What are your favorite 5 podcasts?


  1. The Moth
  2. Podcasters’ Roundtable
  3. This American Life
  4. WTF with Marc Maron
  5. Mike & Mike

oh, and PodCast Of 1000s of course

DP: Anything else you want to add?

Michael: Whether you become a guest or have your music showcased in one of our episodes, PodCast Of 1000s promises to connect to all your social networks and promote any of your upcoming performances to our audience. As long as you promote them, we’ll promote them.

DP: Where can listeners find you?