The Joke of Being Gay (Ep. 317 - Polyester & Arrested Development/Richard Day)


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Next week marks the anniversary of the original theatrical release of the film Girls Will be Girls, an otherworldly drag comedy by writer and director Richard Day. For today’s episode, we’re revisiting my 2016 interview with Richard, in which we talked about his time working on shows like Ellen, It’s Gary Shandling’s Show, and Arrested Development — and how he found inspiration from John Waters and comedians who mined comedy from the secret abnormalities of the suburbs.

We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including recent new members George, Steve, Michael, Reesa, Bravo-Cube and Rory. If you’re enjoying The Sewers of Paris, head over to to join the folks who make the show possible.

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