"The Founding Fathers Were Always Coughing."
This week’s ‘Daddy Issues’ guest marks two Tell Me About Your Father milestones: Our first non-human guest and our first guest over the age of 90. Claywoman, an ancient interstellar being from the Mirillion Galaxy, is, in fact, 500 million years old.
Claywoman is the creation of actor and performance artist Michael Cavadias, whose credits include Girls, Difficult People, and Wonder Boys. Cavadias has amassed a cult following in New York City over the past decade for his live show and podcast, Conversations with Claywoman, in which this doyenne of all things primeval interviews friends of note including fellow actors John Cameron Mitchell, Bridget Everett, John Early, and Cole Escola.
As you’ll hear in this episode, Claywoman has been sitting on the shores of the primordial swamp and observing the evolution of humankind on Earth since Genesis. Her knowledge of what has been and what might be is immeasurable, especially when it comes to the patriarchy’s greatest hits, including war, politics and religion. She not only confirms that Jesus was hot, but also shares that the founding fathers were “always coughing.” (Benjamin Franklin was "fun," though.)
We also discuss the concept of resenting people we’re sexually attracted to, the confounding praise being heaped on the teen cannibalism drama Yellowjackets, the sibling rivalry between Jamie Lynn Spears and Britney, the unrivaled job that death has been doing lately, Ted Cruz’s daughter’s public rebellion, and Sharon Stone’s concerning history with komodo dragons. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your shows.
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Martin Luther King Sr., Martin Luther King Jr., and Martin Luther King Jr. III. Photo is from the cover of King Sr.'s 1980 autobiography, Daddy King.