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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People podcast

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! Theme song by Shellshag.

1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! Theme song by Shellshag.

 

#364

Brain Surgery Changed My Boyfriend

They were planning their life together, but a traumatic brain injury changed everything. A woman shares what happened when her boyfriend woke up from brain surgery with a different personality and no memory of their relationship. She opens up about moving to a big city, becoming a DJ, and how in a way, they both became different people. Later on, she and Geth discuss getting sober, sexual compatibility post brain surgery, biking to Mexico, and the beauty of life now. ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:28

22 Nov 2022


#363

Gay Zombies (Live From Edinburgh)

A zombie fan explains to Geth why ‘Night of the Living Dead’ meant so much to him growing up as a closeted Mormon. He also shares his own dreams of writing a zombie movie and breaks down his favorite films in the genre. Later on, he opens up about processing religious trauma and how leaving the faith has changed his relationship with his family. ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:27

15 Nov 2022


#362

Let’s Talk About Grief

A 33-year-old reflects on losing her first love in Afghanistan at 18 and dating his best friend after the tragedy. She opens up to Geth about the mental and physical abuse she endured in the second relationship and the fallout it caused with friends and family. She also shares the surprising way she found closure after her boyfriend’s passing with a psychic medium. ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:38

08 Nov 2022


#361

The Putty Man (Live from Madison)

Just in time for Halloween, a 47-year-old horror fan shares the premise of the spooky novel she's writing. She and Geth get nostalgic over trick-or-treat traditions and she explains how scary movies help her cope with anxiety. Later on, they attempt to make contact with the ghost (aka "The Putty Man") that haunts Madison's Majestic Theater in front of the live audience. ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:16

01 Nov 2022


#360

Library Boy (Live from Cudahy)

Anonymous notes in the library and a will they/won’t they story spanning years. A woman shares the epic tale of her own “You’ve Got Mail” situation and what she learned from the experience. She explains how hiding letters in books turned into 8 months of back and forth with a mystery guy otherwise known as “library boy.” Geth and the live audience ask all your burning questions including, “what happened?!” Later on, she reveals the fate of her mystery man and why she’s happy now.  ... Read more

25 Oct 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:25

25 Oct 2022


#359

From Slinging Bibles to Slinging Knives

What's easier to sell: God or knives? A father of 2 speaks to Geth about going from pastor life to selling knives out of a van. He explains why some ministers end up leaving and moving into sales. He also opens up about adultery in the church, getting into therapy, trying weed, and how his marriage improved after switching careers. ... Read more

18 Oct 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:15

18 Oct 2022


#358

Could You Beat a Raccoon In a Fight? (Live from Edinburgh)

Chris speaks with a young woman about her psychic abilities, putting them to the test in front of the live audience. She explains her fascination with astrology TikTok and analyzes Geth's birth chart despite his skepticism. He presents some thought provoking questions about raccoons, favorite berries, and the existence of ghosts. Later on, she opens up about doing EMDR therapy and how it's benefitted her.  ... Read more

11 Oct 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:18

11 Oct 2022


#357

Succeeding At Failure (Live from Edinburgh)

Chris speaks with a young woman who purposefully set herself up for a year of failure to develop a thicker skin. She shares her experiences trying stand-up comedy, MCing a parade, and getting rejected by a dating show. She also wrote a letter to Jason Sudeikis asking if he’d go bowling with her. Did he ever receive her request? Geth texts Jason to find out. She also opens up about getting divorced and how a year of rejection helped her deal with anxiety and depression. ... Read more

04 Oct 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:34

04 Oct 2022


#356

Ranger Danger

Elephants are overrated. At least that's what this former zookeeper thinks. A park interpreter opens up to Geth about her experience working at the zoo including the struggle to earn a decent wage. She describes her love of working with hippos and the dangers of "scary smart monkeys." She discusses her frustration with people in her state being allowed to own exotic animals and her issues with "Tiger King." She also shares her thoughts about keeping animals in captivity and details about her current position helping people connect to nature. ... Read more

27 Sep 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:57

27 Sep 2022


#355

Pole Dancing & A Talking Bird (Live from Portland)

A hairstylist from Canada explains how she went from powerlifting to pole dancing recreationally. She introduces the live audience in Portland to one of her three birds. Will he squawk his signature line, "did you poopie?" You'll have to wait and see! She also shares with Geth the story of being proposed to by her high school sweetheart in a hotel bathroom. Later on, they debate if she has a Canadian accent and discuss their scariest bird moments. ... Read more

20 Sep 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:15

20 Sep 2022


#354

Pharmacy Technician to Welder

Getting arrested on New Year's Eve was a blessing in disguise. A woman describes how working as a pharmacy tech led to pill addiction. She opens up to Geth about starting detox in prison and healing her relationship with her son. She also shares what it's like welding "space crap" with lasers and what she's learned in recovery about empathy. ... Read more

13 Sep 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:47

13 Sep 2022


#353

Wedding Season (Live from Michigan)

Everyone lied to her about what it’s like to plan a wedding. A bride-to-be opens up about stress, making tough decisions, and wedding crashers leading up to the big day. She and Geth bond over how great it feels not to invite someone you don’t actually like. Later on, Chris and the audience help write her vows and pick out a wedding song. ... Read more

06 Sep 2022

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:20

06 Sep 2022


#352

The Nerd That Becomes the Bully

He didn’t become the person he wanted, so he took it out on her. A young woman speaks with Geth about her abusive ex and the red flags she realized in retrospect. She opens up about how he used pity as a manipulation tactic, threatened "social blackmail," controlled how she dressed, and ended the relationship while they were tripping on acid. She also describes the eventual fallout between their mutual friends and how much better her life is now.  ... Read more

30 Aug 2022

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:05

30 Aug 2022


#351

Dodging Bombs & Tornados (Live from Boston)

A gum covered dog, a bomb threatened hospital, and a tornado warning. A woman describes the cartoonish obstacles she had to overcome to visit her ailing father. She opens up to Geth about navigating family drama and the weirdness of getting emails about Father’s Day. Later on, the audience welcomes her to the “dead dad club” with no shortage of dark jokes. ... Read more

23 Aug 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:17

23 Aug 2022


#350

Big City To The Middle of Nowhere

The nature is good, but the isolation and no pizza delivery? Not so great. A lawyer speaks with Geth about transitioning from big city living to farm life. She opens up about her discomfort “presenting as wealthy,” growing up working class, and raising her kids not to be spoiled. Later on, she shares what happened when her baby needed brain surgery and her deep appreciation for Canada's healthcare system.  ... Read more

16 Aug 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:00

16 Aug 2022


#349

Cocaine Lady Is Also a Scorpio (Live from Pittsburgh)

She got ghosted by a guy with a pet rabbit named Bun Bun, but not before he gave her covid. A painter explains to Geth why she moved into an RV with a crystal-selling-hippie and how she confronted him at his mom's house. She also discusses the time her dad talked her down during an acid trip, why she quit drugs during the pandemic, and how different her life is now. ... Read more

09 Aug 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:59

09 Aug 2022


#348

Young Guy With A Positive Attitude

Wrist surgery turned into something more serious and his dog lost a leg to cancer, but that won’t keep this caller down. Geth speaks with a 25-year-old about how growing up without a ton of money and selling homemade yarn balls to pay for summer camp shaped his positive outlook on life. He shares stories about delivering Peloton bikes to billionaires, working in real estate, and growing up in a religious household. He also opens up about getting married young and proudly describes his wife as “badass” for becoming a commercial pilot. ... Read more

02 Aug 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:38

02 Aug 2022


#347

Nothing But Threesomes (Live from Woodstock)

A 24-year-old woman keeps getting hit on by couples, but she's never had a threesome. Geth and a live audience help her decide if she should go on a throuple date for the free food. She also opens up about moving from a small island to NYC to escape the fighting between her mom and grandma. She wonders if her dysfunctional family is the reason she attracts engaged women, married men who claim to be in the secret service, and other "crazy people." ... Read more

26 Jul 2022

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:31

26 Jul 2022


#346

Quitting Journalism

A queer journalist opens up to Geth about the pressure to be active on social media and feeling traumatized covering the news. They discuss the complicated relationship between comedy and journalism and what happened when he got called out in someone's special. He also talks through his frustrations with clickbait headlines and famous comedians making jokes about trans people. ... Read more

19 Jul 2022

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:40

19 Jul 2022


#345

Solo Traveler (Live From Sirius XM)

Live from Sirius XM studios in New York, it's Beautiful/Anonymous!A 31-year-old single Californian shares the pros and cons of traveling around Europe alone. She speaks with Geth about how she kept the trip a secret from her job and the perks of crying with a mask on at Euro Disney. She also discusses feeling guilty as the daughter of Indian immigrants for wanting to renounce her U.S. Citizenship after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. ... Read more

12 Jul 2022

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:40

12 Jul 2022


#344

Heart Attack At 42

A woman describes the surprising events that led to her heart attack. She opens up to Geth about the fact that her brother died last year of a heart attack at 42 under completely different circumstances. She also shares the letter she wrote to her husband detailing her final wishes, including that he not sprinkle her ashes on their garden and grow "death tomatoes." Later on, she discusses planning a booze cruise funeral, the pros of not having kids, and feeling at peace with her life. ... Read more

05 Jul 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:04

05 Jul 2022


#343

Foster Parents Who Love D&D (Live from Seattle)

A married couple who recently became foster parents talk about what motivated them to foster and how it’s dramatically changed their lives. They open up about how everyday is "emotional limbo" because they don't know if the kids will return to their birth parents. They also share their love of D&D, revealing character names such as Trina Tinkleberry the gnome.  ... Read more

28 Jun 2022

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:17

28 Jun 2022


#342

Two Married People Have An Affair

Chris speaks with a man about having an affair with a married woman he met at work and the aftermath of his decision. He opens up about getting divorced and losing friends. He also shares how his bipolar disorder affected the marriage and the importance of focusing on his mental health now. ... Read more

21 Jun 2022

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:05

21 Jun 2022


#341

Big Time Goof (Live from Ann Arbor)

A self described “big time goof” with a laugh you won't forget opens up to Geth about his dreams of becoming a traveling musician. The former children's librarian discusses his favorite children's book "Everybody Poops" and explains why he calls himself "the king of cats." He also plays a song inspired by his life loosely titled “Narrow Urethra.” You can guess what that’s about.  ... Read more

14 Jun 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:23

14 Jun 2022