50 episodes

A conversational podcast about the absurdity of life in the early 21st century and how angry it makes us but, you know, in a fun, jokey fashion.

The Savvy Observer Kate Langsdorf and Andy Langsdorf

    • Comedy
    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

A conversational podcast about the absurdity of life in the early 21st century and how angry it makes us but, you know, in a fun, jokey fashion.

    Two Gentlemen of Patronius

    Two Gentlemen of Patronius

    The Savvy Observer went dark a while back but we're dropping one more short episode to tell anyone who may still have the feed active that we're working on a couple of new projects that we'd love to have you subscribe to:
    The Context - Kate's new podcast about dramaturgy, world-building, and meaning-making. She's already interviewed a burlesque performer and a tiki expert!
    California Accent - We both host this one! We'll talk about the history, landmarks, culture, and quirks that makes California both the butt of many jokes on the East Coast *and* the place everyone of the East Coast wants to move to.
    There's even more on the way! Thank you for listening to The Savvy Observer and we hope you give these new endeavors a listen.

    • 35 min
    Ikea Snow Day

    Ikea Snow Day

    Lordy, lordy, lordy! Look what we've got here!

    After an extended baby-having/raising hiatus, Kate and Andy return to the podcast arena and come to terms with the myriad ways in which the podcasting game has changed in their absence (lookin' at you, "Serial").

    In this episode, we discuss what has happened in the last year & a half and whether peopel will really not buy a couch if the Ikea closes due ot inclement weather.

    • 52 min
    Ring Rust

    Ring Rust

    Back after an extended hiatus, Kate and Andy talk about what's been going on in the world of childbirth education courses (online edition), the truest difference between a hobo and a homeless person, why some people can't help themselves but to correct others on the internet, and the fatal flaws in three recent alcohol commecials, two of which are for honey-flavored whiskeys (one of which is scotch. I know, gross.).

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Hobo Button with Alicia Brooks

    Hobo Button with Alicia Brooks

    The returning Alicia Brooks has a bone to pick with Andrew Johnson, making a case for placing him at the top of the bizzaro Mount Rushmore (I know Mount Rushmore is in landscape layout but the analogy stands.). We also discuss the proper methods for preventing hobo infestations in one's attic and the Washington Post's Senate Madness tournament.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    You Have Died of Dysentery

    You Have Died of Dysentery

    We celebrate St. Paddy's day by learning the true story of corned beef and cabbage, discussing when it became "cool" to be of Irish descent (to the point where one would embrace every little thread of Irishness, no matter how thin) rather than a source of malignment, and prep our very own corned beef and by Andy drinking whiskey.

    We also talk about Kate's anxousness "tell" and give you all the fatus pal updates you could ever want (and then some).

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Choking Hazard Explosion

    Choking Hazard Explosion

    We talk about the great whooping cough epidemic going on in Katie's parent's house, what factors will eventually drive your hosts apart . . . mostly the relative merits of Billy Joel (hint: there are none), and how Kate wore herself out at the Library of Congress and wasn't able to enjoy the reenactment of Mosby's Rangers raid on Fairfax Court House. #sadnerd

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

AgentInAKilt ,

Fan from the Start

I've been listening to the Savvy Observers since before the beginning of time…or at least as far as iTunes is concerned. There are 20-30 lost episodes. Needless to say, I find the podcast very entertaining and look forward to each new episode. Give it a couple listens and you will be hooked. Witty, zany, and good to listen to while enjoying a cocktail. That's why I listen to it on my drive home.

Greenzo Out ,

If listen to just one podcast in the greater D.C. area...

I heartily endorse this event or product.

Riko Kobayashi ,

A Sophisticated Soirée of Savviness

The Savvy Observer is a comedy podcast that seems focused on basic civility. The hosts, Andy and Kate Langsdorf, cover subjects ranging from proper attire to make a good impression, basic etiquette, current events, politics, and theater, just to name a few. While sometimes serious conversations are had they are never overly serious about it and willing to give any topic a good ribbing.

The podcast came out of Andy being encouraged by friends to maintain a witty political blog. With Kate supporting the idea that was indeed how The Savvy Observer began, but as updates slowed to a stop the two thought a podcast might yield better results. While still a bit inconsistent with a release schedule, each episode guarantees a minimum of one laugh even for the humour impaired. Andy however seems to be the bulk of the podcast. In a regular podcast the two hosts seem to be relatively balanced with amount of talking it is just that Andy tends to helm the podcast and guide most of the conversations. However, when a guest is present Andy’s guiding seems to over power the conversation placing the guest in Kate’s normal position and she seems to talk less than normal.

Segment wise this is a completely free flowing podcast. There is no set content to expect. The only guarantee is that their will be a break and they will call it a new segment. This is more of a transition to a completely new topic most of the time. Other times the same subject is covered or a slightly different part of it. This does not make it any less interesting just not how I would define a segment in a podcast.

Sound quality wise there are apparently some dark episodes where their old microphone died and they used in the computer’s built-in mic. In all honesty, these episodes don’t sound that bad and for some might not be noticeable at all. The only thing I really could notice was that they described their seating arrangement as being uncomfortable at this time which might explain why on average these episodes are shorter.

In the end this is an excellent podcast. The humour is well balanced with insight to the topics. Just take my word and go download some recent episodes right now.

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