Suggestions from humorist David Sedaris
(from his MasterClass on Storytelling and Humor):
The Dana Gould Hour. Comedian Dana Gould takes a look at our world through conversation, music, and monologues. He is joined by fellow comedians and other interesting people with a focus on the weird and the real.
Superego. This absurdist sketch comedy podcast is presented as a collection of case studies, generally improvised in each recording session.
Selected Shorts. This is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 150 stations to about 300,000 listeners and featuring some of the finest artists from American theater reading contemporary and classic short fiction.
The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. A monthly reading and conversation with The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Fresh Air. The Peabody Award–winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.
WTF With Marc Maron. Stand-up comedian Marc Maron hosts a weekly podcast and radio show featuring comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians, and folks from all walks of life.
The Daily. This news podcast and radio show is hosted by New York Times political journalist Michael Barbaro and features Times reporters discussing their stories and the issues of the day.
The Paris Review. An audio odyssey that goes behind the scenes of the legendary literary magazine. The podcast blends stories, archival tape, and interviews with the likes of James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, and Dorothy Parker.
Real Time With Bill Maher. Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.
Here’s the Thing (US)
Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers.
This soundbite features Jerry Seinfeld.
Constant Comedy (US)
Former Comedy Central executives Art Bell and Vinnie Favale pull back the curtain back on the channel’s early days, and talk about comedy with the people who write and perform it. This soundbite features comedian and author Judy Gold.
The Midnight Miracle (US)
A thought-provoking podcast that uniquely blends the salon and variety show traditions while providing a glimpse into the inner lives of hosts Talib Kweli, yasiin bey, Dave Chappelle, and friends.
Fortunately…With Fi and Jane (UK)
A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn’t. Released every Friday.
Table Manners (UK)
Jessie Ware hosts a podcast about food, family, and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie.