Death Is Hilarious

Death Is Hilarious
Join Tawny Platis, Peterson, and their guests as they talk about using stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. Learn more at

” Widow Brain” and “Bird Bird:” With Tawny and Sam
Jul 6 • 45 min
In this episode, Tawny talks about identity, her chihuahua getting 20 teeth removed, and telling dark jokes to a trauma support specialist. Sami then explains how one can be engaged to a parrot, emotional granularity, and seasonal trauma. Learn more and…
Part 2 - “America’s History of Civil Unrest” and “Surprise!” With Tawny and Sam
Jul 2 • 34 min
We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to listen to and support Black voices. If you need references, we’ve made this list of resources ( with the kind help of Masha from the podcast, Bold Adulting. In part two of this…
Part 1 - “America’s History of Civil Unrest” and “Surprise!” With Tawny and Sam
Jul 2 • 31 min
We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to listen to and support Black voices. If you need references, we’ve made this list of resources ( with the kind help of Masha from the podcast, Bold Adulting. In part one of this…
“Rats” and “Seven Year Anniversary:” With Tawny and Sam
May 30 • 41 min
“Merchandise can be replaced. Black lives cannot.” This is the episode Sam and I recently recorded this past week, before the protesting began. And tomorrow, we’re recording an episode where we’ll chat about the significance and history behind the…
“My Frodo Baggins” and “The Little Mermaid:” With Tawny and Sam
May 22 • 46 min
Welcome to Death Is Hilarious, the show that explores using dark humor to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. I’m your host Tawny Platis and I’m joined here today with my co-host Sam Peterson. In this episode we do the Covid Check-In, Sam talks about their…
“The Doctors Were Wrong:” With Sam and Cleo from “Topless Topics”
May 5 • 44 min
In this episode, Sam sits down with Cleo from Topless Topics, a community and creative project aimed at de-stigmatizing and de-sexualizing female toplessness in public and on social media, the same way male toplessness was in the 1950s - through repeat…
“Dead Baby Jokes” & “Feeling Better Now:” With Tawny and Sam
Apr 28 • 29 min
Sam and I both talk about premature death, expectations, identity, and self-discovery. CW: Death of a sibling, death of an infant, death of a spouse. Visit for more info. Get in touch by emailing - Follow us…
“A Gift From Beyond” & “ADHD At 30:” With Tawny and Sam
Apr 21 • 33 min
In this episode, Tawny tells Sam about how she may have finally been sent a sign from George. And Sam talks about the weird process of being diagnosed with and treated for ADHD at 30 years old. Visit for more info. Get in touch by…
“Covid Ruined Sex” & “RIP Grandpa:” With Tawny and Sam
Apr 14 • 31 min
Join me, Tawny Platis, my co-host Sam Peterson, and our guests as we talk about using stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. For more information visit To get in touch, email…
Part 2 - “One For The Widows:” With Author Charity Pimentel-Hyams
Apr 7 • 21 min
Welcome to Death is Hilarious, the podcast where I chat with other survivors about how they’re using comedy to cope with loss and grief. I’m your host, Tawny Platis, and in part two of this two part episode, I sat down to chat with Charity Pimentel-Hyams,…
Part 1 - “One For The Widows:” With Author Charity Pimentel-Hyams
Mar 31 • 30 min
In part one of this two-part episode, I sat down to chat with Charity Pimentel-Hyams, author of The Widow’s Survival Guide, a book that gives practical and honest advice about living with children after the death of your spouse. We talked about making…
“Coping With Corona:” Tawny and Sam
Mar 26 • 45 min
CW: Death of a spouse, holidays without a spouse, angry tweeting, St. Patrick’s Day, and peeps.I wasn’t able to take the time to plan out the transition of this podcast from the Dirty Bits to Death is Hilarious like I wanted to. It’s been largely…
“The Steel Albatross:” With Voice Actor and Podcaster Trenton Bennett
Mar 10 • 39 min
CW: Loss of a grandfather, loss of a pet, being unable to revive a spouse, complications during the birthing and delivery process, alligators, Florida, Floridian Insanity, dad jokes, corny humor. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with…
“This Is Your Brain On Grief:” With Lanie From “True Crime Fan Club”
Feb 18 • 47 min
CW: The death of a sibling, car accidents, opioid overdose, the death of a parent, and Trader Joe’s.In This Episode: In this episode, I sat down with Lanie, a fellow voice actor and host of the podcasts “True Crime Fan Club” and “Crimes of Passion” on the…
“Twin Flames:” With Diane From “History Goes Bump”
Feb 4 • 21 min
This podcast addresses sensitive subjects like death and loss… often graphically and with explicit language and dark humor. Please see the show notes for additional content warnings surrounding this particular episode. Listener discretion is advised. CW:…
Ibrahim the Mad: With Tawny and George
Oct 22, 2019 • 45 min
Psst…hey lovebugs, it’s Tawny. A quick word before we get started today: George is currently on oxygen and the machine is pretty darn loud. We’re trying to find a way to work around that in regards to the podcast, so you may notice the audio quality is a…
Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald: With Tawny (Followed By Dirty Bits After Dark: With Tawny and George)
Sep 12, 2019 • 70 min
Welcome to The Dirty Bits of History. I’m Tawny Platis, a professional voice actor, who gives a casual, and comedic southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, salacious, fierce, funny, and freaky bits of history your teacher probably left…
Benjamin Franklin And A Special Note: With Tawny and George
Jul 26, 2019 • 36 min
His love for the ladies, particularly intelligent, young, beautiful ones, has been WELL documented. There were at least 13 women Benny-boy dated, er, at least… tried to date. This one is a surprisingly fun romp through flirty history.
Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George
Jun 18, 2019 • 10 min
In This Episode:Our lives may (finally) be boring.Favorite woman comedians?Why is your show in the LGBTQ category in podcast directory?Who’s Babbs? I see the name when you sign stuff.Who is your favorite podcaster?Game of Thrones finale? Yay or nay?
Agnes Sorel: With Tawny
Jun 18, 2019 • 17 min
In today’s episode, we’re taking it all the way back to 15th century France when Agnes Sorel, a lady in waiting from a family of minor nobility became the first officially recognized mistress to the king, inspired many artists of the time, most notably…
The Reverend Sylvester Graham: With Tawny and George
Jun 4, 2019 • 16 min
The Reverend Sylvester Graham was a hell, fire, and brimstone Presbyterian minister who combined Christianity and healthy living, successfully pioneering the way for all of the self-help guru, diet faddists who now grace our Instagram feeds.
Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George
May 28, 2019 • 16 min
The Questions:What kind of porn do you watch?What kind of music do you listen to?What are your favorite podcasts?What other movies, shows, podcasts etc. are like the Dirty Bits?Why did the show take a break? And I thought you were doing more and longer…
Napoleon Bonaparte: With Tawny and George
May 28, 2019 • 34 min
A lot of people already know he was a pretty big important, controversial military and a lot of people already know he has a reputation for being into some weird sex shit. What you may not know is that he may have been the original fedora wearing…
Mary Shelley: With Tawny and George
May 2, 2019 • 22 min
Mary Shelley’s name has been waiting patiently on my episode list for over a year now. I’ve been conflicted about telling her story. One of the reasons I love producing a show about history is due to the fact that everyone is long dead. Nobody can be…
Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George
May 2, 2019 • 10 min
George’s heart surgery went great! However, when he arrived back home, he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. He has been in the hospital for two weeks and will be having surgery on Monday to remove the infected growths that were found on his right lung.
Spring 2019 Update With Tawny & George
Apr 17, 2019 • 16 min
We give you an update on George’s surgery and answer your questions from the anonymous suggestion/comment box thingy on our website.
Theodora of Byzantium: With Tawny
Apr 16, 2019 • 13 min
I’m especially excited to tell Theodora of Byzantium’s story because it’s refreshingly victorious. She’s best known as one of the most influential and powerful Empresses of the Eastern Roman Empire who went from hooker to high roller to Eastern Orthodox…
Sappho of Lesbos: With Tawny
Apr 9, 2019 • 12 min
If you’re a woman who also likes women, you may recognize her as what is basically the official patron saint of lesbians.
Olympe de Gouges: With Tawny
Apr 2, 2019 • 15 min
Olympe de Gouges was a French playwright, political activist, godmother of modern feminism, and a woman who was so revolutionary, the revolution wasn’t ready for her. Olympe de Gouges is the perfect poster child for the women’s movement and social…
Charlemagne: With Tawny
Mar 26, 2019 • 15 min
The emperor is a lighter one to study because he’s from that time period where you get this blend of saints, mythology, and facts in glorious, gory, written detail. And they all weave together into a beautiful blend of supposition and tom fuckery.
Wallis Simpson: With Tawny
Mar 19, 2019 • 23 min
This episode has everything- Nazis, a twisted Cinderella story, bratty pre-Instagram kids of the uber rich and famous, a disgraced prince, plane crashes, affairs galore, more rumors than facts, Mussolini, Winston Churchill, commies, a jewel heist….and…
Semicentennial: Cleopatra Philopator of Egypt: With Tawny
Mar 12, 2019 • 24 min
It’s our 50th episode! I’m so happy we’ve made it this far. Geeze….and we haven’t even come (heh heh) close to covering all the dirty bits of history. This episode is George’s personal favorite of the podcast’s and I hope you enjoy it as much as he did.…
Eva (Evita) Peron: With Tawny
Mar 5, 2019 • 28 min
Lovebugs, this is a fun one. There are so many rumors and after 12 hours of research, I’ve barely scratched the surface of Eva Peron or Evita, as she’s often called. Eva Peron was an actress, turned First Lady, turned activist, turned kind of saint.…
Harriette Wilson: With Tawny
Feb 26, 2019 • 16 min
History. Edutainment. The Dirty Bits Podcast. You’ve been patiently waiting and now it’s here. Season 3 of the Dirty Bits Podcast begins with a famous courtesan releasing her memoirs in the 1820s and calling out everyone she slept with in delightful…
November Update From Tawny of The Dirty Bits Podcast
Nov 7, 2018 • 8 min
Hey guys, it’s Tawny from the Dirty Bits here and heads up, this is unfortunately not a casual retelling of any sexy, scandalous, or salacious stories from history. This is just me talking. So if you’re just holding out for our latest episode, you can go…
What Is The Dirty Bits?
Oct 17, 2018 • 0 min
The Dirty Bits Podcast is performed by a professional voice actor who gives a casual -and hopefully, comical- Southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, and salacious stories from history your teacher probably left out.
Charlie Chaplin Part 3 - Season Finale: Classic Hollywood
May 30, 2018 • 22 min
Last time we checked in with Charlie, he got hit hard with a divorce settlement, one that may be the largest in history and his reputation was trashed because the public saw him as this cradle robbing sexual deviant who had even more dick in his…
Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (Substitute Teacher Episode)
May 22, 2018 • 13 min
The cool stuff- she was a warrior, a brilliant military strategist, an adept diplomat and politician and a symbol against oppression. She also had a harem with dozens of men she’d kill after she slept with them.
Charlie Chaplin Part 2- Classic Hollywood
May 15, 2018 • 25 min
Last week on the Dirty Bits, we covered Charlie Chaplin’s family history. His mother may have been a prostitute to support herself and her children, his dad seemed like a drunken jerk, and overall, it was a super sad story.
Charlie Chaplin Part 1- Classic Hollywood
May 8, 2018 • 21 min
Lovebugs, this dude has one of the gnarliest Cinderella Stories I’ve ever heard with a messed up family to boot. I didn’t know was just how far back all of the dirty bits, went….you know, the scandalous, salacious, and sexy stuff we cover.
Mae West Part 3- Classic Hollywood
May 1, 2018 • 17 min
Last week, we left a tired-of-everyone’s-bullshit Mae West at the end of her rope, with cinema and radio. She knew she was stupendous and she didn’t need Hollywood, so girl packed up all her jewels, boas, tight fitting dresses, and innuendos … and headed…
Mae West Part 2 - Classic Hollywood
Apr 24, 2018 • 20 min
Last week we left off with Mae West having been incarcerated for her provocative plays and then she made a kinda stupid comment about being an early supporter of Women’s Lib… but not being a “bra burning feminist,” as she said.
Mae West Part 1 – Classic Hollywood
Apr 17, 2018 • 24 min
Mae West was a writer, an actress,and a comedian, starting in vaudeville and thriving through the Wall Street crash where she first introduced what, was at the time, a unique concept- shocking the public as a career.
Florence Henderson - Classic Hollywood
Apr 10, 2018 • 29 min
Florence Henderson was an extremely talented, versatile, and busy lady who had an incredibly difficult beginning that she absolutely refused to allow define her. I don’t toss around the word “inspirational” lightly but girl was inspirational as fuuuuuck.
Clara Bow Part 2 – Classic Hollywood
Apr 3, 2018 • 20 min
Mae West is not only working herself to death, likely dealing with some daddy issues, and is feeling the pressures of being such a mega celebrity, there are some very public scandals of the most foul nature circulating around our poor little flapper girl.
Clara Bow Part 1 – Classic Hollywood
Mar 27, 2018 • 25 min
Clara Bow was a tomboy, she was sexy, she was a flapper. She was the girl you had fun with and everyone liked but was a little too rough around the edges to bring home to mom.She was an American actress who got her start in the silent film era of the 20’s…
Kitty Fisher – (Substitute Teacher Episode)
Mar 20, 2018 • 12 min
That’s right, we’re opening up the vault to tell you the story of the first Paris Hilton, the original Kim Kardashian, the one, the only, Kitty Fisher.
Katharine Hepburn Part 2 – Classic Hollywood
Mar 13, 2018 • 27 min
Realizing that her career was fading faster than a kid who swallowed a Tide Pod, Hepburn took action to arrange a project that would launch her back into the limelight.
Katharine Hepburn Part 1– Classic Hollywood
Mar 6, 2018 • 20 min
Katharine Hepburn was an American actress known for her fierce independence, spirited personality, and flawless hot roller hair-dos. A hipster of her time period, Hepburn wore trousers before it was cool or acceptable for women to do so. She epitomized…
Clark Gable – Classic Hollywood
Feb 27, 2018 • 24 min
Clark Gable had a lot in common with Errol Flynn. He was simultaneously both THE shit and a piece of shit, earning the nickname “The King of Hollywood” while he managed to smack around and knock up his colleagues.
Ramon Novarro – Classic Hollywood
Feb 20, 2018 • 21 min
Jose Ramon Gil Samaniego, better known as Ramon Novarro, was a Mexican actor who graced the stage, movie theater, and tv sets with his presence. He started out in silent film in 1917 and grew up to become 1920’s Jake Gyllenhaal.
Spencer Tracy Part 2– Classic Hollywood
Feb 13, 2018 • 14 min
We left off last week with Spency finally getting recognition in Hollywood while he was boozing it up and shacking up with a grip of women who weren’t his wife…
Spencer Tracy Part 1 – Classic Hollywood
Feb 6, 2018 • 18 min
He was versatile and effortlessly talented. Tracy was nominated for nine academy awards out of the 75 he appeared in and was the winner of two for best actor. He was also a raging alcoholic, womanizer, pissy little hot head obsessed with death.
Errol Flynn – Classic Hollywood
Jan 30, 2018 • 17 min
Errol Flynn is known best for his romantic, adventurous, ruffian type roles in his films. What he’s less well known for is being a skeevy creep who could have given Weinstein a run for his money.
Greta Garbo Part 3 – Classic Hollywood
Jan 23, 2018 • 18 min
Last week, we found out that while Greta Garbo never married, she was in plenty of relationships. This biographer Barry Paris wrote this book called, “Garbo” and he’s like, “Ok, there is so much gay shit about this woman. I’m pretty sure she dated Lilyan…
Greta Garbo Part 2 – Classic Hollywood
Jan 16, 2018 • 21 min
Last week we learned about Greta Garbo’s lightning fast rise to fame. She was a huge, profitable star, and had just been wooed back into a contract with MGM when they allowed her to portray King Cristina on screen. After that, things started getting tough.
Greta Garbo Part 1 – Classic Hollywood
Jan 9, 2018 • 19 min
Greta Garbo wasn’t a name that was unfamiliar to me. I’ve been passionate about film and entertainment my entire life so I naturally knew about the famed ice queen who made the rare, successful transition from silent film to talkies.
Scotty Bowers – Classic Hollywood
Jan 2, 2018 • 14 min
We’re kicking off the second season of the Dirty Bits with Scotty Bowers, the guy who got it on with everyone in Hollywood (ladies and gents) for almost 4 decades while playing matchmaker/pimp to the stars.
Season Two – An Introduction From Tawny
Nov 21, 2017 • 3 min
Hollywood has been rocked by horrific sex scandals in the last few years. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and possibly others reminded everyone how the culture of Hollywood protects predators and erases truths. Things like Statutory rape,…
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – A Halloween Mini Episode
Nov 10, 2017 • 9 min
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins isn’t a name many would recognize, but his most famous song, “I Put a Spell on You” is now a Halloween staple in many homes across the U.S. He also may have fathered anywhere between 30 and 75 children.
Genghis Khan - Controversial Characters
Oct 26, 2017 • 20 min
Genghis Khan was the founder of the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He practiced meritocracy, was religiously tolerant and unified the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. He’s also notorious for Dothraki like cruelty, is considered by…
Fidel Castro - Controversial Characters
Oct 17, 2017 • 29 min
His first name is derived from the Latin word meaning “faithful” which is pretty ironic when you’re accused of sleeping with 35,000 women over the course of your life.
Mao Zedong - Controversial Characters
Oct 10, 2017 • 21 min
Mao Zedong is easily one of the most controversial figures in history. His physician also released a book that claimed the chairman engaged in many (MANY) scandalous and salacious acts before his passing in 1976.
Taking on the Tudors Part 3 - The Final Chapter
Oct 3, 2017 • 20 min
In the final episode of our mini series “Taking on the Tudors,” we explore all the sexy secrets, rumors and intrigue surrounding the perhaps not so virginal Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Taking on the Tudors Part 2 – Things Get Complicated
Sep 26, 2017 • 47 min
King Henry V through King Henry VII didn’t seem to have particularly sexy reigns but they were the ancestors of one of history’s most notoriously scandalous and salacious monarchs, Henry VIII.
Taking on the Tudors Part 1 - The Beginning
Sep 12, 2017 • 20 min
The Tudors. Most people, including myself, typically associate the family house with Henry the 8th of England, his daughter Elizabeth the I, and her sister, the infamous Bloody Mary.
Albert Einstein
Sep 5, 2017 • 20 min
xAs Einstein scholar John Stachel says, “Too much of an idol was made of Einstein. He’s not an idol—he’s a human, and that’s much more interesting.” The physicist was quite the cad….guilty of numerous acts of hanky panky with a slew of ladies… including…
Aug 29, 2017 • 19 min
We’re taking it way back to ancient Rome, where every name is fun to say and much of the history is composed of hearsay, rumors and downright bullshit.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Aug 22, 2017 • 20 min
Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. One of the main players behind the Enlightenment in not only France, but all across Europe.But this is the Dirty Bits- so we’re more interested in the fact that he loved being spanked.
James Joyce
Aug 15, 2017 • 16 min
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born February 2, 1882. But he went by James Joyce. He’s also responsible for creating some of the smuttiest, porniest, scatalogical and ass fetish-y letters I’ve ever read.
Julie d’Aubigny
Aug 8, 2017 • 15 min
The myth, the legend, the subject of plays, memes, and a French TV series. Julie d’Aubigny was basically Arya Stark with a little Miley Cyrus streak and some Ronda Rousey sprinkles on top.
Philippe I Duke of Orleans
Aug 1, 2017 • 22 min
His title was Philippe I, Duke of Orleans but as the younger brother of the king, he was known simply as Monsieur. He also had many, many boyfriends and frequently crossed dressed.
Nikola Tesla
Jul 25, 2017 • 15 min
Oh Tesla. Tesla, Tesla, Tesla. Remembered by Elon Musk and 80’s hairbands, the Serbian American is an interesting topic for the Dirty Bits Podcast. The man was too brilliant for sex with any human on earth and fell in love with a pigeon.
Jul 18, 2017 • 21 min
Of course, he’s known for the “Schrodinger’s cat” thought experiment, but what you may not know, is Erwin Schrödinger was totally turned off by his wife and lived openly, raising children, in numerous polyamorous relationships throughout his life.
Jul 11, 2017 • 13 min
The mononymous Colette, a Nobel Prize winning French novelist, mime, actress, and author of the famous “Gigi” who could have given Mary Kay LeTourneau a run for her money.
The Independence Day Special
Jul 5, 2017 • 50 min
We take a closer look at the political scandals from United States history, featuring James Buchanan, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower,William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, Richard Mentor Johnson and David I. Walsh.
President Warren G. Harding
Jun 27, 2017 • 19 min
Warren G. Harding is often considered one of the worst presidents in United States history….and possibly the dirtiest.
Peggy Guggenheim
Jun 13, 2017 • 19 min
“My book was all about fucking,” she once said of her memoirs. So they weren’t really secrets, which is partially the Schtick of The Dirty Bits Podcast. But that’s only if you know who Peggy Guggenheim is in the first place….and since you millennials are…
Jack Parsons
Jun 6, 2017 • 16 min
Jack Parsons was born in 1914 in Pasadena and was originally named after his father Marvel, until his wife caught him cheating with a prostitute…. and started calling him Jack instead. She also filed for divorce.
Hans Christian Andersen
May 30, 2017 • 16 min
The creator of “The Little Mermaid” was a big, neurotic, painfully self aware, goofy looking man-child who obsessively tossed off and kept a careful record in his diary each time he did.
Marie Curie
May 23, 2017 • 18 min
Maria Skłodowska, more commonly known by her French name as Marie Curie, is mostly known for her groundbreaking work in radioactivity and being a fierce bitch on wheels.
Anthony Comstock
Apr 29, 2017 • 15 min
“Comstockery is the world’s standing joke at the expense of the United States. Europe likes to hear of such things. It confirms the deep-seated conviction of the Old World that America is a provincial place, a second-rate country-town civilization after…
John Wilmot
Apr 29, 2017 • 16 min
John Wilmot, the poster boy for what was called “A rake”, which is short for rakehell, which is a synonym for “hellraiser” It was a term popular in the 1600’s that described a womanizing man with a penchant for debauchery. In other words, John was a…
Catherine the Great
Apr 13, 2017 • 19 min
Catherine the Great had a string of affairs with handsome young men, was called sexually insatiable, a nymphomaniac and allegedly got it on with a stallion. While many urban legends and conflicting opinions from historians are tied to her name, what’s so…