CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Within the past few years, podcasting has become sort of the go-to medium for comedians. There are literally hundreds of hours of free entertainment for one to listen to. There are so many options that the iTunes Podcast page can seem daunting, so here are some of the best to look for:
This is actually a radio show that becomes available in the podcast format, and it lives up to its name. Each week host Tom Scharpling plays some cool music old and new and then takes calls from anyone who wants to talk to him. The wide array of callers, frequent guest interviews and humorous banter on things such as former game show host Chuck Woolery are some of the best radio available.
But that's not all. Usually drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) calls in as one of a large number of characters that interacts with Tom in the fictional city of Newbridge. These comedy bits, which usually last 20 to 45 minutes, are some of the funniest things out there. They're a treat for anyone who is into odd things like the late singer-songwriter GG Allin.
When fired from the now-defunct Air America Radio, comedian Marc Maron did one last thing in its broadcasting booth: make the first few episodes of "WTF." Since the podcast's inception in 2009, Maron has seen his highest popularity in his 20-plus years as a comic.
Each week, he sits down with a comedian, or sometimes a musician, and has deep intellectual conversations, proving to people that life's not all about the funny -- sometimes it's about the sad, too. The greatest episode in it's 300+ history has to be the two-parter with Louis C.K., where you can hear the re-kindling of a broken friendship.