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Feast of Fun: Gay Talk Show


Interviews with amazing people, comedians and LGBTQ+ legends, with pop culture and politics wrapped up in a delicious candy coating of camp. Hosted by Puerto Rican drag queen Fausto Fernós and his husband, Norwegian reality TV star Marc Felion, Feast of Fun began as one of the original 50 podcasts featured on iTunes in 2006, and celebrated by Apple: Feast of Fun "helped bring podcasting from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon." Five time winner of the People's Choice Podcast Award for Best LGBT podcast. We've done thousands of shows with wonderfully wild people, LGBTQ legends and their friends, and tackle the tough questions like: is Sasquatch a drag queen? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop? Subscribe and join us as we chat with gay musicians, counterculture comedians, trans pirates, lesbian warriors and pagan witches and celebrate the ridiculous and transform pain into pleasure. Listen to over 2,900 legendary podcasts at feastoffun.com/plus


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Interviews with amazing people, comedians and LGBTQ+ legends, with pop culture and politics wrapped up in a delicious candy coating of camp. Hosted by Puerto Rican drag queen Fausto Fernós and his husband, Norwegian reality TV star Marc Felion, Feast of Fun began as one of the original 50 podcasts featured on iTunes in 2006, and celebrated by Apple: Feast of Fun "helped bring podcasting from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon." Five time winner of the People's Choice Podcast Award for Best LGBT podcast. We've done thousands of shows with wonderfully wild people, LGBTQ legends and their friends, and tackle the tough questions like: is Sasquatch a drag queen? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop? Subscribe and join us as we chat with gay musicians, counterculture comedians, trans pirates, lesbian warriors and pagan witches and celebrate the ridiculous and transform pain into pleasure. Listen to over 2,900 legendary podcasts at feastoffun.com/plus






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Matt Claussen - Coaching Bodybuilders for Success

We live during an extraordinary time for building muscle. What started out over a hundred years ago as a theatrical curiosity has grown to become a sport and art form that has millions of people pumping iron all around the world. And while genetics certainly plays a factor, from Hollywood to your friends at the gym, there are more jacked up folks around these days than ever. How do they do it? Let’s Grow Big Together: the podcast that starts off wearing a hoodie, then takes it off to reveal the pumped muscle hiding underneath. Today my coach Matt Claussen, powerlifting and bodybuilding legend, joins us to look back on my winning the silver in Classic Physique Masters Division at the NPC Mid American Winter Classic 2023, the content that had the jacked up Santa Claus mascot warning us “Winter is Coming.” What are the attributes of successful bodybuilding athletes and coaches? FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: ★ instagram.com/mattclaussen ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ instagram.com/marcfelion Plus-- ➤ Kristen Stewart stars in deadly lesbian bodybuilding thriller ‘Love Lies Bleeding.’ ➤ The Enhanced Games- an Olympic style competition where performance enhancing drugs are not only permitted but encouraged. ➤ The evolution of bodybuilding categories and controversy over the new Men’s Wellness winner, Brazilian non-binary bodybuilder San Moraes. ➤ All your questions that will even make an abductor machine blush!


20 Years of Fun

Suck it haters! Taylor Swift, Joe Biden and the Kansas City Chiefs win Superbowl LVIII (58). Everyone in America now has to be trans for a week, sorry, those are the NFL rules. Today we celebrate 20 years of Feast of Fun- the podcast Apple said helped “pave the way to bring podcasting from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon.” To help mark our 20th season, we have a very special guest, y’all need to calm down, Taylor Swift--- on the keys E Ross! Who else? Our friend Taylor E Ross was the musical director for our live show Feast of Fools, and our first guest on the podcast where talked about the Superbowl commercials and the half time show. ★ Taylor E Ross Piano Studio: https://www.facebook.com/share/4Cij1CygwBR67C1k/?mibextid=WC7FNe FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ instagram.com/marcfelion Listen as we talk about this and the sizzling hot news-- • Usher roller skates into our hearts during the HalfTime Show. • LA creates mini homes for struggling Mariachi performers who are facing record homelessness due to Covid. • Comedian Larry David chokes Sesame Street’s Elmo on morning television.


John Coons and Jonah Wheeler Make Beautiful Music Together

Couples that play together, stay together. Creating something fun and sharing it with the world is a great opportunity to connect with someone you love. Today we’re having a double date with musical partners and lovers John Coons and Jonah Wheeler. For John and Jonah a date night usually involves putting on a musical show filled with outrageous humor and grim topics. John Coons background as an opera and jazz singer has gotten him some amazing gigs with the Boston POPS, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer and my good friend Sxip Shirey. Jonah Wheeler is well known for his sexy videos on membership platforms where he plays it hot all while subverting people’s expectations. For folks who are wanting to bare it all, what’s a good way to strike the balance between embracing the human body and not getting shut down on social media? Listen as we chat with John and Jonah about their Valentine’s Day plans, our new favorite obsession and their hilarious show in Chicago this Wednesday at the Newport Theater “BLEAK: Songs for the Not-Quite-End of the World.” 🎵 GET TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.ch/e/bleak-songs-for-the-not-quite-end-of-the-world-tickets-800222255307 ★JOHN COONS: instagram.com/bluenote27 ★JONAH WHEELER: instagram.com/showoffjonah 🎵 FEATURED MUSIC: John Coons & Jonah Wheeler: https://www.youtube.com/@JohnCoonsMusic


Chris Condren Does the Space Time Warp Again

One of our favorite oddballs we’ve come across in the decades of doing the Feast of Fun podcast is musician Chris Condren, a comedian whose catchy tunes parody time travel, movie trailers and superstardom. Chris came from the Chicago comedy scene of the 2010s we were a part of, that gave rise to popular queer comedians like Matteo Lane and Cameron Esposito. Today musician, comedian and time traveler Chris Condren joins us to look at 20 seasons of the Feast of Fun podcast, carrying his keyboard in a trash can and the notorious episode “Pagan Christmas” which frustrated a Wiccan witch with his titular song. CHRIS CONDREN: ★ instagram.com/thunderdavis Plus-- • Barbie the Movie’s director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie get snubbed for Oscar Nominations while their co-stars America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling nab the honors. • A new survey reveals 28% of Gen Z identity as LGBTQ+. • How the future of Augmented Reality is going to help you get your freak on, literally. • A gay couple gets married at the Chicago Rat Hole. Listen to Feast of Fun without any ads: ★ feastoffun.com/plus ★ patreon.com/feastoffun


Joel Bryant on Jumping Through Obstacle Courses and Comedy

There’s a belief that fitness and comedy are at odds with each other. We’ve seen many comedians get jacked and then they don’t appear to be as funny. Carrot Top famously said he stopped bodybuilding because it didn't fit his style. Dave Chappelle put on muscle and started trolling trans people, and who can forget those awful Bud Light TV ads from the 80s where Joe Piscopo dressed up in drag and flexed his bulging biceps? But even for all those comedic tragedies, Instagram is packed with muscle men who get the laughs and the lifts. Let’s Grow Big Together, I mean, Welcome to Feast of Fun! The podcast that always makes you sore in all the right places. Today comedian and obstacle course athlete Joel Bryant joins us to chat about racing, lifting and comedy. When he’s not working as a comedy host or doing stand up, Joel is dodging giant foam blocks in an American Ninja style race or crawling through the mud in a Tough Mudder. Listen as we pit Joel Bryant against the AI robot to see who is funnier, muscle man or machine? JOEL BRYANT: https://joelbryant.net Plus-- ➤ The Feds issue new guidelines discouraging comedy from highway safety billboards and signs. ➤ The Smithsonian Institution releases over 4.5 Million historic images into the public domain, ➤ Rest in pudding Ron DeSantis’ political career.


Dan Cass vs. the Comedy Machine

When it feels like the whole world is falling apart, the art of comedy can help us laugh and feel better. So why are so many comedy giants bombing spectacularly? Ricky Gervais just failed in a big way in his recent comedy special, Dave Chappelle continues to troll trans people for attention, and Jo Koy bit it hard core at the Golden Globes and blamed his nervous performance on the writers and audience. Where’s our generation equivalent of Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams or Gilda Radner? Are rich and famous comedians so lazy that they are turning to AI bots for help? Today Chicago comedian and comedy writer Dan Cass, who has his own comedy special “Drama Boy” coming out soon, joins us to look at the recent comedy icons’ public failures to make people laugh. Listen as we pit Dan against a killer robot from the future to see who can make people laugh harder. CHECK OUT DAN CASS: https://www.instagram.com/dankkass Plus-- ➤ False claims arise that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking asked little people to solve big math problems on Stephen hawking’ Island of Horrors. ➤ Why you shouldn’t trust anyone named Dick Stroker or Peter Gozinya. ➤ A man in Reno, Nevada complains to the police after finding what he thought was cocaine on his Subway sandwich.


2023: The Year of Death, Resurrection & Muscles

2023 began like a scene from a horror film, when you thought the monster had been defeated, it came back with a vengeance and all hell broke loose. The cancer I had thought was long gone made a comeback. The first half of the year was all about death: radiation therapy, my mom in hospice care, a car accident, and inflation and greed that threatened us all. It seemed like the wrong thing to do: after lifting at the gym for 35 years, for the first time in my life I entered a bodybuilding contest that involved changing everything about your life, and surprisingly I won! Today we take a look back on the rollercoaster ride that was 2023. Death, resurrection and muscles, the terrible people and heroes we met along the way and our favorite words and events that shaped our lives. Plus-- Will Artificial Intelligence destroy the world with hilarious memes? • Twink of the year Aidan Maese Czeropski throws his career away for some really good dong. • And which Republican said: “I haven’t been invited [to be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race] but I do love to read a bitch.” FAUSTO FERNOS: ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ facebook.com/faustofernos MARC FELION: ★ instagram.com/marcfelion ★ facebook.com/marcfelion


Alton DuLaney: Art & the Art of Gift Wrapping

Performance artist Alton Dulaney might as well have Art as his middle name. As Public Art Program Director and Curator for all of the airports in Houston, Texas, Alton chooses how to allocate the city’s substantial budget for displaying amazing works of art. As the best and only “World’s Greatest Gift Wrap Artist’ Alton leveraged his success into The Great Gift Exchange, an interview style How-To show that ran on YouTube for the holiday season in 2020. PHOTO: Alton DuLaney, breakout star/host of The Ultimate Gift Wrap Challenge show, is leading the wrap party. Photo courtesy of QVC+ Also- in our formative younger years, Alton and I helped create Pe.A.Ch., the Performance Art Church- a performance art collective in the early 90s in Austin, Texas that caused mayhem and sublime experiences in music and theater venues across the south. ALTON DULANEY: ★ instagram.com/altondulaney FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ instagram.com/marcfelion Today artist, curator and the “World’s Greatest Gift Wrap Artist” Alton Dulaney joins us to talk about showcasing the best art in Houston’s airports, and coming up with exhibits that appeal to a wide range of people and political persuasions. Plus- If anything can be art, what happens when an AI computer program gets into the mix?


My First Bodybuilding Competition

Last weekend in Bloomington, Illinois, over 210 bodybuilders showed up to go for the glory at the NPC Mid-American Winter Classic. The competition was intense, but surprisingly friendly and juiced up with sportsmanship. Let’s Grow Big Together! The podcast that reminds you the biggest prize of all is the friends we make along the way. Today we take you to the NPC Mid-American Winter Classic, where I as a first time novice stepped onstage to compete in Men’s Classic Physique, and like all roller coaster rides, it was scary as hell and tons of fun! Plus-- • What’s it really like backstage at a bodybuilding show? • The steps you need to take if you want to compete yourself! FEATURED VIDEO: Emma Hyndman, the Posing Pro ★ https://youtu.be/v1lxXCEXebA?si=nK9UaIlGwB8jYH9z Kick your bodybuilding to the next level, fitness consultation now available for $99 (on SALE from $149) for a hour we look at your current workouts, nutrition, supplements and more, answer all your questions and set you on the right path to growth! Message me on social media: "Let's Grow Big Together." FAUSTO FERNOS: ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ facebook.com/faustofernos ★ twitter.com/faustofernos MARC FELION: ★ instagram.com/marcfelion ★ facebook.com/marcfelion ★ twitter.com/marcfelion


Meet My Coach: Matt Claussen

When training for any athletic event, a lot can go wrong. Even worse: your mind can start playing tricks on you. So it helps a great deal to have a great coach guide you on the road to become a legend. Let’s Grow Big Together! The podcast that climbs the Stairmaster along with you, but not on the same machine, cause people are gonna look. In this series, we’re taking a look at the passion for muscle, adventures in bodybuilding, muscle gods, muscle worship and practical advice to put on the gains. Today, I’m just a few weeks out from my first bodybuilding contest at the young age of 51, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to my coach Matt Claussen. As a powerlifter, Matt Claussen is highly regarded as a four time National Powerlifting Champion. As a bodybuilder, Matt Claussen has won five major championships including first place in the 2005 NPC East Coast Classic and guided over 75 clients to get stage ready for their own contests. COACH MATT CLAUSSEN: https://www.instagram.com/mattclaussen/ NPC WINTER CLASSIC DEC 2, BLOOMINGTON IL: https://npcmidamericanwinterclassic.com Plus-- • Getting ready for your first coach. • Coming out of the closet to your parents as a bodybuilder. • Are powerlifters really using butt plugs to stabilize their core? • Weightlifting horror stories to put a chill down your spine.


John Michael's Spank Bank Time Machine

One of the deadliest drugs facing Americans these days is fentanyl, whose potency makes it a cheap way to boost the high of other recreational drugs. Even the smallest amounts of the substance can turn a good time into the last time. Thankfully the nasal inhalant Narcan can save a person’s life by quickly reversing the symptoms of a lethal drug overdose. So why aren’t more schools and public spaces making it available? Today comedian, performance artist and trauma clown John Michael joins us to look at Narcan and drug overdoses. In his new show Spank Bank Time Machine, John Michael explores drugs, sex positivity and time travel as he pays tribute to the brilliant lives of his friends who died from drug overdoses. • JOHN MICHAEL: https://www.instagram.com/jmsilly • SPANK BANK TIME MACHINE: https://neofuturists.org/events/spank-bank-time-machine/ PLUS-- ➤ How schools and public transit can save lives by making Narcan freely available to everyone.


Celebrating Queer Horror Icon Vincent Price

When we think of classic spooky voices, the dictations of Hollywood's great golden age actor Vincent Price haunt our minds. Besides starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest golden age horror films, Vincent Price spent his life actively speaking out against bigotry, racism, anti-semitism and homophobia. The sounds of grizzly ghouls from every tomb that close in to seal your doom are forever immortalized also with Vincent Price’s rap from Michael Jackson’s hit song, Thriller. Today comedian Dan Cass joins us to celebrate the amazing life of queer Hollywood horror legend Vincent Price, from turning people to wax statues in House of Wax to doing TV ads for bathroom cleaners, credit cards, candy bars, Time Life books, toys, wine coolers for both non dairy creamer and the national dairy council. FOLLOW DAN CASS: https://instagram.com/dankkass Plus-- ➤ Britney Spears shocks the world with her new autobiography “The Woman in Me.” ➤ Striking actors are asked not to dress up as characters from movies and TV shows during the Hollywood writers strike.


Tyler Fluitt: Harm Reduction for Steroids

Almost a third of American gym goers will use performance enhancing substances at some point in their lives. There’s always risks to consider when supplementing to get big muscles and many doctors just don't have the training or knowledge to help prevent serious complications. So what do you do? It’s the podcast that squeezes the juice to the last drop. In this series, we’re taking a look at the passion for muscle, adventures in bodybuilding, muscle gods, muscle worship and practical advice to put on the gains. Today, bodybuilding coach Tyler Fluitt joins us to look at harm reduction for anabolic steroids. Tyler specializes in training natural athletes to compete as well as helping enhanced athletes compete in safer ways. Tyler is a popular bodybuilding coach in Austin Texas and now Nashville, and is training for his 19th bodybuilding competition. TYLER FLUITT: https://instagram.com/level_up_physiques Plus-- New DEA rules could make it harder for everyone to get telemedicine for testosterone replacement therapy.


D’Arcy Drollinger: San Francisco’s First Drag Laureate

This year San Francisco made history by appointing the city’s first drag laureate, D’Arcy Drollinger, who is not only a fierce drag queen but also a theatrical dynamo. D’Arcy has created, written and performed dozens of brilliant shows over the years, including the Lohan Project, Temple of Poon, a feature film Shit and Champagne and is co-starring in the Bay Areas’ long running holiday show The Golden Girls Live. The first of its kind in the world, San Francisco’s drag laureate is not just a figurehead for the LGBTQ+ community, they are given resources to produce work that ensures that the legendary city continues to be a supportive place for queer art to grow and flourish. Today D’Arcy Drollinger joins us to look at her incredible year so far as San Francisco’s first drag laureate, creating the Oasis, the city’s first drag owned and operated bar and venue and the shocking death of Heklina. Plus- D’Arcy’s recipe for overcoming hate targeted to trans people and drag performers. FOLLOW D’ARCY DROLLINGER: ★ facebook.com/darcydrollinger ★ instagram.com/darcydrollinger ★ tiktok.com/@darcydrollinger


American Idol’s Jim Verraros Comes Out with New Music

It’s been 21 years since Jim Verraros made TV history as the first contestant from the reality TV show American Idol to come out as gay. Although he wasn’t allowed to talk about his sexuality on the show, by coming out during the promotional tour he paved the way for other closeted gay entertainers to fearlessly be themselves. People like Clay Aiken, David Archuleta and Adam Lambert and even Neil Patrick Harris and Lance Bass owe a lot to people like Jim Verraros. Following his glow up on reality television, Jim became a queer comedy film regular with his appearances in the Eating Out and Another Gay Movie franchises, and even had a Billboard chart hit with his song "You Turn It On.” Today Jim Verraros, star of American Idol and the Eating Out franchise joins us to celebrate his return to music with his playful new single “Take My Bow” which he lip synced on Instagram during his crossfit class. CHECK OUT JIM VERRAROS: 🎵 "Take My Bow" on Apple Music: https://apple.co/44Wtfsa ❤️ Follow on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jimverraros Plus-- Drew Barrymore apologizes for being a SCAB, and suspends production of her daytime talk show until the Hollywood Writers Strike is resolved. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ instagram.com/marcfelion


Charles Busch Looks Back on His Life & the Amazing Women Who Shaped It

With semi-autobiographical books like “Whores of Lost Atlantis” actor, screenwriter, playwright and drag queen, Charles Busch has fine tuned the recipe for adding drag to your theatrical production to turn it into a comedy hit. Now Charles Busch is finally looking back on his amazing life in theater and drag in his new autobiography “Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy.” FEATURED BOOK: Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy by Charles Busch Get it on Amazon: https://a.co/d/651o4ze CHARLES BUSCH: https://www.charlesbusch.com Charles Busch pulls you in as he shares his wild stories of his deep friendships and encounters with some of the biggest divas in entertainment, including Joan Rivers, Liza Minelli and Julie Andrews. Today the legendary Charles Busch joins us to talk about the world's first ugly movie star, working with Boy George on Taboo the musical and the painful loss of his mother Gertie at the young age of seven.


Matt Brown Says the Interest is Too Damn High

The U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 relief for student loans has ended, and interest is now accruing once again. With payments due in October, many Americans expect these loans to outlive them. Since the Republican majority Supreme Court thwarted President Biden's attempt to forgive student loans, the U.S. Economy could come to a grinding halt just in time for the 2024 Presidential Election. Today comedian Matt Brown, Ms. Brown even if you’re not nasty, joins us to look at the impending doom of the student loan crisis. FOLLOW MATT BROWN: https://www.msbrowncomedy.com Plus--


Holly Hughes Takes a Trip to Barbieland

For all the jobs Barbie’s had over the years, her most lucrative gig yet is now movie star, as the Barbie movie has just surpassed the billion dollar mark in worldwide box office sales. It is now Warner Brothers studio biggest money making film release in history. This widely popular feminist film, directed and co-written by filmmaker Greta Gerwig, is set to not just to shape the future of films, but how we talk about gender and sexual equality. Today, Weird Barbie in real life, performance artist Holly Hughes joins us to take a look at the Barbie movie phenomenon and why young girls love horses so much. In the early 90s, Holly Hughes became widely known as part of the NEA Four, when her solo theatrical work became a political target for conservatives and her funding was revoked by the federal government. CHECK OUT HOLLY HUGHES: ★ facebook.com/holly.hughes.7771 ★ stamps.umich.edu/people/holly-hughes Plus-- • Mattel releases its first product tie-in from the movie, the Weird Barbie Doll. • Why America Ferrrera’s monologue from the film resonates so deeply. Warning! We have a few spoilers in this podcast, so please listen with caution.


Matt Brown Tackles the Montgomery, Alabama Riverfront Brawl

In case you were wondering what all these folding chair memes are about, a video of an outrageous fight between Black riverboat staff and white boat owners has exploded on the internet. While most folks don’t condone fighting, in a country with a history of violence towards Black people, it’s hard not to delight in the righteous anger expressed by those who were wronged, especially when it involves the unlikely weapon of choice - a folding chair. Today comedian Matt Brown, joins us to take a look at the memes inspired by the Montgomery, Alabama Riverfront Brawl including a mural of Harriet Tubman offering you not just her hand to freedom but a folding chair to defend your way. Plus-- ➤ What’s up with Lizzo’s lawsuit? ➤ Bullet holes in our podcast studio ➤ Michael Jackson’s singing style explained goes viral on Matt’s YouTube Channel. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/8GDxjAkmIg0 FOLLOW MATT BROWN: ★ msbrowncomedy.com Listen to Feast of Fun without any ads: ★ feastoffun.com/plus ★ patreon.com/feastoffun


Pee Wee’s Last Big Adventure: Remembering Paul Reubens

Paging Mister Herman, Mister Herman to the Pearly Gates. Heartbreaking news, Paul Reubens, the comedian and performance artist behind the childlike alter-ego Pee-Wee Herman, died from complications of cancer on Sunday. He was 70. Pee Wee knew who we were, but who was he? Ruebens created his iconic character while performing with the comedy troupe The Groundlings and it quickly became a cultural sensation on late night TV which lead to his breakthrough film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and his iconic Saturday morning live action tv show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. After being arrested in a theater in Florida, Paul Reubens’ career got derailed despite a public outcry against overzealous police. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried joked “If masturbation is a crime, I should be getting the electric chair.” Today drag queen impresario Miss Understood joins us to look at the hilarious and wonderfully weird life and legacy of Paul Reubens, the genius behind Pee-Wee Herman. CHECK OUT SCREAMING QUEENS ENTERTAINMENT: ★ screamingqueens.com ★ instagram.com/screamingqueens Plus-- a look also at the urban legends surrounding Carol Channing, and the life and legacy of Shuhada Sadaqat, the musician best known as Sinéad O'Connor. MARC FELION: ★ instagram.com/marcfelion ★ facebook.com/marcfelion FAUSTO FERNOS: ★ instagram.com/faustofernos ★ facebook.com/faustofernos Episode #3081