The 20 Best Comedy Podcasts

AM, FM, XM - your radio suck! Check out these podcasts instead

Humor-based talk radio was slowly strangled to death by the media conglomerates that run every radio station in the country. Fortunately, it's the future now - and your favorite comedians and talkers can make you laugh right over the internet. Buy an FM tuner, load these on your MP3 player and kiss that crappy local morning DJ goodbye.

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Paul Scheer of "Human Giant" and "The League" is joined by a guest and his co-hosts as they attempt to parse the mind-blowing absurdity and awfulness of Hollywood's worst movies. As Hollywood isn't always adequately terrible, episodes are produced on an irregular schedule; ten episodes have premiered since December. More »
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Hosted by former standup Marc Maron, this twice-weekly show is the favorite of every comedian alive. As a result, the introspective Maron has a nonstop parade of the biggest names in comedy. Ironically, the show isn't always funny - but then it doesn't always try to be. More »
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TV Writer and Producer Dan Harmon (Community) leads a mixed group of his celebrity friends in this fun podcast that's a mixture of interviews, stand-up routines, nerd culture, and thoughtful dialogue. Harmon and pal Jeff B. Davis started the podcast as a weekly variety show covering television, movies, society, news, politics, and a bunch of other random but funny stuff. More »

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Suspiciously squinty-eyed (read: noted marijuana-enthusiast) comic Doug Benson hosts this show in front of a live studio audience every week to talk about movies. Not content with just current releases, Doug and his guests also discuss movies from today going back to the birth of Christ (although there were not any movies in the majority of that time). More »

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Comedian Bill Burr is a cynic whose keen observational wit lends itself perfectly to playing Monday Morning quarterback for all of the world's social issues. The beloved Bostonian is in fine form here as he brings his trademark quips (and accent) to his conversations with friends and fellow comedians about modern society. His jokes are quick, clever, and oh-so-funny.  More »

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Did you graduate from college, but you still miss the long, aimless late night "dude-conversations" that were possibly more fun than anything else in college (except the hot, hot sex)? Or are you a woman who never got to HAVE "dude-conversations" to begin with?? Thankfully, actor Seth Romatelli and Son-of-John Jonathan Larroquette are there to have these conversations for you. More »
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A weekly chat between standup Jimmy Pardo and a single guest, the show eschews any pretense of an interview for a verbal free-for-all. I can assure you that the title will never be the cause of any false advertising suits. I mean, because it's free and funniness is subjective. But also, it's funny. More »
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Adam Carolla has been doing radio for almost 20 years. As you can guess, this is a good thing and a bad thing. He's a pro among pros and can go every weekday, but he can also be a little more 20th century than you might be looking for on your iPod. More »
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Kevin Smith's directorial career is on shaky ground following the massively disappointing Cop Out. But the man who played Silent Bob has quite a career going as a talker, with his recent comedy special, one of the most popular accounts on Twitter, and of course his weekly Podcast with Scott Mosier. It's vulgar and loosely structured, and I know that's how you like it. More »
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Pop culture! It can be so hard to keep up with, especially if you're trying to maintain an illusion of detached coolness. Fortunately there's "Who Charted," where every week Howard Kremer and a celebrity guest team up to discuss the movies, music and TV that have America entranced. You know you want to know. More »
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Druggy testosterone ball Joe Rogan hosts this show twice a week. The Joe Rogan Experience is a truly appropriate name, as the show mirrors the bizarre, contradictory tough guy/hippie hybrid that represents Joe Rogan's personality. I guess when you're that imposing, you don't have to fit into an archetype. Look at that show logo over there. Aren't you scared? More »
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This weekly show is hosted by another "Mr. Show" veteran, Scott Aukerman. Like Jimmy Pardo's "Never Not Funny", this show has only one goal: laughs. And presumably killing you with them, given its title. To this end, Aukerman brings along the funniest people he can find, including Zach Galifianakis, Michael Ian Black, and Sarah Silverman, among dozens of others. I listened to it; I'm not dead, but it was a close call. More »
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Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons hosts this somewhat-more-than-weekly show, an "overtime" recording of his regular gig on Howard Stern's Sirius XM station. The podcast is about half the length of most talk-based podcasts at thirty minutes to an hour long, but it's free, and it's not a contest. Being loosely affiliated with Howard Stern, the show is as devastatingly honest as you might expect. More »
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Daily Show commentator, author and sometimes-actor John Hodgman hosts this mock courtroom show, in which ridiculous disputes are resolved by the only man capable of distorting his intellect enough to unravel them. Judge Judy's not gonna tell you exactly what makes a room a "den" or whether machine guns qualify as robots, so basically you'd have to be a huge dumbass to listen to her over Judge John. More »
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Are you a person who doesn't work, and you're sick as hell of listening to people talking about working? "Oh, look at me, I have self-esteem and feel valuable to society!" Cram it, work-face. Hosts Greg Nibler and Sarah Dylan discuss things that the other 9% of us can relate to, like going to a strip club in the afternoon or drinking the afternoon or doing a podcast after drinking in the afternoon. Lot of afternoon stuff. More »
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Kevin Allison of The State hosts this storytelling show, "This American Life"'s mischievous cousin. The cousin that constantly swears in front of you even though you're only 11 and you're not even allowed to stay up late enough to watch "Frasier". Listen as comedians, writers and nobodies share shocking tales with a live audience. If they're not embarrassed, why should you be? More »
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This long-running podcast is heavy on volume, with about three episodes a week. Comedian Keith Malley and Girl/singer Chemda Khalili are a former couple (a la the White Stripes) that would probably be annoying to go to dinner with, what with the never shutting up, but that quality is actually desirable in a Podcast. More »
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Like podcasts, but looking for something more exotic and ethnic in a sea of American voices? Then you need to listen to this cleverly-named show, recorded in the far-off kingdom of Vancouver, British Columbia. Did you know there's a British Columbia now? I hear all their drug lords are exceedingly polite. It's the "Seinfeld" of podcasts; the hosts and their weekly guest turn the mundane into comedy. More »
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For those who have seen the Sklar Brothers' eccentric, bespectacled Comedy Central specials, it might come as a surprise that the twins' podcast has a healthy dose of sports mixed in with its comedy and pop culture. That can be good or bad, depending mostly on whether you like sports! And if you don't, what are you, a sissy? More »
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Geeky comedian Chris Hardwick, host of "Web Soup" on G4 and member of musical comedy duo Hard 'n Phirm, brings his show to the homes of his guests (because nerds are creepy like that) twice a week. The show is loosely structured and, as its name implies, often drifts towards more Melvinish subject matters, given Hardwick's personal interests.

This article was updated by Beverly Jenkins on 9/14/2016. More »

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