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Author: Stephanie Callas & Kaley McMahon

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American Anglophiles Kaley McMahon and Stephanie Callas explore the witty, whimsical, dark, zany, sometimes disturbing but always hilarious world of British comedies.
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506 - Fleabag

506 - Fleabag

2020-06-2301:40:24

Kaley and Steff dive into the dark, cheeky, heartbreaking world of Fleabag to talk hot priests, wicked stepmothers, and bangable US presidents.
505 - The Thick of It

505 - The Thick of It

2020-06-1601:28:16

The scathingly funny political satire The Thick of It prompts discussion of fragile masculinity, child pornography*, and of course, the dumpster fire currently occupying the White House. (*We keep it lighthearted, but if this is a trigger for you, consider yourself warned.)
504 - Bottom

504 - Bottom

2020-06-0901:32:26

Cabin fever sets in right on schedule as the ladies giddily and enthusiastically explore Bottom (ooer!)during the first of their episodes recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. A show about two sad, desperate loners who rarely leave their flat and harbor no hope for the future? It's like looking in a mirror.
503 - Black Books

503 - Black Books

2020-06-0201:17:46

Steff and Kaley discuss the seductiveness of book shops (remember those?), the absurdity of employment, and acts of embarrassingly optimistic self-sabotage in this conversation about the delightfully zany sitcom Black Books. (*Note: this is the last of the pre-pandemic episodes, so don't worry; things'll get weird next week.)
502 - Chewing Gum

502 - Chewing Gum

2020-05-2601:22:13

The girls get candid about humiliating sexual misconceptions, bodily fluids, and the age of consent in their exploration of the colorful, sweet--and gross and sticky--Chewing Gum. (*Note: this episode was recorded pre-pandemic, hence the now-borderline-disconcerting lightheartedness.)
501 - Extras

501 - Extras

2020-05-1901:43:46

Anglophilia's back with a 5th season! And if the hosts sound a little too carefree and coherent while covering the star-studded showbiz comedy Extras, it's because they recorded it before COVID-19 reached our shores and upended life as we know it. Ahh. Remember January? Good times. Er... neutral times. Well... not-quite-yet-fully-apocalyptic times. There we go.
In this impromptu pandemic special, Stephanie and Kaley work through their anxieties about the harrowing state of the world, occasionally remembering to return to the topic at hand: the now-upsettingly-relevant but eternally enjoyable 2004 "rom-com-zom," Shaun of the Dead. If you're holed up in quarantine, grab a nice cold pint (of hand sanitizer) and give us a listen while we wait for all this to blow over.
405 - Camping

405 - Camping

2019-11-1901:32:54

Stephanie and Kaley discuss fascist Hollywood beauty standards, disappointing American remakes, and the shockingly dark and outrageous roller coaster ride that is Camping... and Kaley is startled by a large insect.
Listen up, daughter... Kaley and Steff are covering the loud, fast, and relentlessly wacky showbiz satire Filthy, Rich & Catflap, so lock up your milkmen, bust out the booze, and let's paaar-ty!
403 - Crashing

403 - Crashing

2019-11-0501:26:10

In discussing Phoebe Waller-Bridge's first series, Crashing, Steff and Kaley inevitably touch on all their favorite topics: Fred & Ginger, Sondheim, Sex and the City, cute gay boys making out, and vaginas.
402 - Let Them Eat Cake

402 - Let Them Eat Cake

2019-10-2901:01:40

Join Stephanie and Kaley in 18th century Versailles for a sophisticated salon on the period comedy Let Them Eat Cake, with discussion topics ranging from political revolution to uncontrollable flatulence.
In the first episode of their season devoted to "one-season wonders," Kaley and Stephanie cover the hilarious cheesy-80's-horror-spoof-cum-mockumentary, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Strap in for some premenstrual telekinesis, giant randy eyeball monsters, and maggots. Maggots. MAGGOTS.
306 - The Office

306 - The Office

2019-06-2501:39:42

People say we're the best podcast hosts. They go, y'know, "Oh, Kaley and Stephanie, you're brilliant, you're so funny, Anglophilia makes us laugh and cry, your season finale about the groundbreaking mockumentary masterpiece The Office was as hilarious and insightful as the show itself." And we go, you know, "C'est la vie." If that's true, excellent.
305 - Gimme Gimme Gimme

305 - Gimme Gimme Gimme

2019-06-1801:08:17

Subtlety goes out the window as Steff and Kaley dish about swinger parents and kissable celebrity paraphernalia in this episode about the vulgar, over-the-top yet oddly endearing sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme.
304 - Coupling

304 - Coupling

2019-06-1101:33:51

Do men's lives resemble gay porn when women aren't around? Is Steve Taylor the perfect embodiment of everything that's wrong with the world? Do Stephanie and Kaley still have a soft spot in their hearts for Coupling, the naughty sex farce of their youth, despite its glaring flaws and rampant sexism? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...
303 - Peep Show

303 - Peep Show

2019-06-0401:38:531

This is outrageous. This is contagious. This is Steff and Kaley's discussion of the eternally quotable and endlessly relatable Peep Show, so get ready for embarrassing thoughts, dead dogs, Nazis, and paedos.
302 - French and Saunders

302 - French and Saunders

2019-05-2801:06:581

Periods, patriarchy, and pillow-kissing are just some of the topics covered in this estrogen-soaked conversation celebrating the sketch comedy of legendary funny ladies French and Saunders.
301 - Red Dwarf

301 - Red Dwarf

2019-05-2101:39:31

After what feels like 3 million years in stasis, Anglophilia's back! In this season opener dedicated to the long-running sci-fi comedy classic Red Dwarf, Kaley and Stephanie are anything but tongue-tied as they discuss the show's sneakily existential bent, the relatability of crushing on cartoon characters, and the most agonizingly difficult Shag-Marry-Kill to date.
Christmas is all around--and love (actually) is, too--in the first ever Anglophilia Christmas Special, devoted to the greatest Christmas ensemble romantic comedy ever made: Love Actually.
Why are we here? What's life all about? Why did watching Mr. Creosote make Stephanie cry? Are people wearing enough hats? Stephanie and Kaley sort it all out in their final Python episode, for ce soir, c'est l'épisode final de la saison d'Anglophilia: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
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Mike Cooper

Really enjoying this podcast. The presenters are great and really know the subject matter well. They also have incredibly infectious laughs! Great stuff, thank you.

Jul 14th
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