The You Do You Show is a new pop culture podcast brought to you by The Tung, hosted by founder and editor Anna Richmond.
Each episode Anna interviews an arts industry person (or people!) she admires about the ways pop culture has influenced who they are and what they're doing now.
Danielle Dash: on gospel music, forging friends on Twitter and Real Housewives
My guest this episode is writer, director and producer Danielle Dash. You may know her from her award-winning 2012 web series Dear Jesus, her incisive pull-no-punches culture writing, and her Twitter, a platform she uses to raise her voice about pop culture she cares about, work she supports, and GIFs that deserve our attention. We talk about the gospel music that makes her feel hopeful, storytelling at school, Twitter as a portal to new friends connected by mutual love and admiration, and Real Housewives.
Gabriel Bisset-Smith: on ghosts, dealing with rejection and Made In Chelsea
Gabriel is a BAFTA nominated writer, actor and director. Right now he’s in the final stages of prep for bringing his new play Whitewash to Soho Theatre, a semi-autobiographical play about London, family, and the intersection between race and class. We talk about the experiences that inspired the play, as well as his childhood obsession with ghost-adjacent pop culture, the song that reminds him of his best friend, and a compelling theory he has about the viewership of reality TV.
Milly Thomas: on mental health in pop culture, near-religious musical experiences, and Gordon Ramsey
This week I had the absolute pleasure of going round to have a coffee with writer and actor Milly Thomas. She’s written a whole host of plays but it's Dust - a really frank, portrait of suicide and what comes after it - that we talk about most during our conversation. We also discuss portrayals of mental health in pop culture, the music that’s guaranteed to make her cry in a Pret, and the Gordon Ramsay one-liners that make her spit tea at her laptop. Extremely mixed genres there but it works.
Andrea Gibson: on stage-fright, kindness as coolness, and Harry Styles
My guest this week is the poet and author Andrea Gibson whose writing and performance explores love and loss and anxiety and gender amongst so, so much besides. We talked about Andrea's forthcoming tour and recent book, Lord of the Butterflies, how they found their way to the stage through watching jazz in New Orleans and longing to perform while simultaneously gripped by stage-fright, the concept of kindness as coolness, and Harry Styles! Perfect combo.
Charlie Craggs: on Posh Spice, Lady Gaga and finding community
This week my guest in Charlie Craggs, founder of Nail Transphobia, an organisation that sees Charlie tacking trans issues through conversation, education and manicures, and Editor of To My Trans Sisters, a collection of letters written by trans women from all walks of life. We talk about everything from Charlie’s early obsession with Posh Spice to the music that made her feel a sense of community during a really difficult time at school, to dealing with the concept of ‘cool’ then and now.
Venus Libido: on Michael Jackson, TLC and mental health
My guest this week is illustrator and mental health advocate, Venus Libido. Her art reflects life in 2019 – messy and complicated, a constant balancing act between self-love and self-doubt. Though her pieces are often tongue-in-cheek, lots of them shine a light on issues of mental health. It’s something we talk a lot about throughout the ep, as well as its intersection with the act of creating work, social media and, of course, pop culture from Michael Jackson to It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.