Comedy Podcasts: your suggestions please

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It seems like there's been an explosion in great comedy podcasts(on iTunes or elsewhere) in the last year. Which ones are worth listening to?

My faves so far:

-Nerdist (Chris Hardwick interviews comedians and nerd icons)

-Comedy Death Ray (Scott Aukerman's convos and improv stuff with comedians)

-Doug Loves Movies (Doug Benson's tuesday night game show)

-SklarBro Country (which is better than I expected) (the Sklar Brothers endlessly riff, only with sports as their source of pop culture references)

-the Film Vault (Anderson & Bald Brian from the Loveline/Adam Carolla crew argue about movies and at each other for an hour each week)

Pretty much, all of these(except for the Film Vault) can be found in the Top 10 section of comedy on iTunes.

What are your faves?

Jaw dropping, thong dropping monster (kingfish), Thursday, 9 September 2010 23:52 (nine years ago) link

people here don't seem to like the sound of young america guy but he's got some good interviews with many comics.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 9 September 2010 23:53 (nine years ago) link

bugle

avinha, Thursday, 9 September 2010 23:56 (nine years ago) link

WTF with Marc Maron

amazing, personal, anguished interviews with all sorts of comedians. the robin williams one is awesome. and the two-part mencia one, about joke-stealing, is epic!

snrub-n-tug (s1ocki), Thursday, 9 September 2010 23:56 (nine years ago) link

The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling is available in podcast form and is pretty unfuckwithable as far as these things go. The most recent episode was pretty depressing though, so maybe start with the Best Show Gems podcast if you're uninitiated.

Also, even though there's only been a couple of 'em so far, I have to recommend Paul F. Tompkins' Pod F. Tomcast.

methanietanner, Friday, 10 September 2010 00:13 (nine years ago) link

dunno if ricky gervais show is admissible but if it is i'd like to admiss it

k¸ (darraghmac), Friday, 10 September 2010 00:14 (nine years ago) link

Wiretap with Jonathan Goldstein is pretty lovely, if not always laugh out loud stuff.

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Friday, 10 September 2010 00:18 (nine years ago) link

Love, and am totally obsessed with WTF with Marc Maron. The recent Apatow two-parter is worth a listen.

Bugle is excellent.

Just started on Nerdist today. I didn't like it at first bc I thought it was too chatty but i am not very smart and have poor judgement.

VegemiteGrrrl, Friday, 10 September 2010 04:33 (nine years ago) link

I like Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank.

banjoboy, Friday, 10 September 2010 04:51 (nine years ago) link

Thirding Marc Maron's WTF. Great stuff.

Also subscribe to:
-Nerdist
-Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters (amazingly surreal street interviews from early 60s SF! Please subscribe to this one)
-Never Not Funny
-Pod F. Tomcast
-Best Show On WFMU

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 10 September 2010 06:34 (nine years ago) link

Nerdist doesn't do it for me. Don't like Hardwick as an interviewer.

no gut busting joke can change history (polyphonic), Friday, 10 September 2010 06:41 (nine years ago) link

Nerdist could do with editing - Hardwick definitely goes for lols too often, and could trim the failures in favour of more useful interview.

This is what makes WTF so successful - Maron started out trying to do a multi-format show with a monologue, interview that's light & funny, sketches and whatnot, but as it's become apparent that his informal one-on-one style gets actually considered, reflective and profound conversations out of people, he's happily let the format switch to focus on those at length. (And his skill as an interviewer also makes the "funny" ones work too, as where the UCB Live episodes have become more him bantering with a growing stage of folk, rather than four comedians doing a tight ten and getting off.)

Teddybears.SHTML (sic), Friday, 10 September 2010 09:18 (nine years ago) link

Maron's been one of my favorite stand-ups for close to ten years, so it makes me feel all warm inside that he's finally starting to get some recognition. Yeah, he was on Air America for a while and appeared on Conan's Late Night show about a zillion times, but he's clearly gaining more traction now.

If you haven't heard his album Not Sold Out from 2002, get thee to it. No shit, it might be my favorite comedy album.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 10 September 2010 09:56 (nine years ago) link

i think most bros here would be into Uhh Yeah Dude

its the only podcast i listen to basically.

gr8080, Friday, 24 September 2010 01:34 (eight years ago) link

comedy death ray radio, especially when the character "Bob Ducca" is on

harbl madness (latebloomer), Friday, 24 September 2010 01:41 (eight years ago) link

some of the best Uhh Yeah Dude material is str8 dudes looking for str8 dudes on craigslist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frqUgIQ8b7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbgVFy41reM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3m_x8sMY2w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xluqh7SdMLc

gr8080, Friday, 24 September 2010 02:47 (eight years ago) link

I listen to

Nerdist
Doug Loves Movies
Never not Funny
WTF
and
Pod F. Tomcast

which are apparently the same things that everyone else is listening to too! ha.

btw going to see Mr. Tomkins in a couple weeks. V excited.

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:00 (eight years ago) link

oh and Comedy Death Radio

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:00 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIGiw-PL9Bs&feature=related

gr8080, Friday, 24 September 2010 03:01 (eight years ago) link

lol soup kitchen jerk

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:08 (eight years ago) link

Both of those dudes are WSes btw but the one is a little too skinny.

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:09 (eight years ago) link

hairy guy = jon laroquette's son

gr8080, Friday, 24 September 2010 03:10 (eight years ago) link

hahahahahaha seriously?

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:11 (eight years ago) link

seriously

and he's in a chillwave (kind of) band
http://www.myspace.com/joggermusic

gr8080, Friday, 24 September 2010 03:12 (eight years ago) link

I can sorta see it actually. I have to admit that I'm sorta feeling him although I think he would look better with short hair.

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:14 (eight years ago) link

OK these two are great. Watching from last to first on "Men Looking for Women". Dying right now.

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:19 (eight years ago) link

omg guycunt

master of retardment (ENBB), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:20 (eight years ago) link

"who's parenting harder?" is a good segment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UoR1dUm9dE

dirk funk (gr8080), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:25 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfoBvODYDdw&feature=related

dirk funk (gr8080), Friday, 24 September 2010 03:45 (eight years ago) link

johnathan's dad drives around town in a white mercedes with the license plate that reads "uyd". he also wore a uyd tshirt when he was on craig furgeson awhile back.

mayor jingleberries, Monday, 27 September 2010 03:18 (eight years ago) link

awwww that's cute!

master of retardment (ENBB), Monday, 27 September 2010 03:20 (eight years ago) link

The Bugle
Best Show Gems

I've tried listening to some the others mentioned (Comedy Death Ray & WTF) but I have a hard time getting into listening to comedians just chatting.

Drastic times require what? Drastic measures! Who said that? T (President Keyes), Monday, 27 September 2010 13:23 (eight years ago) link

Oh yeah, I like Wiretap too.

Drastic times require what? Drastic measures! Who said that? T (President Keyes), Monday, 27 September 2010 13:25 (eight years ago) link

just starting with WTF (Patrice O'Neal episode) it's great, thanks s1ocki!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 04:46 (eight years ago) link

That Partrice O'Neal ep was pretty O_o

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 28 September 2010 04:54 (eight years ago) link

have listened to 15 more mins now and the O_o has begun to flow

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 21:14 (eight years ago) link

Like, there's honesty, and then there's, um...okay you have to be quiet now.

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 28 September 2010 21:18 (eight years ago) link

Recently downloaded a load of Sound of Young America shit to listen to at the gym, and I like it! He's a non-obtrusive interviewer, occasionally offers up a genuinely insightful question (and at the very least you can tell he does his homework before having a guest on), and (most importantly for me) has John Hodgman on the show all the goddamn time. I have a huge sloppy mancrush on John Hodgman, and I am only slightly ashamed to admit this.

a black white asian pine ghost who is fake (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 28 September 2010 21:34 (eight years ago) link

Jesse Thorn is great!! <3 <3 Love Sound of Young America. Something about his voice and manner reminds me of a laidback Weird Al for some reason. Just seems like an all round lovely guy.

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 28 September 2010 21:44 (eight years ago) link

not a comedy podcast, but Thorn also does http://putthison.com

markers, Tuesday, 28 September 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) link

well i tried out the mark maron thing and boy does that guy like to hear himself talk. he's obviously doing something right cause so many people dig it but i just don't have the patience to listen to a 20-minute improv ramble before a 40-minute interview. hack down the intro to 5 minutes and the interview to 15 and i'd listen every day. maybe.

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:30 (eight years ago) link

as for me it's really

-bugle

tom scharpling's stuff is obviously fucking transcendent at times, he's a good straight man with some unbelievably awesome collaborators

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:33 (eight years ago) link

Tracer Hand I skip the intro a lot.

The episode of Doug Loves Movies with John Lithgow, Jimmy Pardo, and Paul F Tompkins was terrific.

funky house skeptic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:36 (eight years ago) link

re: jesse thorn, i thought people didn't like him here? haha maybe the haters have been worn away by the sands of time.
i'll cop to not having the patience for scharpling, but i did manage to make it through a half hour of his re-dubbing of Mr. Brooks.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:39 (eight years ago) link

look up the phoner with "mr loophole"

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 22:38 (eight years ago) link

bugle i liked a lot but then sort of like... didnt have the energy for

cathy: ACK-er (s1ocki), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 22:59 (eight years ago) link

and i like maron's shtick, his manic self-doubt and depression are kind of works of art in and of themselves

cathy: ACK-er (s1ocki), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 22:59 (eight years ago) link

exactly. I would find it annoying or offputting in most ppl, even comedians, but he's really good at finding those, um, notes, that have a universal truth to them. So even when he's bitching about his cats or his parents, there's usually some bait on the hook that takes me along for the ride, where I can say, well I know THAT feeling, or ugh omg I know someone who does that. And it's not that it's always relatable, but I think the fact that it's true is probably what it is. It's just truth. Truth is funny.

VegemiteGrrrl, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:57 (eight years ago) link

i'm surprised there isn't a podcast of bootlegged routines of comedians, which seem like natural podcast material.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 7 October 2010 00:05 (eight years ago) link

I like the Adam Carolla show, Doug Loves Movies, Best Show Gems.

Carolla is pretty funny almost every day (although his politics are often lame).

WTF is sometimes good, but Marc Maron is soooo needy and bitter that the podcast sometimes comes off as sort-of pathetic.

Greg Fitzsimmons can be pretty good, but I haven't listened to a whole lot of his stuff, so I'm reserving judgment for now.

Bill Simmons' podcast is funny whenever they don't talk about sports. He did a two-parter on BH90210 a few weeks ago that was awesome.

schwantz, Thursday, 7 October 2010 00:13 (eight years ago) link

this is the hollywood handbook thread now

love the HH/scharpling/hamburger men dynamic on last week's ep. i do wonder what regular HH listeners who don't listen to the best show think of tom scharpling.

na (NA), Monday, 4 February 2019 19:56 (seven months ago) link

if there was like a 10-ep primer that would work, that would be cool, but I really don't have the patience to listen to like 60 hours of pod to get a joke

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 February 2019 19:58 (seven months ago) link

i don't think you need to know the best show to enjoy scharpling on HH but he is playing more of a character (or at least an exaggerated version of himself) on HH

na (NA), Monday, 4 February 2019 20:17 (seven months ago) link

yeah Scharpling has his own character arc on Hollywood Handbook, I'm not a Best Show person.

I should make a list of ten episodes from the archive to give people a fighting chance of getting into the show. You'd need to fire up a stitcher premium trial.

Norm’s Superego (silby), Monday, 4 February 2019 20:22 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

You know, where in the world did Jason Mantzoukas come from? He's almost 50, but he seems to have hit his stride only in the past 10 years or so. I want to know about Mantzoukas, the missing years. Like, I learned he dated Connie Britton!

Google around and you can even find him without a beard, which is a trip.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:02 (four months ago) link

I know he went to high school with Jessica St. Clair and they both came out to make it in Hollywood at the same time

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:11 (four months ago) link

or maybe it was college who knows

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:13 (four months ago) link

so comedy bang bang 10th anniversary ep is 10 hours long

Mordy, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:28 (four months ago) link

only if you pay for stitcher

na (NA), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:30 (four months ago) link

Yes, it's five hours and fifteen minutes with the ads in

blokes you can't rust (sic), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link

5 hr part 1 and 5 hr part 2 if you don't

Mordy, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link

gah TEN hours and fifteen minutes

blokes you can't rust (sic), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link

i like this:
https://www.plosive.co.uk/why-is-your-bottom-so-dirty

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 10:48 (four months ago) link

lol. The latest Hollywood Handbook pro-version is 11 hours long.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 11:53 (four months ago) link

omg

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 14:21 (four months ago) link

ha ha ha amazing

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 14:31 (four months ago) link

i'm afraid to ask but is there actually 11 hours of content?

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 14:35 (four months ago) link

don't want to spoil anything but the episode may or not be a normal 30 min pro-version followed by 10 and a half hours of snoring/ambient music.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:01 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Anyone hear today's ep yet?

https://www.earwolf.com/episode/stephen-malkmus-our-pavement-friend/

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:47 (three months ago) link

of Hollywood Handbook

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:47 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Does anyone still listen to HH? This week's episode is hilarious.

hot dog go to bathroom (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:37 (one month ago) link

I do but haven’t heard this weeks yet

Mordy, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:38 (one month ago) link

they're on Magic Tavern this week

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:53 (one month ago) link

Yes always! last week’s w/jesse farrar had that awkward majesty i love the boys so much for

alomar lines, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:32 (one month ago) link

great hollywood handbook today, though it's mostly scharpling's show. his "richard nixon doing improv" scene was amazing.

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:30 (four weeks ago) link

i love hh but have yet to enjoy a scharpling episode maybe this will be the one

Mordy, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:41 (four weeks ago) link

25th time's the charm

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:56 (four weeks ago) link

is it even worth trying to get into HH for a complete newbie? if so, how? key eps? just pick up with the latest and inevitably miss many recurring jokes for awhile? I'm a CBB guy and have dabbled with other somewhat related Earwolf shows but missed the initial boat on HH and it has seemed intimidating to jump in

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:01 (four weeks ago) link

they do describe the show on their website as "a podcast that only takes 15-20 episodes to get." when hayes was on the best show a couple of weeks ago they agreed that the kumail ep is a good starting place but that's behind the paywall now. there was a "best of" episode at one point too, but that was several years ago. the ron funches episode recently was intended to be the intro for new people, or that was the premise, but it's not an amazing ep imo.

going back, maybe the andy daly episode if you've listened to other earwolf stuff? it's heavily based on references to other podcasts but that's a common theme

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:09 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah the Andy Daly one is a good call for eps currently outside the paywall

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:20 (four weeks ago) link

unfortunately, the ones i'd go to first are probably behind the paywall at this point. the episode where they play a late-period george carlin bit and joe mande has to pass it off as his is absolute all-time.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:11 (four weeks ago) link

Andy Daly is a marquee CBB guest for me and love most of his characters so that sounds like a promising way in for this listener at least!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:27 (four weeks ago) link

although maybe not the best place to start because you probably need some knowledge of the show history, "the masked engineer" episode of HHB is at least execution and concept-wise a masterpiece.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 03:36 (four weeks ago) link

guys HH is not hard to "get"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:48 (four weeks ago) link

ime it takes about 2-5 minutes to know whether these guys are for you. it's not The Wire

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 08:50 (four weeks ago) link

it took me 2-5 min to realise the wire was for me tbh

just sayin, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:17 (four weeks ago) link

ok good point

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 09:18 (four weeks ago) link

Tbf, and I’m pretty sure I posted this somewhere, I’m definitely closer to that 15-20 episodes to get it demo HH talks about, although it wasn’t thaaaat many episodes.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:29 (four weeks ago) link

The "mythology" of a lot of these podcasts is pretty imposing at this point. Even seemingly innocuous or straight-ahead podcasts like Are You Talking REM Re:Me go down so many rabbit holes, they just can't help themselves.

I listened to an episode or two of "How Did This Get Played" (about bad video games) and I'm on the fence. So many podcasts either veer to the radically, indulgently surreal (like Comedy Bang Bang) or embrace an obnoxious Morning Zoo vibe.

Haven't read it yet, but here's a new story about high profile figures jumping into podcasts:

https://variety.com/2019/digital/features/podcast-boom-conan-o-brien-gimlet-spotify-luminary-1203306477/

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 11:56 (four weeks ago) link

that Joe Mande-Carlin episode was the first HH I heard, probably a good entrance. I could tell there were some in-jokes (like the Chef Kevin stuff) but it's pretty straightforward. I couldn't figure whether some things were jokes or not: the impending cancellation talk, advertisers being mad about the ad-reads, guests not knowing the format of the show, etc.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:05 (four weeks ago) link

another classic one that is unfortunately behind the paywall is sean and hayes commenting on their own terrible live appearance at comiccon

na (NA), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:17 (four weeks ago) link

getting cancelled is a joke, mad advertisers and guests not knowing the format are not jokes (though they've gotten better at cutting down on uninformed guests in recent years, that was more of a problem early on)

na (NA), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:18 (four weeks ago) link

the comiccon episode is where i got on board

Mordy, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:43 (four weeks ago) link

Even seemingly innocuous or straight-ahead podcasts like Are You Talking REM Re:Me go down so many rabbit holes, they just can't help themselves.

tbf it was 47 months before the first episode of R U Talkin' REM Re: Me? that they switched to a deliberate rabbit-hole format

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:00 (four weeks ago) link

I was able to enjoy the insane rabbit holes and lack of actual discussion on U Talkin' U2 To Me? because I don't care all that much about U2. As an REM stan I couldn't listen to Talkin REM because it was obvious that Adam is a megafan and I actually wanted to hear some discussion of the music? Can't believe it's gone on this long tbh though, maybe they found a groove and I should check it out again (though I don't expect that particularly criticism to change)

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:38 (four weeks ago) link

important bulletin if you like Hollywood Handbook and/or Doughboys you'll be glad to learn that Chef Kevin and Yusong now have their own pcast called Maybe Don't which is very charming

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:39 (four weeks ago) link

there's loads of megafan discussion of the music on Talkin' REM, but they rarely mention the band at all in the first 45-60 minutes of an episode

if you enjoyed the "college girls / t-shirts" runner in the main sequence of U2 episodes, then [SPOILER] you should be pleased by the last few REM episodes, in which half of R.E.M. have separately agreed to reform the band and play Scott's backyard barbecue.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:56 (four weeks ago) link

they do talk about the music a decent amount on the REM podcast but basically scott doesn't know any of the albums after like monster or automatic for the people and adam is very inarticulate. every song is "amazing" and "incredible"

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 19:01 (four weeks ago) link

Making it through that first 45-60 minutes can be a struggle

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 19:02 (four weeks ago) link

iirc they placed so many limitations on the backyard guest list that I'm not sure this REM reunion will happen.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 19:26 (four weeks ago) link


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