: Andrew George
Podcasts are a huge part of the comedy world. Even though there are more than 30 genre’s of available podcasts, the comedy section on iTunes has been dominating the download charts ever since the beginning. Everyone already knows about the most popular of the comedy podcasts, like The WTF Podcast, Comedy Bang Bang, and Nerdist, but there are a ton that you may have missed. The following podcasts have all been consistently featured in the top 10 lists in iTunes, but still do not get the same amount of publicity as they may deserve.
You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
If you read this blog regularly, then you have already seen me mention this podcast on an almost weekly basis. That is because this podcast, from Nerdist Networks, has become a staple in the comedy nerd culture since it was introduced less than a year ago. Twice a week, listeners can hear Pete Holmes attempt to “make it weird” with his comedian guests as he asks them about the comedy game, personal aspects of their lives, sex, and ultimately their religious beliefs.
Episode to get you hooked: Live From SXSW with Judd Apatow, Kumail Nanjiani, Todd Barry, and Chris Gethard
The Joe Rogan Experience
While the general public probably associates Joe Rogan’s name with Fear Factor or UFC, comedy fans know him as the oddly intelligent and insightful guy who you wouldn’t want to have angry at you. Joe’s podcast, from Brian Redban’s Death Squad network, gives listeners a well balanced mix of comedians telling stories to scientists and gurus coming on and sharing their knowledge of culture, art, health, and the unknown. The JRE also broadcasts their recording sessions live on youstream, so if listening to podcasts just doesn’t do it for you, you can also watch this one.
Episode to get you hooked on: Bert Kreischer (for the first ever recorded telling of “The Machine” story)
Doug Loves Movies
The other podcasts on this list are essentially recorded conversations; however Doug Loves Movies has more of an agenda, which is very uncharacteristic considering that it comes from legendary stoner Doug Benson. Each episode, which are all recorded in front of a live audience, features 3-4 guests who come on to talk about movies for the first half, then play movie themed games, including the Leonard Moulton Game, which always closes out the show. A new episode is released every Friday.
Episode to get you hooked: Live from Bumbershoot with Anthony Jeselnik, Kyle Kinane, and Big Jay Okerson
The Todd Glass Show
Also on Nerdist, the Todd Glass Show features Todd doing bits, sound effects included, with his comedian friends. For anyone who enjoys seeing comedians riff on bits until they absolutely have to bail out on them, this is the perfect podcast for you.
Episode to get you hooked: Any episode with Rory Scovel
The Duncan Trussell Family Hour
If you like the Joe Rogan Experience, then you will love this one. Originally called “The Lavender Hour”, with then co-host Natasha Leggero, the Duncan Trussell Family Hour is one of the deepest podcasts available, and it is all coming out of the mouths of comedians. With psychology, ancient philosophy, and hallucinogenic drugs all being common running themes in the podcast, the conversations tend to go far beyond talks about comedy and life as a comic.
Episode to get you hooked: Tom Lennon
Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
Recorded from the comfort of his bed every Monday morning, Bill Burr rants for an hour about the current state of the comedy world. His cynical, yet hilarious, insights on being a full time touring comedian and actor are constantly quoted and spread throughout the comedy world. If you want to hear what he has to say about the previous week in comedy before it hits the front page of the Huffington Post’s comedy section, then the best way to do it is by subscribing to the podcast and hearing it directly from him first.
Episode to get you hooked: Which ever on is the most recent
The Laughing Skull Podcast
Alright, technically this one hasn’t been in the top 10 of iTunes yet, but it clearly deserves a listen, and not only because I produce it. Each Friday, the headlining comedian for the weekend at the Laughing Skull joins Marshall Chiles (comedian/club owner), Michael Benoit (Vortex owner), Bob Place (comedian/former slut), and sometimes Amber Nash (Archer on FX) for half an hour of unplanned and organic conversation. With the zombie apocalypse, food, strip clubs, and STD’s all being common themes, there is literally something for everyone.
Episode to get you hooked: Bil Dwyer