It was Comedy Death Ray Radio for me, and WTF. Then I got into The Best Show with Tom Scharpling and Superego and that was that. I realized I was just as entertained by the audio experience (if not more so) then the visual tedium of broadcast television. So I cut the mutha truckin cord and haven't looked back.
Podcasts are more of a slow burn with a bigger payoff if you're willing to invest the time. Once I got hooked on the spontaneous moments of brilliance and genuine laughter that podcasts *can provide, I realized why I wasn't laughing at my television anymore. Sitcoms and even talk shows try too hard to get the moment just right and often completely neuter it. While podcasts are roaming free...fully intact...swangin around.