Now, I know we could all use a good laugh after the year we just went through. Fortunately, wandering into the comedy podcast world will have you up to your neck in stuff to laugh about.
But wading into this pool could leave you overstimulated, overwhelmed, and in desperate need of a hearty chuckle. If you’re looking for comedians, trivia, pop culture reviews, or even fictional true crime, here are some of the best comedy podcasts killing it out there today:
“Smartless” is one of the top comedy podcasts for good reason. The dynamic trio of Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett truly just want to unite people through thoughtfulness and hilarity. With an absolute onslaught of gigantic stars slated for every episode, “Smartless” has featured figures from Maya Rudolph, to Clayton Kershaw and Stacey Abrams.
If you have ever binge-watched all 201 episodes of The Office, or if you have ever been concerned you might complete four full seasons in one day, then this podcast is a must-listen. Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey (Pam Beesly and Angela Martin) give you literally every detail of every Office episode ever created (and some that didn’t make the cut).
They interview nearly every one of their Office co-stars and give you exclusive behind-the-scenes stories on their award winning Earwolf podcast “Office Ladies”. This is the ultimate rewatch pod for any Office fan, and on the off-chance you haven’t seen every episode, follow along with Jenna and Angela to hear all about the Emmy-award winning show.
2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer
Comedians and best friends Tom Segura and Bert Kreischer spend 90 minutes every week trying to make each other laugh. They gather at the bear cave at YMH Studios to talk about, well, whatever it is that bears talk about. As one of the top podcasts in the world, “2 Bears, 1 Cave with Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer” is taking the comedy podcast charts by storm.
The Always Sunny Podcast
Who better to host a television companion podcast than the creators/producers/writers/stars of the show themselves? “The Always Sunny Podcast” is hosted by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton, and they are just as crazy as their show. Unsurprisingly, we suppose. This podcast is sweeping the airwaves (and the charts), proving that these three are hilarious in just about any medium.
“Distractible” will have you actually looking forward to Monday mornings. Mark Fischbach, Wade Barnes, and Bob Muyskens are spending an hour reminding each other that they are not as smart as they think they are. The beloved trio are here to distract you with nonsensical conversations, and it may turn out to be the highlight of your week.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
At the very pinnacle of comedy stands one carrot-topped man. Conan O’Brien is trying to befriend his celebrity guests on “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.” Honestly, after hearing Conan’s name, need we say more? Delightful, thoughtful and downright hilarious, this podcast is sure to have you snickering through your work day.
Two Hot Takes
Morgan and her onslaught of co-hosts are scouring Reddit (and other internet sources) for the wildest, weirdest, and most hilarious dating, relationship, AITA, Karen, and life stories. You will be completely obsessed with “Two Hot Takes” after just one listen. Make these hilarious ladies a part of your regular listening routine.
The perfect mix of history, comedy, and ridiculousness, the “Scam Goddess” Laci Mosley is calling about your car’s extended warranty. From Earwolf and Team Coco, this show is dedicated to all of those juicy scams, big or small. Whether it’s the IRS calling you from the-middle-of-nowhere Indiana or historic swindles that tricked the whole world, “Scam Goddess” is dedicated to revealing, and reveling in, the best scams ever.
Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald
Have you ever wondered what Heather McDonald is up to when she’s not headlining theaters nationwide with her standup or being a perfect wife and doting mother? Well, she’s tackling everything pop culture on her podcast “Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald.” She covers all things Hollywood, celebrity romance, reality TV, and real life drama.
There are opinions, there are facts, there is controversy, there is a plethora of actors, comics and reality stars, but most importantly, there is juice. Tune in to Juicy Scoop to hear it all.
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
If you are wanting to sharpen your trivia skills and get a good laugh about pop culture, then look no further. The NPR staple “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” is one of the most beloved pods floating around the airwaves today. This weekly current events quiz features callers and celebrities trying to figure out what pop culture event actually happened, and which of the others were entirely made up. Take the test yourself with this comedy quiz podcast.
Good For You w/ Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings has lots of friends and lots of opinions. The comedian is known for her standup specials on multitudes of streaming services, as have plenty of her guests. Hear her just-long-enough interviews from the likes of Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Trixie Mattel, Amanda Knox, and Kesha on “Good For You w/ Whitney Cummings.”
Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
From the legendary McElroy podcasting family is one of the original podcasts that shot them to pod-super-stardom, “Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine.” Together, actual doctor Dr. Sydnee McElroy and not-a-doctor husband Justin McElroy discover the grossest, weirdest, dumbest, and wrong-est ways people have tried to fix each other.
From parasites to pinworms, to amputations and bloodletting, this podcast is for the faint-of-heart, since you’ll be laughing too hard to be disgusted.
Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata
Confirmed funny ladies Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live) are best friends and they will not let you forget it. Endearingly sweet and beyond hilarious, it’s hard to stop smiling while listening to this Earwolf podcast.
Whether or not you have a best friend, have trouble making adult friends, or simply need someone to help you keep track of how many phones you’ve lost, this podcast checks every box.
My Brother, My Brother and Me
A longtime staple of the podcasting world, “My Brother, My Brother and Me” delivers the McElroy brother’s free advice directly to your ear holes. Justin, Travis, and Griffin answer listener questions as well as ill-fated questions of the beloved and now extinct Yahoo! Answers.
With a slew of segments to keep the creative juices flowing, the McElroy brothers will keep you chuckling through the next hour.