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11 fabulously funny podcasts to lighten your mood

"The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter," said US writer Mark Twain. With that in mind, here are just a few of the funny podcasts that are available to listen to and download at your leisure.

1. Breaking the News

In this quiz show from BBC Radio Scotland, Des Clarke breaks down the week's big stories with a panel of his comedian pals. Engaging and laugh out loud funny, this is Scottish satire at its best.

2. You're Dead to Me

The history podcast for people who don’t like history - and those who do. Historians and comedians are brought together to learn and laugh about the people and events of the past, from Mary Shelley to the ancient Olympics,

3. May Contain Nuts

Four hosts - one subject - no script. A comedy show where four hosts pick a subject and try to make sense of it with varying levels of success.

4. The Boring Talks

Behind every boring subject is another layer of boringness you could have never imagined. From wooden pallets, to crinoline ladies to data centres, James Ward introduces tales of mundane, yet oddly interesting everyday items.

5. Athletico Mince

Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson's hilarious podcast which is sometimes about football but often just about life itself.

6. GrownUpLand

Each week Sophie Duker, Heidi Regan and Ned Sedgwick take a topic or dilemma from the "adultworld" and look to the really grown up land of BBC Radio 4 for answers to perplexing, but really relevant questions.

7. No Such Thing as a Fish

QI researchers share their four fascinating facts of the week in an encouraging reminder of how weird and wonderful this world, and the people in it, actually are.

8. Radio 1 Breakfast Best Bits with Greg James

Daily chat, nonsense and extra fun after every Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James. All the best bits from his three and a half hour show condensed down for you into one 28 minute podcast bite of breakfast brilliance.

9. Off the Ball

The most petty and ill-informed podcast you'll ever find. Every week Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan take apart the beautiful game and they won't stop just because there's currently no football on!

10. Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed.

Former Strictly star Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie cover everything from sex to parenting and everyday annoyances in a podcast everyone will be able to relate to.

11. The Comedy Underground

Make time for a laugh - The Comedy Underground features some of the best and most exciting stand-up comedians working on the circuit, including Jo Caulfield and Janey Godley.

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