Writer Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, The New Yorker) and actor Sarah Thyre (Strangers with Candy, Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien) co-host CRYBABIES, a deeply funny, often intimate, and surprisingly moving podcast about the things that make us cry. Each episode features guests of every creative stripe - writers, actors, musicians, comedians - who discuss the music, books, movies, television, and other cultural cues that make them weepy. These candid conversations with your favorite artists make CRYBABIES an original, must-listen podcast.
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I’m listening to this in 2021 on Stitcher premium—I love hearing funny people talk about what makes them cry. I’ve seen a lot of these people being comedic and absurd in their other works (which I love), but I love seeing a different side of them that is sensitive and tender. Very relatable.
This show is incredibly satisfying. In the words of Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias, laughter through tears is my favorite emotion. Almost all of the cry cues are followed up with a giggle or some other sort of warmth and it makes me feel good.
Sometimes the guests have the noteworthy status and wit to cut through the bs and entertain you in spite of the (lack of) structure here. Sometimes not. That’s the problem when your hosts are self-obsessed and trying too hard to show they don’t care. We don’t either. Worse are the live episodes where they don’t even mic the audience so it sounds like every joke bombs. Why would self-obsessed people not worry about the audience? You figure it out. So in summation if you’re going to enter the podcasting foray, care a little.