Pod-crushes: The Crushes Brought To You By Audible.com and Listeners Like You
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Pod-crushes: The Crushes Brought To You By Audible.com and Listeners Like You

By Courtney Enlow and Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | April 11, 2013 | Comments ()


Podcrushes are a special type of crush. For podcast denizens such as we, these crushes transcend appearance, and are based solely upon personality (or, persona, at the very least). It's all a lot like that time Zack Morris fell for the girl in the wheelchair he'd only heard on the phone. It's not that we want to date them, necessarily; rather, we want to be their best friends, hang out with them and eat Pizza Rolls, discuss whether or not "Bates Motel" is effectively filling that "American Horror Story" insanity void, and, you know, if Mantzoukas wanted to get handsy, no big deal, that's just where the friendship went naturally.

Anyway, here they are.

Janet Varney -- "The JV Club"

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Tom Cavanagh -- "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks"


Scott Mosier -- "SModcast"


Jason Mantzoukas -- "How Did This Get Made?"


Vanessa Ragland & Cole Stratton -- "Pop My Culture" (seen here with a similarly crush-worthy Erinn Hayes)


Dave Anthony & Greg Behrendt -- "Walking the Room"

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TJ Miller -- "Cashing In With TJ Miller"
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Kumail Nanjiani -- "The Indoor Kids"

Paul F. Tompkins -- "Pod F. Tompkast"
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Doug Benson -- "Doug Loves Movies"

Ira Glass & Terry Gross-- "This American Life"/"Fresh Air"

Joanna Robinson and Courtney Enlow personally know a few people who cast the pod. Those people were disqualified from this list lest things get awk.ward. But our #1 would totally be this guy from that show.

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  • anna15

    maron or GTFO....like WTF

  • sean mccall

    Not Having Kulap is a shame, and I generally hate the "YOU DONT HAVE WHAT I LIKE" posts. But she is adorable and great.

  • AudioSuede

    Based on every podcast I've ever listened to, you should also include Andy Daly. The man's appearances on Comedy Bang Bang are second to none (even the incredible Mr. Paul F. Tompkins). Also, DC Pierson and Ben Schwartz have been podcast-hopping a lot lately, and they're crushing it.

    But as much as I might "crush" on them in other fields, there are some comedians that are just not suited for podcasts. I'm thinking of Chelsea Peretti and Natasha Leggero in particular. Every time they're on Doug Loves Movies, I know it's going to be an awful experience.

  • Strand

    Jeff Gerstmann.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Pod F. Tompkast is a podcast name so good it almost makes me wish I was called Paul F. Tompkins so that I could become a comedian and make a podcast called that. Almost.

  • Pop My Culture is always funny, and Vanessa's laugh is so cute! Definitely my podcast crush. You rule, Vanessa!

  • I'm a little surprised by the lack of Maron on this list. And though it's not a pop culture podcast (save for during the second hour on Fridays) I could see Sam Seder on here as well.
    Also Dave Chen!
    And Joanna, I understand why you didn't put yourself on this list, but...

  • Matt Smith

    Any podcast with Jen Kirkman is my favorite, as I am typing this I am listening to her on The JV Club.
    Jason Mantzoukas is the funniest person on the planet now.

  • John G.

    I love How Did This Get Made, and I love Jason Mantzoukas, but do ladies not feel creeped out by him just a little bit? I know he's joking, but he is so constantly playing the creepy, stalking, masturbatory guy, I kinda assume it rubs off. Do girls look past that and find him attractive?

  • I don't find him attractive in the least but I do think he's funny. One of my main complaints about that podcast is that they routinely step all over June's jokes and talk over her constantly. It'd be nice if the female voice didnt have to scream over the men.

  • John G.

    totally agree. She gets talked over a lot. Also, on the recent mini-ep, Paul was talking about how nobody even knows how to pronounce June's last name. Maybe if she was allowed to speak, they would.

  • Enarra

    I'm glad to see Walking the Room on the list, not for 'crush worthy'-ness but for 'crazy podcast that I can't recommend to my friends but LOVE'-ness. Now I'm going to go download a bunch of these. Thanks for the list, I love podcasts.

  • asherlev1

    I can't believe Chris Hardwick isn't on this list?!!

  • TSF


  • dizzylucy

    I'm going to have to check more of these out. I usually look at them and decide I already listen to too many, but I think I'm missing out.

    I don't know if I'd call it a crush, but Jeff Garlin's podcast has been cracking me up. The Will Ferrell and Larry David ones are great, and Jeff talking about his wife telling him what chairs not to sit in killed me.

    I also can't wait for True Blood to return so the Sistah Speak one comes back - their podcast is so much more entertaining than the show at this point.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I have never listened to a podcast.

    On another note, my shoulder is really sore from wielding this mallet and chisel.

  • pollyoliver

    Come on, the original peaches of the FlopHouse Podcast has to be there. Nothing beats listening to them take down a horrible movie for an hour every other week while inserting facts about ducktales and invisible maniacs.

  • Mrs. Julien

    TJ Miller looks very familiar. Is he a Canadian comedian?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Ooooh, was he the freakin' HILARIOUS waiter in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World? God DAMN, he was funny.

  • ShagEaredVillain

    Chris. Mutherfucking. Hardwick.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    TJ Miller is my spirit animal. My hyperactive, possibly deranged, but totally awesome spirit animal.

  • Bodhi

    Tell me you've seen Mashup on Comedy Central

  • He is the reason I miss Carpoolers. Viva Marmaduke.

    "How much is dinner? I've never bought dinner. Is it A THOUSAND DOLLARS?"

  • BendinIntheWind

    To me he will always and forever be loved for auditioning for Yogi Bear by filming himself with an actual bear:


  • Bodhi

    Kumail Nanjiani, PFT, & Jason Mantzoukas are on my freebie list. My husband got me into comedy podcasts, so its technically his fault if I run away with any of them.

    Also, I really hope that Greg Behrendt is doing well. The news that he fell off the wagon after 15 years was really upsetting

  • I cried listening to the WTR return podcast. They were so frank about it all. It broke my heart but it was really amazing to hear how honest he was being--hopefully that honesty will keep him well.

  • Bodhi

    I definitely have to listen to that one, then.

  • Bodhi

    Oh & we met Doug Benson & Graham Elwood at one of their shows
    & my husband fan-boyed all over the place. Graham mentioned him on
    the next podcast after the show & I thought he was going to lose it.
    He'll never delete that one from his ipod

  • Darthita

    I just started listening to Stop Podcasting Yourself, and now I'm imaginary BFFs with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark. You cannot resist the Hulk Hogan News!

  • Bodhi

    D'oh, I replied to the wrong comment

  • Serge Cage

    Yeah, some of the moderators are totally anal, you just gotta deal with it. Pajiba ain't much to be honest, but we all pity-f it don't we?

  • Guest

    Am i back?

  • I LOOOOOOVE How Did This Get Made! They always pick the best/worst movies and everyone on the show is hilarious. They also pick great celebrity guests to review those crappy movies too.

    Edit- Oh Shit...I see they just added Spice World with Retta from Parks and Rec!!! I know what I'm doing tonight!! :D

  • dizzylucy

    I listened to the Spice World one last night - loved it.

  • AudioSuede

    My favorite is the Superman 3 episode, mostly because it was just them outlining the plot of the film scene by scene and trashing it amazingly so I didn't even have to watch it.

  • So true! Maybe my favorite podcast. I have listened to the Birdemic episode 10 times!

  • dizzylucy

    I've never actually listened to that one, but your edit just sold me.

  • The Spice World one is AMAZING.

    Their I Know Who Killed Me actually killed me.

  • Bodhi

    I used to listen to the podcast at the gym & I would laugh so hard that almost fell off the treadmill at least 3 times.

  • Bodhi

    That one is AWESOME. Nick Kroll on From Justin to Kelly is amazing too

  • John G.

    it's BANANAS, it's GARBAGE. it's UPSETTING.

    love this show!

  • I haven't listened to that one yet!! I loved when they did that piece of crap Lance Bass movie, Speed 2, and Birdemic.

  • Jo and I have a shared adoration of the From Justin to Kelly one. AMAZING.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I almost drove off the road I was cry-laughing so hard.

  • BWeaves

    Is Kumail Nanjiani a Muppet?

  • Well he does act goofy like a Muppet would so maybe he's part muppet?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ahhhh, I saw Kumail on an episode of some snarky game show on IFC for the weekend I had IFC and he was hilarious. I like this podcast idea.

    And I crush so hard on Tom Cavanagh, even if I get annoyed at the spelling of his last name.

  • THERE SHOULD BE A U. And there was in my draft of this post until I edited it at zero hour.

  • Uriah_Creep

    The strange thing about that is that he is Canadian, of course, and we Canuckians do LOVE us our "U"s.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It's probably how he can tell who's a true fan. Or stalker.

  • MayDay16

    Pete Holmes!! The comedy heart wants what the comedy heart wants.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Oh, man. I WANT to like Pete Holmes. His guests are so great. But his laugh makes me want to smother him with a pillow.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I love Pete Holmes. But yes. http://24.media.tumblr.com/tum...

  • SugarSmak

    I love Pete Holmes! I saw him open for Norm MacDonald in LA and he blew him away. He recently did an episode of "You Made it Weird" with Jon Hamm that is awesome (not only because I adore Mr. Draper). Doug Benson is also a scream. I can't walk into a Whole Foods without remembering his suggested motto for them, "Whole Foods...for your food hole."

  • Arran

    I was all ready to scream 'WHERE'S PAUL F TOMPKINS", but there he is. Carry on!

    But wait, no Kulap? Is this just because you couldn't spell her name?

  • Boothy K

    I know! Where are Wie Wie and Ku Ku?

  • Lauri

    I would add Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I love his allstar bowling, the talking dead is whorey trash. corporate shill BS.

  • Bodhi

    All Star bowling is FAR more fun than it should be. Especially when Reggie Watts has the kitty keyboard...

  • dizzylucy

    I like the Nerdist podcast a lot and listen to almost all of them, but oddly don't care for Chris on his own or the TV show. ?

  • Bea Pants

    Really? So am I the only one who wants to punch my TV whenever he's on it?

  • AsdffAnon

    Chris Hardwick is the biggest cornball. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but good lord is he cheesy.

  • Lauri

    I've never really seen his show (no cable or satellite), so I only really know him from his podcast.

  • JoannaRobinson

    You are not alone. I am here with you.

  • Tinkerville

    Give his podcasting a chance if you haven't already. I can't stand him on TV either, but his podcast is fantastic. He's great at being friendly and casual enough that even his high profile guests open up and talk about hilarious things.

  • Tinkerville

    Yes and yes. It took a little while for The Nerdist to grow on me but now I can't go without it.

  • Chris is great. I love listening to him because he's so genuinely positive and nice to people. He's doing a great job on Talking Dead. I'm actually going to see him and Seth Meyers do a stand up set next week and I can't wait.

  • $27019454

    Crush-shmush. I've been having a long-slow-burn threesome with Terry and Ira for YEARS now.

  • the dude

    I got blocked by Dustin Rowles for saying david chen was too fat to make the cut for this article, basically making a point that they were only putting attractive podcasters on the list. I am now unable to comment on Pajiba. I find this distasteful and a breach of all that the Internet stands for. So, to all the Pajiba staff, let me tell you that I AM BACK, operating undercover with a different username and you will not find me. The Dude might be gone, but ________ is infiltrated in Pajiba and is here to stay. You fucking fascists!!

  • Tiffy

    Lol he is kind of a lard-ass

  • JoannaRobinson


  • Fared

    Did you just block me you crazy ass? I donated to your goddamn GOT podcast and I've been listening to the slashfilmcast for years. And now I can't comment on how Dave is a fat man? What are you the Gestapo or the Stasi. This is outrageous.

  • pajiba

    It wasn't Jo. It was me. I almost NEVER block anyone, but I will make the very occasional exception for terrible human beings.

  • Duders

    Hey man, this is the guy that you blocked accesing from a different disqus. First of all, I'd like to apologize and ask that you please unblock me on the site.

    However, having said that, I would like to know exactly what about my Dave Chen comment was so bad. It was maybe overly ironic to the point it seemed like I was mocking Dave, but I was just trying to make the point that you were only selecting people based on looks for this post.

  • John G.

    what was the comment?

  • Scully

    In the history of this site, I believe that only one person ever got blocked and we all know who that was. It takes A LOT to infuriate Mr.Rowles to take such drastic measures (thank goodness TK isn’t in charge). Furthermore, this site regularly posts items which stir up controversy and comments are never blocked on those posts (see: "The 10 Most Annoying Complaints From Non-Breeders About Parents, STFU Childless People"). I suggest you check in with Disqus/ your cookies/ your IT department/ your medication.

  • AudioSuede

    Actually I know there were at least two. There was this creepy military guy who got blocked within the last couple of years. Todd or something? Back me up here, people.

  • Scully

    Big Todd! I forgot about him. Poor soul.
    /single tear

  • Mrs. Julien

    Big Todd

  • AudioSuede

    That's right, Big Todd, that skeezy so-and-so.

    *Sigh* Good/Bad times.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It was me B.T. managed to say something so vile to that Dustin blocked his ass. I take a strange kind of pride in it.

    There was that other guy who got blocked and then unblocked, and has recently reappeared. I look forward to the many Pookienings to come.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    There it is, folks - the fastest that Godwin's Law has ever been invoked. That was impressive display of petulance, buddy.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Surely someone has managed to invoke it more quickly. For instance here, he could've invoked it preemptively by saying, "And anyone who objects is Nazi!" and that'd be basically at the same time the discussion began.

  • That sounds like something A NAZI! would suggest!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Well, I'm kind of a grammar Nazi, so... well played?

    No, nevermind. YOU'RE THE NAZI!

  • Mrs. Julien

    TA DA!

  • Serge Cage

    Yeah, some of the moderators are totally anal, you just gotta deal with it. Pajiba ain't much to b honest, but we all pity-f it don't we?

  • JJ

    If this is based on personality and not looks, why can't we get a brief description of each person instead of just a picture? I know some of these but certainly not all.

  • Arran

    Janet Varney—Deep voice, warm, funny, used to date Chris Hardwick.
    Tom Cavanagh—See Ed or Scrubs.
    Scott Mosier—Laconic, deadpan, still capable of being incredibly silly.
    Jason Mantzoukas—Filthy, beardy, ridiculously funny.
    TJ Miller—Frenetic, enthusiastic. DENVER, YEAH!
    Kumail Nanjiani—Nerdy, funny, has an incredible John Mayer story.
    Paul F Tompkins—Impeccably dressed, endearing, hilarious, one of the best in the business at being spontaneously funny. (I might have a small crush.)
    Doug Benson—Really really high. And funny.
    Terry Gross and Ira Glass—Very NPR.

    Someone else can fill in the gaps.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I swear to God that story about John Mayer from Kumail Nanjiani simultaneously cracks me up--if only because of the awesome way Nanjiani tells it--and totally convinces me that Mayer has some serious Mel Gibson race rage creeping just below the surface.

    I just wish a be-toga-ed John Belushi was still around to grab Mayer's guitar & smash it into a staircase wall in retribution for what he did to Nanjiani & comedy in general that night.

  • Arran

    "You are being weirdly racist to me, John. This is not a wonderland."

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