The Sewers of Paris
The Sewers of Paris
Matt Baume
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?
Sewers of Paris: Deranged but Thought-Out (Ep 312 - Frank DeCaro/The Munsters)
I’m so excited to bring you this week’s guest — the wonderful Frank DeCaro, writer, performer, pop culture encyclopedia. Frank was a role model for me back in the 90s when I would watch him on The Daily Show, and it was an absolute joy to geek out about pop culture with him and hear his disbelief that a weird little kid from Jersey got to grow up to have as many bonkers adventures as he has. We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including recent new members, Sinn Sage, Duffee, Bryan, and Fairy Onion Rings. And if you’re like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube videos for dozens of deep dives into queer moments on TV and film that changed the world. I just posted a new video about hilarious old holiday commercials that prey on heterosexual insecurities, and how commercials for queer folks are surprisingly different. Also, if you’d like to hang out, join me for regular livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon for games and fun friendly chit chat
Nov 26
1 hr 1 min
All of Your Passions Together (Ep 311 - Max Miller/Tasting History)
Last week we heard from Great British Bakeoff’s Edd Kimber, and this week I’m so excited to bring you another guest whose life was touched by the show. Max Miller is the creator and host of the fantastic YouTube series Tasting History, where each week he shares a historical recipe as well as an intriguing story about the surprising origin of some food we still eat today — and occasionally have never even heard of. The series was inspired in part by historical segments that appeared on early seasons of Bakeoff, and Max never intended for it to be anything other than a fun hobby to entertain family and friends — which is why nobody was more surprised than he when it took off and shot him to YouTube fame, drawing unexpectedly on his background in musical theater and his time swinging from the rafters of a ship while playing Peter Pan. We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Illana, Jason, and William! Visit Patreon.com/mattbaume to check out the rewards for backers. And if you’re like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube videos for dozens of deep dives into queer moments on TV and film that changed the world. I just posted a new video about the first married gay couple on TV way back in the 1970s — and as always, Patreon backers get early ad-free access to watch. Also, I wanted to let you know that I’m going to start regular livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume — join me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon for games and fun friendly chit chat. I’m also hosting a special Thanksgiving stream next Thursday, November 26th at 2pm pacific, and I hope you’ll pop by for that.
Nov 19
50 min
The Nicest Debt Collector Around (Ep. 310 - Great British Bake Off)
We’re getting close to Thanksgiving, and what better way to celebrate that than with good food, feeling of thanks, and a guest who does not actually observe the holiday at all. This week we’re diving into the Sewers of Paris archives for my 2016 conversation with Great British Bakeoff Winner Edd Kimber, who found his life forever changed when he won the first season of the cooking competition. Edd was a shy, unhappy banker when his cakes, cookies, and pies catapulted him to national fame, a life-changing time in his life for which he remains eternally thankful.  We’ll have that in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Sam, Bruce, and Rowan. If you’re enjoying the podcast, head over to SewersOfParis.com and click “support the show on patreon” to join the folks who make the show possible, and check out rewards for backers like gifts in the mail, patron-exclusive podcast episodes, and more. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube videos for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world. I just posted a brand new video about the first married gay couple on TV way back in the 1970s and why nobody remembers them. There’s a link in the description.
Nov 13
52 min
Finally Dialed Up to Ten (Ep 309 - Brett White/Charles Nelson Reilly)
What does it take for you to feel comfortable truly letting loose and being yourself? For my guest this week, it took some flamboyant game show guests, improv class, and more speedos than he knew what to do with. Brett White is a pop culture critic at Decider and biographer of unjustly forgotten queer TV stars. He was inspired by giddy flamboyant 70s figures like Charles Nelson Reilly to become a professional TV-gay… but he wasn’t expecting that inspiration to extend to swimwear in his personal life. We’ll have that in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Trevor and Frank. If you’re enjoying the podcast, head over to SewersOfParis.com and click “support the show on Patreon” to join the folks who make the show possible, and check out rewards for backers like gifts in the mail, patron-exclusive podcast episodes, and more. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on November 7 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world.
Nov 5
1 hr 9 min
If You Love Wonder Woman, You're Gay (Ep 308 - Wonder Woman/Raul Pacheco-Vega)
What unexpected superhero powers might you possess? My guest this week was inspired by Wonder Woman to become one of the world’s foremost experts on wastewater — and yes, I promise, it’ll all make sense once you hear it. Raul Pacheco-Vega has been obsessed with women superheros his whole life, an obsession his parents indulged by enrolling him in martial arts classes, perhaps knowing that their young gay kid might need to defend himself at some point. But heroism came in an unlikely form, lending his keen engineer’s mind to solve problems once thought unsolvable. We’ll have that in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Alfred, Karolin, and Happyninja42. Head over to SewersOfParis.com and click “support the show on Patreon” to join the folks who make the show possible, and check out rewards like exclusive video messages from me, a care package in the mail with Sewers of Paris buttons, and more. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on November 7 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my youtube series Culture Cruise for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world.
Oct 30
42 min
You Can't Make Us Feel Ashamed (Ep. 307 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show/Matt Hintzen)
As we stumble along through spooky season, I want to dive into the Sewers archives to revisit my 2015 episode about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My guest back then was Matthew Hintzen, a programmer who found Rocky Horror in its early days, the late 70s, when he was a closeted kid on the verge of running away from home to live on the streets. He found that the rebellious community developing around this weird new horror-musical was exactly what he needed back then — but he also found that there’s a dangerous downside to becoming emotion’s slave. Also -- a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this month’s newest members, Sabrina, Chris and Seth. Head over to SewersOfParis.com and click “support the show on patreon” to join the folks who make the show possible. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on October 24 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise on YouTube for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world.
Oct 22
1 hr 9 min
An Adult Candy Store (Ep 306 - Janet Jackson/Peppermint)
The Sewers of Paris is independent, ad-free, and listener supported. Head over to Patreon.com/mattbaume to join the folks who make the show possible, and to check out the rewards for backers. My guest this week is the legendary performer Peppermint, star of stage and screen, from Drag Race to Pose to Broadway. Her new album “A Girl Like Me” comes out this week, featuring autobiographical songs about a turbulent relationship, along with a steamy music video called Good Sex. And she’s got some livestreams and fundraisers and election events in the works as well — a very busy lady. We’ll have that in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on October 24 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And don’t forget to check out my other shows! Culture Cruise on YouTube is a deep dive into queer entertainment milestones — I just posted a video about the 90s show Dinosaurs, and its unlikely link to a real-life gay Transylvanian dinosaur hunter from the 1800s.
Oct 15
46 min
My Gay Suit of Armor (Ep 305 - Street Fighter/Deere)
My guest this week is the drag artist known as Deere. You may know her from her livestreams on Twitch, where she plays primarily horror games. She’s also the founder of Stream Queens, a collective of drag artists, makeup monsters, and creatures who adopt amazing costumes and personas to livestream games. Off-camera, Deere’s a quiet introverted artist who never expected her drag alter ego to take on a life and career of her own. We’ll have that in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on October 10 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And don’t forget to check out my other shows! Culture Cruise on YouTube is a deep dive into queer entertainment milestones — I just posted a video about the 90s show Dinosaurs, and its unlikely link to a real-life gay Transylvanian dinosaur hunter from the 1800s. And check out Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure: Legends, two narrative comedy shows with drag heroes going on adventures in a world of fantasy. More links to check out: Arson Nicki is a meticulous gamer who loves to chat while streaming makeup transformations, life simulators, and the occasional RPG or party game. You can find her at twitch.tv/arsonnicki. Fraya Love is an artist who streams makeup and exploration games like Breath of the Wild, at twitch.tv/fraya_love. And Londyn Bradshaw is a chaotic queen whose streams are never not surprising. She’s at twitch.tv/londynbradshaw. And here's the moderator video that Deere talked about: https://twitch.tv/videos/507819705
Oct 9
37 min
Life with Sharks (Ep 304 - Jaws/Chris Pepin-Neff)
My guest this week is Chris Pepin-Neff, the world’s foremost expert on human-shark interaction. His life was shaped, you will be shocked to hear, by the movie Jaws — but also by his time in a socialist commune, as well as working alongside Frank Kameny, one of the leading gay rights activists of the 20th century, not to mention his friendship with Gore Vidal. Chris has so many fascinating stories to share and I am so excited to bring them to you. But first, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on October 10 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And don’t forget to check out my other shows! Culture Cruise on YouTube is a deep dive into queer entertainment milestones — I just posted a video about the 90s show Dinosaurs, and its unlikely link to a real-life gay Transylvanian dinosaur hunter from the 1800s. And check out Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure: Legends, two narrative comedy shows with drag heroes going on adventures in a world of fantasy.
Oct 1
50 min
You Don't Want to See Minnie Mouse Take Her Head Off (Ep. 303 - BenDeLaCreme)
You may have seen the very exciting news this week that BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon will release a holiday special this year — an adaptation of their wonderful live holiday show. I helped out with the shooting of the special and without giving away too much, I can tell you that it is going to be AMAZING. For this week’s Sewers of Paris, we’re jumping into the archives to revisit my 2016 interview with BenDeLaCreme, a performer who specializes in breaking boundaries, upending order, and causing mischief. You probably know her best from Season 6 of Drag Race, or the even more shocking All-Stars twist. If you enjoyed her on reality TV and at her live shows, just wait until you get to know Ben, the alter ego behind the character. But first, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on September 25 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed. And don’t forget to check out my other shows! Culture Cruise on YouTube is a deep dive into queer entertainment milestones. And check out Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure: Legends, two narrative comedy shows with drag heroes going on adventures in a world of fantasy.
Sep 25
1 hr 5 min
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