Wondery taps Waka Flocka Flame and Desi Banks to host new video podcast

Hosts will take on celebrity guests in trick-taking card game

Wondery is launching a new video podcast hosted by comedian Desi Banks and rapper Waka Flocka Flame in September, the podcast network announced, based on trick-taking card game Spades. 

We Playin’ Spades features the co-hosts playing the game with a different celebrity guest each episode. Confirmed guests include actor and comedian Jay Pharoah, television host Nick Cannon, rapper and actress KaMillion, actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery, and more. 

“Spades to Black people is like kayaking to White people,” said Banks. “Nobody teaches you how to do it. You just get thrown into it and eventually you figure it out. Once you learn the game, you get amnesia and forget that at one point, you didn’t know what the hell you were doing.”

“It brings out a whole new level of competitiveness, but that’s truly what makes it such a good time. I’m excited to partner with Waka and chat with some amazing entertainers while playing spades.” 

The podcast will be available from 11 September exclusively for Wondery+ subscribers before being distributed widely on 18 September, including on the Wondery YouTube channel on Amazon Music, with Prime members also being able to listen ad-free. 

Wondery already has a number of video podcasts available to watch on its YouTube channel including ones like Rich and Daily, Baby, This is Keke Palmer, Don’t Call It A Comeback, and many more. They now appear in a separate tab dedicated to podcasts on Wondery’s channel, after YouTube added a number of podcast integration features to its platform earlier this year.

Podcasts are also now available on the YouTube Music app in specific regions, with users uploading their show as videos to the platform but, according to a recent announcement at Podcast Movement, YouTube will fully support RSS feeds for podcasts and complete its global rollout by the end of this year.

Although video continues to be a popular trend in podcasting, the newly-released Power of Podcasts report from Voices proves that audio-only podcasts are still considered more popular amongst 58% of podcast listeners in the US.