Alysia Brown, Sarah Aument and Sophie Dinicol EXCLUSIVELY inform HollywoodLife how their scripted comedy/musical podcast collection, ‘Tampon Rock,’ is a brand new form of sitcom with lesbian lead characters that focuses on laughs relatively than trauma.
In an leisure trade the place LGBTQ tales are sometimes synonymous with painful coming-out tales and prejudices of society, Tampon Rock is a breath of recent air. “We didn’t need to inform the identical popping out queer story that’s, like, traumatic and tragic,” Sarah Aument — who joined forces together with her fellow Jingle Punks co-workers/comedians/musicians/writers Alysia Brown and Sophie Dinicol to create a one-of-a-kind scripted comedy podcast collection — EXCLUSIVELY instructed HollywoodLife. Cue Tampon Rock, premiering on Dec. 3, which Alysia sums up within the trailer above as “a sitcom form of like Buddies, besides homosexual and with Black folks. So, really, actually not like Buddies in any respect.”
Nonetheless, this Anthem Leisure unique podcast from iHeart Podcast Community is about buddies (to not be confused with the ’90s sitcom), which Sophie provides within the trailer — greatest buddies, really, named Deja and Chloe. Additionally they rock out collectively in a band known as G.O.A.L (The Biggest Of All Lesbians), a intelligent twist on G.O.A.T. The “resident lesbian narrators” — additionally endearingly known as the “Resbians,” voiced by none apart from the podcast creators — will deliver listeners from every scene to the subsequent by way of track.
Count on a punk-rock supply of “My Coronary heart Has A Heavy Movement (…Interval Blood!), “Nipples!,” and different such melodies which are cheeky winks on the podcast’s menstrual-themed identify (which is definitely a genius rebranding of a time period that was as soon as used as an insult in the direction of ladies who made rock music, as Alysia defined to HollywoodLife). As you’ll be able to infer, this podcast collection falls into the “foolish” humor camp of “not taking itself too critically,” Sophie famous. It’s a refreshing transfer, contemplating that the LGBTQ neighborhood will get most of their illustration not in lighthearted comedies, however relatively in important character introduces their important different to conservative household/reveals their sexual id to the complete college forms of tales which are all rooted in emotional labor.
“With these coming of age tales with queer or Black folks, it’s all the time actually been some type of drawback,” Alysia added, reiterating Sarah’s level of how such tales are sometimes “traumatic.” She added, “Being a Black particular person typically is traumatic. However I feel for me, it’s like, I need to stay in a world [where] that’s — that’s simply not it. That’s not it on a regular basis.”
Whereas the three-person group behind Tampon Rock wished to create a narrative with LGBTQ characters having enjoyable, in addition they wished to stray away from the present obsessing over the truth that the leads are lesbian ladies (one other trope in LGBTQ-focused tales). “I feel that we wished one thing the place folks have been simply residing their lives…certain they’re queer, however I need to know extra concerning the precise folks…and never simply their id,” Sarah clarified.
Whereas the present isn’t identity-obsessed, Tampon Rock permits the creators — and their listeners exterior of the heteronormative narrative — to see their very own “id” in a style that’s not about making the viewers shed sympathy tears. “I’m simply so, simply so exhausted of seeing the identical white males doing the identical sitcoms, or the totally different sitcoms for like, the identical premise,” Alysia mentioned. Now, she’s “lastly attending to create one thing” and fortunately say, “‘Oh, that is what I’d watch’,” and notice “‘Oh, so many different folks would really feel that too’.”
Tampon Rock will premiere on Dec. 3, which you’ll take heed to on Apple Podcasts. Keep tuned for the podcast creators’ video interview with HollywoodLife, going stay on the podcast’s premiere day!