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Welcome to Superfluous with Alena and Jeanette! These scrappy gals will be sharing only the best non-essential information with you! Through two vaguely related stories they will fill your head with facts you never knew you wanted, but deep down you really need. Only the good stuff. Just the froth. So get ready to be just a little bit smarter about something that probably won’t do you much good- Superfluous! Podcast Music by Jeff Stovall: https://soundcloud.com/backhousetranscendental
 
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Get your medical training here! Alena tells us how to spot a psychopath. Then, Jeanette tells us about the first (and hopefully last) psychopath robot, Norman. Please like, subscribe, and leave a 5 star review! Podcast Music by Jeff Stovall: https://soundcloud.com/backhousetranscendental Welcome to our first sponsor: Flippin’ Cool Spatulas! Find th…
 
Today my guest is Jennifer Lee Weaver, a Los Angeles based comic actress, producer, public speaker, and widow. After beating cancer, Jennifer’s mother passed away at the end of 2017 and then her wife passed away from cancer. She’s what I affectionately refer to as a “gold star widow.” In this episode: - How absurd grief and loss is, especially when…
 
Today my guest is Jenn Koiter- a storyteller with a background in education, nonprofit work, and technology who has taught at colleges and universities. Jenn is also the author of So Much of Everything, a book of poetry she created in order to process her complicated feelings of loss and grief that she experienced after her ex-boyfriend died from s…
 
Episode 45: Reunited and it Feels So Good Jeanette visits Alena in LA! Just in time for the TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the podcast, they are recording for the first time in person! Just the gals shooting the sh*t this episode, no theme. Thanks to Ben, Kirsten and Jessica for the questions! Please like, subscribe, and leave a 5 star review! Podcast Mus…
 
Today my guest is Nadine Menashe, the creator behind the Varsity Grief Squad, one of my favorite accounts on Instagram and also where Nadine makes memes and merch about her dead mom. We talked about: - Nadine’s mom Svetlana was diagnosed with stage 4 breast, bone, and lung cancer in September 2019. That’s when the grief process started. When she pa…
 
Episode 44: Meet the Reaper Hot Sauce, Pepper Tasting and the Scoville Rating Mouth sounds abound! Our special guests Jim (Alena’s dad) and Phoenix (Jeanette’s son) join us to taste the spiciest of hot peppers and sauces. Jeanette drinks wine. Give us your topic ideas on Twitter! Use the hashtag (pound sign) #superfluouspod. If we choose your topic…
 
Today my guest is Kathy Benjamin, author of the upcoming book, “It’s Your Funeral,” which aims to help demystify death, decrease your anxiety, and put the fun back in funeral. Every stage of the legacy planning process is considered, from a burial outfit to a funeral theme. Kathy’s writing has has received more than 100 million hits across some of …
 
Today my guest is Mitzi Weiland, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and creator of the podcast Dead Funny Dead Serious. In this episode: - Mitzi was a bartender and artist before her mother was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 cancer (her father and grandfather also passed away when she was 7). Then she started looking into volunteering a…
 
Episode 43: Vaxers and Waxers Anti-Vaxxers and Hair Removal Jeanette takes us through the history of Anti-Vaxxers (spoiler- we have always had them). Alena talks about your hair down there- how do you let your garden grow? Give us your topic ideas on Twitter! Use the hashtag (pound sign) #superfluouspod. If we choose your topic for a show, we will …
 
Today my guest is Leslie Gray Streeter, pop culture columnist, journalist, and author of Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title We talked about: - Leslie’s book Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journe…
 
Today my guest is Bryan Martin, aka Sea Lion Bryan, who is an animal care and training specialist, widower, and fantastic dancer who can be found on TikTok and Instagram @sealionbryan We talked about: - Being with his partner Clayton for four years. After Bryan’s dad passed away, four months later Clayton got a fungal infection and he had an advers…
 
Today my guest is Mandy Benoualid, the co-founder and editor of the death positive media site and resource TalkDeath, and co-host of the #TalkDeath video series. She is also the founder and President of the online memorial platform and virtual funeral service provider, Keeper, and works with the US Department of Veterans Affairs on the Veterans Leg…
 
Episode 41: Good Mourning Victorian Mourning Etiquette and Death Statistics Put on your best hair jewelry. Jeanette tells us about Victorian rituals around death and mourning. Alena tells you your chances of getting killed by a shark vs. a hippo (spoiler: you have a lot of other stuff to be more concerned about).. Give us your topic ideas on Twitte…
 
Today my guest is Ben Wasserman, an alternative standup comedian based in New York who has performed in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Laughing Devil Festival, and the New York, Philly, and Burlington Fringe Festivals. His work has also appeared in Vice and Vulture but you may recognize him best from when he painted with his butt on MTV. We chat abo…
 
Episode 42: Sublime Subliminals Subliminal Messages and Product Placement How susceptible are you really to subliminal messages? Do you want some popcorn right now? Alena debunks some subliminal myths. Jeanette tells us about product placement and how to get the most out of your next viewing of Jerry Maguire. Give us your topic ideas on Twitter! Us…
 
Hank takes us on a hilarious & wild philosophical journey- in a story of revenge, dog parks and the ins and outs of labor law. Hear first hand about the literal trials and tribulations of his 4 years involved in filing and fighting in a class action lawsuit! See if it's really worth your time to "take down the man" and parent the world.…
 
Today my guests are Maria and Ammo from the podcast Philotimo Life, a podcast that aims to open up the conversation around death in order better come to terms with our own mortality, help us support those grieving, and to live a happier life. In this episode we talk about: How we as grievers shelter other people from the reality of our feelings Peo…
 
Today my guest is Shohana Sharmin, a Bangladeshi-Canadian comedian, writer, theatre artist, and host of the podcast, “Finders Grievers.” Shohana is also the creator and a cast member of the critically acclaimed award-winning dark sketch comedy revue "Dead Parents Society." Shohana lost her mom four years ago when she was just in her 20s and stopped…
 
Alena takes us to the magical land of Florida, where you can microwave and microwave and hide drugs in your belly button. Jeanette helps you plan your next vacation to the world’s best dead fish tossing party at the Flora-bama Mullet Toss! Give us your topic ideas on Twitter! Use the hashtag (pound sign) #superfluouspod. If we choose your topic for…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Lori Zaspel, a licensed social worker and co-founder of the Philly Death Doula Collective, which provides emotional, spiritual, and physical support at the end of life. Lori also works as a geriatric social worker, is studying EMDR, and creates really funny videos surrounding grief on TikTok under the handle @phillydea…
 
In this episode, I sat down with comedian JC Coccoli, who you may recognize from shows like “A Comedian in Grief,” “Why” with Hannibal Buress, “Key and Peele,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Last Comic Standing” to talk about - losing her sister to an accidental fentanyl overdose at 34 years old while she was on tour and how difficult it was to write jokes…
 
First, Tawny drunk posts on her IG stories, why she has ten hoodies that say mutherfckr on them, wanking while depressed, what it means to be experienced “adjacent” when you marry a troublemaker, how widows are shamed regardless of what they do or don’t do, comedy is performative and hyperbolic, dating men who are way out of her league, figuring ou…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Gracelyn Bateman, one half of Luna Peak, a foundation focused on creating books and products that elevate the stories of survivors in the grief and cancer communities, celebrate life, and give back. Gracelyn can also be seen on the foundation’s Instagram account, Snapshots of Life After Loss, which showcases authentic …
 
*If you're new to the show, this is a great place to start! * I’ve been creating the podcast Death Is Hilarious for a year now. If you’re new to the podcast, It’s a show that explores how we as comedians and creatives use comedy and dark humor to cope with grief through storytelling and jokes. In some episodes, I interview other artists and enterta…
 
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jordon Ferber, stand-up comedian from New York who has performed at Carolines, the Gotham Comedy club, Madison Square Garden, and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He’s also the creator of the podcast “Where’s The Grief?” where he interviews other comedians and creatives about the tragic losses they’…
 
Today my guest is Chris Calogero, a standup comedian from New Jersey who lives in Brooklyn and has been featured in the “NY Times,” “Funny or Die,” “Paste Magazine,” and “Good Morning America Day.” Chris is also the host of the podcast “Mourning Coffee,” where he interviews other comedians about their experiences with grief—how it affects their per…
 
Episode 38: Fatty Fatty Arbuckle Fatty Arbuckle and Food Challenges Trigger warning: Rape Jeanette tells us about the original Hollywood scandal, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and the death of Virginia Rappe. Alena lightens it up with some food challenges that could get your photo on a wall! The prestige! Give us your topic ideas on Twitter! Use the hash…
 
In this episode, I had the absolute privilege of speaking with Glen Tickle, standup comedian, writer, husband, father, and the creator of one of my favorite specials of all time, “Good Grief.” We talked about what it’s like being in comedy while faced with loss, writing jokes about grief because it’s the only thing you want to talk about, learning …
 
*Note: We had a little trouble connecting midway through the episode so you’ll notice a slight change in the audio at about the 15-minute mark. That’s showbiz, baby! * In this episode, I (Tawny) chat with actress Reagan J. Pasternak (HBO’s “Sharp Objects”, Syfy's “Wynonna Earp,” Netflix/HULU/HBO’s “Being Erica”, BET’s “Ms. Pat”) and author of "Grif…
 
Episode 37: WTF is an NFT? Non Fungible Tokens and Acronyms WTF IS an NFT? Alena walks us through the insane and expensive world of NFTs. OMG IAATM! Then Jeanette, FTW, helps us olds keep up with the lingo all the kids are using, ICYMI. IMHO this is a really great episode. Podcast Music by Jeff Stovall: https://soundcloud.com/backhousetranscendenta…
 
Tawny and Sam are back with new stand-up! Sam shares about their new housemates, a new kitten, learning to roller skate, their therapist being fired, being gaslit for the first time in grade school, and creates traumascopes (horoscopes based on traumas) for our listeners Mary, Nick, and Paul (visit our website to get your own traumascope). Tawny sh…
 
Today my guest is stand-up comedian Rich Kiamco who you may recognize from Bravo’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Netflix in the Buzzfeed’s “Follow This,” and the Broadway Comedy Club, just to name a few things from his impressive resume. Rich’s partner Sandy Gunar was diagnosed with covid on February 7th 2021 and passed away on March 16th, just 1…
 
Grief is a Sneaky Bitch podcast creator, host, and fellow widow Lisa Keefauver MSW (reimagininggrief.com) joins me to chat about what inspired the title of her show, what it means to “live from the neck up,” how the lonely and puritanical- Judeo-Christian-capitalist-suck it up-pull yourself up by your bootstraps way of grieving in the United States…
 
Stormy Gail is an artist who creates big mood and dark humor pieces of art like comics and pins that focus on skeletons, death, depression, and trauma and is also a member of the Dead Parent Club. Find her work at stormygailart.com In this episode, Stormy and I talked about caring for her terminally ill mother, feeling pressured to make others comf…
 
My friend Michael from the Unpopular Culture Podcast joined me over the weekend to chat about why dark comedies don’t do well at the box office, why people are uncomfortable and judgemental when it comes to using dark humor to cope, the lack of empathy from others during grief, some of the worst things people say to grieving people (and what you sh…
 
Shyni from the Lipstick Laundry podcast joins me in this episode to comedically share about how she isn’t super fond of the word “widow,” how losing her husband gave her the courage to be open on her podcast, living in toxic heaven as a Cancer sign with an Aries, how cursing is a form of coping, what it’s like finally finding the other dark humor w…
 
Pete found himself disgruntled, angry, 300lbs, and in a job he hated. Thinking back on his childhood, he remembered hiking portions of this 2,100 mile trail, as a boy scout with his dad. An idea formulated. He reached out to his father, a triathlete and iron man competitor in his 60s, and proposed the journey of a lifetime: Thru-Hiking the Appalach…
 
Sam had a first date on Valentine’s Day, Tawny moved out of East County, we read our first listener letter (congrats Rachel!), and share our emoji sex ed guide. Tawny moved out of East County San Diego and talks about her experience being catfished on a dating app and Sam shares about her current love of astrology with the help of the incomparable …
 
That's right folks, we have reached our goal of becoming the #206 comedy podcast in Slovenia! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are telling you all about Slovenia. Wine, bees, bears, woods, extreme athletes- Slovenia has it all. Thank you to all of our Slovenian fans, we love you! Martin Strel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLtAsC2smfo&fea…
 
I (Tawny) recently sat down to talk with Lisa & Lori, the creators of the Death Deck- which is a “lively” party game that lets you explore a topic we’re all obsessed with but often afraid to discuss. In this lighter episode, we talk about how humor can help us deal with tough topics, Lori talks about how she found her sense of humor again after los…
 
Just the Frothingham! Jeanette tells us of an insurrection of ‘yore “The Business Plot”, and the original anti-fascist General Smedley Butler. Alena tells about “Lord” Timothy Dexter, The Informer of Deer and one of our stupidest Americans. Smedley Butler laying down the law: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSOekHA8OQ Lord Timothy Dexter’s own web…
 
Note: We’re in-between recording spaces right now so this isn’t quite our usual top-quality sound- but it will be back soon! Thanks for your patience as we make improvements. In the first episode of 2021, Tawny and Sam address the messages they received about people from the midwest interrogating people in conversation, and make jokes about how tex…
 
It’s the return of Sam! Sam is back and fills us in on what they’ve been up to. We start the show off by talking about how all of the bad things about 2020 won’t simply go away at midnight on December 31st, how people from the midwest like to interrogate people, toxic positivity, and Tawny turned 30 (or 40 or 45) last week. Tawny starts off the sho…
 
In this episode, Tawny chatted with Marla Polk, author of Grief Survivor: A Love Story. Marla talks about how her dry humor helped her cope, how she preserves her energy during grief, and how she "adopted" a cat with striking similarities to her late husband. Marla is a communications coach specializing in helping those in broken relationships heal…
 
Episode 30: My Favorite Monolith What is the deal with all those monoliths popping up around the world? Teenage aliens? Mimes? Leftover TV props? Jeanette has answers. But what if you don’t know what a monolith is? Don’t worry, Alena has you covered. Feel free to use this one to help you sleep. Podcast Music by Jeff Stovall: https://soundcloud.com/…
 
In this episode, I sat down to talk with fellow San Diegan and kindred spirit Michelle Miller, author of “Boys, Booze, and Bathroom Floors: Forty-Six Tales about the Collision of Suicide Grief and Dating,” a memoir that shares how she used dating to cope with her 29-year-old husband’s infidelity and suicide, as well as the sequel, “Vodka Soup For T…
 
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