The idea is that if one really wants to get to know how a celebrity is, then one needs to listen to his/her podcast. This conversationalist art form is when one lets their personas roam free and go deep into the issues that fascinate them, revealing aspects and stories which rarely come up in interviews. The best podcasts hosted by popular actors, comedians, and Oprah, who’s in a league of her own, are
“Anna Faris is Unqualified” hosted by Anna Faris
Mom star Anna Faris’ show is based on the premise that she is unqualified to give advice. On this weekly podcast, Anna Faris talks about relationship advice with fellow guests, the likes of which have included Andy Cohen, Eva Longoria, and Alanis Morrissette. Having even spurred a book from it, the wildly popular podcast, along with co-host Sim Sarna, dish out free-wheeling dating and relationship advice with a guest. Start with “Aubrey Plaza.”
“Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast” hosted by Oprah
Oprah converses with a personality and discusses how pop culture figures became who they were. The podcast examines significant moments in the stars’ personal lives and career paths. The podcast is enlightening and inspiring as it reminds listeners that personalities and stars are, in the end, regular folks with interesting fates and fascinating decisions. Start with “Alicia Keys.“
“Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith” by Amy Schumer, Keith Robinson, Bridget Everett, and Rachel Feinstein
This Spotify original podcast is a powerhouse of some insane comedic talent. Amy Schumer and her co-hosts are hilarious to the core and are entertaining all the way. Start with “Moms and Stuff,“ which features guest star Rachel Bloom.
“How Did This Get Made?’ hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas”
While it’s hilarious watching truly terrible movies, there’s the undeniable truth staring you in the face – someone actually made this movie, pouring in valuable resources into it. Why? How? In this hilarious riot of a podcast, comedians Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas take a hard (and hilarious) look as to how and why some amazingly infamous low-quality films were made. Start with “Sleepaway Camp.”
“Call Chelsea Peretti” hosted by Chelsea Peretti
The hilarious comedian Chelsea Peretti is a hilarious comedian in her own right, with this podcast being a prime example. Start with “Garlic,” where Peretti and her husband Jordan Peele (director of the acclaimed movie ‘Get Out’) answer calls.
“Snoop Dogg’s GGN Podcast” hosted by Snoop Dogg
This long-running podcast features more than 200 long-form interviews with creators, icons, musicians, artists, influencers, and celebrities. Begin with “Kathy Bates” as well as Seth Rogen’s guest appearances.
“Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” hosted by Alec Baldwin
This smooth-talking, amazing man’s voice was tailor-made for radio. The WNYC show features actual talk about showbiz, with Baldwin talking as much as his guests. Begin with “The Lorne Michaels interview.”
“Why Won’t You Date Me?” hosted by Nicole Byers
The wonderful, warm, hilarious comedian Nicole Byers interviews dating in general, almost-boyfriends, hookups, and past boyfriends about relationships in general and about what went wrong. Begin with the first podcast.