90% of my time with earplugs in is listening to Podcasts. Music is on for when I’m working and need to focus, but if I’m walking around, commuting, doing work around the house – I’ve got a podcast on. And 90% of the podcasts I listen to are “comedy” podcasts. Almost all comedians lately have been starting podcasts as a direct connection to their audience and it helps a lot when they’re doing standup dates.
The article below lists 8 of the top comedy podcasts and I listen to 5 of them as soon as they’re available.
1. WTF – Marc Maron does really great one on one podcasts with comedians and gives you an hour-long glimpse into the personalities behind the celebrity you see in movies and on tv. He’s a great interviewer and is very open with his own personal life as well. I even subscribed to his back catalog of some of his first shows so I could listen to the controversial interviews with Carlos Mencia, Dane Cook and Robin Williams. Twice a week. http://www.wtfpod.com/
2. Comedy Bang! Bang! – Formerly known as Comedy Death Ray podcast, this brings in a lot of improv and comedians from LA and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theatre. More than just interviews, there’s some hilarious improv games and people do characters on the show that are hilarious. Definitely download any show that Andy Daly appears on. My favorite is #94 with Andy Daly and Ben Schwartz – I’ve listened to it at least 20 times. What’s up hotdog? Posted every Monday morning. http://www.earwolf.com/show/comedy-bang-bang-podcast/
3. Adam Carolla Show – the one that started it all for me. Back when Adam Carolla was on Free FM radio, they also put out a podcast of the show and I listened to that every day for 2 years. After the radio show was cancelled, Adam turned to podcasting, bringing his audience and instantly becoming one of the most downloaded shows. Now he’s got the Guinness World Record for most downloaded podcasts and has become the show that’s blazing the trail for others to replicate. After years of listening his stories and rants are getting repetitive, but he really excels in his long-form One On One interviews. The show is usually a review of a couple news items (nothing too heavy) and a guest with a wide range of subjects. This one’s daily, so set your subscription feeds in iTunes. http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/
4. Doug Loves Movies – the famous pot head, Doug Benson (Super High Me) hosts a weekly podcast from the UCB theatre with a wide range of comedians and movie stars. A short discussion of recent movie watching followed by a humorous and competitive trivia game, the Leonard Maltin Game, guessing movie titles based on a cast listing. This is posted on Friday, for your weekend listening while you do house projects. http://douglovesmovies.com/
6. Pod F. Tompkast – Paul F. Tompkins is one of the regulars on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast above and he has just finished his first year of podcasting, putting one out monthly. His podcast is wide ranging with clips from his standup show, phone conversations/stories with his close comedian friend, Jen Kirkman as well as a story of characters (Ice T, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, John C Reilly, John Lithgow, Cake Boss, others…) all voiced by Paul F. His laugh is infectious. This comes out monthly, but is on a break right now, gearing up for the second “season”. Listen to the first year show once you get familiar with his work on Comedy Bang! Bang! http://pft.libsyn.com/
Other podcasts that are currently on my iPhone are:
* The ABC’s of SNL – Kevin Smith (who has at least a dozen podcasts of his own) interviews Jon Lovitz about his start at SNL and what went on behind the scenes. There’s been 2 episodes so far and they’re very interesting if you’re an SNL devotee.
* The Best of the UFC – video interviews and clips from UFC fights and fighters
* Best of YouTube – some of the best viral videos from YouTube
* ESPN: The B.S. Report – Bill Simmons does great interviews from the sports world and tv/comedy. I don’t listen to the sports ones unless it’s a sport I’m really interested in. But he usually has a lot of SNL staffers on, Adam Carolla, and occasionally does a breakdown of a few reality tv shows (my favourite episodes) with Dave Jacoby, the self-dubbed “Czar of Reality TV”. Download every episode that Chuck Klosterman is on – he’s such a great interview. http://espn.go.com/espnradio/show?showId=bsreport
* Fitzdog Radio – another standup, he does a show on Sirius XM radio and then usually follows it up with a podcast. Lots of great comedians on the show.
* Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler – Aisha Tyler has been one of my favourite female comedians and she’s typically described herself as a guy’s girl. She drinks, plays video games, watches sports and likes burping and farting – not a dainty lady. She’s just starting out and episode #4 with Adam Carolla as a guest has me interested enough to keep listening.
There’s a few that I just added and haven’t had the time to listen to yet but I’m hopeful they’re decent
* Back to Work – Merlin Mann talks productivity, software and other things. I’ve listened to one show so far and it has possible potential. Not a gripping show, but decent background listening.
* Mohr Stories – Jay Mohr’s recent start
* The Smartest Man in the World – Greg Proops, from “Whose Line is it” fame is a very interesting guy and definitely smart and somewhat eclectic.
* The Todd Glass Show – a funny comedian, he makes lots of appearances on Doug Loves Movies, Comedy Bang! Bang and others, now trying it himself. Subaru!
What are some of your favourite podcasts? Let me know in the comments.