The ubiquity of smart phones is making Internet radio more accessible than ever before and comedy podcasts are turning into an established form of entertainment. Instead of listening to commercial packed terrestrial radio, fans of talk radio are turning to the Internet to get original content from some of their favorite comedians in the form of podcasts. Easily transported on an iPod or smarth phones, podcasts can be enjoyed in virtually any setting. Free comedy podcasts rank very high and often set records when it comes to digital download totals and are helping to revolutionize how people define the term radio.
One of the stand up comedians who was an early adopter when it came to producing podcasts is Ricky Gervais. Gervais' podcast started out as a free comedy podcast offered through the Guardian Unlimited, and quickly rose in popularity setting a Guiness World Record for the most downloaded podcast in 2007. Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington help round out the cast on the Ricky Gervais podcast. The Ricky Gervais podcast covers a plethora of topics from the World Cup, to sociology, to the interesting mind of show boob Karl Pilkington. The comedians' podcast was so successful that in 2010 HBO adapted his comedy podcast into an animated show, the first of its kind, now entering it's second season. If you are looking for a stand up comedian's podcast to fill your Internet radio demands make sure to check out Gervais' 'The Podfather' series.
While not a traditional stand up comedian, Kevin Smith is known for directing feature film comedies like Clerks, Dogma and Jersey Girl. Kevin Smith has taken his energy away from making films and poured it into his own comedy radio network called SModcast. SModcast is home to a plethora of free comedy podcasts available for download, many of them ranking very high on iTunes for their specific category. The SModcast is not only a comedy radio network, but also home to the SModcastle the worlds first live podcast theater where many of the podcasts are recorded. For a great example of comedy radio listen to Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman in their new podcast series 'Hollywood Babble On', one of the best podcasts of 2010 according to iTunes.
Greg Fitzsimmons is one of the stand up comedians who is a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show. Greg Fitzsimmons parlayed his Howard Stern appearances into his own comedy radio show on Howard Stern's network. Adding to the Howard Stern radio show, Greg decided to start his own comedy podcast aptly titled Fitzdog podcast. The Fitzdog podcast is racking up large number of downloads as Greg interviews his fellow stand up comedians and celebrities of note. If you are looking for a great example of stand up comedians doing comedy radio make sure to listen to the recent Fitzdog episode with guest Ray Romano.
Adam Carolla and his ACE broadcasting network would have to be considered for a Mount Rushmore of comedy podcasts. Since releasing his first episode in 2009 of the Adam Carolla podcast his show has become a staple of comedy radio and frequently the most downloaded of all comedy podcasts. In 2009 iTunes named the Adama Carolla podcast as the Best Podcast of 2009 in which he generated forty million dowloads of his podcast. The Adam Carolla podcast is so popular he brought on advertisements to offset production costs and help turn a profit for himself and the staff. His ACE broadcasting network is home to not only his comedy radio show, but a whole network of Internet radio shows ranging in subject from home repair, parenting, sports and pop culture. The Big 3 podcast on the Adam Carolla's network is a must listen to for any comedy fan.
Internet radio is an industry wide open, but it seems comedians and their comedy podcasts have firmly established a place hold in America's listening schedule. As the Internet continues to become more portable and more accessible, we may be witnessing the end of terrestrial radio. Giant radio towers will no longer be needed, when you can easily download your favorite comedy podcast easily on your own smart phone or mobile device. The comedy podcasts created by stand up comedians are dominating downloads and are here to stay.
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Sean Green is a rising star in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Listen to Sean on his weekly talk radio program The Green Room with Sean Green www.seantgreen.com
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