Best comedy podcasts at this year's Fringe

This article is from 2018

Best comedy podcasts at this year's Fringe

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Catch live recordings of Sofie Hagen Tries Something, The Bugle, Reasons to be Cheerful, The Guilty Feminist and more

Two experienced podcasters, the thoughtful Carl Donnelly and the more dubiously informed Seann Walsh are pairing to launch Who The F#ck is Barbara?, in which they snoop through a guest's phone and project its contents onto a screen. Other seasoned podders experimenting this year are Sofie Hagen and Alison Spittle, with the first week of Sofie Hagen Tries Something given over to the duo just chatting. Hagen does psychiatric-style inquiry while Spittle's interviews are more easy-going but they're firm friends and it ought to be an intriguing meeting of minds. Sure to be rather frothier is Happy Mondays in which two old school friends, the camp Brennan Reece and even camper Stephen Bailey, are appalled by the state of the world and try to lighten the mood with blether.

Bringing the same relaxed, cynicism-free curiosity to his interviews on Off The Grid With Russell Hicks as he does to his freewheeling stand-up, the open-minded American hasn't revealed who his comedian guest is yet, but it's sure to be a notable one for his birthday on 13 August. More wide-ranging and concerned with great reads, Book Shambles features comedians, writers and others revealing the authors who inspire them, with Robin Ince hosting solo while Josie Long is away on maternity leave. Similarly, Aidan Goatley's 10 Films With … finds the amiable Goatley teasing some passionate opinions from those he invites on to talk about the movies they love and hate.

Politics and current affairs junkies are particularly well-served, with both Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd: Reasons to Be Cheerful and Sarah Millican's In Conversation with Standard Issue trading on their big-name creators to secure impressive guest lineups. Matt Forde's Political Party Podcast has already scored on this front, with Deputy First Minister John Swinney and a bigger Scottish political figure already confirmed as interviewees.

Gráinne Maguire: What Has The News Ever Done For Me? is a light-hearted panel show that tends to live or die depending on how depressing the news is, with chairperson Maguire managing the tricky balance of being both perky and knowledgeable. Meanwhile, Deborah Frances-White recently landed a late-night satirical pilot with Channel 4 off the back of The Guilty Feminist which seamlessly slots in a revolving cast of co-hosts and makes the audience almost as big a part of the show as the comics.

Best comedy podcasts at this year's Fringe

Andy Zaltzman presents The Bugle Live
Regular listeners appreciate what a consistent outlet for Andy Zaltzman's satirical silliness The Bugle Live has become, and he's joined by one of his regular co-hosts, Alice Fraser, for these two dates. The under-appreciated, coolly intelligent Australian has also chosen this festival to record her last three shows for Antipodean broadcaster ABC, with Trilogy a chance to catch some increasingly assured hours of stand-up.

Further debating the issues of the day but with lots more going on besides, the high-concept institution of Sunday Service With Ola is taking place outside London for the first time, with 'hymns', confessionals and Ola himself unseen on the 'God mic', plus all the live stand-up they cut from the edit. Even more niche perhaps, and all the more popular for it, All Killa No Filla features Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean combining whatever's on their minds with in-depth discussion of a particular serial killer. So successful is this format, that post-Fringe, the pair are off to America, spiritual home of the homicide spree, for a mini-tour.

All Killa No Filla

Hit podcast from comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean who share their passion for serial killers.

Andy Zaltzman: The Bugle Live

A  live performance of the global smash-hit podcast, The Bugle.

Sunday Service With Ola

Mick Perrin Worldwide by arrangement with Troika Sunday Service With Ola is a unique event experience that uses a church theme to bring you stand-up comedy, group discussion and music. Welcome to the dopest concept comedy show. Join the congregation. 'A fresh, unique and clever concept show. Atmosphere is electric and the…

Sofie Hagen Tries Something

Sofie Hagen / Free Festival Hi. Each day I will be doing something different. A work-in-progress stand-up show, a live recording of my podcast Made of Human, a dance show, who knows? Go to to see a schedule. Age category: 16+

Gráinne Maguire: What Has the News Ever Done for Me?

Gráinne Maguire Hosted by Gráinne Maguire (as seen on Dave's UnSpun with Matt Forde), every day three different comics bring along the story from the news they think is the most important and argue why it's the one you should care about. Will it be Brexit, Trump tweets or Meghan Markle's new coat? You, the audience…

Aidan Goatley’s 10 Films With… Podcast

Aidan Goatley with Sweet Productions Guests for this popular podcast include Romesh Ranganathan, Angela Barnes and Mark Thomas, who join Aidan Goatley for a lovely chat about the films they love. A different guest each day! 'Charmingly funny' (Scotsman). ‘Proper comic gold’ ( ‘A blend of Jerry Seinfeld and…

In Conversation With Standard Issue

Standard Issue / The Stand Comedy Club Join Standard Issue Podcast – the smart and witty women's magazine for your ears – as it hosts a panel of brilliant women from the world of comedy and media in conversation about funnies, feminism and more. For full schedule and line-up please head to…

Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd: Reasons to Be Cheerful

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents Following a string of sell-out live dates and festival appearances, Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd bring their hit podcast to the Fringe. Reasons to Be Cheerful is a show for the politically disheartened, about ideas to make the world a better place, hosted by the award-winning radio…