My Big Gay Podcast

S5. Ep 16. Two Gays and the Sleepover

July 19, 2023 Benji & Brad Season 5 Episode 16
My Big Gay Podcast
S5. Ep 16. Two Gays and the Sleepover
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Season 5: Episode Sixteen. Join Benji and Brad this week as they go from having a chaotic spontaneous night out involving rum tasting and a stairway stumble straight into jumping on a train to co-host the first ever pride in Hinckley! The boys share a bed (again!) in a hotel, much to Benji’s dismay, and hear how they got on with getting the My Big Gay Party started in Hinckley.

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Speaker 2:

Hello and welcome to this week's episode of my Big Gay Podcast with me, me Benji.

Speaker 1:

And me, brad, got the giggles already today. Haven't ya Giving the life, the loves and loves of living in London Two?

Speaker 2:

gays one city what could possibly? Go wrong.

Speaker 1:

You really are up in a joker already.

Speaker 2:

I don't know what you're talking about.

Speaker 1:

Are you still drunk?

Speaker 2:

No, I don't think so. I don't want to see alcohol for a very, very long time.

Speaker 1:

Same. I am on detox now for the foreseeable.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I mean, I do feel like the last four episodes we have started with talking about how recklessly we are with alcohol, so maybe let's just boycott that bit for a little bit. Yeah.

Speaker 1:

I think so and talk about what you know upstanding gentleman we are. I agree. This is not good for my image, your image. What image is that, brad? Well, everyone is just going to think I'm this huge party boy 24-7. I do have other sides to me, you know.

Speaker 2:

I could be a nice little gentleman at heart, you could be, but I've known you quite a while and I've never witnessed that.

Speaker 1:

I need a quiet life. Honestly, I can out with you too much. It's killing me off.

Speaker 2:

That's the plan, but anyway, how are you feeling, you all?

Speaker 1:

right, yeah, do you know what I actually am? Good, I woke up at nice breakfast today fresh orange juice. I am living the real life right now.

Speaker 2:

Define fresh orange juice. Chop a can of it's as fresh as you can get at London. To be honest, oh my goodness, hilarious, hilarious, yeah, no, I'm feeling good, I'm feeling a bit more energized and we have quite a lot to tell you all about. Actually, today, on this week, on this week's episode, pop my teeth back in one second.

Speaker 1:

Oh gosh, yes, because we were away this weekend. It was actually our first road trip together, just me and you.

Speaker 2:

It was our first what we were calling tour life experience and, my goodness, did it not start very well.

Speaker 1:

Oh yeah.

Speaker 2:

I mean Brad, I'll let you start the vibe. Where do you want to start with this sort of you know, car crash of a story?

Speaker 1:

So we got invited to go and co-host at Hinckley Pride on Saturday, which is the first ever pride they've done in Hinckley. It's a local pride and we're all for that. But yeah, you wanted to go really early to like, check out the town, because we've never been there before and wanted to get a super early train. Well, it's fair enough, like, let's do it.

Speaker 2:

So, listeners, as you've probably already guessed, like you know, in most working dynamics there is like the brains, there is the brawn I am in fact both the brains and the brawn and Brad is the dead weight and I feel sometimes more like a child minder than a co-host. But I suppose, before we talk about the train. They you should probably talk about the night before.

Speaker 1:

So we ended up going on a spontaneous night out in London on the Friday night, which was not in the diary at all, because we were like we want to be super fresh for Saturday, like Friday is not happening. But we were with some friends and we went for a little drink and then, obviously it escalated, doesn't it? You know, you get on the wave like we'll just have one more, we'll have one more, and I'm sure you have all done that. Where you've not planned to go out, you've ended up having the odd drink and it's just escalated. And it's spontaneous night and sometimes I think the spontaneous nights are the best nights.

Speaker 2:

They are the best nights. And listen, we ended up in one of our favorite bars in Clapham and let's just say we've been spending the day with you, right, because you just finished a job and you got some like thank you gifts. And all I want to say is, at midnight you were so under the influence you thought that it would be a good idea to pop a bottle of Prosecco that you had brought in to the bar underneath the bar and you were like I'm doing it, get glasses. I was like you cannot open a bottle of Prosecco discreetly. You just can't do it. Please, please, do not do that. And Brad just like, kept fixated eye contact with me.

Speaker 1:

I could tell he was about to go against what I just said.

Speaker 2:

And then all we heard was this massive bang as the cork fired off, as the manager walked past with his earpiece in and just stopped and looked and we both just smiled like Hi, are you all right? He knew he knew that he carried on walking, which is very, very sweet of him.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and they had loads of flavored rums in the spa and I'm going for a bit of like a rum phase at the moment. I'm really into flavored rum. And yeah, I was like, oh, what flavors you got. And they had all these quirky flavors and I convinced the bar guy to let me have a taste of each flavor so I could decide which one I wanted. So he was getting these. Chocolate like pouring little, like taste is like that's quite nice. That's fruit oh, I like that.

Speaker 2:

So this, this is completely after I'd left. By the way, I was responsible and left at about quarter past midnight. I would say it was it was soon after the Prosecco debacle. I was like I'm leaving. And then I did leave you with one of our friends who kept an eye on you and, yes, I did get updates and one of the updates was Brad has just asked the bar man if he can try every single one of the rums and how many flavors they have like 20 different flavors.

Speaker 1:

I mean it felt like 20.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, and basically, apparently, once you tried all of them, you then said, hmm, can I have another try of? And then you went back to the very beginning of the list and then he said he's not even convinced that you ended up buying any shots after it. I mean clever.

Speaker 1:

I know right, You're welcome. Stick with me and you'll never go thirsty again.

Speaker 2:

No, but you may end up in prison. That is true. No joke, just effect.

Speaker 1:

But sometimes I do just get a bit wild and chaotic. When I'm drunk, right, I'm always good times, good vibes only. But we ended up going to a club, yeah, and another club no sleep, literally, yeah. And what was upstairs about the toilets? And to go downstairs they had like a banister on the stairs and for some reason I was like, oh my God, watch me be Mary Poppins right now. And I tried to slide down the banister in a graceful manner Because I thought that looked quite fun, like arrive at the bottom of the stairs by the bar, like off the banister. And I did not slide down the banister. You did slide, though I did slide, it's not quite in the graceful manner that I thought I was going to be doing.

Speaker 2:

No, so what Brad actually ended up doing was sliding down the majority of the staircase on his knees.

Speaker 1:

And then, face planted into a security guy who was walking down the stairs. Honestly, I couldn't stop myself, like I kind of like fell off the banister, was like the stairs Now, luckily he was on the stairs, because I would have gone all the way down to the bottom, right yeah and I fell into him like face like squashed up against him, and he was like oh my God, what are you doing? You're too drunk. I'm like, no, no, I'm fine. Honestly, I'm actually fine. I was pushed, pushing like blood pouring all down my knees, battered, bruise, my legs all spindly on the floor.

Speaker 2:

And podcasters. Just in case this image was not enough for your head, our friend actually managed to catch it on camera and it is on our Instagram as one of our reels. Please go and enjoy it. It is hilarious. We actually couldn't stop watching it. That train to Hinkley was a couple of hours and we were just watching it and laughing and remixing it to different songs the whole way.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I mean when I turned up to see you, albeit a little bit late, not gonna lie.

Speaker 2:

Sorry, no, no, no, no, no, no. Let's not just like brush over that. We had agreed to meet at well. I had said quarter to 10 at London Bridge. You kept on saying no, let's do half bus nine. I was like great, half bus nine. So there I was at the train station ready to go half bus nine. Where are you, mate? I'm just walking to the cheap. You hadn't even left your house yet.

Speaker 2:

I know, and they turned up like like that scene in bridesmaids. You know, the sunglasses on when you're completely hung over the next day. You like morning.

Speaker 1:

Absolutely still drunk from the night before. Oh god, what had happened was my alarm had gone off and I was like I don't need this much time to get ready. Is fine, I'm just gonna go back for five minutes.

Speaker 2:

I don't need this much time. I do not put this much effort into my appearance.

Speaker 1:

And I did that like really stupid thing. I was still drunk and I woke up. Not gonna lie when I was like five minutes to be fine, I won't set an alarm, I wake up. Luckily. I don't know what came over my body. I just woke up at half nine and I was like, huh, better start getting ready. And then looked at my phone like, oh my god, it's half nine, I need to be there right now and I've not even got out of bed. Unbelievable, I'm sure we've all been there, we've all been there.

Speaker 2:

Also, something I felt to mention is, before I left the club with you the night before, I took your phone and I set six alarms.

Speaker 1:

I think in my drunken state I was like I do not need six alarms, one is enough. So I've really un-set them over.

Speaker 2:

I know what was show, benji, I'm gonna uncheck all these alarms. Yeah, you sure proved me wrong.

Speaker 1:

You didn't need all those alarms.

Speaker 2:

But no, then we, then we trained to Hinkley and actually we had. We ended up having a really lovely day, didn't we?

Speaker 1:

Beautiful day. Checked to the hotel Gorgeous, went to the spa, gorgeous, gorgeous. Yeah, the hotel was nice.

Speaker 2:

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm Cheryl Cooley. I'm the nation's sweetheart.

Speaker 1:

You've not done that impression for a little while You've been gagging to get that out again.

Speaker 2:

Gagging sure, not necessarily to get that out, but yeah, I have been gagging a lot recently.

Speaker 1:

I saw you as soon as we got into Hinkley, straight on the grinder and the little lurk.

Speaker 2:

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Well, let's talk about this after this short break. This is a final call for Benji and Brad travelling to Jersey for Channel Island's pride. Oh mate, hurry up, we're going to miss the flight.

Speaker 1:

Benji, I can't run in these espadrilles.

Speaker 2:

Gosh well, what a shame it'll be for them to get left behind. Look, just put that book down and hurry up.

Speaker 1:

It says here that Jersey has over 30 beaches and is the sunniest place in the British Isles.

Speaker 2:

Yes, and we won't get there if you don't take those shoes and sun hat off.

Speaker 1:

Wait, how is my sun?

Speaker 2:

hat slowing me down, it's not, it's just ridiculous.

Speaker 1:

Whoa, did you know that Channel Island pride is one of the most attended events in the islands?

Speaker 2:

Yes, and this year they're going huge, with a main stage, a cabaret stage and performances from Top Drag Queens, local artists, silent disco, dance tent and some exciting headlining acts yet to be announced.

Speaker 1:

Quick. Do you need anything from duty free? Have you packed protection?

Speaker 2:

Of course I have it's factor 30.

Speaker 1:

Not that kind oh come and pie with us at Channel Island pride in Jersey Saturday, the 16th of September.

Speaker 2:

It's only a 40 minute flight from most UK airports. So pack your speedos, pack your sunnies, pack your sun cream and we'll see you at the beach. For more information, head to channelislandprideorg. Okay, so, like we said, we finally got to Hinckley pride. After this prince has had a workout and finally got her ass to the train station, got to Hinckley oh my goodness, we were put up in such a lovely hotel. We felt very special, didn't we?

Speaker 1:

Oh, absolutely yeah, I felt like a Zedless celebrity. I know literally very that.

Speaker 2:

No, the hotel was so nice, we had this beautiful like suite. So of course we got upstairs, skipped into the room. I was like oh my goodness, this place is huge. You were like this is nicer than my flat in London. It actually is. So they were skipping around the rooms like, oh my goodness, like a living room, a dining area, there was a bathroom on suite. It was so nice. Went back to the main room to be like this is so cool, we should do some filming. Where was Brad Fast asleep on the sofa? Absolute pillow princess in the corner.

Speaker 1:

I needed a little power nut, because you wanted me to be on top form and I needed my energy.

Speaker 2:

Uh-huh. Yes, sure, this is my fault. I don't know how, but yes, this is what.

Speaker 1:

I do.

Speaker 2:

So I had to sit there for like 45 minutes whilst you slept on the sofa.

Speaker 1:

Okay, but you kept yourself entertained because, like I said, you were straight on that grinder and then also a new one which I've never even heard of before.

Speaker 2:

Yes, I don't know how that happens. Okay, yeah, sure, and I'll find out about the download the app. Blah, blah, blah.

Speaker 1:

I love that. You like said I downloaded the app, like it wasn't already downloaded on your phone, so anyway, I found this other like similar thing.

Speaker 2:

Right, I think it must be new. I've never seen it advertised and I'll be honest, I went into Safari just to sort of like see how we get to the venue later on and it was already like a pop-up, like in my open pages on Safari. I was like, oh, this is weird. What is it? Clicked on it? It's a new app. It's called now. The name of it I'm hoping is a working title because I'm not entirely sure it's going to go down well for the community, but the name of it is called Sniffy's.

Speaker 1:

Yes, sniffy's. That suggests maybe like high and horny type stuff, right, sniffing away, yeah. Like poppers, yeah, or fetish stuff you like.

Speaker 2:

Sniffing underwear, sniffing socks, sniffing trainers yeah, so I'm entirely sure if that's what it's about. But anyway, it's like the other app that we were just referring to, but it's all on a web, web based platform and it's like a huge map of the area you're in and it's got little drop points of where other people are on the app and what they're offering. And I'll be honest, it is. It's extreme. Yeah, it's like you click on the picture which is explicit. It's not like other apps where you like have to have a little bit of modesty explicit photos and then they've got different options like door open or hosting or group. I was like blimey and then I zoomed in further. There you were come dump hotel room door open. Already got my profile sorted yeah, I'd never heard of Sniffy's, had you?

Speaker 1:

I'd never heard of that either, but also I've only come across this thing that people do that's like I don't know how long it's been going on for where, if you are a bit of a cum dump, people leave like a sharpie mark on your bum and it's how many loads that you've taken that day. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Speaker 2:

I'm not saying that people that do that is. For some reason, your voice goes straight through me when you talk about these sorts of things. I don't know if it's like pgsd or whatever it is, but when I hear you talk about this sort of thing actually makes me like quiver and not in a like a fun way, makes me feel slightly sick. You make me feel sick, doctor, doctor, I feel nauseous.

Speaker 1:

Not your allergies, again, my allergies, allergies, but also I love. When we got to the reception, the hotel, you're like is there a way to get a different room with just two separate beds, rather than sharing the one bed? I was like, excuse me, I'm a nice little person to share a bed with. I don't take much space, I'm a nice little delicate princess, honestly. But don't snore. You do I do not snore.

Speaker 2:

Okay, are you awake when you're sleeping? You do.

Speaker 1:

It's not so much like a snore.

Speaker 2:

But it's like this. It's like sleeping next to Darth Vader.

Speaker 1:

Okay, that's why, because I was dehydrated from the amount of gin that we drunk that night.

Speaker 2:

No doubt you have an excuse as to why that happened.

Speaker 1:

You do.

Speaker 2:

You absolutely do, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Speaker 1:

But also I love this moment. So we get into the hotel suite. The bed was huge, like a big king-size bed anyway, plenty of space for like three or four people. So me and you would have been more than sufficient there. And you were like, fyi, you're on the sofa tonight. Yeah.

Speaker 2:

FYI, you're in the other room on the floor in the corner I might give you a pillow if you're a good boy.

Speaker 1:

I was like why are you calling the shots on who gets the big, fancy king-size bed?

Speaker 2:

Because I was at the train station on time ready to get the booked train.

Speaker 1:

That's why, but we're still there. Plenty of time to get out of yourself.

Speaker 2:

Also, I remember on the front desk, wasn't I like we're on our honeymoon, I'm so lucky.

Speaker 1:

And there's me, like hungover, like my sunglasses on.

Speaker 2:

Literally hanging off your face.

Speaker 1:

yeah, but anyway. But after we checked in it was all good, it was all grand, we got ready, went for a little spa didn't we?

Speaker 2:

We did. Oh, the spa was lovely, although two minute children oh yeah, that was not the ones Screaming kids we were looking around like can we just like dunk them to stop them?

Speaker 1:

screaming.

Speaker 2:

Nobody can hear your screams underwater. No, it was lovely had a little spish splash, did a little bit of aerial, it was nice.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, a little swim, feeling fresh, got ready, and then it was time to get the party started, weren't it?

Speaker 2:

Yeah, it was. And when we rocked up to the venue of England so originally where we went to was going to be it was all booked and designed as the after party we'd been booked to come and do the hosting during the day. Sadly, the day was cancelled by the council, I believe, because of weather disruptions and it wasn't safe. But so the after-pride, after-hours party actually then became like the pre-pride party, because they're hoping to get another date in the diary really soon so that all their hard work and all the people that were coming up to perform and all the people of Hinckley in the surrounding areas that want and need that day to celebrate themselves and everything queer still happens, absolutely. So we rocked up and, as our whatever our Uber was, sco-dub, whatever it was real fancy pulled up, we were welcomed so nicely like they would go out the car and everyone was like, oh my gosh, benz and Brad, like it was just the most loving feeling, wasn't it?

Speaker 1:

It was amazing, yeah, and they were just so grateful that we'd come and like, no, we're grateful that we got invited to come like it was so good to get out of London and go and support local prides, because I do think the big ones, as brilliant as they are, and how amazing is that there's this huge, basically festival for all the queer communities to come together. There is that side of the commercialism isn't there and the corporations taking over, but these local ones it's just all about the local community and it's just so lovely to see. For sure?

Speaker 2:

yeah, what you're referring to is, I think, is what we call rainbow washing, which is when, like big companies, they're like oh quick, it's pride season and you know there's lots of money within the queer community. Let's look like we're supporting and use it as a way to level us up and make us seem like we're accepting and a lot of companies. I'm sure you are, but I know for a fact that there are those companies that don't actually care. They just do it for the glory.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, they want the pink pounds, don't they Of? Course they do because the gay money. I saw this thing online. Apparently in America the queer community spend three trillion dollars a year. That's not just on like bills and stuff, that is just their spending money. Yeah, so we do as a community. We are quite rich people. I guess most of us don't have kids and things right, so the money we earn is the money that we just spend on living our best big gay lives.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, we're dinkies. What's dinkies? Double income, no kids.

Speaker 1:

Oh, that's cool. I like that coined phrase.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, it's a thing Very much that Obviously and wonderfully said there are lots of sort of queer couples that do have children but the majority don't. So yeah, obviously kids are expensive. So yeah, more money.

Speaker 1:

We have more money to spend. Anyway, we've gone off topic because we're talking about the lovely Hinkley Pride, and the after party was sold out, wasn't it? It was held in this gin distillery factory bar venue.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, privately owned gin distillery. It was stunning.

Speaker 1:

Beautiful free floors, massive, and they make their own gin there and they made their own special pride gin as well. Yeah, they did so.

Speaker 2:

It's called Bond Street Gin Distillery. Just want to give them a shout out because they were so welcoming and the venue is incredible and if you are in the area, they do little workshop classes where you can go and make your own type of gin, which is super cool, and the room in which that happens was our what do you call it? A green room, sort of sit, relax and get ready, and it was so nice, so nice yeah.

Speaker 1:

I actually want to go back and make gin.

Speaker 2:

I don't want gin just yet and they're so kind of. Actually they're sending us a bottle of the gin so we can have it live on the podcast when that arrives. That'd be delicious, but yeah, so it was based over two floors right, the very top floor and the ground floor is where all the venue is happening, and then the middle floor. There was like photo booth and bits and bobs going on.

Speaker 1:

And basically our job was to get up on the stages, on the floors and get the party started, and they gave us loads of alcohol to give away for free. So it was playing all like funny games and like cheeky competitions and all of that. And we were just giving away all the alcohol, weren't we basically?

Speaker 2:

Yeah, shots after shots, after shots it was great. Bar tabs it was so fun. And do you know what I love doing any sort of gig like this, but to do it somewhere where they don't always have access to the clubs that we have, like in Clapham or Soho, like throw a stone and you can hit a gay bar Hinkley. They were saying there is no queer space for them to meet each other, let alone like let their hair down and have a good time. And this was the first time that that area had had anything like this. Yeah, and it was so good to see that, as it was the first one, it was still so busy, packed.

Speaker 1:

Absolutely packed. So we basically asked can you just get the party started? And I feel like we hit the brief.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I feel like we did.

Speaker 1:

It was a great one.

Speaker 2:

It was so much fun. So much fun. And what else was really lovely to see I said this actually to the organiser Like the spectrum of people from the queer community that came like there was people from. It wasn't just like the younger crowd, it wasn't just the older crowd, it wasn't just, you know, the gays, this gendered male, it was literally. There was such representation from all areas, absolutely, and all getting on, all having a good time like meeting each other. It was very special actually.

Speaker 1:

It really was, really was, but anyway we've got the party started and then we obviously partied with everyone and just had the biggest, gayest time ever and we were there when it all closed.

Speaker 2:

Now I'm going to be honest with you. I got quite tired by like midnight and I was like I don't feel too drunk, I feel like a really good level of bars, but I'm absolutely ready for my bed. And then this one over here Brad, we figured out his toxic traits is ordering shots after shots, after shots Every time I lost him. Like every couple of minutes I turn around and he was back at the bar ordering more shots, like literally happened about four times.

Speaker 1:

Look, you wanted me on full form that night, so I had my little power nap, didn't I? And then I was ready to go all night, yeah.

Speaker 2:

Well, should we talk about where we went afterwards?

Speaker 1:

Oh, yeah, so the evening took a turn. Yeah, very much so. So the night ended, basically, and we were there and we're like, right, we're kind of still on the wave, like where can we go now? And I said, well, there's not actually a gay bar in Hinckley? I think they're trying to work on that though, aren't they? They were saying, but as of now, there wasn't. But there is this nightclub which goes on all night and that's where people tend to go.

Speaker 2:

So we're like cool, let's go there. That's really great explanation. So it's a nightclub. It goes on all night. Oh gosh, is that what a nightclub is?

Speaker 1:

But they said in like a bit of like not sure you might want to go, and I said, look, is it kind of gay friendly? And they're like, well, it's not a gay club, but I guess like it's the only place to go. So maybe that was like we should have taken that advice and maybe not gone. But I was like no, we're going, we're going, it's going to be amazing, yeah.

Speaker 2:

And we, we walked for 20 minutes and I was like where is this place? Like, oh yeah, it's just around the corner, Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk. Then we turned up, which I assume was like the town of Hinckley, like in the middle.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I guess so yeah.

Speaker 2:

And all we could see were like yellow fluorescent police jackets, and for some reason we still did not see that as like red flags.

Speaker 1:

Well, you were a bit like I'm not sure, because I was a bit drunk on the wave. I was like it's going to be great, we're going to have a good time, yeah. And yeah, we got up to the entrance, which was basically just like metal railings, wasn't it? And they had like security on the door, like fine.

Speaker 2:

But they were doing like like knife detectors yeah, they have those like hand metal detectors that you get like at airports and stuff, and they were scanning everybody. Yeah, and you'd be like, oh, that's good, that's really safe. And I was like, no, that means that this place has a problem with people bringing in things that they shouldn't and therefore, to keep the venue open, they have to do this sort of level of security. Yeah, this is not a good sign. Yeah, you're like, whatever, let's go, I'll pay for everyone. You pay for everyone to get in, I know.

Speaker 1:

I know, tap, tap, tap tap tap tap Can you hear tap, tap.

Speaker 2:

So we went into this. I mean, what do we call it? I don't. I didn't want to call it a bar. It was like it was the sort of venue where at school when you had like discos, it was that vibe.

Speaker 1:

But really rough and a bit of a dive. Sticky yes, sticky, and just not clean, not clean. Like broken doors, smash windows, like that type of vibe.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I mean, I never trust a venue like a club if they don't have things on draft, because that just makes me sound. It just instantly tells me that this bar is like a temporary bar. Yeah, yeah, do you know what I mean? Because you have to have plumbing to have the draft, so there's no draft. I'm like I don't feel safe here.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and the music was just not really our sort of vibe, was it? And then the clientele maybe not quite our gay crowd vibe.

Speaker 2:

Well, within three minutes there was this guy that started squaring up on another guy for absolutely no reason and, like his friend, had to be like whoa, stop it, leave him alone. And I was just stood there watching this happen, looked over to you, you were gone. You ended up by the bar buying drinks. So you're like, okay, well, we'll just have these drinks, Ben, and then we'll go. And I stood there like it was like that scene in Lion King, you know, when it's Beep prepared and all the hyenas like marching around. It was like that. I felt like they were just like circling us. You were there dressed as Donna from Mamma Mia, in your denim jumpsuit, with your rainbow headband.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, you were basically like the bullseye of a dartboard and everyone was like that's the only gay in the village, but like very obviously the only gay in the village.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I'm very verbal, because every time I said to you, like listen, I actually don't really feel safe, I think we should probably leave, you were like I've got just as much right to be here as anybody else. I was like no, I get it, I really get it, and I preach the same thing that you do, but now is not the time. Yeah, so that was interesting, so we left, didn't we quite?

Speaker 1:

quickly, yeah, yeah. Yeah, it weren't quite our vibe, but you know, we experienced these things. It's all about life experience and it's one for the memes.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I'm just pleased I'm here to tell the tale. Jokes aside, listen, we're making light of a situation. There's venue we did not feel safe in and I fully agree with you, mate. We should feel welcome in any venue that we go into. But at that time, if you're ever in a club and you don't feel safe, leave.

Speaker 1:

But that is why it's so important that places like Hinckley do have a queer space, so those people in the community know that they can go there, be safe.

Speaker 2:

It is for those people and, yeah, it means that they can go out and also have a really good night out for sure in the right space For sure, like nobody should ever feel like they're not accepted in a venue because of their sexuality or actually for any reason. However, we are like we as a community, we are still working on things, and if you are living in an area and you want to go for a night out and you don't feel safe, just leave. I cannot stress that enough Because I know we're making light of a situation, but I think that could have. It could have ended up quite badly, I think, for us. Anyway, we'll push past it very quickly because we don't want to focus on the negative, we want to focus on the good things.

Speaker 2:

So we left the venue and we saw a lovely group of policemen and you were like, excuse me, officer, officer, excuse me, officer Krupke, where can we get something to eat? And they were like where have you just come from? And we were like, oh, that venue over there. It was called Bounty. Where are you from? We're from London, and what venue have you just come from, bounty? Why on earth were you in Bounty? Oh well, some men took us in there.

Speaker 1:

We're not from here.

Speaker 2:

He was like do not ever go into Bounty again. And we looked around and there was what like 12 police officers.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, and like police wagons. I was like okay, we made the right decision to leave, yeah.

Speaker 2:

And you were like, are you here because of Bounty? And he was like, yeah, we're all here because of that venue. I was like, oh my goodness, get that fire exit door. Get me a pizza. I need to go to bed.

Speaker 1:

No, fuck this, I'm out of here. Get that fire exit door. I'm off. And we got all the pizza, didn't we? And then we were sat eating it on upstairs in our hotel room. Yeah Well, so tired I fell asleep on the sofa. So you got your wish. And then I woke up and I was like, oh god, like where are my kind of thing? And I was like that little bitch has gone like king size bed all to himself. So I marched in there and I was like move over, make room for me.

Speaker 2:

Marched in, stripped down to his tiny white ease, hopped in that bed and snored for the entire night.

Speaker 1:

Every day is a fun day with Brad. What's?

Speaker 2:

that jingle from it's new. It's an original. I don't think it's going to go anywhere.

Speaker 1:

So, benji, how did you feel the next morning when all your dreams had come true and you rolled over and you woke up next to a hunk.

Speaker 2:

Are you referring to yourself as the hunk?

Speaker 1:

That is the role that I am playing.

Speaker 2:

yes, Okay, well, if you really want to know, in the morning I had woken up and I'd actually forgotten that you were there, even though you'd kept me awake most of the night with your snoring.

Speaker 2:

I woke up quite early, I was like half past eight, nine o'clock for me, which was pretty good. Through back the DVA, I went over to the window, just cracked open. See what the weather was doing Lovely sun, very Disney princess, I'm going to go make myself a coffee from the Nespresso machine. It's going to be lovely, piro, whetted around. And there you were, this drunken mouth, open tongues spewed onto the pillow, hair on the floor just like absolutely like, and I was like not this.

Speaker 2:

I was like I'm going to the spa and then I tried to wake you up and that was. You are awful in the morning of waking up absolutely awful.

Speaker 1:

I have never claimed ever to be a morning person. That's just not who I am.

Speaker 2:

Well good, because you are not, I'm not a morning person, you are absolutely appalling in the morning. You just can't get you out of bed.

Speaker 1:

I'm a night owl, Always have been, always will be. Even as a kid I was up till like early hours of the morning.

Speaker 2:

You still can't get you out of bed. Honestly, it's impossible. I could like dangle, flip in like a Hemsworth brother in front of you and you still would not get out of bed.

Speaker 1:

Heavy sleepers as well, aren't? I Sleep for everything.

Speaker 2:

No, even when I've woken you up, you're like yeah, just five more minutes.

Speaker 1:

I love an extra five minutes, yeah, and then what happens?

Speaker 2:

You miss the train. Honestly, I was like, well, I'm going to have a breakfast. You're like, yeah, I'm not hungry, okay, fine.

Speaker 1:

You sleep then? Speaking of missing the train on the way back, the trains were all delayed and so we was at the station. I'm like, okay, it's raining. We had to keep ourselves entertained, and we certainly did that.

Speaker 2:

What we actually ended up doing was reenacting our favorite scenes from Bridesmaids.

Speaker 1:

I mean, it is our favorite comedy movie, we both love it and we just had hours of fun, didn't we? Just reenacting all the scenes out, filming us Literally hours, and actually Brad.

Speaker 2:

let's share with them what our favorite scene is.

Speaker 1:

Okay, well, I mean, there's so many in the film, but one of the favorites is, you know, when she's given the speech and then the other friend comes along and she gives a speech and then she goes back and does the speech again and they just keep trying to outdo each other the whole time.

Speaker 2:

Yes, it's Annie and Helen isn't it, and they don't know for Lillian and she's like you know, and my favorite is, like you know, we can communicate simply with a look, and then then Annie comes on and goes, lillian just stares at her soul and, like, cocks her head to the side.

Speaker 1:

And then does that? Keep shy, and then keep smiling.

Speaker 2:

No, you can always film with me.

Speaker 1:

But we were just reenacting that scene over and over and like pretending to have the microphone and like fighting over the mic, like oh, we're got hours of fun, hours of fun.

Speaker 2:

People are looking at us like what is going on? But don't worry, we're leaving. We're leaving the town, we're going back to our time so funny.

Speaker 1:

So funny, but we do actually have another busy weekend coming up.

Speaker 2:

Oh my goodness, not another one.

Speaker 2:

Another one I know it's super fun because we have been invited to go along to Impulse London's first day. That's what it's called pool party. Not only have they invited us along, but they have also given us six free tickets to give away to our listeners, and we have been running a competition on our Instagram. So, for those of you that don't follow Instagram yet, sadly you have missed out on this competition. But make sure you head over to our Instagram, which is at BigGay Podcast. Give us a follow and you could be winning something very, very soon. But Impulse London, if you don't know who they are, well, brad, would you like to tell them more about Impulse London?

Speaker 1:

Oh, absolutely will. They are a non-profit organization and they put on these events to create a brave space to engage and support the queer community.

Speaker 2:

Yes, and, like I said, they are hosting a fantastic pool party. Now you don't have to get in the pool. There's loads going on. There's drag queen performances, there's a bingo, there's all sorts. In fact, ginger Flappage we had her on the podcast season one or two she'll be there doing a bingo.

Speaker 1:

She will be there doing a bingo, and there's singers and dancers and it's just celebrating all queer art basically. So it's going to be so much fun?

Speaker 2:

Yes, but what I really want to focus on is the question that we put out, that you had to answer to win free tickets.

Speaker 2:

But the question was to win free tickets for you and a friend. All you have to do is answer the following question. The question was which Pokemon has Brad role played with during a hookup? Now, for you big Stan listeners, you will know the answer and you'll know which Pokemon it is. But obviously we did a poll. So the poll was is it Charmander, pikachu or Goldeen? And the reason why we're bringing it up on this episode is, I mean, obviously the majority of you guessed the correct answer, which was Pikachu, obviously some people got it wrong got Charmander.

Speaker 2:

That's absolutely fine. Go back and listen to the episode, but my real shock is the amount of people that voted for Goldeen.

Speaker 1:

I don't know why people think I want to have sex with Goldeen Like sexy Goldeen.

Speaker 2:

I mean those of you that maybe they don't know Pokemon Goldeen is essentially a goldfish, like a frilly tailed goldfish with like a unicorn spike. I know what some of you are thinking like. Well, to be honest, I'm not attracted to a mouse with a lightning bolt tail either. But yeah, just sexy Goldeen really made us giggle, didn't it? Then we started googling sexy Goldeen costumes and they did exist.

Speaker 1:

That's Halloween sorted.

Speaker 2:

Oh my goodness, actually we should do that. Yes, of course, the answer was Pikachu, and we have reached out to those that have won the free tickets on Instagram. So do, if you did apply, do keep an eye on your inbox and we will have sent you a message and you can come and party at the Impulse London Thursday pool party with us this Sunday. I mean, maybe actually, brad, now is a good time for any of our new listeners that haven't gone back that early in the season. Do you want to give them a quick recap on what actually happened with you and Pikachu?

Speaker 1:

Okay, can we just say I'm not attracted to Pikachu. I just want to get that out straight away, because you are giving me a very bad reputation right now.

Speaker 2:

I mean knowing where this story is going. I don't know if that's fair to make that statement. Let's let the people make that own decision.

Speaker 1:

Okay, here's the quick version of the story. I was on Grindr a few years ago and I was chatting to a guy and he was like, yeah, come round. But basically he was leaving London, he was Australian and he was going back to Australia the next day. So he was mid packing up all of his stuff and he was like, oh, we can have a chat and I'll help you pack, like it'll be fun. So we had a beer and all of that and he was packing his clothes and he found his like fancy dress costumes that he'd had over the years and obviously I love a bit of fancy dress.

Speaker 1:

I was like, oh, let's put them on, because he was going to dump them more. I was like put them on like one last try and like give him a final out in. So he's putting on these funny clothing and I was like getting dressed up as well. And then he put on this yellow onesie and I said, well, what the hell did you have a yellow onesie for? And he told me the story about when he went to a party and it was Pokemon themed and he went as Pikachu.

Speaker 2:

Pikachu.

Speaker 1:

Anyway, he was in this like Lycra, skin, tight yellow onesie and we ended up just started making out and things got a bit heavy and he couldn't get the onesie off because the sip had then broken. So he was kind of like stuck in this onesie. So we ended up like ripping holes in the places that you needed to have access to and we carried on and we did our thing. So he did wear the onesie whilst we were doing it, but he was not dressed up in a full Pikachu costume. Can I just say that?

Speaker 2:

But he doesn't have any sort of sexual attraction to Pikachu.

Speaker 1:

No, I like the Lycra onesie that was. You know that was getting me going, but not the thought of actual being. It's not like you had like a Pikachu face paint on Imagine.

Speaker 2:

Sorry, I'm just imagining that scene right now. You rubbed up to his house he's there full Pikachu outfit and he spent two hours beating his face to look like Pikachu.

Speaker 1:

When you think of Pikachu and you see people dressed as Pikachu, they're in like full, massive skin costumes, aren't they Like big Mickey Mouse like costumes. So it wasn't that at all. Can I just put that out there. I'm not attracted to Pikachu, but thank you so much for painting that picture of me, benji. Just letting everyone know for the last three years because even now we still get messages from people They'll walk past like a Pikachu thing and they'll send a picture and slide into our DMs and be like saw this and thought of.

Speaker 2:

Brad, it's literally like a few a week, isn't it? We get people sending us like gifts of like Pikachu's. My favourite one is when somebody found a Pikachu butt plug. They exist, they do exist Wow when somebody created Pokemon, never did they think that there would be butt plug merchandise.

Speaker 1:

But there we go. There's the Pikachu story. Pikachu, well, what an action-pack weekend we have had.

Speaker 2:

I know right, and I cannot wait for the pool party this weekend too. And actually, on that note, if you have any events going on in your area, wherever you're from if it's in the UK or further do let us know if you would like two party boys to come along and help you start the party, spread love and have just generally a really good night out, which hopefully won't end up in the same sort of bar that we ended up in last time. But podcasters, that is all we have time for on this week's episode of my Big Gay Podcast. If you don't already, please head over to our Instagram it's at Big Gay Podcast or you can visit our website, which is mybiggaypodcastcom, and remember, if you do follow us, you may well be able to win yourself some lovely old prizes along the way.

Speaker 1:

And don't forget, if you do have a spare 10 seconds, then we are eligible for our best podcast award. All the information is on the bio on our Instagram page, and a little vote will go a long way. Thank you so much.

Speaker 2:

Certainly well, it takes literally five seconds of vote for us and we would be so grateful. But, brad, like I said, that is all we have time for on this week's episode. Until next time, see you next. Wednesday Just a quick one, mate. Yeah, they've just sent through the rules for the pool party.

Speaker 1:

Okay, yeah, cool.

Speaker 2:

So just a few that I want to sort of bring up with you. So there's no diving Right, there's no bombing, okay, and it also says no skinny dipping.

Speaker 1:

Oh what.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, no.

Speaker 1:

Well, at least they didn't say anything about no water sports. Absolutely not.

Speaker 2:

I'm pretty sure it's a given those to be no weaning in the pool.

Speaker 1:

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Speaker 2:

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Speaker 1:

Oh, benji, you're not going to make me pop nudes, are you?

Speaker 2:

No, mate, we're trying to thank our following, not send them running.

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