Make the most of the funniest celebrities: 9 podcasts for ‘SmartLess’ fans

Comedy August 3, 2022

For our round-up of shows like “SmartLess,” our criteria is simple: podcasts by stellar hosts welcoming hilarious guests where any topic is fair game. On “SmartLess,” we’re constantly tuning in for co-hosts (and Arrested Development alum) Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes’ witty banter and outstanding conversations with a guest each episode that only 1 host knows about in advance.

On our list, we’ve selected a rewatch series for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia since the hosts are a riot. Also check out podcasts hosted by comedians Chelsea Handler, Conan O’Brien, and Tig Notaro. Sean Hayes co-hosts another must-listen podcast called “HypochondriActor,” where he combines comedy and medicine. Tune into these podcasts like “SmartLess.”

The Always Sunny Podcast

The Always Sunny Podcast

Listen to ‘The Always Sunny Podcast’

With a similar, tight-knit camaraderie to the “SmartLess” dudes, hosts Glenn, Charlie, and Rob worked on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They’re reminiscing about the show, heading back to 2005, and rewatching every season. In weekly episodes, they share memories from creating the show, how they met, and their lasting partnership that spanned two+ decades.

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Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade

Listen to ‘Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade’

Relive SNL’s finest moments with comedians, hosts, past and present cast, musical guests, and writers on “Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade.” The 2 iconic alum hosts are joined by guests like Chris Rock, Jeff Goldblum, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, and so many more in weekly episodes by Cadence13.

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Dear Chelsea

Listen to ‘Dear Chelsea’

Comedian and author Chelsea Handler hosts “Dear Chelsea,” an advice podcast. She and her assistant, Brandon Marlow, answer listeners’ questions, and they welcome celebrity and expert guests. Hear Chelsea’s recent conversation on breakups from “We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle.” In recent episodes, Chelsea was joined by Martha Stewart, Dan Savage, Julianna Margulies, Anna Faris, and Jenny Mollen – just to name a few.

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

Listen to ‘Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend’

After manning the Late Night desk for years, Conan had yet to translate his guests’ appearances into lasting friendships. Now on “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” he’s making friends, one podcast episode at a time. Conan sits down with guests like Nikki Glaser, B.J. Novak, Bill Hader, Elle Fanning, and Dana Carvey. This series is presented by Team Coco.

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Listen to ‘HypochondriActor’

Actor Sean Hayes is a self-proclaimed “HypochondriActor,” combining medicine and comedy on a podcast with physician and comedian Dr. Priyanka Wali. The co-hosts share medical stories, ailments, and advice. Dr. Wali answers Sean’s never-ending questions, random medical theories he has, and breaks down medical topics. They’re joined by celebrity guests to share their own medical stories, participate in medical trivia rounds, and more.

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Don’t Ask Tig

Listen to ‘Don’t Ask Tig’

Comedian Tig Notaro hosts American Public Media’s series, “Don’t Ask Tig.” Along with friends, Tig doles out advice, funny content, and light-hearted banter. Tune in for episodes with guests like Phoebe Bridgers, Paul Rudd, Karen Kilgariff, Lauren Lapkus, and more.

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The Three Questions with Andy Richter

Listen to ‘The Three Questions with Andy Richter’

Andy Richter asks guests the same three questions: “Where do you come from? Where are you going? What have you learned?” They’ll launch into revealing conversations and Andy will learn a ton while sharing about himself, too. Recent episodes featured Rachel Bilson, Michael Cera, Katy Tur, Minnie Driver, Rachel Bloom, Chris Gethard, and many more.

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Literally! with Rob Lowe

Listen to ‘Literally! with Rob Lowe’

Rob Lowe sits down with friends, celebrities, people he loves, and admires on “Literally!” Previous guests have included Jennifer Grey, Paris Hilton, Nathan Lane, and Busy Philipps – just to name a few. Their free-flowing conversations go from thoughtful to random as they’ll dive into life, movies, music, TV, sports, and culture.


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