Hey there, podcast lovers! Are you tired of using podcasts to dive into the dark and disturbing world of true crime or getting lost in heated political debates? Well, sometimes all we need is a good old-fashioned laugh to make everything better. And that's where the glorious world of comedy podcasts comes in!
The UK comedy scene is so great that we almost feel sorry for the rest of the world (almost). But seriously, if you're not already in on the secret, some of the biggest names in comedy spend hours each week chatting utter nonsense and making us chuckle.
Take "Have A Word" for example. These northern lads take on big topics and break them down into the silliest, most absurd discussions imaginable. And they're not alone - they've managed to wrangle in some of the biggest names in comedy to join in with the ludicrousy; Then there's "Off Menu" where James Acaster and Ed Gamble, two of the biggest names in UK comedy, invite celebrities to choose their favourite meal courses. But this isn't just about food - these chats often turn into wild and wacky stories that will have you in stitches; And don't forget "Sh**ged Married Annoyed" where Chris and Rosie Ramsey talk about life, love, and everything in between, bringing in guests to share their own hilarious stories and grievances, making for some seriously entertaining listening.
So why not take a break from all the seriousness and check out some of the hilarity that ensues on these podcasts? Trust us, your funny bone will thank you.
Hosted by: James Acaster & Ed Gamble
Do you consider yourself a comedy connoisseur with a side of foodie flair? Well, it's time to feast your ears on Off Menu - the podcast that's sure to satisfy all your cravings!
This culinary comedy show is hosted by two of the UK's top comics, Ed Gamble and James Acaster, and the concept is simple, but oh-so magical. Each episode features a special guest who's whisked away to a mystical restaurant where they can order any dish their heart desires. Ed and James then take the reins, guiding their guest through their imaginary feast, all while uncovering their life story and favourite foods.
With its whip-smart humour, hilarious guests, and unique premise, Off Menu will have you laughing so hard you might just spill your plate. So, if you're looking for a podcast that combines your love of comedy and cuisine, don't waste any more time - give Off Menu a listen! Trust us, your ears and taste buds will thank you.
Have A Word
Hosted by: Adam Rowe & Dan Nightingale
Wag wag lids, where do we start with this titan of a podcast? From humble beginnings in a cupboard in Runcorn to selling out Liverpool arena with their live shows, the story of Have A Word is legend in the UK comedy podcasting scene, and they have set the bar that so many have tried to reach since.
Hosted by scouse hero, Adam Rowe, and one of the most underrated comedians to ever grace the game, Dan Nightingale, alongside their producer Sensi Carl (who is so funny it's hard to believe he isn’t a seasoned circuit comic like the other two), and Co-producer Finn who provides a youthful backbone to the absurdity that often ensues.
Such absurdity comes in a variety of forms. Whether it’s an answer to a simple Would You Rather turn into a topic-spanning display of dizzying nonsense that finishes so far from the original point the question may as well not have been asked; visceral arguments coming from everyone trying to one-up each other, resulting in some downright hilarious content; or when they delve deep into all the weird and wonderful anecdotes their revolving door on incredible guests come armed with. There’s one throughline through all of this, it’s all absolute fire that’ll leave you in tears.
If you haven't given this pod a listen yet, now is the time. Just be wary about doing so in public, people will think you’re a weirdo the amount you’ll be laughing out loud to yourself.
Sh**ged Married Annoyed
Hosted by: Chris Ramsey & Rosie Ramsey
Get ready to laugh your socks off with Shagged Married Annoyed! Hosted by the comedic duo of Chris and Rosie Ramsey, this podcast tackles the real struggles of adulting - from the joys (and horrors) of parenting to the ups and downs of married life.
With their hilarious banter, relatable stories, and unrivalled chemistry (always good to have in a relationship) Chris and Rosie have managed to win over a whole army of fans, making Sh**ged Married Annoyed one of the most popular podcasts in the UK, winning its fair share of awards along the way.
So, if you're ready to add some laughter to your day and maybe even pick up a few tips on relationships along the way, give Sh**ged Married Annoyed a listen! Trust us, you won't be disappointed.
Hosted by: Bob Mortimer & Andy Dawson
If you end up listening to this one, then make sure to strap in before listening, as Athletico Mince is a truly wild ride, full of comedy chaos. Hosted by the hilarious Bob Mortimer and his mate Andy Dawson, the Pod is a comedic force to be reckoned with, delivering a non-stop barrage of surreal sketches, absurd characters, and downright bizarre stories that will have you in stitches (if you’ve ever seen Bob Mortimer do anything you’ll understand what we mean… oh how we love that man.)
From aliens taking over the world to the worst footballers ever, nothing is off-limits in the world of Athletico Mince. Bob Mortimer's deadpan humour will have you doubled over with laughter as he takes you on a journey of pure comedic genius.
Don't believe us? Just ask the legions of fans who have made this podcast a cult hit in the UK. Athletico Mince is the kind of podcast that will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next, while simultaneously making you laugh until your sides hurt.
So, if you're looking for a podcast that's as unpredictable as it is hilarious, give Athletico Mince a listen. Trust us, your funny bone will thank you for it. Get your headphones on, hit play, and buckle up for a wild and wacky ride!
No Such Thing As A Fish
Hosted by: QI researchers - Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Anna Ptaszynski & Andrew Hunter Murray
Hey there, trivia lovers! Are you ready to dive into a sea of random facts and bizarre trivia? Look no further than No Such Thing As A Fish - the podcast hosted by the brilliant researchers behind the hit British TV show QI.
This weekly show will tickle your funny bone and stretch your brain with the weirdest news stories, historical facts, and general oddities from around the world. With a healthy dose of humour and irreverence, these expert hosts will keep you entertained while you learn something new.
So, if you're ready to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of weird and wonderful facts, tune in to No Such Thing As A Fish. You won't regret it - unless, of course, you prefer to live in ignorance!
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombes Parenting Hell
Hosted by: Rob Beckett & Josh Widdicombe
Do you know what's funnier than kids being the silly little idiots they are? Well, there’s not much, but Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell podcast sure do give them a run for their tooth fairy money! Hosted by two of the UK's top comedians, this show provides an unfiltered look at the ups and downs of parenting with plenty of humour and relatable stories thrown in. From sleepless nights to the joys of potty training, Rob and Josh cover it all with their signature wit and charm.
Whether you're a parent or just want to hear some hilarious stories about raising children, this podcast is a great listen. You'll love the hilarious insights into the world of parenting, and you might even learn a thing or two along the way. So if you want to laugh until your sides hurt and maybe even improve your parenting skills, give Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell a listen! Trust me, it's better than watching another episode of Paw Patrol.
Where There’s A Will There’s a Wake
Hosted by: Kathy Burke
Do you find death and dying to be a bit of a downer? Fear not, my friend, because comedian Kathy Burke is here to lighten things up with her unique podcast, Where There's A Will There's A Wake!
In each episode, Kathy invites a different celebrity guest to share their morbid musings on how they think they'll kick the bucket and what their final send-off should look like. And let me tell you, with Kathy's signature humour and irreverence, these conversations are guaranteed to be both side-splitting and thought-provoking.
So, if you're looking for a podcast that will have you laughing until you're six feet under, give Where There's A Will There's A Wake a listen! You'll get to hear your favourite celebrities dish out their hilarious and unexpected insights on death and funerals. What more could you ask for?
Help I Sexted My Boss
Hosted by: William Hanson & Jordan North
Are you tired of all of these advice podcasts by people who really shouldn’t be giving advice? Well, fear not, because "Help I Sexted My Boss" is here to give you even more of it! All jokes aside, it’s a good job that the dynamic duo of William Hanson and Jordan North are as funny as they are, as the advice so often ends up in the lands of the ludicrous.
The two tackle their listener's biggest life dilemmas with a tone that always descends into the hilarious and irreverent. From etiquette to relationships, no topic is off-limits for these comedy experts. Their witty banter and infectious chemistry will have you in stitches while also, despite the aforementioned, occasionally popping up with some valuable advice. Who knew getting help could be this entertaining?
Make sure to check out "Help I Sexted My Boss". And don't worry about the name, we won't tell your boss about your podcast preferences!
Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything
Hosted by: Katherine Ryan
Everyone knows that Katherine Ryan’s wit is so razor-sharp, you could use it to shave your legs (but please don't, that would be weird), and her podcast is absolutely no different from her stand-up; she basically reveals way too much and is perfectly candid no matter how insane the topics get. From pop culture to motherhood to relationships, Katherine fearlessly reveals all (even though there are definitely times she shouldn't have), offering up her own hilarious anecdotes and mesmeric insights.
If you're not already a fan, get ready to be converted by her signature sass and humour, and if you're already a die-hard Katherine Ryan devotee, then you know this podcast is a must-listen. So, stop what you're doing, grab your headphones, and Tune in to Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything now! It’s oh-so worth it.
Hot Water Green Room Podcast
Hosted by: Tony Carrol & Jamie Hutchinson
Far from the most popular podcast on this list, but albeit one that has never failed to make us go searching for a new pair of trousers, the Hot Water Green Room podcast, hosted by Tony Carroll and Jamie Hutchinson, is a masterclass in northern drivel.
The two hosts welcome a revolving door of comedic talent into the grounds of Hot Water in Liverpool, one of the country's very best comedy clubs, and proceed for an hour or so to attempt interviews of their guests; before the inevitable off-topic ramble (usually from Jamie) that leads into a cacophonous pile of absurd hilarity; usually, thanks to the endless stream of bonkers stories the pair have between them. A lot of the time, the guests just end up in complete shock at what they're being told, and their reactions are incredible.
It’s oh so stupid, but oh so bloody brilliant and never fails to put a big grin on our faces. If you want your podcasts to be like you and your pals pissed up in a shabby pub chatting utter crap, then boy have we found the podcast for you. Get listening to the Hot Water Green Room podcast as soon as possible, it's one of the true hidden gems of the UK Comedy Podcast scene.
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