Best celebrity podcasts: from Hollywood A-listers to homegrown talent
Because being antisocial never sounded so good
There is seemingly no end to the soaring popularity of the podcast. More and more celebrities are branching out and creating their own shows in order to entertain the masses (and, let’s be honest, push their personal brands).
Whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on, there’s a celebrity podcast for you.
UPDATE: There's suggestion that Spotify could be looking at creating premium podcast service. Currently, it's podcasts are wrapped within the main Spotify service but a new survey suggests that there may be a tiered premium for podcasts in the near future.
It might also be worth taking a look at our best podcasts list if you're in search of listening inspiration. A compilation of the highest voted offerings in categories including the best true crime podcasts and best interview podcasts alongside Shortlist recommended listening, this is well worth a browse.
Like most successful interview-based podcasts, the format of these shows tends to involve the celebrity host ranting away, before making their way through their phonebook of celebrity friends and noteworthy acquaintances.
The high-profile standing of the host makes for some pretty interesting (and at times obscure) conversations. Frank opinion is intertwined with a few lesser-know facts about their guests.
The real question is, which ones do you rate highly enough to click subscribe on?
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Best celebrity podcasts
1. The Ricky Gervais ShowListen now at Apple Podcasts
A combination of Ricky Gervais’s snippets from his show ‘Deadly Sirius’ on Sirius FM, including ‘Learn Guitar with David Brent’, this series is an endorsement of all things Ricky Gervais. Somewhat sporadic but highly entertaining nonetheless, this ‘best of’ podcast is there to drip feed you Gervais when you need him most.
2. David Tennant Does A PodcastListen now at Apple Podcasts
David Tennant's ability to entertain has never been in question, but he has been able to attract a whole new audience with his podcast. It features celebrity guests like Jon Hamm, James Corden and Tina Fey to name but a few. Episodes come in at just under an hour and are packed with riveting stories and belly laughs.
3. Conan O'Brien Needs A FriendListen now (Apple Podcasts)
If you're after a laugh-a-minute offering from one of the biggest hosts in America, #TeamCoco is here to help. After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Given the revelation that Conan has never made a real, lasting friendship as a result of interviewing many a celebrity guest, he started a podcast to do just that. Whether he's successful in his attempts remains to be seen..
4. The Peter Crouch PodcastListen now at BBC
The tallest man in football has branched out, swapping the pitch for the studio in his latest career endeavor. A surefire way to entertain the masses, Crouch is surprisingly charismatic in this BBC Radio 5 Live podcast, which sees him join forces with co-hosts Chris Stark and Tom Fordyce.
Featuring all manner of mayhem, the podcast incorporates in-depth chin-wags, alongside a host of strange adventures - including the trio’s trip to celebrate ‘Crouch Fest’ which culminated in Crouch doing ‘the robot’ live on-stage and rapping along to “informer”.
5. The Left EarListen now on Apple Podcasts
The Left Ear by Dakota Johnson is a hard-hitting one to say the least, focusing on sexual harassment, abuse and assault. The series began when Johnson shared her number online and asked women to share their stories via a voicemail service. The result? A collection of stories told by the survivors themselves, bringing awareness to the subject and educating the wider world.
6. Under The Skin with Russell BrandListen now at Apple Podcasts
Famous for his cockney accent and outspoken political views, Russell Brand has taken a deep-dive ‘under the skin’ of his guests to try to figure out what it is that makes them tick. With guests including David Lynch, Lena Dunham and Derren Brown, the mixture of Brand’s quizzical tangents and striking existential questions make this podcast an unmissable one (just make sure you’re paying attention).
7. Macaulay Culkin's Bunny EarsListen now at Apple Podcasts
Bunny Ears takes its name from Culkin’s lifestyle and comedy website, which aims to “promote chuckles” by spoofing the likes of Gwenyth Paltro’s brand ‘Goop’.
Culkin’s podcast is as random as they come. Joining forces with Canadian comedian Tom Green, the show’s entertaining comedy sketches feature a host of friends and sworn enemies alike.
8. Anna Faris Is UnqualifiedListen now at Apple Podcasts
Anna Faris Is Unqualified is a book-spawning advice podcast featuring a host of interviews from celebrities and cultural figures alike. The show also incorporates personal phone calls from listeners in need of help. Faris and her producer Sim Sarnaas offer “not-so-great relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types.”
9. RuPaul: What's The Tee with Michelle VisageListen now at Stitcher
What could be better than a RuPaul podcast? That's right, one with Drag Race sidekick Michelle Visage involved too. RuPaul: What’s The Tee with Michelle Visage sees the pair discuss pop culture, advice, beauty and dishes the dirt on what really goes on behind the scenes of their hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race.
10. Snoop Dogg's GGN PodcastListen now at Stitcher
Hosted by none other than Snoop D-O-double G, this laid back podcast is described by its host as “nuthin but a smoked out session rolled tightly into podcast form that features me choppin’ game with and doin’ full-length interviews with a who’s who from the entertainment world.” Very concise. Snoop Dogg’s signature smooth voice sets the tone, and the GGN Podcast encourages listeners to get involved with the hashtag #PuffPuffPassTuesdays.
11. The Big Podcast with ShaqListen now at Apple Podcasts
Described as “much bigger than sports”, The Big Podcast hosted by the one and only Shaquille O'Neal focuses on news, controversy and, well, the crazy life of Shaq himself. Shaq is supported by sport sidekick John Kincade, and the show features their take on everything from food-soiling criminals to his view on people lobbying to move Halloween.
12. George Ezra & FriendsListen now at Acast
The man with one of the deepest voices in pop has gone and created his very own podcast. With guests ranging from Elton John to Ellie Goulding, George Ezra & Friends has a distinctly musical theme. It features a host of A-list names talking candidly about the peaks and troughs of the music industry, alongside weird and wonderful tales from the road. This is an unmissable podcast for any music lover.
13. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van NessListen now at Earwolf
You probably know Jonathan Van Ness from the reboot and unprecedented success of Queer Eye. But his podcast ‘Getting Curious’ began back in 2015. It's a great way to get your Van Ness fix once you've hoovered up all the latest episodes of the show.
Hejoins experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
14. Here’s The Thing with Alec BaldwinListen now at Acast
Hosted by none other than, you guessed it, Alec Baldwin, this radio show-turned-podcast features guests that span countless fields including film, TV, music and politics. Striking up conversations with everyone from Billy Joel to Chris Rock, Here’s The Thing sadly ended after two seasons - however, it was adapted into an ABC series called ‘Sundays with Alec Baldwin’.
15. Prinze and The WolfListen now at Apple Podcasts
Hosted by none other than Freddie Prinze Jr. and Josh Wolf, Prinze and The Wolf is a weekly podcast cover anything and everything - from parenting, to MMA, to pop culture. Recent episodes include recounting trips to the UK (featuring some pretty interesting accents), training pigeons and that Cruise vs Bieber fight invite.
16. Table Manners with Jessie WareListen now at Acast
Popstar and all-round power woman Jessie Ware has taken her love of food and transformed it into a podcast with the help of her mum, Lennie. She invites a host of celebrity friends, acquaintances and renowned strangers she’s bumped into at press junkets around for dinner.
Table Manners guests include Raymond Blanc, Mark Ronson and Richard Curtis. Serving up food and conversation direct from the dinner table, there are regular nods to their jewish heritage courtesy of some of the heartiest dishes south of the River Thames.
17. Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 KeithListen now at Apple Podcasts
No clues for guessing where the title of this comedy podcast came from. Comedy queen Amy Schumer and friends Bridget Everett, Rachel Feinstein and Keith Robinson, dish out tales involving their lives, pop culture, politics, and stand-up comedy.
Launched in June 2018, Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith can only be described as a laugh a minute, with episodes including “drinking and porn” and “worthless people”.
18. Gweneth Paltrow’s The Goop PodcastListen now at Apple Podcasts
Taking its name from her infamous lifestyle brand that sells everything from tarot cards to lubricant, Paltrow’s podcast sees herself and Goop CCO Elise Loehnen tackle modern day living. It features one of the widest ranges of thinkers and culture changers seen in any podcast around. Doctors and CEOs step up to the mark to talk in-depth about a host of topics. New episodes are available every Tuesday and Thursday.