7 Comedy Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Aisha Tyler – what do these three comedians have in common? They were all down on their luck until suddenly podcasting relaunched their careers. Marc Maron's podcast, which consistently earned the top spot on the iTunes podcast chart, earned him so much media coverage and fans, that he landed his own show with IFC, Maron. Although Aisha Tyler had a role on Archer before her podcast, it was only after her cast that she was selected as the host of the Whose Line Is It Anyway reboot. Perhaps the biggest success story of all is Chris Hardwick. Before The Nerdist , he was a washed-up 90s comic whose biggest claim to fame was hosting Attack of the Show! on G4, and Singled Out on MTV. After The Nerdist? He's AMC's go-to host for all things Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, has his own media empire structured around nerd-themed podcasts and YouTube series, and he's the best-selling author of The Nerdist Way.

The moral of the story is that podcasts are hotbeds for comedy talent, and once the public takes notice, their hosts can achieve star status overnight. Right now, the podcast ecosystem is filled with talent, especially the comedy space, and we're here to direct you to the absolute best of the best.

by Alida Miranda-Wolff

How Did This Get Made?

How Did This Get Made? is literally the best podcast in the history of podcasts. Extra emphasis on literally. It's everything you could ever want. Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas, and an awesome guest try to make sense of the worst movies ever made. Hilarity obviously ensues, usually when Mantzoukas determines one dude wants to take another to the bone zone or June comes up with the craziest explanations in the history of the world to explain storyline. Image: Instagram

Who Charted?

I'm sure you get the pun, and if you're an upstanding individual, are already obsessed with it. In this wacky, lovable podcast, Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack (Parks and Rec in the house!) dish on the music and movie charts with actors, musicians, and comedians.

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The Nerdist

The Nerdist is hosted by comedians Chris Hardwick, Jonah Rey, and Matt Mira and features interviews with anyone and everyone relevant to some aspect of nerd culture. Even though recent podcasts have included everyone from Harrison Ford to Danny McBride, the best are still the "hostfuls," in which our raucous hosts mix Stars Wars trivia with fart jokes and occasionally reveal deeply personal stories about their relationships. Awww.

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Call Chelsea Peretti

Chelsea Peretti is a genius, and so is her podcast. I could go on and on about her garlic-themed episodes, but instead I'll just leave you with the Peretti-penned description."Chelsea Peretti takes calls on weekly themed episodes, interacts with callers, and contemplates suicide/homicide. Jk."Image: Call Chelsea Peretti Tumblr

Kickin' It Mary Lynn Style

On Kickin It Mary Lynn Style, Mary Lynn Rajskub talks to actors and comedians about Hollywood, the struggles ladies face trying to make it in showbiz, and all kinds of juicy, often funny tidbits related to sexuality.

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Mike and Tom Eat Snacks

It's risky to recommend Mike and Tom Eat Snacks since this oddball podcast is an acquired taste, but the little Michael Ian Black voice in my head is telling me to go for it. In case you couldn't guess from the title, this podcast is about Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh eating snacks and discussing them. They're usually in character as crazy belligerent, pathological liars with very strong opinions on marzipan and pretzels, and sometimes they bring on comedians and performers to join in on the lunacy.

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The Smartest Man in the World

Do you miss watching Gregg Proops on old episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway and wish you could listen to his high, alien voice all the time? Then The Smartest Man in the World is your new best friend. On the show, Proops showcases his live comedy skills, and they do not disappoint.

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