My Dad Wrote a Porno: The unusual story behind the podcast phenomenon

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What would you do in the event you found your father had began to write down pornographic books? Properly, in the event you’re British tv director Jamie Morton, you flip these explicit lingerie-clad lemons into the lemonade that’s the vastly profitable podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno. Every episode finds Morton studying a chapter from a collection of books referred to as Belinda Blinked, written by his father below the pen identify “Rocky Flintstone,” whereas he and two longtime pals, TV govt James Cooper and BBC Radio 1 presenter Alice Levine, make good-natured mock of “Rocky”‘s prose and unlikely sexual eventualities.

“It’s basically just me and my two mates reading and dissecting my dad’s terrible attempts at writing erotica, and trying to turn people on, which he is just unbelievably bad at,” says Morton. “I mean he’s kind of the worst writer in England. He makes E.L. James look like Jane Austen.”

My Dad Wrote a Porno claims over 100 million downloads for the reason that podcast debuted in 2015 with dwell reveals happening in each the U.Okay. and Australia. On June 21, the trio will take to the stage of London’s legendary Royal Albert Corridor. Forward of that, Morton is bringing the present to America and Canada, with a tour which begins Feb. 22 at The Orpheum in Los Angeles after which strikes on to San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Boston, Washington DC, and Chicago.

“The live show is an absolute raucous night out, really,” says Morton. “We read an exclusive chapter, that my dad thought was too bad to include in any of the books, which gives you an idea of how terrible it is/amazing it is. So we basically read that out, dissect it, then we bring people up onstage and reenact things, to show how physically impossible his sexual situations really are. It’s a really fun show, and it’s gone down really well in the U.K. and in Australia, so hopefully the Americans are going to like it.”

Morton first found that his father was writing erotic literature when “Rocky” gave him three chapters to learn. “I took them to lunch with my friends and I was like, ‘You’ll never guess, my dad’s written what he thinks is erotica,’” he says. “We basically did what we do on the podcast. I read it out, and we all just started chipping in with our thoughts and our comments. At that moment, we kind of realized, ‘Oh, if we find these funny, I’m sure other people will find it funny.’ So we started the podcast.”

One early booster was Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wooden, who in October 2015, tweeted “@dadwroteaporno is hilarious. Can’t wait for Chapter 3,” after which appeared on the podcast the next yr. “When Elijah Wood started tweeting about it, that was a bit weird,” says Morton. “We always thought of it as being a very British thing that maybe just people like us were into, and to have someone in, you know, Hollywood listening to it was kind of mind-blowing. I think that was the first moment when we realized that it was breaking out of the U.K.”

Different celeb visitors on the podcast have included Michael Sheen and Daisy Ridley. “Daisy is amazing,” says Morton. “She arrived at our flat with two bottles of Prosecco in her hands. She was like, ‘Let’s do this!’”

Morton says “Rocky” will seemingly proceed to cover behind his pen identify, however that he has no drawback together with his son lampooning his Belinda Blinked books, the primary three of which can be found for buy. “Folks count on him to be actually offended, however he’s actually the most important fan of My Dad Wrote a Porno,” says Morton. “He’s an actual wind-up service provider and at all times has been, ever since I used to be a child. I believe one of many causes that he despatched me this e-book initially was to wind me up: ‘Hey, look what I’ve written.’ I performed him at his personal recreation. I used to be like, ‘Okay, fine. We’ll learn it out to the world and see the way you prefer it.’ However he’s amazingly supportive and he’s doing fairly nicely out of it now. He’s acquired a variety of followers on the market.”

Morton explains that the podcast isn’t going to expire of Belinda Blinked books to dissect anytime quickly.

“Oh my god, we can’t stop him writing them,” he says. “He’s written so many, it’s wonderful. He wrote 4 earlier than we began doing the podcast, so we’ve acquired another season concerning the ‘pure’ books, as we name them, which is popping out later this yr. Then, he’s simply carried on writing. I believe he’s on e-book seven or eight now. I really lose depend. However, sure, he’s very motivated to hold on writing!”

Tickets for the My Dad Wrote a Porno tour may be bought on the podcast’s official website.

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