Black voices in comedy have taken many shapes and contexts over the years. From stand-up comics to film actors to radio personalities to musical artists and more, Black comedians have grown to become a big part of mainstream entertainment. The podcast medium is one of the newer platforms for Black comedians and it definitely holds its own gems of hilarious content. From humorous spins on current events to hysterical advice podcasts to a simple recording of hilarious daily conversations between hosts, there is a wide variety of content being released by Black voices in comedy that you’d be hard pressed to find a podcast that doesn’t make you chuckle.
Here are 9 Black-led podcasts using their humor to make quite a splash:
The Black Guy Who Tips
The Black Guy Who Tips puts a great spin on deep issues by infusing the podcast with a heavy dose of hilarious comedy. Rod and Karen Morrow provide a witty and humorous Black voice to politics, current events, and pop culture to create a space of empathy, inclusion, and a lot of laughter. Regularly featured on news outlets and consistently trending on the podcast comedy charts, Rod and Karen are a refreshing dose of quality daily content that is well worth a listen.
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Rantin’ and Ravin’
Rantin’ and Ravin’ truly lives up to its name with its content and delivers comedic gold every episode. Yamaneika and her guests literally rant and rave about everything regarding current events, pop culture, and their own lives with a very heavy dose of humor while doing so. The opinionated rants, vulnerable personal stories, and constant banter leaves listeners with belly laughter and a very entertaining experience.
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Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata
Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata slay on the podcast medium by simply just being themselves. These two best friends invite their listeners to experience their friendship through hilarious conversations, advice, jokes and banter. The synergy between the cohosts is magical and the natural comedy that comes out in every episode leaves listeners cackling with laughter. The inclusive and relatable humor brings listeners into Nicole and Sasheer’s world and creates a level of engagement that’s hard to replicate. Hilarious, personable, and inclusive, this podcast is worthy of attention!
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The Read (Loud Speakers Network)
Bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle join forces for a weekly podcast covering hip-hop, pop culture, current events and mental health awareness in queer and Black communities. Everything from the hosts’ humorous reviews on popular stars to their comedic on-air therapy sessions to their constant advocacy for mental health awareness and being Black and queer in America, makes this podcast a gem in the podcast charts. They cover the good, the bad, and the ugly in a way that still keeps their listeners howling with laughter and enjoying the endless chemistry between the hosts that shines beyond the mic.
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Small Doses with Amanda Seales (Starburns Audio)
Amanda Seales, an actress, comedian and TV personality, is now a podcaster. Small Doses with Amanda Seales is a great weekly podcast that mixes comedy with vulnerability and advice. Amanda does a stellar job of letting her natural humour shine as she talks about current events, personal experiences, insightful advice, and hilarious interviews. The episodes are fresh with jokes and inclusive of all people in any stage of life. She’s the friend we all wish we had and her truths are gems every week.
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Trevor Noah is a mainstream name around the globe with The Daily Show. His quick-witted, yet insightful, commentary revolving around current events provides many around the world with a humorous catch-up and informative insight on the headlines of the day. Comedy Central has added a podcast to Trevor Noah’s repertoire that spotlights the highlights and extended interviews from the aired episodes. A regularly trending podcast, it commonly hits the top of the podcast comedy charts.
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WHOREible Decisions (Loud Speakers Network)
A podcast that brings out the more explicit side of comedy from two of the raciest and most hilarious Black females in the podcast charts right now is WHOREible Decisions with hosts Mandii B and Weezy. These two personalities take the mic each week to discuss personal experiences and opinions about everything including sexual health, transphobia, fetishes, queer issues in America, sugar daddies and much much more. It has become one of the rawest comedy podcast trending on the podcast charts and truly embodies the idea of amplifying your true voice using your stage in the podcast medium. The comedic hosts keep it hilarious, open and authentic in this raunchy, enlightening and ever entertaining podcast.
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Brilliant Idiots (Loud Speakers Network)
Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz come together to explore issues of the day in a banterful and hilarious way. Not always aligned with their opinions but always consistent with their wit, these hosts bring thought-provoking entertainment to their listeners. Their fire, synergy and authenticity keeps this podcast alive with ever-fresh content, jokes, and debates.
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Sibling Rivalry is the work of Bob The Drag Queen and Monet X Change, two queens spreading their magic in the podcast world. To say this podcast brings light and inspiration to its listeners is an understatement. Bob and Money bring their unfiltered and genuinely authentic selves to the mic as they discuss whatever topic is themed that week. Their natural and rambunctious humor mixed with deep and truly vulnerable discussions has made this podcast a refreshing escape for listeners. Relatable topics, engaging conversations and laugh-out-loud shenanigans every episode.
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Looking for more Black voices to amplify? Check out the other podcasts recently featured on Backtracks’ blog. From significant Black voices in health and wellness to Black perspectives on culture, race, society, and systemic oppression to notable Black figures in society and culture to much-needed discussions by Black women, Backtracks has made it a priority to promote Black voices in podcasts. In addition to being all different kinds of entertaining, educational, and challenging, choosing to amplify Black voices means choosing to stay informed while standing in solidarity with those who are unfairly marginalized and oppressed by our society on a daily basis.