We’re halfway through 2020, and I can’t think of a single person who isn’t in desperate need of some comic relief.
If you’re looking for a laugh (or another way to pass the time,) we suggest listening to a few comedy podcasts. There are a number of truly hilarious podcasts that interview comedians, celebrate improv, comment on pop-culture, and so much more. But to narrow down the best of the best we asked some of Mashable’s biggest comedy podcast fans for their recommendations.
Here are 15 of the best comedy podcasts, as chosen by Mashable employees. (Note: Some of these best comedy podcasts are still in the process of releasing episodes as of the publication of this article, and our opinions reflect only what’s been released so far.)
O, M, to the G. Comedians and BFFs Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams were born to make people laugh and co-host a comedy podcast. I can’t even make it through the teaser of 2 Dope Queens without laughing out loud, so you can trust that the full episodes — which feature standup, special guests, and discussions on everything from sex and romance, to race, careers, and real-life experiences will be even more delightful.
If you’re an only child like me and have always dreamed of having a brother who you could turn to for some sage advice or a good laugh, a few episodes of My Brother, My Brother and Me will do a damn good job of filling that void.
The McElroy brothers (real-life bros named Justin, Travis, and Griffin) host a comedy podcast where they share personal experiences, give advice, and answer questions — either from listeners or Yahoo! Answers, which is always a real treat. The podcast has been going strong since 2010, so the boys are essentially experts now.
From our “Chatty, cheerful podcasts to listen to if your home feels too quiet” list, No Such Thing As A Fish is a weekly podcast where the writers of the BBC show, QI, share fascinating facts they’ve learned in life in each episode.
Hosted by Dan Schreiber, with James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, and Anna Ptaszynski, the hilarious podcast won’t just make you laugh. It will likely leave you more enlightened than you were before you started listening. A real win.
If you’re looking for a classic comedy podcast with good improv, Comedy Bang Bang is the podcast for you. It began airing in 2009 and the podcast remains one of today’s great hubs where improv comedians can come and flex their skills. Host Scott Aukerman talks with an ever-rotating cast of talented improv comedians doing ridiculous characters, so you never know what might happen in any given episode. And Comedy Bang Bang is also a great way to learn about other amusing podcasts, so you it might help you find your next listen.
Comedian, actor, writer, and TV host Nicole Byer brings loads of light and personality to everything she does — not only Netflix’s Nailed It! So it should come as no surprise that she’s also hosts one of the funniest podcasts. On Why Won’t You Date Me? Byer explores the undeniably confusing world of dating and welcomes friends, experts, and occasionally exes to discuss being single and the complexities of relationships.
Speaking of Byer, if you’re a fan of hers you’ll also want to check out Best Friends, a podcast co-hosted by Byer and writer, comedian, and actor, Sasheer Zamata. On Best Friends, the two put their friendship in front of the podcast mics and take quizzes, answer friendship questions, and chat with guests about everything from pole dancing to throwing bacon against a wall. It’s truly a good time.
If you’re a bad movie buff (or just someone who gets so infuriated by bad movies that you can’t stop wondering how they were made,) then the comedy podcast How Did This Get Made is perfect for you.
Actors and co-hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas get together to dive into uncommonly bad movies and question how in the world they got made. Each episode of the funny podcast serves as a hilarious, cathartic dunking session.
If you love talking about food, thinking about food, learning about food, and can often be found watching The Food Network, you need the Doughboys podcast in your life.
Since 2015, comedians and co-hosts Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger have been reviewing chain restaurants — from your favorite fast food spots to sit-down dining. In addition to delightful food banter and hilarious recurring segments, each episode also features a comedy or celebrity guest. Past guests have included D’Arcy Carden, Gillian Jacobs, Ike Barinholtz, Lauren Lapkus, Jason Mantzoukas, and more. The only thing better than enjoying some good food is enjoying some good food and some good company.
Calling all Conan O’Brien fans. Your boy has a funny podcast now, and he’s also in serious need of some friends.
After flexing his comedy skills on TV for 25 years, the late night host decided it was time to test his jokes out on a new platform and search for some deeper connections. Join O’Brien on his quest to turn some of the many celebrities who’ve guest starred on his talk shows and immediately went home afterwards into real friends. It’s going to be quite a journey.
If you’re searching for a hilarious, albeit extremely bizarre podcast that isn’t afraid to get deep, Duncan Trussell Family Hour is the comedy podcast your ears require.
Each week, comedian Duncan Trussell invites guests to chat about reality, the multiverse, and essentially everything in between. The podcast also inspired Netflix’s The Midnight Gospel — an animated series co-created by Trussell and Adventure Time’s Pendleton Ward that launched in April 2020. Both the pod and the series offer incredibly unique listening and viewing experiences, and if you like one, there’s a great chance you’ll adore the other.
Anyone who’s a fan of bizarre, surreal comedy and isn’t ready for a huge podcast commitment should check out This is Branchburg. The 10-episode podcast was written and performed by comedy duo Brendan O’Hare and Cory Snearowski, who embody the strange people of Branchburg, New Jersey, quite possibly the most backwards town in the world.
If you love to talk about movies, celebrities, and really all things pop culture, Crooked Media’s podcast, Keep It!, hosted by Ira Madison III, Aida Osman, and Louis Virtel is a perfect podcast for you. Full of sharp and witty cultural critiques and analysis, Keep It! aims to keep you up-to-date on the goings on in the world and also thoroughly entertained. The podcast regularly features special guests such as comedians, actors, and musicians. And the hosts also welcome experienced journalists, activists, and other experts on the show to help unpack pressing topics.
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, best friends and former co-stars on The Office, break down every episode of the beloved workplace comedy with this weekly podcast. Each episode they work their way through the series by recapping an episode of the show, chatting with special guests, and sharing behind-the-scenes stories from filming. This comedy podcast is a must-listen for any fans of The Office or TV lovers looking for hilarious, first-hand commentary about life on set. You can read more about why the Office Ladies podcast is worth your time here.
Fans of Comedy Bang Bang have another funny podcast on their hands with Threedom, co-hosted by Scott Aukerman, Lauren Lapkus, and Paul F. Tompkins. The three close pals truly thrive when chatting with each other on the show, and Threedom will make you feel like you’re in the presence of some truly funny friends as they tell stories, do improv warm-up games, and spank each other.
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero (aka the Bodega Boys) are the dynamic comedy duo known for repping the Bronx and giving some of the sharpest, funniest pop culture commentary around.
If you’re one of the many Desus and Mero stans who’ve followed their Twitter, comedy, web and TV shows, first podcast (Desus vs Mero,) or other career achievements over the years, their current podcast, Bodega Boys — which launched in 2015 — is absolutely required listening.
Additional reporting by Kellen Beck.