Fred Armisen’s Standup For Drummers is the personification of your hometown “DRUMMERS IN THE [Area code]” Facebook Group without all the ads for local gigs or bands in need of a gig. Armisen isn’t particularly funny; it seems like his only knowledge of standup comedy comes from movies and TV. He isn’t really interesting either. It’s full of in-jokes that can’t really provoke laughter. The boneheaded drummer who’s unintentionally funny is one of the easiest tropes, but Fred Armisen is a hyper intelligent musician who can’t come up with a decent joke. Continue reading
It almost feels like every day someone tells me that they want to start listening to podcasts, and since it’s become a regular medium, you can find podcasts about literally anything. I’ve listened to podcasts about everything from tech to crying. There really is a podcast for everyone, whether you need information, a laugh, or an emotional reaction. Here are some of the best new podcasts and veterans that have kept up the good work:
- Swipe Out
Alix McAlpine’s podcast is simple enough on the surface, and it’s certainly not the first dating podcast. The premise is Alix goes on first dates, then discusses them with her friend, while creating a list of qualities she’d like her ideal partner to have. Occasionally, it’s funny, but McAlpine is doing more than just gossiping about her dates. She’s really exploring what it’s like navigating the dating world, as a millennial, with dating apps, and as a young adult. It’s a mostly transparent look into the dating world, and it provides so much insight to those single among us.
Standout episode: Connor/Slim Thicc Continue reading
Especially now, jokes are one of the most important things we’ve got. Whether the jokes come from a place of brutal honesty like Marc Maron or evil fiction like Anthony Jeselnik, it’s important to laugh. Mike Birbiglia’s new Thank God for Jokes discusses how important it is to make jokes with Birbiglia’s emotive honesty and deep thought. Birbiglia doesn’t fail to make you laugh, but there are moments that this special lags at a predictable pace.