A stand-up with nearly a quarter century of comedy experience, Marc Maron started his one-on-one comedian interviews nearly two years ago and while the format has changed very little, the popularity has exploded. Maron’s show usually starts with a 10 minute monologue about what’s bothering him in life or odd experiences on the road, before jumping into in-depth interviews with guests like Ben Stiller, Garry Shandling or Judd Apatow. What sets Maron’s show apart from many other podcasts is his ability to bring out the vulnerability of his guests and really get them to open up, not just about their comedy but their lives. Give it a listen, it’s addicting.
A podcast that proves you don’t need celebrity guests to be utterly hilarious, The Bill and Dan Show comprises of comedians Bill Arrundale, Dan Swartwout and usually a local comic discussing hell gigs of the hole-in-the-wall bars and clubs of the mid-west. The often dark humor of Bill paired with a more upbeat viewpoint from Dan makes for a nice balance, and they’ve been known to dedicate entire episodes to lampooning movie franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars. One of the first comedy podcasts out there, the show took a three year break, but has recently begun airing new episodes.
Long time friend of the Howard Stern Show, Emmy winning writer Greg Fitzsimmons has been doing his weekly show now for over two years and mixes in a fair amount of talk about sex, comedy and his Irish up-bringing. With a career spanning over two decades in show business, Greg has amassed quite the library of Hollywood stories and conducts lively interviews with a plethora of comics and non-comics alike. What other podcast is going to feature both Norm MacDonald and Dave Navarro? Maybe not safe listening for work, but that just adds to the appeal in my opinion.
Literally, the most successful podcast in the world (spawning HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show), but also one of the oddest/ funniest. The show starring Ricky, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, heavily features the absurd theories of Pilkington – like a calendar free society and views on the obesity epidemic. New episodes of the show aren’t currently in production, but the older episodes are certainly worth a listen. With over 8 million downloads, the guys must have done something right.