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Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

The Sewers of Paris Matt Baume

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 380 Ratings

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

    What Feels Euphoric to Me (Ep 477: JP Karliak/X-Men '97)

    What Feels Euphoric to Me (Ep 477: JP Karliak/X-Men '97)

    Returning to The Sewers of Paris this week is voice actor JP Karliak — you heard him as the voice of Morph on X-Men '97, but he’s also been keeping busy with lots of other projects, from advocating for up-and-coming queer voice actors to performing alongside Rhianna in an upcoming Smurfs movie. We last spoke in 2020, and a lot has happened since then — both in JP’s career, and in voice acting in general.

    We’ll have that conversation in a moment. First, if you’re enjoying The Sewers of Paris, I hope you’ll consider supporting the show on Patreon. Patrons get access to an exclusive Discord server, stickers and books in the mail, bonus videos, and more. You can join the Patreon at patreon.com/mattbaume.

    And you may also enjoy my other projects —  like my YouTube videos for a queer look at movie and television history, my weekly livestreams on Twitch, my book Hi Honey, I’m Homo!, and my email newsletter. Or you might like Matt’s So-Cast Pod, a new podcast about the 90s TV series My So-Called Life.

    • 42 min
    The Performance of Sex (Ep 476: Gay Porn/Christopher Rice)

    The Performance of Sex (Ep 476: Gay Porn/Christopher Rice)

    This week I’m chatting with Christopher Rice, a returning guest who’s just published a fourth book in his steamy “Sapphire Cove” series. This latest novel, entitled Sapphire Dawn, features a plucky porn performer butting heads with an unlucky-in-love wedding planner. Christopher, writing under the name C. Travis Rice, did a lot of research to make sure he captured the realities of the adult industry — both good and bad.

    We’ll have my conversation with Christopher in a moment. First, if you’re enjoying The Sewers of Paris, I hope you’ll consider supporting my work on Patreon for as little as $2 a month. Patrons get access to a Patron-exclusive Discord server, stickers and books in the mail, bonus videos, and more. You can join the Patreon at patreon.com/mattbaume.

    And you may also enjoy my other projects —  like my YouTube videos for a queer look at movie and television history, my weekly livestreams on Twitch, my book Hi Honey, I’m Homo!, and my email newsletter. Or you might like Matt’s So-Cast Pod, a new podcast about the 90s TV series My So-Called Life.

    • 41 min
    Hollywood Pride (Ep 475: Queer Hollywood History/Alonso Duralde)

    Hollywood Pride (Ep 475: Queer Hollywood History/Alonso Duralde)

    My guest this week is Alonso Duralde, author of the new book Hollywood Pride, a fascinating historical tour through queer Hollywood history. If Alonso’s name sounds familiar, you might recall him from several past Sewers of Paris conversations, or from the movie and TV podcasts he hosts with his husband Dave White — two men of excellent taste and encyclopedic knowledge of entertainment history.

    We’ll have my conversation with Alonso in a moment. First, a reminder that if you’re enjoying The Sewers of Paris, I hope you’ll check out my other projects —  like my YouTube videos for a queer look at movie and television history, my weekly livestreams on Twitch, my book Hi Honey, I’m Homo!, and my email newsletter. Or you might like my new podcast about the 90s TV series My So-Called Life, titled perhaps a bit too obtusely Matt’s So-Cast Pod.

    And if you support my work on Patreon, you’ll get backer rewards like Discord access, weekly bonus videos, queer stickers in the mail, and more. You can join the Patreon at patreon.com/mattbaume.

    • 40 min
    The Best of The Sewers of Paris: Science Fiction

    The Best of The Sewers of Paris: Science Fiction

    Apologies for this week's episode coming a day late! I'm just catching up between Pride events and a power outage that halted editing for a bit. But here's the latest Sewers of Paris, continuing the monthlong Pride specials with excerpts from some of the best conversations I’ve had over the last nine years.

    This week, we’re talking about science fiction. We’ll hear from folks for whom sci-fi was an escape … and also an inspiration for future work, from throwing parties to inventing the technology that powers the Internet, to sending robots to Mars.

    Full conversations that are excerpted in this episode:

    Episode 10, Charlie: https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2015/5/14/all-of-a-sudden-i-had-a-gay-icon-ep-10-gay-sci-fi

    Episode 93, José
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2016/12/22/a-telemundo-reaction-ep-93-santa-claus-conquers-the-martians

    Episode 215, Alan
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2019/1/31/working-on-something-big-ep-214-sci-fi-and-ham-radio

    Episode 223, Troy
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2019/3/14/the-seven-minutes-of-terror-ep-223-arthur-c-clarke

    Episode 358, David
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2021/10/21/my-space-brothers-ep-358-star-trek-ds9david

    The Best of The Sewers of Paris: Comic Books

    The Best of The Sewers of Paris: Comic Books

    Hello, I’m Matt Baume, and welcome to the Sewers of Paris. We’re on a podcast search for entertainment that changed queer peoples’ lives. 

    This week, I’m continuing the monthlong Pride special, bringing you excerpts from some of the very best Sewers of Paris conversations I’ve had over the last nine years.

    This week, we’re talking comics books. We’ll start with a conversation with writer Andrew Wheeler, whose tales of adventure and intrigue stand in sharp contrast to his domestic life. Then moving on to artist DJ Kirkland, who pursued his dreams in spite of — or maybe in order to spite — a particularly mean art school teacher. Then we’ll hear from artist Justin Hall, whose erotic imaginings are seemingly without limit. And finally the delightful writer Anthony Oliveira, who hosted a panel with me just last week at the Toronto Public Library.

    And also a quick note: if you’re in Seattle, I hope you’ll come see me at Elliott Bay Books this Friday, June 21st! I’ll be talking about The Golden Girls, and what made those ladies such powerful queer icons  — both on screen and in real life. Full details on all that at mattbaume.com/events.

    Full conversations with this week’s guests:

    My 2018 conversation with Andrew Wheeler:
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2018/2/15/oracular-garbage-pile-ep-153-james-bond

    My 2016 conversation with DJ Kirkland:
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2016/9/21/a-kid-who-had-powers-in-japan-ep-79-sailor-moon

    My 2019 conversation with Justin Hall:
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2019/9/26/no-greater-act-of-defiance-ep-253-v-for-vendettajustin-hall

    My 2017 conversation with Anthony Oliveira:
    https://www.mattbaume.com/sewers-shownotes/2017/5/17/failed-mystics-ep-114-buffy-x-men-he-man-and-lwaxana-troi

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Best of The Sewers of Paris: Musicals!

    The Best of The Sewers of Paris: Musicals!

    I’m continuing the monthlong Pride special, bringing you excerpts from some of the very best Sewers of Paris conversations I’ve had over the last nine years. This week, we’re talking musicals — a roundup of conversations about songs on stage and on screen. We’ll start with a conversation about Pippin with voice actor Cam Clarke; then moving on to Rocky Horror with a programmer named Matt; then a chat about Sondheim with NPR’s Ari Shapiro; and finally a talk with Gregory Maguire, author of the novel Wicked.

    And if you’re in Seattle, I hope you’ll come see me at Elliott Bay Books next week, June 21st! I’ll be talking about The Golden Girls, and what made those ladies such powerful queer icons  — both on screen and in real life. Full details on all that at mattbaume.com/events.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
380 Ratings

380 Ratings

AndrewRimby ,

Matt's Podcast is the Best!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Matt and also having him on my podcast, The Ivory Tower Boiler Room. Matt's infectious analysis of cinema and pop culture keeps me on the edge of my seat to see who he's bringing onto The Sewers of Paris. This is a must listen for all arts and culture lovers!

nimbusthegreat ,

Great podcast, glad I came across it!

Over the pandemic I came across some of Matt’s YouTube videos and loved them. Seriously, I am obsessed. I recently heard about the podcast and decided to check it out and so far it doesn’t disappoint. I love how Matt draws his subjects out. I also love seeing deeper dives into queer lives, this sort of representation was sorely lacking when I grew up. The Carl Bishop episode was compelling and I loved hearing about his musical influences. He sounds like someone I’d love to sit and have a beverage with hearing more stories from his life. I’ll be putting this podcast on my weekly listening rotation.

Alden8394 ,

Great Podcast

A great premise and a great podcast. Matt is a great interviewer and a great listener. I also love that he interviews “regular” people and not just celebrities.

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