I’m a big comedy fan. Growing up, I made the transition from Sesame Street to Monty Python and never looked back. (As a side note, I would argue that Sesame Street is an incredibly funny show with some great comedic inserts amongst the letters and numbers of the day. At least from what I can remember, the show was filled with parodies and pop culture jokes. Who knows? Maybe it subconsciously set me up for a lifelong addiction to laughter. I mean, Captain Vegetable? Grover’s singing and dancing telegram? Squeal of Fortune? Come on.)
Nowadays I’m mildly obsessed with podcasts. I love to listen to them while I’m driving, walking Rigby, and on quiet days at work. Lately, I’ve been really into podcasts hosted by comedians or with a comedic slant, as well as those with traditional comedy styles. There’s something very refreshing about hearing a genuinely hilarious person talk earnestly on a topic or even apply a bit of light humour to otherwise serious situations.
My Top Ten Favourite Podcasts of the moment, in no particular order, are:
Podcast: Doug Loves Movies
One awesome episode: 24 April 2014 with Pete Holmes, Beck Bennett and “Werner Herzog”
Podcast: Totally Married (Also Totally Laime and Totally Mommy)
One awesome episode: 36, Dinosaurs and Robots
Podcast: Vinyl Cafe
One awesome episode: (Possibly the most famous story of all) Dave Cooks the Turkey
Podcast: You Had to Be There.
Caveat: Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser no longer post regularly but some of their previous episodes are truly funny; case in point: Episode 43 with Jamie Lee and Chaz Kangas.
When I was in Boston earlier this month I got to cross one of my comedy life goals off the checklist: I scored tickets to Doug Loves Movies at the Brighton Music Hall. As I anticipated, it was ahmahzing! I showed up several hours before the doors opened and we were the third couple in line. I sat aisle-side, second row, trying to maximize my chances of being chosen when the comedians went to pick their name tags. I wasn’t. 😦 It was still awesome but I can’t help but wonder what about my fabulous name tag they didn’t like. Too much Canada?
So, what’s making you laugh these days?