All of you would have had moments where you are in need of a source of laughter to get you out of a depressive phase. You often seek a remedy through a sitcom or a comedy movie or comic strips, perhaps, but how many of you tune in to podcasts? If you haven’t done it so far, now is a good time to start.
Out of all the comedy or satirical podcasts out there, two of the most popular and best-reviewed podcasts in this genre are Ethan Klein’s and Hila Klein’s podcast and the podcast hosted by Kevin and Bean. Read on to see what makes these podcasts worth watching.
h3h3Productions and their podcast
h3h3Productions is a YouTube channel produced by the husband and wife duo Ethan and Hila Klein. Their YouTube channel started in 2011, and in addition, the duo also runs a vlog channel and a podcast.
The H3 Podcast was started in 2016, and the creator of science fiction sitcom Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland, was the show’s first celebrity guest. There is also a separate podcast just for the highlights of various episodes.
What’s the podcast about?
The content of the podcast, except for few special episodes called “Top of the Week” that feature only the hosts, involves Ethan and Hila interviewing YouTubers and celebrities, discussing current events, and satirizing internet culture. Some of the guest celebrities on the show include Swedish YouTuber and comedian PewDiePie, Japanese singer and rapper Joji, American news commentary show host Philip DeFranco and Canadian author and psychologist Jordan Peterson.
The fans of the podcast praise its candid nature (despite some criticism for comedy on sensitive topics) and the comic relief it gives to people when they listen to it on the way to work or before bed. Some viewers have also praised the show’s producer, Dan, and Ian, the intern, who also make appearances now and then. On YouTube, the podcast channel has over 2.1 million subscribers and more than 233 million views, and the highlights podcast channel has over 1.5 million subscribers.
Ethan and Hila have over 180 episodes recorded so far, and some episodes have been more popular or unique than the rest. Here is a glimpse of some episodes from the podcast:
Episode #48 (Feb 2, 2018): Jordan Peterson’s interview covers a discussion about his new book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”. He also talks about his ethical principles.
Episode #55 “How to save a life” (March 13, 2018): In this special episode, the guest star, Chris Betancourt, is a man diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia with only one year to live. Chris’s attitude and sense of humor, even when being so close to death, making this a valuable watch.
Episode #140 (September 3, 2019): Science writer, skeptical investigator, and retired video game programmer Mick West join the hosts in this episode. The topics they talk about include Bob Lazar, Area 51, and a debate about what really happened to Jeffrey Epstein.
Episode #161 where the hosts discuss Papa John’s interview where he claimed to have consumed 40 pizzas in 30 days, episode #154 – a Halloween special – where the entire podcast gang go out wearing costumes, and episode #143 featuring podcaster Bill Burr are some of the other famous picks from the show.
Kevin and Bean
About the hosts: Kevin and Bean
Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter were the hosts of the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ-FM, an alternative rock-format radio station in Los Angeles, California. Baxter left the show in late 2019, and the show went on till January 2, 2020, almost 30 years since its inception in 1990. This was followed by a spin-off, Kevin in the Morning with Allie and Jensen, which lasted till March 2020.
What are the episodes like?
The Kevin and Bean podcast has over 900 episodes starring a variety of guest stars, including Pregame founder RJ Bell, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, American stand-up comedian, and podcast host Nikki Glaser, tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer, and American rock band Green Day.
Some of the notable episodes are:
Bean’s Final Show (November 7, 2019): An episode that many fans wished never happened, this is was the last episode that Gene Baxter co-hosted before Allie Mac Kay and Jensen Karp stepped in. Radio personality and American Idol host Ryan Searcast makes a guest appearance and interviews Bean. Several other guest stars and former Kevin and Bean members feature or call in including American talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, podcaster Adam Carolla and host of The Joe Schmo Show Ralph Garman.
Guess stars Bill Burr and Louie Anderson(November 30, 2018): American stand-up comedian and host of Monday Morning Podcast, Bill Burr, along with game show host and author Louie Anderson make appearances in this podcast episode. The hosts, along with recurring member Beer Mug, have a chat on the topic, “The most embarrassing thing someone would find after you died.”
What did the fans think?
The exit of Bean was a disappointment for fans, and not many of them were initially enthusiastic about the spin-off. A lot of followers reacted very negatively at the act of KROQ firing the entire podcast crew in early 2020.
However, for most of the show’s run – when Kevin and Bean were hosts – fans considered one of the funniest shows of its times that they regularly listened to every morning. Given that the show ran for three decades, a lot of them associated a sentimental value with this podcast, considering it as something they grew up and matured with.
Laughter is the best medicine
It is well-known that sometimes all you need is a good laugh to get over so many of your problems – mental and emotional. Now, with access to the Ethan and Hila podcast and the Kevin and Bean show on Podchaser, you can tune in and listen to your favorite or latest episodes and get your dose of daily laughter.