Name of Podcast: 财富名人八卦 (pinyin: cái fù míng rén bā guà)
What topics are covered: This is is a podcast talking about celebrities and gossip. The podcast can definitely be regarded as a comedy podcast since the hosts of the podcast are making fun of everything all the time with funny accents, sounds etc.. The podcasters talk a lot about what’s going on with people in 娱乐圈 (pinyin: yú lè quān, show-biz).
Why is it good to listen to?
This podcast is from Sichuan. The main host of the show, 雨轩（pinyin: yǔ xuān), speaks a lot of Sichuanhua in the show with the guests. Sichuanhua is used across the west and some of middle China as it used to be the official language in southwest China (西南官话). Although the host uses Sichuanhua sometimes, when he speaks Mandarin, his Mandarin is very standard Mandarin. It’s a excellent podcast for you to get to know different dialects and sharpen your listening skills.
To listen or subscribe to the podcast, you can find it on iTunes.
How often are the podcasts updated? This podcast seems to have stopped updating.
Length of each podcast: Each episode of the podcast is about 52 minutes long.
This a very fun podcast with a lot of Sichuanhua and jokes. The host takes all kinds of show-biz gossip as the starting point to make fun of the celebrities involved. The host and his guests often improvises dialogues interpreting the gossip with funny voices and accents. They then add “asides” sometimes in Sichuanhua that can make you laugh out loud even if you don’t fully understand. Apart from making fun of these famous people, they make fun of each other as well. For example, the host tried to correct the guest’s pronunciation of the English name “Jackson” and the guest ended up with a very exaggerated and funny pronunciation. The way that one of the hosts says “iTunes” is great too. The hosts are very aware of different dialects and accents and are good at mimicking say a visitor from Taiwan or Hong Kong.
This is a really fun podcast that’s a joy to listen to.