Los Feliz: The Podcast Celebrates Local Quirks and Minutiae
LOS FELIZ—On these residential streets, size apparently matters. Morgan Murphy and Robin Shorr, hosts of the brand-new Los Feliz: The Podcast, are comparing home entertainment centers.
“Morgan’s T.V. is the size of a football field,” Shorr says.
Shorr, it seems, has a laughably small set.
“It’s not the Katy Perry of T.V.s,” Shorr confesses.
Katy Perry, as in, the neighborhood’s soon-to-be most famous rookie resident, if really, really protracted legal hearings ultimately turn out in the super-star singer’s favor.
Riffing off a recent Los Feliz Ledger article about Perry purchasing what’s known as the Waverly Drive Convent, Murphy and Shorr suggest all the nearby places Perry should visit: Fancy Nails, Say Cheese and Echo Park’s Blue Collar Working Dog for her pooch.
“Do you think she will want to hang out with us?” Shorr asks.
“Not. At. All!” Murphy responds.
Welcome to Los Feliz Podcast, hosted by local gal-pals and sitcom writers Murphy (2 Broke Girls) and Shorr (The Carmichael Show), with fresh episodes posted Wednesdays on Feral Audio (feralaudio.com).
Bookended by a folksy theme song written and performed by Los Feliz-based musician Aimee Mann, Los Feliz Podcast wallows in community minutiae.
The two self-deprecating, self-proclaimed “non-Jewish-looking Jews,” who host the show, crack each other up. They tease their producer Michael Jonathan Smith, also a local, while Murphy and Shorr’s respective mutts, Jack and Sadie, bark in the background at random moments during the podcast at their “recording studio”—one of their area homes.
They have also started recording on location, such as a mid-June visit to the Gelson’s market wine bar on Hyperion.
Woodland Hills-native Shorr, a Los Feliz resident since 2005, and Studio City-raised Murphy, who arrived locally in 2015, also discuss being Los Feliz single female homeowners and all the things, places and people they know of their neighborhood.
Like most podcasts, guest stars drop by, such as Jonathan Ames, creator of HBO’s Bored to Death. But the recent Los Feliz resident doesn’t plug his latest project—he discusses taking jiu jitsu classes at Zenki Dojo on Hillhurst.
“It’s all stuff we see and hear about [locally] all the time. But this is the place to sit and talk about it,” Shorr said in an interview.
Murphy briefly dated Marc Maron, a comedy-centric podcast trailblazer whose aural show landed him a sitcom on Independent Film Channel which ran for four seasons until last summer.
Whereas Maron’s podcast may plug his guests’ projects, the talent on Murphy and Shorr’s podcast are simply Los Felizians.
For instance, the podcast recently featured Bill Petty, a grip living on Rodney Drive and Baller Hardware owner Craig Cowie.
Interviewing Cowie about his fourth-generation shop, listeners learn the true pronunciation of “Baller”—pronounced not like “ball” but instead like the beginning of “allergy.”
“It used to be a lumberyard,” Cowie says as podcast hosts gush about the cornerstone Hyperion Avenue business’s ample staff, handmade soap and battery disposal.
Morgan had long been interested in starting her own podcast to showcase her comedic skills. However, she knew early on that it was not going to just be about her.
“I thought about it for a long time. What’s something that I could talk about, conceivably, for hours? I knew I wanted to do a local podcast about the neighborhood, I knew I didn’t want to do it by myself,” Murphy said. “Cut to: I meet Robin and we started talking about the neighborhood in the way that I imagined this podcast being and I thought, oh my God, I think I found the person I need to do the podcast with.”
Both Morgan and Shorr had been fan of other podcasts. However, they sought to do something different.
“We wanted our format to be organic and kinda unique—just like the town we live in,” Shorr said.
During a recent episode the hosts compare notes on local pizzerias.
“It doesn’t mean we’re exclusive to Tomato Pie, we do see other pizza places. I’m a Cruzer’s girl,” says Morgan, giving their gluten-free and vegan BBQ chicken pie big props.
When Shorr touts Panty Raid—which recently closed in Los Feliz—Murphy chimes in, “We’re Hillhurst gals!”
They also nitpick Los Feliz’s foibles.
“A lot of writers here,” Morgan says.
“Too many run ins,” Shorr says, in reference to the small town-like tendency to run into people you know in Los Feliz. “I love a run-in but there’s certain people…” she says with a pregnant pause.
Casual vulgarities abound and no topics are verboten as Murphy and Shorr bask in their podcast’s loose, unpretentious vibe.
“What I wanted to do is not something where I had to be pressured to do comedy and write jokes. What I love is it’s just us being us,” Murphy said in an interview.
Ultimately, Shorr and Murphy want to give back to their beloved so-called “nabe.”
“People help each other. It’s kind of small town-ish,” Shorr says on the second installment.
“You know what I think the theme of this episode is?” Murphy asks, rhetorically. “Sharing.”