“Jack Packard seems to have little to no talent when it comes to riffing off his co-host. He'll often default to just laughing (mostly at things that aren't jokes) while he collects his thoughts before saying something (if he does at all). More often than not, Jack will try to flounder for something relevant to say, and end up spending a lot of time on something completely different.
He seems to have no regard for the audience, demonstrated in the 'How zero punctuation is made' episode, where he talks about himself and what he uses to make content. Which wasn't the point of the episode. The episode's title perfectly demonstrates what people were there to hear about. In the end, however, we got almost an hour of boring discussion about microphones and very little insight into ZP (the reason anyone was watching at all). This was all down to Jack's incredible knack for steering the conversation away from relevant topics, and onto himself.
Part of being a good host is the ability to step aside from your own ego, and let your co-host talk, if they have something relevant to say. Asking leading questions to direct the topic toward something the audience want to know, for example, is a great way to facilitate as a co-host.
The trouble is; I think Jack lacks any ability to 'read the room'. He is obviously talented, but his talents do not lie in podcasting. I believe, as a third man, on a podcast (a support character if you will) he could fit in nicely, but as it stands, Jack's lack of ability to bounce off his co-host is sucking all the charisma from the show.
It's certainly not the worst thing in the world. But might I suggest that Jack do some improv lessons, or take a hosting training course or something like that. He's a nice a guy and I bare him no ill will, it's just that he's thoroughly ruining what could be a very decent podcast.
As 'slightly something else' takes place over the internet; might I suggest bringing on 'Gabriel Morton' as a co-host, for that podcast. He and Yahtzee had such fantastic chemistry, were extremely funny together, but also had meaningful discussion. I also felt that Gabriel allowed Yahtzee's more vulnerable side to come out, which was often played for laughs.
'Slightly something else' feels like two people who barely know each other being overly polite, and not saying anything too earth-shattering, for fear of offending one another. I think for a discussion-based podcast, with this format, to work, it needs chemistry, familiarity, and the ability to express oneself openly.”Read full review »
John The Paladin via Apple Podcasts ·
Great Britain ·
“I greatly love the conversational approach to these topics vs the cartoon/animated show. Jack is at his best is when he is relaxed and not putting on a persona - which is more a kin to his “previously recorded” days with Rich Evens. Ironically, it’s the opposite for Yahtzee (better when he’s...”Read full review »
RK8287 via Apple Podcasts ·
United States of America ·