This public service announcement is brought to you by Kimberly — your neighborhood pop culture junkie. Seriously folks, I need to tell you about my newest podcast obsession — My Favorite Murder! And you all are the perfect audience for it. It’s a podcast about …. murder!
Hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, a comedian and Cooking Channel star respectively, My Favorite Murder is a podcast about true crime, told in the style of gossip with your best girlfriends over brunch and mimosas — chatting about the killer, adding your own commentary, recounting tidbits you heard on Dateline, not always being accurate, stuff like that.
It’s funny and fairly light considering the dark topic. The ladies riff for ten minutes, making each other, and the audience, laugh before each selecting a murder to tell, sometimes in chilling detail, but mostly with humor. They’re not disrespectful to the victims or anything, but they understand our morbid fascination with why people kill, and they talk about it loosely, like you would with your neighbor.
My favorite episodes are the ‘mini’ ones where listeners email murder stories from their own hometowns. The one I recently heard was from a woman who had nearly been abducted when she was a child by an infamous pedophile. Although it may sound creepy, it’s not told creepily. You’ll laugh and then be intrigued. And then you’ll wonder, what would I have done?
The best is the women’s blatant paranoia about getting murdered themselves. They end each podcast with terrific advice to “Stay sexy. Don’t get murdered.” Also, to “F*ck politeness,” a tactic to trust your gut instinct when dealing with strangers.
If you’re into true crime, or you just have a normal fascination with murder, check out My Favorite Murder. If anything, it will liven up your afternoon chores.