77: The Surrogate with Danielle Ayow and Natalie Norman
Cam is at the BAFTAs, and Becky has gone rogue with the podcast! For the next couple of weeks, she'll be filling the living room with women to talk about movies we don't usually talk about! To kick off, we've got the unbridled, hilarious Natalie Norman, brought by the equally delightful Danielle Ayow, to talk about 1984's utterly bananas erotic thriller "The Surrogate".
Becky dug this one out of licencing hell, and the full film is available on Youtube. There's no reason it would have made it to DVD, despite the fact that it features a cavalcade of A-list Canadian actors including a tacked on Michael Ironside, a half-naked Art Hindle a killer Carole Laure and Shannon Tweed, and an unbelievable Jackie Burroughs performance. We have a great time, talking about what parts of this are actually erotic, how a producer writing and directing a film is like an engineer designing a house, and we address the question "Is Shannon Tweed a good feminist?".
We get extremely sexually explicit this episode, and if frank, but funny discussions about sex and sexuality make you uncomfortable, join us again when Cam is once again available to buffer Becky.
This week's end credit music is the theme from The Surrogate, composed by Daniel Lanois.
On this week's show
Natalie Norman is a Toronto-based stand-up comedian, podcaster, storyteller and Jewess. Outrageous, witty, and often political, Natalie hosts a weekly LGBTQ+, feminist-friendly show The Crimson Wave at Comedy Bar in Toronto, which in 2015 was chosen by Just For Laughs 42 to be one of the 42 acts. She recorded her first tv taping this past summer at Montreal Just For Laughs. In addition to the weekly show, Natalie is the co-host of the Crimson Wave Podcast. The menstruation-themed podcast was included in Blog TO’s Top 10 Toronto Podcasts and named by Toronto Life as one of the city’s most addictive podcasts. The Crimson Wave was also an instrumental force in the Canadian Menstruators’ #NoTaxOnTampons campaign, writing and starring in the viral video to promote and spread awareness on the initiative to remove the tax on menstruation products. The tax was successfully removed in July 2015. Natalie has also performed a Just For Laughs in Montreal, Sled Island, Guelph Comedy Fest, Women In Comedy Fest, Pop Montreal, Canadian Music Week, Toronto SketchFest, Feminist Arts Conference, Field Trip, NXNE and LadyFest Montreal. Most importantly, Natalie is a Spice Girls enthusiast, who loves talking about her period. Check out Crimson Wave Comedy on Facebook.