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Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

Matt Baume


    • May 26, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Quite a Lovely Revolution We Were Having (Ep 389 - David Bowie/Joan Jett Blakk)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 44:36

    My guest this week is the fascinating Terrence Smith, also known as Joan Jett Blakk, a drag performer who ran for mayor of Chicago in the 90s, and after that, President. Terrence has some incredible stories about growing up in Detroit, seeing David Bowie and The Supremes perform live, sneaking onto the floor of the Democratic National Convention, and orchestrating, as he calls it, “quite a lovely revolution.”We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that I've got a weekly newsletter where I write stories about queer pop culture and also link to cute animal videos — subscribe to that at mattbaume.com. Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I just posted a video about how Will & Grace premiered at what might've been the worst possible time, and I've got one coming in June about how the gay couple on Modern Family were prevented from getting married by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.Also, big thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon! Patrons get hours of exclusive videos about super queer pop culture history, stickers and stuff in the mail, and shoutouts in the credits of YouTube videos.

    Magic Horses & Middle School (Ep 388 - Hugh Ryan/magic horses)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 64:17

    There's a new book out this month about the history of The Women's House of Detention, a women's prison that was located just across the street from The Stonewall Inn, that played a role in the 1969 uprising, and that for better or worse shaped queer culture in New York's iconic gayborhood. The author, Hugh Ryan, was my guest on the Sewers of Paris several years ago, and for this week's episode we're revisiting by 2020 interview with him about his previous book, When Brooklyn was Queer. Settle in for a chat about Hugh's own favorite books — pulpy sci-fi novels, which filled his middle school days with magic horses. Growing up, Hugh became a mild mannered academic by day, rowdy party monster by night. And after a series of adventures, including one in which he moved into another person's life, Hugh found a calling in creating pop-up museums of queer history.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that I've got a weekly newsletter where I write stories about queer pop culture and also link to cute animal videos — subscribe to that at mattbaume.com. Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I just posted a video about how Will & Grace premiered at what might've been the worst possible time, and how the creators overcame the Ellen curse. Also, big thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon! Patrons get hours of exclusive videos about super queer pop culture history, stickers and stuff in the mail, and shoutouts in the credits of YouTube videos.

    Camp is like Pornography (Ep 387 - Eurovision/Jānis)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 51:56

    We're in the midst of Eurovision right now, the extravagant celebration of over-the-top music and outrageous costumes and, every now and then, taste. Eurovision is a great big ball of fun, and it was the subject of the very first episode of The Sewers of Paris. This week, we're revisiting my 2015 interview with Jānis, who on this very show was the first person to introduce me to the joy of Eurovision, along with the German version of American Idol, gay-adjacent Hitchcock movies, and hard-core camp.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that I've got a weekly newsletter where I write stories about queer pop culture and also link to cute animal videos — subscribe to that at mattbaume.com. Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I've got a video coming this weekend about how Will & Grace premiered at what might've been the worst possible time, and how the creators overcame the Ellen curse. Also, big thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon! Patrons get hours of exclusive videos about super queer pop culture history, stickers and stuff in the mail, and shoutouts in the credits of YouTube videos.

    Did I Just Get Married? (Ep 386 - Pedro Almodóvar/Alejandro Varela)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 46:22

    My guest this week is Alejandro Varela, who was a mostly-closeted college student when he left the US for a semester in Spain. There he was able to start fresh, come out, and explore queer culture — with a little inspiration from filmmaker Pedro Almodovar — and to come back to the US a completely changed person.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. And take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I just posted a video about the show Dynasty. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about super queer pop culture — lately I've been posting behind-the-scenes looks at the making of Will & Grace.

    Betrayed by Books (Ep 385 - Fantasy novels/Oliver Darkshire)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 39:49

    My guest this week is Oliver Darkshire. As a young adult, he found himself drifting away from his friends, due in part to what turned out to be an undiagnosed illness that made it hard for him to participate in day-to-day activities. It was a fantasy novel that turned things around for him — a book that took an approach to sex that had never occurred to Oliver to seek out.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. And take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I just posted a video about the show Dynasty. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about super queer pop culture — lately I've been posting behind-the-scenes looks at the making of Will & Grace.

    Learning to be Myself More (Ep 384 - Live drag soap opera/Harold Slazer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 51:55

    My guest this week is Harold Slazer, an actor-writer-director whose life was changed in an instant after a car crash and ensuing memory problems that left him unable to remember people, places, and his own work. He rebuilt his life and created a popular live show in New York called The Honeysuckles — a comedic hybrid of live soap opera and comedy cabaret — which nearly made its may into millions of American homes when it was adapted into a TV show at Fox. But there were a lot of obstacles to getting such a daring project on the air, which is why one of Harold's memories from those days was hiding in a closet in full drag so Rupert Murdoch wouldn't find him.Watch The Honeysuckles pilot here: https://youtu.be/zTGq-4tn1BIWe'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. And take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I just posted a video about the show Dynasty. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about super queer pop culture.

    Oracular Garbage Pile (Ep 383 - James Bond/Andrew Wheeler)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 45:37

    This week sees the release of Love and War, a new comic book set in the competitive world of varsity tug-of-war and featuring a lovely upbeat queer romance. The author, Andrew Wheeler, was my guest on The Sewers of Paris back in 2018, and for this week's interview we're diving into the Sewers archives to revisit our conversation about awakening untapped courage with defiantly gay comic characters. Though his stories are swashbuckling, Andrew tends to live a more quiet and domestic life than his globetrotting heroes. But it was through his books that he was able to explore beyond the town where he grew up -- in literature and eventually in real life.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. And take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I just posted a video about the show Dynasty. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about super queer pop culture.

    A Crew of Proto-Queer Boys (Ep 382 - Spice Girls/Little Miss Hot Mess)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 42:15

    My guest this week is the performer, author, and academic known as Lil Miss Hot Mess, who was fortunate enough to grow up with a proto-queer friend group that paved the way for a professional drag career. Over the years, what began as a hobby for Lil Miss Hot Mess gradually morphed into a method for grabbing attention at protests, a full-time job that included an SNL performance with Katy Perry, and then a PhD and academic study into the very nature of drag itself — and now most recently a picture book for kids.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. And take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history — I've got a video coming this weekend about the show Dynasty. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos.

    Space Ballerinas (Ep 381 - Sailor Moon/Ryan La Salla)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 54:13

    This month marks the 30 year anniversary of the American debut of Sailor Moon, and to celebrate we're diving back into the Sewers of Paris archives to hear my 2018 chat with author Ryan La Salla. When we last spoke, Ryan was about to publish his first novel — Reverie, a queer adult fantasy. Since then, he's written a second book, Be Dazzled; and his third, The Honeys, comes out this summer. Ryan's been an imaginative creator his entire life, but as you'll hear, he didn't always use his powers for good.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. And take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos.

    It's Petty Drama (Ep 380 - The Hills/Xavier D'Leau)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 45:11

    My guest this week is producer Xavier D'Leau, who always knew that he needed, somehow, to make television shows that tell the stories of black queer lives. That wasn't going to be easy, considering he went to school for social work, but he was determined — by day he helped people in crisis, and at night he and his friends worked on their own creative projects. That all came to a head one day when he found out he was about to be evicted, and made a tough choice about which career path he wanted to follow.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter — this week I have a story about the movie Twilight and its connection to squids.Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos — I just posted one about the late-70s fiasco Supertrain, a show that nearly caused NBC to go bankrupt.

    We're All Enjoying the Male Body (Ep 379 - International Male/Buck Jones)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 44:54

    My guest this week left his old life behind to chase dreams of freedom with the love of his life. Buck Jones was working a corporate job with a homophobic boss when he and his then-boyfriend, now-husband sold their home and moved overseas to open a little cafe in Paris. It was the culmination of a lot of childhood dreams, informed by Buck's love of classic mid-century sitcoms — but it was also the start of a lot of work, and a gigantic culture shock.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter — this week I have a story about the movie Twilight and its connection to squids.Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history. I just posted a video about the conflict over the sitcom Soap that engulfed America in the summer of 1977. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos, including an interview with Marsha Posner Williams, producer of The Golden Girls and Soap and many other shows.

    Secrets Kill (Ep 378 - Disaster films/Christopher Rice)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 63:03

    My guest this week is New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice, whose new book Sapphire Sunset is a passionate, steamy gay romance. Christopher didn't think he'd grow up to be a writer, despite coming from a literary family — both his parents are authors, his mother most famously for Interview with the Vampire among many other works, but Christopher was an adult when he discovered that writing fiction gave him the opportunity to tell the stories that he wanted to read — stories informed by his childhood love of chaos and camp.We'll have that conversation in a minute. Also don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history. I just posted a video about the conflict over the sitcom Soap that engulfed America in the summer of 1977. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos. I just posted an extended interview with Marsha Posner Williams, producer of The Golden Girls and Soap and many other shows.

    Raised by Hippies (Ep 377 - Room with a View/Michael Bach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 39:27

    My guest this week is Michael Bach, whose life was changed in a movie theater — or more precisely, just outside of one, when a conversation about the film he'd just seen led to a terrible discovery about the person he was currently dating. Now, three decades later, Michael's entire career has come to encompass a very particular set of values to which his eyes were opened on that night in 1990.We'll have that conversation in a minute. Also don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history. I just posted a video about the conflict over the sitcom Soap that engulfed America in the summer of 1977. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture, including an upcoming interview with Golden Girls producer Marsha Posner Williams.

    The Moon's About to Fall (Ep 376 - Majora's Mask/Enrique)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 45:26

    This week sees the re-release of one of the greatest videogames ever made, Majora's Mask, which is about a young boy trying to stop the end of the world. In commemoration, we're diving into the Sewers of Paris archives yet again for a chat about the game with a man who's given a lot of thought to impending apocalypses, both as an adult and as a child. That may be a dark obsession for a little kid, but playing through the end of the world in videogames got Enrique through some tough times as a kid -- and even tougher times as an adult.Also, listeners — I know, we've been dipping into the Sewers of Paris archives more than usual lately. That's because I've been working on two new top-secret projects that made it a little difficult to record interviews over the last few weeks. But here's the good news — after this week, you can look forward to a bunch of brand new Sewers of Paris conversations. AND I'll be announcing those two exciting new projects very soon. One's directly connected to Sewers, and the other is a sort of companion to both Sewers and my YouTube channel. Thanks for your patience, and I cannot WAIT for you to see what I've been working on these last few weeks. Now, on with the episode and my 2016 conversation with Enrique!

    Funny and Salacious and Dangerous (Ep 375: Andrew/Soap)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 37:58

    It's a little unfair that so many gay men adore The Golden Girls, but fewer have heard of the show Soap, without which Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy wouldn't exist. It is also one of the most controversial sitcom in television history, and I have a new YouTube video coming this weekend all about Soap's rocky road, and why for one summer in 1977 gay groups and conservatives agreed that the show could not be allowed to air. For this week's episode of The Sewers of Paris, we're jumping back to a 2015 interview about Soap, which was something of an obsession for my guest Andrew. That's thanks in large part to the motherly power of the character of Jessica. Though her family was fractured and weird, her love never wavered. That family loyalty made such an impression on him that he still thinks about -- and aspires to it -- to this day.We'll have that conversation in a minute. Also don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel for videos about film and TV history. My new video about the making of Soap debuts this Sunday, February 20, kicking off with a livestream at 11am pacific. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture.

    I was Quite Happy to be the Villain (Ep 374: Tork Shaw/Kenneth Williams)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 53:02

    Next week would have been the 96th birthday of Kenneth Williams, an incredible British performer who hid queer culture in plain sight on the BBC back in the 1960s. For this week's episode we're diving all the way back into the Sewers of Paris archives to one of my very first episodes, a conversation with game designer Tork Shaw. Tork would listen to tapes of Kenneth Williams in the car with this family growing up, and he'd hear something of himself in the bookish, aristocratic, quick-witted gays like Kenneth Williams. Tork didn't quite fit in at school -- everyone around him was sporty and posh -- so he cultivated a caustic wit, modeled on the characters he heard, and despite being a small, unathletic kid, his classmates grew scared of him and he was voted "worst bully" in his class. But by the time he was teenager, he was feeling ready to set that aside. "I didn't want to be mean anymore," he said. "What happens if I let go of everything I've done in the past?"We'll have that conversation in a minute. And hey don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my cute little newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel where I post stories about film and TV history. I just posted a new video about The Golden Girls. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture.

    Behind the Scenes with Betty White (Ep 373 - The Golden Girls/Jim Colucci)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 63:52

    My guest this week is Jim Colucci, author of numerous books about the behind-the-scenes stories of the making of classic TV shows. In his work he's had opportunities to interview greats like Norman Lear, Betty White, and Bea Arthur — but the REALLY good stories are about what happened after the interviews were over.We'll have that conversation in a minute. And hey don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my cute little newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel where I post stories about film and TV history. I just posted a new video about The Golden Girls. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture.

    Southern Decadence (Ep 372 - The Chronicles of Narnia/Jonathan Alexander)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 53:36

    My guest this week is author Jonathan Alexander, whose new book Dear Queer Self comes out in March 2022 and is a sort of conversation with his younger self, and an attempt to recapture some of younger-him's wisdom. Though Jonathan of today has been through a lot of eye-opening experiences, from a brief marriage to a woman to a life-changing experience with Hurricane Katrina, he still pauses to listen to that nerdy kid drawing fantasy maps inspired by CS Lewis novels.We'll have that conversation in a minute. And hey don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my cute little newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel where I post stories about film and TV history. I just posted a new video about The Golden Girls. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture.

    Cozy vs Kinky (Ep 371 - The Jungle Book/Caudle)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 64:32

    My guest this week grew up alongside eight sisters, in a home so crowded his room was a tiny storage closet. Splitting his time between homeschooling and the family flea market, Caudle had a particularly insulated upbringing — until an adventure to a convention for fellow nerds opened his eyes to a big wide world, and he left home with the help of some new friends.We'll have that conversation in a minute. And hey don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my cute little newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel where I post stories about film and TV history. I just posted a new video about The Golden Girls. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture.

    You Can be Sad or You Can be Gay (Ep 370 - Guy Branum)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 80:26

    Fifty-eight years ago this weekend, the musical Hello Dolly opened on Broadway — and this week we're diving into the Sewers archive for a chat with Guy Branum about why, for him, the show encapsulates all the greatest joyful aspects of being gay.We'll have that conversation in a minute. And hey don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my cute little newsletter. Also take a look at my YouTube channel where I post stories about film and TV history. I've got a Golden Girls video in the works. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture.

    Hercules as a Twink (Ep 369 - Roo/Disney movies)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 59:02

    My guest this week is one of the busiest people I've ever interviewed. Roo George Warren is an educator, an ecologist, a singer, an activist, a performance artist, and that's not even half of the jobs you might find him doing on any particular day. Roo was raised with a healthy respect for skepticism and rebellion, and after venturing away from the town where he grew up, he found his calling close to home — now focusing on issues like food sovereignty and language revitalization for the Catawba Nation.We'll have that conversation in a minute. And hey don't forget to head over to mattbaume.com to subscribe to my cute little newsletter — this week I shared a bunch of my favorite Betty White performances.Also take a look at my YouTube channel where I post stories about film and TV history. I've got a Golden Girls video in the works. And head over to my Patreon to support The Sewers of Paris and watch hours of bonus videos about queer pop culture. I just posted a roundup on Patreon of the most downloaded episodes of Sewers in 2021, along with my most watched YouTube videos.

    I Just Lied (Ep 368 - Andy/Revolutionary Girl Utena)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 54:25

    My guest this week has been a lot of different people — he grew up a meek kid in Maryland, came out of the closet when he went to school in New York to study illustration, and then had to watch his step when his first job out of college required him to move to Tennessee to work on the religious show Veggie Tales. For a while, he found solace in the fandom of queer anime. And when he was finally able to escape Tennessee, it was to a city and a job where queerness could be celebrated.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post stories about pop culture history. And head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos. I just posted a roundup on Patreon of the most downloaded episodes of Sewers in 2021, along with my most watched YouTube videos.Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    That Really Felt Like Christmas Magic (Ep 367 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Jonathan)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 49:28

    I hope you're having a delightful holiday time, full of seasonal entertainment and sweaters and good cheer. For this week's episode, we're heading into the archives to hear my 2016 interview with Jonathan, who grew up in a deeply religious family and always found himself swept up in the pageantry of the season. These days, he's distanced himself from the faith, but unexpectedly Christmas has become spiritual for him in a far more personal way.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. And head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.Check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    A Boy in the Country (Ep 366 - The Wizard of Oz/Tyler Dwiggins)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 59:37

    My guest this week is playwright Tyler Dwiggins, who grew up in an isolated, rural Indiana farm town where there wasn't much in the way of arts — especially if someone else needed to use the school's combination auditorium/cafeteria. That's why today he produces the kind of stuff he was looking for back then, starting with a series of queer-inclusive plays for high schools.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. And head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.Check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    I'm Not Gay, I'm Just a Dance Major (Ep 365 - The Boys in the Band/Raymond Miller)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 39:54

    Twenty-one years ago this week, the show Queer as Folk made its American debut, and this week we're diving into the Sewers archive to revisit one of the very first episodes of the podcast — my 2015 interview with Toronto performer Raymond Miller. If you were a teenager in Toronto in 2002, you saw him every afternoon hosting a local after-school TV show. He's also appeared on stage in Mamma Mia, blink on Queer as Folk, and with the Canadian Opera Company. Back when he was a TV show host, management told him he needed to get rid of his lisp. And if he couldn't on his own, they told him, they had a solution to straighten him out: hockey.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. And head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.Check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    The Boys' Secret Society (Ep 364 - Gay Newspapers/Robert Steele)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 57:24

    My guest this week is Robert Steele, author of a new book about a figure in the early modern gay liberation movement that you probably never heard of. Robert's subject is Jim Foshee, a teen runaway who landed in Los Angeles in the middle of a time of incredible upheaval. He was also Robert's good friend, and between the two of them are some incredible stories about gay life of the 1950s onward.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. I just published a new one about Jim Nabors, the Andy Griffith Show, and a scandalous fake marriage that nearly ended two closeted actors' careers. And head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.Check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    I Was Like a Zombie (Ep 363 - The Powerpuff Girls/Alex Salyer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 57:20

    My guest this week is Alex Salyer, whose work you may have seen on HBO's Animals, on Tuca and Bertie, on BoJack Horseman, and also possibly in some of your weirder dreams. Alex is an animation director whose work defies the rules of reality, and any other rules he might happen to run into. Working in adult animation, at this point Alex may have animated more dicks than anyone else in his field — quite an accomplishment for someone who grew up in a conservative religious family.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. I've got one coming this weekend about Jim Nabors, the Andy Griffith Show, and a scandalous fake marriage that nearly ended two closeted actors' careers.And you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.And a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    We've Cornered the Market on Mermaids (Ep 362 - Joel Kim Booster/Clue)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 51:20

    We're careening towards Thanksgiving, and you know what that means — an onslaught of holiday specials on the horizon. One that I'm particularly looking forward to is Santa Inc, a stop-motion special featuring the voice of comedian Joel Kim Booster. I spoke with Joel back in 2017, and this week we're diving into the Sewers of Paris archive to revisit that conversation in preparation for the holidays. Joel grew up in a household where his parents tried to control every aspect of his life — until he came out, at which point he found himself homeless, and then taken in by a family he barely even knew.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. I've got one coming up about Jim Nabors, the Andy Griffith Show, and a scandalous fake marriage that nearly ended two closeted actors' careers.And you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.And a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Lots of Trouble (Ep 360 - The Breakfast Club/Lane Rogers)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 45:03

    My guest this week is Lane V. Rogers, who splits his time between posting videos on YouTube, streaming on Twitch, posting nudes on OnlyFans, and getting a degree in business — all of which would be a tremendous surprise to him just a few years ago. When he graduated from high school a few years ago, Lane realized that he had spent so much time rebelling that he hadn't developed any interests or plans or goals for his life. He found himself adrift and aimless and working a dead-end job, and might still be there today if not for a lucky discovery of a VHS tape at a thrift shop.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. And you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.And a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Sewers of Paris: A Gateway Drug to Fabulous (Ep. 360 - 80s Cartoons/Ted Biaselli)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 58:15

    At first glance, Elvira — the late-night movie hostess — looks like a character custom-engineered to appeal to straight men. So why do so many gays love her? I've got a new video up on YouTube exploring that very question, with help from someone who knows a thing or two about the character — her longtime collaborator and writer, Ted Biaselli, who also happens to be Director of Original Series at Netflix. Several years ago I interviewed Ted for The Sewers of Paris, and this week we're returning to that conversation about his work with Elvira, aka Cassandra Peterson, as well as his journey from a flamboyant child in Pennsylvania to an art-school gay to developing shows that will hopefully speak to weird little kids like the one he used to be.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture. And you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of TV and film history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.And a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    The Drama Kid (Ep 359 - Funny Girl/David Pevsner)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 53:11

    My guest this week is David Pevsner, writer, actor, and erotic blogger. His book Damn Shame, a memoir of desire, defiance, and show tunes comes out in January (it's available for pre-order now) and catalogs his adventures on Broadway and on TV, as an escort, and as a naked Tumblr star. It all starts with a kid dancing in secret to Barbra Streisand records.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a reminder to check out my YouTube channel where I post videos about queer pop culture history — I've got a new one coming this weekend about how Elvira became a gay icon and the Queen of Halloween. And you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of queer TV and film history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.And a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    My Space-Brothers (Ep 358 - Star Trek DS9/David)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 45:26

    My guest this week has some catching up to do. David is a writer who grew up in a religious family, and until his early 30s was closeted and struggled through ex-gay treatments until he finally came out. Helping him to make the adjustment: Star Trek, where he came to realize he'd picked up more of his sense of right and wrong than from the church. After cutting ties with his old life, he sold almost everything he owned for a one-way bus ticket to LA, where a couple of lucky breaks kept him from living on the street and got him into the industry he'd always dreamed of joining.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.Also don't forget to check out my YouTube where I post videos about queer pop culture history — I've got a new one all about The Paul Lynde Halloween Special. And you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of queer TV and film history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.

    A Big Purple Man in a Loin Cloth (Ep. 357 - Fazaad/Gargoyles)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 65:37

    Next week is the anniversary of the premiere of the show Gargoyles, an animated 90s series with queer subtext simmering just under the surface — and that's according to the show's creator. In honor of that anniversary, we're diving back into the Sewers archives for a chat with Fazaad Feroze, who became obsessed with the show when he was young. The child of immigrants from Guyana before moving to the United States, he only has to look back one generation on his family tree to see a life that is unrecognizable to him. And as you can imagine, the family's introduction to American culture wasn't always easy and came with frequent surprises — including, when Fazaad was a teenager, the discovery of his real name.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.Also don't forget to check out my YouTube where I post videos about queer pop culture history — and you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of queer TV, film, and Broadway history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.

    Always Pushing Boundaries (Ep 356 - Madonna/Farhad Dadyburjor)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 48:08

    My guest on the Sewers of Paris podcast this week is the author of The Other Man, a forthcoming novel set in Mumbai about two men from very different cultures falling in love. Farhad Dadyburjor knows a thing or two about bridging cultures — growing up in India, he developed a deep obsession with western pop stars like Madonna and even came out to a friend via a carefully phrased comparison to George Michael. These days he's gained a much richer understanding of himself and his community — thanks to a combination of queer literature and dance parties.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.Also don't forget to check out my YouTube where I post videos about queer pop culture history — and you can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of queer TV, film, and Broadway history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.

    Sexy But Secret (Ep 355 - Twilight/Ian Lockwood)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 46:43

    My guest on the Sewers of Paris podcast this week would like you to see him at his worst. Ian Lockwood is a New York based pop music comedian who makes goofy music videos in which he plays his messiest self. It's a style inspired in part by his relationship with the Twilight novels — which he started reading as a joke, and was then startled to discover that he unironically loved.We'll have that conversation in a minute. And don't forget to check out my YouTube where I post videos about queer pop culture history — I've got one coming this weekend about how queer activists teamed up with the producer of Bewitched and Barney Miller to overcome network censors and put the first recurring gay couple on television. You can also head over to my Patreon to watch hours of bonus videos featuring stories of queer TV, film, and Broadway history.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris at Patreon.com/mattbaume. And to everyone who's left a review on Apple podcasts or wherever you listen.

    It Opened a Portal in my Brain (Ep 354 - The Ice Storm/Craig Johnson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 60:50

    My guest this week is Craig Johnson — director of the movies Skeleton Twins and Alex Strangelove, among many other projects. His creative interests straddle two very different worlds: Troubled suburban families, and weird creepy monsters … which maybe aren't so different after all. Fortunately, he gets to explore those topics on screen — thanks to a phone call many years ago that changed his life forever.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I just released a new one about the gayest week in television history. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Life is Drama, Make me Laugh (Ep. 353 - Dan Savage)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 68:30

    Eleven years ago this week, Dan Savage founded the It Gets Better Project, and this week we're diving into the Sewers archives to revisit my conversation with him in 2017. You've probably heard Dan speak at length about sex and love and news and politics -- but this conversation is going to be a little different as we dive into 8-track tapes, secret bike rides, family arguments, and a rule-breaking theater troupe where Dan honed his sense of shock and showmanship long before he was known for dispensing Savage Love.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I've got one coming this weekend about how one weird week in 1976 became the gayest couple of days in television history. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Called to the Kitchen (Ep 352 - Cookbooks/Adam Roberts)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 41:21

    My guest this week is a writer who's found a way to blend an unlikely combination of genres — comedy and food writing. You may know Adam Roberts for his blog and his cookbook, The Amateur Gourmet, or from his work as a writer on the show The Real O'Neals. None of this was supposed to happen — Adam's career kicked off with a short stint in law school before he realized it wasn't for him, and food writing was something he just did for fun until he discovered, to his surprise, that it had become his whole life.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I just posted one about the beloved 80s movie Mannequin and the unlikely queer heroism of the character Hollywood Montrose. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Queer Dark Souls (Ep 351 - Dark Souls/Illusory Wall)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 41:37

    My guest this week is the YouTuber who goes by the name Illusory Wall. He's dedicated himself to unraveling the mysteries of the often-bewildering games in the Dark Souls franchise — dark gothic mysteries full of strange horrors and hidden treasures. What was once a niche interest has become an obsession, and, as of very recently, his full time job.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I've got one coming this weekend about the movie Mannequin and the unlikely queer heroism of Hollywood Montrose. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    The Luckiest Little Homosexual in the World (Ep 350 - The Tonys/Jeffrey Masters)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 50:28

    My guest this week is Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A. He moved to LA with a plan to make it big as an actor, which doesn't always work out for the best — and for a time, it looked like things were going south as he found that his Shakespearean training left him unprepared for what Hollywood was looking for. But then he stumbled upon a passion that got him more attention than he'd even had before, and more importantly, a feeling of fulfillment in his work.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — and you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    In my Own Way I'm a Doomsday Prepper (Ep. 349 - Phuong/Drag Race)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 48:33

    This week we're diving into the Sewers archive to revisit a chat with my friend Phuong, who is always tirelessly MAKING stuff. When we chatted three years ago, he was busy baking bread, crafting soap, knitting hats, and more — but this summer he's embarked on his biggest project yet, a new YouTube channel called Rabbit Hole where he posts videos full of fascinating, weird, surprising features of the planet Earth. Recent topics include animals elected to office, tiny countries you've never heard of, and actual gates to hell. These videos are a continuation of Phuong's lifelong habit of making things for others and giving away gifts — because every time he does, there's something equally important that he gets back.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — and you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Tough on the Outside, Nice on the Inside (Ep 348 - Pokémon/José)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 50:42

    This week I'm chatting with José, host of the delightful YouTube series Ketchup with Max and José, and the partner of past Sewers of Paris Guest Max Miller (host of Tasting History). As a kid, José was a shy gay nerd before growing up to be … also a shy gay nerd, but one who helped launch Disney Plus and also cohosts a food history show with his partner and is about get married. We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I've been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — and you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    A Little More F'd Up (Ep 347 - Six Feet Under/Scott)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 44:45

    My guest on The Sewers of Paris podcast this week is Scott, host of the podcast The Movies that Made us Gay. His first glimpse at gay life was the same-sex couple on the show Six Feet Under, which inspired him to formulate an escape plan from his small Montana home, his sights set on Hollywood. The plan was to find his way into the entertainment industry, but that all changed shortly after he arrived and met the man who would one day become his husband.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — I've got a new video coming this weekend over on YouTube, all about TV gay bars, and the unexpected reason that the macho crime finding studs of Starsky and Hutch transformed into the grandmotherly Jessica Fletcher on Murder she Wrote. Check out my YouTube for that, and head over to Patreon to see some bonus videos.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    The Devil's Name is on All my Paychecks (Ep 346 - Fran Tirado/Greek myths)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 49:02

    My guest this week is Fran Tirado, who you might recognize as the host of the Food 4 Thot podcast. Fran grew up in a sheltered religious community, and it was a chance encounter with gay Greek myths that helped him break out. Now he's dedicated himself to a different kind of scripture — one of powerful femmes, radical queer liberation, and sex without shame.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — Muppet fans, I just released a new video about the gay history of the Muppets. Check out my YouTube for that, and head over to Patreon to see some bonus videos.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    My Cat Makes Me Laugh (Ep. 345 - Bette Midler/H. Alan Scott)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 56:30

    My guest is writer and comedian H. Alan Scott, whom you may know as co-host of the Out on the Lanai podcast. I first met him back when I lived in LA, and worked as a nightlife photographer — H. Alan was one of the people I looked forward to seeing most, because he never posed. He just let me photograph him candidly, honestly, sometimes with a smile and sometimes not. I didn't know it, but at the time he was emerging from a long and difficult ordeal that had changed his life. And when I pointed my camera at him, I was pointing it at a man who had no use for putting on a happy face.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First — Muppet fans, you'll be pleased to hear that I've got a new video coming out about the gay history of the Muppets, from sly queer jokes slipping onto the Muppet show to Ernie & Bert's relationship to the story of how one puppeteer became the most famous gay man in the world … who nobody recognized. Join me for a livestream and then the new video this Sunday, July 25 at 11am pacific. And head over to Patreon to see some bonus videos with extra stories that didn't make it into the final video.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Good Luck, Kid (Ep 344 - Beatrix Potter/Carl Bishop)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 67:48

    My guest this week might sound a bit familiar, because you've almost definitely heard his voice before — even if you didn't realize it. Carl Bishop is the voice you hear on countless commercials. He's been the voice of hardware stores, he's warned you about medication side effects, he's sold shampoo and razors and laundry detergent and cars and pizza. When Carl got his start as a radio personality, many years ago, he avoided coming out for fear of the impact on his career. But as he found commercial success, and particularly as a video game voice actor, he decided it was time to overcome that fear.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, I want to let you know that I just posted a new video over on YouTube. It's about the most iconic gay couple of the 24th century, Garak and Bashir from Star Trek Deep Space 9 — and how fans were ultimately responsible for bringing these star-crossed lovers together. Check that out at YouTube.com/mattbaume — and head over to Patreon to see some bonus videos with extra stories that didn't make it into the final video.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Always Dreaming (Ep 343 - The Brady Bunch Movie/Stan Zimmerman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 50:02

    My guest this week is TV writer Stan Zimmerman, whose credits include episodes of The Golden Girls, Gilmore Girls, The Brady Bunch Movie, and the gay kiss episode of Roseanne, among many many more. As a kid, Stan created a fantasy television network in his bedroom, giving a weekly variety show to his idol Lily Tomlin; something that he was able to tell her years later when they became colleagues. We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, I want to let you know that I've got a new video going live on YouTube this weekend. It's about the most iconic gay couple of the 24th century, Star Trek's Deep Space 9's Garak and Bashir — and how fans were ultimately responsible for bringing these star-crossed lovers together? Join me for a livestream leading into my new video this Sunday, July 11, at 11am pacific at YouTube.com/mattbaume.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    Really Stupid and Delicious (Ep 342 - Desperate Housewives/Benji Carr)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 47:06

    Hello, I'm Matt Baume, and welcome to the Sewers of Paris. We're on a podcast search for the entertainment that changed the lives of queer people.My guest this week is author Benji Carr, whose novel Impacted comes out next week, and is the product of a lifelong obsession with soap operas. It's not entirely surprising, as his own life was often more dramatic than he knew how to handle. It was shows like Melrose Place, Knots Landing, and Desperate Housewives that helped him make sense of the chaos in his own life, and eventually, deal with it more productively than the fictional characters he'd grown up watching.And just a quick heads up: This week's episode includes mention of childhood sexual abuse.

    The Lone Wolf Doing Theater (Ep 340 - Ravi Roth/Broadway)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 48:48

    My guest this week is Ravi Roth. You may know him from his travel series Ravi Round the World, or his new show Gaycation, where he visits queer hotspots across the globe. Ravi knew from an early age that he loved performing, and for a time he was laser-focused on making it to Broadway. But once he was there, he found that he had a talent for travel, and found himself journeying far from the city he once thought was where he'd always call home. Now, rather than performing in character, he fills his time by exploring queer bars, enclaves, and at least one unexpected nudist camp.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, I want to let you know that I've just posted a new video over on my YouTube channel, where I talk about queer milestones in the pop culture that changed the world. The latest video is all about Disney villains — specifically, what makes them all so extremely gay? Check that out at YouTube.com/mattbaume.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    We Were Too Busy Being Gay (Ep. 340 - Stonewall/Tree)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 52:14

    This week, to celebrate Pride month, we're heading into the Sewers archives for a chat with a man who was present for the Stonewall Riots. He earned the nickname Tree thanks to his six-foot-five stature, and he's been a part of New York's gay community going back to the fifties, when he didn't even know a community existed. Tree's been a member of Brooklyn street gangs, worked with the mob, and counted among his friends Buddy Holly, Bea Arthur, and Rock Hudson. We talked one year ago, as we were heading into a lot of uncertainty around COVID, quarantines, and the future. And now that many of us are finally in the process of re-emerging out into the world, it seemed like a perfect time to reflect on his stories of endurance and liberation.

    A Pride Omnibus (Ep 339 - X-Men/Joe Glass)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 53:37

    My guest this week is comic artist Joe Glass, author of the just-released Pride Omnibus which collects several years of his queer superhero stories. Joe's work is heavily influenced by his youthful love of heroes from X-Men to Buffy, and like those heroes, there were times when people tried to stop him from pursuing the work that he knew was right.We'll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that I just posted a new video over on YouTube that's all about John Waters, Divine, and three films that I like to call the Trinity of Trash — check that out at YouTube.com/mattbaume.And just a quick reminder that I've got a little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I'm working on. Sign up for that at mattbaume.com.Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who's reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

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