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My Favorite Murder (also Oct. 21)

  • Orpheum 216 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

It's been a year and a half since Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark launched their wildly successful true-crime podcast My Favorite Murder on the Feral Audio network. As I type this, it sits at number 22 on the list of overall top podcasts in Apple Podcasts and at number 4 in the comedy category. That puts Kilgariff and Hardstark in the realm of newly minted podcast royalty able to offer up $150 VIP meet-and-greet ticket prices for a show that will eventually end up online for free. Each episode finds the hosts zeroing in on a single murder, sometimes a well-known one and sometimes a more obscure one, laying out the reasonably well-researched details in between musings about this and that along the way. Kilgariff (who you may recognize from Mr. Show) and Hardstark have an incredible chemistry on the podcast, and their folksy approach manages to make the oftentimes gruesome tidbits come off as effervescently palatable. Having already touched on Kenosha's notorious Slender Man stabbing on a previous mini-sode, there's no telling what south-central Wisconsin slayer they might tackle from the Orpheum stage. Dahmer? Gein? Updating their early coverage of the Dassey boys? My money's on the still-unsolved "Mad City Murders" that went down from 1968 to 1982... but you never know. —Chris Lay

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