Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian, author and podcaster who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour, Saturday Live and Four Thought. Her first book ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’ was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and followed a trilogy of solo shows investigating the psychology of love and relationships. Her new book The Breakup Monologues is based on her acclaimed podcast of the same name and is published globally by Bloomsbury.
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Tell us about your podcast in 3 sentences or less!
The Breakup Monologues podcast features very special guests sharing their funny, bizarre and poignant stories of love, heartbreak and recovery with award-winning comedian, author and speaker Rosie Wilby, who has spent a decade researching the psychology of love.
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
The end of a chapter is always the start of a new one too.
Through many years as a comedian, I’ve developed agile resilience skills and learned how to rethink and reinvent when necessary
One thing on your bucket list:
Learning to dance
What was your first job?
Any unusual hobbies?
Isn’t standup comedy unusual enough? 😉 I am also a massive tennis fan / nerd
Biggest Pet Peeve
People who don’t know you signing off emails with loads of kisses
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I didn’t think we talked enough about breakups and I wanted others to feel less alone
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
I married my wife Suz in June. We live in London with our dog Dolly and our cat Lily!
What is your show’s USP?
It’s an inclusive podcast. We don’t just talk about the endings of marriages or long relationships. We include shorter term relationships and platonic non sexual partnerships too.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Lockdown was very challenging. I record my episodes live in front of an audience. So I needed to rethink what to do in a pandemic.
What was one of your favorite episodes you’ve ever done? Why does it stand out?
Our episode live from Brighton Spiegeltent. An incredible atmosphere. And two of our guests had a relationship, marriage and divorce in real time in front of our eyes.
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
A nomination for a British Podcast Award!
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
I’d like to reach 200,000 downloads
What is a trend or development in the podcast industry that you foresee happening in the next few years?
More subscription models perhaps. And cross platform promotions.
What is one of the best pieces of podcast-related advice you’ve ever received & why?
What is some of the worst podcasting advice you’ve received?
My first producers suggested I release monthly to spread content out further. However I ended up switching producer and shifting to seasonal approach.
What are some of your favorite women-hosted podcasts (besides your own)?
The Guilty Feminist. I was lucky enough to guest when my first book came out.
Can you tell us about a time when you took a huge risk/did something you were scared to do, and it totally paid off?
Starting a standup career after a breakup. As an introvert, this felt like something way out of my comfort zone.
Are there any great podcast-related resources you love that you would like to share?
Content is Queen is a great community based here in London which particularly supports marginalised voices. Their recent Women’s Podcast festival is available to watch online.
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
I hope I’m providing inclusive content that provides some hope for people who feel that don’t fit into the idealized relationship narratives we see in films
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