My Dad Wrote a Porno – Podcast Review

by Podcast Paul | Last Updated: January 8, 2016

Last year I had the pleasure of discovering the acclaimed, toe-curling podcast ‘Mortified‘, in which adults read the god-awful poetry they wrote as teenagers to a live audience. It doesn’t always hit the heights but when it does, it’s pure joy. We’ve all written terrible stuff, especially in our youth, so it’s pretty much a universal experience. But I’d wager that very few people have ever caught their 60-year old father in the act of self-publishing his erotic fantasies.

‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ is in some ways similar to Mortified – it’s a 30-something reading aloud a piece of earnestly written fiction with the intention of mocking it. One difference, as you can tell, is that the text wasn’t written by the narrator (Jamie Morton), but by his father (who we know by his nom de porn, Rocky Flintstone). And instead of being self-deprecating (Mortified is all ‘listen to the younger me! What a knob!), My Dad Wrote a Porno is just mean.

After all, if I wrote a piece of erotic fiction, the last thing I would want would be for someone close to me to find it and read it aloud for the world’s amusement. Even worse would be if that person got corporate sponsorship for the readings (bizarrely, My Dad Wrote a Porno is sponsored by Squarespace, who won’t let me create an adult website on their platform).

So you might have got the impression that I’m not a fan? Actually, I can’t bring myself to dislike the show – it’s just too funny. Morton and his co-hosts squeeze humour out of the book’s every facet – the chapter names, the sentence structure, the juxtaposition of a racy scenario with the banality of corporate life – the podcast is at worst amusing, and is frequently laugh out loud funny. I laughed once when the next chapter was introduced as ‘The Leather Room’ and laughed again when the one after that was ‘The Regional Sales Meeting’. It’s gold, gold, gold. The gift that keeps on giving. I now believe it would have been mean for Morton NOT to take his dad’s hobby and ridicule it. God knows the world could use a laugh.

As ever with Brits doing podcasts, the voices of the hosts irritated me at first. (Don’t we get shrill and whiney?) And these three turn everything into a joke – there’s zero flow to the story because they just never stop interrupting the reading. There’s always a comment, a joke, a bon mot, a pointed question. It’s annoying because it makes me realise that THIS IS HOW I AM. Anyway, after ten minutes I relaxed into it – this isn’t a podcast for when you actually want to hear an erotic story. This is more like a director’s commentary – or even more precise, the son of the director’s commentary (and he thinks the whole movie was laughable).

What about the porno at the heart of it all? It’s the story of a 29-year old called Belinda. She blinks a lot, and has deftly-written sexual encounters. It’s great to have a female co-host (BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine) to bring a female perspective to lines such as:

Gisele walked over to the drinks cabinet, poured two stiff gin and tonics, and started to stroke Belinda’s tits with her long fingernails.

So let’s sum this up. Jamie Morton has created a podcast that ruthlessly mocks his ageing father, and we should all be grateful.

Have a listen:

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