Improvised comedy doesn't always translate in podcasting, but this clever little enterprise from Seattle-based improv duo Trust charmed us immediately. The two use a single word, suggested via Twitter, as their jumping-off point into improvised, alternative-reality podcasts: a philately show co-hosted by a general; a patriotic linguists podcast; or, in one of our personal favourites, a show about roofs in Witchita. Bizarre comedy ensues. Episodes are fairly short, from 10 to 30 minutes, and edited after the fact, which is a welcome touch. Though some instalments hit the funny bone more precisely than others, the effect is always one of game and merry mockery. Get 12 episodes now and new ones weekly.
Gateway episodes: 4. Rooftops of Witchita (31 Jan 2017) / 5. The American Way Podcast (7 Feb 2017) / 9. Stampede (14 Mar 2017) / 12. Textbook (4 Apr 2017)
Style: Conversation/Radio drama