Chances are that you know someone who won’t shut up about the latest episode of their favorite podcast. That friend would be me. Unfortunately, there are people who haven’t been exposed to how fun and insightful the world of podcasting can be. That’s why I’m giving you my favorite podcasts to listen to when I’m just trying to pass the time. Feel free to recommend your own!
4. About Last Night
The About Last Night Podcast made its way onto my list of favorites due to its low profile nature. Hosted by Los Angeles comedians Adam Ray and Brad Williams, ALN consists of interviews with high profile and low profile comedians and actors. What makes me love this podcast is Adam and Brad’s love of comedy and their many references to the 80’s and 90’s. Their insight on current events and movie knowledge makes me feel like I’m not the only one who notices the obscure. They are genuinely interested in their guests and ask questions that the professionals won’t. Each episode plays out like old friends meeting after years apart. Notable guests include Howie Mandel, Bob Saget and Hasan Minhaj. My favorite episode features popular morning radio show host, Kevin Ryder of the Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ here in Los Angeles.
3. Hollywood Babble-On
Hollywood Babble-On is the nerd’s dream. Imagine that your conversations with your best friends about pop culture, movies and comic books happened in front of a live audience. That is Hollywood Babble-On. Hosted by Kevin Smith, director of cult classics like Clerks and Mall Rats, and Ralph Garman, a local radio personality here in Los Angeles. What brings these two lovable guys together is their love and knowledge of everything from classic films to superheroes. Each episode takes place at the world famous Hollywood Improv in front of a live audience. Usually held weekly, Hollywood Babble-On features segments such as Geek News, Tinseltown Stiffs and HBO Headlines. As we all know, showbiz never stops and there is always something to discuss. In this podcast you’ll here both of their takes and opinions. Kevin is the good cop, Ralph is the bad cop. Hear Kevin’s stories from Hollywood and his experiences working with A-List stars. Ralph is known in morning radio for his impersonations and sharp wit. Each episode will leave you laughing out loud and keep you up to date on your celebrity gossip.
2. WTF- Marc Maron
This podcast is the first one I ever listened to. What makes this one special is how it is done. Comedian Marc Maron invites movie stars and comedians to his house and proceeds to interview them in his podcast studio in his garage. WTF plays like a raw, real conversation between two friends. Aside from hilarious stories and experiences, Marc brings out emotional dialogue and stories of his past and the guest’s. Each episode feels like you’re over hearing a deep conversation in a bar between two friends. You’ll end each episode with a newfound opinion on a celebrity you thought you knew everything about. Notable guests include Conan O’Brien, Al Franken, former POTUS Barack Obama and comedian Louis C.K. The episode with Louie is the most emotional and raw, being that they were old friends who had a falling out years ago. The first episode with Louie is the first time they go over their issues and reconcile on air. It’s a surreal experience and you feel for both of them.
1. Joe Rogan Experience
Joe Rogan is hands down the king of podcasting. He took the platform to another level. Unlike most podcasters, his episodes are filmed live on YouTube and are also available as audio. Joe is well into the 1000’s when it comes to episode count and his guests are rivaled by none. What I love most about the Joe Rogan Experience is that you never know how long each episode will last. Some last an hour and some can go on for almost 5 hours! Personally, I love the longer episodes because topics jump from life, hobbies, work and to the most random things you can think of. My favorite episodes are the ones where Joe and his guests discuss the paranormal and conspiracies. Rogan does an excellent job making his guests feel comfortable and free to say what they feel. Some episodes feature controversial political guests to UFC Fighters. Joe tries to be as impartial as possible and this allows each episode to feel unfiltered and real. Notable guests include Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Kevin Smith, Tom DeLonge and more. If there’s one podcast you ever listen to, make it Joe’s. I look forward to each episode. Even if the guest is someone I never knew of, I’ll become a fan through their episodes that showcase who they are.
There you have it. These are the top podcasts that will kill some time. Have some podcasts you’d like to suggest? Sound off in the comments. I’m always searching.