25 Best Comedy Podcasts – Funniest Podcasts – Cosmopolitan
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Being alone with my own thoughts? Lol, no thanks!
One of the *very* best features about podcasts: they do a bang-up job of keeping you company when you’re alone and doing mundane tasks. Folding laundry? Podcast! Commuting (RIP)? Podcast! Walking the dog? Podcast! Waiting for that text back? Podcast!
So, why not play the podcasts that’ll make you lol to sweeten the deal? For shits ‘n’ gigs, here are the best comedy podcasts to listen to rn.
Uh…beg to differ. Anna Faris (comedic actress angel!) hosts her relationship podcast inviting her listeners to join her on her “mission to create a community where those of us who have no idea what the f*ck we’re doing can find comfort, support and laughter.” She interviews fellow celebs about relationship stuffz and then they call her “dear listeners” to give them ~unqualified~ relationship advice.
If you’re a true com’ snob, Comedy Bang Bang should do it for ya. The pod is hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman who directed and co-created Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. As for Comedy Bang Bang? It “blends conversation and character work from today’s funniest comedians.” (Translation: expect improv, hilar’ celeb guests and other comedy bits in weekly episodes.)
Best Friends is a podcast founded on, duh, friendship, hosted by comedian besties Nicole Byer (you know her from Netflix’s Nailed It!) and Sasheer Zamata (you remember her from Saturday Night Live). Their decade-long friendship makes for hysterical random banter and earnest answers to listeners’ friendship Q’s.
Nicole Byer has her own podcast, too. But this one swaps the topic of BFFs for BJs. Every week, single-lady Nicole invites a comedian or (gasp!) ex on her show to chat about sex, dating and relationships in an attempt answer the why-won’t-you-date-me Q for herself.
A true crime comedy podcast? Yep! On mega-popular My Favorite Murder, hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark story-tell two murder stories per ep in a way that feels like you’re listening to your smart, witty friend tell you about that insane documentary she watched on Netflix this weekend. (Bonus: the comedians also open up about mental health which will have you wondering how a comical murder podcast is making you feel so understood.)
Fun fact: My Favorite Murder was SO successful that Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark founded their own podcast network, Exactly Right. And I Said No Gifts lives there! In his podcast, host Bridger Winegar who has written for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, invites “friends, loved ones, and people he’s secretly trying to destroy to join him in conversation.” He says no gifts, but ofc guests bring one and they talk about it.
In this sex, dating and relationship podcast, hosts Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine (PS: Ashley runs @BrosBeingBasic) chat about “everything from anal to finances.” They pull from their own relationship ~traumas~ that makes way for a comedy show that boasts 2.5 million (!) monthly downloads.
Actress and comedian Heather McMahan is the hilarious, no-bullshit best friend you’ve always needed. She’s refreshingly unfiltered and super-relatable. In Absolutely Not, she tells all, bitches it out and invites her listeners to call in to do the same. (FYI: Her Insta stories featuring the doings of her daily life are must.watch.content.) She’ll make you laugh, hard.
yoU’RE a GIrL Who LikEs SPortS? Seriously, though: Barstool’s Pardon My Take (P.M.T.) is a refreshing sports comedy podcast that tackles sports in a funny, entertaining way. (Read: NOT two middle-aged men arguing over game film for two hours!!!). Hosts Big Cat and PFT Commenter dish hot takes on sports and sports entertainment, interviewing some of the best athletes and personalities in the game. And because many of their guests are *also* fans and/or friends (ahem, Blake Griffin and Gronk), P.M.T.’s interviews are bursting with hysterical soundbites you won’t get anywhere else.
Get ready for some pod-ception, babes. Meet actress and improviser Lauren Lapkus (you may know her as the prison guard from Orange is the New Black). Sure, it’s her podcast, but she gives the hosting reigns to a new, funny pal every week. Lauren is the guest, always, and she’s in character the whole time. It’s a podcast that’s all improvised and all impressive.
Holy, YIKES. This was Jamie Morton’s truth and, lucky for us, he made a podcast about it. In this podcast, Jamie reads a chapter of the porno a week with the help of his buddies. (Bonus: He is British so his accent is lovely!) Oh, and My Dad Wrote a Porno *also* exploded into an HBO comedy special. One of the ultimate, “when life gives you lemons” moments, IMO.
Seasoned stand-up comic (and current GLOW actor) Marc Maron hosts this uber-popular, long-running podcast featuring “revelatory conversations with iconic personalities,” ranging from President Barack Obama (‘twas a ground-breaking move) to Dan Levy.
Self-proclaimed shy, slutty psycho comedian hosts Cat (Catherine Cohen) and Pat (Regan) host this snarky podcast on “boys, sex, fucking, dating, and love” … sort of. Enter non-boring, non-basic guests and a show that finally (wink) answers, “What if a gay guy and a girl…were friends?”
Here’s to the movies that are so bad, they’re kinda… good? How Did This Get Made (HDTGM) hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas watch those movies you love to hate and then unpack them on the episode. Rotten Tomatoes be damned.
No, really. There is no such thing as a fish. This is a British comedy podcast (more fun accents!) hosted by the writers of BBC comedy quiz show, QI. Hosts present one fave fact they learned over the past seven days and let loose.
True crime has had more than a *moment*. And A Very Fatal Murder is The Onion’s satirical podcast on it. The plot? “Onion Public Radio (OPR) correspondent David Pascall from New York City to the sleepy town of Bluff Springs, Nebraska to investigate the mysterious death of a 17-year-old girl, Hayley Price. Hayley was a popular, smart animal lover, with a bright future ahead of her.” Serial, you’ve been put on blast.
IRL brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy host “an advice show for the modern era.” Spoiler: obvi, the advice is not good! They answer listeners’ questions or questions submitted on Yahoo! Answers (vintage!)
‘Tis the familiar voice of your favorite red-headed late-night host, unfiltered. Why does homeboy need a friend? According to Team Coco, “Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that.” Ha, we’ll take it.
“Comedians’ secret weirdnesses, revealed.” (OK, and that of other people you’ll recognize, too). Here are some of the best 1:1 interviews to dive into.
Wrong; not a podcast about books! On The Read, hosts Kid Fury and Crissle West cover hip-hop and pop culture’s most ~trying~ stars. They say no celeb is safe; except Beyonce and Blue Ivy. (FYI: You can watch The Read on Fuse, too!)
JVN! Can you BELIEVE? In his podcast Getting Curious, Jonathan Van Ness sits down for a 40-minute convo with an expert on a topic he’s curious about. Like, how do plants get their freak on? And, how can we be stop being such grumpy nightmares? Yassss, queen!
“I’m fine!” *Narrator: she was not fine.* Terrible, Thanks for Asking keeps it ~real~ as a “funny/sad/uncomfortable” podcast where host (author and TED mainstage speaker) Nora McInerny hosts guests who share their complicated and honest feelings about how they’re really doing. GTFO, small talk.
Calling all know-it-alls: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is NPR’s weekly, panel-style news quiz. Go wild trying to guess the answers before the guests. But, if you want something more ~interactive~, good news (pun intended): you can play the “Wait Wait Quiz” on your smart speaker.
OK, 2 Dope Queens stopped recording in 2019, but it’s still one of the funniest podcasts you should totally binge-listen to. Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (the dope queens, hello!) performed their standup shows live in Brooklyn that were then edited into a podcast format. Expect topics from race and gender to sex and hair, guest comedians and a bunch of other shit.
Heyyo, 2 Dope Queens has a spinoff podcast, y’all! Phoebe Robinson was *so over* being the token black chick in the white-male-dominated world of comedy. So in her podcast, she “hosts intimate, funny and super honest conversations with musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields—AND who aren’t white dudes!” Groundbreaking!