Those Conspiracy Guys
I’m typically a fan of pure play narrative true crime podcasts. I have tried a few different true crime comedy podcasts over the last few years and nothing has seemed to stick with me. Until discovered Those Conspiracy Guys. I must have been living under a rock—Those Conspiracy Guys is one of the most popular podcasts in Ireland.
The podcast is hosted and produced by Gordon Rochford.
Host and producer Gordon Rochford has done a tremendous job carving out a special place in the podcast universe. Those Conspiracy Guys is not your average True Crime Comedy Podcast. Gordon and his guests do not use the show as a platform to try stand up material, nor do they make fun of the cases. The podcast consists of Gordon and a guest(s) who typically discuss a case with a conspiracy angle.
Gordon is a natural interviewer, and draws comedy out of his guests. The first half hour or so is used by Gordon to catch up with his guests and introduce them, and then dive into the discussion. Some guests are better known comedians, tour guides etc. What kills me (not literally) is the number of podcasts with Paul H. or other podcast celebrities—it’s the same discussion each time. Listeners can tend to get caught in an echo chamber of the same podcast discussion. Not with these guys. Once the stage is set, the conversation naturally flows into the actual case. Previous episodes include Jeffrey Dahmer, Chris Benoit and general conspiracy theories.
As previously mentioned, all cases contain some sort of underlying conspiracy. The group will discuss the background of the case and their research, then talk about the conspiracy. Sometimes they agree, other times disagree. Episodes are fun and light, making it the perfect podcast for a long drive or listening with friends.
Those Conspiracy Guys perfectly toes the line between comedy, informative and respectful for True Crime Comedy Podcasts. Many podcasts can’t maintain the balance, and often focus on one area. Usually, this is completely a turn off for me. I end up unsubscribing from the podcast (RIP My Favorite Murderer).
For our American followers, we highly recommend giving Those Conspiracy Guys a download. I personally recommend the Chris Benoit episode. Not only a great discussion, but also shows a very dark side of the WWE.