“And here is the most important thing I’ve learned from 10 years in this world: fandom is about people. It is not about a tv show or a ship, it’s not about a character or a creator or about that one fanfic that changed the way you regard fanfic as a whole. Fandom is about finding people who love what you love. It’s about finding someone in Israel who has the same reaction to Milo Ventimiglia’s bottom lip, or someone in Singapore who will share in your Downton Abbey geekery, or someone in Michigan who knows what you mean when you can’t express your emotions beyond “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.” And who will then ask you about your day, or send you a link they know will make you laugh, or recommend something else (a tv show, band, podcast, book, youtube video) they know you’re going to love. Because they know you.”—Elizabeth (via nomoreapologys)
Hi Lora! As I have proclaimed you as the Podcast Queen, I was wondering whether you could recommend some podcasts that I could listen to? I already listen to TOFOP/FOFOP, Wilosophy, Can You Take This Photo Please, Little Dum Dum Club, and Uhh Yeah Dude; do you have any recommendations that you think I would like? I was too busy with uni to properly investigate new ones, but now it's over it's a perfect time to build up my collection and so I thought you'd be the best person to ask! :D Thanks! xx
I am 100% behind being proclaimed the Podcast Queen, it sounds like a title I could live up to haha! I reckon you’ve got the Aussie ones pretty much covered there so…
Comedian’s Comedian is top notch and along the vibe of CYTTPP and Wilosophy. For something similar to TOFOP and Dum Dum there’s Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin’s podcast. Mental Breakdown is one of my current faves and it might be worth diving into Richard Herring’s Leicester Square or Edinburgh Fringe shows too :)
That’s quite a lot of listeningto be getting on with, feel free to give me a shout for more. Also thanks for the reminder that there’s a load of podcast recommendations in my draft folder that need turning into proper blogs! I need to get them written properly!
how did you even narrow things down? I tried to count how many shows I wanted to see and gave up after 10 pages
I’ve attacked my guide with a highlighter! The 97 doesn’t include things like the Fast Fringe or Late n Live which I’ll inevitably end up going to as well. I’ll work out when I’m going to see people another day haha! I know a lot of people do a spreadsheet but that would stress me out so much, I change my mind on everything right up until it’s booked!
Wil: I went to uni in Canberra, studied journalism… and I always remember having to tell my parents that I was not going to be a newspaper journalist, and now I just always think, “oh my god, that was such a smart move.” I mean, it took twenty years. But that industry is fucked. Like, it is so…
Comedy is a shared experience. Without an audience it is nothing. Far more so than tragedy, comedy is intimately connected with the audience’s response. We weep alone, but we all laugh together.
It is this shared communality that makes it so powerful and so popular. It is constantly reminding us of our own absurdity in this vast universe. It is frequently to do with scale, cutting us down to size, laughing at our human weaknesses. For a few moments it removes us from the prison of our own personalities, the trap of our own self-created selves, and unites us in a warm shared response by making us laugh at the trivia in which we continually enmesh ourselves. It is an uplifting experience. We are taken out of ourselves, and made to laugh at ourselves. This is both slightly painful (laughing does hurt) and healthy (because it is done communally). It is instant group therapy.
“Do you know what my biggest fear is?
My biggest fear is I interview someone who I think is really cool and I can’t get the equipment to work.
It terrifies me.”—Wil Anderson sums up my feelings every time I go to record a podcast.