An entertainment podcast covering the films of Gene Wilder one minute at a time
ATLANTA – Podcast hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray take comedia deep dives when they launched a new entertainment podcast in early 2018 called, The Wilder Ride. The show uses the movies-by-minutes format, where each episode represents a discussion over just one minute of a movie at a time.
The hosts of The Wilder Ride invite a wide-range of guests to join in their conversation, providing analysis, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, trivia, breakdowns of actors and more. Each episode, though meant to be informative, focuses more on entertaining the listener through banter and side-discussions, rather than academic lecturing. The two have been known to take their guests off-the-rails for some hilarious storytelling, hooking their audience with infectious laughter. Some of their many guests include actors Adam Boyer (The Walking Dead, Ozark, Sully), Beverly D’Angelo (Coal Miner’s Daughter, the Vacation movies, American History X) and Burton Gilliam (Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future III, Evening Shade). Also, Christopher Korman, son of the late Harvey Korman, was part of their second season and Richard Pryor, Jr., son of the late Richard Pryor, is lined up to be in season three.
“I love the energy, wit, and commentary in every episode,” said Jeff Tindall, CEO and President of Agile Innovations and a podcast enthusiast. “If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, this will set the bar high. The Wilder Ride is great for any movie enthusiast.”
For their first season, the duo broke down the Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein. The show began on March 25, 2018, with new episodes dropping every weekday. 107 episodes later, the season wrapped in August of 2018. During that run, they had 25 different guests, each joining for at least five consecutive episodes.
Season two was dedicated to the film, Blazing Saddles. The season started in late February of 2019 and ended in July. With the growing popularity of the podcast, hosts Alan and Walt had to limit most guests to no more than three episodes, allowing for 43 unique guest appearances. Among these guests was Christopher Korman, who spent four episodes discussing the last few minutes his dad appears in the film.
American stand-up comedian, actor, television host (Talking Dead), writer, producer and podcaster, Chris Hardwick, spotlighted The Wilder Ride during one of his corkboard segments. “I heard about this on the ID10T corkboard…my ears perked up when I heard the premise, and I have not been disappointed!” ID10T subscriber, Joe Cole, Jr. said. “My only complaint is I have a lot to binge with this being a daily podcast…I have a long way to go. Thankfully, Alan and Walt, along with their guests, make it easy to listen. I have gained so much knowledge on the movies that meant the world to my dad and me over the years! Cannot recommend this enough! 5 stars! 2 thumbs up!”
Season three was officially announced at the close of season two. The Wilder Ride will take on the first buddy pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in the film Silver Streak for 2020. They expect to have even more unique guests in the third season, including Richard Pryor, Jr., along with nearly 50 others.
The Wilder Ride is available worldwide, with the top five countries being the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Italy. Since its launch, the podcast is approaching 50,000 unique listens/downloads.
During their off-season, the hosts release bonus episodes and additional podcast content. They release most of these episodes through their Patreon page. Patrons to the podcast are rewarded by being given access to those special shows, custom stickers, episode mentions/shout-outs and even a chance to be an invited guest. Thus far they have created Patreon content covering Poltergeist (1982), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Big Lebowski, The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters (1984) and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
To learn more about the podcast, its hosts, guests, where to listen or how to get custom merchandise, visit their website at TheWilderRide.com. They are also active on social media via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and a private Listeners Group on Facebook. All can be found under their name, The Wilder Ride. Media can access The Wilder Ride’s press kit by visiting TheWildeRide.com/press-kit. The press kit can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed online from the link.
About the Wilder Ride – The Wilder Ride is a podcast, celebrating and analyzing the films of Gene Wilder. Hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray do this by looking at only one minute of the movie at a time. They invite a wide range of guests and celebrities to join them each season. The podcast entertains and engages listeners around the world with trivia, fun-facts, conversation and behind-the-scenes stories. Additionally, they release a weekly Flash Briefing through Alexa enabled devices and create unique content for patrons at their Patreon page. The Wilder Ride can be listened to on most popular pod-catchers. The hosts actively engage with listeners on social media through their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Visit their website at TheWilderRide.com.