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Seven podcasts to repulse the mundanity

I don’t know about you knuckleheads, but getting out of bed in the morning stinks. I have a job where I sit in front of a computer screen for eight hours and write emails. It is a pretty simple gig and I really have no reason to complain, but I still will. I was born in 1981 so I am of the ilk that expects to be entertained at all times. If you are in the same boat and are looking for something to keep the darkness away until you can drown it at the bar, may I suggest podcasts?

Written By: Zach Peterson

I don’t know about you knuckleheads, but getting out of bed in the morning stinks. I have a job where I sit in front of a computer screen for eight hours and write emails. It is a pretty simple gig and I really have no reason to complain, but I still will. I was born in 1981 so I am of the ilk that expects to be entertained at all times. If you are in the same boat and are looking for something to keep the darkness away until you can drown it at the bar, may I suggest podcasts?

I am obviously not the first person to discover these, but I think if you do something for eight hours a day, five days a week, it is not to far off to call yourself a professional. So this makes me a professional podcast listener, and I want to share my favorites.

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WTF with Marc Maron

WTF with Marc Maron

If you listen to any sort of comedy podcasts then you are familiar with Marc Maron and his WTF podcast. Good interviews with Maron instantly become part of the modern comedic zeitgeist. The Dane Cook and Mencia interviews elevated the podcast into a must listen. Since then the highlights of the show have included 2 hours with Louis CK, Todd Glass coming out of the closest and the strange Gallagher blow up and walk out. This has become required listening to anyone even remotely interested in comedy.

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You Made It Weird

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes has descried his newer podcast on the Nerdist network as, “What the Heck” to Marc Maron’s What the Fuck Podcast. It is a more light hearted interview podcast that differs mostly in the host. While Maron is usually looking for forgiveness, and resolution Holmes seems to be seeking mostly approval and friendship. It is really easy to like Holmes, he seems to genuinely warm to his guests and comes from a pretty interesting background. He grew up very religious and has since shed his old fundamental personality, but is not naive and bleary eyed like the stereotype of the newly open minded. My favorite part of each episode is when each guest shares their thoughts on god or the lack there of, in some cases.

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Who Charted?

Who Charted?

There will be little existential discussion in this joke-heavy Earwolf network podcast. It is hosted by Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack is half pod-culture examination/criticism and other half interview with their guest. The interview is thinly veiled with in ridiculous charts which prompt guests to talk about career happenings and their background. Kremer lives on a different wave length than most of us, making the Podcast always unpredictable. In the Kyle Kinane episode they talk about how great the show they did together in Omaha was.

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Doug Loves Movies

Doug Loves Movies

If you love movies and pot you will like this podcast. Stoner-king-cool Doug Benson hosts a roundtable of guests who BS for a few minutes and play the Name That Tune-like Leonard Maltin game, which is taken seriously on varying degrees by different guests. No in depth interviews, mostly banter, but pretty damn good banter, in my opinion.

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Comedy-Bang-Bang

Comedy Bang-Bang

Comedy Bang Bang, (AKA Comedy Death Ray), hosted by Hot Saucerman (Scott Aukerman), is an unapologetic comedy orgy with insane characters, awful puns and often times pure genius. If you are not aquatinted with Bob Ducca (Seth Morris), The Cake Boss (Paul F Tompkins), iBrain (Brett Gelman,) Huell Howser (James Adomian) or Don Dimelo (Andy Daily) you need to drop out of school and become acquainted quickly. I have never laughed harder at a a podcast when Aukerman’s fictional ex-step father, “Bob Ducca” stopped by and read his list of ailments. Be prepared for chaos.

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Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan Experience

If you like stoned conversations about aliens and consciousness then The Joe Rogan Experience is right up your black light having, weird-ass alley. Joe Rogan and his band of “Death Squad” regulars talk about drugs, MMA, and politics regularly but nothing is off the table. If you want the pinnacle of this podcast I would suggest listening to the Shane Smith episode, the travel corespondent from Vice.com who talks about North Korean slave camps, Cannibal African Warlords and other uplifting tales.

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Risk

Risk

Risk is simply a story-telling podcast. While it is moderated by Kevin Allison, the stories come from all over the country. Each episode is a thematic jaunt through real-life embarrassing and often times strange stories. Not for the squeamish or prude. It can get pretty graphic, but that can also be it’s charm.

 

BONUS LIST: Local Podcasts.

There are podcasts in Omaha and they would love to have you as a listener. Here are my favorites. They are worth a listen.

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mid-best

The Mid-Best Podcast

Along with Ian Douglas Terry and Eric Brouillette, I host this podcast. If you thought that I would not take an opportunity to self promote, then you have a higher opinion of me than you should. We talk to bands, comedians, and drink a lot of beers. OK Party live shows are also posted for people to listen to at their leisure. You’re welcome Omaha.

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Worlds of Wayne

Worlds of Wayne

Wayne Brekke has been a mainstay of Omaha podcasting for around 6 years. Did you even know what a podcast was six years ago? He has had myself and a few of the other OK Party guys over for a show, and he is definitely a warm and accommodating host. His archive offer quick interviews with all types of musicians and artists, sometimes with in studio performances.

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badland girls

Badland Girls

Destiny and Rhea are disturbingly versed in culture. Conversations freely move from nerd culture, to obscure art film deconstruction, a off color joke, then on to slasher films. They cover the gamut of the bizarre and absurd. I would have to recommend the Comedy episode and the episode where they interview Rhea’s father, that yields pretty interesting results.

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How to Waste Your Life

How to Waste Your Life

I am not completely convinced that Will Dougherty does not want to be called a nerd. I think he would like to be called “King Nerd”. On his podcast that he hosts with his wife and a friend they ponder the leisurely activities that they enjoy. I just finished the two part episode on the Simpsons that would make any self described Simpson nerd feel at home.

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Zach Peterson is a member of OK Party Comedy, a podcaster and an owl meat aficionado who believes the Seahawks were cheated out of Super Bowl XL. Follow him on Twitter.



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