Critical 5 podcast roundup: charming your pants off, October 11-18
This week's critical five has a whole lot of heart and plenty of laughs. The hosts and guests on this week’s roundup spend less of their time discussing the issues at hand and more of their time riffing, goofing off, and reminding their audience why they love ‘em so damn much.
Tune in and remind yourself why these comedy stars are considered the best of the best!
John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman tackle the debates on this week's episode of The Bugle and do a pretty good job of skewering both Obama's lackluster performance and Mitt Romney's ability to bend the truth. The duo also laments the breakup of LMFAO and the potential lack cod in the North Sea. Tune in for the duo's quick wit, British accents, and Zaltzman's extraordinary ability to create fish-related puns.
Female comedy fans will go nuts over this week's DLM, as host Doug Benson brings in not one, not two, but four all-star female comedians. Notaro, Silverman, Glaser and Shumer shine in this week's episode which is lower on competitive games but high in spirited jokes. This week is a must listen for fans of Notaro, who scores big laughs throughout and confirms her spot as one of the queens of stand up comedy today.
This week, The Honorable John Hodgman presides over the case of Eden and Jessica, two sisters who are in a dispute over the responsibility for a broken Wii. Eden, the younger of the two, was responsible for Jessica's Wii while she was in the Peace Corps, during which time the Wii broke. Hodgman takes on the case in support of Jessica right from the get-go, contrasting her time spent teaching poor children in "The Gambia" with her sister's Hollywood lifestyle.
Host Greg Proops delivers all his usual charm with this week's episode recorded at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Proops can always be counted on for some theatrical singing and playful self-deprecation, and there's no lack of that this week as the comedian tackles old movies, baseball, and the story of alligators being found on Long Island.
This week host Pete Holmes invites his old friend Thomas Middleditch to sit down and discuss the anatomy of a bro-breakup (or a "bro-kup"). The episode is a tender hearted, and at times awkward look at how two people who genuinely like each other can sometimes stop being friends. The two speak openly about the difficulties of balancing friendship and comedy, re-live old gags, and sing a pretty catchy song they made up about one of Middleditch's exes called Melvin the Chipmunk.