Listen to these laugh-out-loud podcasts, including Dear Joan & Jericha, London, Actually, Nobody Panic and The Receipts. We guarantee that they will brighten up the greyest commutes.
Podcasts are the only way to make a commute on the Northern Line bearable these days, right? Some like to catch up on current news and events. Others like to escape in conversations about books, films or self-care techniques. And there are those who enjoy the thrill of getting sucked into a gripping true crime podcast.
We can all probably agree that laughter is the best way to forget about the fact that you’ve been waiting to squeeze into a tube carriage for the past 15 minutes.
But, what about when the conversation you’re listening to is outrageously funny? Anyone who has ever plugged into an episode of My Dad Wrote A Porno will know the agony of having to suppress outbursts of laughter and wipe away tears of naughty joy, as the person sat next to you nervously shuffles away.
Dear Joan & Jericha is another podcast that is so shocking and hilarious in equal measure, it’s almost unbearable to listen to in front of a carriage full of people. So we’re delighted that it’s returned for a second series.
Here’s a reminder on why you should listen to it, along with our other female-led comedy podcast recommendations.
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Dear Joan & Jericha
Dear Joan & Jericha is the satirical women’s advice podcast by comedians Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine. They play Joan Damry and Jericha Domain, two agony aunts and self-professed “everywomen” who “have between them worked in the fields of life coaching, female sexual health, psycho-genital counselling and sports journalism”.
Each episode, the two women read out letters sent in by their “listeners” asking for life advice. Joan and Jerricha’s answers are dark, cruel, sexist – and absolutely hilarious.
With Davis and Pepperdine behind the podcast, we’d expect nothing less than a black comedy at its darkest and most delicious.
Fresh from her run at Edinburgh Fringe, London Hughes has launched her podcast London, Actually. Hughes is very much single and on a quest to find a relationship via this dating podcast with a difference. She’ll be joined by celebrity friends (Francis Bouelle, Phil Wang) to help hook her up, as well as helping single listeners to find love too. Her mother is also on hand to dish out relationship advice, and she’ll perform sketches about her “disastrous” dating history.
It’s a must for anyone with RSI from swiping left too much recently.
No topic, or word, is off limits on The Receipts. The podcast’s unfiltered discussions and advice on sex and relationships is exactly what gives it such a refreshingly unique selling point. From dating to race and everyday millennial situations, this is the unadulterated “sisterhood” talk that we need. This, of course, leads to some frankly hilarious conversations that we feel we’re a part of when listening.
Marian Keyes is the queen of anecdotes. You only need to read her best-selling novels to know that she is a very funny woman. This translates perfectly on her new podcast, Between Ourselves, which she records in front of a live audience alongside writer and comedian Tara Flynn. As well as chatting, Keyes reads out non-fiction passages that she’s written over the years. The first episode focuses on Ireland and the Irish and the second explores Family.
So I Got to Thinking
So I Got to Thinking is the hilarious podcast from bestselling author and journalist Juno Dawson and editor of QX Magazine Dylan B Jones. Each week, the friends (and “sexperts”) rewatch the classic HBO sitcom Sex and the City and then attempt to answer Carrie Bradshaw’s soul-searching, and occasionally ridiculous, questions for the modern day.
Comedians Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates co-host their much loved podcast Nobody Panic, a guidebook to being a fully functioning adult without screaming all the time. Expect to laugh and totally relate.
The Guilty Feminist
This list wouldn’t be complete without Deborah Frances-White’s The Guilty Feminist podcast. The podcast’s huge success is thanks to Frances-White’s hilarious, insightful and unifying conversations with her incredible guests. And it just keeps on getting better.
OK, so Table Manners might predominately be a food podcast. But, the relationship between Jessie Ware and her mum Helena creates some seriously funny moments. Listening to mother and daughter squabble in the kitchen and recall family memories is a pure joy.
Just be sure to finish each episode before you get into the office, because a few of these are most definitely NSFW.
Images: from individual podcasts