150 . Thanyia Moore - Passionately unsure about life

Sofie talks to Thanyia Moore about the work of comedy, navigating the comedy scene, trying to make it, being goal oriented, family relationships, growing up with Jamaican heritage in a mostly white school, working out what she was angry about, shame, being a reformed bully and Love Island.

Trigger warning – therapy, racism, shame, self-harm imagery, bullying

149. Harry Clayton-Wright - My toenails were still painted

Sofie talks to Harry Clayton-Wright about theatre, taking a solo show to the Edinburgh festival,  talking about painful things on stage, happiness, Blackpool, criticism, sex education, fear, talking to his mum about sex and sexuality, and going to a slumberparty themed sex party. 

Trigger warning – alcohol/substance use/abuse, addiction, sex, non-consensual experiences, trauma, shame, religion, adolecent sexual activity, sex work, BDSM, fetishes, homophobia, queerphobia, transphobia, stress, fear, street harassment, online harassment, violence

148. Rosie Jones - The most bigheaded prick in the world

Sofie talks to Rosie Jones about comedy, speaking slowly, using humour to diffuse awkward situations, growing up with cerebral palsy, going to the Edinburgh and Melbourne festivals, being a dickhead to Nish Kumar, perfectionism and doing crosswords while eating softmints.

Trigger warning – OCD, smoking, alcohol, cerebral palsy, shame, guilt, embarrassment, street harassment, ableism, ableist attitudes and abuse, ableist slurs, fatphobia, therapy

147. Reni Eddo-Lodge - Therapy is very different from writing a book

Sofie talks to Reni Eddo-Lodge about her book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, boundaries, activism, writing, changing tax brackets and class, her podcast About Race, being a teenage girl, creativity, perfectionism and her strong opinions about rabbit care.

Trigger warning – stage fright, mental health problems, racism, poverty, therapy, anxiety, CBT, street harassment

146. Jena Friedman - I was always dark and morbid

Sofie talks to Jena Friedman about being a jewish woman making political comedy in Trump’s America, getting into comedy through writing an anthropology paper, improv, dealing with online trolls, the history of abortion in the USA and introducing edgelords to feminism in her TV show Soft Focus.

Trigger warning – Trump, abortion, state violence, nazis, white supremacists, inherited trauma, imposter syndrome, Woody Allan, cults, death, trauma, online abuse, death threats, racism, segregation, rape, incest, ectopic pregnancy, Hitler, sexual assault, guns, mental health issues, police brutality, therapy, OCD

145. Crystal Rasmussen - The heart of drag

Sofie talks to Crystal Rasmussen/Tom Glitter about their memoir Diary of a Drag Queen, class, bodies, being a drag queen, coming out as gay, then queer, then non-binary, internalised structures, taking their parents to the theatre, having a Danish last name and Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful video.

Trigger warning – homophobia, transmisogyny, street harassment, being attacked, assault, misgendering, violence, bodies, weight loss, body image, trauma

144. Charlie Craggs - Normal’s a dirty word

Sofie talks to Charlie Craggs about travelling round the UK with a portable nail salon talking to people about trans rights, surviving school, grieving her best friend who was killed in Grenfell, and putting together To My Trans Sisters; a book of letters by successful trans women.

Trigger warning – Bullying, PTSD, transphobia (including slurs), homophobia, therapy, trauma, death, bereavement, depression, Grenfell, harassment, femmephobia, suicidal ideation, murders, hate crimes, oppression, misgendering, surgery, gender dysphoria, genitals, transitioning, slutshaming, Catholicism, alcohol, OCD

143. Bear - I could kill you with my thighs

Sofie talks to Bear about pets, multiple personalities, navigating mental health diagnosis and services, using a private instagram as a diary, being a black fat sex worker, unusual fetishes, body domming, practicing acceptance, not voting, nihilism and what they want in their sandwich.

Trigger warning – Suicide, OCD, bipolar, manic depression, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, sex, racism, festishisation, mental health issues, therapy, schizophrenia, medications, multiple personalities, alcohol, dissociative amnesia, trauma, fatphobia, dieting, sex work, BDSM, bullying, Brexit, Trump, doctors, dentists.

142. Lou Conran - I think I am a warrior

Sofie talks to Lou Conran about telling personal stories, being in the present, listening to your body, performing comedy at a baby loss awards ceremony, searching for her voice, being bullied at school, roast dinners, dying on stage, resilience and not mixing sweet and savory.

Trigger warning – bereavement, losing a baby, loss, mental health issues, alcohol, dead babies, PTSD, flashbacks, therapy, bullying, meat eating, weight loss, hypnosis, body issues, diets, social anxiety

141. Harriet Dyer - We’re all the weirdos on the bus

Sofie talks to Harriet Dyer about making comedy from mental health issues, childhood abuse, bereavement, being bipolar, creating community, (literally) thinking she was Kat Slater from Eastenders, establishing boundaries, having a lovely homelife and sea-monkeys.

Trigger warning (Please note some of the language is visceral and descriptive) – child sexual abuse, rape, kidnapping, violence against children, drug use, death, alcohol use, dentist, suicide, bereavement, suicidal ideation, addiction, death, sectioning, medication, bipolar, violence against pets, stalking, mental health issues, abuse, gaslighting, sex.

140. Amy Gledhill - Beautifully joyfully silly

Sofie talks to Amy Gledhill about having a sunny disposition, comedy, Hull, gallows humour, feeling like you’ve gotten away with it, walking to Lady Gaga, having a happy childhood, men/love/sex, failure, mice living in her bed, Ikea furniture, getting more scared as you grow older and escaped snakes.

Trigger warning – breakdowns, therapy, trauma, sex, bullying, street harassment. snakes, mice, drugs, death, bereavement, #metoo, sexual harassment

139. Da’Shaun Harrison - The loud mouth radicals

Sofie talks to Da’Shaun Harrison about being a community organiser, growing up in North Carolina in poverty, being a music geek, structural violence, the murder of Mike Brown, Black Lives Matter, AUC Shut It Down, coming to understand themself as non binary and queer, and  finding joy and comfort in their queer family.

Trigger warning – poverty, racism, physical and emotional abuse, intimate partner violence, police/state violence, murder, police brutality, suicide, bereavement, religion, trauma

138. Glamrou - Turning trauma into glitter

Sofie talks to Glamrou/Amrou Al-Kadhi about queer identity, muslim identity, race, being non-binary, forgiving their mother, going to Eton on a scholarship, queer readings of the Quran, Sufism, sex parties, marine biology, making the NB podcast and writing their book Unicorn: the memoir of a muslim drag queen.

Trigger warning – racism, shootings, queerphobia, OCD, homophobia, rape, violence, religion, islamophobia, sex, shame, gender dysphoria

137. Smashlyn Monroe - I know I can take my clothes off: win!

Sofie talks to Smashlyn Monroe about performing sideshow, childhood trauma, how she got her name, tattoos, piercings, imposter syndrome, being queer, growing up in Foster care, how muggle jobs react to her look and believing Freddy Mercury was her dad.

Trigger warning – ableism, “freak” show, bereavement, death, sexuality, therapy, trauma, abuse, fatphobia, depression, violence

136. Bethany Rutter #2 - Thorny difficultness of being fat

Sofie talks to Bethany Rutter about designing clothes, writing books, being a fat teenager, emotional rejection, sharing information about bad dates, sewing, privilege, fat representation, living in the golden age of plus sized fashion and her novel No Big Deal.

Trigger warning – OCD, fatphobia, anxiety, stigma, humiliation, sex, weight loss  

135. Your Fat Friend - This feels terrifyingly vulnerable - Part 2

In part two of a two part conversation Sofie talks to Your Fat Friend about interacting with thin people, strategies for social change, troll storms, dating while fat, internalised anti-fatness, the upsides of being a fat person, the fat community, vulnerability and fat representation.

Trigger warning – childhood trauma, street harassment, bullying, suicide, fatphobia, street harassment, shame, the diet/weight loss industry, street harassment

134. Your Fat Friend - Most thin people won’t listen to fat people - Part 1

In part one of a two part conversation Sofie talks to Your Fat Friend about being an anonymous essayist and very fat person online, being both invisible and hypervisible, anti-fat culture, fat activism, different cultural attitudes to fat people, navigating thin fragility and the body positivity movement.

Trigger warning – violence, murder, online abuse, menstruation, death threats, rape threats, doxxing, stalking, the diet/weight loss industry, death, fatphobia, eating disorders

133. Stewart Lee - We’ll only go if you throw glass

Sofie talks to Stewart Lee about 30 years of stand-up comedy, being a parent, reckless behavior, the character of Stewart Lee, having a different childhood to the one people imagine, clown theory, obscure 70’s musicians, not being recognised and being described as the greatest living comedian.

Trigger warning – violence, being mugged, mental health issues, death threats, adoption, divorce

132. Jamie Windust - I’m a massive naysayer to traditional authority

Sofie talks to Jamie Windust about modeling, writing, crafting their look, being called brave, gender identity, queerness, coming out as non-binary, navigating public space when you’re gender nonconforming, giving talks, being funny and getting their haircut.

Trigger warning – sex, scat, harassment, assault, microaggressions

131. Sara Barron - We do shitty things

Sofie talks to Sara Barron about stand-up comedy, navigating true stories, jealousy, relationships, moving to the UK, being a viable adult, parenthood, funny sex stories, how she got together with her husband and being a big farter.

Trigger warning – fertility issues, abortion, infidelity, sex