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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

A few podcasts have gleefully revealed the television pilots they were shooting recently based on their shows; Scott Aukerman is shooting Comedy Bang Bang for IFC, The Nerdist is developing a series for BBC America, and Marc Maron shot an Ed Asner/ Ken Jeong co-starring sitcom pilot. These are arguably three of the biggest comedy podcasts out there, so it’s great to see Maron’s, Aukerman’s, and Hardwick’s hardwork (hehe, Hardwick’s hardwork) pay off.

We definitely don’t begrudge their success; however, it is undeniably disheartening to fans of the medium if success starts to get measured by TV deals. The fear is a future of a podcast marketplace flooded with people solely trying to springboard into something bigger. It’s similar to when This American Life flirted with TV for two seasons on Showtime. Though the show was great, especially in its second season, there was a large backlash from people who really believed in its original format. Monetization ultimately dominates any conversation regarding podcasting as an industry and it seems to miss the point if many are based on a “get a TV deal” model. The hope is people at Earwolf, Maximum Fun, ACE, or wherever are able to nail down something self-sustaining. Still, this is all a ways away so, until then, let’s all enjoy this Podcast proto-Renaissance — here are the weeks best comedy podcasts: READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

“So many comedy podcasts, not enough hours in the day.” That’s what people are constantly saying to each other all the time. Frankly, it’s getting old and people should really stop saying that. In the meantime, we’ve pledged to sort through as much of the clutter as possible to find out which shows are worth checking out each week. Because we’re total heroes. If we somehow missed your favorite, though, and let’s face it, there’s a good chance we may have done so, please direct all cries of “Philistines!” to the comments section below, and perhaps a future episode will make the cut. For now, though, here are the best podcasts of the week: READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

Have you been outside today? Of course you have — you’re not an invalid, and nobody is accusing you of that. It’s probable, though, that when you did venture outside of your apartment/house/hobbit hole today, you raced to get to your destination as fast as possible to avoid melting into a you-shaped puddle on the sidewalk on account of this heatwave. Do you know what makes a determined walk through ungainly temperatures go by quicker? A comedy podcast. Here are the best ones this week: READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

Just a quick warning: You may have noticed by now that some of us here at Splitsider prefer the company of Paul F. Tompkins to that of other comedians. If this reality has not been made evident enough before (and it has, obviously), it will be abundantly clear in the list below. If you are offended by the inclusion of multiple podcasts that feature this man, then you should probably just go ahead and avoid reading any further. For we are in the midst of a golden age of Paul F. Tompkins-involved podcasting, and we don’t know how long it will last, which should explain why we’re putting thermoses up to the spigot and carefully capturing it all for posterity. If you have any recommendations for shows that don’t feature PFT for some reason, please leave them in the comments below. Otherwise, here are the best comedy podcasts of the week: READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

Another week has passed and with it more hours of comedians talking about things of varying worth. As usual, if you agree or disagree with our rankings let us know in the comments. Of if you want to recommend a show for us to listen, please do so. We will definitely listen to it but cannot promise it will be deemed worthy for our round up. Until then, here are the week’s best podcasts of the comedic persuasion: READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

Regardless of all the technological bleeps and bloops or the futuristic sounding name, podcasts are still rooted in one of the oldest entertainment formats, the talk show. People have been gathering around and talking for as long as there has been talking and gathering. From time to time, like with televised talk shows, guests will make the rounds on podcasts. Previously, the most obvious example was probably Casey Wilson’s recent blitz promoting the premier of Happy Endings. Her spate of appearances pales in comparison to Jen Kirkman’s this week, though; in promoting her new comedy album, she appeared on six podcasts in the last 10 days (more than even Adamandeve.com, this week’s ubiquitous — and sexy — podcast sponsor.) Of course, Kirkman is usually as charming and funny as a puppy in a top hat, but showing up on that many shows is also as ridiculous as a puppy in a top hat. Regardless of whether guests have something to plug or not, podcasts are still at a point where most guests appear to show up without an agenda beyond having fun. That’s why when a comedian “makes the rounds” this way, and so quickly, it serves as a harsh reminder of the business side at the core of it all. As time goes on, weeks like Jen’s will probably become less the exception and more the rule. For now, here are the week’s best podcasts (some unavoidably featuring the lovely Jen Kirkman): READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

“So many comedy podcasts, not enough hours in the day.” That’s what people are constantly saying to each other all the time. Frankly, it’s getting old and people should really stop saying that. In the meantime, we’ve pledged to sort through as much of the clutter as possible to find out which shows are worth checking out each week. Because we’re total heroes. If we somehow missed your favorite, though, please direct all cries of “Philistines!” to the comments section below, and perhaps a future episode will make the cut. For now, though, here are the best podcasts of the week: READ MORE

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This Week in Comedy Podcasts

If there was some kind of divine nickel exchange program for oft-repeated occurrences, fans of new podcasts would have a shit-ton of loose change all the time. Every week, it seems, the known galaxy of headphone-hilarity expands further, taking up even more storage space on iPhones the world over. In fact, it’s entirely possible that while you were reading that last sentence, Dana Gould conceived of and began recording a show of his own. Such is the extent of the current comedy podcast boom, which shows no signs of letting up. It’s a situation that has left listeners with the very enviable problem of having too much of the thing they enjoy to possibly get through each week. That’s why we are going to be sifting through each week’s offerings henceforth to determine which episodes are not to be missed, and which can wait for a long car drive in the distant future. If we missed your favorite podcast, please direct your cries of “Philistines!” to the comments section below, and perhaps a future episode will make the cut. For now, though, here are the best podcasts of the week: READ MORE