Podcasts still seem to be an all-or-nothing proposition for most people. Either you are somebody who doesn’t listen to any podcasts, or you are somebody who listens to a ton of them. Casual podcast listeners seem to be few and far between. I’m on the end of the spectrum where I listen to podcasts all the time. I’m listening to one right now. I listen when I work, when I cook, when I exercise. There are a variety of podcasts in my rotation, but a lot of them are comedy podcasts. I don’t think I need to promote, say, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend or Comedy Bang! Bang! to you. However, if you are a podcast fan, I would highly recommend listening to Stop Podcasting Yourself.
For the last several months, I’ve been listening to a ton of Stop Podcasting Yourself. I listen to podcasts so much I listen to some episodes multiple times, because there aren’t enough new episodes of podcasts I listen to in order to fill up my day. What am I supposed to do? Sit silently with my thoughts? Like a madman? These days, Stop Podcasting Yourself, or SPY, is my go-to when I am in need of something to listen to. It’s one of my top-five podcasts, and sometimes I think it might be my very favorite. Usually that’s when I’m annoyed by Nick and Mitch on Doughboys or am listening to a Flop House with a guest I don’t like and wishing they hadn’t decided to become a podcast that has guests on all the time now.
Stop Podcasting Yourself has made over 660 episodes at this point. It’s been around for over a decade. The podcast has been around for so long it predates when every podcast needed a hook or premise. Dave Shumka and Graham Clark are two Canadian comedians who live in Vancouver. Most weeks, they have a guest, often from the Canadian comedy scene. In terms of star power, SPY isn’t on the level of most podcasts. That is, unless you consider the biggest stars in the world to be Vancouver-based improvisers. Or Paul F. Tompkins. However, Dave and Graham are both hilarious. There are many times when I’m listening to an episode and make a joke to myself mere moments before Dave makes the same joke. Also, Dave loves hockey and I love hockey, so as far as podcasters go we have a lot in common. A lot of the guests are really funny too. When I first started listening I didn’t know who most of the guests were. Now, I can be like, “Oh good, an Aaron Read episode” or “Hey, Ember Konopaki is back!”
Most of the episodes are just the guest talking to Dave and Graham about what’s been going on, and then a segment called “Overheards,” when the people on the show talk about things they’ve overheard, and then fans write in or call in with their own overheards. This segment isn’t always great. I’m not comfortable with eavesdropping, or with people relaying super personal information from another person. I don’t like those overheards. Some of them can be really funny, though.
Back in the day, they had other segments, like “Celebrity Birthdays” and “Hulk Hogan News,” but unless you go like five or six years back into the archives you won’t run into those. If you just like hearing really funny people talking to each other, even if you they aren’t celebrities, I really recommend Stop Podcasting Yourself. Dave and Graham have been in my ears more than anybody in the last year or so, and my life is richer for it.