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. Also, we’ll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
The Joe Rogan Experience – Amy Schumer
LEIGH: Joe Rogan couldn’t have been more accurate in this episode when he said that now is a nice time to be a comedy fan. And listening to Amy Schumer on this episode of The Joe Rogan Experience is proof of why. Rogan and Schumer cover the important things on everyone’s mind like ballerinas, piranhas, rap battles and Eddie Izzard’s marathon running. But it was only a matter of time before “Is it hard to be a woman in comedy?” came up. This time, however, we hear about it from a different angle – in response to Jerry Seinfeld’s response to criticism over the lack of diversity in his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It’s hard to ignore the fact that the conversation gets tense at points, but that tension only works to make this episode that much more entertaining.
Song Exploder – Loren Bouchard
ZOE: Each week, Song Exploder invites musicians to dissect their songs and describe the process behind them. Lucky for us, this week’s guest is Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, who explains how a few simple ukulele chords became the theme song for the most endearing comedy on TV. “I knew I found something I’d been waiting for my whole life,” he says, describing the moment he stumbled across the ukulele at a flea market. From there, he introduces us to each instrument and the story behind it, ranging from a Casio SK5 to a bowed acoustic base. Through its various layers, the song masterfully embodies the show’s balance between childlike naïveté and adult cynicism. It’s especially heartwarming to learn how the final version includes many of Bouchard’s original recordings from San Francisco. Hearing each isolated track will give you an even deeper appreciation for the whimsical, home-grown sound that he’s so thoughtfully pieced together. A few extra perks of the episode include a never-before-heard C section and commentary from Jon H. Benjamin and Eugene Mirman. The show is only 15 minutes long, but will undoubtedly give you many more minutes of pleasure each time you sit down to watch Bob’s Burgers.
WTF with Marc Maron – Jason Reitman
The Dead Authors Podcast – John Ross Bowie
Leigh Cesiro is a writer living in Brooklyn who only needs 10 minutes to solve any Law & Order: SVU episode.
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.