Last Updated: September 8th
I first heard the word “podcast” in 2008, just before I graduated college. “It’s like a radio show,” explained Kevin, my then roommate. “You download it from iTunes and just listen to it whenever.” He was trying to explain his newest obsession, The Joystiq Podcast. It was a podcast about video games, mostly reviews and current news, but every once in awhile the hosts would start to riff. To help convince me, he started playing a segment from an episode in which the hosts were playing a game. One host read the name of an upcoming Wii video game and the other hosts had to guess wether or not it was real.
And it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.
Since then, I’ve been obsessed with comedy podcasts (shouts to the Frotcast!). They are, essentially, the only thing I listen to when I commute, work out, do dishes, shower, or drive. In total, I currently listen to about 25 ongoing podcasts and, on occasion, I find it difficult to keep up. But through the years I’ve found that there is a finely cultivated list of podcasts that are my go-to suggestions whenever anyone is looking for something funny to listen to.
Here are 10 of the best comedy podcasts right now that I’ve recommended time and again over the past few months:
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My Brother, My Brother, and Me
It’s an advice show for the modern era, hosted by three brothers who rarely give real advice. In fact, each episode opens with the warning that “their advice should never be followed.” That’s because Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy aren’t professional therapists or counselors or even consultants. They’re just three brothers who love to laugh.
And that’s exactly what makes My Brother, My Brother, and Me such an engaging, instantly inclusive podcast. The brothers spend each episode going through a mix of questions from their audience alongside questions from Yahoo! Answers and — more often than not — devolve into riffing off one another. It’s great, it’s genuine, it’s that ineffable quality that only brothers can share.
All joking aside, if you listen to MBMBaM close enough, you might actually hear some genuine, solid advice.
Suggested listening: Episode 265 The Ballad of Tit Liquid