12 episodes

Manatomy is a place where well-known men talk honestly about their bodies. It’s not about getting thinner or fitter or putting on muscle – it’s about being funny and honest. We cover secret vanities, bizarre insecurities, muscle, fat, broken bones, damaged pride and the magnetic appeal of cheese. You will laugh, gasp and feel part of a warm awkward, human family.

Manatomy with Danny Wallace & Phil Hilton Stitcher & Danny Wallace, Phil Hilton

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 115 Ratings

Manatomy is a place where well-known men talk honestly about their bodies. It’s not about getting thinner or fitter or putting on muscle – it’s about being funny and honest. We cover secret vanities, bizarre insecurities, muscle, fat, broken bones, damaged pride and the magnetic appeal of cheese. You will laugh, gasp and feel part of a warm awkward, human family.

    SCOTTEE: “I got Fat Panic!”

    SCOTTEE: “I got Fat Panic!”

    Artist, writer and “big fat Mary on a bike” Scottee is our guest this week - and what a guest. He talks with wit and wisdom about weight, growing up in poverty and why his therapist should be paying him. It’s a fantastic and comfortably uncomfortable chat which opened Danny & Phil’s eyes.

    TW: In amongst the laughs, Scottee also talks about some pretty dark things that happened to him. Includes mentions of sexual abuse, homophobia and violent acts.

    As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars!

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    JOSH WIDDICOMBE: “Morphine. Best time of my life.”

    JOSH WIDDICOMBE: “Morphine. Best time of my life.”

    Comedian, author and star of The Last LegJosh Widdicombe sits down with Danny and Phil to talk about emergency operations, discovering muscles, being a fake “lad”, and that most male of concerns: the chest. He says there’s “something of the Hobbit about me” and also describes what it is to have the Great British body.

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    • 59 min
    JASON MANFORD: “Why do Greek statues have such little willies?”

    JASON MANFORD: “Why do Greek statues have such little willies?”

    Arena-filling stand-up comedian and TV host Jason Manford talks humiliation, acceptance and foot moisturising socks in this fantastic episode of Manatomy. He reveals the day he decided to take control of his body image, how to deal with those who’d make fun of you, and tells Danny and Phil a story he’s never said out loud before which will make you wince.

    As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars!

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    RICK EDWARDS: “The ears of a small girl.”

    RICK EDWARDS: “The ears of a small girl.”

    TV star and writer Rick Edwards was not always a hunk. As a gawky child he had to wear a portable head unit at night to correct the teeth that went wonky through thumb-sucking. Then, like a swan or a beautiful flower, he blossomed. Here Rick hilariously and generously talks about the unpleasant way people treat models, what it’s like to have big nostrils and tiny ears, and reveals for the first time a very unusual thing he used to do to while naked.

    As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars!

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    OMID DJALILI: “I am a sphere.”

    OMID DJALILI: “I am a sphere.”

    Comedian and star of The Mummy and Gladiator Omid Djalili joins Danny and Phil this week to talk about feeling like “a sphere”, how many knee operations is too many, and the secret to male youthfulness he learned first-hand from a VERY famous (but legally redacted) actor. Also involves childhood hero worship, prosthetic testicles and one very blunt Iranian family.

    As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars!

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    • 59 min
    SIR CHRIS HOY: “I had a hip boob.”

    SIR CHRIS HOY: “I had a hip boob.”

    Danny and Phil chat with Britain’s six-time Gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. He talks intense training, hairless legs, giant thighs and being in the greatest shape of your life. But now he’s retired, we also talk aches and pains, the Dad noises you make when you sit down, slow-cooked meats and Danny has a frankly unwelcome tip about urinals.

    As ever, email us on hello@assemblehere.co.uk, find us on Twitter @assemblehere and if you review us, let us know the thing about your body you’d give five stars!

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

1967Pip ,

Thought provoking

This podcast was a bit more serious than anticipated, yet retained a sufficient level of humour to allow its messaging to be conveyed in an enjoyable way. Celebrated listening to it with some American peanut butter/jam spread onto a Rich Tea and topped with a thin slice of marzipan. Listen and you’ll understand.

Rovagerg ,

Jameela Jamil- why?!?!

Why on a podcast for men and about men does the first episode have Jameela Jamil on having seemingly taken out a bet with someone to see how many times she can say the word “patriarchy” or something similar knowing she won’t dare be called out. Outrageous.

So apparently the patriarchy is a thing yet the majority of men suffer under it as well? Perhaps that is because it is not what feminists claim at all?

She sounded reasonable at many points such claiming to be against misandry and trying to stick up for short men (unfortunately by lying / brushing over how hard they actually have it). But she was so quick to bring everything thing back to women or patriarchy whenever she could. She didn’t really expand on many of the points to defend against the rampant casual misandry in the world. And she only spoke passionately about insecurity felt by short men because it has directly impacted her

The “dad bod” discussion was also shallow and didn’t acknowledge that what is held up as a dad bod *now* is certainly not an average dad bod. It is a slightly fluffy Jason momoa and still probably in the top 3-5% male physiques world wide

And why did the men’s health guy not acknowledge that pretty much ALL those god like models on the covers are on PEDs? Perhaps not in the scope of the episode

I hope the rest of the episodes are better but it may take some time for me to get to them after this huge misstep of a first one.

Ppppphhhttt ,

Thank you!

Hearing successful men (and so far one successful woman) speak candidly about self-image, physical hang-ups and stuff, is really heartening and often very funny. Thanks for making this podcast, and to your guests for being brave enough to own up to what many of us feel about ourselves.

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