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Before coming to Game Informer, I was a content manager for the websites of five different local newspaper in South Carolina. My job was to take online content, and manage it. It was a lot of copy/pasting without a whole lot of thought. One thing it did allow me to do though, was listen to lots and lots of podcasts. I became a connoisseur of the medium.Working at Game Informer means less time for podcast listening (a non-complaint I am more than happy to make), but these are the special ones. These are the ones I make time to listen to as much as possible. And then there are a few that are still great, but I simply don’t have time for any more. 10. The Indoor Kids – Host/comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon get together with other comedians and talk about video games. In a weird way, I like to hear people whose lives do not revolve around video games talk about the medium so passionately. They also make funny jokes, which is always great. It also seems like Kumail and his wife Emily have a similar relationship to my wife and me. We should all go out to dinner and talk about video games sometime.Suggested episode: Dan Harmon is the man behind the show Community, he loves video games, and he’s super smart. Hearing him talk about Skyrim is a treat.9. The Nerdist – Host/comedian Chris Hardwick and his co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira bring on guests from television, movies, and the world of comedy and they talk about nerdy stuff. Or in lieu of that, they talk about things that guests are nerds about.Suggested episode: Robert Kirkman writes The Walking Dead comic book, is involved with the show, and is a funny dude. There is also a special guest appearance from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, and it's all very entertaining.8. How Did This Get Made? – Paul Scheer (of Human Giant fame), June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas and a guest watch bad movies and talk about how terrible they are while wondering, "how did this get made?" Mantzoukas in particular shines as he gets audibly angry about movies like Battlefield Earth and Mac & Me.Suggested episode: Pick a movie you have seen and think is terrible and listen to that.7. The Pod F. Tompkast – I have a confession, actually. I think Paul F. Tompkins one of the funniest men alive. He is also a frequent guest on all of the other comedy podcasts on this list. His podcast is a little bit different than others, being a much more structured, less conversational affair. He does, however, start every episode with bizarre stream of conscious ramblings that are consistently hilarious.Suggested episode: There is a narrative that stretches between the episodes, so starting from the beginning is a good idea. Tim meadows reading a Google Voice translated version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a Dream speech is hilarious.6. The Moth Podcast – The Moth Podcast is interesting stories by interesting people. There will be the stray celebrity or comedian that shows up to tell a story, but many of the best ones are just from regular people. The stories are always well-honed, interesting, and never too long.Suggested episode: The Moth only keeps a few episodes up at a time, so the best I can suggest is to just start listening.5. Doug Loves Movies – Doug Benson is known as a comedian who makes jokes about his love for smoking pot, but his other obsession is film. His show is recorded live every week and he always has three guests, usually from the world of comedy, but often from the world of film. Edgar Wright, director of Scott Pilgrim and Shaun of the Dead is a frequent guest. Every week they play the Leonard Maltin game (a game Doug created) and it’s always hilarious and exciting.Suggested episode: Whenever Paul F. Tompkins or T.J. Miller comes on, you’re in for a treat.4. WTF with Marc Maron – Marc Maron has been a comedian for decades, and despite rubbing shoulders and even being good friends with folks like Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis, he never really hit the mainstream. He shines brilliantly in his podcast, however, with genuine conversations with comedians and actors about their lives and often their hardships. There are always jokes to be had, but the podcast often hits touching notes, too.
Suggested episode: Look up one of your favorite comedian or actors and listen to their episode. I can almost guarantee that you will be surprised by what you hear.
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Cool to see some of the NPR podcasts make it on this list, I am pretty religious about listening to NPR at least one full day of delivering pizzas, it makes the travel back and forth at least somewhat educational. I also avoid a ton of political rhetoric, and without NPR I wouldn't know about Fold It which is a great game...
what? no Stuff You Should Know!??
How about EBC?....Those guys are just awesome!!
never really got into podcasts before checking out some of gameinformers
thanks Kyle for introducing me to these podcasts!
I've heard of the Nerdist. They have some cool conversations.
WHAT your missing the best podcast ever TALKRADAR
My favorite podcasts are probably The Game Informer Show, Nintendo Voice Chat, and Podcast Beyond. I listen to a bunch of different podcasts but as a huge fan of video games those three are definitely my favorite.
Kind of unfortunate that most of the podcasts are "listen to famous people talk about stuff!" or "movies!". That this is what almost everyone's podcast list seems like only goes to show what a dirth of variety there currently is in podcasting. Unfortunate.
As for NPR. I don't understand how people can stomach it. NPR is always produced with about the droll and uninspired quality of a college radio station and people have this idea that "oh, it's non-profit therefore it's so totally unlike the other news networks out there". They act like it's the US version of the BBC. They also forget that NPR and PBS are _commercial_ networks. Just because they call it "underwriting" on the commercials doesn't change that fact. In fact, when discussing "sponsorship" during budgeting, they even refer to it as _advertising_ themselves. That fact alone gives me a great distaste for all things NPR, even if it's otherwise one of the least offensively loud and obnoxious things you can find on the radio (which is sometimes, itself, enough to justify listening to something, these days).
Anyway, I wish there were a lot more podcasts out there other than "I'm some random dude taling about movies!" or "I'm a celebrity of some sot and I'm going to tell you what I think!". There are so few rare gems like MBMBAM that do something unique and compelling. It's such a rare day when I find something that makes me say "Ooh! I'm going to add that to my podcast list!".
NO MBMBAM? Didn't you pimp them out on twitter at one point? I seem to remember...
Nice article! I already listen to a few of these and I'm going to try two more, based on your write up. Thanks.
Battlefield Earth, All About Steve, Old Dogs. Those are episodes of How Did This Get Made? you should listen to no matter what.
Thanks for writing this I never heard of How Did This Get Made but after only one episode I am a big fan. Sucker Punch episode is amazing.
And of Course The Gameinformer Show!
As a fan of Stand-Up Comedy, thank you.
Listen to the Gameinformer Show and Rooster Teeth
*jumps when hearing the intro music to The Indoor Kids* Wait a minute... I've heard this somewhere before...
Your brain is right...
cool post. i'm a fan of WTF so i'll probably check out some of these other podcasts.