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April 14, 2012 5:02 PM   Subscribe

I'm Looking for TV shows, podcasts, or radio programs similar to Wait Wait ... Don't tell me, and Qi.

Basically it would be a panel of 3 or more people talking about interesting subjects in a lighthearted way. It doesn't need to be a game or quiz though that's ok if it is. I'm open to any subject matter. Extra points if its available online.
posted by ljesse to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
The Friday Night Comedy podcast from the BBC combines the Now Show and the News Quiz. The News Quiz is a lot like Wait Wait. They both have the added bonus of generally being hilarious.
posted by General Malaise at 5:11 PM on April 14, 2012

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast has 4 lighthearted hosts, and they often play a game.
posted by acidic at 5:13 PM on April 14, 2012

You'd probably also enjoy the Bugle, featuring John Oliver and Andy Zalzman.
posted by General Malaise at 5:13 PM on April 14, 2012

You might like International Waters. Its gimmick is that it is a not so serious quiz show pitting two American comedians against two from the UK.
posted by mmascolino at 5:17 PM on April 14, 2012

The Infinite Monkey Cage.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:35 PM on April 14, 2012

Seconding International Waters. It's new, but from the consistently awesome Maximum Fun family of shows. If you're not married to quiz show format, you might also try Jordan Jesse Go. Not precisely a panel, but usually Jordan, Jesse, and hilarious guest. Bonus: "MeFi's own" and AskMe sponsorship cachet.
posted by donnagirl at 6:59 PM on April 14, 2012

Slate's Culture Gabfest features three hosts (and occasional guest) discussing three topics (all over the culture map - movies, tv, architecture, dance, poetry, social media).

Extra Hot Great features three hosts (and occasional guest) discussing a few pop culture topics (usually a movie released that week and a television show submitted to their canon) and a game of pop culture trivia to wrap things up.
posted by dorisfromregopark at 6:03 AM on April 15, 2012

Doug Loves Movies podcast
posted by any major dude at 10:52 AM on April 15, 2012

You'll do well working your way through the comedy offerings of BBC Radio 4. Plenty of panel shows (many of which share panelists with QI) all of them pretty high quality.
posted by merocet at 1:50 PM on April 15, 2012

Then work your way through the stuff on 4Extra which reruns lots of panel shows from the past. Really, it's an endless resource.
posted by merocet at 1:53 PM on April 15, 2012

The Unbelievable Truth has many of the same panelists as QI.

Also it is hosted by David Mitchell, and he is the best person.

Also will second Jordan Jesse Go, Doug Loves Movies, and if you enjoy those, look up pretty much any guest you enjoy, and they will also have some sort of chatty podcast.

Never Not Funny, and You Look Nice Today are also good.
posted by St. Sorryass at 1:07 AM on April 16, 2012

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