The Sewers of Paris

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?


episode 309: Finally Dialed Up to Ten (Ep 309 - Brett White/Charles Nelson Reilly)

What does it take for you to feel comfortable truly letting loose and being yourself? For my guest this week, it took some flamboyant game show guests, improv class, and more speedos than he knew what to do with. Brett White is a pop culture critic at Decider and biographer of unjustly forgotten queer TV stars. He was inspired by giddy flamboyant 70s figures like Charles Nelson Reilly to become a professional TV-gay… but he wasn’t expecting that inspiration to extend to swimwear in his personal life.

We’ll have that in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Trevor and Frank. If you’re enjoying the podcast, head over to and click “support the show on Patreon” to join the folks who make the show possible, and check out rewards for backers like gifts in the mail, patron-exclusive podcast episodes, and more.

And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on November 7 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.

And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world.


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