A Link To The Present

When I came up with the name for The Only Podcast That Matters, my tongue was firmly planted in my cheek.  We had yet to record a single show, but I knew our camaraderie was something special.  Over the last two years, I have come to look at the name of our show as half serious and half humorous.  There are thousands of podcasts out there and, yes, some even have bigger audiences than we do.  I listen to and watch many others but fellow weekly shows really grab my attention, and there are a few which I listen to on a regular basis.  Here are some of my other favorite podcasts.

Best of Chris Moyles – I came upon The Chris Moyles Show in 2008 after hearing a hysterical interview with a drunken Noel Gallagher, and I’ve been listening to its weekly podcast ever since.  This BBC Breakfast Show team has incredible light-speed banter and really puts a stick of dynamite beneath the whole zoo-style radio format.  Not only do they have an awesome collection of guests, but their skits and games genuinely keep you intrigued.  I never get tired of hearing celebrities sounding puzzled when asked if they like olives, not to mention the prospect of being attacked by a horse-sized duck!  Chris, Comedy Dave, Dom, Tina, and Aled all have an amazing way of keeping the show fast paced and funny.  I was very sorry to hear the announcement this week that the show will come to an end in September, but that thankfully still leaves time for you fine readers to subscribe to it on iTunes.  I’m grateful to have heard four of the seven years of highlights from this show and I wish this group all the best in the future.

Penn’s Sunday School – I randomly heard about Penn Jillette’s podcast two months ago and it immediately got my attention.  This show kicked off in February and has since been a regular source of amusement for me and thousands of others.  I really dig how the show is broadcast live on Sundays (for the consumption of, dare I say, the devout) and released as an audio podcast the following day.  If other engagements keep Penn from doing a live show, he records one in advance as to not miss a week (a consistency I aim for and greatly respect).  All his radio experience really keeps the show moving from what’s been happening in the past or present world of Penn or cohost Michael Goudeau to the never ending search for a news reporter to the primate lovefest of Monkey Tuesday.  Naturally, religion and atheism are often discussed to the enjoyment of some and (likely) irritation of others, but regardless of your beliefs, I say it’s an hour and a half well spent.

The Jillian Michaels Show – I think Jillian Michaels is awesome.  Her podcast reinforces all the best of her advice from her books and television work through anecdotes and everyday scenarios.  Aside from the diet and exercise tips, you get loads of Canadian-infused banter with her producer Janice and occasional quips from engineer Jake, which keeps this show as entertaining as it is insightful.  I’m very happy Jillian is offering the best of her experience to the world.  Granted, a fit pregnancy and living gluten free aren’t issues which resonate with me, but that is further proof of how there is something for everyone in this show.  She even takes emails and calls from listeners.  Those should be all the reasons you need.  Check this show out now!

The Ricky Gervais Podcast – True, it’s not a weekly podcast, but it’s still a favorite of mine.  If you’ve seen The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO, you have taken a gaze into this comedic goldmine.  While the animation in the show elevates the humor by adding visual jokes to the discussions, I still love to listen to the three-piece conversation.  Many of our listeners have told me our show takes after this one in a way, which I take as an extremely high compliment since I love Ricky’s stuff so much.  While this podcast offers samples of some of the Ricky Gervais Guide To… audiobooks (available for purchase through iTunes or Audible), there are also a few free podcasts featuring Ricky, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington as well as bits and pieces from Ricky’s television projects and appearances.  The hours of free content here will certainly have you purchasing the rest of the catalog in no time (like I did).  So what are you waiting for?

Finally, if you’ve made it through all this and you still haven’t checked out the show we do here, you absolutely must do so right now.  Here’s an iTunes link.  See how easy I made that?

Perhaps there has been a bit too much praise for a blog called Rants, but maybe I’ll spew some venom next week.  In the meantime, you have some podcasts to listen to!

P.S. Our documentary Running Amuck In Boston goes live our YouTube channel this Saturday, so if The Dark Knight Rises is all sold out, spend your weekend watching us!