Even the heartiest cultural warrior needs to take a knee now and then.
There can be no doubt. The Left’s aggressive attacks on western society demand a response. The days of kissing the kids goodnight and letting someone else fight the Culture Wars are gone.
However, every participant in battle periodically needs a break. Sometimes a perfectly timed laugh is exactly what the doctor ordered.
With that in mind, here are six podcasts that offer just that. And, if the conversation does steer into the political realm, you know it won’t choose sides or will swiftly veer back toward the next punch line.
The Pete And Sebastian Show
Sebastian Maniscalco is one of the funniest stand-up comedians around, and his mostly clean act brims with gags inspired by his Chicago roots. His physical shtick adds to the hilarity, helping him repeatedly sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Pete Correale has a lower profile, but he’s no slouch in the comedy dept. He’s a blue-collar stand-up with solid TV writing chops (“Kevin Can Wait,” “The Crew”).
“Pete and Sebastian’s” cast offers a sublime respite from the Culture Wars. The family men riff on life, their careers, and parenthood. No detail is too small, and their camaraderie is infectious. It’s like eavesdropping on two very funny uncles at a family gathering. This show is unapologetically male, with the comedians filtering life through the masculine perspective.
One senses they lean to the Right, or at least aren’t reflexively liberal. Their laser focus on comedy, and the foibles of modern life, always come first.
Fly On The Wall With Dana Carvey And David Spade
It’s painful to see a comic institution like “Saturday Night Live” devolve to just another DNC showcase. That’s exactly where the modern “SNL” exists today, aiming at GOP-friendly targets and adhering to comedy’s woke by-laws.
The show’s rebellious roots, dating back to the 1970s, are nowhere to be found.
However, two of the show’s most adored alums are here to remind us of those earlier antics. Carvey and Spade take us back to the ‘90s-era “SNL,” when they made us howl along with Adam Sandler, Jan Hooks, Rob Schneider, and Chris Farley.
The show invites “SNL” alums to share their memories of the show right from the source. They laugh over old times, reveal how beloved sketches came to be, and share how the mercurial nature of the show led timeless sketches.
The Chip Chipperson Podacast
No, that’s not a typo. Jim Norton’s hilarious alter ego, self-defined comic maestro Chip Chipperson, oversees a raucous “Podacast.” Co-host Xia Anderson keeps the conversation rolling, be it with guests like radio legend Anthonia Cumia or a parade of stand-up comics.
It’s R-rated banter, full stop, but there’s an innocence permeating through the mayhem which leavens the vulgarity. Plus, Chipperson’s oversized ego, combined with a lack of show biz finesse, offers the perfect running gag.
Norton disappears behind his Chip Chipperson character, a transformation that gives the show its giddy anchor.
The Tim Dillon Show
Remember Howard Stern 1.0? He said the craziest things sans filter, trusting the audience to separate the milquetoast family man from radio’s raging Id.
Dillon’s podcast may be the closest example of what Stern might sound like today if he hadn’t lost his creative mojo (and free speech fighting spirit). Dillon is outrageous to the core, a keen-eyed wit who skewers American culture in a way few others can duplicate. His candor conveys both smart and silly, and his take on the latest headlines continually surprises us.
He might lean to the Right but he won’t take sides in the political fray.
He’ll play Devil’s Advocate one minute, then take the wrong side in a moral argument the next, all to keep his audience guessing. It’s just jokes, everyone, and Dillon is one of the few comedians today who lives by that essential creed.
Bill Maher talks politics every Friday on his HBO perch, but it’s clear he needed a break from the news cycle. So the “Real Time with Bill Maher” host created “Club Random,” a casual interview podcast that steers clear of the latest news.
The show focuses on comedy, first and foremost, and when a conversation veers toward a certain Orange Man, the host yanks on the parking brake. He still might break into a signature rant, but it’s often about broader cultural issues like the state of modern education.
What’s left? A seasoned comic who has done and said it all, cracking wise with fellow funny people whose tongues may be loosened by an alcoholic beverage (or two).
Victory The Podcast
“Entourage” ran for eight successful seasons on HBO. Today, the show’s wish fulfillment storyline, and cadre of successful straight white males, wouldn’t pass muster in our woke age. It may explain why audiences are flocking to “Victory,” the podcast honoring the long-running show.
“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin is joined by show mainstays like Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama) and Kevin Connolly (Vince Chase’s best bud “E”) along with other special guests. Together, they crack wise, reminisce about classic show episodes, and avoid the politics du jour as much as possible.
Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist, movie critic and editor of HollywoodInToto.com. He previously served as associate editor with Breitbart News’ Big Hollywood. Follow him at @HollywoodInToto.
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