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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

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.8, 346 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?

    Not a Fan of Hanging Around in Reality (Steve Kmetko/E! News)

    Not a Fan of Hanging Around in Reality (Steve Kmetko/E! News)

    You might’ve seen the news this week that after three decades, NBC cancelled the entertainment show E! News. For this week’s episode, we’re revisiting my 2015 conversation with one of the hosts of E! News, Steve Kmetko. Steve was the face of the E! cable network from 1994 to 2002, and in addition to hosting the news show he also anchored countless Oscar and Emmy broadcasts, reported from film festivals, and interviewed everyone who was anyone in Hollywood. It was his dream job, but privately, he was being weighed down by a lifetime of baggage: a career that demanded he stay closeted, and a religious upbringing that burdened him with guilt.
    First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. This week I’ll be posting clips from Peter Pan with Mary Martin, Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, and of course, Steve himself reporting on entertainment.
    And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on August 15 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.
    And don’t forget to check out my other shows! Culture Cruise on YouTube is a deep dive into queer entertainment milestones. And check out Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure: Legends, two narrative comedy shows with drag heroes going on adventures in a world of fantasy.
    Now, here’s my 2015 interview with Steve.

    • 53 min
    Reclaiming Power (Ep 296 - Death Becomes Her/Tom Zohar)

    Reclaiming Power (Ep 296 - Death Becomes Her/Tom Zohar)

    My guest this week is Tom Zohar, whose love for stories about powerful women led him to movies like Death Becomes Her and The Joy Luck Club, and whose hippie parents brought him to musicals like Hair. A common thread through a lot of Tom’s favorite media is characters who are completely and totally un-repressed, but self-repression was an issue he had to deal with as a teenager when he re-closeted himself and became increasingly shy about his accent. Theater is what helped him reclaim his voice, but not after the family fled the country to prevent his being conscripted in  the Israeli Army.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. This week you can look forward to some fun clips from Death Becomes Her.

    And speaking of videos, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise, where I do a deep dive into LGBTQ milestones in entertainment that changed the world. I just posted a new video that combines footage from fifty years of documentaries to reconstruct the history of New York’s ballroom, voguing, and drag ball scene. You can find it by searching YouTube for Culture Cruise.

    And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on August 1st at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.

    Also if you’re looking for more queer podcasts, check out my narrative comedy shows Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure Legends for an escape into a world of fantasy, with drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can subscribe to both shows at QueensOfAdventure.com, or search your favorite podcast app.

    • 58 min
    Demons & Ghosts (Ep 295 - Dr. Who/Hamish Steele)

    Demons & Ghosts (Ep 295 - Dr. Who/Hamish Steele)

    My guest this week is Hamish Steele, whose graphic novel Deadendia is being adapted into an animated series at Netflix. The show will feature a gay trans man as the lead character, and it’s inspired both by Hamish’s friends and his love of shows like Dr Who and movies like The Addams Family Values, which feature queer-ish if not explicitly queer ensembles. Hamish is also running a Kickstarter right now for a comic book called Croc and Roll, that promises to be TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA meets JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS meets SCOTT PILGRIM meets... big gay alligator tears. I am super excited to chat with him about his inspirations and his controversial opinions about the difference between films with queer people in them versus films that queer people actually like.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. This week you can look forward to clips from The Addams Family, Dr. Who, and from Hamish’s own animation projects.
    And speaking of videos, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise, where I do a deep dive into LGBTQ milestones in entertainment that changed the world. Last month’s video was all about the documentary Paris is Burning, and you can find that by searching YouTube for Culture Cruise.
    And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on August 1st at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.
    Also if you’re looking for more queer podcasts, check out my narrative comedy shows Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure Legends for an escape into a world of fantasy, with drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can subscribe to both shows at QueensOfAdventure.com, or search your favorite podcast app.

    • 52 min
    Somewhere That's Green (Little Shop of Horrors/Brad Cerenzia)

    Somewhere That's Green (Little Shop of Horrors/Brad Cerenzia)

    You might have seen that Disney is about to release a new documentary called Howard, all about the legacy of the great Howard Ashman whose music gave live to stories like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and many more. For this week’s episode, we’re diving into the Sewers of Paris archive to revisit my 2015 conversation about another of Howard Ashman’s projects: the musical Little Shop of Horrors, a film that transformed the life of my guest Brad Cerenzia.

    From an early age, Brad knew he wasn't destined to be farm boy the rest of his life. His inspiration came from theater, musicals, drama. He needed a ticket off of the farm where he grew up, but it was hard for him to picture how that adventure would start. As it turned out, what he needed was a key change. 

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode. This week you can look forward to some of my favorite clips from musicals I discussed with Brad, from Little Shop to The Drowsy Chaperone, and also a clip or two from the movie Mannequin.

    And speaking of videos, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise, where I do a deep dive into LGBTQ milestones in entertainment that changed the world. Last month’s video was all about the documentary Paris is Burning, and you can find that by searching YouTube for Culture Cruise.

    And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on July 18th at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.

    Also if you’re looking for more queer podcasts, check out my narrative comedy shows Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure Legends for an escape into a world of fantasy, with drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can subscribe to both shows at QueensOfAdventure.com, or search your favorite podcast app.

    • 50 min
    It Was a Mindf**k (Ep 294 - Carol Channing/Terry LaBolt)

    It Was a Mindf**k (Ep 294 - Carol Channing/Terry LaBolt)

    Hello and welcome to the Sewers of Paris. This week’s guest, Terry LaBolt, was suggested to me by a Sewers of Paris listener, and I’m so glad that they did. Terry has an absolutely amazing collection of stories from across his career, starting as a young kid transfixed by musical theater, then later as Carol Channing’s music director, and now as a teacher sharing his wisdom with the next generation of showbiz stars. From touring with Carol, to finding himself, to enduring the dark days of the HIV epidemic, Terry’s got a fascinating perspective on life and I’m so honored to bring it to you this week.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook, where I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode, including in the coming week some very fun clips of Carol Channing.
    And hey speaking of videos, if you haven’t yet check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise, where I do a deep dive into LGBTQ milestones in entertainment that changed the world. Last month’s video was all about the documentary Paris is Burning — its hidden history, what happened to the people in the film, and how Madonna lifted more than just voguing from the gays. You can find that by searching YouTube for Culture Cruise.
    And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on July 18th at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.
    Also if you’re looking for more queer podcasts, check out my narrative comedy shows Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure Legends for an escape into a world of fantasy, with drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can subscribe to both shows at QueensOfAdventure.com, or search your favorite podcast app.

    • 58 min
    The Manic Fervor of a Tennessee Williams Heroine (Ep 293 - Sunset Blvd/Dashiell M. Silva)

    The Manic Fervor of a Tennessee Williams Heroine (Ep 293 - Sunset Blvd/Dashiell M. Silva)

    My guest this week is illustrator and film obsessive Dashiell Silva, who you might know from his excellent Oscar guides and also as an artist on the just announced Netflix series Deadendia, which looks, by the way, amazing. Dashiell grew up in the West of Ireland where nobody understood his taste in film that was, in hindsight, extremely queer. His devotion to Sunset Blvd and Mommie Dearest made him feel like some kind of weird anomaly in his little town, until he started creating art and discovering what his talents were capable of.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First, a reminder that The Sewers of Paris is on Twitter and Facebook — I post clips of the stuff that we talk about on each episode.

    And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on July 4th at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.

    Also check out my YouTube channel for my latest Culture Cruise video, where I do a deep dive on LGBTQ milestones from TV and film. This month’s video is all about the documentary Paris is Burning — its hidden history going back to the 1800s, and how Madonna lifted more than just voguing from queer culture.

    And if you’re looking for more queer podcasts, check out my narrative comedy shows Queens of Adventure and Queens of Adventure Legends for an escape into a world of fantasy, with drag queens playing Dungeons & Dragons. You can subscribe to both shows at QueensOfAdventure.com, or search your favorite podcast app.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

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.

naomi291 ,

So good!

I love Matt Baume’s YouTube channel and this podcast is great! It’s funny, and informative, and sometimes really sad, but always entertaining and very heartfelt.

dvndaniel ,

Incredible

I am a listener from Queens of Adventure and transitioned to listening to this podcast as well. I absolutely love this concept and have found it so informative. I just finished reading the novel from Victoria Lee because of your episode on her. This podcast has helped me normalize and relate to so many different queer people. It makes me feel so connected to the community at large and I am so grateful for it. Thank you for all that you do, Matt!

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