Since the lockdown, I’ve entertained myself with podcasts. Often, when I was at work or if I’m cleaning on the weekends, I’d pop open a podcast and multitask. Something about listening to some stories and executing chores makes me feel like I’m spending my time well. Also, considering our respective situations, sometimes we need a good laugh in times of shitshows.
Here’s what I’ve been to:
The Neighborhood Listen
Listen on Stitcher Premium (there’s a paywall)
Hosted by Broadway star Nicole Parker and one of my favorite comedians, Paul F. Tompkins (with support by Man Man’s/Earwolf’s sound engineer, Brett Morris), it’s a parody of the Nextdoor app that uses actual posts for improv material. There’s nothing more enjoyable than Tompkins’ laugh when he breaks character, and this podcast even made me download the Nextdoor app for my neighborhood (which, in my opinion, is pretty much filled with awful NIMBY’s).
A Funny Feeling
Listen of Headum
Everyone knows I love paranormal shit, so when I discovered this podcast by improv comedian Betsy Sodaro and Brooklyn 99 writer Marcy Jarreau, I was able to combine my fascination for the spooky and my appreciation for comedy. I always enjoy a good ghost story or documentary, but when you add the wit and wonderfully raspy voice of Sodaro, you get one of my favorite podcasts ever.
Two Old Queens
Listen on Spotify
Comedians John Flynn and Mark Rennie search for the gayest movie of all time. I love the premise: they review a movie and interview a guest, and the three of them score the movie based off categories from previous guests (ie, “How much broken glass?” or “Over the top entrances”). I think Muppets in Manhattan is up there with the category, “How Much Felt?”
Stay F. Homekins
Listen on Spotify
Can’t you tell I love Paul F. Tompkins? This podcast started when the lockdowns started, and he and his wife Janie Haddad Tompkins just give weekly updates on their lives. It’s your usual take on being quarantined, except that you’re also comedians and in the entertainment business in LA. Their chemistry as a couple is charming, and they share humorous stories about their weeks and small tidbits about their pasts. If you want to know more details about some of my favorite comedians’ lives, it’s worth giving this podcast a listen.