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Best Comedy Podcasts To Enjoy When You Need a Laugh

Nothing gives my mood a boost quite like listening to a hilarious podcast. From bizarre parody shows to candid chats between famous actors, here are a few of the best comedy podcasts anywhere.
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Are you a podcast person? I resisted podcasts for a long time, preferring to listen to audiobooks. Then I hit play on the first episode of Welcome to Night Vale, and well… let’s just say that my Audible library is looking quite dusty these days.

There’s truly a podcast out there for every occasion and taste. If you’re in the mood for something to lift your spirits, then I’ve got eight recommendations that’ll make you laugh inappropriately loud at the office or on the bus. Sorry, not sorry!

Beef And Dairy Network Podcast

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Adobe Stock

It’s the number one podcast for those involved in or just interested in the production of beef animals and dairy herds!

Hey wait, where are you going! Beef and Dairy Network Podcast is a joke that’s been going strong since 2017. You can’t help but appreciate the commitment of host Benjamin Partridge to his “wait, is this for real or not?” delivery over 75 episodes and counting. The fake ads, fake guests, and recurring segments make this bizarre British podcast well worth a listen.

How Did This Get Made?

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Earwolf

Ever watch a movie so bad that you can’t imagine how it was ever greenlit? That’s the central premise of How Did This Get Made, a comedy podcast featuring Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael. This trio, along with guest hosts, hilariously deconstructs bad big-budget movies. While I love the live episodes the most–seriously, check out Kristen Schaal dishing about Howard the Duck–the whole podcast archive is gold. Just be advised that older episodes require a Stitcher subscription.

Fake Doctors, Real Friends

Donald Faison and Zach Braff in 'Scrubs'
ABC Studios

Are you a Scrubs fan? Then why aren’t you listening to Fake Doctors, Real Friends right now?! Zach Braff and Donald Faison–real-life BFFs since they co-starred on Scrubs–are sitting down every week to discuss an episode of the classic medical sitcom.

Fake Doctors, Real Friends is a deep dive that includes behind-the-scenes stories about how the show got made. They’re so open about their experiences and their 20-year friendship that you can’t help but feel warmly nostalgic as you listen.

My Brother, My Brother, and Me

My Brother, My Brother, and Me
Maximum Fun

What’s up, you cool babies? This long-running podcast hosted by Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy regularly makes “best of” podcast lists, and for good reason. It’s billed as an advice podcast, but the questions are from Yahoo Answers and bizarre tangents make up the vast majority of air time. Over the years, multiple sub-segments have emerged, included my personal favorite: Haunted Doll Watch. You should also give their D&D spinoff podcast, The Adventure Zone, a listen.

Is every episode a gem? Well, maybe not. The brothers themselves have said that the early seasons don’t reflect who they are now, and some listeners may find that the humor hasn’t aged well. My Brother, My Brother, and Me is still one of the best shows out there, and with closing in on 600 episodes (wow!), you have plenty to explore.

Not Another D&D Podcast

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NADDPOD.com

My love for this Dungeons & Dragons comedy podcast knows no bounds. Endlessly funny and inventive, this trio of players and their loveably gruff dungeon master fight monsters and crack jokes every week. If you’re curious about D&D or missing your home game, then check out NADDPOD. While you can listen to every episode for free on your favorite podcast listening service, their Patreon features an exclusive aftershow that nearly doubles the number of hours to hang out with Murph, Emily, Jake, and Caldwell.

I’d advise new listeners to start with the current campaign, Eldermourne. The Bahumia campaign is a bigger commitment, and the first arc can get pretty spicy.

Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer on 'Nailed It!'
Netflix

Fans of Nailed It! on Netflix already know that Nicole Byer is a gem. Why is she single? It’s a mystery to be explored in her hilarious, raunchy podcast. Nicole Byer invites guests to discuss life, love, and–yes–sex.

The weekly podcast recently became part of the Team Coco network founded by Conan O’Brien, but it’s been running since 2017. She’s so hilarious and warm–and she has zero boundaries when it comes to her personal life. You can’t help but laugh along with Nicole and her guests.

Taskmaster The Podcast

Taskmaster the Podcast
taskmaster.tv

It’s no secret that I love the show Taskmaster. Created by Alex Horne and hosted by Greg Davies, every season of this long-running celebrity competition show has delivered laughs so potent that they’ve almost caused me to stop breathing more than once.

What could be better? The companion podcast hosted by series nine winner Ed Gamble. He sits down with both current contestants, former players, and other comedians to talk about the current episode. However, it manages to be much more than a mere aftershow.

Smartless

If you put Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett in a room together, then you know that something funny is going to happen. The Smartless podcast isn’t just three famous guys having a chat, though. What sets this show apart is the weekly mystery guest.

They’ve brought on LeBron James, Billie Eilish and Finneas, Megan Rapino, and Robert Freakin’ Downey Jr. I mean, where else are you going to get that kind of guest list? Not only that, but they take on major real-world topics with humor and honesty. It’s so, so good.

Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet

Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet
beachtoosandy.com

People will complain about literally anything. If you’ve ever checked out product reviews, then you know that to be true. Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet has turned the bad review into a comedy artform. Often weird, sometimes frustrating, and always entertaining, this podcast is a treasure trove of human folly.