“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 203: Loneliest Number with Brittani Nichols

If you’re game to play “Too Hot” with Carmen in her boyshorts then you have a lot in common with all of us, and also Shane, and possibly also Jenny? On this week’s episode with special guest and certified Friend Of The Pod Brittani Nichols, Alice is shaking the lesbian phone tree with the delusional expectation that Pink might fall out, Dana’s thighs feel great, Tonya’s planning the first-ever corporate sponsored lesbian wedding, Bette is unraveling at alarming speed, Tina’s wearing a blanket again and moving in to Joyce’s guest house and Jenny’s gonna get into Charlotte’s writing class if it’s the last thing she does! All this and more occurs on this week’s episode of To L and Back!

Episode Index:

+ Brittani + Carly’s first episode of “To L and Back”
+ Black Lady Sketch Show
+ World Books and Encarta
+ Johnny Waffles
+ Gaby Dunn’s dog Beans who I think should marry my dog Carol
+ Tully’s Training
+ Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity
+ Our interview with EZ Girl of Betty

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  1. OMG BETTY. I somehow forgot they were actually on the show? BUT. As an East Coast-based queer woman of a certain age, this episode was NOT the first time I saw Betty perform. I had the distinct “pleasure” of seeing them open for Idina Menzel at the Bowery Ballroom in 1998. IIRC, her regular opener bailed or something, so someone shook the “female-fronted NYC bands who will probably be available at the last minute” phone tree and Betty is who came out. All I remember is that I thought they were really fucking weird.

    I ALSO saw them at the Millennium March in DC in 2000 (not on purpose, they were just one of the acts). And THEN, I went to see their show “Betty Rules” ON PURPOSE. By then I had become either accustomed or immune to their weird shtick so I actually didn’t hate it. Or I was drunk/high, which is also a possibility, because it was the early 2000s.

    OH ALSO. I’m sure there are good reasons that the post for last week’s episode never went up, but I really wanted to talk about that Madonna & Sandra Bernhardt video, so can we belatedly talk about that? Because I’ve watched it sooooo many times.

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