The Review team’s podcast recommendations

Athletico Mince – Tilly Mason

Hop aboard the absurd minds of comedians Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson. Loosely related to football, Athletico Mince is a barrage of (very!) fictional stories, songs and idle. This includes Harry Kane leading Spurs’ secret ‘gang of the EPL’; the adventures of ex-England manager Steve McClaren and his pet snake Caspar, Phil Jones’ film proposals, and various non-football tales, quizzes and chat. The first few episodes are tame, but the show quickly descends into laugh-out-loud chaos – it’s a perfectly bizarre podcast to take your mind off work for a bit!

Bad Gays – Anna Berkowitz

Most of the time queer history venerates its heroes, and for good reasons! However, Bad Gays looks at the other side of queer history, and in each episode, the two hosts discuss an evil or complicated queer person from history. While the name of the podcast is a little tongue in cheek, it does an excellent and thorough job of tackling interesting questions of how sexuality and identity shape a person’s life.

No Such Thing As A Fish – Ben Helme

Do you like to know random things? Have you ever been described as a nerd? If so, then I’ve got just the thing for you. Created by the researchers who procure the facts for QI, ‘No Such Thing As a Fish’ is funny, clever and light. I promise that nothing you learn will be at all useful!

Tim Dillon – Inayah Inam

If you’re of the opinion that standup has become incredibly sanitised, Tim Dillon offers a weekly dose of calling out the absurdist bullshit that pollutes our attention in 2021. If you want to listen to someone ripping into Bezos, influencer culture and occasionally the cruise industry, you won’t be disappointed with Dillon’s witty and audacious commentary on the state of politics and culture today.

My Dad Wrote a Porno – Angbeen

The premise is simple, yet so bizarre that it never gets old: imagine three friends from university sitting together and reading erotica written by one’s dad. Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine go through Belinda Blinked, an erotic novel (now a series!) written by Rocky Flinstone (a pseudonym of course) about a sales executive at Steeles Pots and Pans. Starting out as one woman’s quest to raise sales targets and sleep her way to the top, it has gradually evolved into an erotic spy thriller. There’s lots to learn for all the budding entrepreneurs at LSE, but much like us, Flinstone isn’t very good at anatomy. If you’re not sold already, I promise that you’ll be unable to listen to this in public because of how hard you laugh every time.

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