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Podcast reviews: Banish the Covid blues with this trio of light-hearted gems

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Vogue Williams and Joanne McNally, hosts of 'My Therapist Ghosted Me'

Vogue Williams and Joanne McNally, hosts of 'My Therapist Ghosted Me'

Vogue Williams and Joanne McNally, hosts of 'My Therapist Ghosted Me'

My Therapist Ghosted Me Acast, Apple, Spotify

Car Crash
Audible

The Tommy, Hector and Laurita Podcast
Acast, Apple, Spotify

Needless to say, feeling festive is not so easy in 2021. What last year lacked in sparkle it made up for in a blind hope that maintaining a united front and the upcoming Covid vaccines would get us out of this mess. And yet…

Three cheers, then, for these light-hearted podcasts sure to put a smile on your face.

If you do a quick poll of your girlfriends, chances are My Therapist Ghosted Me takes top slot of their favourite podcasts this year. The combined mirth of comedian du jour Joanne McNally and celebrity Vogue Williams has many a listener guffawing at the observational, conversational craic of it all, with their everyday topics chiming clearer, and jollier, than a sleigh bell.

In each episode they discuss the highs and lows of their week, sprinkled with topical news items, and debate anything from sage-burning to waterslide mishaps to hangovers to catfishing.

What with McNally’s fast-selling stand-up shows and Williams’ massive following across Ireland and the UK, it’s surely only a matter of time – pandemic and Vogue’s expanding family permitting (her third child is due in spring) – before the show goes on a big-venue tour. Sure, if it’s good enough for S**ged, Married, Annoyed… 

Another female comedian spreading good podcast cheer is Sara Pascoe, co-creator of a new 10-part dating rom-com Car Crash, with writer Eddie Robson.

A real charmer, it effectively uses the Guardian’s ‘Blind Date’ column as its source material by following the good, the bad, the ugly and the hopelessly romantic travails of northerner Grace (Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood) and Londoner Elliot (Alfred Enoch, Harry Potter’s Dean Thomas) – who get more than they bargained for when their first meeting goes viral after it’s immortalised in a commuter magazine. The show spans a number of years as the will-they, won’t-they pair navigate familiar 21st century challenges.

Taking Graham Norton out of the equation, Tommy Tiernan’s titular talk show for RTÉ is among the best of its kind, because neither himself nor the audience knows who the guests are until they enter the stage. This improvisational twist breathes new life into what has become a self-censoring, self-promoting genre, and his presence on The Tommy, Hector and Laurita Podcast is similarly welcome.

Here he joins mates Hector Ó hEochagáin and Laurita Blewitt to chew the fat on an assortment of themes, high and low-brow, as if you’re sat with pals in the local snug. Chortling guaranteed. 

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