Irish Podcast Awards 2023: Best comedy podcast

While podcasts can be enriching and enlightening, it's also important to acknowledge that many listeners are tuning in simply for a lighthearted break from their daily life with a few laughs. Comedy podcasts are an essential part of the industry's foundational bedrock, and this category rewards the shining standouts in the genre, delivering heapings of mirth as well as the occasional bursts of profundity.

Winner: The 2 Johnnies Podcast

Now in its fifth year, The 2 Johnnies Podcast has consistently topped the Irish podcast charts since 2018, thanks to the brilliant craic of the presenters: the comedy duo Johnny B and Johnny Smacks.

The hour-long show is an eclectic mix of current affairs, sports and, of course, comedy with the pair’s entertaining banter resulting in hundreds of five-star reviews on Apple Podcasts. And for an especially funny Irish take on the world’s news, the pair’s sketch creation Noel Furlong is on hand to give his opinion of the week’s current affairs. 

As with the best comedy podcasts, The 2 Johnnies have a special relationship with listeners and fans, with the best comments, thoughts and rants read out and discussed by them on every episode. 

Highly commended: Agony Rants

Originally expected to run for just a few weeks, Agony Rants has taken on an unexpected life of its own. Hosted by Eurovision Song Contest winner Niamh Kavanagh and comedian Gearóid Farrelly, this irreverent listener advice show has spawned a successful live tour, and has been endorsed by the hosts of Global’s ever-popular My Therapist Ghosted Me.