We’re chagrined we forgot to honor (or, even MENTION) that it was Women’s History Month and it’s ending TODAY!
(or, “Womyn’s Herstory Month” for those who roll that way…)
To celebrate, we’re gonna get real with a topic that can’t get any more womanly: periods.
And, we don’t mean the dot at the end of a sentence.
Our favorite press release of the week came from a publicist touting a funny podcast called FIRST TIME, hosted by comedian Emma Willmann, and it’s a show all about menses. Or, more specifically, the first time that woman get to experience “The Cycle of Life”. Every podcast, special guests join Willmann, a promising (and lesbian!) comedian and discuss their “first times” and other memorable moments they’ve had while enjoying their monthly visits from “Aunt Flo”.
It sounds brilliant. Pretty much every woman on the planet has a horrifying period story to tell…a friend of ours had a showstopper tale that involved her in a canoe, wearing a summery white outfit, while participating in her then boyfriend’s office field trip/bonding experience in the wilds of the Cascades on some river. Her boozy telling of the story was like a performance piece from a Fringe Theater Festival…she could have won an Obie for that performance!
Here’s some more poo on “First Time”:
First Time, the podcast about all things ‘period’ is all set with season 2 to launch on Monday, March 21st with premiere guest, Awkwafina. And the following 4 weeks will see another episode post to iTunes. Host comedian Emma Willmann gets into the nitty gritty of all things period related, from period sex to menstrual mishaps to the origins of tampons.
Recently selected to perform at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, she’s also appeared at The Glasgow International Comedy, the SiriusXM South Beach Comedy Festival, and the New York Comedy Festival. Willmann beat out hundreds of comedians to be named one of the “10 Funniest Comics in NYC” by Caroline’s on Broadway as part of the New York’s Funniest Competition and was named by Time Out NY as one of the “10 Funniest Woman in NYC,” and “100 Woman We Love,” by GO Magazine.
Emma has appeared on the Investigation Discovery channel, Oxygen, and the Lifetime network plus Channel 7 news. In addition to her stand-up gigs around the country, she’s also just launched The Sensible Show in Brooklyn with comedians Josh Gondelman, Evan Kaufman, and Chris Duffy, which will feature a variety of talented, funny friends.
Regardless of your gender identity, we encourage you to check out this podcast. After all, if it weren’t for periods, none of us would be on this planet.
Goddess Bless The Period!
Here’s the video that inspired the project: