The funniest and best comedy podcasts for some much-needed laughs
This is an anxious and stressful time for a lot of us, so it's only natural that we'd want to distract ourselves for a little bit with some entertainment. We have memes to scroll through, TV shows to binge watch and music to bop to whenever we feel like ‘clubbing' at home. And because we believe laughter is the best medicine right now, here are some of the best comedy podcasts we're listening to for some much-needed laughs during this time.
Hosted by Buro. dating columnist and PR director Rahat Kapur and radio producer-presenter Shaun Tupaz, the comedic duo shares plenty about being brown and middle-class in "crazy-rich-Asian-Singapore". They dish out the funny on millennial life and all its nuances as they navigate love, work, and friends, sometimes with guest influencers.
Listen to Hot Chocolate here.
Good Hang with Jon & Nathan
In keeping with #SupportLocal, here's another local funny duo. Singer/actor Nathan Hartono and actor/photographer Jon Cancio come together to be silly and joke about pop culture, current events, and "anything and everything that tickles their fancy". "And their fancies are very ticklish," so they claim.
Listen to Good Hang here.
The Hilarious World of Depression
Laughing at clinical depression — is this appropriate? Well, according to these comedians and hosts, yes! Laughter is, after all, the best medicine and what a way to bring some insight into a common and isolating mental health issue while seeing the funny side to it. The podcast is a series of frank, moving, and funny conversations with comedians who have dealt with the disease hosted by John Moe, an American veteran comedian and radio host.
Listen to The Hilarious World of Depression here.
Off Book: The Improvised Musical
If you miss watching musicals, this podcast is for you. Every week, you get a brand new original musical where American hosts Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino and a special guest create a new musical on the spot. Some reviews have said not to listen to this in public as you will be laughing uncontrollably. Good thing we are staying at home then!
Listen to Off Book: The Improvised Musical here.
Asian Not Asian
Their elevator pitch is "two Asian guys not from Asia talking about American issues no American cares about." Stand-up comedians Fumi Abe and Mic Nguyen discuss everything from race, politics and media to model minority myths, providing hilarious insights into the Asian American perspective with entertaining banter.
Listen to Asian Not Asian here.
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend
The premise for this podcast is that American late-night talk show host and comedian Conan O'Brien did not seem to have any real friends when he realised the only people at his holiday parties were the ones who work for him. Despite his years of interviews, Conan feels he never made real and lasting friendships with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started the podcast to find a real friend.
Listen to ConanO'Brien Needs a Friend here.
Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast
Comedian host Scott Aukerman blends conversation and character work from today's funniest comedians in this podcast that has been around since 2009. He interviews celebrities but his open-door policy means anyone can drop in to chat, compete in-games, and engage in comic revelry.
Listen to Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast here.
Good One: A Podcast About Jokes
Ever wondered what goes into the creation of jokes, and the thought processes of comedians when they're coming up with material? This is the podcast for you. Each week, a comedian will play one of their jokes and then break it down with Vulture.com senior editor Jesse David Fox. Intelligent and funny — bonus.
Listen to Good One: A Podcast About Jokes here.