We could all use a little more laughter in our lives. Whether you’re looking for some comedy on the commute home or unwinding during the weekend and needing an uplifting escape from the non-stop news cycle, we’ve got you covered with the best comedy podcasts.
There’s some compelling research out there suggesting that an ample quantity of smiling and laughter actually increases your lifespan. So, if your default setting isn’t giddy, give some of these genuinely funny podcasts for a spin.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
There’s been a void in late night television ever since Conan left the network circuit. His quick wit and antics were worth staying up for, night in and night out. O’Brien’s latest podcast series reminds usof just how hilarious Coco is. Whether he’s making fun of his own athletic prowess, picking on an intern, or diving into one of his signature wormholes, the comedian remains one of the best around. And while a guy responsible for some of the best Simpsons episodes of all time can more than hold his own on tape, this series is extra good because it involves equally funny guests, like Charles Barkley, Sarah Silverman, and John Mulaney.
Podcast But Outside
Hosts Cole Hersch and Andrew Michaan live up to the podcast’s name by simply taking things outside and into the streets. Imagine a lemonade stand run by two full-grown men who manage to lure people to their table only to converse on anything and everything. Their misadventures are many, as the duo sets up shop at various gatherings (vegan street fairs, Costco parking lots, residential streets during Halloween) to interview perfect strangers. While it’s funny as a listen, there’s an added layer of humor in the cheesy camera work, fake ads, and visuals related to the constant threat that they may get kicked out of wherever they happen to be hosting.
2 Dope Queens
Although it only ran for a flash between 2016 and 2018, 2 Dope Queens is worth a revisit. The self-described “black girl magic” is the comedic work of hosts Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, produced by WNYC in New York. They leave few topics untouched, spanning the subject matter realm from sex and dating nightmares to stand-up comedy, food, and strange Brooklyn encounters. The two hosts feed off of each other expertly and add extra laughs with the likes of esteemed guests like Jon Stewart. Plus, they show us the funny side of the more formal guests like Michelle Obama.
No Such Thing as a Fish
With this fascinating British broadcast, you’re as likely to cock your head as you are to laugh out loud. The show riffs off of a handful of factoids each week, reminding us of some of humanity’s strangest creations. The hosts have essentially combed through the internet for some of the most bizarre hobbies, inventions, professions, and more and unearthed the very hardest to believe. Think sentient jelly, hedgehog circuses, and sexy ceiling fans. In true British fashion, the humor is often dry, ironic, tongue-in-cheek or all of the above at once. Listen closely or you’re likely to miss a quick jab here or there.
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