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Dumb Gay Politics: A Podcast Review

By Caden Ziegler
Web Content Contributor

Two men standing between two women against a red velvet backdrop.
My boyfriend and I meeting Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard at the live recording in Austin. Photo courtesy of Caden Ziegler.

Julie Goldman: This s**t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S, this s**t is Trumpanas, T-R-U-M-P-A-N-A-N-A-S.
Brandy Howard: What?
JG: I don’t know. I don’t even know.

These are the beginning few lines of Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard’s killer theme song for their podcast Dumb, Gay Politics (DGP). Let’s be honest, the past couple years of politics have been entertaining— as in “Real Housewives of D.C.” kind of entertaining— and DGP is a hilarious podcast that covers what happened in the government as if it were recapping a reality TV show. There are no two better people to do this than Goldman and Howard, who were on Bravo’s “The People’s Couch,” a show that films people watching and commenting on hit reality TV shows.

The podcast has been around since December 2016 when Donald Trump got elected into the White House. In their first episode, Goldman describes herself as extremely liberal, and Howard is a registered independent. Howard’s role was supposed to be that she is “…trying to give the Trump administration a chance.”

While they are trying to meet in the middle, this podcast isn’t geared towards those who are conservatives. So if that’s you, I wouldn’t give this podcast a listen. If you’re sensitive to inappropriate language, I’d go ahead and skip it as well.

They admit from the beginning, “We’re not academics, we’re not researchers, we’re not professors,” but they are well-informed. This isn’t a podcast to get all your news from, but if you need a segue into politics in this time where political apathy seems to be the only way to save yourself from heartbreak, then this is the show for you.

I first got turned on to this podcast when my boyfriend showed it to me in the early weeks of us dating, and I’ve kept up with it every week since. They are traveling around the country doing live shows, and for Christmas I bought him and myself tickets to go see their live podcast recording on Feb. 15 at the Spider House Ballroom.

As always, their witty banter had us rolling on the floor, and their special guest Lea Black, from the “Real Housewives of Miami,” brought some delicious tea regarding the upcoming 2020 election. They have had a tremendous amount of guests on the show such as comedian Sarah Silverman, former Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan, author Dan Savage, and many more.

While the podcast is about politics, there is so much more that goes into it. Every time I listen it’s as if I were sitting down with friends as they spill the Capitol Hill tea. They have tons of different segments such as “Off Limits,” where they talk with a guest about politics; “Eye of the S**t Storm,” a discussion on the central issue of politics that week; and “Judge Julie,” where Julie judges the actions of a popular figure and condemns (or acquits) them.

While listening to their older episodes may seem irrelevant, I still find them entertaining and you can find the first one here. Their newest episode can be found here, or on any podcast app you use. If you listen to the Austin live-recording, I was right next to the audience mic so you’ll most likely hear my loud and obnoxious screaming. As Goldman and Howard say at the end of their podcast, “It’s been real and it’s been fun, but mostly it’s been gay and it’s been dumb.”

Featured illustration by Caden Ziegler.

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