In a time when 5k walks are our only source of exercise and entertainment (not to mention an escape from homeschooling and Zoom meetings), podcasts have become a great source of company for many of us.

Whether we want to learn about our nation's past, the science behind COVID-19, the true story of a grisly crime or the details of a celebrity break-up, there really is a podcast for everything.

Today, however, we'll be sticking to the light stuff. Give your brain a break from doomscrolling and have a laugh with some Irish presenters, Aussie actors, and American comics with some of our favourite comedy podcasts.

Let's Solve Nothing

Do you long for the days when you could sit in a pub with friends, solving the world's problems over a G&T? Well, while a night in a snug remains out of reach, the comedy musings of Let's Solve Nothing is sure to tide you over. Hosted by TV presenter Muireann O'Connell and stand-up comedian Joanne McNally, this series pulls on pop culture, local news and personal life experience (Joanne has plenty to spare), to discuss a range of problems from the careful balancing act of gift-giving to the awful artform of ghosting.

Disclaimer: They solve nothing.

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Best known for his role as Dr. Evan in The Duchess and as a comedian in Australian improv group The Bear Pack, Steen Raskopoulos's latest endeavour offers an impressive guest list and a unique premise. Speaking with friends from the entertainment industry, Steen invites his guests to promote their latest movie, TV show, book or app... except, of course, it's all made up. Put on the spot, these famous faces will have to sell listeners on their latest career move, with increasingly difficult questions from the host.

NB: Olivia Munn speaking about her time on the TV show Fish Cop is not to be missed.

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Wheel of Misfortune

If you have ever found yourself lying in bed at night, allowing your brain to anxiously tick over every embarrassing thing you've ever said or done, this podcast is sure to provide cathartic relief. Hosted by Irish comedian Alison Spittle and Scottish comedian Fern Brady, this show spins a literal wheel of cringe-worthy topics from awful break-ups and funeral disasters to hair horrors and party fails. On each episode, our hosts will spill their funniest/most traumatic stories before handing the microphone to a guest to do the same.

We recommend you start with Sarah Pascoe's break-up story - it's a memorable one.

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That's Messed Up

Hosted by comedians Liza Treyger and Kara Klenk, this true-crime-comedy podcast is sure to hold special appeal for fans of Law and Order: SVU. In each episode, the presenters break down their favourite episodes of the crime drama, interjecting their own special brand of comedy while welcoming actors from the show on for insider details and proclaiming their undying love for Mariska Hargitay. 

If you haven't spent years of your life binging the 22 seasons of Benson and Stabler's will they/won't they chemistry, fear not. Each episode ends with the ladies revealing the real-life event the episode was based on, which is bound to be of interest to any true crime fan.

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Off Menu

Recording since 2018, comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble have a bank of episodes for food fans to gorge on through 2021. In Off Menu, the comics invite celebrities such as Josh Groban, Dolly Alderton, Louis Theroux, and Teri Hatcher to discuss their favourite side dishes, mains, dessert, and drink. 

If you're a fan of comedy and food, this podcast is the perfect light bite to get you through the day.

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Best Friends

When times get tough, you need a best friend by your side. Unfortunately, due to social distancing restrictions, you might be lacking time with your besties right now. To step in as temporary gal pals, comedian Nicole Byer (Girl Code) and Sasheer Zamata (SNL) are offering up a weekly podcast with frank, honest, no holds barred conversations about anything and everything.

From Nicole sustaining a shoulder injury due to her latest pole dancing venture to Sasheer's obsession with trash TV, this comedy duo will see you through lockdown.

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Bandwagons

Have you seen the top trending hashtags on Twitter? Have you watched that viral video doing the rounds on TikTok? Are you all caught up on the latest celeb drama on Instagram? If the answer to all of those questions is a resounding no, don't worry. Hosts Fionnula Jay and Bríd Browne are here to get you up to speed on the watercooler moments everybody is talking about as well as sharing listener stories when it comes to everyday life in Ireland.

If you're in need of an instant pick-me-up, head straight to their horror story series on renting...

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How Did This Get Made?

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that you had to tell all your friends about it? A show so ridiculous you had to Google the cast to discover the minds behind it? In this movie-comedy crossover, Paul Scheer (Long Shot), June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie), and Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine Nine) invite their funniest friends to watch and review the worst-best movies that the silver screen has to offer.

An obvious episode to start with is Cats, where the team discusses the Broadway musical, the movie, and the peculiar concept of naked cats.

Tony Cantwell's Hit Show

If you need a break from reality, enjoy a weekly ramble into the absurd with comedian Tony Cantwell. It's difficult to say exactly what this podcast is about as it came from the same mind that produced oddball characters such as The Dublin Frenchman, Your Ma's Mate' and, most famously, the soft-drink obsessed schoolboy from Clongowes.

In Tony Cantwell's Hit Show, hot takes are found left right and centre whether he's discussing trending TV shows, 90s nostalgia, Zoom meetings or Christmas flicks. 

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The Adam Buxton Podcast

British actor and comedian Adam Buxton (longtime fans might remember The Adam & Joe Show on Channel 4) kicked off his podcast - aptly named The Adam Buxton Podcast - back in 2015. Since then, he has collected a host of famous guests including Paul McCartney, Greta Gerwig, Sharon Horgan, Simon Pegg, and Dawn O'Porter. Each week, the podcast offers up an intriguing conversation ranging from the totally light-hearted to the "serious with funny bits".

In October 2020, Buxton enjoyed a rambling chat with Blindboy Boatclub about comedy, music, post-modernism, prank phone calls and masks - well worth a listen.

Might Delete Later

Social media is a strange beast; it's the thing that can make a person famous and later end that very person's career. In Might Delete Later, sisters Gina Martin and Stevie Martin delve into the social media timelines of familiar faces, asking the questions we want the answers to. Which posts do they regret? Which ones do they stand by? How often do they tweet? And, most importantly, has a post ever come back to haunt them? 

To kick things off, tune into their breakdown of comedian Rose Matafeo's many, many, many tweets.

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