How Did This Get Made?
Starring Jason Mantzoukas and Paul Scheer from The League, and June Diane Raphael from Grace and Frankie, this comedy podcast from Earwolf is probably the most well-known from this list. Each episode features a guest from an incredible list of actors and comedians discussing the ins and outs of some of the worst films in cinematic history. I’m looking at you, The Room.
LD: This is the first podcast I ever listened to, and years later, I’m still a subscriber. June Diane Raphael is my favorite commentator and I love hearing from other comedians each episode. Even when the guest sucks, the banter between the hosts saves the episode from becoming dull or unfunny. This is easy listening that provides a lot of LOLs. 8/10
Favorite Episode: 23: The Room: Director’s Edition/ 85: Color of Night (w/ Amy Schumer)
TB: By far my favorite podcast and I am not ashamed to say that I re-listen to episodes… often. It doesn’t matter if you have seen the movie that they are reviewing or not; hearing the hosts and guests recount these ridiculous films is always entertaining. M/y favorite host is Jason Mantzoukas. He is loud, crude and absurd, but he cracks me up. 9/10
Favorite Episode: 166: Timecop Live! (w/ Nick Kroll)/ 162: My Stepmother is an Alien Live! (w/ Whitney Cummings)
My Favorite Murder
Led by comediennes Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, My Favorite Murder is a true-crime podcast that doubles as a comedy. The natural, conversational tone between the two hostesses leads to a lot of asides and will weirdly leave you laughing about murder.
LD: This is one of my favorite podcasts ever. Listening to Karen and Georgia feels like listening to two friends. When I recommend it to other people- which I do all the time- I liken it to being at a sleepover where everyone’s telling scary stories. It keeps you captivated the entire time! The only con is that as the duo gains more fame, they can seem a little obnoxious at times. I still love them, though! This is also a show that manages to be good during live episodes, which is rare. 9/10
Favorite Episode: This one’s really hard. I’ll go with 2: My Second Best Murder
CF: This is the podcast that got me into podcasts and because of that, it will always be my favorite. I like to listen to this one while I travel because it feels like I have two pals in the car with me. I have always been interested in true crime and this podcast caught my attention immediately. The earlier episodes are my favorite because it was way less formal and they used to bring guests as well as share people recording their own hometown murders.
Favorite Episode: Such a tough one!
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Jamie Morton has lived through possibly the most awkward thing that could ever happen to anyone- his dad self-published an erotic novel on Amazon. To make matters worse, it’s so bad. Listen as Jamie and his two friends, James and Alice, read each cringe-worthy chapter of Belinda Blinked.
LD: This is my favorite podcast of all time. A coworker recommended it to me and I started listening to it while at my desk. I was laughing to myself all day- I knew I looked crazy, but I couldn’t stop listening! This podcast will literally make you laugh out loud. NSFW! 10/10
Favorite Episode: Any of them! Start from the beginning.
CF: I just started listening to this podcast. After listening to a lot of true crime, I needed something lighter and this podcast was definitely the way to go! I laugh, gasp in horror and cringe for Jamie all in the same episode. These pals are hilarious together and I like to listen to their banter.
Favorite episode: Episode 1 – It gets you hooked right away!
Writer Malcolm Gladwell tells overlooked stories from the past.
TB: I gave this one a try after hearing Malcolm Gladwell speak at the Bryan Series in Greensboro. An accomplished journalist and author, Gladwell is an absolute master storyteller. I find this podcast truly fascinating because the stories that he tells are not only interesting, but generally hint at a larger point. Whether you always agree with the point that Gladwell is making or not, it’s hard to walk away from this one without feeling like you learned something. 8/10
Favorite Episode: Mcdonald’s Broke My Heart/ A Good Walk Spoiled
LD: First of all, I really love Malcolm Gladwell’s voice. This is a really unique podcast that’s different than anything else I listen to regularly. Tonally, it reminds me a bit of NPR or Reply All- kind of quirky, but interesting and well-researched. I’d describe it as “pleasurable.” 8/10
Favorite Episode: McDonald’s Broke My Heart
The Fantasy Footballers
If you like your fantasy football news and strategy with a touch of buffoonery, this is the podcast for you. Andy, Mike and Jason combine pop culture references with fantasy football advice that’s anything but boring. Followers of this podcast are affectionately referred to as the Foot Clan.
TB: These guys make what could be a dry topic funny and energetic. Whether you are looking to dominate your office league or just pick up a little advice, I can’t recommend this one enough. I realize this won’t be for everyone, but you can tell that they are having the time of their life recording each episode. Don’t worry, this one does not end at the end of the fantasy football season. Episodes are released daily during the season and weekly in the offseason. 7/10
Favorite Episode: Listen to the most recent or look at the title of the episode and pick the most relevant to you.
Other must-listens: Reply All, Myths and Legends, Anna Faris is Unqualified, Fictional, Make Me Smart