Poop on the air and on the road

// // 13 Comments
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Content Moderatora 10000+ points - Super Pooperb 9000+ pointsc 8000+ pointsd 7000+ pointse 6000+ pointsf 5000+ pointsg 4000+ pointsh 3000+ pointsi 2000+ pointsj 1000+ pointsk 500+ pointsl 100+ pointsm 1+ points - Newb
0
0

This weekend I made a cameo appearance as a poop expert on NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me". For those of you who aren't NPR fanboys like me, WWDTM is a hilarious comedy show news quiz. I listen every week; so it was a huge honor for me to actually be part of it. You can listen to it here; I'm on the end of the "Bluff the Listener" segment.

The WWDTM appearance had a huge effect on my Amazon ranking; but on Monday morning, just as I resigned myself to watching the downward slide, Poop Culture got a great review in Publisher's Weekly, an industry publication whose praise means a lot.

The mastermind behind poopreport.com, first-time author Praeger takes a scatological and sociological look at what we so thoughtlessly leave behind. As the title might suggest, Praeger isn't one to mince words (his tone is captured well in the opening line, "With enviable ease, poop slid out of the mechanical anus and onto the conveyor belt below"), but neither does he let the subject matter devolve to sophomoric humor. Instead, Praeger meticulously excavates the politics of poop, societal attitudes toward it and how both affect our culture and everyday lives. Propelled by a keen nose for trivia, Praeger chronicles everything from the rise in epidemics that led to better sanitation practices, culminating in the widespread adoption of the toilet, to the use of feces in art. Readers will also learn about the history of toilet paper, why toilets weren't commonplace in England until World War I and how to use a bidet properly. Happily, Praeger keeps things light but respectful throughout, even in a discussion of scatological satire; as such, his enlightening guide may very well represent the ultimate in bathroom reading material."

In other news, a few weeks ago I was interviewed by a French TV production company for the upcoming French/German Arte-TV show called The Fabulous History of Men and Roses. While the topic of the show is poop and toilets and such, the misleading title has been deliberately chosen, according to their site, to directly illustrate the power of the poop taboo in culture. However, a few viewers expecting to learn more about flowers will surely be in for a shock.

For the interview, as you can see, my living room was briefly turned into a television studio:

Here are a couple of really good print interviews I did lately: one on Philadelphia's Phawker.com, and one on BrooklynRadio.net.

And finally, you may remember that I had a poop culture/poop comedy gig in Philadelphia a few weeks ago -- me and four other comedians and storytellers, with me discussing history and culture and they telling their funny stories. It was a lot of fun and a great success. The biggest surprise of the evening was the venue: an old church, with paintings and marble floors and all manner of naves and pews and pulpits and other churchy accessories. Not visible in this picture: the giant cross towering over us as we talked about poop.

Coming in August: Poop Culture hits the comedy circuit.

13 Comments on "Poop on the air and on the road"

Chuck's picture
l 100+ points

I was hoping you would be on NPR's "All Things Considered". Instead of the trumpet blast sounder used between stories, a fart sound effect would be awesome.

Have you tried accessing the Bob & Tom Show? They lean toward toward poop humor and observations sometimes.

Fecal Follies's picture
l 100+ points

Hey, now I know what Our Fearless Leader looks like ;)

I agree with Chuck; Bob & Tom might be a great venue. (Unfortunately my preferred radio station quit them in favor of something so painfully bad I no longer listen to radio in the mornings. Bleargh.)


_______
And it burns, burns, burns -
The ring of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns -
The ring of fire.

DungDaddy's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Oh Man! I only listened to part of WWDTM this week. Didn't hear your part. That would have been so cool.

DungDaddy's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

By the way, Dave that photo of you looks like you are holding an imaginary 19 inch dick.

The Shit Volcano's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Damn it, DungDaddy! Now you've corrupted my imagination. Again! (Keep up the good work.)

_______
Behold! My new farting super power! BRAPP!!!

I found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time!

Fudgepump's picture
l 100+ points

DD: I think that photo caught Dave in the midst of explaining where the idea for PR came from. "So I stood up, and the damn thing was THIS big, and I thought 'I've GOT to tell someone about this...'" Seven (?) years later, here we all are...

Dave's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Content Moderatora 10000+ points - Super Pooperb 9000+ pointsc 8000+ pointsd 7000+ pointse 6000+ pointsf 5000+ pointsg 4000+ pointsh 3000+ pointsi 2000+ pointsj 1000+ pointsk 500+ pointsl 100+ pointsm 1+ points - Newb

I haven't hit Bob and Tom yet. I'm working on a press strategy to hit all the major radio programs.

DungDaddy: "Imaginary" nineteen inch dick?

Hero of the Day's picture

Drew and Mike on the Riff (101.1 wrif) in Detroit talked about your book a month or so ago. I heard about it after (so I couldnt tape it).

Dave's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Content Moderatora 10000+ points - Super Pooperb 9000+ pointsc 8000+ pointsd 7000+ pointse 6000+ pointsf 5000+ pointsg 4000+ pointsh 3000+ pointsi 2000+ pointsj 1000+ pointsk 500+ pointsl 100+ pointsm 1+ points - Newb

I was on Drew and Mike back in April, I think. I'm glad the book made a big impression on them. Call in and tell them you want me to come back!

Teddy's picture
m 1+ points - Newb


_______
teddy Hi Dave did you get my email.Was wondering if you got it.Would like to know your thoughts on the subject of sensorship in todays world. Teddy you can email me privately at well you have my email.Thanks teddy

teddy

dookie monster's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

nice'un, dave!
now i'm waiting for you to be on 'prairie home companion'...


_______
purveyor of the brown note...

purveyor of the brown note...

kjetski's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I used to write to the Bob and Tom show every day about my poo...

Mr Poopypants's picture

Hello, Mr. Poopypants here to tell you about an exciting new blog impacted with stories about POO. My partner, Phil Browningtrow, along with myself love to laugh, giggle and scream about that ocky brown substance, which is the funniest dirt on planet Earth.

But I do wish to point out that although he and I DO NOT believe in eating poo for nutritional value (it has very little) or for sexual excitement, we do at times love writing about people who love to eat it, simply for the shocking hilarity of it all. There is also a new video of an elephant eating poo from the colon of another elephant. How disgusting....ly humorous!!! But you do not have to read these posts if you don't wish to. Phil writes his stories about people throwing poo-pies at each other, ala Three Stooges genre.

If you have a chance, come to Hot Steaming Plate Of Poo at http://www.poopooandmorepoo.blogspot.com. Thanks and don't forget to wipe.

Post new comment

  • Allowed HTML tags: s:62:"<em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <br>";
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.