In the past five years or so, podcasts have completely blown up. With so many titles to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and opt for "The Best of Bon Jovi" on repeat instead. But when “Blaze of Glory” gets old, fear not: we’ve narrowed down your choices in the comedy category to 10 very entertaining options. Our picks below are guaranteed to keep you laughing, even when you’re headed to your dead-end job and feel like crying.
Hosted by the always-neurotic Marc Maron, WTF offers fascinating, funny and honest interviews with some of the best comedians, actors and writers around, like Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow and Louis C.K. Maron kicks off each episode with hilarious rants about everything from lifelong addiction to everyday annoyances before digging in for enlightening discussions with his well-known guests.
2. Doug Loves Movies
Comedian Doug Benson’s show will appeal to any guy who’s into movies or enjoys stoner humor. Benson, who’s surprisingly knowledgeable in all film genres, typically invites two to three guests onto each show to shoot the shit, chat about movies and play film-themed games. While sometimes a bit disjointed, Benson and pals are always amusing.
3. The Pod F. Tompkast
"Mr. Show" veteran Paul F. Tompkins hosts this variety podcast that includes deranged ramblings, taped skits and a series of mock phone calls between B-list celebrities (all voiced by Tompkins). Comedian Jen Kirkman, best known for "Chelsea Lately" and "Drunk History," stops by toward the end of each show to share her cynical brand of humor.
4. The Nerdist
Chris Hardwick hosts this podcast that covers all things nerdy (e.g. video games, "Dr. Who," gadgets, etc.). His clever, humorous interviews bring the inner geek out of guests, who have included Joel McHale, Andy Richter and Donald Glover. Even if you’re not a self-professed nerd, you’ll like the interesting discussions about comedy.
5. The Adam Carolla Podcast
Comedian and former "Loveline" and "The Man Show" host Adam Carolla interviews impressive guests like Kevin Nealon and Jim Gaffigan from his living room couch on this popular podcast. Since he’s kind of a dick, Adam’s always mad at someone or about something, making for hilariously raw tirades. If you liked Carolla’s long-form humor on "Loveline," you’ll enjoy this show.
6. Comedy Bang Bang
Formerly known as Comedy Death-Ray, this podcast, hosted by Scott Aukerman and born out of the weekly stand-up showcases of the same name held at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, Comedy Bang Bang features edgy and alternative comedians like Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt. While parts of the show can feel tedious at times, Aukerman is the king of discomfort and his awkward questions usually garner amusing responses.
7. The Ricky Gervais Podcast
Snarky British comedian Ricky Gervais holds conversations with writing partner Steven Merchant and resident idiot Karl Pilkington on this limited-run podcast. Pilkington reveals his bizarre theories on a myriad of topics while Gervais and Merchant hilariously goad him along. In 2010, the podcast was animated and turned into a weekly HBO series.
8. How Was Your Week?
Each show, author/comedian Julie Klausner asks celebrity guests like SNL alums Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer the question posed in the podcast’s title. What results is entertaining commentary on pop culture, Hollywood, comedy and more. This show sort of feels like you’re spying on a casual conversation that just happens to be between famous people.
9. The Best Show on WFMU
Hosted by the always-grouchy Tom Scharpling, The Best Show on WFMU consists of music, comedy and call-ins. Fellow comedians Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt and Zach Galifianakis are huge fans of Scharpling’s cantankerous monologues and tendency to hang up on callers mid-sentence.
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10. Uhh Yeah Dude
Jonathan Larroquette and Seth Romatelli entered pro comedy just six years ago when they started this podcast. The often-dirty duo have unique and quotable opinions on the type of news that doesn’t make the paper but is great water-cooler fodder. While the show doesn’t feature guests, Larroquette and Romatelli are consistently entertaining.