Hobba & Hing’s Simply The Jest segment on triple j turned into podcast
A weekly radio segment on triple j’s Drive show will now be a standalone “chaotic, enthusiastic and hilarious storytelling podcast”, the ABC has announced.
‘Simply The Jest’ has, until now, been a weekly segment on Hobba & Hing which showcases listeners’ unbelievable stories.
The podcast, and segment, is hosted by Lewis Hobba and Michael Hing, as well as best-friend-of-the-show, Weekend Arvos presenter, Jess Perkins.
Thus far, the segment has already covered an Aussie backpacker who ran away from a bus exploded by Mexican cartels, a young sailor who died mid competition, was revived, then came third, and a woman who used to swim in George Harrison’s pool as a child.
The radio network said it was after stories which lead to the collective dropping of jaws.
Hobba said he guarantees listeners will say “No fucking way”, at least once per episode.
Hing, meanwhile, noted the pros and cons of podcasting.
“From what I understand, podcasting has a smaller audience than radio, is largely unpaid and the only benefit is my parents won’t be able to find it,” he said.
Perkins, the namesake of the segment, added: “Simply The Jest is the highlight of my week, so it’s really exciting that we get to relive some of the wild stories we’ve heard. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry and we’ll dry retch a little bit.”
The podcast has already put out some highlights episodes, which are available here.