There is no doubt that people from Philadelphia have a lot to say. The podcast scene in the city has grown substantially over the past couple of years and there is wide range of topics being covered, from comedy to art and everything in between.
After the 5th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival in July, Philly Views reached out to hosts of some popular Philly podcasts and asked them to describe their shows in their own words. Think of each as a pitch to help you decide what podcast you will binge-listen to next.
They are broken down into five categories: comedy, arts & music, food & entertainment, sports, and lifestyle. We reached out to well over 50. Some didn’t reply and we may have missed a few. Feel free to reach out if you do a podcast, live in Philly, and want to be added.
Here are those who did answer:
“Full Belly Laughs is the board game cafe of podcasts. A panel of comedians join host Brian Durkin in his home to play games and chat about food. It’s like a dinner party meets board game night with funny people.”
“My First Sketch, hosted by Josh Higham and presented by Philly Sketchfest, reflects back on a writer’s first attempt at sketch comedy, whether it’s awful, amazing, or anywhere in between. Following the narrative from fan to creator, we can explore what makes one laugh, what inspires them, and how to be better.”
“A favorite of amateur screenwriters, this podcast takes fan-submitted scripts and gives them “The Cold Treatment”. With no preparation, the 3 hosts read, act out, and critique short film scripts, complete with the guys’ signature brand of humor. Music and sound effects are hand-picked to bring each story to life, giving writers a taste of what it might sound like.”
“The Dork of All Trades Podcast, based in Northeast Philly, is hosted by two lifelong friends; John and Tim. Each week they bring a guest on to discuss a variety of geeky topics, ranging from Anime to Zombies, while cracking jokes and cracking beers. Their mission is to show the world that being a ‘nerd’ is okay.”
Matt and Shane’s Secret podcast is the tale of two Cis-het males trying to figure out the brave new world around them.
Arts & Music
“Hi-Res is a one-on-one podcast with creatives in the Philadelphia advertising community about the experiences that have helped shape their careers and influence their work. The host, Ryan Starr, sits down with designers, illustrators, photographers and more to discuss their earliest inspirations, the projects that have meant the most to them personally as well as music, movies and other pop culture fun. The show started in May of 2015 and is recorded at Agency M in Old City, where Starr is a Senior Art Director. The show was recently nominated for Multimedia of the Year at the 2017 Philadelphia Geek Awards. New episodes post on Tuesdays, every two weeks and can be found on iTunes, Google Play and at hirespod.com.”
“KTG Talks is the Kitchen Table Gallery podcast, located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. It is a podcast about the arts and the people who help to make the arts happen. Host Chris O’Rourke brings an outsider’s perspective to these conversations with the individuals who make art happen in Philadelphia and around the world.”
“In-depth conversations and intimate performances from the musicians and artists of Philadelphia and beyond. Hosted by veteran Philly musician/scene supporter Dan Drago, 25 O’Clock celebrates the artist, the process, and the stories.”
“The BridgeSet Sound Shop Podcast features hour long interviews with professional creatives and half hour segments offering a sneak peek into the life of running a local music store. We also offer podcasting lessons and sell podcasting gear.”
Food & Entertainment
“Located at the intersection of Philadelphia and food, the Jawn Appetit podcast is a fun, informative – and sometimes, irreverent – look at the local restaurant scene without the pretentiousness that you might find elsewhere. Each week, we’ll give you our takes on the hottest establishments in Philly and tell you where you can find the best eats in (and around) the City of Brotherly Love.”
“Ever wonder what it would sound like if a group of Philadelphia comedians got together to discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones? We didn’t think so. Nevertheless, this ragtag group of surprisingly knowledgeable improvisers and sketch writers meets weekly to talk about the show and answer burning questions like ‘Where did Jon Snow and Grey Worm learn to give oral?’or ‘Do the Faceless Men have cloud computing?'”
“Overdue is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries. They’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.”
“LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! is an ‘aural history’ of the Philadelphia hardcore punk scene. It is the social history of Philly’s DIY punk scene as told in a series of intimate interviews (and photographic portraits by Karen Kirchhoff) conducted by Joseph A. Gervasi with participants in the scene from the 1970s to the present. L!F!P! is an ongoing project and can be heard on its dedicated website, the Cinepunx podcast network, iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, and TuneIn.”
“Tripp and Andrew Laino have been watching movies together since 1992, and making fun of them together since 1999, when an ill-fated afternoon of babysitting turned into eight straight hours of cheesy science fiction, popcorn, and jokes. Raised on a strict diet of ’80s adventure, action, comedy and drama, the pair have an undying love for the decade and all of the weird, wonderful cinema therein. They’ve hosted this podcast since 2014 — every other week they dissect a movie (or piece of pop culture), finding plot holes, bad lighting and acting choices and the bizarre cinema quirks of 30-odd years ago (Smoking in hospitals! Bad hair! Corey Feldman!).”
“How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up? is a weekly drunk movie review podcast hosted by Joseph Lomas and Mike King. As the description suggests, every week they get drunk on a different beer/liquor and review a new movie, often featuring filmmakers, musicians, artists, authors, or other film reviewers as guests on the podcast. The result is part comedy, due to their inebriation, and part serious review, as they both share a deep interest in the film industry.”
“This ain’t your grandfather’s football podcast, because he’s probably dead. We make podcasts for alive people. With harsh jokes like that, Football and Stuff” sets itself apart from other ‘sports’ podcasts with zany fake interviews, child star fantasy drafts, and a scathing parody of the podcasting phenomenon ‘Serial’ (Ep. 47).”
“BGN Radio is Bleeding Green Nation’s regularly-scheduled podcast that can be heard at least twice week during the Eagles season. They also have speciality shows that cover fantasy football, the odder side of Eagles fandom and also dive back into Eagles and NFL history with a fresh perspective. Check them out at BGNRadio.com and BleedingGreenNation.com.”
“Shareable is a show that is consistently exploring the impact of people and technology on our lives. In season one, we interviewed brilliant people and found out who changed their lives, and what technology opened up opportunities. In season 2, we go deep … really deep and provide masterclasses about sales, marketing, technology, branding, and more.”
“The Poppin’ Bottles Dad-Cast with B.K. Mullen and Nick Browne is a local parenting favorite. The two friends talk about parenting topics like you’ve never heard before, ranging from the hilarious (like being pooped on) to the serious (depression) and chock full of personal experiences from their ongoing parenting adventures.”
“Irreverent, crass, intelligent and introspective. These are the friends you wish you had! Join Michael Tocci and Adam Lees, strong-minded and bull-headed friends, as they offer their top six choices on topics spanning the entire spectrum that is the experience of life, from guilty pleasures, to fast food items, 80s movie villains, pet peeves and TV theme songs. Come see why it’s the most entertaining hour of the week! Your Weekly Top Six…the podcast of our lives.”
“Sex with Timaree is an edu-tainment podcast about the most interesting topic of all, hosted by sexologist Dr Timaree Schmit, produced by Nathan Kuruna. It features interviews with artists, academics, activists, inventors, porn stars and everyday people, talking about sexuality. It has been named by Daily Dot and Buzzfeed as one of the top sexuality podcasts and is quickly nearing its 300th episode.”
“Sunday Conversations is a podcast that features the untold stories and honest conversations between black and brown women in Philadelphia.”