@gvalo: That's the original intro music back from 2008, still the best iteration of that song.
I think Vinny tries to put on a show, which is appreciated. Whether it's the Bombcast or the Quicklooks, he's trying to entertain the audience where some of the other people are just talking and don't care if they're being boring. (Or don't even realize they're being boring.)
I'd say it's probably because Vinny is the guy who exports the final product, so he always has "this is content" in mind.
That really hits it on the head. When Jeff hosts, it feels like a bunch of guys sitting around talking, and there just happen to be some mics left on recording whatever happens. With Vinny it feels a lot more like an organized show. He lets them go off the rails a bit (Drew got to talk about dousing clams with everclear, after all), but ropes them back in. I like the structure he gave, that it feels like just isn't Jeff's style.
I think Vinny excelled as a host because it actually felt like he put more effort into it; given his background in editing, it only makes sense that's he more suited to at the very least piecing it all together. With Jeff as host, the bombcast began to feel even more slapdash than it usually did; there wasn't even a news segment theme or anything like that.
Vinny is of course just such an infectious sort of individual that's easy to like, so him as host and his particular brand of character and personality fits perfectly I think. There's always the possibility that having Vinny as host is made to be special, in-part, specifically because of how rare it is, but I remember thinking similarly to them getting Drew a lot more directly involved in video features and bombcasts, and if anything Drew has only proven to be even more interesting thanks to the increased exposure. I'd like to think with Vinny as host things would be a lot more... unpredictable, and there's an excitement to that.
I loved the added elements we don't usually see. The background music was making me laugh so hard. Also, holy cow, Alexis should be on the podcast more! He was excellent.
But yeah, you can really see Vinny's video production skills carry over to the podcast in regards to audio production.
My favorite podcast ever was Talkradar. It had amazing use of background music as well.
@Vinny - if you can hear my voice across time and space, keep it up. As I understand it, it's a fuckload of extra work, but you solely exist to please the GB community, right?
The only reason I can see for Vinny not to host every week is that he's got so much on his plate as it is being video producer. The only people he has to back him up on that are Drew, who is spending more time in front of the camera and on the podcast now (which I love), and Ian, who is clearly still trying to get the hang of things.
He was a fantastic host on the Hotspot for half a year back before GB started. I always wondered why Ryan was doing it instead of him. Maybe now they'll start doing contests again?
Well Ryan was here first and was a natural when it came to hosting.
I was honestly disappointed that Vinny didn't take over regular hosting duties. He's simply so much more sociable and lighthearted, whereas Jeff is at his best when he's not pretending to be either sociable or lighthearted. Vinny also seems to enjoy a good conversation the way Ryan did, whereas Jeff is almost always focused on making a point or asserting an (often strong) opinion.
Jeff is so much more focused on "getting on with it" it seems, not focusing on the discussion but instead moving from point to point.
So what did you do this weekend, what did you play, news and emails. Vinny used the same formula but with Jeff its so much more stale.
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Vinny came in, killed it, and dropped the mic. Now Jeff, the Old Bombardier on the block, sweat beading on his forehead and seeping through the static polyester of his red Adidas tracksuit, has to kneel down in front of a stunned crowd, pick up that spit-drenched mic, and rap like he's never rapped before. Will the old MC regain his crown? Or has V-Bomb taken the hood by storm?
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Vinny is a great fucking everything. It's hard for me to think of a guy that is so charismatic and technically skilled as him. Ryan had charisma and tightness, of the cuff appeal and was great, but Vinny is not just a jack of all trades, he is a master of at least most of them.
Shit, did that sound wrong? That was in no way meant to detract from Ryan's legacy, though. God, that still fucking bums me out. You know what I miss the most. Viney/Ryan repartee.
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like having this discussion on the GB forums is like discussing with your spouse which of your kids is your favorite while they're in the room.
Mostly I just want to see what a podcast would be like if Brad hosted. Has that ever happened?
Several people have pointed out that Jeff is more alive when he can riff. When he's not worried about steering he effing hilarious!! Vinny is more natural as host.
Also, Alexis is awesome and should be on more often. I wonder if a rotating 5th seat would be good?