Podcasts have become more popular than ever - hell, nearly every celebrity is either hosting their own podcast or have been a guest on one.
If you're new to the whole realm of podcasts, never fear as we are here to help. If you want to take a break from reading, listening to music, or watching TV, they can be a great escape - and oftentimes a very funny one. Here's seven comedy podcast recommendations that you are going to love listening to.
'Finding Drago' is an investigative podcast - but hosted by two comedians and self-professed film geeks Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James. Off-the-wall, whacky, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, the comedy duo attempt to track down Todd Noy, the author of an unauthorized literary spin-off from Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky IV', called 'Drago: On Mountains We Stand'. The author is believed to have gone missing in January 1992, and the pair have taken it upon themselves to investigate. Sound bizarre enough for you? Time to get listening.
Don't let the "Dub" in the title turn you off - this podcast can be enjoyed by those of us not from the east too. 'Dubland' is hosted by comedian PJ Gallagher and broadcaster Suzanne Kane, and they discuss everything the country is talking about each week, giving their very open opinion on a range of topics from the Irish election, pulling sick days at work, as well as any other topic you can think of. They also get the odd celebrity involved in the mayhem, and their incredible animal facts are oftentimes the show's best moment.
'Isolating with David O’Doherty'
A recent creation due to the trying times we're living in right now, comedian David O'Doherty has decided to isolate himself on Achill Island and record a hilarious podcast from his own recording studio - his car. He really is the voice of the nation at the moment, making light of a dire situation. His very honest account of what life is like on the island and how he spends his never-ending free time these days will be sure to give you a laugh. As always with David O'Doherty, his ability to keep the chat going is as heart-warming as ever, even when talking about such things as going to the toilet on a rock. If you're searching for episodes, you can find them as part of The Second Captains' podcast.
'I’m Grand Mam'
Picture this - you're two best friends from Cork, you live all the way over in London, and you want to have a laugh and spill the tea in a very Irish way. What do you do? Start a podcast of course. 'I'm Grand Mam' is hosted by Kevin and PJ, who recount a range of stories from their everyday lives such as how they felt growing up gay in Ireland, how much they miss the Irish craic sometimes, enjoying the warmer weather across the water, and giving each-other relationship advice. The later episodes of the podcast also include a segment where their Irish mammies answer listeners questions, in typical Irish mammy ways.
A comedy podcast mixed with a food podcast shouldn't work on paper, but by god it works here. 'Off Menu' is hosted by comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble, and each episode sees the pair joined by a different celebrity guest. Each episode has the same format - the guests get to choose their dream starter, main, side dish, dessert, and drink of choice - all to the scrutiny of the two hosts. Enlightening and often unbelievably funny, with the likes of Aisling Bea, Dara O'Briain and Joe Lycett choosing the food, the most important question is - popadoms or bread? Oh, and James Acaster likes to pretend he's a genie waiter.
'The 2 Johnnies Podcast'
Off-the-cuff Irish comedy and real-life stories are combined into one weekly podcast from one of Ireland's most popular comedy duos. They're well-known for reading out listener comments, and for interviewing the odd celebrity as well, including David McSavage, Una Healy, Daithi O'Shea, as well as hard man Noel Furlong. The pair also have an exclusive extra podcast available to subscribers who want to hear even more of the 2 Johnnies escapades.
'My Dad Wrote A Porno'
An oldie but a goodie, if you missed the 'My Dad Wrote A Porno' boat, it's never too late to get into it. The concept is an easy one - just imagine your dad wrote a dirty book, and you decided to read it aloud for everyone to hear. Hosted by Jamie Morton, and joined in studio by his friends Alice Levine and James Cooper, the three have a mighty giggle as they read a chapter a week - discovering pretty soon that there soon comes a point of wanting to turn back, but finding that you can't.
Those are our seven comedy podcast recommendations - are there any you think we should recommend in the future? Let us know.