Doing Double Duty: 15 Celebrities Leading The Podcast Revolution


Podcasting has almost made terrestrial radio a thing of the past. Thanks to the format, entertaining and fresh content is merely a click of the mouse away for millions of internet users around the world. With that in mind, here are 15 celebrities leading the podcast revolution that you need to know about.

Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes

Photo: Nikki Nelson/

Kevin Smith (left) ditched Hollywood after his disastrous feature Cop Out. Inspired by his continuously successful spoken word concerts, Smith started Smodcast Industries, a podcast network based entirely out of his home. One of his podcasts, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, ranks among iTunes most consistently popular talk shows, pairing Smith with old friend and co-star Jason Mewes (right).

Adam Carolla

Photo: Johnny

When Adam Carolla’s Los Angeles radio show was cancelled, he started up his own daily internet radio talk show. The Adam Carolla Podcast soon grew in popularity, eventually gaining a Guinness World Record for most downloaded podcast. His company, ACE Broadcasting, continues to put out some of the most popular shows on the internet.

Marc Maron

Photo: Flashpoint/

Comedian and former Air America Morning Sedition host Marc Maron started WTF with Marc Maron in 2009. The show, which is updated on Monday and Thursday of every week, features in-depth interviews with a wide variety of comedians. Maron has gained huge acclaim for pulling sobering, often deeply personal stories from such famous comedians as Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, and Zack Galifinakis.

Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant

Photo: Chris Saxon/

The Ricky Gervais Show began in 2005 as an audio-based “internet comedy show” hosted by Gervais, his The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant, and comedian Karl Pilkington. The show is one of the few podcasts to gain success outside of the internet– whole seasons have distributed on CD by Universal and the show was adapted into an animated TV series by HBO and Channel 4.

Chris Hardwick

Photo: Starbux/

Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries began as a podcast where he and comedy co-horts Matt Mira and Jonah Ray interviewed various geeky celebrities. It has grown into a podcast empire and production company. The Nerdist podcast itself has interviewed such figures as Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, and Judd Apatow.

Paul F. Tomkins

Photo: Leon Bennett/

Comedian Paul F. Tomkins has been doing his own monthly variety show, The Pod F. Tomkast, since 2010. The comedy cast is one of the few on the internet that’s scripted, sporting some of the best sketch comedy writing on the net.

Elvis Mitchell

Photo: Nikki Nelson/

Film critic Elvis Mitchell’s public radio show The Treatment is one of the best movie-related podcasts out there. On it, Mitchell offers laid back, intelligent conversation with leading figures in the film industry, including Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, and Sam Mendes.

Anderson Cooper

Photo: Andres Otero

News anchor Anderson Cooper’s 360° has been adapted into a podcast by CNN. The show sports highlights from the nightly CNN news program and is one of the most successful podcasts on the internet.

Kevin Pollak

Photo: Nikki Nelson/

Comedian and character actor Kevin Pollak hosts the Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. The show streams live on Ustream and is backed up via archived episodes. It’s one of iTunes most popular podcasts thanks to Pollak’s sharp sense of humor and a roster of guests that includes Billy Bob Thorton, Paul Rudd, Ivan Reitman, Rob Reiner, and James L. Brooks.

Paul Scheer

Photo: Fayesvision/

The League star co-hosts How Did This Get Made with June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Each episode deconstructs bad movies throughout the years in hilarious ways. iTunes named it their favorite comedy podcast of 2011.

Ira Glass

Photo: C. Smith/

Public radio legend Ira Glass turned his award-winning radio show This American Life into a weekly podcast. It bills itself as “the most popular podcast in the country” and often offers extended episodes of the radio show.

Doug Benson

Photo: Nikki Nelson/

Comedian Doug Benson hosts Doug Loves Movies. Each episode is recorded in front of a live audience and features Doug and a guest talking about movies and comedy. Noteworthy guests include Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, and Leonard Maltin.

Bill Burr

Photo: Apega/WENN

Comedian Bill Burr’s stream-of-consciousness show The Monday Morning Podcast has been going since 2007. Each episode offers the comedian’s stream-of-consciousness musings on a variety of subjects, including sports, touring, and his personal life.

Riki Lindhome

Photo: FayesVision/

Actress, musician and comedian Riki Lindhome hosts Making It for Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Network. Each episode has her sit down with celebrities to discuss how they got their foot in the door of the entertainment industry. Notable guests include Colin Hanks, Garrett Dillahunt and The Avengers director Joss Whedon.

Aisha Tyler

Photo: FayesVision/

The Talk host Aisha Tyler is also responsible for Girl On Guy, a podcast about all things manly hosted by “the ultimate guy’s girl”– Tyler. Her guests have included rock writer Chuck Klosterman, chef Anthony Bourdain, and guitarist Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello.

StyleBlazer is a fashion and beauty website dedicated to edgy, progressive, chic and globally-minded women. Topics covered on StyleBlazer include street style, trends, expert beauty advice, and industry news.