I used to be hooked on talk radio as a way of getting off to sleep. Something about Tony Delroy's The Quiz would quiet the mindchatter at the end of a long day (except those nights where you'd be screaming at Terry from Wodonga "Meryl Streep. THE ANSWER'S MERYL STREEP.")
Since the IPhone entered my life I've found a new nighttime companion: the podcast. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington were the gateway drug and now it's a habit. Here are some of those who get me through the night:
WTF with Marc Maron
The godfather of podcasting. Maron started interviewing fellow stand-up comics in his garage a few years back and quickly became huge. His interview with ex-friend/rival/nemesis Louis CK is legendary. See also Maron's cable TV comedy, Maron, based on the podcast.
Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin
Why, Alex, why? You had me with your erudite, thoughtful questions; your unabashed admiration for your subject matter; your cigar-and-whisky tones; your dash of wit served with a side of pathos. Your interviews with David Letterman, Chris Rock, Rosie O'Donnell, Thom Yorke and David Simon were compelling from beginning to end. You had your own cable talk show in development. You coulda been a contender! Then you had to go and get all sweary-homophobic-punchy-sanctimonious and ruin a good thing.
By the Way with Jeff Garlin
Larry David's sidekick brings the funny with this series of interviews recorded live at Largo in Los Angeles. Worth it just to hear Garlin flirting outrageously with Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham.
Monsters of Talk with Margaret Cho and Jim Short
Did you know Margaret Cho is a massive Crowded House fan? True fact - one I learned listening to her chat to Neil Finn.
Also worth checking out:
Hollywood Babble On with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman
Can You Take this Photo Please? with Justin Hamilton
I Love Green Guide Letters with Steele Saunders