It was Baltimore Fishbowl’s distinct pleasure to lend our voice to funnyman Geoffrey Welchman’s latest Inverse Delirium Webisode this week–have a listen right here.
While some of Welchman’s questions proved double-daunting–his deep-voiced schtick sends up the more self-important side of NPR–and we couldn’t answer his intricate fish-related queries to save our life, we happily learned a lot about the art of podcasting that day.
Welchman’s operation is one-man, and rather one-man-band-like, actually: A trained musician turned corporate tech pro, he completes the show’s entire process from his souped-up basement, writing material, conducting and taping scripted bits with local folks of interest, adding his own music, perfecting his deep delivery. Welchman’s wife, Betty Witzman Welchman, supplies lines now and then, her voice as mellifluous as Welchman’s is voice-over imposing.
We asked him a few important questions of our own!
What do you enjoy most about doing the podcast?
One of the nicest aspects of the show is meeting people and learning things about Baltimore. I’ve contacted complete strangers and asked them to read from a script I wrote, sometimes even playing themselves…
“Hi, I have a podcast. would you like to be on it?” seems to intrigue people–partly because many aren’t really sure what a podcast IS.
Do you feature your friends’ voices more often than strangers’?
At first I started with my circle of friends and musicians, but when I wrote a sketch about bird songs, I reached out to the president of the local Bird Club, Karen Morley, who agreed to read the part of a Super Birder (Webisode 15, The Oriole). And that marked a shift towards not simply including my circle of aquaintances but expanding it.
Why do you do what you do?
I really just want to have a laugh. I want to have fun, and I want guests on the show to have fun. In the process, I get to turn listeners on to new people or topics that interest me, and poke fun at myself and everyone involved.
What’s the next step for the Inverse Delirium?
I’d like to see the show reach out to more local personalities, even celebrities (as long as they take part in the humor), while continuing to do pieces on big Baltimore institutions like the Aquarium and smaller Bal’mer stuff like the Streetcar Museum or Great Blacks in Wax.
I’m a huge comedy nerd and hope to reach out to more comedians and actors and improv’ers.