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Married lovers Murf Meyer and Diana Kolsky are the comedic geniuses behind Ménage à Trois Radio, a podcast and monthly live show at UCB which is set for its latest IRL installment TOMORROW NIGHT! (You can grab $5 tickets to that right here.) I was able to catch up with Murf and Diana over the phone earlier this week (they were in their bed and I was in my bed and it was just like we were in this Girl Talk Date Line commercial, kind of!) to talk about all things Ménage à Trois, from dream guests to actual guests to how all of this got started in the first place. Internet-eavesdrop on all of that below, and also be sure to subscribe for all the new episodes, which are very appropriately released on ye olde HUMP DAY! Here we go:

So you had the podcast before you started doing it as an IRL show, yeah?

Diana: Yeah, we’ve been doing the podcast for a couple of years, and we’ve been doing the live monthly show at the UCB for about a year. The show was kind of us wanting to bring some of the fun elements of the podcast to life, and we also record a live podcast and perform on stage; we get great guests (we have an awesome band called Shellshag hanging with us this Saturday), so it’s a party.

Murf: Yeah, and we kind of tailor the live show to the guests we have, and there’s always audience interaction, so we keep it a little bit more dynamic than just doing a live recording of the podcast.

Do you guys still have that dildo sounding board that Kaki King made for you?

Diana: We do still have it! We don’t always bust it out, but you never know!

Murf: Yeah, sometimes we do bust it out. We do play a game called “Tap the Tip” where we add a dildo to the wall; whenever you hear the sound effect for “Tap the Tip”, the first person to run up and tap the tip it gets a T-shirt or some kind of sex toy or whatever we’re doing at that show.

Diana: Yeah, we like to keep people on their toes!

Murf: Yeah!

Amazing! And how’d you decide to even start all of this in the first place? What was that conversation like?

Diana: We both have amazing voices [laughs], and we’re married. We weren’t even married in the beginning, though! We were lovers and we were thinking we’d love to have a radio show or a talk show, but that we’d love it to have some focus rather than having it just be meandering, so we decided to take our real relationship and speak candidly but humorously about it, and then we’d have a third party join us, hence the “Ménage à Trois”. So it did start as a podcast, but now we do videos, the live show, etc.

Right. And you guys have had a ton of amazing guests already, but who would be a dream to get that hasn’t been on yet?

Murf: Oh man…

Diana: We’ve been trying to get John Waters on for a long time; we feel like he’d be a great fit, a kindred spirit.

Murf: I’d say…well, Hunter Thompson is no longer with us, but if we could get Hunter Thompson’s ghost on, that would be great. Beetlejuice…

Diana: We’d love to have Beetlejuice on.

Murf: Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice, that is. (We’re talking actual Beetlejuice.) But that is one of the great things about the show; obviously we love working together, and we get to express ourselves comedically and have fun with each other, but having the third guest has allowed us to meet a lot of really cool people, not just comedians, but musicians, actors…people from all different walks.

Totally. And it seems like everybody you get on as a guest is a pretty good sport, but (without naming names) does it ever get awkward or uncomfortable?

Murf: Yes. Yeah. If you listen you can sometimes hear it, but you know, you get older people, and it’s a generational thing sometimes, or you get people who aren’t quite comedians, so they try to be funny and say shit that’s just either misogynist or just dumb…I feel like we’ve had that occasionally.

Diana: But it’s very rare. In the early days, sometimes people would come on and rant, just scream nonsense, and we weren’t as polished at guiding the conversation, but I think we’ve gotten better at that now. For the most part, our guests are totally awesome, though!

Murf: Yeah, and we don’t try to grill people and bring them on and make them feel like shit if they say something silly, because there’s no script, and we sit there and talk for an hour, and we offer them their favorite drink, so if it’s alcoholic, sometimes people get a little loose, and you never know what you’re going to get in the microphone. So we give people a lot of leeway with that, and we’re not going to call them out too hard, but at the same time, we want to make sure we don’t have any assholes on there just using our show as a way to spread their bullshit out there.

What’s been the craziest thing someone has told you on the show, and/or what’s been the craziest sex-related fact you’ve learned in preparation for some of your talking points? (Like that dildo that doubled as an urn that you were talking about on one of the latest episodes BLEW MY MIND.)

Diana: This is a weird one, but I always think about it…when we had Ashley Albert on, she told us this story about a pet snake; this woman slept next to it in bed every night, and then all of a sudden it started sleeping long-ways instead of curling up, so she took it to the doctor, and they were like, “No, that snake is planning to eat you, and it’s stretching itself out next to you to see how long it has to become to be able to eat you.” That always seemed really funny to me, because she loved this thing so much, but it would never love her back. I think about it like every other day.

Murf: The other one I always think of is Jimmy McMillan. He runs for mayor of New York every time there’s a mayoral election, he’s run for president…he’s just an amazing individual. (He used to be a bouncer at a strip club, and he’s led a lot of lives.) Anyway, he told us that when he was in Vietnam, they would get lonely in the foxholes while they’d be there for days at a time waiting for Viet Cong, so they’d dig holes in the mud in the shapes of vaginas, and the soldiers would just have sex with them to pass the time. We found that to be very interesting. You don’t see that in too many of those ‘Nam movies.

It’s insane that he told you that!

Murf: Yeah, he was candid. Talk about rants! He went on some legendary rants on our show. (But in a good way.)

Diana: Yeah, it ends up not being the tech stuff that we research for the podcast, but he real human stories where we’re like, “Oh, shit!” And the guests are different every time, so it doesn’t get old. It’s really fun to sit down and have a great conversation, because our segments are kind of campy, but it’s a great springboard for conversation.

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