Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy | WFMU

Reviews For Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy | WFMU

If you get it, you get it. If you don’t, there must be some reality television show worth watching somewhere.
At least that is what the co-hosts, Andy Breckman and straight man becoming a stand-up comedian, Ken Friedman would have you believe. But don’t believe them. That is sort of the point to this show. While Andy “loses the will to live” frequently before the first five or ten minutes have elapsed, its this complete success or fall on its face failure quality that lends the show its charm, its fans and its completely deserved reputation of being one of the funniest things that you can listen to on the radio, online or as I do, via podcast. Its an unheralded show that station manager Friedman and comedy writer, Breckman (of Saturday Night Live and ‘Monk’ fame) have been cultivating for years now. They may say so, but I doubt that they believe that every one of their shows are flops. They’ve had some very clever ideas that have been what comedy podcasts are sorely lacking nowadays- variety and spontaneity. It seems that the idea for the shows are rarely planned more than a week in advance, but they have come up with many that don’t have a “fatal flaw” in them. Among them were the “Zero Tolerance” show, a show in which Ken had the discretion to hang up on callers at his whim. It skyrocketed from call to call until Ken was hanging up on callers at random for the slightest transgressions. Some callers barely had said ‘hello’ before they were gone. It was zany, insane, didn’t make alot of sense, but was still hilarious. The shows with kids are another example of their comedic brilliance, depending upon children to bring their inherent unpredictable qualities to the show. Listen to the recent “You Probably Won’t Win Squat” or the “Dreidl For Dollars” shows. Other shows like the “Joke Translation” show, the “PSAs From Beyond The Grave” and “Memorial Shows For The Nearly Dead” shows are exercises in caller participation that work and work well. The live on the street shows are another gem and specialty of Ken and Andy. Check out the “Stalking Episode,” the “Elevator Episode” and “Speed Chess In The Park” shows for the brilliance of two middle aged guys laughing at how much trouble they can get into in public without being obnoxious ‘shock jocks.’ The latest “Best Movies Of 2004” was another great riff of them making fun of themselves making fun of the fact that they have had frequent repeat shows. Spectacular, gentlemen! Sadly, the UCB live shows are no more. Yes, Andy may have insulted his guests (frequently unintentionally?), but they represented a great selection of the best comedians, personalities, authors, columnists and street artists and commentators in the NYC area. Please bring them back! And please do this show for another twenty years!
This show is great. It reminds me of what I love about stunt radio that appeals to the youthful audience. I'm not being sarcastic at all when I say that. The end.
I've been listening to this show before podcast were a gleam in programmer's night terror. (This may say something sad about my judgement). In sincerity, the breadth of it's ambition is amazing, and is a template for the hundreds of other podcasts that are so popular now…and that was before they started to run out of steam. Hooray for octoroons!


By Klhink
I like this.
I've been listening to this show for like 20 years?? Ken & Andy are like the two New Jersey fathers I never had (in addition to the New Jersey father I actually have). Sometimes the show is rough going, but if you can avoid losing the will to live, and enjoy the discovery of the fatal flaw, you can just relax and enjoy two funny, articulate guys who are very different but who share a common appreciation for "anti-comedy" and awkward interactions with the public. A sort of spiritual father to Scharpling's the Best Show on WFMU. This is the hard stuff!
Turn your dull life off for an hour and take a ride with Andy and Ken! Sometimes it's a laugh riot with non-stop zingers and one liners. Sometimes it's an absolute train wreck that has to be heard to be believed. Download the Cub Scout show and listen to Andy lose the will to live. I was so excited when Ken said they would be expanding to two hours but alas it was not meant to be. I love this show and these guys are fantastic.
From the first time I heard this show I knew it was something special. Download an episode or two and soon Uncle Ken and Uncle Andy will start to feel like family.
Ken and Andy are sneaky. I'll be listening to the show and then out of nowhere something is said that makes me belly laugh. I figure 2-3 belly laughs during a one hour show is a pretty good ratio. Only complaint is that there aren't enough boiler stories.
Seven Second Delay is one of the funniest shows on the radio, hands down. Ken and Andy have great chemistry and you can tell they are great friends (despite what Andy might say). I tune in every week and so should you! More Seven Second Delay = more better.
I love this show. It has a very lucky face.
They do what radio should not do to prove it can't be done. Long time listener first time caller, love the show, can't believe I got through.
This podcast may not be very popular or entertaining… but it will soon become the highlight of your week. It's been around for 20+ years for a reason.
A laugh-a-minute romp through the dark days of the Paris Commune!
This WFMU talk show is the adult (that is tired, less ambitious and more sober) version of Harmontown on Nerdmelt. Ken Freedman is to Andy Breckman as Jeff Davis is to Dan Harmon. In a world of canned entertainment, I love the dead air, the authentic, mellowed camaraderie between the hosts, the ambivalence toward and arbitrary choices of show topics, (some of) the irreverence and most of all hearing smart people entertaining themselves. Were I to describe it as a metaphor, I'd say it's a disastrous chocolate cake: all the right ingredients but something went wrong in the oven. But you don't want to throw it away so you keep picking at it and persevere in enjoying it.
Ken and andy put out a quality show every week, non political non religious yet barely listenable. It’s a morning zoo in the afternoon without the stupid bike horn. Its not garrison Keillor or ira glass but its something.
This is a show that takes a while to "get". Give it a few listens, after becoming acclimated, you'll find yourself laughing as another poorly planned stunt falls apart. You'll be laughing even harder when one of their plans actually works out.
It really is great. I've never heard a better station manager / on-air show co-host than Ken, NOR have I heard a better comedy film and television mogul / on-air "personality" than Andy. I love to listen to the show on-air whenever I can, but when I can't, I still can. With this. The podcast.
Andy and Ken are hilarious. For one hour, Andy's raison d'être is get Ken to laugh and in that pursuit, the listener has a great time too. I hope you enjoy this ridiculous hour of surreal conversation and play.
Sometimes painfully dull, found few interesting episodes. Host seems a wet blanket but co-host is very good.
Great straight man/ funny man format. You kind of have a to listen to a couple of shows before you get the idea & the running jokes, but for most it should quickly become hilarious. And then it won't be long before you're calling in, donating $ to hear Andy get tortured on air. Genius.
I am often searching for interesting podcasts to listen to at my lameass factory gig....Who did they pay off to make it to the front page of the iTunes store??? This should only be discovered in about a 10th page obscure google search for weak radio...category "comedy" ??? If you want something that won't make you nod out on your forklift like a methadone maintanence madman, do something to better your brain and dig things like Radio Free Wease, Fresh Air, Radio Lab, or even'll be glad you did!! -ttp
...something is terribly wrong with you, you may even be an albino. A weekly show that is maybe on twice a month, 7sd (as us cool kids call it) is a series of radio stunts that are original only because they're too terrible to have been tried before. Heck, Andy might not even show up for your first listen. Give it a try, maybe three, but you'll dig it.