Matt Kleinschmidt: Race Wars
I listen to a lot of podcasts because of my lengthy commute to work. Because of this, I got into a handful of new podcasts this year to add to my already full rotation. But Kurt Metzger and Sherrod Small’s Race Wars might’ve been the most fun new discovery. It was launched about a year ago and is just what its title suggests, two comedians discussing all elements of race, religion, feminism, sexism, politics, and how it all intertwines. Metzger and Small are super-intelligent men who don’t always take the obvious or stereotypical stance on an issue. Comedian Kaitlyn Bailey is the defacto third leg of the show offering up a strong female voice on subjects to ensure it’s not just a boys club or perspective. Guests on the show could be a comedian friend, co-founder of VICE, or someone Metzger met through a Facebook page rant he’s known for (another can’t-miss). If you’ve ever been told there were topics that you shouldn’t discuss amongst polite company, chances are its being discussed with a great deal of thought and humor on Race Wars, and quite possibly a well-placed dick joke.
Mark Says Hi: Tuesdays with Stories
What’s not to love?! These two are great together and their stories are entertaining. Two of my favorite comedians (Mark Normand and Joe List) from the NY Comedy scene, on a podcast, delivering the goods. Enough said.
Erika Star: My Sexy Podcast
Arguably having the best year ever, Sabrina Jalees “My Sexy Podcast” is just one of her bests. A meeting place of some of most current and outspoken comedic minds, the show especially takes off when it features Jalees’ close friend and fellow comedian, Liza Treyger.
Zach Shaw: Ten Minute Podcast
Will Sasso, Chris D’Elia and Bryan Callen busting each other’s balls for ten minutes… need I say more?
Blake Garris: Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast
This is a tough one because there were some great ones from the likes of Todd Glass, Louie Anderson and Norm MacDonald but this stands out due to the uniqueness of the guests and Gilbert’s vast knowledge of old Hollywood. Fascinating interviews and also very funny. Also, he follows me on Twitter.
Olivia Cathcart: Arguments & Grievances and Terrified with Dave Ross (tie)
I’m not the biggest podcast nut. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that it’s very hard for me to find ones that I like. There are some I like parts of, but on the whole I could do without. I’ve stumbled upon a few this year, two that stand out that I can listen to all the way through. And the reason I’m going to cheat and name two is because they satisfy a different need.
Arguments & Grievances is just a hilarious good time. The podcast is simply a recording of a great show in Chicago run by Kevin Brody, Kevin White, Goodrich Goodrich Gevaart and Zach Peterson. Comics compete in debates with a winner crowned after two rounds. Each episode contains two debate battles, and the weirder or more simple the topic the better. It’s a wonderful surprise to see how creative people get with their odd cause of the night.
Some of my favorite debates include: Aparna Nancherla argues for the side of Not To Be against Derek Sheen’s To Be; Katie McVay makes a strong case for Pens vs Pencils against Danny Kallis; Sean White argues on the side of Star Trek against Ian Abramson’s Star Wars; and in a great twist, Andy Fleming argues why Stephanie Hasz is better than… Andy Fleming and vice versa. If you want to laugh in your car for hours, subscribe to this podcast. It is a great way to pass the time.