95. DeAnne Smith - Feminism and Nazis are very different things

Sofie talks to Toronto-based comedian DeAnne Smith about their semi-neglected podcast Questionable at Best, getting too in your head about things, self-sabotage, the scrappy underdog, why straight guys need to do better, feminism and Nazis, thriving in tension, getting overwhelmed in social situations, why the US feels like a dysfunctional family, the Canadian comedy scene, staying authentic to yourself and thinking you’ve invented the concept of being gay.

Trigger warnings: Depression, Anxiety, Alcoholism

94. Lisa Skye - Sparklepuppy Muppet Dominatrix

Sofie talks to “well-tolerated” comedian, activist, femme-Daddy and Sparklepuppy Muppet Dominatrix Lisa Skye about what exactly all that means, “weird sex stuff”, the inspiration that is Claudia Kishi, inhaling consensual suffering, getting asthma from activism, “edgy” comedy and religion, kinks, polyamory, audience participation traffic lights, hecklers controlling the room, working at a phone dating agency, how bugs bunny got her into BDSM, a need of excess and pleasure, why the Finns love Shibari bondage, inclusivity and radical kindness, bullying, kink clubs and being “too much”.

Trigger warnings: Sexual harrassment

93. Zainab Johnson - It was a nuisance to be different

Sofie talks to comedian, actor and writer Zainab Johnson about appreciating the ‘yes’es, fate, being ‘pretty’ on stage, the importance or lack thereof of credits, confidence, being one of 13 children, investigating faith as a practising Muslim, the need to belong, the beauty and power of belief, The Book of Eli and Malcolm X.

Trigger warnings: Islamophobia

92. Jonny Donahoe - LIVE - Straight culture is shit

Sofie talks to comedian Jonny Donahoe about being one half of Jonny and the Baptists, lineage, winning people over, Mens Rights Activists, cricket, impending fatherhood and learning to be a Dad, rich-person politics, Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter, why advertising should be banned, why Sofie was miscast in Jonny's play Every Brilliant Thing, 'nice guys', the rhythm method and not wanting to be married.

Trigger warnings: Eating Disorders, Suicide

91. Celia Pacquola - Massive father issues, obviously

Sofie and Melbourne-based comedian, actor and writer Celia Pacquola talk about labels, the #metoo movement, outing shitty comedians, the fear of stereotyping, skewed perceptions, pandering, projection and hate, putting whammies in your shows, obligation and people-pleasing, rooting your self-worth in work, escape plans, catastrophising, committing fraud by accident and the worst fate for a puzzle.

90. Kobi Jae - I’m all for fat visibility

Sofie and Melbourne-based fat activist, personal style fashion blogger and web developer Kobi Jae talk about the deeper meaning behind swapping clothes, downplaying fatness, the word 'plus-size', the co-opting of body positivity, penny-drop moments, dashed Musical Theatre dreams, Amanda Palmer and flying in the face of what's expected, ‘selfie’ culture, stomach tattoos, giving yourself room to be human and outliving your fears.

Trigger warning: Depression, childhood sexual abuse

89. Geraldine Hickey - Have you ever been punched?

Sofie and Melbourne-based comedian Geraldine Hickey talk about being content, pita bread and banana sandwiches, running your own race, women playing Aussie Rules, Nauru and refugees, spending a week in a psychiatric unit, how coming out stepped up her comedy and identifying triggers in mental health.

88. Sophie Duker - I was very into peeing on rich people's houses

Sofie and London-based comedian and writer Sophie Duker talk about tasting drinks from shoes, living with witches, starting fires, finding out your Dad is having an affair, polyamory, doomed relationships, the old stalwarts of shame and guilt and being ‘abducted’ and sent to Ghana.

87. Stacy Bias - I was queer and in the closet as well

Sofie and American fat activist and animator Stacy Bias talk about becoming more British, taking up space, Flying While Fat, imposter syndrome, compassion, empaths and apaths, being okay with being a victim, being religious and pro-life in her youth, the Nazarene Church community, seeing demons, performative anger, appropriation of righteousness, easy doorways to scary topics and how to grieve a sociopath.

Trigger warning: Emotional abuse, grief

86. Kate Willett - Solitude is great

Sofie and American stand-up comedian Kate Willett talk about the expectation of happiness, depression and anxiety, becoming self-compassionate, meditation, using the road to avoid putting down roots, comedy and connection, love and sex, the Tinder sprint, a possible future political run and the Trumpiness of Trump.

Trigger warning: Depression and anxiety

85. Trevor Dion Nicholas - Don't get me started on nude pooping

Sofie and West End Performer Trevor Dion Nicholas talk about moving to London and opening a brand new production of Aladdin, crying over chicken, the expectation to be 'strong', finding your niche, the hungry ego, performing other people's work vs. creating your own, musical snobbery and calling bullshit in the entertainment industry.

Artwork by Linda Brinkhaus

Jingle by Bailey Lenart

Produced by Sarah Garvey

A huge thanks to Phoenix Artist Club in London for letting me record my podcast and do my shows with them. Special thanks to Peter Dunbar.

84. Carly Findlay - Lots of people have been outraged on my behalf

Sofie and writer, speaker, activist and podcaster Carly Findlay talk about bad interviews, avoiding internet arguments, Carly’s work as the Access and Inclusion Officer at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, micro-aggressions against disabled people, You Can't Ask That, click bait, becoming more assertive, backlash from the disability community, switching off and a deep love for Savage Garden.

The audio from the interview Carly mentioned is here.

Trigger warning: Ableism

83. Mark Watson #2 - My brain is just chaos and screaming (Part Two)

Sofie and returning guest comedian Mark Watson plan a coup, write a sitcom and talk about the middle ground in politics, God and the existence of alien porn, patterns of failure, clinging to the rock and how negativity can become your comfort zone.

Trigger warning: Depression, Suicide.

82. Mark Watson #2 - You hacked at my face with a steak knife (Part one)

Sofie and returning guest comedian Mark Watson talk about cooking, multi-tasking, touring in Denmark, to airquote or not to airquote, being on Celebrity Island, psychological clutter, an astronaut's perspective, gratitude, masculinity and try to recreate the success of Mark’s first appearance on the podcast, which had nothing to do with the word ‘porn’ being in the title.

Trigger warning: Excessive drinking, Depression.

81. Jodie Mitchell (LIVE) - Blah, blah, blah. Gay, gay, gay.

Sofie talks to comedian Jodie Mitchell about being part of a drag king troupe, getting bigger laughs as a man, playing along the lines of gender, getting fucked over by a budgie, her terrifying Scottish mother, class and comedy, being homeless as a teenager, the importance of having your own space and the pressure of self-advancement.

80. Judi Love - I'm carrying a child and my mum's dying, you bitch

Sofie talks to comedian Judi Love about a very bad 2 weeks, social media, going to comedy school, being a single Mum, the black comedy circuit, leadership, being funny as a means of survival, making people happy, the ‘strong black woman’ and emotional wellbeing, going back to Uni, success, not segregating racists, giving relationship advice and finding a way of shouting without people realising you're shouting.

Trigger warning: Depression, grief, racism.

79. London Hughes - Society doesn't want you to shine

Sofie talks to comedian, TV presenter, writer and actress London Hughes about winning Funny Women with just 3 months comedy experience, the black comedy circuit, comedy roasts, knockbacks, Celebs go Dating, why you shouldn't get gastroenteritis for someone who isn't The One, the importance of free parking when it comes to relationships, the barrier between cute and sexy, being bullied, writing to Lenny Henry and being the black lead in an Apatow film.

Trigger warning: Bullying, depression.

78. Avery Edison #2 - Police aren't human, cops aren't human

Sofie talks to returning guest comedian, writer and sex worker Avery Edison about being transgender, feeling like a dinosaur, why “cops aren’t human”, restorative justice, what comedy and sex work have in common, bi-polar disorder, being sent to a men's prison in Canada, the difference between handcuffs and manacles, the Jamie Bulger case and removing emotion from the justice system.

Trigger warning: Imprisonment, suicidal thoughts.

77. Ola - Regress into my childhood real quick

Sofie talks to Ola The Comedian about why South Africa should be the new Edinburgh, private schools and privileged white boys, going from banker to standup, an unexpected connection between porn and comedy, the female-run cabal that ran his childhood, the luxury of a black and white perspective and a really weird gig in The Seychelles.

76. Lolly Adefope - What if you don't like me?

Sofie talks to writer, actor and comedian Lolly Adefope about playing up to expectations, race and reviews, Andrew Lawrence and “women posing as comedians”, who you are when you’re alone, fantasies and daydreams and being very cool when meeting Harry Styles.