Podcast Review: Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast

Disclaimer: I’ve written about podcasts before, how I like to listen on hikes or Walkabouts. I started listening to them a long time ago, and got really into them when I was doing over-the-road sales. You get sick of the radio quick when you’re driving 42,000 miles a year. I have probably listened to 75+ different podcasts at one time or another. So I figured I would share my thoughts on them.

“Just checkin’ in on ya!” is how Bill starts off his podcasts. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Burr he is one of, if not the best standup comic out there at the moment. I was lucky enough to see him when he came to London a couple months back and he did not disappoint. He has a very unique view on society, which I would describe as a mix of an old school approach to newer issues and news in today’s society. His podcast follows a very similar model, which he releases two a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

My favorite thing about the Monday Morning Podcast is how casual and free-form it is. A vast majority of the time it’s Bill ranting about whatever is in the news at that time, or whatever is bothering him. It’s almost like him thinking out loud, which is actually very engaging and entertaining, and definitely full of that stereotypical Boston attitude.

I also like Bill’s humility, as he never takes himself too seriously on his stances, and laughs at a lot of the things he says. It’s very rare to hear someone call themselves out as much as he does, and also leads to a lot of hilarious moments as well. If that wasn’t good enough, he also has his wife Nia on occasionally to go over listener’s emails, which typically contain questions or issues they are seeking advice on. This is gold.

Nia is like the anti-Bill, which makes for some amazingly funny moments when they disagree. She goes right after him on his BS and doesn’t give an inch. That segment could honestly be its own podcast, and would do really well.

In the rare instance Bill has a guest, it’s typically a friend of his like Joe Rogan or Michael Rapaport. Bill is a pretty underrated interviewer, but the conversations are very casual and not for everyone. An example is I loved the most recent episode with Rapaport, but my Australian friend didn’t get through the whole thing because it was very US sports centric.

I don’t listen to this one as much as I used to mainly out of time constraints. Although, I did find that Bill’s ranting was affecting my mood a bit, but that’s just me. I highly recommend this podcast if you like comedy, especially the ones with Nia. Even if you don’t agree with everything Bill says you are too uptight if you don’t laugh at least a little bit.

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