She’s a comedian who grew up in a sexually reserved household. He’s a porn star with more than 1,000 titles under his oft-unbuckled belt. Together, Rosie Tran and Tommy Pistol host Dirty Change, a podcast dedicated to de-stigmatizing sex and sex work.
Standup comedians and porn stars earn their livings being vulnerable. That’s why it makes sense that, when a comic and an adult-industry vet come together to talk about sex, the final product is going to (pun fully intended) go deep.
In January, comedian Rosie Tran and 15-year adult industry veteran Tommy Pistol released the first season of their new podcast, Dirty Change. The hilarious duo talked to various members of the adult industry, delving into topics such as what it’s like to be a sex worker, how weird it is to meet fans when you’re just trying to hang out with your kids, and other intriguing subjects.
I was interviewed for one episode, and recently, I got to turn the tables and quiz Rosie and Tommy for this Q&A. Thankfully, they weren’t shy at all!
“I felt like sex is stigmatized, and we teach people it’s bad. But look around us. There are 7.5 billion humans. Obviously, people are having sex.”Rosie Tran
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ROSIE TRAN: My history with talking about sex was really censored growing up. I was raised in a very traditional Vietnamese immigrant household, and we never spoke about taboo subjects. If we did, it was very uncomfortable. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to start the podcast. I felt like sex is stigmatized, and we teach people it’s bad. But look around us. There are 7.5 billion humans. Obviously, people are having sex. I felt like for me, being the quintessential good girl growing up, there wasn’t enough information out there to understand the topic. Not talking about something leads to myths, lies and stereotypes, which are never a good thing.