Shawn is thrilled to talk to Squatty Potty creator Bobby Edwards about the undeniable anatomical superiority of squatting over sitting to poop, and how shameful Victorian taboos have all but erased the practice for 'modern' Americans. They also touch on the constipation which plagued Bobby’s mom (and business partner) eventually giving rise to the SquattyPotty, and the parallel overcoming of Gay shame and repression that have enabled Shawn and Bobby to go proud in more ways than one. Finally Bobby shares his branding secrets for getting a poop-themed product in Bed, Bath & Beyond, thanks to his recent appearance on Shark Tank. Mentioned in the podcast: Shawn Shafner, Bobby Edwards, Judy Edwards, poop, shit, shame, taboo, potty, culture, squat, squatting, Gay, homosexual, LGBT, incontinence, constipation, recovering Mormon, Mormonism, Mimi Imfirst, Rachel Erickson, The Loo Lady, Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Milorganite Biosolids Fertilizer, Butterfly Body Liners, Shinichiro Ishikawa
Shawn, our Puru, talks to Jamie Benson, dancer, choreographer, and maker of shows such as the satire-drenched 'Bowel Movement', and 'Bathroom Follies', among others. In addition, Jamie’s partner, fashion designer Andrae Gonzalo joins this lively conversation focusing on shame, fear of contamination, and even damnation, from long-held taboos around homosexuality, non-conformity, and of course poop - in culture, fashion, dance and language.
Shawn 'The Puru' Shafner is interviewed by friend, musician, and this podcast producer, Josh Sitron, on serious issues surrounding poop, and the inherent humor that arises automatically from such conversation. We get a background about Shawn's Poop Project (The People's Own Organic Power), his hit one-man show 'An Inconvenient Poop' and a general history of fecal matters and societal taboos around poop. By the end of the interview, Josh is so interested (and disgusted, but in a good way) that he proposes that Shawn and he produce an ongoing series of Poop casts. And here we are. WARNING: Eating oatmeal while listening to this podcast is strongly discouraged.