The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
Doodie Calls - Alison Rich
ZOE: Guest Alison Rich got two important calls this week: one from Saturday Night Live and the other from, yep, you guessed it: doodie. Right before recording this episode, Rich found out she was hired to write for SNL, and what better way to celebrate than talking some shit? In the wake of her exciting news, you’ve probably read about her many web series and writing credits, but perhaps her most impressive accomplishment of all is battling food poisoning naked in a hospital bathroom with her jaw wired shut while —as if it couldn’t get worse—her mom sat beside her. The next story is little off-topic, but one that’s emotionally on-point and deeply resonant for any woman who’s had this nightmare: you know that one where you get your period unexpectedly, and it gets on the chair? A white linen chair? As you’re tutoring a high school student on his SATs? And it’s just him and his dad in the house? And then even though you want to run away and never see them again, you have to come back the following week? And then there’s a new chair? Yeah, that nightmare. Seventeen Magazine’s Traumarama section’s got nothing on what Rich is serving up this week.
The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast - W. Kamau Bell
PABLO: If you were a fan of the canceled Totally Biased, listen to this week’s Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast, a recording of their hilarious PowerPoint-laden live shows. On this episode, the brothers Ashok and Hari invite the latter’s former boss, W. Kamau Bell, to discuss interracial dating, the perils of appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher, and general white demonry. The show starts off with a retelling (complete with YouTube clips) of Hari’s awkward appearance on the schlocky morning show Good Day New York to promote his album Waiting for 2042. Let’s just say the two hosts, one the son of a former NYPD commissioner and the other the daughter of a former Gambino crime lord, don’t see quite eye-to-eye with Hari’s comedic take on growing up as a first generation Indian-American. Later in the show, the topic turns to interracial relationships, revealing that there is a website solely devoted to helping white moms manage the hair of their black daughters. Episode #14 is a hilarious episode filled with anecdotes about Barbara Walters, tales of the KKK, and the difficulty in recommending an author besides Junot Díaz when you’re a 20-something brown male who watches way too much TV.
Modern Day Philosophers - Shecky Greene
Don’t Ever Change - Nate Bargatze
Superego - Episode 4:1
Other Podcasts We’re Listening To:
Terrified - Jackie Kashian
We Know Nothing - A GOOD DICKING: Celebrities + Sex
Box Angeles - Dorian Frankel
The Trev & Ben Show - Episode #63
Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley - The Bestie
History Bluffs - Andre the Giant/Ryan Singer & Albert Einstein/Emo Phillips
The Laughspin Podcast - Judd Apatow
Never Not Funny - Rob Corddry
Leigh Cesiro is a writer living in Brooklyn who only needs 10 minutes to solve any Law & Order: SVU episode.
Pablo Goldstein is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.
Rob Schoon lives in Brooklyn and writes about tech, media, comedy and culture.
Zoe Schwab is a writer/fraud living in NYC who is somehow up-to-date with ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.