These Comedy Podcasts Will Absolutely Crack You Up

Elena Nicolaou

It's 7 in the morning. Your eyes are opened reluctantly; bits of sleep are still sprinkled upon you. Clearly, a mood change is in order. You need a kick-start to prepare you for the slings and arrows of the rest of the day.

You can stumble toward the coffee machine, hoping for a caffeine-infused adrenaline rush. Or, you can simply click play. The comedy podcast universe is booming; it's bursting with people who are ready to get you laughing — and wake you up.

If anything, the issue in the world of comedy podcasting one of overabundance: There's an overwhelming concentration of good options. We've gathered a range of comedy podcasts, from absurdist musical fictional pods to off-the-rails shows governed by the principles of improv comedy. Here's where to start.

How Did This Get Made?

Some movies are so terrible they inspire the question: How did anyone think this was a good idea? How did anyone make this movie? In this conversational podcast, three of the funniest actors and comedians working today — Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael, and Paul Scheer — go over the beats of some drastically bad movies with hilarious analysis, often with equally hilarious guests. For a recent pick, start with the episode about The Snowman.

You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes

You know what's funny? Comedians talking to other comedians. And on You Made It Weird, you'll get hours and hours of just that. Pete Holmes sits down with his peers in comedy and talks about the business — though of course, the conversations end up devolving into jokes.

2 Dope Queens

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are changing comedy on a grand scale – but they're dong so by having warm, intimate conversations that sound like the kinds you have with your girlfriends. Each episode of 2 Dope Queens features conversations between real-life friends Robinson and Williams about pop culture obsessions, hang-ups, and stories from their lives. They also bring on three guests to do stand-up sets, especially amplifying women comedians and comedians of colour.

My Dad Wrote a Porno

Upon hearing that his father wrote an erotic nove l, James Morton did something incredibly bold — especially considering that most of us would probably move to another country and pretend the book didn't exist. He decided to read the book, in its entirety, to his two friends Alice Levine and James Cooper, and record a podcast. It's a good thing he did. The ensuing podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno, inspired a fandom with a committed universe of inside jokes.

My Brother, My Brother and Me

Are you bold enough to take advice from Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, the brothers who host this wildly successful comedy podcast (and are totally unqualified to give advice)? Maybe not. But you'll enjoy hearing their free-wheeling tangents listener questions inspire.

Hello from the Magic Tavern

Our adventures begin when Arnie falls through a dimensional rift behind a Burger King in Chicago, landing himself in the realm of Foon. In this wild weekly podcast, host Arnie Niekamp tracks his journey through this strange new world. Arnie has two co-hosts: a shape-shifter named Chunt (Adal Rifai) who takes the form of a badger, and a Wizard (Matt Young), who introduces himself as "Usidore, Wizard of the 12th Realm of Ephysiyies, Master of Light and Shadow, Manipulator of Magical Delights, Devourer of Chaos, Champion of the Great Halls of Terr’akkas." Each week, they interview a new person. Hello from the Magic Tavern is like Dungeons & Dragons meets fantasy novels meets improv comedy.

Fall of the House of Sunshine

And now, for a bingeworthy comedy podcast — that also happens to be a musical and a murder mystery. Fall of the House of Sunshine follows the aftermath of the death of Brushee Sunshine, the host of a children's TV show who dies in a mysterious intergalactic accident. Fall of the House of Sunshine is an impressively ambitious show, with a complicated story arc and clever original songs. While we wait for the rise of musical podcasts, we'll always have the catchy seasons of Fall of the House of Sunshine to listen to over and over again.

Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend

Imagine if all of your friends were celebrities and comedians. Conan O'Brien talks comedy, fame, and friendship with the A-listers who happen to be his closest buddies. The podcast, which began in 2019, already has episodes with Michelle Obama and Stephen Colbert.

Comedy Bang! Bang!

Comedy Bang! Bang! has been a staple of comedy podcasts for nearly a decade — host Scott Aukerman started the podcast, originally a radio show, in May 2009 (it eventually became a television show as well). Instead of talking about comedy, Aukerman and his guests actually do comedy. Each episode, they play outrageous characters.

With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus

Only a comedian of Lauren Lapkus's caliber could keep up with the improv skills requires of this ambitious and unusual podcast. Each episode, Lapkus brings on a comedian friend to host the podcast. Lapkus plays a guest — but only the host knows who she's playing. One episode takes the form of a Star Wars fan podcast; another, a gossip podcast featuring women who go to the same temple. Using cues from the guests, who determined the conceit of that week's podcast, Lapkus figures out her character.

No Such Thing As A Fish

Are you constantly studying for bar trivia? Always looking for new random facts? The researchers for the BBC Two panel game Q1 spend their days scouring for all things interesting. In this podcast, they unearth their wildest findings — like a gramophone that played music on pieces of chocolate, or the 18th century version of an Instagram filter. You'll find this charming British show at the intersection of informative and funny.

Keep It

The world is wild right now. A quick way to make it more bearable? Get your pop culture and politics news filtered through the perspective of writer Ira Madison III. Each episode, Madison is joined by writers, actors, and celebrities to talk about what's happening.

Punch Up the Jam

In each episode of "Punch Up the Jame," comedians Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe take deep dives into some of the most iconic pop songs, from "MMMBop" by Hanson to "Africa" by Toto. Then, they "fix" the song. It's a hoot.

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