Looking for pop culture, activism or funny podcasts? Podcasts aren’t going anywhere and continue to be a solid form of entertainment, news, self-help, etc., to the 144 million listeners out there (just in the U.S.!). It’s obvious that Hollywood stars have jumped at the opportunity to have their voices heard in a new light. From actors to comedians to television hosts, celebrities are starting their own podcasts. Here are some celebrity podcasts to enjoy.
10 favorite celebrity podcasts you should listen to this year
Smartless with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett
Comedic stars Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett have hit the ground running with their podcast, Smartless. These funny guys will have you laughing while you hear from their star-studded guests. Fun fact: Every week one of the three hosts chooses a “surprise” guest that the other two hosts don’t know about, so the podcast is completely off-the-cuff!
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Actor Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast is a popular one with longtime fans as well as newcomers. Dax revels in the “messiness of being human” and likes to share his own personal struggles as well as dive in deep with his guests. Dax has welcomed guests such as Brené Brown, Zoey Deschanel and even his wife, Kristen Bell.
Office Ladies with Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
If you’re a fan of The Office, then you’re probably going to jump at the chance to listen to Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey (aka Pam Beesly and Angela Martin) do a “The Office” rewatch podcast. These real-life best friends are breaking down an episode of “The Office” weekly on the podcast as well as answering listeners’ questions and giving behind-the-scenes information.
Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
Sophia Bush’s podcast came from an aha moment when she realized that you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously. Sophia shares funny, personal, political and refreshing podcasts with her audience. She has welcomed guests like Chelsea Handler and Jamil Smith.
Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo
Did you know that Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actor on Grey’s Anatomy? Well deserved for this spectacular actress who is also a new podcast host! On Ellen’s podcast, Tell Me, you can expect some of Ellen’s celebrity friends and other A-listers such as Martha Stewart and Melinda French Gates. Ellen has deep, candid conversations, where she can talk about issues that are important to her and the world.
Sibling Revelry with Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson
The Hudson family is filled with Hollywood actors including Kate, Oliver, Bill and Goldie Hawn. With a star-filled family like that, there’s bound to be some fun tales! Kate and Oliver Hudson started their podcast, Sibling Revelry, as a way to share the sibling bond they have, their family dynamics and other things that interest them. This carefree, relaxed conversation between two siblings is fun for all listeners!
Unqualified with Anna Faris
Actress Anna Faris, best known for her main role in Scary Movie, started her podcast as a way to explore the lives and careers of interesting people. Unqualified is named exactly that because Anna started this podcast with zero qualifications but an interest in learning more about people. If you love Anna’s humor and personality, you’ll love Unqualified!
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
After 25 years as a late night host, Conan O’Brien brought his quirky personality to his podcast. Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend was started because Conan felt that while he has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, he’s never made any long-lasting relationships or friendships with any of them. In this weekly podcast, Conan has conversations with all kinds of popular celebrities and tries to make them his friend.
Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin
Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin is a perfect podcast host to get behind-the-scenes with some insanely popular performers. In his podcast, Here’s the Thing, Alec goes inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of the people he’s interviewing. With over 300 episodes, you’re bound to find one of Alec’s episodes worth listening to.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
Queer Eye star and hair extraordinaire, Jonathan Van Ness graces us with the podcast Getting Curious. Getting Curious is a podcast on which Jonathan is able to sit down with guests and explore topics he’s interested in. Jonathan has had experts regarding indigenous science, volcanoes and even the history of a burrito. If you’re a fan of Jonathan, you’re bound to be interested in seeing what is happening inside of his brain, which is exactly what this podcast is about!
Whether you’re looking to hear from a favorite comedian, learn about policy issues from someone with a large platform or you’re just feeling nosey about those in the spotlight, these top celebrity podcasts are a great place to get started.