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Unstoppable Farce tells the story of "Mr. Mirth" himself, in his own words, beginning with forty-five years of what might generously be described as a wasted existence before he decided to become the most successful FC (Famous Comedian) of all time. He describes how he created his Lithuanian Chupacabra alter ego, honed his signature Cheezy Pleezers bit, and became a viral sensation on Qlip Qlop and H!jnx. He dishes the dirt on touring with Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chapelle, what really went do ...
 
Para athletes, or athletes with a disability, require sports nutrition recommendations to be adapted to their specific sport, impairment, practical and/or medical needs. Liz Broad, Sports Dietitian, helps answer athletes and sports nutritionists questions and find ways to optimise your sporting performance through interviews with researchers, sports nutrition practitioners, coaches, athletes and other sports performance personnel.
 
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Mitch takes questions from the Seattle media right before his legendary performance on the roof of the Space Needle. Endnotes: Ali Wong, Dear Girls; Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life (New York, Random House, 2019), p.* Capsule Review: framed as letters of advice to Wong’s daughters, but otherwise disconnected and ram…
 
Dr Amber Donaldson is a sports physiotherapist (physical therapist), Vice President of Sports Medicine at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and has been the medical director for Team USA at numerous summer and winter Paralympic Games. Amber tells us about common health and injury issues she manages with Para athletes both in their daily tra…
 
Steven Lovelace is one of the first documented athletes with a physical impairment to compete in Triathlons in the USA, starting in the mid 1980's. Steven talks to us about his experience in the early days of triathlon before Para Triathlon itself was a recognised discipline, and his experiences throughout his years of competing in sport.…
 
Stephanie Wheeler is the womens wheelchair basketball coach at the University of Illinois, and was the head women's national team coach when the USA women's team won gold at the Rio Paralympic games. Stephanie explains wheelchair basketball to us, about her journey as an athlete then coach, and about the physical and nutrition demands of the sport.…
 
Mitch reflects on his early comedic influences while high on white skunk juice at the bottom of a disposable waste facility in the Alabama woods and explains how, with the help of his chauffeur, he escaped from a pack of cannibalistic mutants in his up-armored tourbus. Endnotes: Patton Oswald, Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland:(New York, Simon and Schus…
 
Professor Claudia Juzwiak is a sports nutritionist, educator and researcher at the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo who has worked with the Para Track & Field athletes in Brazil. Claudia talks to us about low energy availability and relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) - how to assess it, its impact on athletes and potential causes.…
 
Mitch describes some behind-the-scenes challenges he ran into while touring the American south with Hannah Gadsby. Endnotes: Todd Barry, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World (New York, Gallery Books, 2017) p.70. Capsule Review: the title pretty much covers it. Specific anecdotes about…
 
In this special episode, the PSN podcast host, Dr Liz Broad, is interviewed by Dr Laurent Bannock for his "We Do Science" podcast. Laurent agreed in advance to allow the podcast to be shared on both platforms. Liz has been a sports dietitian for nearly 30 years and specialised in working with Para athletes for the last 12 years. She is the editor o…
 
Mitch goes to Edinburgh, and then London with his new one-man show, an attempt to reckon with the political fallout surrounding his alter ego, Wade Dinklington, and helps crack the case of the most infamous crime spree in history along the way. Endnotes: Stewart Lee, How I Escaped My Certain Fate; The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Ip Comedian, (London…
 
For the very first time, Mitch discusses what went down on the set of his HBO sitcom that was cancelled halfway through the first day of shooting. Endnotes: Chris Elliott, Bob Elliott, Daddy’s Boy; A Son’s Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father, (New York, Delacorte Press, 1989) Capsule Review: Chris describes his privileged upbringing in Ne…
 
Dr Ben Stephenson is the physiologist for GB Para Triathlon who undertook his PhD research at the Peter Harrison Center for Disability Sport / Loughborough University on the impact of exercising in the heat on body temperature in para athletes. Ben shares his learnings as to why para triathletes are at higher risk of heat-related issues and how the…
 
After Mitch is attacked while hosting an alt-comedy open-mic night at his newly acquired sanctuary in Lipstick City, the Velveteria, he begins practicing the new martial art of Comido Defendu under the tutelage of Sensei Judah Friedlander. Endnotes: Whitney Cummings, I’m Fine… and Other Lies, (New York, Penguin Randomhouse, 2017), p. 55. Capsule Re…
 
Katie Kelly is a Para triathlete with Ushers syndrome (an impairment of both vision and hearing) who won gold in Rio and was 6th in Tokyo. Katie started competing in para triathlon in her late 30's. Katie talks to us about the sport of para triathlon, her impairment, and her experience in becoming an elite athlete at a relatively late age.…
 
Mitch moves to LA and goes on a publicity tour under the direction of his new agent, Gabby Gersh. Endnotes: Sandra Bernhard, Confessions of a Pretty Lady, (New York, Harper and Row, 1988), p. 118. Capsule Review: Lyrical, spare and confessional. Prioritizes the mundane, personal moments and epiphanies over show business gossip. Slack Score: 12; Sna…
 
Professor Peter Peeling is a sports physiologist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport and researcher at the University of Western Australia. Peter has devoted much of his research time to iron metabolism in athletes, which is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies particularly in female athletes. We talk to Pete about the role of iron…
 
Mitch describes how he scaled the cliffs of Fame Mountain, got into a bathroom brawl with Neil Hamburger and partied with Tig Notaro and Brian Posehn. Endnotes: 1) Tig Notaro, I’m Just a Person, (New York, HarperCollins, 2016), p.46. Capsule Review: frank, confessional style but with quirky/unique worldview, unique life experience, lots about uncon…
 
Siobhan Crawshay is the sports dietitian for Paralympics Australia, and specifically has worked with the Australian wheelchair rugby team (Steelers) for the past 11 years. Siobhan (Vorny) provides some fabulous insight into the key nutrition issues she covers with the wheelchair rugby players and the strategies she's used to support them.…
 
Maloney discusses how his fledgling comedy career was in limbo during a global health crisis and the surprising way a convoy of truckers inspired him to embrace his destiny. Endnotes: 1) Joan Rivers with Richard Merryman, Enter Talking, (New York, Delacorte Press, 1986), p.241. Capsule Review: Interesting, occasionally inspirational story of her ea…
 
Bill Hamiter is the USA Womens National Sit Volleyball head coach and high performance director, and Michelle Goodall is the assistant coach to the same team. The US Women's team has won Gold at the last 2 Paralympic games under their guidance. Bill and Michelle talk to us about the game of Sit Volleyball, the physical demands of the sport, common …
 
Iryna Dvoskina is a 7 time Paralympic athletics (track sprint and jumps) coach. Iryna started her coaching career in the early 90's in the Ukraine and moved to Australia in the early 2000's. She has coached a wide range of highly successful Paralympic sprinters and jumpers across many different impairments. Iryna talks about her coaching framework …
 
Ellie Cole is a 4 time Paralympic Swimmer who has won 17 medals and is the most decorated female swimmer in Australia. Ellie was one of the athletes showcased on the Rising Pheonix documentary and is an active member of the #WeThe15 movement. Ellie shares with us some insights into her 17 year journey as a national level swimmer, how she's learnt t…
 
Dr Joelle Flueck is a sports nutritionist in Switzerland who has spent over 10 years working with, and undertaking research into, athletes with a spinal cord injury. Joelle has recently written several narrative reviews on carbohydrate and protein needs for athletes with a spinal cord injury, as well as nutrition needs for para cycling. Joelle prov…
 
Danni Di Toro is a 7 time paralympian with a spinal cord injury who has competed in both wheelchair tennis and, more recently, para table tennis. Danni was co-captain of the Australian Paralympic team at both Rio and Tokyo Paralympic Games, and is currently the Paralympics Australia athlete welfare and engagement manager. Danni shares with us her e…
 
Anu Koivisto is a 2 time Olympic swimmer for Finland who has worked for a number of years as a sports dietitian at the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Olympiatoppen. Anu is responsible for working with both Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Anu talks to us about her approach to working with Para athletes, some of the specific issues that…
 
Dr Bridie Kean is a 2 time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball for Australia. She has also completed a PhD looking at barriers and facilitators to playing wheelchair basketball in a collegiate / university setting. We talk to Bridie about her nutrition journey as an athlete with coeliac disease, the findings of her PhD, and her more recent experie…
 
Dr Peta Maloney is an Australian sports physiologist and recovery specialist who has works with Para athletes. Peta talks to us about the importance of sleep for athletes, why para athletes may have difficulty with sleeping consistently, and what strategies can be used to help develop better sleeping patterns to support sports performance.…
 
Sally Baumann is the lead sports dietitian for the U.S. Paralympic programs and has been working with para athletes for the past 2.5 years. In the first of a series of interviews with sports dietitians, we talk to Sally about how she goes about working with para athletes and how this might be different to working with other athletes.…
 
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