Podcast Review: Probably True
Probably True is a slightly filthy storytelling project tackling LGBT issues in a fun and engaging way. Much like its author, it is a smutty-but-charming collection of personal adventures.
What do I like about it? Somewhere between the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and the Inbetweeners do Sex and the City. Scott talks about his experiences, and his mistakes, his philosophy, and his sexual misadventures. And from the very first episode I was hooked. Though it starts with a warning that the show contains adult themes and rude words, it’s about so much more than just sex. Coming in at around ten minutes, each episode is an essay on his life as a gay man, and sounds like a cross between a journal entry and stream of consciousness. It’s incredibly funny, and host Scott is disarmingly so, having so far made me snigger or laugh every episode. And it tackles not just awkward moments, but also more complex issues – my favourite of these is his rant on censoring swear words.
What can you learn from this podcast? Increasingly for me the most important thing about a podcast is its honesty, because that plays a large part in determining how connected I am to it. And this is sometimes painfully so, but honest nonetheless. And thought the title hints at maybe a slight twisting of events, I believe Scott’s stories, and through that I start to feel like I know him.
From a production point of view it demonstrates that you don’t need a lot of resources. It can just be you, your words, and your voice and you can still produce a quality product.
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