If you've been listening to podcasts for a couple of months or years, you’ve probably got some old reliables at this stage, ones you might forget about for a couple of weeks but whose episodes you always try to catch up on. The resurgence of Marc Maron — a revelation in the Netflix series Glow — this decade can be directly linked to his hugely successful WTF podcast.
It’s been running since September 2009, with two episodes a week. It started with the comedian talking about his problems with various pals, and occasionally adversaries, in the business but lately it’s a mish-mash of anyone who’s done anything in the entertainment world.
His opening monologues can be offputting, sometimes it feels like he’s going through the motions, but once he clicks, Maron is one of the best interviewers around. He recently passed the 1,000-episode mark. A recent highlight was his interview with Mandy Moore, just before the news broke about her ex-husband Ryan Adams.
Jarleth Regan’s An Irishman Abroad has just celebrated the 300-episode mark. Less gruff and far better researched than Maron, he’s sometimes a little too well rehearsed, it seems, but the comedian is likeable and engaging. Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin was on that episode and recalled his first appearance (episode 39, 2014) when he talked about having a panic attack and how it opened up the conversation about mental health, particularly with men.
One of the most charming podcasts around is Table Manners with Jessie Ware. Every week the pop singer — and her mum — invites a guest over to dinner and to have a chat. Hilarious and interesting no matter the guest, you’ll wish you were there with a knife and fork too. National treasure Roisin Murphy was on the sixth and latest season.
Ware concludes: “I really want to go on a night out with you Roisin but I don’t think I could keep up.” Murphy: “Ah you would, you would — we’ll get drugs!”
YOU’VE GOT TO HEAR THIS: The Laughs Of Your Life With Doireann Garrihy. The 2FM presenter is joined by a host of guests to explore the joy of having a laugh. Guests so far have included Ryan Tubridy, Deirdre O’Kane, and Stefanie Preissner.