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Celebrity Podcasts for Every Listener

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Let’s be honest: Even if you love podcasts, there’s only so much time in the day and only so many shows you can hope to follow. Podcasts have become the next big thing for a wide range of famous folks with shows focused on lots of themes — from hot takes on politics, discussions of books by female celebrities, the inside dope on popular TV shows, and just good old fashioned chats with other celebs. Grab a set of headphones and dive into a few of these.


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SmartLess
Amazon

SmartLess

Great if you like: Witty discussions about shared experiences


Actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett started “Smartless” — as in “less smart” — in July 2020. For each show, one of the hosts picks a guest and makes the others guess who it is. It’s been an eclectic mix so far including interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kamala Harris, Jennifer Aniston, Ron Howard, LeBron James, and Paul McCartney. It’s one of Apple Podcasts top 10 shows on a consistent basis and Amazon recently acquired exclusive rights to the show for something north of $60 million.


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Armchair Expert
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Armchair Expert

Great if you like: “A layman’s journey through the Land of Specialists”


Actor Dax Shepard says he’s “endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human” and that’s evident in episodes that explore all manner of topics through conversations with Hillary Clinton, Common, Bob Woodward, former CIA director John O. Brennan, and Barack Obama, among others. Bonus: The main show has branched out with project threads that include Shepard’s actress wife Kristen Bell and others.


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Celebrity Book Club with Chelsea Devant
Apple Podcasts

Celebrity Book Club with Chelsea Devantez

Great if you like:  Discussions of memoirs of “badass” celebrity women


Writer, comedian, and filmmaker Chelsea Devantez’s show began in October 2020 and quickly gained notice as Apple Podcast’s first Spotlight selection. She and her friends have covered books by Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Drew Barrymore, and Julie Andrews, to name a few.


Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
Amazon

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Great if you like: Jonathan talking to experts in various fields


The “Queer Eye” star explores a wide range of topics — from early Mesoamerican studies to justice for farmworkers to dogs — through discussion with experts in each field.


Learning Lots with Brie Larson and Jessie Ennis
Audible

Learning Lots with Brie Larson and Jessie Ennis

Great if you like: Conversations on deep questions


Best friends Larson (“Captain Marvel”) and Ennis (“Better Call Saul”) talk about things like climate justice, sleep, and confidence with experts, friends, and celebrity guests including Amy Poehler, Jane Fonda, and Bill Hader. The show launched in March.

The Al Franken Podcast
Amazon

The Al Franken Podcast

Great if you like: Political discussions with humor


The former senator from Minnesota — and “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer — continues to keep his toe in the political waters with conversations with writers, commentators, politicians, and others. All with his trademark dry sense of humor.

Sibling Revelry
Audible

Sibling Revelry with Kate Hudson & Oliver Hudson

Great if you like: Discussions concerning the sibling bond and family dynamics


Actors Kate and Oliver Hudson talk about their relationship and what it’s like to be siblings with guests like Dakota and Elle Fanning, Matthew and Rooster McConaughey, and the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott.

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
Amazon

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

Great if you like: Conan with more time and no FCC regulations


Despite 25 years on “Late Night,” Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. Well, that’s what the blurb for the show says. As unlikely as that seems, the podcast does give him the chance to spend more time with people he really enjoys than he could ever do on the TV show. There also are episodes with some less celebrated guests like a tattoo artist and a woman who reviews haunted houses.

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Renegades: Born in the USA

Great if you like: Conversations between friends about their lives


Two famous regular guys — rock and roll superstar Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama — talk “about their lives, music, and their enduring love for America — despite all its challenges” in a series of conversations in this eight-episode series that dropped earlier this year.


Questlove Supreme
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Questlove Supreme

Great if you like: In-depth conversations about music and musicians


The podcast from Roots drummer Questlove and Los Angeles-based beat-making collective Team Supreme digs into stories of musical legends and cultural icons. Guests have ranged from Branford Marsalis to “Weird” Al Yankovic to George Clinton.


Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda
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Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Great if you like: Conversations about connecting and communicating


You know (and no doubt love) him as Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H,” but he’s also one of the founders of the Alan Alda Center for Communication Science at Stony Brook University, where he’s also a visiting professor. The show features conversations with celebrities like Helen Mirren, Paul Rudd, and Michio Kaku as well as other experts and researchers.


Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald
Amazon

Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald

Great if you like: Inside conversations about “Scrubs”


“Scrubs” co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison revisit the hit TV program one episode at a time with weekly episodes that are filled with behind-the-scenes stories, personal memories, and inside jokes. Watch for fellow “Scrubs” co-stars to drop by. The show debuted in the top 10 of the Apple podcast charts in April 2020 and took off quickly during the pandemic, the Washington Post writes.


Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
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Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast

Great if you like: Rants on whatever pops into Bill’s head


If you’re a fan of Bill Burr’s brand of stand-up comedy, this is one’s for you. Each episode has Bill rambling about one thing or another — sports, cake, “treasonous” news outlets, feral cats, you name it. Fun fact: There are a lot of Thursday and even some Friday episodes in the mix as well.


Life is Short with Justin Long
Amazon

Life Is Short with Justin Long

Great if you like: Conversations about the meaning of life


Actor Justin Long explores how people — mostly celebrities — find meaning in life. He and his brother Christian have logged more than 100 episodes already including conversations with Deepak Chopra, Sara Bareilles, Dr. Jane Goodall, Matthew McConaughey, and Nathan Lane.

Anna Faris is Unqualified
Audible

Anna Faris Is Unqualified

Great if you like: “Relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types”


Anna Faris has been doing the celebrity podcast thing since 2015 and it might land her a TV talk show (but that’s another story). She’s chatted with a long list of people and seems to have a soft spot for comedians. 


Office Ladies
Amazon

Office Ladies

Great if you like: Inside stories from “The Office”


Each week, “The Office” co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey break down an episode of the hit comedy series. The podcast kicked off in October 2019 and won iHeartRadio’s 2021 podcast of the year award.


Super Soul
Amazon

Super Soul

Great if you like: A guide to life’s big questions


Oprah Winfrey’s podcast tackles concepts connected to “the deeper meaning of the world around you,” featuring conversations (some drawn from episodes of her old interview show) with thought leaders, authors, “spiritual luminaries,” and health and wellness experts.

The Ron Burgundy Podcast
Amazon

The Ron Burgundy Podcast

Great if you like: Lots of Will Ferrell antics


Will Ferrell dives into character as America’s favorite anchorman — as only he can — to talk to notable people on specific topics. No surprise, most of the discussions go off the rails at some point and hilarity ensues.


The Left Ear with Dakota Johnson
Amazon

The Left Ear with Dakota Johnson

Great if you like: Stories of survivors


In 2019, the “50 Shades of Gray” actress released this powerful, limited-run podcast based on the shared stories of real women who had been assaulted, abused, and harassed. “The show functions as an introduction to non-judgmental listening and a space of refuge and healing for the survivors” who shared their stories, says Spoke Media, which produced it.

The Goop Podcast
Audible

The Goop Podcast

Great if you like: Conversations about wellness


Gweneth Paltrow builds on the success of her wellness and lifestyle brand with a podcast that focuses on those topics. The podcast has been produced since March 2018, bowing with a conversation with Oprah Winfrey that touches on various topics including “the culture of enough.”