Tanya Hennessy’s ‘I Can’t Stop’ is Spotify’s latest original podcast

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Spotify Australia has teamed up with Tanya Hennessy for the new original podcast I Can’t Stop.

The new podcast will take listeners behind her experiences in social media, television and radio, with each episode delving into the idiosyncrasies, hang-ups and unforgettable ideas.

“I wanted to create something that was honest, real and FUNNY – so I Can’t Stop was born! I really found who I was when I was behind a microphone on the radio, but I wanted to go further, more in-depth and talk about the topics that I care about,” Hennessy said.

I Can’t Stop is different to anything I’ve ever done before and will bring together all the ideas I have, combined with real honest conversation and absolute chaos.”

Hennessy got her start in radio and has hosted shows on Hit104.7 Canberra and 2DayFM, and recently Hit Network Weekend Breakfast.

She has also appeared on Network 10’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, written a book called Am I Doing This Right?, and in 2019 embarked on her first stand-up comedy tour.

“I Can’t Stop will be my most authentic, honest and real project yet – it will be a look inside the mind of me, which is both exhilarating and terrifying,” she said.

“That’s why I’m excited to be working with Spotify, partnering with a platform that has such a passion for thinking differently, producing creative ideas and bringing fresh voices to the podcasting world – it’s the perfect fit for me and this podcast.”

Each week she’ll be joined by Aboriginal Comedian and Ydinji woman Steph Tisdell, best known for her work on The Project as well as several other Network 10 shows.

“My favourite podcasts have conversations with really good chemistry and banter, so I wanted to create that with I Can’t Stop,” Hennessy added.

Having the hilarious comedian and genius, Steph Tisdell, on the podcast weekly does just that – I’m obsessed with her, she’s the funniest woman in the world. Together, we will bring our listeners laughter and thought-provoking chat!”

The podcast adds to Spotify’s growing library of original Australian podcast content. The platform recently launched the Morning ‘Wood podcast with Zach & Josh.

“This is an exciting time for podcasting in Australia. We are focused on unearthing local podcast creators while working with content partners to tell the stories that Australians and New Zealanders want to be a part of,” Prithi Dey, podcast partner manager, Spotify AUNZ, said.

“I Can’t Stop is a true representation of how we are connecting some of the best local creators with fans and new audiences to help them excel. By providing a platform for listeners to discover and engage in the cultural conversations that reflect Australian communities, we are driving the audio industry forward in a meaningful way.”

Spotify’s wholehearted embracing of the podcast medium went further last month when the platform launched its new podcast charts.

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Tim O'Brien
19 Aug 2020 - 1:08 pm

Podcasts are cheap to create and easy to self-publish and maintain 100% of ownership. Launching with Spotify might feel shiny and exciting, but Tanya is effectively handing her brand (and money) to a massive publishing company. Podcasts don’t need production value to be well received and I’m sure hers would have the same level of success if she self-published.


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