Whether it’s to de-stress from work, learn the newest science facts, or get the best available insights and advice on parenting online, podcasts are everywhere and about everything. In fact, Apple reports that it has over 525,000 active podcasts and 18.5 million episodes on its platform. For parents, that’s great news. Busy schedules and hectic work weeks often make it hard to find time for your family, much less read a book or a watch a show. Podcasting is a different story. As long as there is a device around, podcasts can be listened to anytime and anywhere, which means access to episodes while on the move is convenient and easy. But there’s a catch. Some podcasts are too long and, worse, not funny. While sure, it’s nice to dig deep and listen to a 2-hour long episode of This American Life, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the longer stuff and go in for a quick laugh instead. But when the majority of podcasts clock in at over an hour finding one you can squeeze in for the duration of a shower or a quick bike ride is a hassle. Well, it was a hassle. To take a breather from the longer shows we’ve all come to love, check out these short podcasts for a dose of bite-sized hilarity.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
Living with the knowledge that your father wrote a book series of erotic fiction is one thing. Recording yourself reading chapters of those books with your friends is another, far weirder thing. Not that British host Jamie Morton seems to mind. My Dad Wrote a Porno is a podcast where listeners can tune in to hear Morton and his co-hosts, James Cooper and Alive Levine, go through chapters of erotic fantasy books written by his father under the pen name Rocky Flinstone. It’s very strange, very awesome, and tons of episodes are 20 minutes to half an hour.
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Thaddeus Ellenburg’s Casual Friday
This one is undeniably weird, but it’s also short and comes out twice a month so if you have a low tolerance for tomfoolery (we hope you don’t) this is a good fit. Casual Friday is written, produced and performed entirely by Thaddeus Ellenburg who, for two Fridays out of the month, puts together deliciously short and weird flights of fancy. Not sticking to any obvious themes besides episodes can be about fake food emporiums, Mayan vases, turkey derbies; wherever Ellenburg’s imagination goes, listeners join. Each episode is 20 minutes at the longest so check it out quickly and see if it’s for you.
My Favorite Murder – Minisodes
My Favorite Murder bills itself as a true crime comedy podcast and there really isn’t any other way to describe it. Started by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s mutual love of true crime stories. For all its gruesome content including an episode on The Golden State Killer, MFM avoids getting gross just for the sake of gross. The minisodes focus on single hometown stories that fans and friends share and, even better, they are only 15 minutes long.
Pod F Tompkast
Paul F Tompkins is one of the funniest mustachioed comedians and improvisers out there. And one of the busiest. With dozens of television appearance including a regular spot on BoJack Horseman, guest starring in episodes of Comedy Bang Bang, and regularly performing stand up in front of a live audience, the fact that he’s also able to harness his creative energy into the Pod F Tompkast podcast is a gift to us all. Paul does characters and slips into bouts of wonderful surrealism that he sometimes breaks down into ‘extrasodes’, which are shorter and easier to digest.
The Last Podcast on the Left – Side Stories
You probably wouldn’t think a podcast devoted to topics like serial killers, horror movies, and conspiracy theories would also be a good source of laughter, but that’s exactly what The Last Podcast on the Left is; a podcast that celebrates the creepy and the weird while going for laughs at the same time. In each episode, the three hosts of the show, Ben Kissel, Markus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski, break down their favorite horror movies and joke about everything under the sun. While full episodes of The Last Podcast on the Left have hour long runtimes the producers of the show have recently been putting out spin-off episodes they’re calling Side Stories which go for about 30 minutes. Check this out during shorter commutes, or when you’re quickly pulling the house together.