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P.E.I.'s Justin Shaw and Benton Hartley hosting Half A Star Podcast

Justin Shaw, right, and Benton Hartley are the hosts of Half A Star Podcast, which is available as of May 1.
Justin Shaw, right, and Benton Hartley are the hosts of Half A Star Podcast, which is available as of May 1. - Contributed

Necessity is the mother of intervention, and Islanders Justin Shaw and Benton Hartley weren’t going to take this global pandemic sitting down. 

So, they decided to sit down and made a podcast. 

Coming to airwaves May 1, Half A Star Podcast features the two hosts exploring the great stories that come from bad ideas. Whether they're interviewing guests about their own ill-advised actions, reviewing movies they've never seen or combing through the bowels of Wikipedia, these two best friends reveal that bad ideas make great stories 

The first guest on Half A Star is Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Charlottetown Festival. 

Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Charlottetown Festival, will be a guest on Half A Star on May 1. - SaltWire File Photo
Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Charlottetown Festival, will be a guest on Half A Star on May 1. - SaltWire File Photo

“We wanted to create something fun that audiences could enjoy,” says Shaw. 

“So far, my favourite part of the experience is listening to the strange stories our guests are willing to share. I don’t know if the world needs more podcasts, but I do think these stories provide some much-needed levity during these trying times.” 

Shaw and Hartley have been friends for over a decade and have worked together on numerous projects, including Popalopalots Live Improv Comedy, aBigWHAT Sketch Comedy and even Shakespeare in the Park. This endeavour marks their first foray into the world of podcast-building.

"We're both pretty dedicated consumers of media," says Hartley.

"So, after we exhausted ourselves talking about our favourite movies, TV shows, music and video games for the millionth time, we figured we might as well contribute something to the landscape that wasn't live. We wanted something that would last longer than the other things we'd done. Recording allows us to do that." 


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