The Best of 2011: Podcasts

This is a new category this year! 2011 was officially the year I stopped listening to music and started to get heavily into radio programs. 2011 will forever be the year I became the lamest shit in the universe. Whatever. DON'T CARE. Podcasts have given me a new way to be an introverted, antisocial shell of a human being and I am okay with that. In the event you're old or a dum-dum or you just have no idea what the internet is, a podcast (shorthand for...uh...iPod broadcast? Podular Casticulitis? I don't fucking know, and I'm sure as shit not going to put forth the effort to Google it. Nothing about The Skip-Raid has ever been about education or bettering yourself, so you're going to have to go elsewhere for news and functional thoughts).

Anyways, here are the podcasts that I listen to with such frequency that I could probably categorize them as religions on my yearly census form.

8. The Tobolowsky Files
Here's a fun fact! Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day has a podcast and it's incredibly entertaining. Stephen Tobolowsky has been in just about everything (including a one-episode role in Community as the professor who teaches the Who's The Boss class). All this podcast is is an hour or so of Tobolowsky talking about something that happened to him on a movie set, which would seem pompous and boring if it weren't for Tobolowsky's incredible gift of charming storytelling. He is so good. I like to put on The Tobolowsky Files when I need to fall asleep; his voice is so reassuring (I think it's because he's from the South). Anyways, Stephen Tobolowsky is easily one of my favourite people in the whole world and I just love that he's making an oral record of his time in Hollywood.

7. Doug Loves Movies
I am not a stoner. I love Stoner King Doug Benson. Doug Loves Movies is very simple: Doug gets a few friends together and they talk about movies in a live club setting. The odd time he records them without an audience, and these are my favourite episodes. I don't know what's wrong with me - I just hate hearing an audience. I think it's because I usually laugh at the things no one else laughs at, so I get stupid judgmental when the audience laughs at something and I think "That wasn't even that funny...". Plus when he records in a studio, I think he's higher, which makes it much funnier. Oh, Doug Benson, you chubby drug-addict, I love you.

6. This American Life
I SWEAR I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE!!! I used to think that people who listened to TAL were total boring pieces of crap who loved the smell of their own farts; then I finally listened to an episode (thanks to CBC Radio 1 airing it on Sunday nights at 11:00pm) and I am in looovvvveeee. Oh, Ira Glass. Ira Ira Ira Glass. You adorable bespectacled smart urban chosen person. TAL is really lovely EXCEPT when they get people on who tell stories in that weird, drawn-out breathy way? "Thattttttt....was the final.....time....I saw....my.....faaaaaather....at the...chicken..raaaanchhhhhhh".

5. Superego
Oh boy, do I ever love talking about Superego! Except that it's SO DIFFICULT to explain, but I'll try:
- 4 comedians
- all good at improv
- I think a lot of the sketches are improvised?
- good guests (Patton Oswalt, Andy Daly, Paul F. Tompkins)
- they do a lot of fake commercials?
- it's only 30 minutes long - give it a chance.

4. Mohr Stories
My friend Tim got me on to Mohr Stories, Jay Mohr's podcast that he records from his house. Jay Mohr is the craziest guy; he started doing stand-up when he was like 15 or something, did SNL, accidentally fell into acting, got Jerry Maguire, got Picture Perfect, was supposed to be the next big thing, didn't, sort of fell into obscurity, did a great show that nobody watched called Action, does stand-up again. But he is the cutest, sweetest guy who has all these stories about acting and his family and how he was a dickbag when he was drinking (he's sober now), how he's constantly scared he won't get work. Plus, here's something I bet you didn't know: Jay Mohr is one of the best impressionists you'll ever hear. He is SO GOOD. Also I think I fell in love with him when he had Kevin Nealon on and he was talking about SNL and Nealon kept being like "what are you talking about? I don't remember that sketch..." and I was like "I DO! JAY, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!!"

3. How Did This Get Made?
This is the best idea for a podcast and OF COURSE it was made by Paul Scheer (you genius dum-dum who is funnier than I'll ever be). Paul Scheer, June Diane Rapheal, and Jason Mantzoukas talk about a shitty movie. They usually have a guest (my favourites have been Adam Pally and Kumail Nanjiani) and the movies range from truly shitty classics (Battlefield Earth) to current crappy bombs (I Know Who Killed Me). It's always funny, even though sometimes you get 4 people talking over each other and you want to yell ONE AT A TIME into your speakers.
The first one you should download: The Mac & Me episode. HOLY SHIT.

2. How Was Your Week?
I just discovered Julie Klausner, and that makes me feel like a stupid shit. How did I ignore HWYW for as long as I did? Oh yeah, because every time I was in iTunes I'd go "Girl Podcast? NEWP. See you never" which is wrong and stupid (but also a little true. I mean, I tried to give The Apple Sisters a chance, and that's something I deeply regret). Anyways, Julie Klausner is very funny, very Jewish, very into The Real Housewives of EVERYTHING, hates Patti Stanger, loves basset hounds, knows a lot about Broadway, and has funny friends and gets good guests. Also she never sucks up to her guests, which is something I really enjoy. Anyways, Julie Klausner is my new idol and I look up to her like a big sister. PSYCHO!

1. Sklarbro Country
HENDERSON!!!!!! OSBALDESTON!!!! Folks. If you happen to be a citizen of the calming shores, then I don't need to explain to you why Sklarbro Country is on this list. I don't need to explain why it's number 1 on this list. I don't need to explain to you why you should donate money to Earwolf Studios to keep Randy and Jason recording podcasts for the next 10 years. I don't need to explain avalanches, punched waterfalls, racist Vin Scully, Randy Moss's dog, the 11's and 12's, Bruce Jenner, Sam Elliot, "Ziggy played the Sklar", Monday Night Jihad, brief obsessions with LA Law. In the event you have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, Sklarbro Country is twin brothers (Randy and Jason Sklar) and they talk about stand-up comedy, sports, and indie music. Look, I hate sports as much as the next sport-hating hateful sportsmonger, but this podcast is so easy to listen to. You don't need to know anything about sports; you just need to know what's funny. Get on the iTunes and download as many episodes as you can. Immediately.


Albert said...

I can see you loving Sklarboro's Quick Hits but still surprised you listen to that podcast. And really, Comedy Bang Bang is not on this list?

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happyhippierose said...

Okay, I have some listening and downloading to get to. I trust your sense of humor big time and i listen to podcasts for hours a day, so I feel really sheepish that our current lists of faves don't align more than they do.

I'm a big Adam Carolla fan, so I listen to Ace daily. I love wtf with Marc Maron.

The only ones on your list I do listen to are TAL and Doug Loves Movies.

The one about crappy movies being made sounds super funny, I'll get on that one first.

Thanks Mayor, I'm on it!

happyhippierose said...


"How Did This Get Made" has an episode on "leprechaun in the hood" - i've actually seen it. hahahahaha! it's the most dreadful cinematic shitshow ever.

I'm so giddy to give this a whirl. oh man, i'm tittering!

hahahahaha, leps in the hood, up to no good! (yeah, i remember the rap. omg. this is making my night while i'm working late).