It sounds like the beginning of a terrible joke:
Q. What do an ex-Orthodox Jew, a doubting Mormon, a military veteran, and a nurse have in common?
Well, the answer is (apart from some seriously amazing stories from their past), that they’re all guests on Chris Gethard’s podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People.
The premise of the show is simple – 1 phone call, 1 hour, no names, no holds barred.
A weekly podcast in which comedian Chris Gethard (The Office, the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Out’s “10 best comedians of 2015) opens his phone line to an anonymous caller, and has one simple rule. He can’t hang up first. Regardless of what happens or what is said.
There’s been some scandalous confessions, shocking secrets, interesting philosophical discussions (some of my personal favourites to be honest), and yeah – there’s even some shameless self-promotion from some people pushing their own barrows (for example, episode 9 – Running Down A Stapler).
Also – poop soup. Episode 11 if you’re interested. But… it’s not exactly for the faint of heart or weak of constitution.
I really like this podcast – I enjoy Chris’ approach to podcasting, and his warm, uniquely caring manner. But don’t just take my word for it (puts on TV voiceover man accent) listen to these satisfied customers.
by John Chinmin on Jun 25, 2016
I really only knew Chris from an episode or two of The Office, but his character was so funny that I decided to give this podcast a chance. I’m so glad I did! He is a great interviewer, and has a very calming voice. Most of the conversations have had deep emotional stories, and he keeps the talks on track while still being funny.
Heart breakingly beautiful
by TheTanj on Jun 24, 2016
I fell in love with this podcast after the very first episode! Chris is an amazing and beautiful human, himself, so it only makes sense that he would bring that out in others. Thanks, Chris, for being so kind and empathetic but yet comical at just the right moments!
Authentic, Real, and Nice
by superjisan on Jun 23, 2016
This is my first review of any podcast and this podcast is amazing. Chris definitely has tapped into talking to the people in their mid 20s to 30s and every person he talks to is incredibly relatable. This is partly because Gethard has an amazing ability to talk to complete strangers and relate on some level to what they are saying. Also, it is amazing to listen to Chris’ own life story as he shares his own remarkable story from being an alcoholic, failed performer, and a young dad.
I definitely recommend you subscribe to this – it’s only new to my earholes, but it’s a winner in my book. Rocketing up my playlist ratings at a speed of knots.