I love podcasts. I love a SModcast podcast. But I listen to more than just SModco podcasts. Here, I will give you my top rated podcasts. It’s a tough call to rank some of them because they are great so think of it more of a collection of best podcasts rather than a chart.
As I said in a previous post, I listen to a lot of SMod affiliated podcasts – it’s how I started out and then I discovered more and more. Some I liked, some I loved…some I got bored of. Here’s what makes my list (basically any I currently listen to, to be fair!)
The big daddy of my listening list. SModcast is, as you can see above (for the most part) Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier shooting the shit. From reading news articles of outrageous and hilarious (and sometimes terrifying) stories to the fact some of the latter then become inspiration and Kev then writes a script and shoots a movie based on it (Tusk). We hear tales of the dynamic duo and their origin stories when they met in film school, shot Clerks, attended the Sundance Film Festival, Scott’s vasectomy and a SMorgy of other stories. Scott is absent for a chunk while he was busy writing for Ultimate Spider-man. In his absence, we hear Kev on his own, putting the world to rights with his mum (Grace) and a bukkake of guests such as Russell Brand, Gerard & Mikey Way, Mick Foley and a shed load more.
This is my favourite and it has gotten me through many a long drive from Wales up to Scotland to see my family and back again. Foul, potty-mouthed and unashamed, this podcast is a must. Even for those unfamiliar or not a huge fan of Smiddy, this is highly entertaining stuff!
To be fair, I was torn as to whether to have this sit alongside SModcast or not but seeing as SModcast was my first and Babble-On was introduced to me later, I have set it to this order. However, this isn’t to say this podcast isn’t amazing. Because it is. With the lack of political correctness, Ralph Garman’s plethora of voices, Kevin’s baked and dumbed down character and audience interaction and participation, this show is non-stop hilarity. Ralph’s hatred of Chelsea Handler and many other talentless c***s. I went back and listened from episode one right up to the point I’m up to date with it – hearing it evolve has been great. Many of the segments were amateur sounding and it took a while to take shape – still great but if you compare then to now you can see a huge difference! The fans have contributed jingles and so on to give the show a nice, fun twist as each segment begins and the fan contributions such as “Shit That Should Not Be” and “Exquisite Acting”pile on the funny despite the fact we can’t see what’s going on! And, the big (and I mean ginormous) finale…Liam Neeson’s Cock. This is a Definite listen. Especially if you want your lady to let you abuse her leather cheerio.
TESD…By far the best podcast on the SModcast network that doesn’t feature Mr Smith. Well, with the exception of a visit or two in the early days. This pod has gone from strength to strength as we observe the ups and downs of Bry and the changes within Walt who wasn’t keen on the pod and took offense at a lot of feedback in the past. This was the podcast that kick started Comic Book Men (now in its third season and airs straight after The Walking Dead on AMC). Some of my favourite episodes are the ones featuring Walt’s games such as One, True, Three ( a kinda call my bluff style game). With ad-hoc guests like Rob Bruce, Git ’em and walk-in fans that have travelled to meet the Comic Book Men themselves, it’s constant fun and enlightening at the same time.
I was severely torn here because this combines 2 or more of my favourite things ever. Fatman on Batman has been huge in my eyes in terms of the guests that Kev has had (Grant Morrison, Neal Adams, Paul Dini and many more). Hearing some of the inspiration behind the stories and characters as well as the off-topic conversations. Grant Morrison is by far my favourite to date. Not just because he’s a fellow Scot. If you love Batman, Kevin Smith or both then this is a definite must listen. As ever, like all Kev’s podcasts (well, technically all SModco podcasts) there is plenty filth and foul language so this is NSFW!)
Edumacation as one of the newest additions to the Smodcast Network. Kev gets baked (as usual) while Andy separates myth and fact. Another hilarious podcast but it has smarts! Even I have learned things from this – interesting and funny – a rare combo, especially these days. As I write this, it is 24 episodes in (still got to listen to that one) but each week it never fails to deliver. They’re also doing a live show soon – be interesting to see if it becomes a live show like a lot of Kev’s other ones…)
The Nerdist podcast is one I later discovered – I found it hard to break into to start with. It felt like there were too many inside jokes and I was trying to mingle with a group of really good friends as a newcomer and felt kinda left out but I started to listen to episodes featuring people I was interested in such as Mick Foley, Robert Kirkman, Kevin Smith and so on. After that I went to mop up the ones I hadn’t listened to. I’ve practically caught up but with work and other stuff I kinda always have 4 or 5 episodes in my list to catch up on. The hostful episodes are a great, relaxed laugh but the named guests like celebs and so on are a great way to find out more about people I maybe wasn’t bothered with or never really knew. I think the main reason I found it hard to get into Nerdist to start with was the fact there were no introductions and you’re just there like you’ve walked into a conversation and feel awkward and don’t know whether to stay or stand there politely waiting to be noticed. It was mainly when the guests were people I’d never heard of or was terribly familiar with so lacked the context of what was about to take place in the podcast.
You may be thinking “Wow! This isn’t affiliated with Kevin Smith!” You’d be correct. Kinda. He’s appeared on this show a few times and Ralph Garman provides the showbiz news and all things movie related. This is hilarious (and clean!) The jingles crack me up and they phone celebrities and people involved in some of the news stories they cover (impersonators, of course). Some of my faves are Susan Boyle, Harrison Ford, the Wendy’s blunt incident and the competitions featuring Ralph’s superhero quiz (just like on TV, you get infuriated at the fact people don’t know the answers). A diverse range of guests, funny jungles and comical sound effects make this a must that is probably the only one I listen to that’s safe for work!
Not to be confused with Chris Hardwick’s (The Nerdist) TV show, The Talking Dead (on AMC), this podcast features Chris (not Hardwick) & Jason discussing the latest news, episodes and fan views and feedback around the TV show and their podcast. Very light-hearted, relatively safe for work (can’t remember if they’ve ever sworn – no F Bombs I’m sure!) This is a very enjoyable podcast for Walking Dead fans. They’re 142 episodes in now (got the latest one still to listen to). This podcast, as well as TWD itself, has introduced me to some new music as they play a song during their break before a sponsorship ad.
So, there we go. I listen to a lot more than just this lot but these are my top picks. In terms of geekiness and nerdiness, these fit the bill in some shape or form. If you already listen to them then you’re awesome. If you don’t, try becoming more awesome.
In the meantime, keep tasting our awesome.