"Entertaining" podcast recommendations

akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
What "Entertainment" or even just light-hearted "entertaining" podcasts do you listen to? I have been going through my podcast subscriptions and I am left with a lot of serious podcasts and need something lighter sometimes. 

So far I have- 

Conde Nast Travelogue
Bald Move GoT and Westworld podcasts* (not on air right now)
I am Rapaport 
The Americans - Slate TV Club Insider (not on air right now)
Woolful (knitting-yarn podcast)
WTF with Marc Maron

*I need to subscribe to Quit yer Pitchin, and I watch Lunch sometimes as well.
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  • Stuff You Should Know is a really entertaining and informative cast imo. The hosts are a little monotoned so its not going to ENTERTAIN you, but it's definitely an interesting cast and you'll learn a lot. 

    My brother in law has a small podcast thats pretty fun-- if you want to listen to some stoner surfer dudes talk about politics (US and International), Sports, and pop culture lol-- Work Hard Make Friends Have Fun
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited June 19
    If you don't listen to My Dad Wrote A Porno, then you need to rectify that immediately! It's a guy whose dad has written some terrible self published erotica, and he reads it aloud to two of his friends a chapter a week. It's absolute comedy gold.
    akritenbrink
  • If you're into video games I highly recommend Watch Out For Fireballs and its companion show, Abject Suffering.
    akritenbrink
  • Oh, and "How Did This Get Made" is the definitive bad movie podcast.
    akritenbrinktrippyGarageMovieGuy
  • Wait, Wait, Don't tell me
    Ask Me Another
    Car Talk
    Now Playing with Lex and Dan
    Unjustly Maligned
    The Watch
    The Bill Simmons Podcast
    TV Avalanche
    Nerdist
    Teevee
    The Trifecta
    This Week in Tech
    akritenbrink
  • Most comedians have podcasts...if you think about who you like in comedy, odds are they're doing a funny podcast.

    I'd recommend "The Dollop" - it's a non-academic history-lite podcast done by two comedians.  The conceit of the show is that one of them (usually the same one) finds a funny or oddball story from history and recounts it to the other guy, who knows absolutely nothing about it.  It's quasi informative, but really just two really funny guys riffing.

    akritenbrink
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    The Giant Bombcast is a fantastic video game podcast that's even better when they're not talking about video games, and the Beastcast the east coast team does on Fridays might actually have surpassed it when they added Dan. Anyone who likes video games should check them out.

    Comedy Bang Bang is great but it can be inside joke heavy with all the recurring characters so it might take some patience to get into now that it's been going for so long.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I already mentioned it in your other thread, but Answer Me This is a a good one.

    I also like Picturehouse Podcast (film reviews and interviews), though its release schedule is sporadic. NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour can be good, but it disappears up its own arse at times.
    podcartfan
  • voodooratvoodoorat Atlanta
    If you're a particular kind of nerd, the Judge John Hodgman podcast is funny and absurd.
    GarageMovieGuy
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    voodoorat said:

    If you're a particular kind of nerd, the Judge John Hodgman podcast is funny and absurd.

    I used to really like him to the point of having a crush, but then he was in the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials and I got very confused about my feelings, since I am more of a PC person hahaha.

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  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    The Adventure Zone! The McElroy Brothers play D&D with their Dad. (Not real D&D knowledge required, they are pretty loose on the rules) It's grown into appointment podcasting for me.
    DaveyMacvoodoorat
  • jomihajomiha Springfield IL
    @CretanBull is right- the Dollop is fantastic. Even though they deal with serious historical events and figures, they are hilarious together. 
    Other recs from me:
    Doug Loves Movies (Panel of guests answering movie trivia hosted by Doug Benson)
    TBTL (two public radio vets talking about general topics)
    Good Ones: A Podcast About Jokes (well known comedians discuss a joke of their choosing)
    Twice Removed (interesting mix of lighthearted and poignant storytelling involving a person's ancestry, ending with that person being introduced to a family member that they didn't know they were related to- usually someone they are at least aware of or even know personally)

  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    Oh, my friend Phyllis is on TBTL sometimes. I keep forgetting to subscribe and listen to the non-Phyllis parts though haha.
    jomiha
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    Angie Kritenbrink
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  • aberry89aberry89 California
    I love "Throwing Shade" a podcast that discusses gay and lady issues in popular culture and politics. The two hosts, Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson have great chemistry and are very, very funny. 

    They can talk about some serious stuff, but they do so as comedicans so it stays pretty light.
    “No time to squabble Troy, for Greendale on THREE! One, two- Jeff, every second counts. For Greendale on TWO! One-"
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited June 20

    The Adventure Zone! The McElroy Brothers play D&D with their Dad. (Not real D&D knowledge required, they are pretty loose on the rules) It's grown into appointment podcasting for me.

    I've heard so much good stuff about this. But I have a huge hurdle, I CAN'T stand listening to people play roleplaying games. it's like watching people play video games - it's fun when your in there doing it, otherwise no. I have always skipped the D&D on Harmontown too.  Can I get past that...?

    “No time to squabble Troy, for Greendale on THREE! One, two- Jeff, every second counts. For Greendale on TWO! One-"
  • aberry89 said:

    I love "Throwing Shade" a podcast that discusses gay and lady issues in popular culture and politics. The two hosts, Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson have great chemistry and are very, very funny. 


    They can talk about some serious stuff, but they do so as comedicans so it stays pretty light.



    There is (perhaps, was?) a tv based on this.  I saw a couple of episodes.  It wasn't bad, but it came across as being very rehearsed and produced...usually not bad things for a tv show, but it's often better when comedians are a little bit more loose and spontaneous.


  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    aberry89 said:

    The Adventure Zone! The McElroy Brothers play D&D with their Dad. (Not real D&D knowledge required, they are pretty loose on the rules) It's grown into appointment podcasting for me.

    I've heard so much good stuff about this. But I have a huge hurdle, I CAN'T stand listening to people play roleplaying games. it's like watching people play video games - it's fun when your in there doing it, otherwise no. I have always skipped the D&D on Harmontown too.  Can I get past that...?

    Maybe? Since it seems like it is pretty annoying, I doubt it would be your cup of tea. Their advice show, My Brother, My Brother and Me may be more your speed. 
    Murderbear
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    @aberry89 Yeah, if you can't stand listening to people roleplaying, it may not be for you. But I will say, it's been worth the investment. It's one of the few podcasts that have ever gotten me a little teary-eyed. I've gotten real attached to Tres Horny Boys. Ha!

    And @Garthgou81 is right. Maybe check out MBMBAM. Give it a few episodes to get used to those good good boy's goofs and you might just find yourself wanting The Adventure Zone!
  • DaveyMacDaveyMac Tokyo
    edited June 20
    Re: Adventure Zone, it took a while to really get into it, but I'm so glad I stuck with it and now I absolutely love it. I'm as invested in the characters as I am with tv and books and have even surprisingly been really moved a few times while listening. And so many of the side characters that Griffon comes up with are fantastically entertaining. It also helps that the guys themselves don't take D&D too seriously and it's their dad's first time playing. And the plot itself gets more and more interesting as it goes along. 

    I must admit though, that I often tune out during many of the fights as that aspect with the dice rolling just isn't that entertaining for me.

    As to other entertaining podcasts, I really enjoy 2 Dope Queens, You Must Remember This, and Scriptnotes (This one may seem like it's too much of a niche thing as it's all about screenwriting, but I think it has broader appeal, especially if you're into film/tv in general.)
    Murderbear
  • I am a huge Tell 'em Steve Dave! fan.. but it certainly won't be for everyone. Not even sure where to start with explaining it. Three guys sit around and chat, one owns a comic shop, one is Q from Impractical Jokers and the other is their friend, Bryan Johnson. All three are friends with Kevin Smith, so it's a SModcast show. I think it's worth checking out, and it's become my favorite podcast over the years.
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH

    voodoorat said:

    If you're a particular kind of nerd, the Judge John Hodgman podcast is funny and absurd.

    I used to really like him to the point of having a crush, but then he was in the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials and I got very confused about my feelings, since I am more of a PC person hahaha.

    Why would that confuse you?  That was Apple's latest failed attempt to convince PC owners to move over to their overpriced, dumbed down bullshit product.  Hodgman was the hero in that campaign.  *ducks*
    KingKobrajomihaakritenbrinkNickFFX
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  • Last Podcast on the Left. Absolutely love it! True crime, aliens, conspiracy theories, but funny (really, really funny!). It is not for everybody though. 
    Murderbearcdriveaberry89CodyHarris821
  • JoshuaHeterJoshuaHeter Omaha, NE
    If anyone is a Seinfeld fan, I'd highly recommend Seincast. The hosts do a recap and talk about behind the scenes stuff for each episode. I considered myself a fairly knowledgeable Seinfeld fan, but I've picked up a number of interesting tidbits. The first handful of episodes are a little rough as the hosts are kind of learning as they go (I think), but from "The Chinese Restaraunt" on, it's a pretty high quality. And, the good news is that they've now built up a back catalog of 140 or so episodes, so you can just pick and choose your favorite, if you want.

    The hosts (Matt and Vinny) can get a little silly / jokey in a way that I could see turning people off, but I think it's all fun / funny.
    aberry89
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky

    Last Podcast on the Left. Absolutely love it! True crime, aliens, conspiracy theories, but funny (really, really funny!). It is not for everybody though. 

    That's a podcast that I think a lot of people would like but I have a hard time recommending. The guys can get a little crazy on there sometimes (I'm looking at you Henry!) but it's damn good. When I do recommend it, I tell people to start with the JonBenet Ramsey episodes from 2015. Episodes 167 and 168. It's still a super interesting case and I fell like they were SLIGHTLY tamer on this one so it could be a good way to ease on in. Hail Gein!
  • Last Podcast on the Left. Absolutely love it! True crime, aliens, conspiracy theories, but funny (really, really funny!). It is not for everybody though. 

    That's a podcast that I think a lot of people would like but I have a hard time recommending. The guys can get a little crazy on there sometimes (I'm looking at you Henry!) but it's damn good. When I do recommend it, I tell people to start with the JonBenet Ramsey episodes from 2015. Episodes 167 and 168. It's still a super interesting case and I fell like they were SLIGHTLY tamer on this one so it could be a good way to ease on in. Hail Gein!
    I agree, they can get quite wild! JonBenet was actually one of the first ones I listened to. I have gone back and listened to almost all of the episodes by now. I used to listen to Sword and Scale, but though that was way too heavy with all the 911 calls etc. That's why I like Last Podcast so much, they can tell these horrible stories but the humor makes it easier to listen to. Hail Gein indeed! (BTW, the Gein episodes are some of my favorites! Hilarious comments there!).
    Murderbear
  • jomihajomiha Springfield IL
    edited June 20

    Oh, my friend Phyllis is on TBTL sometimes. I keep forgetting to subscribe and listen to the non-Phyllis parts though haha.

    You know P-Fletch!? She's like a celebrity to TBTL listeners (aka Tens), haha.
    podcartfan
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    edited June 21
    jomiha said:

    Oh, my friend Phyllis is on TBTL sometimes. I keep forgetting to subscribe and listen to the non-Phyllis parts though haha.

    You know P-Fletch!? She's like a celebrity to TBTL listeners (aka Tens), haha.
    Yes, I do. We're not like BFFs or anything but I've known her for a while. She was a public radio reporter here for a long time, and so when i met her I felt like I was meeting a celebrity too haha. She's a producer now. I met her because I did this storytelling show she produced years ago and then we just always kept in touch. 
    jomiha
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    Angie Kritenbrink
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  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)

    voodoorat said:

    If you're a particular kind of nerd, the Judge John Hodgman podcast is funny and absurd.

    I used to really like him to the point of having a crush, but then he was in the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials and I got very confused about my feelings, since I am more of a PC person hahaha.

    Why would that confuse you?  That was Apple's latest failed attempt to convince PC owners to move over to their overpriced, dumbed down bullshit product.  Hodgman was the hero in that campaign.  *ducks*
    Because he was playing a PC... and I prefer PCs... but then... you realize he's making fun of PCs... so many emotions
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  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    @aberry89 Yeah, if you can't stand listening to people roleplaying, it may not be for you. But I will say, it's been worth the investment. It's one of the few podcasts that have ever gotten me a little teary-eyed. I've gotten real attached to Tres Horny Boys. Ha!

    And @Garthgou81 is right. Maybe check out MBMBAM. Give it a few episodes to get used to those good good boy's goofs and you might just find yourself wanting The Adventure Zone!
    Those sweet boys just know how to bring the goofs. Here is one of my favorite: 


    Murderbear
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