Entertain Me! So. Many. Podcasts!

By Kerry

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I am a total podcast floozy. When I was working for an agency & had a 45 minute commute to work, I used to listen to podcasts in the car. Now that I am a freelancing homebody, I listen to them at the gym, while I’m stitching, or on long car rides. I’m currently subscribed to 41 different podcasts (and that’s not counting the one offs that I download), so I thought I would share some of my favorites.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself
Many of the podcasts that I love fall under the category of ‘funny-people-having-funny-conversations,’ and Stop Podcasting Yourself is my favorite such podcast. The hosts, Dave Shumka & Graham Clark, are both very funny – and manage to be snarky without being mean-spirited about it. They usually have a (comedian) guest, and the structure of the podcast is fairly loose – just chatting, followed by a segment called “Overheards.” (Where the hosts & guest share funny things they’ve overheard recently – they also share overheards sent in by SPY listeners). You don’t have to start listening from episode 1, since episodes stand alone. I highly recommend any episode with Alicia Tobin, Paul F. Tompkins, or Charlie Demers as a guest.

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Answer Me This!
Answer Me This! is a fun (and occasionally educational) podcast. The hosts are Helen Zaltzman & Olly Mann (with help from Martin the Sound Man). Each episode, they answer questions that have been written or called in by listeners. The questions range from things like historical fact checking to requests for help with family dilemmas. The hosts are witty and have an excellent rapport. They recently switched from being a 30 minute weekly podcast to a longer show every two weeks. Again, because of the format of the show, you do not have to go back and listen from the beginning. But, their 2013 Best of episodeswill give you a good idea of the tone of the show.

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Go Bayside
If you know who Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski are, then you’ll like Go Bayside. Each week, April Richardson sits down with a guest (usually a comedian) and they deconstruct and analyze an episode of Saved by the Bell. Some of the guests have never seen Saved by the Bell before, but April can only be described as a Saved by the Bell fanatic. The podcast covers the episodes in the order that they originally aired, but you don’t have to listen to them in order. These are some of my favorite episodes:
Episode 074 with Paul F. Tompkins, “Class Rings”
Episode 062 with Alison Rosen, “Home for Christmas (Part 2)”
Episode 052 with Jimmy Pardo, “All In the Mall”

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Throwing Shade
Throwing Shade is a weekly look at all the issues important to ladies and gays. The hosts are Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, and while they do cover current issues, they are also extremely silly (which will keep you from becoming too stabby as they go over the latest ridiculousness that is happening in the news). Since this one covers current events, I would recommend listening to the most recent episode first (then you can go back and catch up on old episodes – they do a great job of listing the topics covered in the show notes, so you can pick & choose).

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How Did This Get Made?
I am slowly converting Mr. Candyfloss into a podcast fan. So far, How Did This Get Made? is his favorite podcast. The hosts are Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael – all of which you’ve probably seen on TV at some point. They watch horrible movies and then discuss them (usually with a guest). It helps if you’ve seen the movie they’re talking about, but it’s not totally necessary. The Devil’s Advocate Live episode is a personal favorite.

This only scratches the surface of my podcast obsession. I’ll do future installments on others that I love. In the meantime, what are your favorite podcasts? I’m always looking for recommendations!

P.S. Many of these are NSFW due to language, so put your earbuds in!

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I am also a huge podcast addict and I LOVE How Did This Get Made. I know you probably already have too many to listen to, but might I suggest Caustic Soda as another you might enjoy. It takes mundane or touchy subjects and discusses all the weird minutia in a fun and comedic way.