The world feels a strange place at the moment *cough coronavirus cough*. If you’re self-isolating or want to switch of from the world; these podcasts are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Over the last few years I’ve become a bit of a podcast geek. It’s become a little bit of an obsession. As soon as I’m alone or have spare moment I whack on a pod! I’ve started listening to my favourite shows on my way to work, in the shower and sometimes when I’m going to sleep. I’ve even attended a few live podcast recordings. I’ve composed a list of some of my favourite comedy podcasts which should hopefully make you chortle…
My Dad Wrote a Porno
I’ve burst out laughing listening to this in a busy street. Jamie Morton reads his father ‘Rocky’s’ pornographic novel whilst his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine provide comical observations. Dame Emma Thompson, Daisy Ridley and Lin-Manuel Miranda are just a few of the guests that star on the Footnotes episodes. You’ll never feel the same way about pomegranates, Amsterdam or the pots and pans industry again!
Do the Right Thing
This is a comedy panel show, hosted by Danielle Ward, with team captains Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Michael Legge. Each week they are joined by different comedians as they try and work out what the right thing to do is, in many bizarre situations. Continuous ad-libbing, anecdotes and meaty jokes from vegan Michael Legge, provide a very funny yet ‘informative’ podcast.
Dear Joan and Jericha
Joan and Jericha are the alter egos of Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine. They are two agony aunts who give judgemental, filthy advice to people’s problems. The aunts are experts in life coaching, female sexual health, pyscho-genital counselling and sports journalism. Davis and Pepperdine provide a satirical take on ageing, gender roles, sexual health and more. Probably not one to listen to with your parents!
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Each episode, comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster host a special guest in their magical restaurant. They choose their dream meal (starter, main and dessert) whilst being waited on by ‘genie’ James. Guests include Greg Davies, Katherine Ryan and Daisy May Cooper. The comedy pair will take you through a comical culinary journey and by the end of it you will be able answer life’s biggest quandary:
Poppadoms or bread?
Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Each week Richard Herring ‘The Podfather’, interviews a guest in front of a live audience. Towards the end of the interview he asks them nonsensical questions such as ‘have you ever seen a big foot’ or ‘if men evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys’? Each guest brings their own uniqueness and each episode is packed full of gossip, gags and giggles. My favourite guests have been Tim Minchin, Rosie Jones and Brian Blessed.
So there are a few to get you going. If you have any more podcast recommendations I’d love to hear them.
Stay safe and thanks for reading.