6 Podcasts for When You Need a Laugh to Get Through the DayNone By May Steinberg
Laughter goes beyond immediately improving your mood. People who laugh more reap a multitude of health and social benefits, like a longer lifespan and a greater ability to foster connections with others. Since most of us can't sit next to our funniest friend all day long, podcasts that make us laugh can have a special place in our routine. If you’re having a rough day, listening to a funny podcast while you’re in the midst of mind-numbing work, a boring treadmill run, or a long commute can brighten your mood and make the time melt away.
Here are six podcasts that we guarantee will get you laughing:
If You're a Movie Buff, Listen to How Did This Get Made?
Have you ever gathered with a group of friends to watch bad movies together and laugh about them? Imagine that same situation, except your friends are now professional comedians and actors. The panel hilariously scrutinizes both bad movie classics, like Gigli and Escape from L.A., and films you may have never heard of. Whether you’ve watched the film or not, you’ll get a kick out of the hosts’ observations as they ask the question, “How—no really, how—did this get made?”
If You Want to Be Ahead of the Curve, Listen to 2 Dope Queens
The breakout podcast of 2016 was 2 Dope Queens. It's been lauded in major publications like The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and co-hosts Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (formerly of The Daily Show) are wildly deserving of all the praise they’ve been receiving. The two charming friends banter about everything under the sun, from the politics of their hair to Phoebe’s undying love for Bono, in between hosting some of America’s most promising young comedians. Just try not to be won over by these two—it’s a challenge.
If You're a True-Crime Addict, Listen to My Favorite Murder
If you’re a fan of true-crime podcasts, but aren’t in the mood to be serious, check out My Favorite Murder. In each episode, hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark swap tales about their favorite crime stories. The fantastic rapport they have with one another, and their ability to find something funny when dealing with dark subjects, will have you chuckling more often than you might anticipate. It may even teach you how to apply the same principles to the serious stuff in your own life!
If You Love Improv, Listen to Comedy Bang Bang
Beloved comedy classic Comedy Bang Bang is an essential addition to any podcast playlist. Scott Aukerman hosts both real and improvised character guests, like friends of the show George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, two elderly New Yorkers played by acclaimed comics John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. (The two ended up starring in an incredibly successful Broadway show, Oh Hello!, based on these characters). Or search for one of the episodes featuring “John Lennon”—you won't regret it. If you need an escapist outlet from a hectic day (or week), this is sure to do the trick.
If You’re Not Quite in the “Ha-Ha” Mood, Listen to Beautiful/Anonymous
In each episode, comedian Chris Gethard calls a random phone number, aiming to keep them on the phone for at least an hour, without revealing the identity of the caller. Gethard isn’t allowed to hang up first, no matter how badly the conversation is going. There is, of course, an element of humor to it, but as the conversation continues, subject matter can turn into something more substantial. Come for the laughs; stay for the genuine human connection.
If You Remember What It's Like to Be the Middle Child, Listen to My Brother, My Brother and Me
If you have siblings (or even if you’ve found yourself carefully observing other siblings as an only child), you’ll relate to this podcast. My Brother, My Brother and Me is an advice show, but it's no “Dear Abby.” The relationship dynamic of Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy will get you chuckling, and their solutions to the problems presented will inspire you to take a lighter approach to whatever is bothering you.
May Steinberg is the beloved community manager at Happify. When she’s not helping you out with your customer support queries, she and two of her former grad school classmates host their own “explainer” podcast called International Realness where they discuss international events, issues, and general nonsense that goes on around the globe.
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