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Come As You Are

Funny, brilliant women and non binary folks talk orgasms with comedian Helen Duff.

"Bold subversive and very funny" (The Scotsman) comedian Helen Duff delves deep into everything orgasms with brilliantly open, hilariously insightful women and non binary folks from across the experience spectrum. Edited
Latest Episode3/23/2021

Sophie Duker

Season 1, Ep. 11
The Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and bombastic black sheep who enjoys telling jokes, breaking hearts and taking names, Sophie Duker is a shooting star on the UK comedy scene. As seen on BBC2 (Mock The Week, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order), Channel 4 (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Riot Girls), E4 (8 Out of 10 Cats), BBC Three, Channel 5 and Comedy Central. In this episode we talk about riding out online abuse, how therapy has helped Sophie stay present in her body whilst enduring a media sh*tstorm, masturbation, multiple orgasms, disassociation and the distinct differences between being in an open relationship and practicing polyamory. You can find Sophie being warm, witty and wise on Instagram: @sophiedukeboxand Twitter @sophiedukeboxSupport the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Helen Duff; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.
3/23/2021

Sophie Duker

Season 1, Ep. 11
The Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and bombastic black sheep who enjoys telling jokes, breaking hearts and taking names, Sophie Duker is a shooting star on the UK comedy scene. As seen on BBC2 (Mock The Week, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order), Channel 4 (8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Riot Girls), E4 (8 Out of 10 Cats), BBC Three, Channel 5 and Comedy Central. In this episode we talk about riding out online abuse, how therapy has helped Sophie stay present in her body whilst enduring a media sh*tstorm, masturbation, multiple orgasms, disassociation and the distinct differences between being in an open relationship and practicing polyamory. You can find Sophie being warm, witty and wise on Instagram: @sophiedukeboxand Twitter @sophiedukeboxSupport the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Helen Duff; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.
3/9/2021

Annie Bashord

Season 1, Ep. 9
Annie performs monthly at the online cabaret Big Wowie and is part of the comedy collective HaHaFlix. At 18 Annie assisted Paul King (The Mighty Boosh, Paddington) on the Fringe show The Blue Diamond of Azkabarwhich toured her home countyof Kent. Having completed her degree in English and Drama at Goldsmiths she went on to assist Cal McCrystal in Switzerland on the Spymonkey show Bless. Next she moved to Paris to study with Philippe Gaulier. Since graduating, Annie has performed several original Fringe comedy shows, as well as performing professionally in children's theatre. Annie was a cohost of The Lost Cabaret, an alternative comedy night in London, for two years. She is also a drama facilitator and currently works for a social enterprise teaching drama to adults with disabilities.In this episode we discuss how Annie's experiences with bipolar disorder impacted her sense of self, the ways in which David Lynch does mania justice, hallucinations, trusting the voices in your head, the insidious ways being sectioned can affect intimate relationships, and why Annie is at her healthiest, and happiest, when pretending to be other people. You can find Annie being curious, whimsical and wild on: Instagram @annabelandbooand Etsy AnnabelAndBooFor more information about Angel Comedy Club and the comedy courses they run check out Angel Comedy CoursesSupport the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Daisy Grant; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.
3/2/2021

Ariane Barnes

Season 1, Ep. 8
Ariane Barnes is a performer, teacher and embodied diversity and inclusion strategist. In this episode we talk trusting your instincts, setting up support networks to empower marginalised women facing prejudice in the performance industries, healing the body and brain connection, the importance of cultivating safe spaces when it comes to enjoying sexual intimacy, and unleashing your inner freak.Ariane is the founder of Different Women, an organisation that runs workshops & empowerment events to support women who don't fit the standard mould to stand strong and tall in their chosen craft. Ariane helps women and those who work with women embrace their unique core gifts through performance, psychology and diversity. Different Women provide paid opportunities for growth to powerhouse BIPOC and LGBTQ women through the delivery of intensives and consultancy programmes for all.Ariane will be running a self care weekend for BIPOC Performers in the spring through Different Women; keep up to date with all her wonderful work via: Their website differentwomenproject.co.ukInstagram@differentwomenprojectTwitter @DifferentWxxSupport the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Daisy Grant; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.
2/23/2021

Tom Rasmussen

Season 1, Ep. 7
Tom has been performing and singing in drag since 2010. Their first solo show ‘Crystal Rasmussen presents the Bible 2’ was among the 20 best reviewed shows across the whole 2019 Fringe. Tom is also a writer, and after they spent five years dining out on stories of the drag and queer scenes in publications like the Guardian, Gay Times, Dazed & Confused, i-D and the Independent, Tom published their first book Diary of a Drag Queen (Penguin UK/FSG USA),whichis now being developed for screen. Tom’s second book, First Comes Love, is set for release with Bloomsbury in April 2021. They are currently working on their first novel, due for publication in 2022. In 2019, Tom was named one of the top 100 most influential young global voices in fashion by the British Fashion Council.In this episode we discuss internalised classism, the philosophy of science, the reality of marriage, banging in the back of ASDA vans, banging in Berghain, and middle class families spending their Sundays watching dogs banging in public. You can find Tom being all things iconic on: Instagram @tomglitter Twitter @TomGlitterSupport the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Daisy Grant; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.
2/16/2021

Jess Burgess

Season 1, Ep. 6
Jess Burgess is a librarian and Virginia Woolf fangirl living in Hove.After a traumatic three years at The Oxford School of Drama, they worked as an actor and playwright in London until running away to the sea in 2019 in search of inner peace. Writing credits include Fucking Outside the Box (VAULT Festival 2014), NAKED (VAULT Festival 2015), Feed Her Milk (Theatre Delicatessen) and Awake & Asleep (Treadwell’s Bookshop). She has an unedited play about sex magic saved to her laptop, which has been enjoyed by several lovers, and a great idea for a book, which she is taking her time to process feelings around.They enjoy wild swimming, wild sex and Wild Nights by Emily Dickinson. In this episode we discuss classic lesbian u-hauls, orgasming too easily, fibromyalgia, exploring your gender identity during the relative seclusion of lockdown, and why emotional intelligence is vital when it comes to making space for others during sex. You can find Jess sharing exquisite poetry, strong necklines and sumptuous bakes on Instagram: @_jessburgess For more information about fibromyalgia visit and the topics discussed in this ep visit: UK Fibromyalgiahttps://ukfibromyalgia.com/what-is-fibromyalgiaChronic Illness Inclusion Project https://inclusionproject.org.uk Disability Rights UK https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org and you can find the book Pain and Prejudice here.Support the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Daisy Grant; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.
2/9/2021

Leila Navabi

Season 1, Ep. 5
Leila is a 22 year-old writer, comedian and producer. Having started her career straight from school at 17, she has written and produced content for MTV, Comedy Central, Channel 4 and the BBC. She produced series 22 and 23 of Radio 4 Extra's 'Newsjack', 'The Summer Comedy Festival with Sara Pascoe' for Radio 4, and hit Spotify-Original podcast 'Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance'. As a writer, she has worked across many projects including BBC One's 'Tourist Trap' and BBC Sounds' 'The Leak'.Her newest creation, 'BAMESHOW', broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December to critical acclaim.She recently made her television stand-up comedy debut on BBC One's 'Stand Up Sesh'.In this episode we discuss how the trauma of coming out led Leila to leave home at a young age, the fire under her arse that's driven her to burn bright on the UK comedy scene, having sex with men as a form of home-conversion therapy and why, as a gay, Iranian-Welsh woman in a deeply satisfying, long term relationship, she's done discussing the ins' and outs' of her sex life - except for when it comes to orgasms on this podcast. Thank goodness. You can find Leila being all things funny, outspoken and passionate about everything on:Twitter -@leiladoestweetsInstagram -@leiladoesinstaSupport the podcast with a one off donation onhttps://ko-fi.com/helenduffor to get access to all sorts of extra audio / video content become a regular subscriber on Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/HelenDuffIntro / Outro music by Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir; musical interludes written and performed by Helen Duff, arranged by Touch & Compass; edited by Helen Duff; produced by Helen Duff, Lorna Treen and Daisy Grant.Follow the podcast on Instagram:Instagram:@comeasyouarepodTwitter:@ComeAsYouArePo2Facebook: @ComeAsYouArePodFind Helen Duffwww.helenduff.comInstagram:@DuffMarvelTwitter:@DuffMarvelFacebook:@helenduffcomedyThis podcast would not have been possible without the support and advice of Sam Sapin, Ben Target, Alice Freedman, Hayley Stirling, Catherine Brinkworth and Kate Watson.