Podcasts to Tickle Your Funny “Ear” Bone

‘The Ron Burgundy Podcast’ 

Everyone’s favorite clueless anchorman is back with his own podcast. Comedian Will Ferrell reprises his role as Ron Burgundy — a local celebrity who is still stuck in the 1970s. Listen to Ron fall asleep while meditating with Deepak Chopra, share makeup tips with RuPaul, and freak out in a stuck elevator. His cohost Carolina Barlow steals the show as she reminds Ron that Diana and Bob Ross are not related, there is no singer named Lady Goo Goo Gaga, and calling a woman you like every 30 seconds is terrible love advice.

‘Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast’

Behind every talk-show host is a legion of staff writers hoping their jokes make it on TV. Comedy writers Jessie Gaskell and Mike Sweeney reveal what it’s really like to work backstage for late-night legend Conan O’Brien. The duo talk smack about their boss and dish on what celebrity guests are really like. My favorite segment is Writer Regret, where the writers lament about how Conan axed their genius skit.

‘The Friend Zone’ 

The Friend Zone is a hilarious show about serious issues. Celebrity hosts Francheska “HeyFranHey” Medina, Assante Smith, and Dustin Ross find ways to laugh even when talking about sexism, racism, homophobia, or mental health. Everyone will find something to relate to in this podcast (for me, that’s dealing with depression) and something to learn. While the show’s language may not be safe for work, it will put a smile on your face even if you feel like crying.

‘How Did This Get Made?’

Who decided to cast John Cusack next to Jackie Chan in the action clunker Dragon Blade? Or what goes into making a sappy Lifetime romance movie? These are the questions that comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzuokas seek to answer. Every episode, they watch a bad movie and revel in the plot holes, miscasts, and cringe-worthy dialogue. Since the hosts also are entertainment insiders, they do a great job of explaining why big-name stars so often find themselves in terrible films.

‘Judge John Hodgman’

Many people remember John Hodgman as the awkward-yet-lovable PC guy in the “I’m a Mac” commercials. Well, Judge Hodgman brings the thunder in his mock legal show. Listeners ask John to settle petty disputes, such as whether eating on a transit bus is disgusting. John then uses his shrewd deductive skills to pick a loser and ruthlessly mock him or her. It’s as if Sheldon Cooper met Dear Prudence.

‘Anna Faris Is Unqualified’

If, on the other hand, you would prefer a sweet advice show, Anna Faris is well worth a listen. The star of the hit sitcom Mom teams up with celebrity guests to help listeners through their toughest relationship problems. While she may not be a licensed counselor, Faris is more than qualified to give advice that is both funny and sincere.

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