You know what’s good for killing an hour or two? Podcasts. There’s a strong argument to make that the podcast is the ascendant media format of the modern age. In a world where everybody’s working, poor, and needs to focus on a hundred things at once, podcasts check all the right boxes. They’re free, easy to find, perfect for playing in the background while you work – an absolute dream come true for somebody who wants to think about anything other than their job. Also, some of them are pretty funny.
Podcasts are also a crowded market with a lot of people making content. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate the cream from the crud. Fortunately, I listen to more podcasts than any one man should and I am here to share some of my recommendations with you.
The Round Table of Gentlemen
Sometimes people are too dumb. The Round Table of Gentlemen is a team of New York’s best unknown comedians who gather together to have a few drinks and talk about the news of the week. “But I already get the news from so many other places?” I can hear you thinking. Rest assured, The Round Table of Gentlemen doesn’t cover pedestrian news topics. These titans of intellect are here to discuss the news that actually matters. Expect more discussion about whether kangaroos can be in love with pigs than whether anything in geopolitics matter.
My Brother My Brother and Me
The internet is full of questions. How do I communicate with the person I love? How do I criticise my friends without hurting them? Which country is Queen Latifa ruler of? Thank goodness that Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy are here to answer the questions that matter. My Brother, My Brother, and Me is an advice show with a healthy helping of yahoo answers. Laugh along with the siblings as they struggle to answer questions nobody should ask.
Besides being full of questions, the internet is also the grave of human decency. Anybody who has looked in the comments section of a YouTube video will know that the nobody is smart on the internet. The internet is full of terrible things that you could go your whole life not hearing. You could, or you could listen to the “ridiculists” at the F-Plus read them off in fun voices. Depending on the episode, you may either laugh or lose your faith in humanity.
Fist Shark Marketing
The brainchild of gaming pundits Jim Sterling and Conrad Zimmerman, Fist Shark Marketing is an improv comedy podcast set in a world rife with supernatural happenings. Jim and Conrad play the heads of an immoral marketing team in charge of damage control for insane celebrity B-listers. Irreverent, vulgar, and absurd, Fist Shark Marketing is a strange brand of humour that you can’t find anywhere else. Highlights include an episode where Miley Cyrus attempts to reinvent herself as a serial killer.
I Don’t Even Own a Television
Saying this as a writer, writing is easy; good writing is hard. Still, for every good bit of writing that gets made, there is a lot of bad writing that comes out ahead of it. Sometimes that writing even manages to find a real, actual publishing house that wants to print it off and sell it for actual money. When that happens, I Don’t Even Own a Television is there to make fun of it.
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