What’s Up My Earholes

As you might’ve already read, I’m pretty sick of news and politics these days, and as a result, I’ve pointed my mp3 player away from NPR and towards some great comedy podcasts while I’m cranking out cartoons. I thought I’d share some of them with you in case you’re into that sort of thing.

Many people don’t like iTunes auto-starting and hogging their system resources, so all these links go to the show websites, or where to find their syndication feeds. If that is too confusing, cut n’ paste the names into the search function on your Steve Jobs’ Money Machine to find them.

WTF with Marc Maron – A great stand-up who covered politics for Air America before getting tired of that shit. There’s lots to love for everyone: frequent, hilarious updates, recurring bits, and the occasional live show, to name a few. But this is essential listening for all of my fellow comedy nerds. The two-part Judd Apatow and Louis CK interviews are particularly awesome.

Comedy Death-Ray with Scott Aukerman – Every week, Scott is joined by his comedy and improv pals for a goofabout. Also, there are plugs.

The Bugle (weird link, since Times UK website is paywalled.) – John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman are funny dudes from some country that loves soccer and binge drinking. John is frequently on something called “The Everyday Show, except Friday-Sunday, and All the Times It’s on Vacation.

Pod F. Tompkast – Paul F. Tompkins has been the best podcast guest since the format was invented in the nineties and originally called Pogcasts. It is my great shame that I was unable to get tickets to see him earlier this month when he visited Cambridge.

Doug Loves Movies – Doug Benson, famous marijuana enthusiast, has other, more interesting interests, like movies. Other comedians are frequently guests, but the best episodes are when the comics get to bounce off of the actors and actresses who stop by.

Science Friday – Not comedy, and a cameo on The Big Bang Theory certainly removes all doubt, but it’s the one NPR program I still make a point to keep up with.

There are more, and I’ll post recommendations soon, since they’re easier than coming up with my own, original blog content.

7 thoughts on “What’s Up My Earholes”

  1. Thank you for some great looking new podcasts. I’d like to recommend a few myself you may enjoy, The Australian Broadcasting Corp’s “All In The Mind” http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/default.htm, CBC Radio’s “Best of Ideas” http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/ideas.xml, CBC Radio Quirks and Quarks, http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirks.xml, Tall Tale Features / Tall Tale Radio, http://talltalefeatures.com/?feed=podcast

  2. Sheesh. “Aukerman/TOMPKINS/LA_UCB scene”. My fingers don’t listen to my brain so good. Paul F. is a guest on one of the episodes.

  3. Sorry the spam filter caught some of these comments. It’s multiple-link-averse. I think I found and approved them all now.

    Stephanie – Thanks for pointing those out. I’ve heard of Wiretap before, but never gave it a chance. I’ll fix that now.

    Hieronymous – Canada’s superior health care system seems to have laid the foundations for strong and healthy podcasts. I don’t know about Australia’s health care, but I’m definitely curious to check out what they’re doing.

    AP – I remember listening to “Walking with Michelle” way back when, like 2006, when it was hosted on A Special Thing or Handheld Comedy. I lost it after a couple computer moves and reformats, and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. I love The Bugle, but I will admit it requires a pretty high tolerance for serial punning and the inside jokes might be a bit daunting for someone who just jumps in at the most recent episode.

    My favorite science themed podcast is The Skeptic’s Guide to The Universe. Non-skeptics might not really be into some of the more skeptically oriented segments about dowsing and homeopathy but there discussion of current events and scientific controversies is really high level without being overly esoteric. I especially love the segments where they have professional scientists as guests because they generally ask much better questions than most interviews anywhere else. The main host Steven Novella also has a pretty impressive ability to analyze and evaluate evidence. If I ever find myself on a different side of an issue than he is it’s always worth a second look, the guy’s brain is a national treasure.

  5. Completely agree about The Bugle. I always endure Andy’s pun-runs and snooker talk knowing there’ll be some comic reward after. Or a visit from The American.

    I’ll definitely check out the Skeptics Guide. I think approaching current events from that angle will be a better way for me to stay topical and avoid using too many dick and fart jokes.

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