A Comedy Lover’s Guide to Podcasts

Sian Brett

If you’ve ever been the one walking down the road laughing to whatever’s going on in your headphones, you’re no doubt a comedy podcast fan. But the thing with podcasts are, you always need more. Luckily we’ve rounded up our favourite funny listens, so that you know where to go when you need a giggle.

Elis James and John Robins
The best kinds of podcasts are the ones where you feel like you’ve been invited into a friendship, and this Radio X Saturday afternoon show turned podcast achieves it perfectly. James and Robins met on the comedy circuit when they were both burgeoning talents and as they’ve toured Welsh stand up shows and won Edinburgh awards, their friendship, and the podcast, has only grown in strength. From live readings of Tony Blackburn’s autobiography to explorations of shame well’s, it’s a funny and at times touching listen, that you’ll be hooked on before you know it.

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The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast
For the more intense comedy fans among us, The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast hosted by Stuart Goldsmith allows for a dive into the minds of many a comedian. Each episode sees Goldsmith pick the brains of a different comic, asking them why they write, how they write, how they got to where they are, what they think about comedy, and often, whether they’re happy. It’s an interesting insight into the way that a ‘funny’ brain works and will, with any luck, stop that bloke down the pub who reckons they could ‘have a go’ at stand-up in their tracks. Goldsmith has interviewed everyone, from Stewart Lee to Russell Brand, so get listening.

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Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown
If panel shows are your thing, then you’re going to want to get downloading Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown. The sketch trio, made up of Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry, will say the things you didn’t think they’d dare to, and almost every episode derails in some way. Joined by two guests, Ben and Tom’s teams attempt to complete all of the panel show-esque games devised by Matthew, with each episode based on a slightly flatshare related theme. Recorded in front of a live audience and often getting them involved, this messy, anarchic podcast will make you wish you were in the audience too (and you can be).

Image Credit: Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown via British Comedy Guide
Do the Right Thing
Another panel show podcast, Do the Right Thing is hosted by Danielle Ward, where she is joined by team captains Michael Legge and Margaret Cabourn-Smith. Each episode the teams attempt to work out the worst thing to do in every situation posed to them either by Danielle or by audience members with a dilemma. Expect answers that will shock, Michael having a rant, and Margaret coming in at the last minute with the most shocking answer of all. It’s a joy.

Image Credit: Do The Right Thing via British Comedy Guide
My Dad Wrote a Porno
With over a 100 million downloads and live shows happening all around the world, the My Dad Wrote a Porno team (Alice Levine, James Cooper and Jamie Morton) read aloud and discuss the dirty book written by Morton’s dad, who is referred to only as ‘Rocky Flintstone’. The brilliant thing about the podcast is that it’s not just the discovery of a parent’s sexual side; it’s the discovery of their ‘literary’ side. ‘Belinda Blinked’ is filled to the brim with baffling writing style, winding plots that make no sense, and strange descriptions of sexual encounters that will have you cringing and laughing in equal measure.

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