PodCast Review: My Dad Wrote a Porno

Now, for something completely different… something completely out there… something unique that has caused me much joy and nearly as much damage…

Yes, it’s time for a podcast review of My Dad Wrote a Porno. They’re back this Monday for Season 5 — that’s five of these filthy, misguided books they’ve read. The podcast is an international sensation, selling out live shows in places like the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, and so on. All of it started in a kitchen when poor Jamie Morton read the first chapter of Belinda Blinked — an erotic novel written by his father.

As I mentioned above, this has caused me a lot of joy. The plot is bonkers and all over the place, as you would expect in any erotic endeavor. It’s not about the plot. The problem is… this isn’t about the sex. It’s not sexy at all, even when the characters are having sex — it’s just as bonkers as everything else. Imagine a porn written by someone who only vaguely knows what sex is, and that’s about it. But oh, the horribly funny word play, and the bad anatomy (taken to 11 several times, such as “he grabbed her by the cervix”).

It’s hilarious. As I also mentioned, it has nearly caused me damage. Because I’ve listened to it (on headphones of course) more than once while tooling through a shopping trip. And sometimes the bad anatomy or the sincerely gross verbiage has caused me to either laugh or stop in my tracks. For example, and I cannot remember the exact wording, but a person’s nether-regions were referred to as something along the lines of “sweaty meat.” I was checking out at a Wal-Mart self-check out and I barked out a shocked laugh… I couldn’t help it.

If you in any way enjoy over-the-top humor, or British humor, or gross sex humor, this is right up your alley. And you won’t be alone: they do a Footnotes podcast on Thursdays during the season, and they occasionally have celebrity guests. Including the likes of Elijah Wood. This has become a literal world-wide sensation. In addition to selling out arenas all over the world, they’ve filmed a special for HBO.

How do you like them pomegranates?

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