‘Now Hear This’ Podcast Festival Coming to NYC, to Include Larry Wilmore, Scott Aukerman, Lauren Lapkus and More


Last year, Midroll Media (the parent company behind Earwolf and Stitcher) launched the first annual Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim, California. Now heading into its second year, NHT plans to move across the country to Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for another weekend of killer podcasts from every genre, taking place from September 8th — September 10th. While the festival isn’t exclusive to comedy podcasts, it does feature a handful of hilarious shows hosted by comics like , , Chris Gethard, , Paul Scheer, Jon Gabrus, and more.

The comedy podcasts set to perform at NHT this year include:

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, in which comedian Chris Gethard talks on the phone with an anonymous person with only one caveat: he can’t hang up first. Private thoughts, family secrets and philosophical conundrums; All is fair game on this show.

The Cracked Podcast, in which top editors from popular comedy site Cracked.com, along with special guests, tackle current events and debunk famous myths.

How Did This Get Made?, where Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas all watch an absolutely terrible movie and then reconvene to discuss it at length.

Comedy Bang! Bang!, a live version of Scott Aukerman’s popular IFC talk show that blends reality and improv, featuring guest comedians.

Who Charted?, in which hosts Kulap Vilaysack and Howard Kremer discuss the week’s chart-topping movie and music.

Lauren Lapkus & Jon Gabrus (Title TBC), a brand new show being launched by the two comics, with a yet-to-be-announced theme.

Doughboys, in which Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger, two foodies, talk about food and review chain restaurants.

The Flop House, a show where Dan McCoy and Stuart Wellington (joined at the fest by ’s Ronny Chieng) watch a notoriously bad movie and then get drunk and talk about all the joys and pitfalls of the film.

In addition to the festival’s comedy offerings, there will also be podcasts focused on news and politics, true crime, society and culture, and storytelling. Comedians like Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu will be in attendance as well, though they’ll be hosting their politically themed shows, Larry Wilmore: Black on Air and Politically Re-Active, respectively.

“Kinda Early Bird” 3-day general admission tickets are on sale now for $150, with VIP passes going for $300. All prices will increase on July 25th, so if you’re interested, grab yours before then! The festival’s full schedule will be updated throughout the summer, so be sure to check the  festival’s website for more information.


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Bill Tressler

Bill is a writer and comedy enthusiast from New York. An avid gamer and podcast fan, he strives to always toe the line between charming irreverence and grating honesty.