The 16 Funniest Podcasts of 2018

Need a good laugh? Check these out!

Man and woman listening to some funny podcasts on an iPod

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Comedy podcast are a great way to keep yourself and others entertained at parties and gatherings at home or while traveling by car or plane. They can be downloaded onto a smartphone, tablet, iPod, or computer for listening when offline and can also be streamed on demand via a popular podcast service such as Stitcher and iTunes.

Here are our 16 favorite comedy podcasts that we think are some of the funniest series online.

Comedy Bang! Bang! funny podcast

Comedy Bang! Bang!

 

Comedy Bang! Bang! is long-running weekly podcast that mixes casual conversation and amusing observations with entertaining interviews with guests.

What We Like:

  • An impressive list of special guests in each episode.

What We Don't Like:

  • Episodes can run well over 90 minutes in length which means that it will dominate your podcast listening time.
Free to a Good Home comedy podcast

 Free to a Good Home

Free to a Good Home is a comedy podcast with a basic premise; reading funny classified ads. Professional Australian comedians, Michael Hing and Ben Jenkins, take the idea to the next level though by creating fictitious backgrounds for the people that wrote the ads and making amusing predictions for who would respond to them.

What We Like:

  • Hing and Jenkins know how build a hilarious tale from even the most-mundane advertisment.
  • A good variety of guests from different walks of life that always bring something interesting to the table.

What We Don't Like:

La Culturistas comedy podcast

Forever Dog Productions

La Culturistas is a roundtable conversation podcast hosted by Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang. While the official theme of the podcast is culture, the dua and their guests really do talk about anything that crosses their minds from childhood menories to dating and current events.

What We Like:

  • Fantastic chemistry between the hosts and guest.
  • Great variety of conversation topics.

What We Don't Like:

  • The hosts don't shy away from talking about sex which means you'll have to wait until the kids are away befrore listening to it.
The Dragon Friends dungeons and dragons comedy podcast

 The Dragon Friends

The Dragon Friends is a very popular podcast about a group of comedians who get together once a month to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Each episode continues the story progression of the previous entry and the ridiculous choices made during magical life-and-death situations will have you laughing out loud.

What We Like:

  • The podcast hosts know how to make even basic plot points a hilarious punchline.

What We Don't Like:

  • Those who have never played Dungeons and Dragons may be confused as to what is happening in each episode however only a basic understanding of the game is needed.
The Afternoons with Josh & Ken comedy podcast
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The Afternoons with Josh & Ken is a casual sit-down between experienced media personalities, Josh Macuga and Ken Napzok, who run through the latest news and happenings in their personal and professional lives

What We Like:

  • Macuga and Napzok play off of each other very well, frequently with humorous results.
  • Lots of geek culture references for fans of comic books and movies.

What We Don't Like:

  • The hosts can sometimes fall into the trap of being a little too self-promotional by talking about their other projects too much.
BBC Comedy of the Week podcasts

 BBC

Comedy of the Week is an official podcast from the BBC which collects a variety of audio recordings from different television and radio programs.

What We Like:

  • A convenient way to gain exposure to comedy across the pond.

What We Don't Like:

  • It can be difficult to know what to expect from one episode to the next with frequent changing of the comedians and show format. One episode could be standup while the next could be a radio show.
The Bugle comedy news podcast

The Bugle

 

The Bugle is a weekly podcast hosted by Andy Zaltzman that reports on the latest news happening around the world before picking it apart with a panel of comedians. Even serious stories get a laugh in this podcast.

What We Like:

  • A surprisingly good podcast for catching up on the latest news.
  • A fun revolving door of guest comedians every week that keep the show fresh.

What We Don't Like:

  • The sound effects and music are much louder than they should be and can make hearing the hosts difficult.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition comedy podcast

 Comedy Central

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition is an official audio version of the popular TV show that airs on Comedy Central. Noah covers the latest breaking news with a humorous take and frequently interviews actors, musicians, politicians, and authors.

What We Like:

  • Genuinely interesting interviews that will make you laugh and think.
  • New podcast episodes five days a week.

What We Don't Like:

  • Noah can resort to cheap jokes about the way people talk every now and then.
Wilosophy with Wil Anderson comedy podcast

 Wil Anderson

Famous comedian Wil Anderson heads his own podcast where he sits down with a different guest every episode and interviews them about their life and current opinion on issues.

A rare example of a podcast that can be equally thought-provoking and funny.

What We Like:

  • Anderson manages to get guests to open up about their persoal history and background.
  • The comedy comes naturally through the conversations and never feels forced.

What We Don't Like:

  • Release of episodes can be irregular.
Adam Ruins Everything comedy podcast

TrueTV

 

Adam Ruins Everything is an official podcast spinoff of the popular television series of the same name. Unlike other TV podcasts though, this isn't an audio version of the televised episodes. Instead this podcast features completely fresh interviews with experts from a variety of industries.

Each interview is informative and thoroughly entertaining in its own right and, like the show, never takes itself too seriously no matter the subject matter.

What We Like:

  • Like the Adam Ruins Everything TV show, every episode of the podcast will teach you something you didn't know before in an approachable way.

What We Don't Like:

  • The long-form interview format works well but may disappoint fans of the TV show who are used to more of a skit presentation.
Joe Rogan Experience podcast

 Joe Rogan

The Joe Rogan Experience is the official podcast for comedian, Joe Rogan. Every episode consists of long-form interviews with different guests that talk about their life experience and share personal advice.

What We Like:

  • From martial artists to scientists, the variety in guests is impressive.

What We Don't Like:

  • Episodes can be incredibly long with some running as long as three hours.
  • There's frequent course language which rules out listening to this with young family members.
Anna Faris Is Unqualified podcast

Likeable actress, Anna Faris, heads her own podcast where she interviews celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Jonas, and Elizabeth Olsen.

What We Like:

  • Anna Faris manages to get a lot of popular actors on her show that feel comfortable enough to reveal personal anecdotes.

What We Don't Like:

  • A little too much talk of sponsors and supporting the podcast.
  • Episodes can take a while to get started.
Ask Me Another comedy podcast

 NPR

Ask me Another is a recording of a weekly live comedy show that involves guests, trivia, and games. Lots of laughs to be had and titbits to be learnt.

What We Like:

  • A variety of games and bits that keep the podcast fresh throughout its 50 minutes runtime.
  • Some brilliant trivia relating to science, pop culture, and more.
  • Guests that have no problem having a fun time in front of an audience.

What We Don't Like:

  • Frequent advertising during the podcast often ruins the flow of the episode.
No Such Thing as a Fish comedy podcast

QI

 

No Such Thing as a Fish is a hilarious podcast made by the writers of the popular BBC show, Qi. Every week, the hosts share what new things they've learnt or trivia they've been told and they discuss it as a group, often in front of a live audience.

What We Like:

  • Experienced hosts who know how to make an audience laugh and keep them engaged with the subject at hand.
  • Great fun for the whole family to listen to.

What We Don't Like:

  • The current season of No Such Thing as a Fish is completely free to download and listen to but past seasons need to be purchased.
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! comedy podcast

 NPR

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is a rather clever format for a podcast that combines a sort of gameshow about current events with a panel of comedians who know how to make their audience laugh.

What We Like:

  • Fast pace and high energy.
  • Works just as well as a news podcast as it does comedy.

What We Don't Like:

  • 50 minutes does feel a bit too long for this show format.
The Game Over Greggy Show comedy podcast

Kinda Funny

 

The Game Over Greggy Show is a long-running light-hearted discussion panel where several ex-video game journalists discuss everything from the latest Marvel movie to how to first date disasters.

What We Like:

  • Fantastic checmistry and genuine friendship between the hosts.
  • Almost every subject imaginable can be discussed but nothing ever seems uninteresting due to the fast pace of the conversation and hosts freely demanding they move on to a new topic once one gets boring.

What We Don't Like:

  • Audio volumes can randomly spike when one of the host spontaneously yells.