Podcast Recommendations – Spring 2021

Since I’m still off work and am trying to fill in the many hours of the day, I’ve taken up to listening to daily podcasts. It seems like everyone has a podcast now and it’s hard to keep up with all the new ones coming out. I think I’m going to start a monthly or maybe every couple of months – I’ll list all the podcasts I like and recommend.

I’ll warn you first – my tastes are all over the map. I listen to anyone I find entertaining or interesting. I used to listen to a lot of Joe Rogan before he signed on with Spotify. It felt like he kind of sold out. I enjoyed watching him interact with his guest. Most notably, Dan Ackroyd who is one of my favorite human beings. But Joe’s new studio is hard on the eyes.

For me, it’s all about the guests. If I’m going to sit for two hours and listen to two people talk, it has to be interesting. For the host – I like people who do their homework before interviews. One thing I can’t stand about talk shows are hosts like James Corden and Jimmy Fallon – they all constantly interrupt their guests. They never let them answer questions. That’s infuriating.

When I listen to a podcast, I want to learn something new. Tell me something exciting that you’re working on. Or introduce me to a new show, or product line. That’s what good entertainment is.

There are just so many podcasts to choose from, I’m going to stick with three recommendations today.

Bob Saget

We all know Bob Saget as the lovable and goofy dad who starred on the popular 80’s show – Full House. Bob started his podcast early on in the pandemic. While Bob is most known for his corny dad jokes on Full House and America’s Funniest Videos, you might be surprised to learn that Bob got his start as a stand up comedian and that co-star Dave Coulier – has been his best friend since childhood.

Bob had a difficult time while filming Full House. His jokes were unfunny – he didn’t have much of a say when it came to his script. Unlike Coulier, who got to improvise a lot of his skits. Even John Stamos, as lovable Uncle Jesse, was encouraged to bring his musical talents to the show. Saget hated the clean image, literally, the show had created for him. Anyone who knows Bob, knows he is one hilarious and endearing to listen to. Even with the fart jokes.

In an episode I listened to tonight with Dave, I learned that Bob and Dave have been friends since they were little kids. This isn’t a conversation between Danny and Joey – this was a very adult conversation about dicks, fart jokes and taking mushrooms. While this humour isn’t for everyone, even I can appreciate a good fart joke every now and then. This episode flew by for me and had me in stitches.

Bob has had an impressive line up of guests on his show in the last year from Paul Reiser, Kevin Nealon, Whoopi Goldberg and even more recently, Candace Cameron Bure. While I do not always agree with Bure’s opinions, this episode was heartwarming.

The great thing about these podcasts, is you get to learn things you didn’t know about the actors you grew up with on tv – and you get to hear stories about filming and their own experiences behind the scenes.

Check it out on Apple Music — or click on the video below.

Michael Rosenbaum – Inside of You

Fans of Smallville will recognize the host of this podcast. Michael Rosenbaum is most known for this role as Lex Luthor on the popular WB show which first aired in the early 2000s. He’s also had roles in a number of movies including Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2. He has a long list of voice over acting so it was natural for him to start a podcast.

My only dislike for this show is how many ads are placed in each segment. I listen to the show on YouTube so I can skip over the ads. But Michael is another great host that does his research before his interviews. He really listens and engages with his guests. Most recently, I watched Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki – the boys of Supernatural. Jensen had also starred in Smallville so it was great to hear the two reminisce about the “good old days”.

The podcast is only a year old but he’s had some huge names appear on his show including Tom Welling (Smallville), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), James Marsters (Buffy, Angel), Sean Astin (LOTR) and many more!

If you’re looking for something new to listen to, I highly recommend Inside of You.

Armchair Expert – Dax Shepard

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few weeks now and it’s just enjoyable. Dax is a well known American actor who has starred in shows like – wait, I have to look this up. The Ranch (Netflix tv), El Camino Christmas (terrible movie by the way), Parenthood and Robot Chicken. But most people know him as Kristen Bell’s husband. He had a short cameo on The Good Place which Bell starred in and it’s pretty hilarious.

The first episode of this podcast Dax interviewed Kristen – whom he lovingly calls Bell when talking to other guests. They had just had a fight and were still annoyed with each other. It was sort of like listening to couple’s therapy and mostly talking about Kristen’s tiny “boobs.” I learned entirely too much about her anatomy. Other notable guests that I enjoyed included Seth Green, Jason Segel, and even Hilary Clinton.

Amazingly enough, the show has been on air since 2018 and has grown in popularity. I guess I’m just late to the party. Make sure to check it out – here’s the first interview of the show.

Oh – I almost forgot. Dax has a costar named Monica who comes back at the end of each episodes and corrects every time Dax made an error during the interview. Their banter is pretty hilarious.

I listened to this episode with Viggo Mortensen recently who is known for his roles in Lord of the Rings and many other movies. He’s also a Danish musician and poet which speaks to my heart a bit. He spoke about a new movie about dealing with family who has dementia. It really hit home. I recommend giving it a listen.

What are you listening to right now? Let me know in the comments!

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