Most of us don’t have time to watch all the latest news, television shows, and films out there! Thankfully, podcasts are there to catch us up on everything going on in the world. The best part of all? You can listen to them anywhere: the car, the gym, home, and every other place you can think of. We’ve collected the best celebrity-hosted podcasts for you to choose from and add to your daily routine!
Celebrity Host: Dax Shephard
Where You’ve Seen Him: Parenthood (TV), Wet Hot American Summer, The Judge
While Dax Shepard is one of the funniest actors around, he can also be quite profound in his dramatic roles. Additionally, this past year he introduced the world to his new podcast, Armchair Expert. The podcast is all about people, featuring interviews and life stories. Shepard said about the podcast, “I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human.” Armchair Expert explores guests’ lives, successes, and failures, including how they got back up from being down. As a result, the podcast features lessons everyone can take with them. Podcast guests have included Katie Couric, Ellen DeGeneres, and Shepard’s wife, Kristen Bell. (P.S. Dax Shephard is not Zach Braff!)
Celebrity Host: Anna Faris
Where You’ve Seen Her: Scary Movie, Lost In Translation, Mom (TV)
Podcasts can often fly under the radar, even when they’re popular. For instance, did you know Anna Faris hosts a weekly podcast with nearly 150 episodes and thousands of listeners? In her hilarious podcast Unqualified, the actress gives her famous friends relationship advice, life tips, and much more. It’s like having a weekly lunch with your two best friends, if they were super famous. Like Armchair Expert, the podcasts offers advice anyone can use. Past guests have included Mayim Bialik, Allison Janney, and Denis Leary.
Here’s The Thing
Celebrity Host: Alec Baldwin
Where You’ve Seen Him: SNL, 30 Rock
Alec Baldwin isn’t just the latest talented funnyman to score a reoccurring role on Saturday Night Live. He’s also a great podcast host, who talks about everything under the sun from television to lifestyle choices on his podcast Here’s The Thing. Baldwin likes to interview filmmakers, musicians, and film and television stars, allowing listeners an intimate view of their professional life. The conversations are always raw and unfiltered. As a result, the behind-the-scenes conversations are always interesting, entertaining, and, with Baldwin, a big laugh. Past guests include Spike Lee, Ira Glass, and Sofia Coppola.
The X-Files Files
Celebrity Host: Kumail Nanjiani
Where You’ve Seen Him: The Big Sick, Silicon Valley (TV)
Actor Kumail Nanjiani is a massive fan of the X-Files. So much so, that he hosted a 57 episode podcast dedicated to the show. On the podcast, Nanjiani analyzes X-Files episodes, asks interesting questions, and shares his fan opinions. He’s even hosted stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson the show! His love for the X-files also landed him a small part in the reboot of the X-Files! See? This is where dedication and a microphone can get you.
Celebrity Host: Anderson Cooper
Where You’ve Seen Him: CNN, Anderson Cooper 360°
Finally, a podcast for all the news junkies! Understandably, not everyone can catch Anderson Cooper 360° when it airs. However, you can now listen to the show as a podcast. Living up to his reputation, Anderson Cooper brings you exactly what it is: highlights from his television news program. Just like Anderson Cooper 360°, the podcast “goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news.”