podcast junkie.

 

I regularly listen to between 10 and 20 podcasts and that’s just a small portion of what’s out there if you’re willing to dig through iTunes. I’m sure I’m missing some great stuff (for example, on Twitter, people are raving about Welcome to Night Vale but I haven’t tried that out yet). My personal preference for podcasts are, in order:

  1. Comedy
  2. Pop culture
  3. NPR
  4. Quiz shows
  5. Talking about writing/reading

My favorite podcast is definitely How Did This Get Made?

The premise of the show is that the 3 hosts and one guest comedian all watch a movie, take notes and then come together to talk about it. What makes this show amazing is that they always watch horrible movies and just listening to them try to describe the absurd plots and deconstructing relationships, asking questions about what was happening and declaring every time that the movie was “bonkers” or “next level bananas” is the best. This show would be nothing if the hosts were annoying (and I’ve given up on some podcasts because I didn’t like the people, their voice was too nasal, they said ‘um’ too much). Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael are hilarious. They always bring in great guests too, some stand up comedians, some actors, some funny writers – my favorite guests have been Adam Scott, Adam Pally, Jenny Slate, Casey Wilson, Pete Holmes, Dave Holmes (also my dream team of Katie Holmes, Mike Holmes and Sherlock Holmes). 

If you’re just getting started, the first few episodes can be a little bumpy but it’s fun to hear the growth from the first episode in 2010 to what they do every week now in 2014. It was too hard to narrow down my favorite episode or even a top 10 so instead, here are my recommendations from every year – all episodes are free and available on iTunes and Earwolf.com. 

2011

  • Old Dogs
  • Drive Angry
  • All About Steve
  • Fast Five
  • Mac & Me
  • Crank 2: High Voltage
  • The Back-Up Plan
  • The Wicker Man
  • The Room
  • Gigli

2012

  • Crank
  • 88 Minutes
  • Tiptoes
  • Super Mario Bros: Live
  • Sleepaway Camp
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 2

2013

  • Anaconda
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • From Justin to Kelly
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Sharknado
  • Gymkata
  • Toys
  • Hudson Hawk
  • Crossroads

The other podcasts I listen to at least once a month:

  • You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • This American Life
  • NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • NPR: Ask Me Another 
  • NPR: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
  • Judge John Hodgman
  • The Nerdist
  • Nerdist Writers Panel
  • The JV Club
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • WTF with Marc Maron
  • Doug Loves Movies
  • Literary Disco
  • NPR: Fresh Air
  • NPR: StoryCorps
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