Laughing through hard times

Why comedy (and feminism) matter with actress Susan Earl

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You might know Susan Earl from her roles in Red Dwarf, So Awkward, Reggie Perrin or as Christopher Dean’s mum in the Christmas special of Torvill and Dean.  She is a comedian, actress, writer, single mother and my friend.

We first met over chamomile tea in the Greek Pelion where we were both slighty stressed mothers trying to have an adult conversation with two young children apiece running wild.  We have since tried to set up a holistic holiday company together (and failed), been on community holidays together (and loved them) and kept each other sane through life’s ups and downs.

In this podcast conversation we talk about parenting, feminism, writing, misogyny and holidays and how, through comedy and laughter, we can find connection and comfort through even the hardest of times.

To listen to the podcast click here.

One of Susan’s comic songs that I so love is called ‘Hot Middle Aged Loving’, her it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E88k88_6QQ  and you can find out more about her work here: https://www.hd-management.co.uk/susanearl.

We talked about the work of Laura Bates and her work on which you can find out more about through these links:

https://everydaysexism.com

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/02/men-who-hate-women-by-laura-bates-review-fierce-and-eye-opening

You can find out more about me here

Julie Leoni

Life coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Dr

I am a well-being coach who helps people find their 'thing'; the thing that lights you up and gives you joy and energy. Listen to my podcast; 'What's your thing?' to get inspiration.

I support people to create a less stressed life, to boost their well-being, to ask for what they want and to look after their own needs so that they can hear their heart's call and live a more empowered and meaningful life.

I draw on experience and training in bereavement, domestic abuse, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, Transactional Analysis and other therapeutic approaches.

I have 2 sons who I love loads (and who sometimes drive me crazy). I'm a Barefoot Trained coach and I got a distinction for my post-grad cert in 2011.

I have a PhD which led me to look at Emotional Intelligence in schools and I have a number of academic and professional qualifications in various types of therapy.

I have practiced meditation since I went to India over 30 years ago and I'm a yoga teacher. I have written a couple of books, I teach psychology and work with a large variety of coaching clients.