Welcome to the world of Podcasts! Once an irrelevant form of episodic programming transmitted through the internet, the podcast has now become a powerful source of media and entertainment for the masses.
Due to the vast array of content available, the podcast is the perfect medium for anyone to pretty much discuss anything. iTunes has seventeen categories of content ranging from Arts to TV & Film. Shows come in either an audio or video format and the majority of the content is free of charge.
The podcast has become a true form of entertainment that I personally look to with the same fervor as my weekly television programs. There are many shows that I subscribe to and I’m rewarded with fresh content on a daily and weekly basis. For the most part I stick with comedy podcasts and here are a few of the best ones out there:
Uhh Yeah Dude – “A look at America through the eyes of two American Americans.” UYD is a low budget podcast that features two friends shooting the shit over irreverent but obscure news items and personal stories. Their earlier “This Week in Florida” and “Craigslist Casual Encounters” bits are pure gold and you can dip back through any of their 212 episodes on iTunes. A new, one hour Uhh Yeah Dude is uploaded every Monday.
The Monday Morning Podcast – Boston comedian Bill Burr brings us into his world on a weekly basis with a solid fifty minutes of rants and raves about anything and everything that pops into his head. He never stays on point and it is almost like he is trying work out a fresh new stand-up comedy act every single week. The only problem is that Burr is a bit inept at getting it uploaded to iTunes or actually doing it on a Monday. Thankfully Billburr.com houses the archive of every podcast he has done.
Adam Carolla Podcast – When Carolla’s L.A. morning radio show was cancelled he started his uncensored podcast as something to do between gigs. The show was a success and instead of going back to radio he decided to turn his complaint-laden humor into a podcast empire. He recently launched the ACE Broadcasting Network which currently has 10 podcasts on-air or in the works. New episodes of the Adam Carolla Podcast are released daily.
Friday News Feedbag –Two Discovery Channel news reporters get together each week to bring listeners the coolest and strangest stories from the world of Science. Although this is not a comedy podcast, I enjoy their dorky humor, especially when the writers are busting on the gullible host. New shows appear sometime over the weekend.
I Love Movies – Stoner comedian Doug Benson hosts one of the only podcasts I’ve come across that is recorded in front of a live audience. There is a new episode every week in which Benson brings on two guest comedian friends to banter about movies. The quick wit of the host and guests and the repartee they have with the audience keeps things fresh, unique and hilarious.
So if you’re sick of your playlists and you want a little entertainment while you’re working out or cleaning the house, check out a podcast and bring something new to your ears.