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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link


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

I like Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank.

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

Thirding Marc Maron's WTF. Great stuff.

Also subscribe to:
-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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

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

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

some of the best Uhh Yeah Dude material is str8 dudes looking for str8 dudes on craigslist:

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

I listen to

Doug Loves Movies
Never not Funny
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 (twelve years ago) link

oh and Comedy Death Radio

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

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

lol soup kitchen jerk

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

hairy guy = jon laroquette's son

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

hahahahahaha seriously?

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


and he's in a chillwave (kind of) band

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

omg guycunt

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

"who's parenting harder?" is a good segment:

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

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

awwww that's cute!

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

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

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

That Partrice O'Neal ep was pretty O_o

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

not a comedy podcast, but Thorn also does

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

as for me it's really


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 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

look up the phoner with "mr loophole"

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

So much awaits you

college bong rip guy (silby), Sunday, 8 March 2020 15:52 (two years ago) link

Quite a try month double down on HH this week. The Sinbad ep is pure joy and light in a dark time.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Friday, 13 March 2020 18:53 (two years ago) link

yes i'm so glad they got sinbad back if even for only an """in-studio""" show

na (NA), Friday, 13 March 2020 19:20 (two years ago) link

This is funny because I was thinking of the earlier Sinbad episode - one of the best early ones - when Simon mentioned he was listening through from the start.

cajunsunday, Friday, 13 March 2020 23:31 (two years ago) link

scharpling/klausner podcast "double threat" coming early april

this week's hollywood handbook with klausner and ayo edebiri was off the rails but got really good. i kind of want a standalone HH thread

na (NA), Monday, 23 March 2020 20:51 (two years ago) link

It’s basically this thread at this point but I’d post in it

silby, Monday, 23 March 2020 21:40 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Where Sean has at least three cats sitting on him so he can’t easily podcast

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Thursday, 30 April 2020 09:11 (two years ago) link

"what made you think of that?"

cajunsunday, Friday, 1 May 2020 10:02 (two years ago) link

silby finally started a standalone hollywood handbook thread: I love you and I'm in love with you: Hollywood Handbook thread

i'm still catching up on double threat but so far it's been worth it just for tom scharpling's louis CK impression

na (NA), Monday, 4 May 2020 21:49 (two years ago) link

So "Bonanas for Bonanza" from the Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project is its own series now, on Earwolf.

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 09:53 (two years ago) link

Maria Bamford totally steals the Bonanza podcast.

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 17:33 (two years ago) link

Which episode of double threat has scharpling’s impersonation of Louis CK?

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 17:38 (two years ago) link

I find this very escapist and amusing: Oh, Hello: the P'dcast.

Virginia Plain, Thursday, 7 May 2020 06:54 (two years ago) link

i haven't read this yet but looks like fun

Mordy, Thursday, 7 May 2020 15:42 (two years ago) link

that was fun! lots of deep cuts and characters i had forgotten about. leo carpazzi at #1 is weird though the monster fuck does kill me every single time. i would've gone with bob ducca or dalton wilcox at #1 but brendon small's vocal coach character might have made me laugh the hardest i've laughed at anything.

na (NA), Thursday, 7 May 2020 16:02 (two years ago) link

Don Dimillo way too low

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 7 May 2020 17:38 (two years ago) link

one month passes...


terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 2 July 2020 20:42 (two years ago) link

Louis, a webcam and a young female comedian. This isn't going to end well.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 2 July 2020 20:46 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

I am a man of simple tastes, but Jason Mantzoukas may be the first celebrity I'd want to be my friend.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 August 2020 19:49 (two years ago) link

it would be hard to navigate his deathly egg allergy tho

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 August 2020 20:46 (two years ago) link

it was pretty funny that Scott and Scott abandoned their Red Hot Chili Peppers podcast after one episode and switched it Talking Heads after making RHCP merch and all

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 14 August 2020 20:50 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

i was wondering if i had talked about episode one in the thread and i now see that i mentioned it... 2 and a half years ago. i have no idea how i have been listening to it that long, it still feels brand new to me and is still (or at least, is now) my favourite podcast.

cant believe it didn't come up again when they dropped the brilliant joe biden episode. i guess that's on me! im currently early in a "listen to the entire show all over again" run.

TRANCED INTO RADIOACTIVE PUREE (Will M.), Monday, 28 September 2020 04:17 (two years ago) link

I think E1 gets brought up from time to time in the Chapo thread. Almost positive that the Biden ep was linked and discussed there.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 28 September 2020 11:18 (two years ago) link

the Biden episode makes me feel like I'm on drugs

get a mop and a bucket for this Well Argued Prose (Simon H.), Monday, 28 September 2020 11:36 (two years ago) link

oh right, i just looked and i have talked about it multiple times there, lol.

still, feel like it deserves to at least be in the comedy podcast thread because it's not chapo and it's comedy and it's really funny. just listened to the baseball ep again yesterday (terre haute gunblades vs morrowind virgins - 34th episode). what a delight. multiple branson singing imagine dragons spots. i could listen to these guys do anything (evidence: i listened to them earnestly rank candle aromas for over an hour)

TRANCED INTO RADIOACTIVE PUREE (Will M.), Monday, 28 September 2020 19:59 (two years ago) link

I have never listened to E1 but definitely looking for a new comedy podcast to dive into. Which is the Biden one? In my podcast app I see a 15 minute preview of the Biden ep that’s behind their Patreon paywall - is that what you’re talking about? Do I need to pay for it? And what other eps most highly recommended (realistically not gonna be able to go back and start at the beginning)?

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:08 (two years ago) link

Biden ep is number 113 in their feed from January 20, 2020.

The one that made me a committed listener is actually the 3rd ep from 2017 called "Pulling the Chair with Dunk and Keys," but that one only may work if you were a big basketball fan in the early 2000s.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 13:13 (two years ago) link

Oh I was indeed a big basketball fan in the early 2000s. Queueing up both of those eps now, thanks for the recommendation!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 14:17 (two years ago) link

you can generally tell within the first 5 minutes of a given E1 episode whether you'll find that week's concept funny or not

the typo doer (Simon H.), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 14:37 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

comedy podcasts have been chasing this high for 11 years

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 21 May 2021 19:40 (one year ago) link


na (NA), Friday, 21 May 2021 19:42 (one year ago) link

Lou Barlow’s disease

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Saturday, 22 May 2021 02:39 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I’m really enjoying ‘A Typical Disgusting Display’ a podcast by Alec Sulkin and Julius Sharpe who are both writers for Family Guy. Its kind of guide for young aspiring comedy writers but mainly an enjoyable listen with some good bits.

ceci n'est pas une messi (cajunsunday), Monday, 20 September 2021 15:13 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Been enjoying the lowkey mild weirdness of Mike Wozniak's St. Elwicks Neighbourhood Association Newsletter Podcast.

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 5 January 2022 13:44 (one year ago) link

Oh cool I like that guy a lot!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 5 January 2022 16:42 (one year ago) link

i have gotten a lot of enjoyment from Brian & Roger.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 5 January 2022 23:44 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I am so fully in love with Blank Check - its a nice Sunday ritual listening on my walks & cooking lunch

i like it so much that I went back & listened to the Phantom Menace episodes & they are much more delightful than I expected, really enjoying them. hats off to them for making this interminable movie somehow newly interesting… griff, david & ben have had that same excellent chemistry from the getgo really, which is fun to discover

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 April 2022 23:19 (ten months ago) link

i realize it’s technically a movie podcast but the comedy is very much the soul of the show imo

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 April 2022 23:20 (ten months ago) link

so bummed that Kubrick won the latest bracket :(

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 09:49 (nine months ago) link

love that they've decided the Césars are the Blankie's rivals

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 09:51 (nine months ago) link

I listen to a lot of With Gourley and Rust, who guested on Blank Check last year. I haven't actually listened to anymore Blank Check itself, but I'll go back and check out some more eps.

With Gourley and Rust is also a movie podcast by comedians that can be pretty damn funny at times, but leans more on the hosts just being likable fellows. They're currently in the middle of a Spring King Fling, in which they're watching Stephen King adaptations.

peace, man, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 13:11 (nine months ago) link

I'm actually underselling them really badly there, but comedy is such a subjective thing that I always get nervous about recommending it to anybody. They're both really funny guys. They are gentle dorks who love horror movies. They also refer to it as an "easy listening-cast" or a "cozy-cast" because the conversation is pretty relaxed.

peace, man, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 13:33 (nine months ago) link

John Hodgman taking delight at how they can completely change the topic of conversation for half an hour at a time

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 14:14 (nine months ago) link

Kubrick should be fun but I also would have preferred Welles.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 15:19 (nine months ago) link

Just feel like Kubrick has been discussed to death. Welles has enough oddities in his work that I'd be more hyped for. Would've loved for the Archers to win but that was never gonna happen.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 15:24 (nine months ago) link

i would've preferred welles to kubrick as well. i think '70s altman would've been my top choice though. but kubrick will be fine.

it's crazy that the moore bonds won the patreon poll over planet of the apes by two votes. two votes!

na (NA), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 15:37 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

was listening back to an old ep of Blank Check Special Features (on The Animatrix) yesterday and learned that ben's nickname for the series - Bense8 - was submitted by ilx alum slutsky

na (NA), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 19:55 (one week ago) link

That’s excellent.

I’ve been chugging down a lot of Podcast About List, and it’s been a lot fun to hear the little gems that get shaken loose via the riffing, like “Francophile’s Monster” or “it’s great to have your birthday on Halloween, you get like twice the candy!”

Or the Djungelskog Trial.

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 20:25 (one week ago) link

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