If I catch the first five minutes of 48 Hours I’m pretty much glued to my couch for the next hour. I.must.know.what.happens. And I want to know EVERYTHING there is to know about a case. Podcasts have really created a space for people who love true crime to dork out and these two shows are my favorite.
My Favorite Murder, Feral Audio Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff might be the biggest gift to the podcast world. I don’t know where these two were before this, maybe hiding in a writers room, but they are hilarious, authentic and the perfect hosts for this show. Every week each of them recounts a murder case and they occasionally read ‘Hometown Murder’ stories sent in by listeners. The stories they tell are super compelling, but the way they tell these stories and their side commentary about them is what makes this show so great. I regularly find myself laughing during this podcast…even though it’s about murder. However, Karen and Georgia are super respectful to the victims of the crimes they discuss. I love this podcast, not just because I love true crime, but also because I love their dynamic, I love their stories, and I love Elvis. SSDGM. Byeeeeee.
Last Podcast On the Left, Cave Comedy Radio
I didn’t like this show the first time I listened to it. It’s three male hosts that are pretty crass telling you a story about a murderer, cult or science fiction myth, sometimes in excruciating detail. However, in time that’s exactly why I grew to love this show. Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski host Last Podcast on the Left and they are really three very funny guys who do their homework on these stories they choose to tell. I understand why LPOL isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I look forward to it every week. Hail Satan!
Comedians have really found a home in podcasting. After Chelsea Lately went off the air (I still miss you, boo) many of the regulars on her show went on to have very successful podcasts of their own. If I’m in the mood for a new podcast, I immediately start browsing the Comedy category and the shows below are the créme de la créme of the Comedy channel.
My Brother, My Brother and Me, Maximum Fun
I would love to have been a fly on the wall in the McElroy household as those boys were growing up but I imagine I would have needed hernia surgery from excessive laughter. Oldest brother Justin McElroy, middlest brother Travis McElroy, and sweet baby brother Griffin McElroy started making a podcast as a way to stay connected when the three of them moved to opposite coasts, and we have the privilege of sitting in on that conversation. Most of the show is them just being goofy, but it’s all structured around them offering advice and answers to the ridiculous questions asked on Yahoo Answers. You might be inclined to think this is wholesome comedy by their tone and demeanor, but these three get as raunchy and explicit as anyone. They recently released a marijuana induced podcast titled “The McElroy Brothers Will Be In Trolls 2, Chapter 1” that is an absolute delight. Kiss your dad square on the lips.
The Dollop, All Things Comedy Who knew that American history was so fucked up? The Dollop is a “bi-weekly American History Podcast. Every week, Dave Anthony reads a story to his friend, Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about.” I discovered The Dollop when Dave Anthony was a guest on an episode of My Favorite Murder and I immediately checked out their episode catalog; before I knew it I was hundreds of episodes deep into old episodes of The Dollop. That is the nice thing about this podcast, it’s always a story about history so, the episodes don’t really have an expiration date. Dave and Gareth are hilarious and they’ve unearthed some of the craziest stories about American history that you will be shocked you’ve never heard of. I knew I loved this podcast when I got to the “10 Cent Beer Night” episodes and laughed my ass off. Best of all, they sign cars.
Everything Bald Move
Jim and A. Ron have built their own podcast enterprise that they run full time. They have great taste in TV, great perspectives to offer on different programs and they don’t take themselves too seriously. They take their work seriously out of respect for their members and those who are in the Bald Move Club (it’s like, $5 a month, and MORE than worth it for the quality and quantity that they produce). I look forward to hearing their breakdown of new episodes of different shows every week and they always deliver. This level of engagement with the shows that I’m watching has totally transformed the way that I consume television. I’ve listened to their coverage of Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Fargo, House of Cards,Mr. Robot, Westworld – and my favorite is their coverage of The Leftovers. These two really appreciate how fantastic this show is, but they also provide a unique perspective on the cult element of the show as they are ex-Jahovah’s Witness members. They’re great. Love Bald Move.
Rose Buddies, Maximum Fun
Do you hate The Bachelor? Does everything about it kind of disgust you and you have no desire to watch the show? Listen to Rachel and Griffen McElroy talk through each episode in a hilarious and endearing way and before you know it, you’re spending three hours in front of your TV on Monday night wondering how long it’s going to take Nick to realize that Raven is perfect for him and realizing that Corn was given an unfair villain edit. I hate Rose Buddies for getting me into this damn show.
I discovered podcasts about four years ago when I started my first job right out of college. My office was like a morgue – it was silent and freezing. So I started bringing a sweater to work and dug into this strange Podcast app that I never used on my iPhone. And I now I can’t stop. (more…)
Written & Directed by: Wes Anderson Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton
I just don’t understand all the fuss about this movie. Or really, Wes Anderson in general. There were some great things about The Grand Budapest Hotel, mostly having to do with aesthetics, but I don’t understand the accolades it has received.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a quirky comedy about the hotel’s notorious concierge, Gustav, played by Ralph Fiennes. The story follows Gustav and his young protege Zero between the first and second World War while the two flee from the authorities amidst a murder mystery at the hotel. (more…)