Courtney Act and Vanity launch Brenda, Call Me! podcast via Nova
The Nova Podcast Network has announced a new title, Brenda, Call Me!
The podcast will be hosted by drag superstars Courtney Act and Vanity, who will catch up on what has them fired up each week – from all things drag, to what’s going on in their lives and in the world around them.
“From the political to the downright silly, no topic is off limits. They’ll even call up a celebrity friend along the way to help them nut it out,” Nova publicity said.
“The show is camp, high energy and features plenty of sass, with each wildly entertaining episode transporting you into the conversation, no matter where you are in the world.”
Nova said as for the ‘Brenda’ in the podcast’s title, listeners will have to wait to find out who she is.
Act joked in the podcast’s preview that it will be “the Seinfeld of podcasts”.
Act first came to mainstream media attention in 2003 when she made it onto the semi-finals of Australian Idol. Since then, Act has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Celebrity Big Brother UK, and Dancing With The Stars Australia. Act also hosted the UK’s first bisexual dating show, The Bi Life. This year, she will again host SBS’ Mardi Grad coverage.
Vanity, meanwhile, is the drag queen who introduced Act to the scene. They met at Stonewall when Act, AKA Shane Jenek, was 18. Vanity is legendary in the drag scene, both in a business sense and on stage. Vanity AKA Benjamin Moir, also runs Wigs by Vanity alongside Act.
Of the new venture, Act said: “’Brenda, call me!’ is the text Vanity and I send to each other when we want to chat. We have been friends for 20 years, lived all around the world, in different time zones, and we are super excited for you to listen in on our best friend conversations, we’re just glad they are not live and the legal department will be reviewing them before they hit your ear drums.”
Vanity added: “We thought we were going to be recording this podcast on opposite sides of the world, but Ms. Rona has reunited us and we’re super excited to be sitting face to face giving our unsolicited Australian drag opinions on all sorts of topics. Courtney doesn’t actually know why we call each other ‘Brenda’ so make sure you tune in when I explain its origins.”
Rachel Corbett, NOVA Entertainment’s head of podcasts and digital content, and recent star of Radio Today/ Podcasting Today’s Podcasting Power Players list, said: “A show hosted by best friends who have conquered the world of drag, built a business together and can run for a cab in 12 inch heels? What’s not to love?”
The show launched on Thursday, February 11.