Before they become household names, some of the funniest up-and-coming New York comedians—including Las Culturistas and Jessica Williams—are throwing down on outrageous podcasts covering sex, politics, pop-culture and working in the entertainment industry. And because they're in NYC, you can catch performances of these podcasts at live comedy shows all around town. What are you waiting for? Embrace your new addictions.
Best NYC comedy podcasts
What started as a weekly bitch session between Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang has become a reigning institution in NYC’s gay comedy scene and a way for comedians like Carly Ann Filbin and Cole Escola to talk about their artistic inspirations. The show comes alive at stage spectaculars based on the climactic one-minute rant “I Don’t Think So, Honey.” Hail to the queens.
Ostensibly, Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin get together to interview experts on a range of topics: man buns, nannying, walks of shame. But most of the time, they cut each other to shreds with the prowess of skilled roasters, on air and onstage at their monthly gigs. Stay out of their line of fire.
The delightfully surly stand-up plays one delicious devil’s advocate in this dark podcast, in which Dillon and cohost Ray Kump take on touchy current affairs, cultural memes and conspiracy theories with fearless (and shameless) aplomb. Who would have guessed that our most poignant political commentator would be a gay Long Island loudmouth?
The deadly incisive duo Marcia Belsky and Rae Sanni boldly embrace “the final wave of feminism” with bracing callouts of politicians and celebrities. There’s no better bliss than hearing Sanni tell male policy makers that they “ain’t shit” in segments like #Crushmenmonday. Militancy has never sounded so dope.
The mark of a great interviewer is the intimacy she develops with her guests. That’s a cinch for the fearless Abby Feldman, who invites comics into her bathtub for honest conversations on sexual health, heritage and humor. Though MOIST has been running as a video series, the podcast launches October 31, with live bathtub shows every week. Get in while it’s hot.
Multihyphenate stand-up and Mariah Carey expert Matteo Lane and delightful comic Emma Willmann share their slightly warped (and oddly touching) perspectives on relationships, coming out and human anatomy with other LGBTQ comics during this delightful gabfest. It’s worth it for the impressions alone.
The unabashedly vulgar, shamelessly funny stand-up duo of Jessica Kirson and Frank Liotti make each other break into laughing fits on their unfiltered weekly rant session. Between tears of laughter, you'll catch real insights into industry double standards, eating anxieties, performing as a gay comedian and getting laid—and you'll certainly develop a crush.
This consistently savage and increasingly deranged satire show parodies the world of “women’s interest” magazines, lifestyle blogs and health industries with relentless aplomb. Abysmal hosts Quenn and Dikoda—conceived and voiced by the upsettingly committed Nicole Silverberg and Rachel Wenitsky, respectively—interview an endless series of crystal experts, pet psychics and new-age morons, played by favorites like Patti Harrison, Aaron Jackson and more.
Empress of TV trash Michelle Collins holds court during shamelessly serious, high-speed discussions of the Bachelor and Real Housewives franchises and other lowbrow gems. Expect Collins’ lightspeed reactions, brutal self-deprecation and limitless knowledge of pop culture to shine while she chats with guests like Michael Urie, Matt Rogers and Julia Stiles.
Not every stand-up is a self-destructive mess. Become a believer of shining multihyphenate Kate Wolff. The healer, poet, tarot reader, mother and stand-up welcomes a wide variety of funny guests to talk about faith, spirituality, sex and more on her edgy, challenging series.
We can't wait until Farah Brook becomes America's head of media, censorship and mind control, but until then, we'll get our fix of her strong, confessional voice as she and comic Sean Donnelly discuss questionable film favorites with their funny buddies. Catch episodes like "Frank Liotti defends Jaws 2" and "Matteo Lane defends Hollow Man" for some insightful, curious conversations about enduring cinematic trash.
Giving equal weight and attention to all manner of regrets—from bad subway behavior to scarring family scandals—Tracy Soren and Jessie Jolles give hilarious, thought-provoking and often healing advice to comics looking to get some baggage off their chests. It's a fully-rounded podcast experience.
Delightfully droll duo Erin Leafe and Chelsea White mine the endlessly renewable well of dating and romance stories with help from guest comics like Michelle Collins, Liz Magee, Mark Normand and others. What starts out as a victims’ circle for New Yorkers bruised by bad Tinder dates and after-gig hookups gone wrong soon becomes an hour of honesty on past mistakes, emotional manipulation and relationship fears.
The charming Vanessa Valerio speaks with bar crawlers, subway goons, comedians, performers, sex therapists and experts about the tragedies and triumphs that have befallen their sex and dating histories. Along the way, she collects some truly wild—and often touching—tales of connection and loss.
Queer storytelling pro Tommy O’Malley and salty stand-up Keren Margolis would rather talk weed, politics and pop culture than get hired. Along with a rotating crew of stand-up buddies, O’Malley and Margolis create a world of foul-mouthed, unapologetic dialogue that’s sure to be equal parts vindicating and offensive. Who wouldn’t want to play hookie with these two?
The hilarious power coven of Greta Titelman, Lo Bosworth and Jilly Hendrix dominate your Mondays with merciless words of wisdom on astrology, erectile dysfunction, female entrepreneurship, and other hot topics, with help from comics, professionals and moguls. Submit to their infinite wisdom.
Looking for live comedy shows?
Sure, you could stay home and watch the best stand-up comedians’ specials, or you could head out to the best comedy clubs in NYC and see some world-class performances in person. Below you’ll find our picks of the absolute best shows happening this month, from improv to open mic nights and everything in-between.