(More) Podcasts for Your Ears

by Ashley on May 23, 2012

I received a lot of positive feedback on my last post about podcasts, so I thought I would make a few more recommendations.  One thing I like about podcasts is that they reward loyal listeners.  What I mean is that they aren’t always the easiest to get into, but if you give them a chance and get to know the people, then you get to feel like you are part of something special. (Same warning as before: these are mostly comedy podcasts and NSFW, except with ear buds.)

The JV Club: Janet Varney interviews women, from Christina Hendricks (she was a goth, guys) to Connie Chung, about what they were like as teenagers. It is comforting to know that everyone was a mess in high school, and I have received a surprising number of music recommendations just from hearing what people were listening to when they were younger.  Start with: Jen Kirkman.

Making It: Riki Lindhome interviews comedians and actors about how they made it.  It is really interesting to hear how creative people found their ways.  The thing you realize quickly is that most people stumble through, but they are driven by passion.  You do not have to have aspirations to make it in Hollywood in order to appreciate this podcast. Start with: Felicia Day.

The Mental Illness Happy Hour: This is a podcast where comedians talk about their issues, including mental illness.  Sometimes it’s funny and something it’s serious, and most of the time it is both at once.  The episode with Teresa Strasser made me cry as I walked through the library.  I don’t actually suffer from mental illness myself, but I get so much out of hearing the stories of other people. Start with: Paul F. Tompkins (favorite person ever) or Teresa Strasser.

Mike and Tom Eat Snacks:  Absurd and hilarious conversations between Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh about snacks.  You don’t need to know anything more than that.  Okay, one more thing: literally, it’s about snacks. Start with: Chex Mix; no, just listen to every episode because they are short and hilarious!

Totally Laime:  Elizabeth Laime and her husband discuss their lives and interview comedians and actors about all kinds of topics, including the Oprah Show.  Just know that you’re going to have to decide whether Garden State is totally or lame (my answer: lame). Start with: Aubrey Plaza.

You Made It Weird:  Comedian Pete Holmes interviews other comedians about the things that make them weird.  The nature of the theme means that sometimes things go into uncomfortable territory and sometimes it has even tested my limits of political correctness, but the conversation is so interesting that I can’t stop listening.  Warning: Pete’s laugh and he knows it. Start with: Rob Delaney.

One rule: if you take any of these recommendations or already listen to any of these podcasts, you must tell me so that we can gush.  I am tired of fan girl-ing alone over here!

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Andrea May 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

I LOVE The JV Club and Making It (I might like them more than The Nerdist? I know, blasphemy). I love Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing, but I’d listen to him babble in his sleep (start with the Kristin Wiig episode). I think you also might like The New Yorker: Fiction and WNYC Selected Shorts- who doesn’t love having stories read to them?


Jeff May 24, 2012 at 7:32 am

Hello Ashley,
I’d like to say I know of these podcasts but as much as I like the American language i tend to stay with the BBC who have many topical [podcast] shows. The (dry)English humor is more my cup of tea….. and a garibaldi.
If I’m feeling curious I’ll give your recommendations an honest trial.


Peter May 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I’ve always wanted to be involved with a podcast.

Not sure what it would be.

But it is an idea rolling around in the back of my noggin.


homeimprovementninja May 25, 2012 at 5:12 am

I listen to Making It (and Nerdist too). I got turned on to it by my love of Garfunkel and Oates. And if you like G&O, check out Raising Hope on Hulu. Miuci plays an unlicensed daycare worker who sings weird songs to her kids.

Greg Fitzsimmons and Adam Carolla have good podcasts with great guests too.


Jon May 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

Awesome, loved your last set and am excited to try these out, thanks!


Sara June 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

This is so helpful because I never know what to listen to. There are so many choices. Also, when I start on a random episode I feel like I’m crashing a stranger’s party. I’ll give podcasts another try. There has to be more out there then just NPR?


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