Pridecast with Jonathan Bennett

Pridecast with Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett a.k.a. Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls has added another a.k.a. to his name, as host of your new favorite podcast, Pridecast. Pridecast encompasses the inspiration of LGBTQIA+ community as it shares impactful stories to inform, educate and inspire through personal storytelling, based on real life experiences from trailblazer Jonathan and his remarkable guests. Here’s what the cast of Mean Girls is saying about Pridecast: "Is Pridecast a carb?" —Regina George "Pridecast is so fetch!" —Gretchen Wieners "Pridecast is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles that everyone can listen to and feel happy." -Crying Girl That Didn’t Go to North Shore High Pridecast was created in collaboration with LA Pride which, for over 50 years has been one of the largest LGBTQ events in the world. The celebration, which takes place over one weekend each year, champions equality, diversity and inclusion in the LGBTQ community and beyond. It’s a celebration too big for just once a year. That’s why we createdPridecast...your weekly dose of inspiration hosted by Jonathan Bennett who’s guaranteed to deliver the fun, energy and laughs.

Episodes

February 8, 2023 19 mins

Lance Bass joins the Js and it’s every bit as amazing as you want it to be. They waste no time getting into it…from being closeted in the industry (find out what Jonathan has been waiting to say to Lance), to how they view what it's like working with your husband, to how Lance and Michael are handling being parents of 16 month old twins!

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Jonathan and Jaymes are joined by L. Morgan Lee who made history when she became the first openly transgender actor to be nominated for a Tony Award! 

They discuss her journey to the top, and her 20 year friendship with Jaymes which began working at a theme park together in Virginia. Needless to say, there’s plenty to reminisce about, plenty to dish about and so much more to feel hopeful about on the horizon.

Plus, find out what Ja...

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January 25, 2023 44 mins

Tales from Jonathan and Jaymes’ trip to Park City including why Jonathan passed on teaching Jaymes how to ski. Plus, the hilarious Ross Mathews joins them bursting with excitement regarding the latest news from his daytime dream job, his passion for Palm Springs and the inspiration behind his new clothing line!

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January 11, 2023 47 mins

Jonathan, Jaymes and Carson revisit their first drag experiences (it’s as amazing as you want it to be!). 

They discuss the changes in drag over the years from early clubs to modern day virtual and reveal their top Queens from the season of Drag Race. 

Plus it wouldn’t/couldn’t be 2023 without a recap of J&J’s NYE Ball Drop!!!

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December 14, 2022 45 mins

Jonathan and Jaymes are thrilled to be joined today by Eureka who is coming to them live from the set of RuPaul’s Drag Race in Vegas!
They discuss the power of ‘We’re Here,’ share their journey from Tennessee to today and celebrate sobriety. There’s so much joy to be had in the pod today!

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December 7, 2022 56 mins

Let’s celebrate the premiere of Jonathan’s Christmas Rom-Com movie “The Holiday Sitter.” This week we are joined by Jonathan’s co-star and on set husband George Krissa!


Find out all about George and his journey, why Jonathan calls him a “unicorn” and get some behind-the-scenes stories from Hallmark’s first Holiday movie starring and centered on an LGBTQ+ couple. 

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November 30, 2022 59 mins

David Archuleta joins Jonathan and Jaymes as he continues to proudly share his journey. A journey which at age 30, finally allowed him to find peace in his truth. From his “faith crisis” and stepping away from the Mormon church to the moment that helped him finally speak his truth, we cover it all. 

David’s story is one that many can relate to and hopefully even more will find healing from. 

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November 14, 2022 36 mins

Drag royalty Shangela is in the house with Jonathan and Jaymes today with details on Shangela’s Fully Lit Tour which promises to be, you guessed it…fire!

They have a heartfelt talk about the importance of being who they are for the younger versions of themselves!  

We reveal it all — DWTS, Beyonce & J-Lo, Palm Springs Pride and Jonathan confesses to a near on-stage accident?! 

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November 4, 2022 41 mins

While Jonathan and Jaymes recap their Halloween, Jonathan digs deep into an emotional time in his past to explain the connection to his 'Elphaba' costume and why the iconic character played such an important role in his life.    
Then let the fangirling begin as the absolutely amazing Brad Goreski joins us to discuss everything Canada's Drag Race. 
And finally with a successful 21+ year relationship under his belt, Brad share...

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October 27, 2022 35 mins

Breaking news: Jonathan has fulfilled his lifelong big, gay, Broadway dream! It’s a story to end all stories and it involves who else, but Kristin Chenoweth! (No more spoilers, you’ll have to listen to to find out the rest!)
After that, Jonathan is joined by the legendary Louis Van Amstel as he reveals the humbling obligation he felt to return to DWTS…and who he thinks will be the last couple standing!
Plus an in-depth person...

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September 28, 2022 56 mins

Coco Montrese and Alexis Mateo take us all the way back to their humble beginnings - theme park shows! The same shows Jonathan and Jaymes both got their start in. Plus the most iconic RuPaul’s Drag Race Lip Sync of all time, how BAM was born, behind the scenes of Drag Race Live in Vegas and Alexis and Coco announce their exciting new Vegas Strip plans that have them not only starring but also producing.

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September 21, 2022 53 mins

It’s a special day because we’re getting 3 for the price of 1!…Daniel Franzese a.k.a. Damien from Mean Girls…a.k.a. Donna from RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race is on the pod!!!

Daniel takes us behind the curtain of Drag Race including why he once considered fainting as his only option. Plus, find out what loophole from Mean Girls helped his character break barriers for the LGBTQ+ community! 

This reunion between Daniel and the J...

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September 14, 2022 36 mins

J&J are joined by what’s her name? Priyanka! She spills all the details about her momentous rise to the top of the Drag World just when the world needed it.

From Canada’s Drag Race to an upcoming rom-com, Priyanka explains how doubts turned into courage and what it means for those like her.

The big gay spotlight is shining on Priyanka right now and we’re all feeling the warmth! 

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August 24, 2022 27 mins

The word ‘hero’ gets tossed around alot, especially in the entertainment world…but Jonathan and Jaymes' guest today is legit one. Actress and activist Nicole Maines (a.k.a. ‘Dreamer’) is the world’s first Trans superhero on television and she joins Jonathan and Jaymes as they share real-life stories of the pressure, responsibility and pride that comes along with such roles. 

Jonathan and Jaymes contemplate...

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August 17, 2022 43 mins

Zombies 3 star Terry Hu joins Pridecast as Terry and Jonathan bond over being the first to portray lgbtq+ characters on their respective networks, Disney and Hallmark. There’s a lot of laughs as they compare audition and commercial horror stories. Terry’s big lie, Jonathan’s big puke, and what does neuroscience have to do with it all?!
It’ll all make sense when you listen and it’ll leave you feeling like part of the family.This ...

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Jonathan and Jaymes are joined by drag superstar and real-life good friend Jackie Cox! They break down how to act at a drag show to be the best ally and Jackie shares some exclusive, insider details about her upcoming Gay Days show at the Disneyland resort. Plus, Jackie’s spilling tea about a Bennett Vaughan wedding secret (where she was the emcee) that you won’t want to miss. Plus why the Fire Marshall wa...

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August 3, 2022 44 mins

It’s a live taping at sea with Jonathan and Jaymes aboard their OUTbound cruise through Germany and the Netherlands! And it’s an all-inclusive event as J&J are joined by passengers of different generations sharing the advice they want to pass down to the next generation of our LGBTQ+ fam. From stories of a campfire, to a lunch at Marie Callendars, to a parade float of naked men…each experience is beautifully remindful of the im...

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July 13, 2022 38 mins

Not liking to be away from each other for too long, Jaymes surprises Jonathan while he’s filming in Vancouver and we get to be part of the reunion and it does not disappoint!

They dish it all in full Newlywed game style…everything from who’s the messiest and who’s too cheap to turn on the AC, to who has thousands of unread messages on their phone and who’s holding up their dog Brad from getting a sibling.

It’s everything you didn’t...

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July 4, 2022 1 min

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June 29, 2022 39 mins

Jonathan and Jaymes are back from celebrating Pride abroad and talking to listeners on live calls. They answer listener questions and hear listener stories of pride and coming out. 
There’s inspiration, laughs, and even tips on love and relationships. Everyone’s individual and personal narratives together paint a prideful picture of how far we’ve come! This episode has enough love to travel the world 10 times over! It’s truly a ...

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