Gather Around Me
Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith help you make sense of the world.

Hi there, gentle listeners! It's a daily Gather Around Me newspod from Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith. We are your one-stop-shop for what's what and what is not.

News items discussed:

  • The end of April.
  • Tony Abbott's PPL backdown.
  • Black ops shenanigans at ICAC.
  • The launch of digital radio station DoubleJ.
  • The Star Wars cast announcement.
  • Screaming Jets/Angels bickering.

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Direct download: gatheraroundme182.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

Hi there! It's a special NewsCast #1 from Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith.


  • There are lots of drugs!
  • ICAC is still going and people are still dumb at it!
  • Star Wars?
Direct download: gatheraroundme181.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Welcome to Episode 180 in a series of 1000 podchats, gentle listeners! Gather Around Me is about to trial a daily format (?!) so this is the last long one for a little while? We talk about all sorts of things including ICAC, the debt tax and guardie selfies.

Direct download: gatheraroundme180.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:27am EDT

Hi there, genteel listeners! Welcome to Episode 179 in a series of 1000 podchats with your friends Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith plus special guest international man of mystery Wil Anderson?

Wil drops by his hotel room to discuss things like "who are you?" and "how did you get a key?" and also a bit of Joel Monaghan chat plus, you know, the ins and outs of comedy.


You might be interested to know that you can Subscribe on iTunes. (maybe leave a sneaky rating or review too?)

Direct download: gatheraroundme179.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22am EDT

Hi there! Welcome to Episode 178 in a series of 1000 podchats from Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith! It's another MICFcast! Ben was performing in Set List (@setlistshow) after we recorded this, so we thought we'd get him up to fighting fitness by taking topics to discuss from the Twitterati. Those topics were:

  • Cloning, Jack Kirby, Autobiographical Novels - @jstktn3
  • Snakes: what are they?  - @violetotter
  • The role of segmentation in our understanding of history - @LeahJaclyn
  • Birds - @RumpusAndBumpus
  • Dysania, Tardigrades and Teddy Bears - @MWhalan
  • 2nd airport in a world running out of fuel oil - @Filter_Select
  • Is it a giant poodle? - @MsCPeterperson
  • Vagina paprika fajita two-seater completer margarita - @regravity
  • Growing dinosaurs in pot plants - @meganmaurice
  • Pastry racists - @ElycePhillips
  • Julie Bishop's prayer group - @Filter_Select
  • Cheese problems - @ElycePhillips
  • Cicero - @stephendevice
  • Haughty marine life - @elycephillips
  • #tunnelpicket - @Filter_Select
  • An ode to sweatpants, socialist dog show - @ElycePhillips
  • Baking - @willthestudent
  • Guys who leave comments on porno videos - @CHOY_FACTS
  • Unemployed scientists - @JackLScanlan
  • Are ghosts affected by gravity? - @umlolidunno
  • Should being filmed by GoogleGlass be opt-in? - @umlolidunno
  • Chocolate coated potato chips - @becpobjie
  • reality shows for pets - @MWhalan
  • Ventriloquism: is it really that good? - @phantomdiorama
  • Personal pronouns - @samquigley
  • Bananas, transcribers of libel, how I met my mother, Isle of Bute- @JoeyBearC
  • Is it too late for topics? - @davebottles

Enjoy! Also, would it kill you to subscribe on iTunes and/or leave us an iTunes review? WOULD IT KILL YOU? If you are in a Saw-esque house of horrors in which it will kill you, please don't leave an iTunes review, we are coming to rescue you, okay.

Direct download: gatheraroundme178.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Hi there, gentle listeners! We're back with another special MICF-cast! This time our special guest is the lovely Lisa-Skye! (@thelisaskye)

Check out her show, Lisa-Skye's Lovely Tea Party at Tuxedo Cat!!

Direct download: gatheraroundme177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:54am EDT

Hi guys. Is the Peter & The Wolf pun in the title of this ep too niche? Answers on a postcard to Phillip Adams please.

It's Episode 176 in a series of ONE THOUSAND podchats with your friends Ben Pobjie & Cam Smith.

In this very special Comedy Festival edicione, they are joined by half of one of their favourite podcasts, Peter Taggart from Bring A Plate.

Together they convene in a KFC (it was raining) to discuss:

  • What sort of restaurant has A Current Affair playing so noisily?
  • Frank Walker's run-ins with Joh Bjelke-Petersen
  • Lara Bingle (we are very current)
  • The amazing lighting effects in Ben's show
  • And much more

Subscribe on iTunes! Leave an iTunes rating! And listen to Bring A Plate!

Direct download: gatheraroundme176.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

Hi there, gentle listeners! Welcome to Episode 175 in a series of 1000 podchats with your friends Ben Pobjie & Cam Smith.

In this ep we are back at Melbourne Town Hall where we received many a quizzical look as well as attempted podcast disruption from real-life Juggalos!

But no posse of clowns, no matter how insane, could stop us from discussing:

  • How is the Festival going?
  • Arthur Sinodinos
  • House Of Babysitters Clubs
  • The Sisters Of Fate
  • and much more.

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Direct download: gatheraroundme175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:19am EDT

Hey there, gentle listeners! Coming to you from outside the Melbourne Town Hall, it's ya buds Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith with an OB at the MICF.

Topics discussed:

Fucken, I don't know, heaps of shit. Drug dealers, comedian's friends, glory holes, the N word, various people walking past including the following comedians: Asher Trevlean, Rhys Nicholson, Adam Rozenbachs, Evan Desmarais, and Cam Knight. It's like a regular What The Flip up in this!

Just have a sneaky listen, yeah! Sub on iTunes.

Direct download: gatheraroundme174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am EDT