More Than Tracy Turnblad

More Than Tracy Turnblad

Body size diversity in entertainment is an issue that often goes unspoken or ignored by the artistic community, but is deeply felt by those who (literally) don't fit into the ideal. On this podcast, Abby Rose Morris interviews fat people in all areas of entertainment about where fatphobia shows up in their artistic lives, the fat characters that have impacted them, and the changes they would like to see regarding the treatment of body size in the arts. Join us as we challenge stereotypes of fat bodies, honor the power of representation, and dream of how entertainment can evolve to become more inclusive.

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July 30, 2022 95 min

We've made it to the final episode before informal Edinburgh Fringe hiatus! Abby vents about the fatsuits in the recent Elvis and Batman movies, and then chats with theatre journalist Meg Masseron about Beanie Feldstein's unceremonious departure from Funny Girl. Meg and Abby also discuss loving love, cyberbullying, being sexually obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera, and of course L*a M*ch*le.

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The world is in shambles so Abby briefly discusses emergency contraception for fat people and gives an update on Edinburgh Fringe prep for More Than Tracy Turnblad the solo show. Then she is joined by writer, producer, host, and creator of The Fat Girl Show Yael Tygiel to chat about Barbizon, hosting, early puberty, dating apps, and reading  fat romance.

Yael's Website: http://www.yaeltygiel.com/
Yael's Instagram: https://ww...

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June 24, 2022 94 min

In the most overshare-y intro segment ever, Abby discusses fat queer stereotypes and how they have showed up in her life. Then she is joined by Ross Wade for a frank discussion about being a man with an eating disorder, preferring a fat partner, and writing for children's animated TV shows. Apologies for the dog sounds in the background, but we promise to post a pic of Ross's adorable Morky on Instagram!

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This week, Abby gushes about A Strange Loop, aka the "big, Black, and queer-ass American Broadway show!" Then Gillian Hassert comes on the podcast for a chat about practical props, drag queens, love, and her experiences as an understudy on the national tour of Oklahoma.

More Than Tracy Turnblad the solo show performs in NYC this Friday at 9:30 and Saturday at 8!
FRIDAY 6/10 TICKETS: https://donttellmamanyc.com/shows/6691-abb...

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In a little catch-up, Abby discusses Lizzo's Big Grrrls, Roe v. Wade, and where to get tickets to the More Than Tracy Turnblad show. Then she is joined by Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of 16 novels, including The Summer Place which came out last week! They talk book cover trends, Carnie Wilson, diet culture, growing up without a TV, school weigh-ins, finding your style in a larger body, and adapting books for the screen.

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May 3, 2022 70 min

*This episode was originally a Patreon exclusive episode posted on March 11th.  If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear more, subscribe at patreon.com/morethantracyt!*

Abby and More Than Tracy Turnblad co-producer Maya Ballester discuss the 2006 film Phat Girlz, starring Mo'Nique.

ALSO: our fund raiser for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has officially met its goal, but we are keeping the GoFundMe and Venmo open to fund raise ...

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WELCOME TO SEASON 3! Abby examines her motivations for keeping kosher for Passover and the relationship between religious fasting and disordered eating. Then she is joined by Samantha Aucoin, one of the stars of the new SyFy show Astrid & Lilly Save The World! Abby and Samantha gab about kissing scenes, Glee, seeing your face onscreen, not having butts, watching TV fat characters in public vs. alone, and of course, Sam's ex...

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Welcome back besties! Abby announces the Edinburgh Fringe run of the original More Than Tracy Turnblad aka her solo show, which you can donate to here. Then comedian/musician Rachel A. Schrock comes on to put her comedy studies degree to use analyzing all the Fat Amy jokes in Pitch Perfect 1, 2, and 3. The topic of this special bonus episode was chosen by our listeners and followers, aka you! To hear part 2, a deep dive into Rebel ...

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In this special bonus episode, dating behavior specialist and coach Christan Marashio (she/they) aka @dateologycoach on TikTok joins Abby to answer listener questions about dating while fat.  They discuss avoiding intimacy, getting asked out as a joke, West Elm Caleb, and why men are so afraid of fat women being interested in them. Happy Valentine's Day and FUCK THAT GUY!

Christan's website: https://www.dateologycoach.co...

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January 31, 2022 70 min

In the final episode of season 2, Abby celebrates More Than Tracy Turnblad's first anniversary and discusses the first two episodes of Somebody Somewhere, the new HBO series starring Bridget Everett as a rare true fat protagonist. Then she chats with plus size model/actress/dancer Brittany Wilborn about attending a performing arts high school, suddenly becoming attractive to boys, Janet Jackson, levels of privilege within the p...

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January 25, 2022 92 min

This week, Abby introduces More Than Tracy Turnblad's brand new PATREON! Then she is joined by past guest Sarai Cole and her collaborator Mary Kelly, to talk about their new piece, "The Wesendonck Project: Poems In My Hand." This week's main interview features radio programmer and voice actor Harry Minot, who shares his experiences with fat genes, calipers, accidental weight loss, NAAFA, and dieting, as well as some...

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Abby somehow manages not to do another intro segment on Euphoria (after last night's episode?? It was HARD!), and instead talks about her least favorite fat trope, the Sad Tragic Fat Girl (In Unrequited Love), or the tragic fat girl for short. Then Stephanie Lexis, an actress/singer-songwriter/comedian/advocate for body diversity in theatre comes on the podcast to discuss positive body image vs. body positivity, Never Have I Ev...

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January 10, 2022 78 min

It's way past time for an intro about the fat representation in Harry Potter! Abby discusses the good, bad, and ugly fat characters from the series, including Dudley Dursley, Hagrid, Molly Weasley, and more. Then she is joined by voice actor Maria Pendolino for a chat about the dEliA’s catalogue, the freedom of voiceover, whether or not to eat the chips on the plane, wedding dress shopping, fit modeling, voicing diet ads, and r...

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Happy New Year! Today Abby discusses the character of Kat from Euphoria. Then she is joined by Joshua R. Pangborn, a writer, actor, filmmaker, and founder of Sidekick Productions, a company that focuses on telling body positive LGBTQ+ stories. They chat about school theatre, Mike & Molly, the lack of fat queer representation on TV, body diversity in dance, obscure fat superheroes, Jack Black, the bear community, and the pri...

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December 20, 2021 64 min

Happy Holidays!! This week, Abby goes on her longest intro-rant EVER about the famous fat icon Santa Claus and how his belly came to shake like a bowl full of jelly. Then actor and comedy writer Hayley Raphael comes on to discuss weight fluctuations, working at Equinox, the term "midsize," Beanie Feldstein, fatphobia in Jewish communities, and being fatshamed by Disney.

***This episode contains lots of size and weight number...

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Abby explores why certain roles in theatre are coded as fat and often get played by fat actors even though there's no mention of size in the script. Then she is joined by Gianluca Russo, a fashion journalist and author of the upcoming book The Power of Plus. Abby and Gianluca talk about body positivity, breaking into journalism, Ashley Graham, Martha from High School Musical, the recent explosion of fat representation in fashio...

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December 6, 2021 65 min

This week, Abby reviews (roasts) House of Gucci and Jared Leto's fatsuit. Then she is joined by Hannah Rae Leach, one half of the podcast Sleepover Cinema and multi-multi-hyphenate artist, to discuss grit, Weight Watchers, Ohio show choir, having a partner who is smaller than you, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Lana Del Rey, fatphobic hate comments, and more!

*This episode contains a brief mention of disordered eating.*

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In honor of Stephen Sondheim's passing, Abby speaks about what his work means to her and to theatre people everywhere. Then stand-up comedian Jenny Zigrino comes on the podcast for a chat about the advantages of being a fat female comedian, dating, fertility, Rebel Wilson, diet culture, OnlyFans, and the challenges of making fat positive comedy.

**This episode contains two conversations about eating disorders: one in the middle...

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November 22, 2021 67 min

Welcome back from hiatus!! Our big bonus episode will be on Fat Amy/Rebel Wilson and it will be coming out after the rest of Season 2. On this episode, Abby vents her feelings about turning 25, and discusses the intersection of fatphobia and ageism. Then she is joined by Katelyn Brawn, an author and TikTokker, to read some truly heinous romance novel descriptions of fat women and talk about fat representation in YA literature, pers...

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November 19, 2021 2 min

It's time to vote for your favorite of 4 possible bonus episode topics! You can do that on Instagram, Twitter, TikTokFacebook or by emailing us at morethantracyturnblad@gmail.com.

THE TOPICS ARE:
- Fat Amy
- Fat Monica
- My Mad Fat Diary
- Roseanne

Let us know your pick and stay tuned for a deep dive episode into the one with the most votes, coming after the rest of season 2! Regular episodes resume Monday so we'll see ya ...

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