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The best podcasts for celebrity, fame, and living a good life

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Who am I?

We love all kinds of podcasts, and we love to find shows that both entertain and make you think. Pop culture is a great way to help people connect. Fame can be weird, and since most people are not famous, many of us wonder about the experience of fame. On every episode of Famous & Gravy, we ask the question "Would YOU want that life?" Whereas most biographies are about legacy, our focus is on desirability. Now that we've published 60+ episodes about the life story and biographies of famous people, our approach has helped us become subject matter experts.

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What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

Famous and Gravy is all about life lessons from dead celebrities. We're not here to dunk on anyone – we just want to know what can be learned from a life of fame.

What is my podcast playlist about?

What it's really like to be famous. The shows in this list were selected to offer celebrity biographies and portraits, but also to get listeners thinking about the downside of celebrity.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Famous and Gravy

Why this podcast?

This show asks the question "Would you want that life?" It offers an empathetic lens into the life story of a famous person.

Famous and Gravy

Famous and Gravy

14th Street Studios

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5.0

On every episode we choose a celebrity who died between 1 and 10 years ago. We then go through a series of structured categories. We start by rating the first line of their NYT obituary on a scale of 1–10. We then look at their life stats, we speculate on their inner lives, and we ultimately answer the question "Would I want that life?" Each category helps weigh the desirability of a given life. Our approach is that of an empathetic biography. Our dead celebrities cross many categories of fame, including film, TV, sports, music, politics, literature, and more. Our goal is to make serious topics fun.

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6 Listeners

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2. SmartLess

Why this podcast?

This show is always funny, and they have a great way of normalizing celebrities. Plus, if you love Arrested Development, this has 2 of the 3 actors from that show.

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SmartLess

Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett

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4.9

"SmartLess" with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.

New episodes on Mondays for free. Listen 1-week early and to all episodes ad-free with Wondery+ or Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

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533 Listeners

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3. Celebrity Memoir Book Club

Why this podcast?

Someone has to read celebrity memoirs, right? These hosts are always fun, and they give a great view into celebrity life.

Celebrity Memoir Book Club

Celebrity Memoir Book Club

Celebrity Memoir Book Club

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5.0

New York comedians Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton are reading celebrity memoirs so you don't have to.

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4 Listeners

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4. If Books Could Kill

Why this podcast?

Famous books and famous authors sometimes become bestsellers for problematic reasons. These books are worth a second look.

If Books Could Kill

If Books Could Kill

Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

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4.8

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

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57 Listeners

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5. Plain English with Derek Thompson

Why this podcast?

On 11/10/23, the episode with Morgan Housel offered an excellent discussion on why being famous is probably no fun.

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4.6

Longtime Atlantic tech, culture and political writer Derek Thompson cuts through all the noise surrounding the big questions and headlines that matter to you in his new podcast Plain English. Hear Derek and guests engage the news with clear viewpoints and memorable takeaways. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Friday, and if you've got a topic you want discussed, shoot us an email at [email protected]! You can also find us on tiktok at www.tiktok.com/@plainenglish_

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22 Listeners

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