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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 • 367 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?

    Life is Drama, Make me Laugh (Ep. 353 - Dan Savage)

    Life is Drama, Make me Laugh (Ep. 353 - Dan Savage)

    Eleven years ago this week, Dan Savage founded the It Gets Better Project, and this week we’re diving into the Sewers archives to revisit my conversation with him in 2017. You've probably heard Dan speak at length about sex and love and news and politics -- but this conversation is going to be a little different as we dive into 8-track tapes, secret bike rides, family arguments, and a rule-breaking theater troupe where Dan honed his sense of shock and showmanship long before he was known for dispensing Savage Love.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I’ve been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I’ve got one coming this weekend about how one weird week in 1976 became the gayest couple of days in television history. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.
    Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I’m working on at mattbaume.com.
    Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who’s reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Called to the Kitchen (Ep 352 - Cookbooks/Adam Roberts)

    Called to the Kitchen (Ep 352 - Cookbooks/Adam Roberts)

    My guest this week is a writer who’s found a way to blend an unlikely combination of genres — comedy and food writing. You may know Adam Roberts for his blog and his cookbook, The Amateur Gourmet, or from his work as a writer on the show The Real O’Neals. None of this was supposed to happen — Adam’s career kicked off with a short stint in law school before he realized it wasn’t for him, and food writing was something he just did for fun until he discovered, to his surprise, that it had become his whole life.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I’ve been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I just posted one about the beloved 80s movie Mannequin and the unlikely queer heroism of the character Hollywood Montrose. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.
    Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I’m working on at mattbaume.com.
    Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who’s reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    • 41 min
    Queer Dark Souls (Ep 351 - Dark Souls/Illusory Wall)

    Queer Dark Souls (Ep 351 - Dark Souls/Illusory Wall)

    My guest this week is the YouTuber who goes by the name Illusory Wall. He’s dedicated himself to unraveling the mysteries of the often-bewildering games in the Dark Souls franchise — dark gothic mysteries full of strange horrors and hidden treasures. What was once a niche interest has become an obsession, and, as of very recently, his full time job.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I’ve been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — I’ve got one coming this weekend about the movie Mannequin and the unlikely queer heroism of Hollywood Montrose. And you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.

    Also check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I’m working on at mattbaume.com.

    Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who’s reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    • 41 min
    The Luckiest Little Homosexual in the World (Ep 350 - The Tonys/Jeffrey Masters)

    The Luckiest Little Homosexual in the World (Ep 350 - The Tonys/Jeffrey Masters)

    My guest this week is Jeffrey Masters, host of the podcast LGBTQ&A. He moved to LA with a plan to make it big as an actor, which doesn’t always work out for the best — and for a time, it looked like things were going south as he found that his Shakespearean training left him unprepared for what Hollywood was looking for. But then he stumbled upon a passion that got him more attention than he’d even had before, and more importantly, a feeling of fulfillment in his work.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I’ve been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — and you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.

    And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I’m working on at mattbaume.com.

    Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who’s reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    • 50 min
    In my Own Way I'm a Doomsday Prepper (Ep. 349 - Phuong/Drag Race)

    In my Own Way I'm a Doomsday Prepper (Ep. 349 - Phuong/Drag Race)

    This week we’re diving into the Sewers archive to revisit a chat with my friend Phuong, who is always tirelessly MAKING stuff. When we chatted three years ago, he was busy baking bread, crafting soap, knitting hats, and more — but this summer he’s embarked on his biggest project yet, a new YouTube channel called Rabbit Hole where he posts videos full of fascinating, weird, surprising features of the planet Earth. Recent topics include animals elected to office, tiny countries you’ve never heard of, and actual gates to hell. These videos are a continuation of Phuong’s lifelong habit of making things for others and giving away gifts — because every time he does, there’s something equally important that he gets back.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I’ve been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — and you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.
    And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I’m working on at mattbaume.com.
    Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who’s reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    • 48 min
    Tough on the Outside, Nice on the Inside (Ep 348 - Pokémon/José)

    Tough on the Outside, Nice on the Inside (Ep 348 - Pokémon/José)

    This week I’m chatting with José, host of the delightful YouTube series Ketchup with Max and José, and the partner of past Sewers of Paris Guest Max Miller (host of Tasting History). As a kid, José was a shy gay nerd before growing up to be … also a shy gay nerd, but one who helped launch Disney Plus and also cohosts a food history show with his partner and is about get married.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First — a reminder that I’ve been posting lots of fun videos about queer pop culture history over on my YouTube — and you can also head over to Patreon to see even more bonus videos.
    And check out my cute little newsletter where I share sneak peeks at what I’m working on at mattbaume.com.
    Also a big thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And to everyone who’s reviewed it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
367 Ratings

367 Ratings

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.

cheyguy08 ,

I love this

Usually I can not listen to a full podcast but this podcast I can listen to every episode every day which is rare for me I also love Matt Baume’s YouTube channel to.

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