Five laugh-out-loud comedy podcasts to brighten up your commute
Commuting to work can be a slog, as few rail companies offer free Wi-Fi as standard, and it can often be a struggle to find a seat. If you need feel like you need some cheering up as you make your way to and from the office, podcasts will mix things up in amusing and thought-provoking ways.
Serious shows like detective series Serial receive a lot of critical praise, but what about those shows geared towards the funnier end of the spectrum?
We’ve put together a list of the five best comedy podcasts around that are well worth subscribing to on iTunes.
The Adam Buxton Podcast
At the turn of the millennium, Channel 4’s The Adam and Joe Show saw comedy duo Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish pastiche classic movies with their old toy figurines. The pair later reunited on BBC 6 Music for a popular Saturday morning radio show, before they (amicably) went their separate ways.
Cornish is now making a name for himself in Hollywood, following the release of his sci-fi comedy horror film Attack the Block. Buxton, has spent the last couple of years producing a semi-regular podcast where he interviews people largely from the world of film and comedy. Presented in his trademark whimsical style, complete with his own jingles, The Adam Buxton Podcast is appointment-listening.
WTF with Marc Maron
Since launching WTF with Marc Maron back in 2009, US stand-up comedian Marc Maron has become something of a podcasting institution. Maron invites guests in his garage in California, which he nicknames the “Cat Ranch”, and chats about their careers and neuroses for the next 90 minutes or so. Over the years, he’s interviewed everyone from President Barack Obama to the likes of Robin Williams and Will Ferrell. For £3.99 per month, subscribers have access to the complete WTF back catalogue of over 800 episodes, as well as two new episodes each week.
Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
Back in the day – in this case, the mid-1990s – Richard Herring formed one half of the cult double act Lee and Herring alongside fellow stand-up comedian Stewart Lee. Then, when podcasting first took off around ten years ago, Herring was an earlier pioneer of the format, pairing with TV critic Andrew Collins for the Collings and Herrin podcast, which took a satirical look at the week’s news.
These days, Herring flies solo, and hosts what is essentially a weekly chat show from London’s Leicester Square Theatre, with a different interviewee each week. Blending his sardonic style with some occasional sincere moments, Herring has interviewed a host of star names over the past few years, including Charlie Brooker and Steve Coogan. His interview with Stephen Fry is the high watermark so far, however, as Fry surprisingly and heart-breakingly opened up about his attempted suicide attempt in 2012.
Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip
Although not strictly a comedy podcast, the hip-hop artist and spoken-word poet Scroobius Pip has invited countless comedians onto his Distraction Pieces podcast over the past few years, including Russell Brand, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Distraction Pieces combines laughs with in-depth chat on a range of topics – with nothing off the agenda. Following show’s success, Pip has expanded his podcast network to include shows focusing on social and sporting issues: Say Why to Drugs, Tuesday Night Jaw and Stop and Search.
If you’ve ever wondered what a football show fronted by Vic and Bob would sound like, Athletico Mince is the answer. After all, this podcast does feature 50% of Vic and Bob, as it stars Bob Mortimer alongside comedy writer Andy Dawson. Admittedly, the amount of actual football discussed is kept to minimum, as the hosts take listeners on a surreal Dadaist journey where Steve McClaren is best friends with a snake called Casper, Mark Lawrenson goes fishing with Robson Green and Tottenham’s playing squad is rife with rival player gangs.