15 Celebrity Podcasts To Explore

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Are you looking for something new to listen to on your morning commute? Do you like having podcasts in the background while doing other things? Do you enjoy listening to topics related to pop culture, entertainment, and celebrities? Then, the following podcasts might be for you! This article will examine 15 celebrity-led podcasts that have become quite popular recently and whether or not they’re worth a listen.

1. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

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Armchair Expert follows host Dax Shepard as he sits down with fellow celebrities to chat in his attic. Dax dives deep with each guest, talking about their upbringing, how they got started in entertainment, and any upcoming projects they might have. Armchair Expert has also recently branched off to include multiple other podcasts, and Shepard now has several shows under the umbrella of Armchair Expert. Shepard has the original show, where he interviews his peers, and he also has a show where he interviews experts in any given field (e.g., psychologists, scientists, professors, etc.). 

Other shows on the podcast network include Armchair Anonymous, where fans submit personal stories in response to a given prompt. Armchaired & Dangerous hosts Dax Shepard and Monica Padman dive into popular conspiracy theories. They unpack a new conspiracy in each episode. We Are Supported is a limited series podcast with guest host Kristen Bell, who highlights famous women making strides for female empowerment everywhere. With so many variations to choose from, this podcast is definitely worth a listen!

2. Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

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Conan Needs a Friend is another long-form interview podcast in which host Conan O’Brien interviews his celebrity guests in a much longer interval than he could during his late-night show. Conan’s podcast is full of late-night anecdotes, recounting tales from his time at Harvard, what it was like growing up Irish-Catholic in Boston, and other funny bits. 

In each episode, Conan asks his guests, “How does it feel being my friend?” The guest summarizes how they feel about their relationship with Conan in one word. His goal in creating the podcast was to hang out with people he enjoys spending time with, sit down for an hour-long conversation with them, and talk openly as friends.

3. WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

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According to Spotify, on his podcast, “Marc Maron welcomes comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians, and folks from all walks of life to his home for amazingly revealing conversations. Marc’s probing, comprehensive interview style allows guests to express themselves in ways listeners have never heard.” Since he started in September 2009, Maron has interviewed over 1500 guests, with notable people such as Anthony Bourdain, Bob Newhart, Norman Lear, Fiona Apple, and Barack Obama.

4. SmartLess

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SmartLess is a podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. Each week, the trio interviews a guest of one of their choosing, surprising the other two with who the guest is. They alternate between choosing who appears on the show, and it is often other actors, directors, and musicians who have worked with the trio in show business. Notable guests have included Bateman and Arnett’s show members, Arrested Development, and Hayes’ Will & Grace

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5. Dinner’s on Me with Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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Calling all Modern Family fans! Modern Family alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson interviews fellow entertainers over dinner and a glass of wine on this podcast. Described as loosely structured, Ferguson’s podcast begins with him asking his guest a list of prepared questions. However, the chats quickly devolve into candid convos and off-script anecdotes. 

After starting the show in 2023, Ferguson has nabbed his fair share of memorable guests, including several from his Pritchett family onscreen. So far, guests have included Julie Bowen, who played his onscreen sister Claire Dunphy; Ed O’Neil, who played patriarch Jay Pritchett on Modern Family; co-star Sarah Hyland, who played Haley Dunphy; Sofia Vergara, who played Gloria Pritchett; and Modern Family guest star Elizabeth Banks.

6. Anna Faris is Unqualified

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Hosted by Anna Faris, Unqualified is like an advice column and celebrity interview all rolled into one. In each episode, Faris interviews her show business companions while also taking questions from listeners. Fans call in, asking for advice on specific issues, and Faris and her guest do their best to give each caller advice on their situation. According to the show’s synopsis, Anna Faris is Unqualified for “Relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types.” Depending on the guest, the advice can either be helpful or entirely out-of-pocket, adding to the charm and fun of the show. It’s worth a listen!

7. The Lonely Island and Seth Meyers Podcast

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Hosted by Seth Meyers, this podcast follows Meyers and comedian group The Lonely Island (comprised of members Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) as they recap their time at Saturday Night Live. The show hired The Lonely Island in 2005 to produce SNL’s digital shorts, while Meyers was a writer and cast member who began at SNL in 2001. 

Each podcast episode follows the group as they unpack each digital short created for SNL individually. Meyers later became head writer at Saturday Night Live, staying with the show until 2014. Of The Lonely Island troupe, Samberg was the only member of the trio to become a repertory cast member on SNL, with Schaffer and Taccone more focused on the behind-the-camera work. Both have written and directed several shorts for the show.

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8. You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

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Created in 2011, You Made It Weird is hosted by comedian and actor Pete Holmes. Many of Holmes’ discussions focus on theology, with Holmes often asking his guests about their beliefs on spirituality and religion. Per the show’s synopsis, “Everybody has secret weirdness, Pete Holmes gets comedians to share theirs.” 

9. Family Trips with the Meyers Brothers

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Hosted by real-life brothers Seth and Josh Meyers, Family Trips with the Meyers Brothers follows along with the duo as they chat with celebrity pals about their favorite vacations, growing up in New England, and the Grand Canyon. Each guest, often a comedian friend of the brothers, is asked to tell a story of their favorite—or a legendary—vacation they had ever been on. 

Guests have included Seth’s Weekend Update co-host Amy Poehler, Tom Holland, Ike Barinholtz, and fellow SNL alums Andy Samberg, Paula Pell, Will Forte, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, and Leslie Jones. The brothers have also had their parents on an episode in which they talked about childhood vacations, personal anecdotes, and stories from their youth. It’s a family affair all around!

10. Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out

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According to the show’s synopsis, Working it Out follows “comedian Mike Birbiglia as he welcomes a different comedian or creator each week, and they work out original, untested material together.” Birbiglia is a stand-up comedian and actor known for his several stand-up specials. Guests on his podcast have included comedians Ray Romano, Nick Kroll, Iliza Shlesinger, Chloe Fineman, Ilana Glazer, Bill Hader, Taylor Tomlinson, and John Mulaney.

11. Off Camera with Sam Jones

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Hosted by photographer and director Sam Jones, Off Camera follows Jones as he embarks on long conversations with guests in an interview-style show. He is known for asking authentic questions to get guests to open up and be vulnerable. If you like listening to genuine human-to-human connections, this podcast is for you!

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12. Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Wiser Than Me, hosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, follows Dreyfus as she interviews older women who offer advice, wisdom, and guidance. According to the show’s synopsis, the podcast follows “hilarious and intimate conversations with iconic women, brimming with wisdom and the kind of attitude that only comes with age.” Dreyfus is best known for her Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and Veep roles. Guests on Wiser Than Me have included notable women such as Carol Burnett, Rhea Perlman, Sally Field, Billie Jean King, and Jane Fonda.

13. Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

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Byer is a comedian who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. In her podcast, she talks with fellow comedians, actors, writers, and directors where she asks them for dating advice, talks about relationships, and examines dating in today’s world. Topics covered include the struggle of dating apps, ghosting, hook-up culture, and being catfished. A lot of Byer’s podcast focuses on the pressures of dating, especially in this day and age. If you can relate, this just might be the podcast for you!

14. Podcrushed

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Podcrushed, hosted by actor Penn Badgley, follows Badgley as he reads fan-submitted stories detailing the ups and downs of life during middle school. According to Apple Podcasts, Podcrushed “explores the heartbreak, anxiety, and self-discovery of being a teenager.” Badgley also has guests on each episode, who often take the opportunity to talk about their adolescence, sharing stories from their youth and their time in middle school.

15. Life is Short with Justin Long

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On this podcast, named as a pun after Long’s name, Life is Short with Justin Long follows Long as he talks about life with his guests. The show’s theme is about the brevity of life, as Long and his guests often pontificate how to make the most of their time here. He talks to fellow actors, humanitarians, activists, reporters, journalists, and other notable guests, including Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray, Al Roker, Nathan Lane, Jane Goodall, and Matthew McConaughey.

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