As podcasting has continued to grow in prominence, countless writers and performers have utilized the format to explore some of the most hilarious niches of pop culture. Whether they’re artists interviewing with colleagues, analyzing film and TV, or satirizing the entertainment industry, there is a plethora of exciting content available for the pop culture devotee. Here are just a few hilarious options waiting for you to download and laugh your troubles away.
How Did This Get Made?
There are few things as fun as mocking truly horrendous movies in the company of your friends. Now imagine your friends were top-caliber comedians and you can begin to get a sense of the appeal of the HDTGM podcast. Hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas, the podcast welcome special guests to watch and dissect on some of the worst movies ever made. Past episodes have looked at everything from Grease 2, to Kazaam, and even the Sharknado series as they hilariously struggle to make sense of these films’ insanity. The hilarious riffs and digressions the films inspire in the cast can only be described as one of Mantzoukas’ favorite terms, “bonkers”, and we mean that in the best way possible.
The world has found itself in a bit of Gilmore-aissance since Netflix released its recent revival of the show, giving us the perfect reason to indulge in this delightful podcast. The show pairs longtime super fan Kevin T. Porter and first time watcher Demi Adejuyigbe as they work their way through the series episode-by-episode examining the peculiarities of Stars Hollow and The Gilmore Clan from the pilot through to the revival. With guests ranging from celebrity hardcore fans of the show to actual cast members, the podcast makes for the perfect irreverent companion for anybody interested in delving deeper into the adventures of Lorelai and Rory.
Imagine a largely improvised, Colbert Report-esque satirical podcast on Hollywood big shots and namedroppers and tell me you wouldn’t want to give it a listen? Writers Hayes Davenport and Sean Clements’ podcast casts them both as exaggerated versions of themselves talking with guests about the exciting process of pitching studio bigwigs and rubbing elbows with the cultural elites. Listening to the action devolve into absurdity as the densely self-involved hosts skewer every LA wannabe-stereotype almost makes you want to hug the next guy you hear bragging about their showbiz clout at a party (emphasis on the almost).
Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period
Perhaps the most self-explanatory title of any show on this list, the podcast hosted by comedians Kevin Avery and W. Kamau Bell tests the thesis that there is no better Actor than Denzel Washington. Going through his filmography one movie at a time, the hosts look at what makes a Denzel Washington performance so distinct as well as his cultural significance within the world of Pop Culture. Usually opening doors to veteran filmmakers and comedians, discussions are always lively, while also singling out important contributions by African-American artists, even beyond the scope of Mr. Washington.
Anna Faris is Unqualified
Have you ever wondered what it might be like if the star of The House Bunny and Mom dispensed relationship advice with her celebrity friends? Well any person who’s listened to the Unqualified podcast can testify the answer is pure delight. Welcoming A-list guests including Seth Rogen, and Jeremy Renner to her dining room table with her best friend/producer Sim, the show mixes improv elements with “would you rather” questions before dispensing with advice to call-in listeners. Between the “anything goes” energy and delightful occasional drop ins from her husband Chris Pratt, the podcast makes you feel like a hang out session you never want to end.