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You're Making It Worse

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Although ​performing ​stand-up comedy ​was what initially united ​Eliot, Brent, and H. Alan over 10 years ago​, it’s their ​openness ​(​and ​sense of humor) about feeling ​totally ​lost ​and disconnected from the gay community that’s truly bonded them. ​On YMIW, ​Eliot, Brent and H. Alan get down and dirty, exploring the ​good, bad, and ugly ​tropes of contemporary gay life, often the stuff that no one -- especially ​​​straight people -- discuss for fear of being labeled homophobic. (Don’t worry. ​They’ll do that for you.) Each episode features ​a special guest ​-​- comedians, humorists, musicians, influencers, film/TV writers, journalists, politicians, etc. - as well as allies, enemies, and acquaintances from all backgrounds and professions, not just those in the public eye. And as white​, urban-dwelling ​gay ​dudes in their ​thirties, Eliot, Brent and H. Alan​ check their own privilege at the door, eager to ​instead explore what life looks ​for those not afforded the same concessions.

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Although ​performing ​stand-up comedy ​was what initially united ​Eliot, Brent, and H. Alan over 10 years ago​, it’s their ​openness ​(​and ​sense of humor) about feeling ​totally ​lost ​and disconnected from the gay community that’s truly bonded them. ​On YMIW, ​Eliot, Brent and H. Alan get down and dirty, exploring the ​good, bad, and ugly ​tropes of contemporary gay life, often the stuff that no one -- especially ​​​straight people -- discuss for fear of being labeled homophobic. (Don’t worry. ​They’ll do that for you.) Each episode features ​a special guest ​-​- comedians, humorists, musicians, influencers, film/TV writers, journalists, politicians, etc. - as well as allies, enemies, and acquaintances from all backgrounds and professions, not just those in the public eye. And as white​, urban-dwelling ​gay ​dudes in their ​thirties, Eliot, Brent and H. Alan​ check their own privilege at the door, eager to ​instead explore what life looks ​for those not afforded the same concessions.

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An excellent pod

By Berwyngirl - Jan 03 2020
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Consistently hysterical and interesting. I could listen to Brent Sullivan talk all day.

Best podcast

By nudibranchs - Jan 02 2020
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I can’t get enough of this podcast. It’s funny, topical and interesting every single week.

iTunes Ratings

309 Ratings
Average Ratings
227
19
16
16
31

An excellent pod

By Berwyngirl - Jan 03 2020
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Consistently hysterical and interesting. I could listen to Brent Sullivan talk all day.

Best podcast

By nudibranchs - Jan 02 2020
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I can’t get enough of this podcast. It’s funny, topical and interesting every single week.
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You're Making It Worse

Latest release on Jan 09, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 7 days ago

Rank #1: Trixie Mattel

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GLAAD's annual Studio Responsibility Index is out to report on LGBTQIA representation on screen. Who passed, who failed, and does representation really matter? Then, RuPaul's Drag Race gawddess Trixie Mattel joins the guys to talk about make-up for men, dabbing for dykes, and the gayest Barbie doll in Trixie's real life collection: Earring Magic Ken. And finally, happy pride month! Hear what Brent, Eliot and H. Alan have in store to celebrate. Spoiler alert: they all hate parades or what Brent calls "entertainment from the 18th century."

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Jun 13 2019

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Rank #2: Willam

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Brent, Eliot and H. Alan discuss a Pulitzer-worthy "article" from Gay Star News about a gay guy who purposely put on a ton of weight in an attempt to go "from twink to bear." Next, Drag Race alum and A Star Is Born scene-stealer Willam talks everything Willam: moviemaking with Lady Gaga, staying moisturized at Burning Man, getting arrested, co-hosting the podcast Race Chaser with Alaska Thunderfuck and -- yup -- getting kicked off Drag Race. And finally, the guys talk about what it's like to have their parents on social media, including Eliot's ongoing battle with his Mom over her Facebook etiquette or lack thereof. See Race Chaser with Alaska and Willam: LIVE in Los Angeles January 11th at the Ace Hotel theater. Ticket link HERE

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Dec 27 2018

43mins

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Rank #3: Max Emerson

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In a Bush-era throwback, VP Mike "Daddy" Pence is celebrating the Trump administration's "faith-based" move to make it harder for LGBTQ people to adopt children. Um, OK BOOMER. Then, in a wildly unlikely booking, this week's guest is professional Instagay Max Emerson, better known as @maxisms. Yes, THAT Max Emerson, the subject of this podcast's ire on more than one occasion. Brent, Eliot and H. Alan try to figure out the economics of thirsty pics, branding, and "activism" according to Max and it's a journey, y'all! And finally, when it comes to kinks, what do the guys find impossible to resist? Gapped teeth? Weird belly buttons? PISS PORN? Let's REALLY get to know each other, shall we?


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Nov 21 2019

53mins

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Rank #4: Ilana Glazer

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Brent, Eliot and H. Alan break down why Corey Johnson, an openly gay Speaker of the New York City Council, has proposed a reversal on the ban of conversion therapy. Then, Broad City star (and Eliot's younger sister) Ilana Glazer joins the guys to talk about the art negging, what makes Trump a "faygeleh," and Brent's ongoing battle with chronic diarrhea. Also, just HOW hot is Eliot and Ilana's dad? And finally, when it comes to childhood cartoons, which ones had the most gay appeal, and what the FUCK was Zoobilee Zoo??? 

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Oct 03 2019

59mins

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Rank #5: Abbi Jacobson

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First, Brent, Eliot and H. Alan give their take on Drag Queen Storytelling Hour and the Fox News segment that puts a target on its studded, sparkly back. Then, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson joins to talk about her journey to queerness (or the lack thereof) and the pressure to "come out," so to speak, even when it's a late night talk show host prying that closet door open. And in light of the backlash against Taylor Swift's courting of the LGBTQ crowd with "You Need to Calm Down," the guys talk about their own personal gay anthems ...and somehow, Savage Garden shows up more than once.

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Jun 27 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #6: 2: ALASKA THUNDERFUCK

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Eliot, Brent, and H. Alan analyze their feelings about the Queer Eye reboot upon the launch of season two, including Antoni's infamous avocado controversy. Alaska Thunderfuck joins the guys to break down how and why Drag Race not only changed his life,...

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Jun 14 2018

44mins

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Rank #7: Patti Harrison

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If a Republican in Arizona introduces legislation to ban public school students from even TALKING about LGBTQ issues, but the law is destined to fail, did it even happen? Then, comedian Patti Harrison joins Brent, Eliot and H. Alan to detail the PARTY that was being a biracial, closeted trans woman in rural Ohio, and how everyone just assumes she's an activist now, which is annoying. And we finally find out which of the guys has kissed a girl (and liked it). But does it even count if she ALSO grew up to be gay?

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Jan 31 2019

42mins

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Rank #8: 9: Lena Dunham

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Eliot, the ultimate masochist, inflicts the ultimate clickbait on an unenthused Brent and H. Alan: a viral story about a 19-year-old guy who posted about going to the hospital after sucking a 10" dick. (Great job, Gay Media.) Then, Lena Dunham teaches ...

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Jul 19 2018

52mins

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Rank #9: Garrett Watts

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Should we care about STD's? You might be surprised by Brent, Eliot and H. Alan's answers. Then, influencer Garrett Watts talks about living life on YouTube and how the most dramatic proclamation of queerness might just be...not proclaiming it at all. And when it comes to sleeping habits, whose quirks are the weirdest? Is it Brent because he sleeps on five pillows? Probably, but you should still listen through the end anyway.

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Nov 01 2018

49mins

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Rank #10: Matt Rogers

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Is YouTube homophobic? The guys talk about recent proof that find the site's algorithm to "punish" content that uses the word "trans" in the title, thereby limiting a video's reach and the LGBTQ YouTuber's ad revenue stream. Then, Matt Rogers of the podcast Las Culturistas delights the guys with his innately twisted sense of humor, his impression of "singers," and an anecdote about being so closeted in college that he literally missed class just so he could masturbate. And finally, Brent, Eliot and H. Alan break down the popular "party drugs" that circle the gay community, from poppers to ecstasy and even meth, which Eliot initially assumed was potpourri. 

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Feb 21 2019

58mins

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Rank #11: 7: Danny Pellegrino

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First, the guys disembowel the unnerving argument by the New York Times that we're living in "the age of the twink." UGH. Then, Danny Pellegrino of the podcast EVERYTHING ICONIC helps break down exactly what constitutes as "camp" these days, from Count...

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Jul 05 2018

48mins

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Rank #12: Demi Adejuyigbe and Kevin Porter

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First, the guys talk about a Virginia teacher who sued her school district after she was told to dress "less flamboyantly" and "more feminine," which is odd considering her personal style brings to mind, as Brent suggests, the ICONIC Honey I Shrunk The Kids star Rick Moranis. Then, The Gilmore Guys co-hosts Demi Adejuyigbe and Kevin Porter tell the guys about their massively popular podcast and whether or not life in Stars Hollow had queer appeal. And finally, Brent, Eliot and H. Alan explain their "going out" routines, including who douses himself cologne, who tweezes his eyebrows, and who's thrown in the towel when it comes to deodorant. 

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Mar 14 2019

43mins

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Rank #13: Bryan Safi

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President Donald J. Trump announced that he plans to...end...HIV? The guys are like ok...? Are you sure, Donald Trump?" Then, Bryan Safi of Throwing Shade joins Brent, Eliot and H. Alan to talk about, among other things, slow eaters, dating prisoners, and the nightmare that is group dining. And finally, the guys congratulate Andy Cohen: Gay Dad and discuss baby fever in the LGBTQ crowd.

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Mar 07 2019

53mins

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Rank #14: 8: Louis Virtel

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The guys debate whether Grind​r's sharing of user​ data ​actually matters​ in the age of​ sex tapes and​ Cambridge Analytica​, which should definitely be someone's drag name. ​Then, writer/comic/podcaster and gif-able Jeopardy! contestant Louis Virtel ...

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Jul 12 2018

51mins

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Rank #15: Guillermo Diaz

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Is America ready for its first gay president and is "Mayor Pete" Buttigieg the guy for the job? Also, ISN'T HE DREAMY? Then, actor Guillermo Diaz (of Scandal, Girls, and the Britney Spears video for "I Wanna Go") joins Brent, Eliot and H. Alan to talk about playing drag queens and thugs, getting screwed over by GLAAD, and he even shows the guys his cock ring! No, seriously! Right in the studio! And finally, from softball to bowling to dodgeball to poker, find out which gay intramural leagues your hosts have joined by choice for some reason.

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Apr 18 2019

50mins

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Rank #16: Dave Holmes

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In a world seemingly filled with "corporate pride," where does Kellogg fall in combining Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran, Frosted Mini-Wheats and Corn Flakes into one megamix cereal meant to promote inclusivity? The guys are then joined by author, podcaster and iconic MTV VJ Dave Holmes to talk about boyhood crushes, life at the MTV Beach House and the elusive Simon Rex sex tape. And after a Charli XCX fan managed to get her to sign his douche kit, Brent, Eliot and H. Alan have ask a pressing question: WHY?

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Nov 14 2019

49mins

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Rank #17: Paula Pell

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Jafar. Ursula. Scar. What do they all have in common? They're GAY...or are they? Then, Wine Country star and longtime SNL writer Paula "Nana Homo" Pell shares stories of dating in your fifties, strolling down Penis Avenue, and going into "Code Lez" around rescue dogs. And finally, hear Mabel Braun's formal pitch to Eliot to be the spokesman for Dizkreet Wipez, a brand of "urban baby wipes." ...It'll make sense when you hear it.

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Aug 15 2019

55mins

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Rank #18: 10: Colton Haynes

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First, the guys discuss the value of IRL-intimidation-as-protest, and whether or not it would be cool to kick Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of a Taco Bell. Colton Haynes then joins Brent, Eliot and H. Alan to talk about Boyfriend Twins: men who date someo...

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Jul 26 2018

52mins

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Rank #19: 3: MOSHE KASHER

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Eliot, Brent, and H. Alan assess whether Barbara Bush was good for the gays, and whether it was cruel of George and Laura to name their own daughter Barbara. Moshe Kasher joins the guys to talk about the immediate polemic outrage that's recently follow...

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Jun 14 2018

46mins

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Rank #20: Emily Faye & Paige Weldon

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First, the guys discuss a recent study revealing that drivers for ride sharing apps are way more likely to cancel on a passenger if a rainbow emoji appears in their profile. And don't worry, they're also racist! Then, Paige Weldon and Emily Faye, hosts of the podcast Mall Talk, join Brent, Eliot and H. Alan to talk all things mall-related. And the guys have SO many questions. Why is Lolli & Pops so stingy with their samples? Who decides what to sell at Spencer's Gifts? What the fuck is COTTON ON? And finally, when it comes to the things that make them squirm, find out who passes out during a blood pressure test, an eye exam, or merely at the thought of the word "tissue."

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Nov 07 2019

57mins

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