If you're a regular MyDomaine reader, you might recall that I recently swore off listening to politically charged podcasts during my commute and made the switch to listening to classical music on my daily drive for the sake of my mental health. As it turns out, there's really only so much Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach that a person can listen to in a week. So in search of light-hearted listening that would make my 30-minute commute more enjoyable, I culled iTunes reviews to find the best comedy podcasts worth a subscription.
After streaming dozens of top-rated shows, I'm recommending the nine comedy podcasts I think everyone should download when they need a laugh. Ranging from a darkly comedic true crime podcast that's garnered over 51,000 ratings and an impressive five stars to a quirky, under-the-radar podcast in which a comedian slash judge settles everyday squabbles for ordinary people, these are the side-splittingly hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny shows that stand out from the rest.
2 Dope Queens
With over 10,000 ratings and a solid five stars, 2 Dope Queens is one of the top-rated comedy podcasts on iTunes. In each episode, hilarious hosts Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams discuss everything from sex and relationships to race and hair journeys.
Promising review: "Phoebe and Jessica are hilarious! Guaranteed to have you cracking up on the subway in front of a pack of strangers."
My Favorite Murder
The hilariously morbid My Favorite Murder has garnered something of a cult following with over 51,000 ratings and an impressive five stars on iTunes. As the podcast's name suggests, hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark discuss their favorite murders each week.
Promising review: "Do you love crime and morbidity but fancy yourself a nonetheless upbeat and amusing, well-adjusted human? You've come to the right place. Perfect hosts—engaging and charismatic—and interesting subject matter. Like high tea at a morgue! Tune in—I love this show!"
Judge John Hodgman
Comedian John Hodgman of The Daily Show presides over everyday squabbles in this side-splittingly hilarious podcast. With over 4000 ratings and five stars on iTunes, Judge John Hodgman is the under-the-radar comedy podcast you're not listening to (but should).
Promising review: "I have been listening to this podcast for years, and it has never disappointed. It is smart, funny, and often touching. Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thron are a great duo. Everyone should be listening to this!"
Comedian John Hodgman of The Daily Show presides over everyday squabbles in this side-splittingly hilarious podcast.
Boasting more than 13,200 ratings and five stars on iTunes, The Read is a must-listen for anyone looking to laugh. Hosts Kid Fury and Crissle weigh in on the latest happenings in pop culture with their sharp wit.
Promising review: "Funny, wisecracking, and addictive, getting my 'Read' on is the best thing about each week! Love this!!!"
Lovett or Leave It
Jon Lovett, a former Obama speechwriter, hosts this hilarious yet informative political podcast. In each episode of Lovett or Leave It, Lovett recaps the week's political news alongside a rotating panel of guests, including comedians, journalists, and activists.
Promising review: "Come for the wit; stay for the substance. Lovett knows his stuff, and during these dark times, I'll take levity anywhere I can find it."
Relevant and entertaining, Keep It examines the intersection of politics and pop culture through a humorous lens. Host Ira Madison III, a columnist for The Daily Beast, tackles everything from the controversy behind Nicki Minaj's latest album release to the president's tweets about Lebron James.
Promising review: "Ira is on point. Pop culture, politics, and lots of dragging people when necessary. It's like having your friends at brunch on the go, at work, washing dishes—so good!"
Relevant and entertaining, Keep It examines the intersection of politics and pop culture through a humorous lens.
Another under-the-radar comedy podcast, Who? Weekly divides pop culture's best-known (and least-known) stars into "whos" and "thems." Although this podcast boasts a modest 1360 ratings (not to mention, a solid five stars), Who? Weekly deserves a spot in your weekly lineup.
Promising review: "This podcast makes waking up on a Monday feel like Christmas morning because I get my weekly dose of Who? Weekly delivered straight to my ears."
Anna Faris is Unqualified
Comedian Anna Faris and her rotating roster of Hollywood guests (Kelly Ripa, Logan Browning, and Heather Graham, to name a few) offer up relationship advice on the hilarious yet heartfelt podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified.
Promising review: "This is a wonderful podcast. I have a smile on my face while listening to every episode. My one complaint would be that it is too short. I could easily listen to this for three hours."
Consider Bubble the dark-horse comedy podcast on this list. This scripted series about a group of monsters trying to make it in gig economy stars some of your favorite characters from beloved sitcoms like Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock. With over 2100 ratings and a gleaming five stars, it's worth a listen.
Promising review: "All the best people got together with the best podcast network and made a thing, and this is that thing. The woman from that thing you liked, yeah she's in it. Whose that kind of familiar voice? Oh yeah, I loved him in that show."
Consider Bubble the dark-horse comedy podcast on this list.
Ed. Note: Reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.