Fans of comedian Dan Cummins’ podcast “Timesuck will get the chance to be part of the action when the Gonzaga University grad from Riggins, Idaho, records an episode live at the Spokane Comedy Club on Sunday.
Each episode of “Timesuck,” billed as a historical podcast for the curious, or, as per the podcast’s Instagram page, “riveting knowledge irreverently explained,” focuses on a single, listener-suggested topic.
Since launching the podcast in 2016, Cummins has covered subjects like the Dyatlov Pass Incident, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King Jr., Marilyn Monroe, the Nigerian email scam, Corey Haim, and Tupac and Biggie.
The episode he records in Spokane will focus on the Green River Killer.
“I promise I’ll make it funny,” Cummins said in a Facebook video promoting the show.
And there will be beer, too – Timesuck IPA, brewed in Spokane by Young Buck Brewing, will be on tap for the live show, Cummins said in an email this week.
Even before creating “Timesuck,” Cummins was known for mixing silly and more serious, real life issues in his standup routines.
“Early on, I picked more obscure things, because I wanted to talk about things no one else was talking about,” he told the Spokesman-Review in 2013. “Whereas now I want to talk about things I care about regardless of who else is talking about them, and just know that my take will be unique.”
“Timesuck” has become so popular that Cummins has built a proper studio in a space along Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, where he now lives, in which to record, produce and promote the show.
The “Timesuck” world has also grown to include an eclectic range of merchandise, from the standard T-shirts, hats and mugs to the unusual, like “Timesuck” air fresheners emblazoned with Cummins’ face, so listeners can “sniff the suck,” and the adult bedtime story Cummins’ wrote called “Daddy Bear: Three Rabbits Meet the Real World.”
Cummins is no stranger to recording in Spokane; he filmed his first Comedy Central special, “Crazy with a Capital F,” at the Bing Crosby Theater in 2009.
He released his latest album, “Maybe I’m the Problem,” in January. It’s currently sitting atop the iTunes comedy albums chart.