This Month in Comedy Podcasts: More Julio Torres, Please


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The world of comedy and podcasts is constantly expanding, much like the universe universe. We’re here to make it a little smaller, a little more manageable. There are a lot of great shows, and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional and the remarkable. Each month, our team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and above all enthusiastic people will choose their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently tuned with the best in sound comedy. You can also follow all of our comedy podcast recommendations in the Vulture newsletter. 1.5x Speed, and be sure to check out Vulture’s new podcast In ithosted by Sam Sanders.

StraightioLab — Reservations with Julio Torres & Bodybuilders — I love places with Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres

Julio Torres is the podcast guest that all these gay comedy podcasts desperately need. He is present enough that they all know him personally. He’s a comedic voice well enough known that his character is easily riffable. And yet, he’s enough of an agent of chaos that even the most established podcasters feel refreshed in his presence. Both StraightioLab and Bodybuilders are hosted by a duo of gay male comedians (StraightioLab by George Civeris and Sam Taggart; Las Cultch by Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang); both are produced by Big Money Players, Will Ferrell’s podcast network; and both have been around long enough that the sense of spontaneity is sometimes absent. On StraightioLab, which became text during Torres’ episode, with both hosts acknowledging a sense of inertia before Torres canceled all stillness by refusing to turn on the lights so his screen would continually go darker as night fell. night, answering a knock at the door during check-in and eating snacks. On Las CultchTorres is invited alongside his Los Espookys co-creator Ana Fabrega, and his ability to tell funny stories precisely because he tells them (while admitting he’s never seen A star is born) forces Matt and Bowen to take a different conversational approach. It’s nice to hear Torres, but it’s even nicer to see these shows shaken up a bit. —Jason P.Frank

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It is important — Invent Anders

No one seems to be having more fun podcasting these days than Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck. Better known as the team behind Workaholic (but also prolific writers-directors-producers-actors in their own right), the quartet’s Zoom show It is important is anything but: a frivolous and ridiculous exercise in talking – to use an old standby – about nothing. But true frivolity deep within the soul is an alchemical art, and “Inventing Anders” is a powerful reminder of how masterful these men have been after more than a decade together. Even with Newacheck absent for the taping, the animators are comedy about whether or not curly-haired Anderson should go “full Shaun White” (i.e. get a haircut so he can be chosen as Mr. Freeze), what Devine estimates singer Miguel to weigh (about 112 pounds), and where Ders ranks on IMDbPro’s Star Meter (top 5,000). Ultimately, it all makes no sense, but with Anderson’s Fred Norris-style soundbites cutting through every joke, it’s 49 of the funniest audio minutes released so far this year. —Sean Malin

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Funny because it’s true – Overthinking My First Kiss (With Paul Feig)

Most people wouldn’t start their first podcast with an embarrassing childhood story. On comedian Elyse Myers’ first podcast, It’s funny because it’s true, she presents each podcast with a story from her life, usually from her childhood, similar to the comedic storytelling she became popular for on TikTok. She sets up a moment of vulnerability in humor as she grows more vulnerable herself, interviewing someone she admires like in her first episode with writer-director Paul Feig. She talks with the freaks and geeks creator and Bridesmaids director about her experience working in the TV industry, and she’s not shy about asking simple questions she wants answered, like how does a writers room work. Myers’ endearing presence on TikTok translates easily to podcasting; Throughout the interview, she interrupts the conversation with the tape recorder to air her thoughts, from the importance of seeing a new writing perspective to admitting that she should have asked Feig a different kind of question. It’s easy to put yourself in her shoes (or in her headphones), and she admits how much of a fan she is when talking to Feig, which most podcasters try to play cool. —Alejandra Gularte

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Don’t ask Tig — Kristen Bell

This month, Tig Notaro is back for the third season of Don’t ask Tig, her one-on-one podcast where she chats with friends and showbiz acquaintances, then enlists their help in answering questions from listeners. Kristen Bell is on hand to kick off the new round of shows. They start with a big tease: the two are apparently in the process of putting together a big top secret project. TV show? Film? Podcast? Notaro and Bell aren’t letting any cats out of the bag, but the host wonders how his guest is able to wear so many hats (acting, producing, writing) at a frenetic pace, while raising a few kids and keeping her marriage one. lively and active business with her husband Dax Shepard. Getaways help: The family regularly goes on road trips to “Big Brown,” an RV Bell says looks more like an Aerosmith tour bus and tows a trailer loaded with motorcycles, bicycles and other recreational equipment. “For some reason, our family does very well in tight spaces,” says Bell. “You have to get over your grudges quickly.” After about 15 minutes of conversation, Tig launches into questions from the listeners. The first is from a primary school teacher who wants advice on how to stop a fellow teacher from playing the music from the movie Frozen constantly for his class. Having been the voice of Princess Anna in both Frozen movies, rather than being offended, Bell offers some very practical advice. —Mark Hershon

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Knowledge Battle — October 12, 2022

Almost six years ago, conspiracy obsessive Dan Friesen had the dangerously wacky idea of ​​creating an almost daily show where he explains what’s going on with Alex Jones to his friend Jordan Holmes. Early highlights included the reveal that Joe Rogan called in The Alex Jones Show about 9/11 and incredible rumors that Ronald Reagan loved being attached to a movie, but since then this couple of background eaters have become Infowars’ foremost pundits and historians. They were endorsed by CNN with an appearance on Reliable sources and consulted on the lawsuits that led Jones to eat a record-breaking (and counting!) billion-dollar judgment for his (continuing!) defamation of the families of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. So when Friesen and Holmes released an emergency recap of Jones learning his whereabouts live, it wasn’t so much schadenfreude as vindication. Jones rides through the procedural lulls as he sets up his new weather weapon narrative in the shadow of the nuclear attack narrative he shot during deliberations, acts tough shouting “Yeah!” through the reading of the verdicts, and crashes and burns through an impromptu fundraising marathon. grape work, Knowledge Battle. —Noah Jacobs

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