Homo Sapiens

Homo Sapiens

By Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney

Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney talk to inspirational people over tea and biscuits. Each week they'll bring you intelligent, informative and fun conversations that represent the interests of LGBTQ+ people around the world. New episodes every Thursday. Subscribe now so you don't miss a thing.

Episodes

Laurie Anderson | Season 4

Jesus was Gay? Can meditation make you high? What thing has Alan always secretly wanted? We catch up with avant-garde artist, composer, director and Pop Icon Laurie Anderson for a wonderful episode full of Laurie’s wisdom, warmth and zen wit. Enjoy.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2058m 31s

Patti Smith - we read your emails and feedback

How did the Spice Girls get Alan in trouble? What did Julia Roberts do that made everyone crazy? What totally inappropriate clothing did Alan wear to a Film premiere? Plus Alexa interrupts, we reflect on Patti Smith and read your messages and feedback. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2045m 9s

Patti Smith | Season 4

Icon, Legend, Artist, Author, Poet and Musician. These titles can only describe the divine PATTI SMITH! How did Patti pay the rent at the Chelsea Hotel? What performance left her in tears? Plus Patti reflects on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and we question if Alan is back to his old tricks?Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2056m 7s

Sadiq Khan - we read your emails and feedback

SO much to catch up on this week! Who did Kylie Minogue take to court? Why is Chris waiting for an explosion? And the juice mystery is finally solved. Plus a wonderful and heartwarming letter from Texas.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2046m 4s

Munroe Bergdorf | Season 4 | Bonus

A few years back Munroe Bergdorf was a model for L’Oreal who chose to speak out about systemic racism. She was promptly removed from the campaign. Cut to Black Lives Matter protests a few years later and it seems the world may be starting to catch up with her. She’s here to tell us her amazing story that has an incredible twist and to talk to us about what brands can do to properly help LGBTQ+ people, particularly beyond pride month when the rainbows disappear. She’s an inspiring force for good. Who could ask for a better guest? Big thanks to Facebook for sponsoring this special episode. x 💙 Facebook For Business : https://www.facebook.com/business🧜‍♀️ Mermaids Charity: https://mermaidsuk.org.uk🖤 Black Lives Matter:  https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.coBe sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/2053m 34s

Sadiq Khan | Season 4

Fist fights! Saving gay bars! Leading the Pride Parade! We are de-lighted to be joined by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He sat down with us before lockdown and laid out his vision for an inclusive and diverse LGBTQ+ London, explained the important distinction between assimilation and integration, and shares some merry tales of being hit on by gay men along the way. Well, they’re only human. Listen and Enjoy x Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/2052m 51s

Justin Vivian Bond - we read your emails and feedback

Happy Pride Month! This week we react to a scathing review, find out if Alan has joined the Freemasons, debate vegan Birkenstocks and discover how Alan made Barack Obama chuckle.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2050m 42s

Justin Vivian Bond | Season 4

The Icon that is Justin Vivian Bond is our guest this week. 🌈 Viv is a true icon - inventor of the gender-neutral ‘Mx’ title that is now officially accepted in the UK, one half of incredible cabaret duo Kiki And Herb, and a wise head on some very glamorous shoulders. You’re gonna love our chat. Plus Chris and Alan give some advice to a shy drag queen.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/201h 8m

Jeremy O.Harris - we read your emails and feedback

This week we hear about a digital clear out gone wrong, give away a t-shirt and Alan makes a solemn promise. Plus we applaud Daniel Radcliffe, go down a Robin Williams wormhole and offer some advice. Did we miss anything?@14poems on instagramClub Cummings Community Chesthttps://blacklivesmatters.carrd.coHomo Sapiens T-ShirtsBe sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/06/2041m 35s

Jeremy O.Harris | Season 4

Superstar Playwright Jeremy O.Harris, creator of Slave Play comes by to talk about his incredible work that has rocked American theatre, the objectification of queer black bodies, and what makes him tick. This episode was recorded before lockdown, but it feels particularly poignant today, compounded by #PrideMonth. https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.coBe sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/201h 6m

Hannah Gadsby - we read your emails and feedback

It's a sombre week this week at HS Towers. We reflect on the weeks events, share some important educational content and talk about how we can do better not just now but in the long term. We also celebrate Pride Month, read your emails, and dive down a wormhole https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.coBe sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2045m 14s

Hannah Gadsby | Season 4

This week comedian, actor and ICON Hannah Gadsby joins us to chat about her new incredible show “Douglas”, while also opening up about Autism, Homelessness and turning down Warner Brothers. Plus, Why does Hannah have a charred dog in her freezer?!? Listen to find out.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/2045m 56s

Cynthia Nixon - we read your emails and feedback

This week we hear a heartwarming story from a mother of a trans kid, get trapped in a wormhole with Princess Margaret, and why is Jennifer Lopez making a beeline for Alan?📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/2048m 37s

Cynthia Nixon | Season 4

Politician, Actor, Activist, personal hero and ICON CYNTHIA NIXON joins us for this week's show. We hear the reality behind enacting political change, dashing between broadway performances and some advice for parents of trans kids. Get ready to feel empowered for change.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2043m 45s

Stephen Fry - we read your emails and feedback

Dearest Listeners, following on from our Stephen Fry interview, we have our first Lockdown Edition of ‘Homo Sapiens Extra’ where we find out how everyone is getting on in lockdown, plus we read your emails and messages, and give away a t-shirt to our favourite review on Apple Podcasts.Also, be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/2044m 44s

Stephen Fry | Season 4

Dearest Listener, We have an ICONIC treat for you. We launch Season FOUR with the legend that needs no introduction, Mr Stephen Fry! We chat about slinking around the London Gay Clubs in the 90’s, examining ones mind and LOVE. It’s a hoot!Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2053m 55s

Season 4 Trailer | Chris Sweeney & Alan Cumming

WELCOME Darling Listeners to Season FOUR!We welcome NEW co-host Alan Cumming, who will join Chris Sweeney for a season on the theme of icons. Starting with mega icon Stephen Fry!You can hear Episode 1 on Thursday, April 30th.Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.📍H O M O S A P I E N S P O D C A S T is Hosted By: Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney 📍NEW EPISODE Every Thursday📍Come play with us on socials Facebook & Instagram @Homosapiens📍Email us: Hello@homosapienspodcast.com📍Podcast Host: Acast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/203m 5s

We need your life problems...

In a new section of Homo Sapiens (season 4 coming soon!) Chris and Alan will answer your problems of life and love. So we need your questions - send them to hello@homosapienspodcast.com now!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/201m 11s

John Amaechi

From taxi drivers to NBA basketball players, this last episode of the series has it all. Along the way Chris & Will find the time to ponder the Brunei boycott, discover your break-up (and make-up) songs and just how great sex is.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1959m 32s

Lady Phyll - we read your emails and feedback

Amid the complaints about eating, tea trolleys and burrito blankets, the boys plan the first Homo Sapiens wedding and discuss Chris' forthcoming TV show.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/1913m 50s

Lady Phyll

The cofounder of UK Black Pride joins Will & Chris to tell the story of how they came to be, racism on Grindr and how over 200 black lesbians ended up in Southend-On-Sea. Plus: an update from our man on the frontline of No Outsiders, and we discover more of Will's most questionable fashion choices.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/1958m 49s

Freckle - we read your emails and feedback

Ahoy! In this water-themed bonus episode, Will & Chris receive an email from a sailor, share a drink with the co-founder of The Gay Happiness Project and plan a narrowboat holiday.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/1920m 39s

Freckle

Freckle the gender-fluid American actress and instagram star Freckle chats to Will & Chris about shocking the American Idol judges, how life is changing for gender-fluid people in America and she also takes the time to ask Chris and Will if they shower together...?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1948m 59s

The Trevor Project - we read your emails and feedback

Will & Chris recall their highlights from the past seven days, including a strong defence from LA-based Mel, how the podcast is an enabler for good hygiene habits, and a good olde history lesson in Wormhole Of The Week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/1915m 35s

The Trevor Project

Warning: references to suicide  The tables are turned as Chris and Will answer YOUR questions, revealing much of the inner workings of their relationship... including why they never argue, tips for a good marriage, and a life-changing moment when Chris was saved from a wave machine gone rogue. Plus, the boys head to the Trevor Project, LGBTQ+ America's answer to The Samaritans, as part of their US tour. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. In the US, Trevor Project is on 1-866-488-7386. and trevorproject.org. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/1945m 11s

Margaret Cho - we read your emails and feedback

It's our theatre special, with a review of the new Cher musical AND a chat with listener Libby about identity on the London fringe circuit.Plus: Will & Chris take a trip down the wormhole to revisit Eva Cassidy and Jenifer Lopez's finest work.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/1923m 29s

Margaret Cho

The Korean-American comedian/singer-songwriter/fashionista Margaret Cho speaks to Will & Chris about having Joan Rivers as a mentor, hanging out with David Walliams... and how she tries to make peace with Trump supporters. Plus, Will reveals IMPORTANT INFORMATION about his new music video and Chris spends $5 on a go-go dancer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1946m 14s

David Sedaris - we read your emails and feedback

Will & Chris recall their highlights from the past seven days, including Will's choice for woman of the moment (either Wendy Mitchell or Naomi Campbell) an apology from Chris, and some top parenting tips in Wormhole Of The Week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/1914m 16s

David Sedaris

Will & Chris meet humourist and raconteur David Sedaris - and find out why having kids is a generational thing, when offensiveness is ok and why picking up trash is so important. Plus: there's a bonus chat with Sedaris-soundalike Michael and Will breaks his Moroccan door fast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1952m 20s

Skin - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris share a drink with listener Michael, a teacher in South London, to learn what schools should be doing to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in class - and how it's transformed his own life. Plus, there's talk of the return of Ru Paul's Drag Race and Will & Chris become another listener's surrogate uncles.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/1920m 54s

John Grant (Replay)

The US roadshow takes a pause this week to bring you one of our favourite episodes, from the archives, when Will had lunch with singer and songwriter John Grant.They talk beauty, love addiction, PTSD and RuPaul's Drag Race. Plus, Will & Chris discuss the week's events (from waaaay back in Aug 2017) and Will's embarrassing moments being recognised (or not!) in public.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/1955m 9s

Skin

Chris & Will meet Skunk Anansie lead singer Skin to chat about her experiences of being a bisexual woman in rock music and the most impressive pop music anecdote we've heard in a loooong time. Plus, the gents reveal their favourite places in the UK, what Will's autobiography should be called, and discuss Joe Root's display of LGBTQ+ solidarity on the cricket pitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1949m 21s

A Trip To The Gay Rodeo - we read your emails and feedback

Will & Chris once again dive headfirst into your emails, tweets and 'grams to discover what you thought of the Gay Rodeo, reviews your reviews, plus Chris talks HOUSES Will talks CRYSTALS. Blimey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/1916m 2s

A Trip To The Gay Rodeo

Chris & Will continue their US tour with a trip to The Gay Rodeo in Palm Springs to meet Ms Palm Springs Hot Rodeo 2018, Ciana Carmella Costa and Gay Cowboy Sammy. Also on the show, the boys reveal their questionable dating decisions and find out what you, dear listener, have been messaging your friends.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1952m 59s

Clare Balding & Alice Arnold - we read your emails and feedback

It's the return of Meet The Listener*, in which Chris & Will meet Dr Rory and hear why our LGB Elders are missing out on vital healthcare services. PLUS there's your emails and reviews, a there's a T-shirt to be won. *sponsored by Smirnoff. Drink responsibly!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/1915m 52s

Clare Balding & Alice Arnold

The US tour takes a pause to have our first Homesick Edition, as Chris and Will drop by National Treasures™ Clare Balding (BBC Sport) and Alice Arnold (Shipping Forecast) to set the world to rights.Plus, Chris shares his top tips for roasting a chicken, a children's book is written before your very ears... and Will sings the Dogtanian theme.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1951m 9s

Sam Smith - we read your emails and feedback

Black Beauty, t-shirts, fireplaces and hemorrhoids are just some of the topics covered in your emails, reviews from Apple Podcasts and our legendary wormhole chatter. Enjoy...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/1913m 49s

Sam Smith

Well looky here: Chris and Will continue their tour of the US with a trip backstage on Sam Smith's latest tour, in which he tells us how his show goes down in Trump's AmericaAlso on the show, we review the unpleasantness on this week's episode of The Grand Tour, we launch our very own (limited edition) t-shirt store, Will does Jackanory and you, our listeners, reveal the apps you can't live without.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1949m 18s

Troye Sivan - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris go through your messages, your reviews from Apple Podcasts and discuss all the bad things Naomi Campbell has ever done.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1911m 12s

Troye Sivan

Warning: discussion of suicide It's the start of our US tour! To kick things off, Will and Chris meet singer-songwriter, artist and actor Troye Sivan to chat being an Australian in America, infiltrating the Margot Robbie fanclub and embracing your feminine side. Also on the podcast we share a ride - and a heart-breaking, honest conversation - with LA Uber driver Natalie. PLUS - Will celebrates a birthday milestone, you tell us the day you'd most like to relive, and there's far too much chat about vans for some reason. Homo Sapiens is supported by Smirnoff, who have partnered with the LGBT Foundation to bring you the 'Soho Angels', trained volunteers to spot those most vulnerable in this nighttime safety initiative for the LGBTQ+ community.If you're in the UK and in need of someone to talk to someone, call The Samaritans on 116 123.For those outside the UK, you can call:Argentina: 02234930430Australia: 131114Austria: 017133374Belgium: 106Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05Botswana: 3911270Brazil: 212339191Canada: 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)Croatia: 014833888Denmark: +4570201201Egypt: 7621602Finland: 010 195 202France: 0145394000Germany: 08001810771Holland: 09000767Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000Hungary: 116123India: 8888817666Ireland: +4408457909090Italy: 800860022Japan: +810352869090Mexico: 5255102550New Zealand: 045861048Norway: +4781533300Philippines: 028969191Poland: 5270000Russia: 0078202577577Spain: 914590050South Africa: 0514445691Sweden: 46317112400Switzerland: 143USA: 18002738255  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1949m 0s

Special - Julian Clary

Will and Chris are back for a Christmas catch up! Picking up where they left off in Series 2, the Homo Sapiens festival special takes listeners on a whistle stop tour of the latter half of their 2018 - EuroPride, life drawing classes, a brief stint as enthusiastic auctioneers, a trip to America and much more. Join Will and Chris as they sit down with the iconic Julian Carey to discuss his trailblazing career, the cabaret circuit, his eureka moment as a comedian, his attitudes towards social disruption and more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/1852m 34s

Francis Lee

Will and Chris travel to Yorkshire to meet the director of God’s Own Country, Francis Lee. The film was hailed as a ‘Yorkshire Brokeback Mountain’ but they discuss why it is much more than that, talk about its impact and why Francis lives in a small cabin in the middle of nowhere. PLUS - Chris is “live from Los Angeles” for this final episode of Season 2 and they discuss surrogacy, the Royal Wedding and why Will was once booed off stage.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/1841m 51s

Johann Hari - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris have a drink with Homo Sapiens listener Alex and talk about playing sport with LGBTQ+ teams. We also find out what you thought of the conversation with Johann Hari and someone wins a Homo Sapiens T-shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/1819m 8s

Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a journalist and writer whose latest book Lost Connections claims to uncover the “nine real causes of depression and anxiety.” Johann tells Will and Chris that our problems are caused more by the way we live today than a chemical imbalance in our brains. PLUS - Will’s having a drainage nightmare and we find out about your best and worst dates.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/1851m 35s

Hebden Bridge - we read your emails and feedback

Will's going on a date! But in the meantime he and Chris sift through your feedback on this week's episode. Plus - we venture down their Wormholes of the Week and someone wins the Homo Sapiens T-shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/1812m 48s

Hebden Bridge - the lesbian capital of the UK

Will and Chris visit Hebden Bridge, a small town in Yorkshire, to find out what makes it such an LGBTQ+-friendly place. They meet the locals and discover that the idea of big cities being more progressive than country towns is a myth. They find out the inspiring story behind Happy Valley Pride, the strangest things Rowan and Jeff in the leather shop have been asked to make, and they get invited to unveil a plaque! PLUS - Will has been hanging out with Baz Luhrmann and the boys recall their terrifying experiences with sharks!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/1840m 38s

Tim Walker - we read your emails and feedback

Your feedback is flooding in, Will's tempted to take a vow of silence and someone wins the Homo Sapiens T-Shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/1813m 49s

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is one of the world’s leading fashion photographers. His work has been appearing in Vogue for over 10 years and he’s been a keen proponent of diversity and inclusion, showcasing many interesting and different faces in his photographs. Tim talks to Will and Chris about how he creates such distinctive pictures, his favourite shoots, how his recent break-up has affected his work and what he would do if he photographed the Queen. PLUS - Will reveals his worst calendar photoshoots and we’ve been nominated for an award!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/1848m 20s

Kate & Helen Richardson-Walsh - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris have a drink with Homo Sapiens listener Molly and chat about anxiety, embroidery and why lesbian films are so depressing! PLUS - your feedback on the Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh episode and have you won a Homo Sapiens T-shirt?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/1818m 48s

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh are Team GB Olympic gold-winning hockey players who got married in 2013. They talk to Will and Chris about coming out, being a married couple in a sports team, attitudes to homosexuality in sport and their incredible experience in at the Rio Olympics. PLUS - Will wants to sell his Brit Awards and has a ghostly experience in a monastery.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/1848m 53s

All about the HIV prevention pill PrEP.

Many listeners have asked for more information about PrEP, the medication that can protect you from HIV. But how do you get it? Is it any good? And why are people critical of it? Peter and Patrick from the LGBT Foundation in Manchester tell Will and Chris all about it. PLUS - your reactions to our Chemsex episode, Wormhole of the Week and someone wins the sought after Homo Sapiens T-shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/1827m 50s

Chemsex

Chemsex is the use of drugs to enhance sex and is becoming a growing problem all over the UK. Will and Chris visit the LGBT Foundation in Manchester find out about the practice, its dangers and what makes people do it. They talk to Tyler from the foundation along with Roger and John who have had problems with chemsex and come out the other side. They discuss their experiences, what makes it appealing to gay men in particular and how they turned their own lives around. Plus - Will’s new musical has an eventful opening night and we find out why he’s had to dash to Cornwall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/1839m 5s

Asifa Lahore - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris go through your feedback on the Asifa Lahore interview, we hear about their Wormholes of the Week, someone wins a Homo Sapiens T-shirt and we find out if anyone has drawn a picture of a kestrel to win Strictly Ballroom tickets (Spoiler: they have!)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/1810m 12s

Asifa Lahore

Will and Chris meet Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen, Asifa Lahore. She tells them about the controversies and death threats she’s faced, coming out as gay to her Muslim parents and how her onstage persona helped her to identify as transgender and start her transition at the age of 33. Plus - Chris joins us live from Barcelona, Will has an awkward moment with George Ezra, and the boys plan their Eurovision entry.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/1840m 59s

Mykki Blanco - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris discuss your feedback on the Mykki Blanco episode. Someone - maybe you - wins the Homo Sapiens T-shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/1811m 13s

Mykki Blanco

Will and Chris meet the American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist Mykki Blanco. The persona of Mykki Blanco - a teenage girl who wants to be a rapper - was created by Michael Quattlebaum as an online video project in 2010. Since then she has evolved into a pioneering hip hop artist and trailblazing queer icon. Will and Chris find out how the persona has changed his life, why he decided against transitioning and they discuss racial prejudice within the LGBT media. Plus - Will’s been babysitting, the talents you’d love to have and Chris discusses his failed attempt to become an escort.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/1848m 27s

No Outsiders - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris share a drink with a Homo Sapiens listener and find out their story. This week it's David from London who tells them about coming out at the age of 42 when he was married with 3 children. Plus - your feedback on the last episode, Wormhole of the Week and someone wins the Homo Sapiens T-shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/1814m 47s

No Outsiders: LGBTQ+ inclusivity in schools

As an assistant headteacher, Andrew Moffat has introduced a policy promoting diversity at Parkfield community school in Birmingham. His No Outsiders message teaches children to welcome those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as well as people of any race, colour or religion. It’s been a huge success - parents, teachers and governors support Andrew’s work despite 98% of the school’s pupils being Muslim. In this episode Will and Chris travel to the school to meet him and learn how his efforts to spread LGBT awareness and understanding haven’t always been appreciated: Andrew left his previous school after parents complained about him telling the children he was gay. He tells Will and Chris what he learned from this experience and how he convinced Parkfield’s parents that children can be taught about Britain’s anti-discrimination laws without undermining their religious beliefs. Plus - listeners tell us their memories of school, Chris has been finding out about surrogacy and Will remembers a very awkward evening involving a video of Neighbours and a dog basket.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/1850m 21s

Alan Cumming - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris read through your feedback and some of you were quite unhappy about a part of last week's episode. They also discuss what sent them down their Wormhole of the Week and one lucky listener wins the legendary Homo Sapiens T-shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/1813m 59s

Alan Cumming

Will and Chris travel to Edinburgh to meet the actor Alan Cumming. It’s a fascinating and funny conversation which covers Alan’s life in New York, the amazing nights at his Club Cumming venue and his new project, playing the first gay leading role on a US network drama. Will and Alan discuss being the The Emcee in Cabaret, a role they’ve each played 3 times, and the continuing relevance of the play. Alan also tells them about identifying as bisexual, what gay marriage can teach straight people and how he confronted his father over the abuse he suffered as a child. Plus - Will and Chris talk Queer Eye, Picasso, witch doctors and what’s on your bucket list.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/1848m 56s

Jack Monroe - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris sift through your feedback on the Jack Monroe episode. A long-running dispute about scrambled eggs is resolved. And a lot of people win Homo Sapiens T-shirts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/1811m 26s

Jack Monroe

Will & Chris talk to food writer and activist, Jack Monroe. Jack was a single parent living in poverty when she created incredibly cheap but nutritious recipes to feed herself and her son. After publishing the budget recipes in a blog she was offered a book deal and soon became a best-selling food writer. As an outspoken activist, particularly on poverty and hunger issues, Jack has attracted a great deal of online abuse and tells Will and Chris how she copes and even tracks down those responsible. They also discuss coming out as non-binary, gender norms and why she got so much abuse after winning a Woman of the Future award. Plus Will and Chris have been on Loose Women, Will had a run-in with the Chelsea football team and we discover your most memorable meals.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/1854m 57s

Jeremy Corbyn - we read your emails and feedback

Bonus conversation with Jeremy Corbyn and the Gay Times. Will and Chris go through your thoughts (good and bad) from this week's episode. Find out what sent them down their Wormhole of the Week. And someone - maybe you! - wins the coveted Homo Sapiens T Shirt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/1817m 42s

Jeremy Corbyn

We're back! Will and Chris have a fascinating conversation with Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. They discuss LGBT heroes, bullying in schools, homophobia, mental health and Corbyn's vision for inclusivity. They also talk about his famous Glastonbury appearance and Will sends Jeremy into a rage about...jam! Plus - find out what happened when Will and Chris finally appeared on Woman's Hour and Will injures himself in rehearsals for his new show. Season 2 of Homo Sapiens is brought to you with our brand partner, Smirnoff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/1851m 8s

Ben Roberts

The last episode of season 1 comes from Will's dressing room in Blackpool where he's performing in Cabaret. This week is the BFI London Film Festival and our guest is Ben Roberts, the Director of the BFI Film Fund, who helps to bring us some of the most important LGBTQ+ cinema. Will and Chris talk porn, mobility scooters, sex in a wheelie bin and the most impulsive things you've ever done.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1747m 44s

Marika Hackman - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris sift through your correspondence from Will's hotel bed. There's talk of Beyonce, masturbation, Anneka Rice and Season 1's final Review of the Week - are you the winner of a coveted Homo Sapiens T-shirt?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/1714m 43s

Marika Hackman

Will and Chris are joined by singer and songwriter Marika Hackman who talks about sexuality and music, objectification and a strange encounter with a fan in the pub. Will changes his mind about having children, the conversation somehow turns to the TV show Gladiators and there's a big falling out over an old movie.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1755m 50s

James Wharton - we read your emails and feedback

An action-packed episode in which Will and Chris race through the streets of London while dissecting your emails. Who will win this week's Homo Sapiens T-shirt? And will Chris be late for lunch?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/09/1711m 44s

James Wharton

Will and Chris meet James Wharton, a former soldier, who tells them what it was like to be an openly gay man in the military. He details the homophobia and violence towards him but also the support he received, and how Prince Harry stepped in to save the day. Also this week - cake, jealousy, having kids, alter egos and Will’s been on an Amazon binge.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/1757m 26s

Nicky Haslam - we read your emails and feedback

On location in Will's dressing room at Wimbledon Theatre where he's starring in Cabaret. Will and Chris sift through your correspondence and discuss rabbit bites, climbing ladders onstage and Sean Spicer while fending off interruptions from a PA system and a vacuum cleaner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/1716m 44s

Nicky Haslam

Will and Chris visit the interior designer, socialite and "the man who invented the '60s" Nicky Haslam, who tells us about his extraordinary life and career. His amazing tales involve David Bailey, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote! Plus - Strictly same sex dance partners, your dream jobs and what's made Will so angry this week?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1749m 21s

Russell T Davies - we read your emails and feedback

Which famous politician is Will unhappy with? Which of our dream guests has made contact? And who has won this week's T-shirt?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/1717m 16s

Russell T Davies

Legendary screenwriter Russell T Davies joins us to talk Queer As Folk, Dr Who and his new drama about AIDS in the 1980s - and he's hilarious and lovely! Will and Chris discuss love at first sight, getting drunk with Eamonn Holmes and your most inspirational people.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1755m 14s

Matthew Todd - we read your emails and feedback

Can Will and Chris get through all your messages before Will's food order arrives? And who has won the coveted Homo Sapiens T shirt?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/1714m 36s

Matthew Todd

This week it's all about mental wellbeing. Will and Chris talk to the former editor of Attitude magazine, Matthew Todd, about shame and his book, Straight Jacket: How To Be Gay And Happy. Plus - Will's mortifying trouser incident! What did Chris once do into a plastic bag? And which much loved TV host did Will almost kill?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1758m 36s

LGBTQ+ Sex Workers - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris discover what you've been saying about this week's podcast - good and bad! They discuss awards, Harry Styles, role playing and why Will's house is now full of Will Young baseball caps and calendars.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/1714m 1s

LGBTQ+ Sex Workers

Chris sits down with Alex Bryce (from National Ugly Mugs, whose mission is to end violence against sex workers), Josh (a male escort) and Carmen (a trans woman and former "part time lover") to discuss the stigma and realities of sex work in 2017. Will and Chris appear on Radio 4 and invade the Woman's Hour office. Plus - your guilty crushes and how Will frightened Kirsty Allsopp in the street.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/1737m 49s

Peter Tatchell - we read your emails and feedback

The boys are back in Will's car to find out your views on this week's podcast. They discuss body shame at the gym, finding love in the countryside, and they announce the first Homo Sapiens baby!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/1711m 17s

Peter Tatchell

Will and Chris meet Peter Tatchell, a true LGBT+ hero. In an intimate conversation at his flat he tells Will and Chris his powerful life story, how his work has affected him personally, and what drives him to keep fighting for human rights around the world. Plus Will and Chris discuss body image, 'lesbian bed death’, and getting dumped via Whatspp.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/1758m 4s

Bisi Alimi - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris discuss your reviews, talk rugby and darkrooms, and announce the winner of this week's Homo Sapiens T shirt. This week's episode is recorded in Will's car, as they wait for Chris's mum who has got lost shopping. But can they find her?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/1710m 5s

Bisi Alimi

Bisi Alimi is a truly inspirational Nigerian activist who had to leave his country after coming out on television. He tells his moving and uplifting story to Chris. Will and Chris discuss men wearing dresses and Will’s role as the ‘vicar’ at Chris’s wedding.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/1751m 14s

Rebecca Root - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris go through your messages, your reviews from Grindr and discuss why you should never be a football referee. Plus - have you won a Homo Sapiens T shirt?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/1713m 6s

Rebecca Root

Rebecca Root got her big break playing transgender character, Judy, in BBC2’s Boy Meets Girl. She tells us about being misgendered, voice coaching trans women and working with Jake Gyllenhaal. Will recalls an incident in David Beckham’s garden and you tell us your sexual awakening stories.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/1751m 36s

John Grant - we read your emails and feedback

Will and Chris find out your views on the podcast, the John Grant interview and Will's Banksy theory. Plus they announce the first winner of Review of the Week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/177m 40s

John Grant

Will has lunch with singer and songwriter John Grant. They talk beauty, love addiction, PTSD and RuPaul's Drag Race. Will and Chris discuss the week's events and Will's embarrassing moments being recognised (or not!) in public.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/1753m 38s

Owen Jones

Writer and campaigner Owen Jones talks to Will and Chris about coming out, changing attitudes and falling in love with a fundamentalist Christian. Will and Chris discuss being a gay pop star and a potentially humiliating incident at Sir Elton John's party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/1751m 24s
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