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About Muckey Landing – a Sort of a Podcast

Muckey Landing is a scripted comedy podcast about the fictional town of Muckey Landing, population 76 and a half, an odd little backwater in a lower, slower corner of the tiny state of Delaware. “If it’s Tuesday, try Harmon’s bologna special.” Since its debut in mid-March, Muckey Landing has been downloaded over 1,300 times by listeners in 33 states and 13 foreign countries.


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April 27, 2020: Podcasting Delaware’s Funny Side: Senior Trio Parodies Lower, Slower Life in Comedy Podcast Muckey Landing

DOVER, DE – Muckey Landing, population seventy-six and a half, is a rural Delaware backwater located somewhere south of Milford and a little to the right of the Mason-Dixon line. You won’t find it on a map, though. That’s because it’s the fictional backdrop to Muckey Landing, a scripted comedy podcast created, written and directed by Chris Polo of Dover, Delaware that is making its way up the podcasting charts.

Polo spent several years writing song parodies for a popular summer fundraiser called Delaware Unleashed at Dover’s Kent County Theatre Guild, which her husband Mike Polo and his best friend Bruce Leister emceed. After eight seasons, it was time to move on. “I always had it in the back of my mind that maybe one day I’d write a musical. Then I started listening to podcasts and realized there were a lot of comic possibilities there. Podcasters tend to be millennials and Gen-Xers, and all of us are eligible for AARP, so we’re not exactly typical. But podcasting is actually a terrific medium for older actors, since you read from a script and don’t have to memorize lines. And Mike and Bruce are comedy gold any time they’re together, whether onstage or off, so I knew I had to write something specifically for them.”

After three years of writing, the result was the podcast Muckey Landing. Mike Polo plays professional curmudgeon Virgil Slatter, proprietor of the Muckey Landing Market, Diner and Hardware Emporium, while Leister voices his best friend and business partner, the undeniably dimwitted Harmon Truesdale. Local musician Jim Rezac joined the team early on as music director and wrote and recorded the show’s theme song. After casting local actors ranging in age from twenty-something to over eighty to play other characters, the first two thirty-minute episodes were recorded and uploaded in March; the team was ready to record six more scripts when Delaware’s COVID-19 quarantine began. Chris Polo has been writing short filler episodes featuring just her husband and Leister to keep the podcast alive, which paid off as new listeners find them during the pandemic. The team will return to recording full-length episodes when it’s safe to do so.

The emphasis in Muckey Landing is definitely on comedy, with both local flavor and a few well-seasoned expletives. Virgil and Harmon commiserate over the town’s frequent chicken stampedes and foul odor emergency warnings, reminisce over school days at George Thorogood Elementary and Valeri Bertinelli Middle School, and make poor business deals with the Yoders, a pair of taciturn Amish farmers who grow pot instead of tobacco because “there’s more money in it,” and with Harmon’s archrival Dickie Butz, whom everyone else agrees is the nicest guy in town. They also deal with Harmon’s unfortunate propensity to blow up, burn down or otherwise destroy everything he touches, largely through no fault of his own. And through it all, Harmon wonders why he can never get a second date, and Virgil marvels that he ever gets a first one. Muckey Landing is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and other podcast download sites.

About Us

Muckey Landing is a scripted comedy podcast about the fictional town of Muckey Landing, population 76 and a half, an odd little backwater in a lower, slower corner of the tiny state of Delaware. “If it’s Tuesday, try Harmon’s bologna special.” Since its debut in mid-March, Muckey Landing has been downloaded over 1,300 times by listeners in 33 states and 13 foreign countries. The language is “salty,” i.e., not suitable for children.

Even More About Us

For Chris's first-person take on how Muckey Landing came to be, visit the Our Story page on this site. Forewarned is forarmed: it's lengthy because she just doesn't know when to shut up.

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