The Best Free Comedy Podcasts and Comedy Radio Online
- Author Sean Green
- Published April 1, 2011
- Word count 720
With the explosion of the Internet, tons of free comedy podcasts have been created by comedians, giving you an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to enjoying comedy radio online. This guide will highlight the best comedy podcasts the Internet has to offer.
There was a huge increase in the number of stand up comedians and comedy clubs in the 1980s. The comedy club boom appeared to have peaked in the early 90s but the 2010s have brought about another boom for stand up comedians, the comedy podcast. Digital recording equipment and the proliferation of the smart phone has allowed comedians to create, record and distribute their personal comedy radio show online. The low cost and ease of use has created a number of high quality podcasts that our worth checking out. The low cost results in free comedy podcasts often times with little or no advertising.
A good place to start when looking for comedy radio online is Bill Burr’s Monday Morning podcast. This is a podcast that often ranks very high on the iTunes chart. Bill Burr’s take on the format of a comedy podcast is as unique as his stand up comedy. While some podcasts rely on a lot of production and banter back in forth, Bill’s podcast is almost entirely a monologue from the comedian himself. Monday Morning podcast is released Monday mornings, and often includes stories from the funny shows Bill performs at on the road, his take on current events and examinations of his own psychology. The topics covered on the Monday Morning podcast, can range from sports gambling, to the mortgage crisis to Bill’s experiences growing up. Bill Burr’s podcast is a great example of the free wheeling format of comedy radio online.
Doug Benson hosts a free podcast called "Doug Loves Movies". Doug Benson is a die hard movie fan, and welcomes on his fellow stand up comedians to talk about their favorite films. The improvised movie themed conversation is always quick witted and Doug’s podcast ends with a movie trivia game called the ‘Leonard Maltin Game’. Doug plays the role of quizmaster, as the comedians attempt to guess which movie Doug is talking about using Leonard Maltin’s review as their clue. Unlike most comedy podcasts, Doug Loves Movies is recorded live in front of an audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. Doug Loves Movies is a podcast for fans of stand up comedians and movie buffs alike.
You won’t want to miss the comedy podcast from Adam Carolla – especially if you are looking for a comedy radio experience similar to that of the traditional morning show. In 2009 Los Angeles radio KLSX switched formats from talk radio to pop radio and the Adam Carolla morning show was canceled. Undeterred Adam Carolla immediately started the Adam Carolla podcast, which is one of the highest downloaded comedy radio shows in Internet history. The Adam Carolla podcast features top comedians, celebrities of note and of course a big helping of Adam Carolla rants, his takes on the news and the most popular bits from his morning show. Adam Carolla’s website is not only home to his free podcast, but also an entire network of podcasts that make up the Ace Broadcasting network. The Ace Broadcasting network has other free podcasts to fill out its comedy radio roster including ‘The Big 3’ (stars from ‘Windy City Heat), ‘Daves of Thunder’(Dave Damashek and Dave Feeny) and ‘Spider and the Henchman’ (Kevin Hench and John ‘Spider’ Salley).
If you want to find in depth one on one conversations stand up comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast should be the first on the list. Marc Maron’s podcast involves him asking probing questions of fellow comedians like Robin Williams, Ben Stiller and Louis CK to name a few. Marc Maron’s free podcast was recently described by the New York Times as, "a cult hit and a must-listen in show business and comedy circles."
There are many ways for you to locate an in depth interview show, traditional morning show, game show or compelling monologue no matter what kind of taste you have. Even if your favorite stand up comedian doesn’t have a comedy podcast now, there is a good chance they will in the near future.
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