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The rising popularity of podcasts over the last five or so years has made it a lot easier for people to access information on politics, pop culture, sports, music and much more. Podcasts give people an outlet to express their opinions and instigate discussions with peers. This medium is a new way to absorb comedy without reliance on a visual aid. It broadens the scope of listening to comedy beyond just hearing a 30 minute set. Here are some podcast recommendations that will make your walk to class or drive to work a lot funnier.
If I Were You – Jake and Amir became famous for their video series “Jake and Amir” on CollegeHumor. It was a staple for many kids growing up on YouTube, but the duo is still working together at a podcast network they founded called HeadGum. And they are still hilarious.
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If I Were You is an advice podcast where people send in questions, and Jake and Amir attempt to provide advice. It’s mostly them picking the stupidest questions they get and then running with them a bit, making fun of that person for 20 minutes, which is extremely entertaining. In my opinion, the funniest episodes are at the beginning, which seems hard for a podcast with over 350 episodes, but if you are going to check them out, you need to listen to the episodes where most of their ongoing bits start.
I saw this podcast recorded live in Houston in front of a very empty crowd at Warehouse Live when I was 17, after taking two shots of vodka out of a water bottle in the bathroom of a sushi restaurant. Needless to say, it was one of the funniest experiences of my life.
Episodes to start with – #71, Sim Cheating (with Thomas Middleditch), #67, Howdy (with Dave Rosenberg), #99, Violence (with Brian Murphy), and #100 Family Fiction (with Ben Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch!).
Punch Up The Jam – This podcast is co-hosted by Demi Adejuyigbe and Miel Bredouw, two comedians who would most likely be recognized by someone our age for their Vines or social media presence. They also both participate in acting and writing in the entertainment business, which the cohesiveness of their podcast reflects. The premise of Punch Up The Jam is that they invite a friend/colleague on the show, like Eliot Glazer, Grace Helbig, or Jon Gabrus, and decipher a universally known classic song line by line.
The best part of the podcast happens in the last 15 minutes, where either Miel or Demi will present their rendition of the song with the changes they think it needs to have. The first hour of the podcast is filled with jokes that build on each other until the very end when they all come together perfectly. It also helps that Demi and Miel are both musically talented on top of being wildly funny.
Episodes to start with – #10, Welcome To The Jungle ft. Grace Helbig, or #5, Crash Into Me
Twinnovation – This show would be like if the three funny potheads from your high school got successful and made a podcast. They spend each episode pitching inventions to each other, described by Karnell as a stoner’s Shark Tank. Mike Karnell and twin brothers Jeff and Dave Rosenberg run Twinnovation. If you were a fan of CollegeHumor in high school, you might recognize the co-hosts of this podcast from YouTube series “Jake and Amir.”
They start the episodes with a segment called “the beef of the week”, where they call out people who have wronged them, although most of the time they just end up shit talking each other. It’s not a heavy podcast, and you can pick up from anywhere, so it’s perfect for a walk to class or a short drive. Don’t play it out loud in front of anyone with a weak stomach though.
Episodes to start with – #14, Impounded, #6, The Perfect Game, or #30, Dave’s A Bitch Part 2 Ft. Franky Del Cervo
Tiny Meat Gang – Co-hosted by Cody Ko, a household name for a lot of twenty-year-olds, and comedian Noel Miller, this podcast appeals to the immaturity in all of us. They talk about things like rap culture, the peaks and pitfalls of being 5’8 males, and YouTube trends. Most of their conversations end with a long winded dick joke.
In a time where most of the internet is oversaturated with cringey clickbait comedy, Cody and Noel offer a refreshingly honest take on the positive and negative aspects on our current state of pop culture, without pandering to what they assume their audience wants to hear. This podcast is one of the only things that I would recommend to any of my friends, because there is something in it for two people with opposite senses of humor. They also both post a lot of funny content on YouTube, if you’re looking for something shorter.
Episodes to start with – #28, Noel Actually Gets Angry, and #47, Lil Xan Cucks Charlie Puth
You Made It Weird – This is a podcast I always recommend for anyone interested in comedy. It combines the amazing interview style of Pete Holmes with the organic entertainment that comes from two funny people having an honest conversation. Pete is a natural conversationalist, talking to his guests about relationships, careers, and ending in an always interesting discussion about religion. This podcast gives anyone a look into the mind of a comedian in the industry, and not just the happy parts. It’s a good podcast to listen to when you need some sort of insight about what you’re going through in your life, because chances are, someone else is figuring it out as well.
Pete is emotionally vulnerable, bringing out honesty in people that you would never expect to be serious, something very rare in the normal context that we see comedians in. He’s also known to interview some musicians and just overall famous people like Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, and Larry King. The list of recommendations I’ve included is a variety interviews, some sad (Harris Wittels Returns and Thomas Middleditch), and some reflective (Mark Duplass Returns and Bo Burnham #3), but they will all teach you something and make you laugh.
Episodes to start with – Mark Duplass Returns, Allison Williams, Thomas Middleditch, Mike Birbiglia #3, Bo Burnham #3, Judd Apatow, Tom Segura, and Harris Wittels Returns”