These Are The 29 Best Comedy Podcasts Around Right Now

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Christ alive, we could all do with a laugh. Fortunately, take a wander into the podcast world and you’ll soon be ankle-deep in funny stuff. Where to start, though?

Don’t waste your precious hours trawling through podcasts that only draw the hollowest, shallowest, dustiest laughs. Not to over-promise or anything, but these will leave you heaving with the kind of laughter that can’t physically be contained within the human frame. You’ll shake and howl, and maybe you’ll be a bit sick. Enjoy!


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The Proper Class Podcast

Actor Laura Checkley from King Gary and Military Wives hosts this one with theatre director Hannah Chissick, which digs into one of the most enduring but most subtly changeable facts of British life: class. Their guests, including Romesh Ranganathan and ex-England footballer Lianne Sanderson, all grew up working class, and get deep into the ways in which the strata which separate the country into invisible groups, and groups within groups, and etc etc etc.

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Storytime with Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen might be the perfect podcast host. He’s Mr Affable. He’s got a contact book that’s only marginally smaller than the LA phone directory. He’s got a lovely voice. He makes his own ceramics. This apparently rambling but really very smartly and tightly produced podcast brings together all of those strengths. (Except the ceramics.) Each time a guest – sometimes famous, sometimes not – tells an interesting story from their past. That’s it. They’re often very funny, but sometimes they’re not. Either way, they’re told like a little audio doc, with archive and extra interviews to support it. The budding of David Crosby’s friendship with his absolute hero, George Harrison, following the worst set Crosby had ever played, is a good place to start.

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Poppy Hillstead Has Entered the Chat

Formerly one third of the Gossipmongers podcast until she was unceremoniously and deeply confusingly dumped for the fourth series (yes, we’re still annoyed on her behalf), Poppy Hillstead came back with this one in early 2021. Each time she delves into an internet forum devoted to something which she has no idea about, and tries to blend in. Naturally, results vary. The resulting conversations are dramatised by Hillstead and comedian friends. So far she’s tried to crack on with magicians, pro fishermen and hypnotists, among others. There’s one fandom she’s not going anywhere near though.

“I did attempt to do a K-Pop episode but I’m too scared, d’you know what I mean?” she told The Skinny. “The K-pop fanbase, towards BTS and stuff, are so angry [that] I think I’d be in danger for the rest of my life. I can’t face that, I’ll get slaughtered.”

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Secret Artists

Lots of podcasts do the guest-and-host-have-a-chat thing; very few do the guest-and-host-make-some-art-together thing. Comedian and artist Annie McGrath has had all sorts of funny people on with wildly varying levels of artistic competence – Joe Lycett, Athena Kugblenu, Lolly Adefope, Joel Dommett – but beyond the fun of hearing people talk about their scrapes with visual art and their struggles at the easel, there’s something meditative about making art which encourages people to open up in a way they don’t on other pods.

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The Taskmaster Podcast

What started out as an oddball punt on Dave has turned into the panel show’s next evolutionary stage and an out-and-out hit, complete with its own spin-off podcast hosted by series nine winner Ed Gamble. Each time Gamble chats to former contestants from Rose Matafeo to Kerry Godliman, as well as Little Alex Horne himself and insight from Tim Key into what exactly his status as a task consultant means. Altogether a better class of behind-the-scenes TV tie-in podcast.

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Dear Me

Katy Wix, who you know from Ghosts and Stath Lets Flats, and cohost Adam Drake put a new spin on the guest-plus-two-hosts format by venturing out of the studio and joining their interviewees for a wander around their old stamping grounds while chatting about what message they’d give to their younger selves. So far they’ve leaned toward comedians, hitting up East Ham with Wix’s Stath costar Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Leeds with Liam Williams and Broadstairs with Lou Sanders.

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James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds

Spinning off from his book, Perfect Sound Whatever, a sort-of-memoir told through the 500 or so albums from 2016 Acaster launched himself into following a break-up, this podcast sees him digging himself further into position on the hill on which he’ll gladly die: that 2016 was the best year for music ever, and he’s not going to stop until everyone agrees. He’s picked out music from that year to pitch to guests including Mae Martin, Phil Wang, Romesh Ranganathan and more.

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The Mo Gilligan Podcast

The first series of Gilligan’s new podcast pulled in some big hitters while dodging the usual merry-go-round of guests who turn up absolutely everywhere: instead, Rio Ferdinand, Davina McCall, Munya Chawawa, Nigel Ng and Reggie Yates sit down for an easygoing chat that wanders into more heavyweight areas too. Mo’s one of the most effortlessly likeable comics we’ve got, and this open-ended, rambling format suits him down to the ground.

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Early Work with Rhys James

That’s Rhys James, stand-up comedian, who’s not to be confused with Reece James, Chelsea right-back. A little like Mortified (see below) the fun here is in listening to comedians and other creative types reckoning with their first, excruciating, often very revealing works. Some are very sweet, like British comedy’s all-purpose go-to guy Nick Mohammed and his childhood magic show; some are extremely earnest, like Sara Pascoe’s teen poetry; and some are quite terrifyingly monomaniacal, like Amelia Dimoldenberg’s relentless quest to be editor of Vogue.

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Off Menu

James Acaster and Ed Gamble’s loosely food-related interview podcast has turned into a bit of a phenomenon, racking up a century of episodes with comedians, writers and notables including Jamie Demetriou, Louis Theroux, Mae Martin and dozens more, as well as a much-coveted Q&A with Esquire. It’s so big one fan’s made a wikia tabulating guests’ dinner choices. If you’ve not eaten with them before, the concept’s very simple: each guests picks their favourite starter, main, side, dessert and drink, and talks about their life and career in an enjoyably roundabout way. You will not look at Claudia Winkleman the same way again after hearing that she’s solemnly vowed to never drink water.

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The Walkers Switch

Do you remember when Walkers changed the colours of their packets of salt and vinegar and cheese and onion around? Blue for salt and vinegar and green for cheese and onion’s good enough for Golden Wonder, McCoys, Kettle Chips and the rest of the crisp industry, but not Walkers, oh no. Why did it happen? And why do Walkers deny that it ever happened at all? This deadpan investigation goes all the way down the rabbit hole, and finds that it leads to a forgotten and possibly completely fictitious advert, Nelson Mandela, the Illuminati, and – of course – Gary Lineker.

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