This week I spiraled out with standup comedian & writer Clara Olshansky! (Flamethrowers, My First Joke.) We talked career shame, dating shame, shame embodied as the snake from the Garden of Eden, the horrible things you tell yourself when you've descended into a spiral, and SO MUCH MORE. Plus, Clara tells a heartbreaking and very relatable shame story about a moment in a teen improv class that haunts them to this day- which inspired me to share a similar adolescent shame story of my own.
Follow Clara on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter @claraolshansky, and keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming show dates! They're performing constantly around NYC and are RIDICULOUSLY funny, and I'm especially fond of their recurring LGBTQIA+ roast battle at Caveat called Flamethrowers (@flamethrowers.) They also just started a podcast! It's called My First Joke (@myfirstjoke,) and Clara and their co-host interview comics about the first joke they wrote that really worked- and their journey from then to now.
You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @elykreimendahl, and the pod on Twitter and Instagram @podshamespiral, where I'm regularly posting fun video clips of especially juicy or hilarious moments from the episodes.
Audio Engineer/Editor: Sarah Gabrielli (check out her amazing podcast about the last lesbian bars in America @cruisingpod on Instagram and TikTok and listen here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cruising-a-lesbian-bar-road-trip/id1585850925
Original Music: Shadwick Wilde, Instagram and Twitter: @shadwickwilde
Cover Art: Cassidy Kulhanek, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok: @heavenlygrandpa
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