Funny Spanish podcasts are a wonderful way to practice and improve your Spanish listening skills and your language level in general.
Podcasts are also often a great way to learn a lot about the culture, history, and every-day life of Spanish-speaking countries. And they are also a wonderful way to have some fun.
In this article, we will take a look at several great funny Spanish podcasts that will help you combine learning and fun in the best way possible.
Learning Spanish with funny Spanish podcasts
Learning Spanish with humorous podcasts can be a little trickier than it is with podcasts meant for learners for a few reasons:
- the language of such podcasts is usually unadapted
- speech tempo can be pretty high
- there are often cultural, historical, political, and other references
- humor may be hard to understand
- depending on the topic of the podcast, a lot of specific vocabulary (like, for example, technical or financial terms) can be used
I am not trying to discourage you from learning with funny Spanish podcasts, but this may be a challenge for you if you are at the beginner level. Learning Spanish with such podcasts may requite a little effort, but it will also be tremendously good for your Spanish.
1. Tom Segura en español
Tom Segura is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster. He has Latin American roots (his mother is Peruvian) and he speaks fluent Spanish. Tom actually started his Spanish-language podcast because he wanted to improve his Spanish.
I love his podcasts! They are super hilarious! Especially when he speaks with his mother! I really recommend it, if you are looking for funny Spanish podcasts.
The episodes are around 40 minutes long. In each one, Tom Segura tells stories from his daily life and about his family, reads messages from fans, and answer questions. Tom’s manner of presentation is fun and effortless, and he will surely make you laugh often.
In episode 6 of the podcast chats with another comedian, Jesús Trejo. Together they discuss, among other things, doing live shows, families, Mexican and Nicaraguan slang – and even a recipe for a meat dish.
The most recent episodes of Tom’s podcast have English subtitles, but try not to use them or use them as little as possible to make the most of the podcast to improve your listening skills.
2. Nadie sabe nada
“Nadie sabe nada” is a podcast by Andreu Buenafuente and Berto Romero, and it is one of the most listened humor podcasts in Spain.
Andreu and Berto share funny stories on different topics, improvise skits, and answer ridiculous questions. The humor is quite often absurd and satirical, but very enjoyable.
It is an improvisation podcast that has been around since 2013 and will delight many, regardless of age, gender, or political ideology.
In the episode titled ‘Problemas de ricos’ (Rich people problems) the presenters start with sharing funny taxi stories before they move on to the main topic, and closer to the end of the show, they tackle a very important question sent in by a listener: ‘What if we all really live in a box and the stars are actually holes that we breathe through?’
Each episode is around 50 minutes long. It is shot in front of a live audience that you can hear reacting to the jokes.
3. Destripando la historia
Not all funny Spanish podcasts are lengthy chats on different topics. Pascu and Rodri, creators of ‘Destripando la historia’, actually make songs.
Each song is around 3 minutes long and tells the story of a character from mythology or pop culture (Zeus, Thor, Batman) – with a humorous twist.
Take this song about Zeus, for instance. On the one hand, it is a brief tale of this Greek good – on the other hand, there is a humorous take on quite a few parts of this tale.
If you watch the podcast on YouTube, you will also be able to enjoy the hilarious cartoon videos that accompany each song. There are English and Spanish subtitles that can help you with listening comprehension.
4. Las noches de Ortega
Juan Carlos Ortega, the creator of “Las noches de Ortega”, has been working on the radio since the 90s. One of his classic gags was imitating the voices of’ older gentlemen who call on the radio’. Later it developed into “Las noches de Ortega”, a podcast that aims to parody the early morning radio shows.
On the podcast, Juan touches upon a vast variety of topics: from municipal elections to Game of Thrones to religion. But no matter the topic, he handles it with his personal touch and a lot of humor.
In this episode, he pretends to interview someone from the team of people who made the Game of Thrones TV show – and to reveal a few secrets of the show. There are also ‘listeners’ calling in with a few questions.
Each episode is around 30 minutes long.
5. El futuro era mejor
The creators of “El futuro era major“, Rafa Pons and Pau Garcia-Mila, are passionate about technology and science. They talk about these and other issues on the podcast as a couple of friends who meet at the bar could have. It is not a funny podcast in the sense that the previous podcasts are, but it is a podcast that will make you smile a lot.
In this episode, the two hosts talk about nanotechnology, using social networks in the modern world, as well as about the paradoxes that occur in Uber and the controversial donations of Amazon or Inditex.
On the one hand, it is a rather tech-related podcast that may not seem interesting to some people at a first glance. On the other hand, it also touches upon a lot of social issues and life in the modern world.
Episodes of “El futuro era major” are around 50 minutes long.
There are a lot of great funny Spanish podcasts out there – this article gives you just a taste.
They may be a little harder than the podcasts meant for learners but with them you also learn much more of the Spanish language used in every-day life by regular people – and you also have a lot more fun.