18 episodes

Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt Miller, Relying On Benjamins is a scripted musical comedy podcast about two best friends, Benjamin Feyler and Benjamin Ozwald, with their dashing canine companion, Ashton, who all embark on an epic musical adventure in a ridiculous and ever-expanding world. Relying On Benjamins features new songs and original music every episode. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.

Relying On Benjamins Brandon Shapiro & Matt Miller

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    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt Miller, Relying On Benjamins is a scripted musical comedy podcast about two best friends, Benjamin Feyler and Benjamin Ozwald, with their dashing canine companion, Ashton, who all embark on an epic musical adventure in a ridiculous and ever-expanding world. Relying On Benjamins features new songs and original music every episode. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.

    17. The Feast

    17. The Feast

    Episode 17 of the scripted musical comedy podcast Relying On Benjamins. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.

    Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt Miller
    Written by Brandon Shapiro
    Additional Writing by Matt Miller
    Music and Lyrics by Brandon Shapiro
    Edited, Mixed, and Sound Engineered by Brandon Shapiro
    Executive Produced by Brandon Shapiro

    Benjamin Feyler - Brandon Shapiro
    Benjamin Ozwald - Matt Miller
    The Narrator - Brandon Shapiro
    The Homeless Man, aka The Mysterious Stranger, aka The Something Else Man, aka The Unknown Nuisance, aka The Unnamed Nuisance - Matt Miller
    Janine Kufo - Libby Anderson
    Frederick VonWinkle - Brandon Shapiro
    Clara Teldrick - Beth Pietrangelo
    Viera Balera - Beth Pietrangelo
    Joe Jahogavich - Spencer Streno
    Julie Fuely - Brandon Shapiro
    Roxford Locksley - Brandon Shapiro
    Jebediah VonWinkle - Matt Miller
    Lyonel Clickens - Jack Douglas
    Donnigan Darkwood - Jack Douglas
    Lewis Squidackrion - Jack Douglas
    Carl Salad - Brandon Shapiro
    Grandmaster Kawa - Brandon Shapiro
    Master Zaru - Brandon Shapiro
    Master Pierce McPeely - Matt Miller
    Master Yarwin - Brandon Shapiro
    Vivianne Hushpuppy - Rebecca Mason
    Escobar - Niels Hansen
    App Voice - Allegra Shivers-Rodriguez
    John Smith - Tyler Blevins
    Random Clydesdale Mountain Tavern Gang Member - John Brownfiel
    Additional Voices - Brandon Shapiro, Matt Miller

    • 39 min
    16. Benjamin & Benjamin Give Thanks

    16. Benjamin & Benjamin Give Thanks

    Episode 16 of the scripted musical comedy podcast Relying On Benjamins. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerWritten by Brandon ShapiroAdditional Writing by Matt MillerMusic and...

    • 35 min
    15. Grandmaster Kawa's First Lesson

    15. Grandmaster Kawa's First Lesson

    Episode 15 of the scripted musical comedy podcast Relying On Benjamins. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerWritten by Brandon ShapiroAdditional Writing by Matt MillerMusic and...

    • 31 min
    14. Fight, Benjamins, Fight!

    14. Fight, Benjamins, Fight!

    Episode 14 of the scripted musical comedy podcast Relying On Benjamins. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerWritten by Brandon ShapiroAdditional Writing by Matt MillerMusic and...

    • 30 min
    13. Backstage Benjamins

    13. Backstage Benjamins

    Episode 13 of the scripted musical comedy podcast Relying On Benjamins. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerWritten by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerMusic and Lyrics by Brandon...

    • 28 min
    12. The Concert

    12. The Concert

    Episode 12 of the scripted musical comedy podcast Relying On Benjamins. Contact relyingonbenjamins@gmail.com for questions about the show.Created by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerWritten by Brandon Shapiro & Matt MillerMusic and Lyrics by Brandon...

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

The Geeks Strike Back ,

Amazing!

Can’t recommend this show enough! It’s entertaining and the songs are stuck in my head! For anyone looking for a good laugh and good entertainment this show is for you!

RameezHaq287 ,

Real creative content full of excitement and fun

I listened to Benjamin & Banjamin give Thanks and enjoyed the episode from beginning to end. The Grand maa story was fun to listen. Its full of creativity and fun comedy. 5 out of 5 stars for Benjamin.

WilcoxWriter79 ,

Love it, except for a few 'off-key' moments

I'm really torn when it comes to this podcast, honestly. There's clearly some great talent involved: the songs are super catchy, it frequently gets a laugh out of me, and I have found myself listening to all the episodes and wondering what's going to happen with the Benjamins and their beautiful dog Ashton next. Bonus points are definitely to be had for featuring Ashton, the most beautiful of dogs, as a central character and plot device, too. I love a good musical, and this hits all those notes (pun very much intended).

However, there are a couple of things in this that keep me from fully enjoying it. As the primary example: I'm not comfortable with the primary villain being simply referred to as "The Homeless Man" & so many jokes being centered on his homelessness; the portrayal of that character (and his minions) very much reinforces all of the negative stereotypes regarding those who are homeless. If it were balanced with a really clear acknowledgement that this is for sure a parody of what people think of the homeless, that would go a long way: as is, there are moments that veer into the realm of being offensive rather than funny for me.

In short, I *want* to love this podcast, but there are moments where the portrayal of certain characters relies on offensive stereotypes in a way that feels problematic. The verdict's out on my end as to whether I'm being too sensitive, since it *is* a comedy that makes fun of stereotypes in a lot of ways, though.

I'm torn between 3 & 4 stars here, so I'm giving 4, since I really do find the musical numbers largely to be incredibly catchy and well-done. I'm really curious what others think of this one!

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