THIS WEEK'S NEW PODCAST - season 1, episode 2 - is here.
the feedback from episode #1 with elizabeth lesser was glorious, and thank you to everyone who's been subscribing, talking it up on social media, and especially to those of you rating and reviewing the podcast everywhere possible. it helps!! a lot! we aren't advertising on the net. it's just y'all spreading the word.
yesterday we charted on the apple UK podcast charts, and that made me beam. thanks for that. that was you guys.
greetings from havelock north, aotearoa new zealand.
i am tired. i wish i were writing to you in better spirits, but i'm just generally mega-exhausted and out of spoons. i get through each day, but find it hard to do much but the basics; the news from the states is almost like a physical assault on the soul. i did press all day today in the backyard and kept weeping. my life is such a strange accident. sometimes i just can't handle the poetry.
on sunday night i turned my phone off and didn't check anything for about 20 hours. it was sobering that a) i felt so much better in so little time and b) my addiction to news and connection, espeically being here so far from all old friends and family, is so hardcore. i took it as a sign that slowing down, personally, for me, is going to have to be on the cards. i've been drawing from an empty well for too long, too much is falling apart, and i need a physical and emotional reset very badly. more on that later.
meanwhile, for fuck's sake, i hope you're getting ready to vote.
this is insane.
i mean....it's insame.
and now the weather. if we can do anything, we can talk about the hard shit.
and this episode does just that.
the second episode of The Art of Asking Everything Podcast is out now, TODAY. episode 2 features guest sir lenny henry - british comic genius - and the episode is called "Lenny Henry: Humor, Trauma, and Flipping the Cosmic Spatula".
i did an interview on melbourne's ABC radio the other day, and the radio host told me that he loved this particular episode, and that he'd never heard anyone get quite into lenny's heart and story as i had. FUCK.
that really meant the world to me. that's the idea. i don't want these to be "interviews" .... i want them to be conversations. i want you all to be flies on the wall as i talk real human talk. i am so happy that i get to do this.
it is now available wherever you get your podcasts.
GO! LISTEN! and SHARE!:
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this is a BIG reminder to patrons to CAP YOUR PLEDGE, PLEASE.
you've all been really good at doing that and i just wanna hassle you to cap if you're on a budget. these podcasts are fucking great, and they were very expensive to produce. BUT they are also coming out once a week, and i want to make sure you stay within your budget if you're used to me only "thinging" 2-3 things a month, especially if you're at a higher tier. we are going to be thinging 4-7 things a month, which means CAP, CAP, CAP!!!!!so i never have to give things a second thought as i blast content out - music, podcasts, althings, writing, poems, videos, the works, you know me.
CAP MEANS NO GUILT FROM THE CREATOR!!! GOT IT????
HOW TO LISTEN, HOW TO SHARE?
this handy linktree has a round-up of how to tune into the podcast on some of the most popular players. we will have the audio embedded on each episode post on my website: http://amandapalmer.net/podcast
and below is a link to listen on soundcloud, because you can listen to this on your computer or on your phone without the need to sign in, hoorah:
THE PATRON-ONLY CROWDCAST LIVE CHAT
on thursday, at 4pm ET (new york time, EST) i'll be hosting a wbechat for patrons only on crowdcast. lenny can't make this chat - no surprise there, he's a busy dude and the UK is not doing great - so it'll just be us. i'll answer your questions and talk about the episode with you, we'll have a nice us-yarn. the cast with elizabeth was WONDERFUL, and i've missed seeing many of you on the regular. so...come.
RSVP AND START LEAVING QUESTIONS in the Q&A using the link below, you'll need to log into patreon to access this webcast as it's patron-only.
this is me, lenny, and our wonderful engineer, christo squier on the day of the recording. it feels like a lifetime ago. but it was only in december.
check out those croissants.
SHOW NOTES: The Art of Asking Everything, Season 1, Episode 2
"Lenny Henry: Humor, Trauma, and Flipping the Cosmic Spatula"
Lenny Henry is one of the most successful British stand-up comedians of all time. In 1975, at just 17, his career took off when he was a repeat winner on the weekly TV talent show, New Faces. He hosted sketch comedy program, The Lenny Henry Show, starting in 1984. Lenny stared in the 90’s BBC sitcom. Chef! Lenny is a founder, front-man and a creative force behind the charity Comic Relief.
In this episode we talk about the paradoxes of celebrity and social media, how The Internet is a buffet, starting a career in entertainment in Working Mans’ Clubs, using humor as armor against racism, the history of minstrelsy in the UK, making your work the structure of your life, giving your loved ones fair warning when you publish a memoir, the beautiful meld of words and images in comic books, the power of masks and fiction and why giving advice to younger artists is so important.
This podcast is 100% fan supported. There are no corporate sponsors or restrictions on speech.
We are the media.
if you enjoyed this episode, please consider joining the patreon.
i've attached a pdf of the transcript of my conversation with lenny to the patreon post. to view it, you can download it by visiting this patreon post on the web at:
we are going to talk about this book, because it's amazing.
you can more info on lenny's book on his website: https://lennyhenry.net/my-book/
as the podcast book club ambles together, we will be setting a date to discuss it for about a monterh from now. if you're interested in this book, GRAB A COPY, start reading, and we'll start talking here on this patron-only lenny-henry-book thread on the shadowbox. again, this is very informal and just an invitation to connect with other patrons about the book, ideas, and everything....let's just keep it going:
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