Websites & Podcasts
A listing of different useful comedy resources, along with a blurb about why they’re useful.
Ratings are based on how useful the resource is as reference material meant to help you with your comedy career, nothing else. All the resources here are good for one reason or another – I wouldn’t list them if they weren’t – so don’t let the rating fool you.
Maximum Fun is a podcast organization that deals in all things comedy. Maximum Fun hosts several podcasts in a variety of radio show formats, from talk radio to sketch comedy. One podcast in particular, The Sound of Young America, is great if you want to hear about the comedy industry in the States. The podcast is interview-based where the knowledgeable host, Jesse Thorn, interviews people from arts and culture industries. If you want to hear about innovative comedy coming out of the U.S., The Sound of Young America is worth a listen. Maximum Fun has built a community that really appreciates comedy and the people that produce it.
Acting as an online comedy news source, Splitsider focuses on the comedy industry in the U.S. The site touches on comedy in all its forms, but most content is devoted to the most popular forms: TV and film. They do a great job taking note of comedy trends, reflecting on where comedy is headed and comparing it to where it’s been. Not every post is stellar, but this site is great for anyone that likes to think of comedy critically.
WTF With Marc Maron
On this site, Marc Maron, long-time and experienced stand-up comic, interviews some of the top funny people out there about the comedy industry. This podcast is both entertaining and enlightening, where Marc asks great questions to figure out what makes his interviewees tick. Marc is a fantastic interviewer who does his homework. He clearly respects comedy and does everything he can to get as much out of his interviewees as possible. Just listen to one of his podcasts and you’ll be hooked.