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Hi, I’m Tawny Platis, the Witty Widow and creator of the new Podcast feed Death Is Hilarious. It’s one feed, with three shows about coping with loss and grief through comedy and entertainment. When my husband and fellow creator of the Dirty Bits Podcast passed away in November of 2019 when I was 28 years old, I immediately fell into writing and comedy as a way to cope. Now, I’m traveling around the country to interview your favorite podcasters and artists on how they found relief from grief through laughter and comedy on my new show, The Witty Widow. This show will also feature segments from my stand-up comedy routines. The podcast is currently in production and is slated for release in early 2020. Tune in for bonus shows now like Monday Mourning Maisel, where you can Join Midge Maisel and me as we cope with the loss of our spouses and learn lessons about moving through grief with comedy. And Entertaining Grief, a series where I talk about how watching and relating to movies and shows has been helping me gain perspective on and cope with the death of my husband. Search Death Is Hilarious in your favorite podcast listening app and subscribe... or visit TawnyVoice.com/podcast to subscribe and listen in.
About Our First Podcast: The Dirty Bits ​​
The Dirty Bits podcast was a show that covered the fierce, sexy, funny, scandalous, freaky, and salacious stories from history your teacher probably left out. Casually told by a sarcastic voice-over actor, as a caricature of herself and Southern California. You can still find episodes featuring George and me on the Death Is Hilarious feed!

Death Is Hilarious (Formerly the Dirty Bits Podcast) Tawny Platis

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Hi, I’m Tawny Platis, the Witty Widow and creator of the new Podcast feed Death Is Hilarious. It’s one feed, with three shows about coping with loss and grief through comedy and entertainment. When my husband and fellow creator of the Dirty Bits Podcast passed away in November of 2019 when I was 28 years old, I immediately fell into writing and comedy as a way to cope. Now, I’m traveling around the country to interview your favorite podcasters and artists on how they found relief from grief through laughter and comedy on my new show, The Witty Widow. This show will also feature segments from my stand-up comedy routines. The podcast is currently in production and is slated for release in early 2020. Tune in for bonus shows now like Monday Mourning Maisel, where you can Join Midge Maisel and me as we cope with the loss of our spouses and learn lessons about moving through grief with comedy. And Entertaining Grief, a series where I talk about how watching and relating to movies and shows has been helping me gain perspective on and cope with the death of my husband. Search Death Is Hilarious in your favorite podcast listening app and subscribe... or visit TawnyVoice.com/podcast to subscribe and listen in.
About Our First Podcast: The Dirty Bits ​​
The Dirty Bits podcast was a show that covered the fierce, sexy, funny, scandalous, freaky, and salacious stories from history your teacher probably left out. Casually told by a sarcastic voice-over actor, as a caricature of herself and Southern California. You can still find episodes featuring George and me on the Death Is Hilarious feed!

    Monday Mourning Maisel Ep2 + Guided Meditation With The Witty Widow Sneak Peek

    Monday Mourning Maisel Ep2 + Guided Meditation With The Witty Widow Sneak Peek

    CW: This show uses dark humor to address topics like death, sex, grief, and loss. And explicit language is used.

    Listener discretion is advised.

    S1E2 Monday Mourning Maisel - Grievers Delight

    To access every episode on this feed commercial-free for just $1 a month, visit Patreon.com/WittyWidow. Special thanks to our executive producer, Toccora, for making this show possible.

    Stay tuned after the episode for a sneak peek at the Patreon exclusive show, “Guided Meditation With The Witty Widow.

    In episode one, we met Midge and Joel Maisel, a young couple who loves each other and stand-up comedy in New York during the late 1950s. They have two children, a cute one and one who looks like Winston Churchhill, and they live on the Upper West Side.

    Episode 2 opens where it left off- with Midge bailing the Lenny Bruce out of jail and this episode's theme is: conforming to and dealing with other people’s expectations and reactions to your new life.

    In This Episode:

    And if y’all think I’m racy, this bitch flashed her tits in a club in 1950’s New York without a cabaret license and was consequently arrested for public indecency.

    Lenny Bruce jokes

    Pretty tame by today’s standards, especially when you consider one of Sarah Silverman’s greatest jokes of all time is about her licking jelly off her boyfriend’s penis and realizing she’s become her mother.

    Her eyes wander to the lady's room where she and Joel had what was likely their first quickie as husband and wife. In a glaring and blinding metaphor, there’s a big sign across the door that says “out of order.”

    So she switches gears and starts comparing her situation to something of biblical proportions. She creates an analogy, comparing what she’s going through to being left by Cain for his brother Abel because there are only four f*****g people on the planet. And after Cain leaves her, Adam, Cain and Abel’s father, tells her to do some jigsaw puzzles to cope.

    Like, when your husband dies and people tell you he’s in a better place and that should make you feel better because he’s in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    K.

    And then people are surprised when Midge and I say things like, “I need a drink so stiff I could blow it.”

    Thanks for listening

    Love Always,

    The Witty Widow

    For more information and to get in touch, email me at Tawny@TawnyVoice.Com or visit TawnyVoice.com

    Follow the Witty Widow on Instagram @Tawnyplatis_voicetalent

    Find me on Twitter @tawnysvoice

    Support Death Is Hilarious (With The Witty Widow) and get exclusive behind the scenes updates and commercial-free episodes for just $1 a month on Patreon.com/DirtyBits here.

    Your Patreon, PayPal (paypal.me/tawnyvoice), and Venmo (@Tawny-Platis) support cover the production costs related to the show and this website. Thank you for being a producer!

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    The Witty Widow-Episode 1: Tawny Platis

    The Witty Widow-Episode 1: Tawny Platis

    Content Warning:

    This Episode: (Death of a spouse, finding a loved one unresponsive, resuscitation attempts, saying goodbye in the home, the passing of the spouse happening in the home, lots of crying, dating after being widowed, depression, loneliness, dating apps, Beetlejuice, comic-con, skipping arm-in-arm, Hannah compares her and George's chest beauty).

    This podcast addresses sensitive subjects like death and loss… often graphically and with explicit language and dark humor. Listener discretion is advised.

    My dear friend and manager, Hannah (Boozy Movies podcast), interviewed me as the first guest on my new show The Witty Widow on the podcast feed Death Is Hilarious. The clips you hear in this episode are from practice stand-up routines. That's how I'm coping with the pain and trauma.

    I also answer questions like;
    Set the scene for me: tell me about your loss and grief. Who and how?
    Tell me about how you used humor as a coping mechanism.
    What did and does your grieving process look like? When did things start feeling better?
    What about your grieving process surprised you?
    What advice would you give to someone going through what you’re going through?
    What advice would you give to someone who wanted to support someone going through something like you described?
    What else would you like to share? What do you want people, anyone, to know? What do you want to say ? What do you want people to hear?
    What can you say about being with someone who is sick / the toll it takes on your relationship?
    Where do you find comfort?
    What’s something you feel like no one talks about in regards to grief?

    For more information and to get in touch, visit TawnyVoice.com
    Follow the Witty Widow on Instagram @Tawnyplatis_voicetalent
    Find me on Twitter @tawnysvoice
    Thank you for being a producer!
    This epsiode was edited and produced by Matthew Ramirez - get in touch at mjrinfl@gmail.com
    Special Thanks to Kevin MacLeod:
    "Chillin Hard" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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    Entertaining Grief S1E1: Khal Drogo and Khaleesi + Feed Updates From The Witty Widow

    Entertaining Grief S1E1: Khal Drogo and Khaleesi + Feed Updates From The Witty Widow

    For every episode commercial-free at just $1 a month, visit Patreon.com/wittywidow

    Welcome to "Processing Grief Through Entertainment,” a series where I talk about how watching and relating to movies and shows has been helping me gain perspective on and cope with the death of my husband. I hope maybe this same coping mechanism can also give you perspective on the grieving process. In this episode, I'll be talking about Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from Game of Thrones and how George and I saw ourselves in them.
    A very special thank you to my Hannah-ger and my new editor and producer, Matthew Ramirez, who has been nothing short of fantastic. Podcasters and other audio professionals, I can not recommend him enough! Get in touch with him by emailing mjrinfl@gmail.com
    You can now find me on Instagram: @ tawnyplatis_voicetalent or on Twitter: @WittyWidowTawny
    If you’re having trouble finding me on any platform, simply email me at Tawny@tawnyvoice.com and I’d be happy to send you any links during this transition process.

    • 13 min
    Monday Mourning Maisel S1E1: Incorporating Pain Into Your Art

    Monday Mourning Maisel S1E1: Incorporating Pain Into Your Art

    Originally, I wanted to use Ms. Maisel to highlight to my students the dos and don'ts surrounding the business of entertainment in relation to voice over. I could relate to the show in multiple ways. In my day job, I was Alex Borstein, the determined talent manager who saw something great in an artist. But now I’m relating to it on an entirely different level because I have so much more in common with Midge than I ever did before. Join Midge Maisel and me as we cope with the loss of our spouses and learn lessons about moving through grief with comedy.

    Learn more at https://www.tawnyvoice.com/dirtybits
    Instagram: tawnyplatis_voicetalent
    Twitter: @WittyWidowTawny
    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DirtyBits/

    • 14 min
    Goodbye From The Dirty Bits + A Tribute To George

    Goodbye From The Dirty Bits + A Tribute To George

    Hey there lovebugs,

    I’m currently in Colorado visiting family and wasn’t planning on recording so I didn’t bring my set-up. But today just seemed like the right time. So forgive the audio quality and read the transcript here in the show notes or on TawnyVoice.com under "Blog."

    Ibrahim the Mad was the final episode of the Dirty Bits Podcast.

    George, my soulmate, husband, and partner in every way, sadly lost his battle with multiple health problems on November 8th, 2019.

    I will still be podcasting but the focus is going to shift to dealing with grief and loss. The show will be titled “Death Is Hilarious” and is currently in production. I’m still releasing written content on my blog at TawnyVoice.com and you can still find sneak peeks on Patreon.

    I’m working on this transition while continuing my day job as a talent manager and voice over coach. I have retired from voice acting for the time being because it’s too painful without George.

    But I want to help others and I don’t want to stop talking about George. In the Greek culture and in what I can only describe as my League of Nations heritage and bizarre cultural mash-up, remembering the dead is so important.

    We tell their stories and pray for them to keep their memory alive or as they say in the Greek community George grew up in, “May his memory be eternal.”

    So I’m going to tell George’s story to keep his memory alive. I’d like to think that that movie Coco is a possibility and he’s surfing in the land of the dead. And I’m going to spend the next 60 years of my life doing everything I can to cement him somehow into entertainment so he’s never forgotten.
    I’d like to think that it’s a possibility I absorbed some of his energy and that’s the reason I can finally stand-up for myself and have more confidence than I’ve ever had. I’d like to think it’s a possibility that I’m not just being emotional and projecting and he’s actually still beside me in spirit.

    I also want to help people. I’ve been writing about the grieving process on my blog and Instagram. I have been overwhelmed by the outreach and feedback. So many people have shared their stories with me and have expressed how I’ve already done something to help. That means so much because the excruciating pain I’m feeling at losing the love of my life won’t be for nothing. At least I can make something good come out of it.

    In my new podcast, Death Is Hilarious, I’ll be speaking with other podcasters and artists on how they found relief from grief with humor and comedy. We’ll laugh, cry, and heal alongside your favorite hosts and entertainers from around the world.

    Subscribe on TawnyVoice.com for updates and follow me on social media and Patreon. All the links are in the show notes but if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing Tawny@TawnyVoice.com

    And now...George’s story, followed by the “Best of George.”

    A very special thank you to my editor Matthew Ramirez for doing his damnedest to clean up some really rough audio recorded in snowy Denver and creating such a beautiful tribute to George.

    When I was 12 years old, on my way to physics class, I saw this wildly cute boy with flippy surfer hair. I admired this flippy hair boy, George Platis, from afar between middle and high school. It took about ten years to finally meet him at a mutual friend's party. He asked me out.

    We fell in love on our first date.

    Three years later in 2016, we eloped to Oregon. It was magical and one of the best days of my life (I say "one of" because so many days with George were the best ones of my life).
    Shortly after our wedding, George's health problems began to hit him more severely. That was the beginning of three long years battling respiratory and cardiology...

    • 15 min
    Ibrahim the Mad: With Tawny and George & After Dark: With Tawny and George

    Ibrahim the Mad: With Tawny and George & After Dark: With Tawny and George

    Psst...hey lovebugs, it’s Tawny. A quick word before we get started today: George is currently on oxygen and the machine is pretty darn loud. We’re trying to find a way to work around that in regards to the podcast, so you may notice the audio quality is a little funky in this episode. We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments in regard to George’s diagnosis. Stick around for this episode’s “After Dark” segment for more details.

    In This Episode:
    As we tell this story, keep in mind that due to history largely being written and taught from a European perspective, the legitimacy of the so-called madness that Ibrahim became notorious for is still debated over by historians and biographers. As you know, these are always my favorite episodes to explore because it’s such a fun puzzle to try to solve.

    "But by this time, Ibrahim was so paranoid after walking on eggshells for so many years that he thought it was a trap and Murad was still alive, like he was gonna pop out behind a column, like, “Got ya sucker!” and then slit his throat. So his mom and Grand Vizier are like, “No, really, he’s dead.”

    And Ibrahim goes, “Let me see the body then.”

    And they’re like, “Are you serious?”

    And Ibrahim goes, “He just killed four of our siblings, yes I’m f*****g serious. Show me the body.”

    So he PERSONALLY examines his brothers corpse and after he’s finally convinced that the whole situation isn’t some giant ruse, he’s like, “Ok, I’ll take the job.”

    During the early years of his reign, Ibrahim’s Grand Vizier is mostly calling the shots and he makes progress stabilizing the empire. "



    If anything sounded goofy in this episode, it probably was! Don’t take my word for it - always do your own research and make sure what you’re reading is from a verified, reputable, and academic source.

    Get in touch with us on our website at TawnyVoice.com/DirtyBits or by emailing Tawny@TawnyVoice.com. You can also hit us up on:

    Twitter @thedirtybitspod or on Instagram @dirtybitspodcast or on Facebook in our group: The Dirty Bits Chat and Comedy

    Special thanks to our Executive Producers and Podcasters at Patreon.com/DirtyBits for making the show possible. Without your support, the show wouldn’t exist.

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    After Dark:

    Frida Kahlo episode

    Next up on the Dirty Bits we’ll be talking about Frida Kahlo, as picked by our patrons on Patreon. For just $3 a month, you get to vote on the next episode subject, trading cards, behind the scenes sneak peeks, like outtakes and bloopers.

    Questions:

    Who is your favorite person from history?
    How old are you guys?
    What makes you choose some scandalous people from history and not others?
    Where do you draw the line in comedy?
    SIngle worst event in history?
    Comedy recommendation - The Righteous Gemstones

    Sources:

    Peirce, Leslie Penn (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Studies in Middle Eastern History. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507673-8.

    Gökbilgin, M. Tayyib (2012). Ibrāhīm. Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Brill Online.

    Börekçi, Günhan. "Ibrahim I."...

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