43 episodes

The podcast that takes karaoke exactly as seriously as it should be taken.

Every episode, hosts Adam Wainwright and Ed Cunard discuss an aspect of karaoke or music and play a short round of trivia on that topic, where one of them challenges the other with five questions related to the topic, along with an Impossible Bonus question.

Then, they're joined by someone (karaoke hosts and singers, musicians, actors, comedians, authors) with a connection to that topic—and feature that guest singing karaoke when possible.

The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly‪)‬ The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

The podcast that takes karaoke exactly as seriously as it should be taken.

Every episode, hosts Adam Wainwright and Ed Cunard discuss an aspect of karaoke or music and play a short round of trivia on that topic, where one of them challenges the other with five questions related to the topic, along with an Impossible Bonus question.

Then, they're joined by someone (karaoke hosts and singers, musicians, actors, comedians, authors) with a connection to that topic—and feature that guest singing karaoke when possible.

    Like Ursula for Good: Vocal Health and Karaoke Singing Tips with Vocal Coach Katherine Werbiansky from Voice Revolution

    Like Ursula for Good: Vocal Health and Karaoke Singing Tips with Vocal Coach Katherine Werbiansky from Voice Revolution

    Today, the show might as well be called “The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Slightly Better Than Before),” which is far less catchy, but it captures the theme: it’s all about taking care of your vocal instrument and sounding better at karaoke. Adam and Ed did their research, as they aren’t vocal care professionals, and they share what you should and shouldn’t do if you want to make sure your pipes stay as golden as they can through your karaoke shenanigan sing-a-longs.

    They didn’t want to do you a disservice, though, so they brought in an actual expert: Katherine Werbiansky from Voice Revolution–as she helps people find and take back their voices, she’s the self-described “Ursula for Good” in this episode, and talks not just about taking care of your vocal health, but your emotional health as well, and why she loves finding out about what a place is like by the song choices in their local karaoke spots.

    As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. And our brand-new Patreon also has things! www.patreon.com/sungpoorly 

    Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.

    Katherine is a Chicago based singer and voice coach. She teaches singing, songwriting, and gender-affirming speech. She has training as a vocal pedagogue, Internal Family Systems coaching, and Somatic nervous system regulation. Her style of coaching has been described as " if Jack Black, a music therapist, and a queer witch had a baby". She is a self-described "musical Spiritual hype human". Her absolute passion in life is helping folks liberate their voices and life stories through singing and songwriting. Find more at Voice Revolution or on Instagram.

    • 58 min
    We Have a Karaoke Podcast: Karaoke Personas and Branding with Vinnie Potestivo from "I Have a Podcast"

    We Have a Karaoke Podcast: Karaoke Personas and Branding with Vinnie Potestivo from "I Have a Podcast"

    In their 1978 song “Who Are You,” The Who asked “who are you? Who, who, who, who,” and in this episode, Adam and Ed ask the same question: who are you… at karaoke? Are you the same person on and off stage? Do you change who you are for different venues, different crowds? The trivia focuses on the same, sort of: artists who have crafted and released music under other personas (the trivia intro songs just keep getting worse and worse). It’s all about personal brands and identity in this hour or so.

    Why the focus on making your mark as a brand or a talent, you ask? Today, the guys talk to Vinnie Potestivo, a man who credits the success in his career as a casting director and brand developer to karaoke–MTV’s “Say What Karaoke,” in particular, which kicked off his incredible journey. He shares his experiences there, as well as some great behind-the-scenes karaoke stories from that show and others.

    As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. And our brand-new Patreon also has things! www.patreon.com/sungpoorly 

    Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.

    Vinnie Potestivo is an industry-leading media and talent innovator who is widely known for his inclusive and impactful approach to brand building and personal brand development. With over 25 years of experience, he and his teams have become well-trusted connectors who sell, develop, produce, launch, distribute, and amplify some of the most talked-about original series & talent brands in modern pop culture.

    Personal brands Vinnie has helped elevate through the use of original content include Mandy Moore, Ashton Kutc/her, Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Tyrese Gibson, Lauren Conrad, Diane von Furstenberg, Rob Lowe, Danielle Fishel, Peter Thomas Roth, Kelly Osbourne, Kristin Cavallari, Nasir “Nas” Jones, Molly Sims, Vanessa Lachey, Susie Castillo, Damien Fahey, Quddus, Suchin Pak, Gideon Yago, Will.i.am, Ebro, DJ Clue, LaLa Anthony, Hilary Duff, and Leah McSweeney among others.

    Corporate brands VPE: Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment, Inc. (vpetalent.com) has worked closely with include Macy’s, Samsung, Nikon, MLB, Peter Thomas Roth, June Jacobs Spa, Naturally Serious Skin, Kiehl’s, Hope Fragrances, Ciroc, Dow, Lady Foot Locker, AARP, Prudential & Allstate.

    I Have A Podcast with Vinnie Potestivo, a collection of conversations with celebrities and creatives who aim to inspire us in our everyday lives, can be found on Apple Podcasts and anywhere else you listen to yours. IHAP’s companion video series I Have A Podcast on Television can be seen Thursdays on DirectTV, Distro TV, and Channel 285 on STIRR via bspoketv. For more information on viewing times, current episodes, and guest recommendations please visit ihaveapodcast.com.

    Vinnie can be seen on linkedin.com/in/vinniepotestivo where he shares business and brand strategies for people looking to inspire and impact with media. You can also find him at instagram.com/vinniepotestivo where he over-shares photos of his two mini-schnauzers @BeauWellington and @DudleyGreenfield.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Kind of Creative, But Mainly Just a Mess: Answering the question "is karaoke punk?" with Johnny Marriott of Pet Needs

    Kind of Creative, But Mainly Just a Mess: Answering the question "is karaoke punk?" with Johnny Marriott of Pet Needs

    While their tastes in punk rock are a little different, punk is a genre that Adam and Ed both adore. This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) tackles a weighty question: is karaoke, in a way, kind of punk? The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on punk music, as does Adam and Ed’s conversation on that heady question, as well as their favorite punk songs to do at karaoke, and suggestions for those who want to bring that punk rock energy to their own karaoke performances.

    Why this genre-heavy topic? Well, during Frank Turner’s tour this summer, Ed got introduced to the music of Pet Needs, one of the tour’s opening acts, and instantly became a fan of the band’s pulse-pounding performance style and witty lyrics. He got to talking with Johnny Marriott, lead singer and musician from the band, and it turns out he has a lot of karaoke experience, ranging from doing it at home with family to wild stag parties and questing for extra drink tokens. They talk about the similarities of punk ideology and karaoke, his new album, Primetime Entertainment, and the fascination with America’s yellow school buses.

    Do Adam and Ed sometimes just use the show for a chance to talk to musicians whose work they like? Yes, but only if they’ve got some love of and appreciation for karaoke.

    As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. And our brand-new Patreon also has things! www.patreon.com/sungpoorly 

    Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for I’m a Sophisticate and So Can You.

    Formed by brothers George and Johnny Marriott, PET NEEDS are a punk-fuelled melodic rock four-piece from Colchester, UK. Their debut album ‘Fractured Party Music’ out now on Xtra Mile Recordings was produced by Tom Donovan and mixed and mastered by friend and fan Frank Turner. Their next album, “Primetime Entertainment,” releases 9 September 2022, and can be pre-ordered or purchased at this link. Web site: Pet Needs | The Official Website (petneedsband.com)  • Instagram: @wearepetneeds • Facebook: wearepetneeds  •  Twitter: @wearepetneeds

    • 58 min
    That Struts and Frets Their Hour Upon the Stage: Live Band Karaoke with Tom Medvitz of Lead Singer Wanted

    That Struts and Frets Their Hour Upon the Stage: Live Band Karaoke with Tom Medvitz of Lead Singer Wanted

    Listen. There’s really nothing Adam and Ed love more than karaoke–that should be obvious nearly two years into this podcast. But as much as they love regular karaoke, they recognize that there’s something special about one of the varieties of it–that’s live band karaoke, the closest they’ll ever feel to being rockstars. And they want you to be rockstars, too, which is why they talk about some of the bands and places around the country you can hit to get that rock star experience: Punk Rock Karaoke in CA (and the high seas!); Rising Star in Orlando, FL; Karaoke from Hell in Portland, Oregon; Live Band Karaoke (that’s the name of the band) in Chicago, IL; and Casual Encounters in Los Angeles, CA.

    Check out that proper semicolon use.

    One of the ways the fellas celebrated Adam’s bachelor party was by attending a gig done by Pittsburgh’s premiere live band karaoke acts, Lead Singer Wanted, which prompted the whole idea for this episode. They talk to Tom Medvitz, founder and guitarist for the band, on what the differences are between hosting a regular karaoke gig and doing a live band karaoke gig, the way that song lists are decided, and what the karaoke scenes in Portland, OR and Pittsburgh, PA are like.

    As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store.

    Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for Good People, Cool Things

    Tom Medvitz is the guitar player (and software developer) for the Pittsburgh-based live karaoke band Lead Singer Wanted. They play shows about once per month and always have a blast getting their crowd on stage to experience Rock Stardom! Web site: https://leadsingerwanted.com • Facebook Page: Lead Singer Wanted • Instagram: @leadsingerwanted

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Games Karaoke People Play: Adding Fun to Karaoke, Work, and Life with Mike Montague

    The Games Karaoke People Play: Adding Fun to Karaoke, Work, and Life with Mike Montague

    If there’s one thing folks lose over time–even in a pursuit as wild and zany as karaoke–it’s the fun, the joie de vivre that makes everything that much better. While Adam and Ed have always tried to carpe de karaoke and make nights more fun, adding some structure and formats to that has really amped up their karaoke nights just the way that the Karaoke Trivia Bullpen has amped up this podcast. They cover everything from the low tech pulling-songs-out-of-hats, to more app-based things, to games like Kulture Karaoke that you can purchase at Target if you’re big into ‘90s R&B and hip hop.

    Why all this talk of games? Glad you asked! The fellas bring on an expert on play in this episode–Mike Montague, the mind behind the “Playful Humans” podcast, who has hosted karaoke and game shows, provided opening act support for acts as varied as Frankie Valli and Billy Idol, and whose mission is to make people’s work and play time more fun and engaging.

    As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store.

    Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for Good People, Cool Things

    Mike Montague is a game show host, public speaker, podcaster, and writer at Playful Humans. He has been a radio DJ, karaoke host, MC, and DJ for live events including opening for Billy Idol, Frankie Valli, and MC-ed at Toby Keith's Bar & Grill. He has done over 2,000 karaoke shows and hosted Harrah's Lucky Break karaoke contest on TV! Find more info at https://playfulhumans.com. E-mail: michaeldavidmontague@gmail.com. Twitter • LinkedIn • Facebook • YouTube

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Karaoke Singers: The Villains of Karaoke with Tiana Hennings (Next Door Villain)

    Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Karaoke Singers: The Villains of Karaoke with Tiana Hennings (Next Door Villain)

    It’s not all sunshine and rainbows at “The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)” this episode, just like it isn’t all raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens at your average karaoke night. No, sometimes villainy creeps in, and puts a slight stain on an otherwise awesome night of songs and drinks and friends and strangers. Adam and Ed dive into the villains of a karaoke night: the mic droppers, the stage hoppers, the fake-namers, the line hoppers, the sneaky drinkies, and the showstoppers. Who are they, you ask? The names are pretty explanatory but listen to find out the full details!

    After talking about the villains of karaoke, Adam and Ed talk to someone who knows a bit about villainy–Tiana Hennings of the “Next Door Villain” podcast. She has her own karaoke villain up her sleeve, but also some great stories about singing karaoke in China while studying abroad, what karaoke is like for the more casual karaoke fan, and how it’s a great way to get out into a new place you’re living and meet people.

    As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store.

    Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for Good People, Cool Things

    Tiana Hennings is one of the hosts of Next Door Villain. When she's not rehabilitating the images of pop culture villains on her podcast with empathy, she enjoys global learning and hanging out with her cat, Gary. You can find her on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram. Or, heck, the whole LinkTree.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

MissBeca ,

Genuinely delightful

I look forward to every new episode. It makes me smile and laugh AND I learn things. What more could you want?

ETART Podcast ,

Very fun!

Exciting and encouraging, this karaoke themed show is the type of entertainment I didn’t even know I was looking for. Really enjoy the host’s chemistry and passion for the subject. They’ve got me trying to find a karaoke night near me asap!

Cameron N Harrison ,

The karaoke podcast I didn’t know I needed!

I didn’t think you could base a whole podcast around karaoke, but this one changed my mind! Great production, wonderful chemistry between the hosts, and interesting guests support a lively discussion that starts with karaoke but extends out to music and life in general. Not to be missed!

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