Sometimes it’s hard enough to muster a 😐, let alone a 😀 or a 😂.
Sometimes you’ve got to outsource your mood to somebody else to improve it. There are a bunch of ways you can do it: one of the easiest and most immediate is listening to a funny podcast. Here are three of the best of them.
- The Little Dum Dum Club:
Easily one of the funniest podcasts out, The Little Dum Dum Club is hosted by comedians and best mates Karl Chandler and Tommy Dassalo, who invite super famous, very funny comedian friends around for an hour of banter. Sometimes they present live podcasts, sometimes they present live podcasts where they get super drunk, sometimes they read from a script of a radio serial they’ve created called Rad Dad, but all of the time they leave you laughing and feeling better about yourself. Sponsored by a brand of chocolate mousse, they’ve literally had every huge name in Australian comedy on their show but it’s their interesting way of looking at and experiencing the world that makes you step out of your own to join them.
Episodes of note:
Episode 112 – In which they talk about travel stories (including one set in New Orleans) that sound identical to mine (complete with an epic walk to a place that ends up being shut on a Monday.)
Episode 195 – In which they consider being the live entertainment for a bucks’ party.
2. I Love Green Guide Letters:
In the brave new world of digital media, expressing your feelings about a television show or movie can happen in 140 characters or less and be instantly sent into the ether. However, a TV guide is still a thing, and Australia Post still delivers letters, and some people use their time to write letters to a Melbourne tv guide called the Green Guide, and post them using Australia Post. Ergo: the I Love Green Guide Letters podcast.
The host, Steele Saunders, reads the letters in a high pitched voice and invites his guests to comment on them. In the case of the guest being a famous actor or comedian, Saunders will look into the vault and read letters directly relating to the guest and give them the right of reply.
The podcast is a bit of an anachronism: it can be hard to keep up with the letters when you don’t watch a lot of free-to-air tv – but the guests have the same problem and it never results in anything less than total hilarity.
Episodes of note:
Episode 215 – In which guest Ash Williams realises on air that he’s forgotten to go to a wedding and is instead at a live podcast.
Episode 210 – In which guest Nick Cody has serious love heart eyes for UFC champion Conor McGregor.
3. The Dollop
The Dollop hits the right balance of being engaging and just a bit weird. It’s hosted by two American comedians, Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, who tell stories from American History that skew a little way off the beaten track. It’s where you end up learning about the guy who made it his mission to prove that people don’t die just by falling through the air (Robert Emmet Odlum – died on contact with the water after jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge); and about Nim Chimpsky, the chimpanzee raised as a human who ended up becoming a stoner chimp.
When listening to The Dollop, you suddenly become enthralled by inconsequential stories from throughout American history. Presenter Dave Anthony researches and tells a story to his cohost Gareth Reynolds, who adds the requisite gasps and funny one liners. It’s not without its controversy: some of the earlier episodes borrow heavily from the creative work of others – but when you’re driving long distances or trying to drift off to sleep, it keeps you company and it keeps you laughing.
Episodes of note:
Episode 134 – In which the hosts tell the story of Count Dante, a self made karate hero who convinced a guy to fight a bull.
Episode 148 – James Strang – Island Mormon – an insane recount of the founder of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
A good way to escape life when it gets tough is to borrow somebody else’s. [clickToTweet tweet=”If we’re all connected, lifting ourselves up as individuals lifts the world up. And keeps us laughing” quote=”If we’re all connected, lifting ourselves up as individuals lifts the world up. And keeps us laughing.”]