I love The Incomparable

Pop culture and commentary


I started listening to podcasts back before the iPhone. Which means that I would find podcasts in iTunes, download them to my computer and then transfer them to my iPod. One of the first podcasts I followed was The Incomparable… a pop culture podcast started by Jason Snell. Way back in November 2010, I first listened to episode #12: He Who Controls Mr. Peanuts Controls the World, a discussion of the works of Joss Whedon.

The Incomparable is still around today and I listen to it every week. It’s ironic that this weeks episode, #477: Klimt Versus Monet, is a review of the fourth season of Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

  • Mixing it up. The Incomparable has a main show that covers a broad range of new release and old school pop culture topics, with a heavy dose of television, movies, books, comics and more. I love the main show, but The Incomparable network is more than just the titular podcast. I listen to several of the other shows consistently — like Random Trek and Biff! (formerly the Speedy Arrowcast) — and they take deeper dives into the shows and topics that I’m interested in.

  • New voices. The main show is a panel show, which features a wide range of hosts. Over the years, I’ve discovered many voices on the Incomparable that I now follow in other channels. For example, I first listened to Lisa Schmeiser on a Flash recap podcast, but she’s amazingly insightful about a range of other topics including the changing landscape of retail. And she’s just one example… Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishmann, Aleen Simms, Quinn Rose, Jean MacDonald, Moises Chiullan, Kathy Campbell, Scott McNulty and more. My Twitter feed and RSS feed are full of Incomparable hosts and guests.

  • New content. I’m already familiar with much of the movies and shows they cover on The Incomparable, but they often introduce me to new television shows, books and comics that I may like. I especially love the episodes where they discuss the books nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards.

I look forward to The Incomparable and the other network shows popping up in Overcast each week. And now I need to finish listening to the latest episode and find out what they think of the Buffy Season 4 finale. If you are in the mood for some insightful pop culture commentary, check out the The Incomparable network.

Bob Wertz writes about design, technology and pop culture at Sketchbook B. Bob is a Columbia, South Carolina-based designer, researcher, college instructor, husband and dad. He’s particularly obsessed with typography, the creative process and the tools we use to create. Follow Bob on Instagram.