Interviews with amazing people, comedians and LGBTQ+ legends, with pop culture and politics wrapped up in a delicious candy coating of camp.
Hosted by Puerto Rican drag queen Fausto Fernós and his husband, Norwegian reality TV star Marc Felion, Feast of Fun began as one of the original 50 podcasts featured on iTunes in 2006, and celebrated by Apple: Feast of Fun "helped bring podcasting from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon." Five time winner of the People's Choice Podcast Award for Best LGBT podcast.
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FOF #2941 - A Gay Marine’s Story of Surviving War, Cancer & Journalism
At the young age of 17, James Curry hoped to escape a hostile home by enlisting in the Marines, and ended up right in the middle of the terrible War in Iraq.
James survived his tour of duty by hiding being gay under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, but then after returning to civilian life, lost his first boyfriend and ended up homeless.
Despite these setbacks, James was determined to make something of his life and after securing a great job as a news producer he was dealt the hardest blow of all: a medical diagnosis of cancer.
Today, Peabody award winning journalist and writer James Curry joins us to talk about his new book Staying Alive: Surviving Abuse, Fighting a War and Beating Cancer- My First Twenty-Five Years which chronicles his abusive family, military service, forbidden lost love and the challenges of coming home to fight for your life.
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FOF #2940 - Potato Head and the Toys That Made Us Fabulous
In a move that undoubtedly made some folks’ heads explode like a potato in the microwave, Hasbro announced that the Potato Head toys are gender neutral and that everyone is “welcome in the Potato Head world.”
The toys will let kids create their own type of potato family and they’ll be able to mix and match gender attachments like red lips, purses and moustaches.
The announcement has us looking back at the toys we played with as kids, that made our parents wonder like the Transformers, is there more than meets the eye.
Today comedian Jake Noll joins us to take a look at the all new Potato Head World, and all wonderfully weird toys we played with as kids that inspired us to become fabulous and queer.
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FOF #2939 - It’s A Sin: The Women Who Helped the World Survive the AIDS Crisis
Television writer Russell T Davies, best known for his pioneering “Queer as Folk” and the “Dr. Who” reboot, says he’s seen just about every televised drama about gay men and AIDS. And now his new series “It’s A Sin,” which chronicles the lives of six friends living in London at the start of the AIDS crisis, has just become the most-watched drama ever on Britain’s Channel 4.
The show is celebrated for capturing the youthful joy of being gay in an urban environment while showing the painful moments of the AIDS crisis, but “It’s a Sin” is also frought with sensationalism and harmful portrayals of HIV and AIDS tropes.
As Dr. Frank N Furter would say “How SENTIMENTAL.”
While watching the series, we were struck with how much the central character of Jill Baxter, who is overwhelmed helping her gay friends manage the AIDS crisis, reminded us of Victoria Noe who came on this podcast to talk about her book “F*g Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community.”
Today writer Victoria Noe joins us to take a look at Russel T Davies’ miniseries “It’s a Sin” and what it was like for her and her close friends through the AIDS crisis.
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How Sesame Street Made It Through the Years
Sesame Street began in 1969 as a result of a question posed at a dinner party: “Could television be used to teach children, could learning be a form of entertainment?”
After forty years, the award winning program not only taught oodles of children how to count and recite the alphabet, but also taught them to embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
Whether black or white, tall and yellow or small and green, everyone had a home on Sesame Street.
We love the muppets because, much like ourselves, they aren’t perfect creatures. We see our own humanity in those furry faces with beady eyes as they deal with problems of everyday life.
Sesame Street showed animals, monsters and people living together and working through their differences, which influenced a huge population of children that eventually grew up to enthusiastically support diversity, technicolor hair and our nation’s first black president.
Street GangOn today’s show we’re talking to author Michael Davis about his book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street. In his book Michael takes an in-depth look at the groundbreaking program from it’s inception to the present day, covering some interesting behind-the-scenes conflicts which were a part of the creative energy of the show.
Listen as we talk with Michael about hipsters and squares and the program’s counter cultural influence, KAMI, the HIV Positive Monster from South Africa and Bert & Ernie as Gay Icons
Find out how Sesame Street coped with the painful death of Actor Will Lee, who portrayed Mr. Hooper on the show, and the deaths of the behind the scenes masters: puppeteer Richard Hunt from AIDS, musician Joe Raposo from cancer and Muppet founder Jim Henson from toxic shock syndrome.
Plus questions from you, the listeners.
[Originally posted on February 6, 2009.]
How Nellie Oleson Survived Little House on the Prairie
Alison Arngrim is loved and feared by people all over the world for playing Nellie Oleson on one the most popular TV shows of all time, Little House on the Prairie.
Although the series mostly focused on Laura Ingalls family’s struggle to make it on a farm in the late 1800s, one of the main reasons the show was so popular was the classic battle between good and evil that took place between the wholesome freckled faced Laura Ingalls and the lying, scheming, manipulative, mean little rich girl with blond locks, Nellie Oleson.
It’s the intense scenes between the two child actresses, real-life best friends, that made the show such intense, campy and fun.
Feast of Fun Winner 2010 Book of the Year
As an adult, Alison’s one woman show became such a hit and she got so many questions about Little House on the Prairie that, she decided to put it all in a book “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated.”
It’s our favorite book of the year, and we think you’ll love it too.
As the daughter of eccentric Hollywood parents, Alison was left on her own and sexually abused by her brother the teen actor Stefan Arngrim.
Alison credits playing a fabulous villain on TV with saving her sanity and eventually coming to terms with her brother’s abuse and family’s neglect. She’s survived it all and has come out with a touching sense of humor and a fabulous outlook on life.
Join us as we talk with the extraordinary Alison Arngrim about: growing up in a crazy Hollywood home, Nellie Oleson as a verb, her father’s job managing Liberace, her parents friendship with the first famous transsexual Christine Jorgenson, and the performance group The Nellie Olesons.
Plus, everything about Little House on the Prairie- the Wheelchair Episode, why they drank so much on the set, and her TV husband Steve Tracy dying from AIDS in the 1980s.
[originally posted on 09.02.10]
Being Mr. Rogers’ Gay Black Neighbor
One of the unexpected surprises from “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the documentary film on Mr. Rogers, was just how fierce and unapologetically gay in real life is Francois Clemmons, the actor who played Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Francois joined the pioneering children’s TV show as a young man and spent decades playing Officer Clemmons. As one of the first African Americans to have a recurring role on children’s television, Francois was in a unique position to help Fred Rogers open his eyes to the struggles of disenfranchised people. In turn, Francois learned to take in the love that Fred had to give.
Today we’re delighted to talk to Officer Clemmons, Francois Diva Man Scarborough Clemmons from his home in Vermont about coming out as gay to Mr. Rogers, his love of turquoise jewelry and is there any truth to the recently revealed rumor that Mr. Rogers was bisexual?
[Originally posted as FOF #2726 – Being Mr. Rogers’ Gay Black Neighbor, Apr 3, 2019
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A Queer Herstory
I found feast of fun three years ago and I was hooked from the start. The guests all provide unique insights into not only Queer art culture but also current events. Fausto & Marc have given me a much much broader comprehension of my queer/gay identity and our shared culture. Episodes often have me diving into the internet for more details on historical figures I’d not heard of. Episodes on the cultural links between strong black female artists and gay culture, the unwritten history of the women who supported and fought for HIV & AIDS suffers, the complex oppositional views of (some) older and younger queer folk - sit alongside sci-fi show reviews, home cooking and a large helping of sauce!! Truly remarkable and a beacon in what can be a bleak monochrome heteronormative world. There truly is no place like homo ❤️
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Would be 5 star but the ad placement is random meaning it can be literally mid word. 😐
An original all the way
Feast of Fun has been part of my life for the past three or so years. I found it via their Web TV show Cooking with Drag Queens and started listening for the Drag Race related content but the podcast is so much more. Through Feast of Fun I have learned a lot about art, culture, LGBTQIA life and more. Marc and Fausto ask their guests interesting and thought provoking questions and always have an interesting take. Their regulars including Peaches Christ, Brian Sweeney and Carma are also lots of fun and super insightful. Keep it up guys!