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The Best Comedy Podcasts of 2016

If you’re like me, you can get tired of listening to world events, non-fiction stories, political news, self-enlightenment, or other podcasts that can make you anxious about the world or yourself. So every week I try to fit in a few podcasts to make me smile or even laugh at my office desk. Therefore, let’s jump into, what are the top 10 comedy podcasts I listen to on a regular basis?

1) Harmontown

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Do you like going through bizarre wormholes of anxiety, comedy, tragedy, and awkwardness? Then you’re going to love Harmontown! One of the most consistently weird and one of the best comedy podcasts of all time, you never know what you’re going to get with Harmontown. Along with Dan Harmon, you get Spencer Crittenden, Jeff Davis, and every once in awhile you get special guests such as Dana Carvey, Jason Sudeikis, Joel McHale, or some of his fellow comedy writers at Rick and Morty. If you haven’t listened to it, give it a try – I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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2) Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

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Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! brings me back to the good old days of listening to comedy shows on CBC in which the comedy is clean but honest and delivered with a good punch. While it might not be the most ground-breaking comedy podcasts, it is consistently funny and is great for a relaxing Sunday morning or morning drive. Host Peter Sagal along with officiator/narrator Carl Kasell have a quick wit and deliver alongside some of the best guests in podcasts. This is also a great recommendation to get others hooked on podcasts, as the comedy is clean, and the format is extremely approachable.

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3) Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast

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Bill Burr is one of the best comedians around today and his Monday Morning Podcast reflect that. Usually it’s just him in a hotel room (although it is sometimes in studio format these days) ranting about whatever happened to him over the last week. While it’s not a show to listen to for interesting guests (because it’s him and only him), the rants he can get into are actually laugh-out-loud funny. It’s particularly enjoyable around NFL season when he gets into rants about the Sunday games that have just happened – trust me, it beats any hot takes you’ll hear on ESPN.

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4) Call Your Girlfriend

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Perhaps one of the least well-known podcast on this list, Call Your Girlfriend is a great new podcast hosted by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, and is about all things two best friends might talk about any given day. It’s usually these two women just shooting the shit, either with themselves or a guest (usually their writer or artist friends), but their ease of conversation and their humor cuts through any other typical podcasts made by friends. While the podcast is relatively new (they’re in about 60 episodes as of posting time), they will no doubt be one to watch as they gain more of a following. They have also started live shows recently as well which will no doubt make their rise happen faster than most. Highly recommended!

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5) How Did This Get Made?

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How Did This Get Made? is one of the most laugh-out-loud comedy podcasts today, typically because the hosts are just so damn hilarious and don’t take themselves seriously at all. The only thing stopping them from being number one on the list is the fact that their live shows are nowhere near as funny as the studio shows, and they are usually completing live shows more often than not these days. This means they only have new studio episodes once every two months or so. That being said, these episodes are usually so funny it makes up for the other episodes most of the time. Jason, June and Paul are great hosts and I cannot recommend this comedy podcast enough.

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6) Doug Loves Movies

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Doug Loves Movies is by one of the hardest working comedians today, Doug Benson, who you probably know by his affection for anything weed-related. He’s a great comedian, who clearly loves movies more than any average human being, and it shines through as one of the many comedy podcasts. Part-interview, mostly-gameshow, Doug Loves Movies is one of the podcasts that really shines in the live format, which is good because the podcast is a recording of his live shows as he tours across the country. Special guests often include Sarah Silverman, and legendary movie reviewer Leonard Maltin (whose namesake is used often during the show’s main games). One of the most consistent fallbacks for good comedy and hearty laughs.

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7) Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky

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Some of you might be wondering, “what the hell is a tech journalist’s podcast doing on a comedy podcast list”, and this belongs solely because of the podcast’s host, Mr. Joshua Topolsky. While his New York City-vibe of sarcastic liberal humor might not be for everyone, I usually find the conversations light-hearted, and actually full of substance most of the time. He is clearly interested in making the world a smarter, more engaged place, and with his writer friends, I think they’re doing that one podcast at a time. Highly recommended as one of many comedy podcasts.

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8) Comedy Bang Bang

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One of the oldest stalwarts in comedy podcasts today, I’ve been listening to Comedy Bang Bang for as long as I can remember (and even the olden days as to when it was called Comedy Death Ray and was a spin-off of a radio show in Los Angeles). Scott Aukerman has no issues diving into any topic of comedy, and the results are often hilarious and off-the-wall. The typical podcast interview format is often parodied, which also makes for great comedy. I would rank this higher if it were not for this year’s somewhat mediocre slate of guests (“is Comedy Bang Bang beyond the glory?” is probably a future post on here, but if you go back through the archives of pre-2015 you’ll find a wealth of amazing material to listen to, and at its peak will almost never be beaten from any comedy podcasts today or in the future.

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9) The Joe Rogan Podcast

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While you might know Joe Rogan from his UFC/Fear Factor/Newsradio days, if you didn’t know that Mr. Rogan was also a podcaster, well you’ve been living under a rock these days. His following is massive and is almost always in the top five of top-downloaded podcasts. I think he’s even mentioned on his podcasts he gets a couple hundred thousand viewers every episode, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s higher when he has popular guests such as Joey Diaz on. While he’s not always featuring comedians on his podcasts (lately it’s been UFC fighters, martial arts trainers, or outdoorsmen), he really challenges you to think smarter, think outside the box, and to not be conditioned by “the man”, usually in his hilarious comedic style. Come for the laughs, stay for the rants about nootropics and conspiracy theories. It also doesn’t hurt that his podcasts are 2.5+ hours each, which almost make them impossible to listen to all of them. Seriously, the amount of bullshitting him and his guests can do are unreal.

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10) Stop Podcasting Yourself

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Stop Podcasting Yourself, hosted by Dave Shumka and Graham Clark, hold a special place in my heart as they are the rare popular Canadians in podcasting. Their quick wit and ability to bullshit is often better than anyone else out there, which is great when they are combined with special comedian or writer guests that they have frequently on. It’s not much more than your average “three-guys-bullshitting-around” podcast, and doesn’t challenge the medium at all, but the quality of the laughs are great enough to be placed into our top ten.

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What Comedy Podcasts Do You Recommend?

Do you have any great comedy podcasts podcasts that you can recommend? Please add them to the comments. Thanks for reading!

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