'Two Dykes and a Mic' — podcasters McKenzie Goodwin & Rachel Scanlon serve up laughs and life lessons

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Tuesday January 16, 2024
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Rachel Scanlon and McKenzie Goodwin
Rachel Scanlon and McKenzie Goodwin

"Two Dykes and a Mic" is the hit podcast created by stand-up comedians and platonic best friends McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon. Their magnetic chemistry, quick wit and unique perspectives have propelled Goodwin and Scanlon to the top of the chart as their LGBTQ audience continues to grow, rapidly approaching 1 million listeners.

Hilariously funny, insightful, and full of great information, the delightful duo dish up the latest news on sex, love, and appealing middle-aged actresses among many other fascinating topics. Currently, the two extremely talented comedians are touring the U.S. and Canada, taping live shows in a number of different locations. They'll perform live in Los Angeles on February 7.

But whether they are on-stage with a live audience or are tucked away in a studio, their presentation is exactly the same so you won't miss a thing.

The personable pair started their weekly podcast in 2017 when they were only in their 20s. The purpose was to address the many questions they themselves had about being queer, as well as questions about the LGBTQ community, dating norms, expectations, etc.

"There are a lot of people who don't have a single queer best friend to ask those questions to," said Goodwin in a recent podcast. "I think we're starting conversations that genuinely are like, 'Wait, how do you go on a first date with a woman? How do you talk to women?' It's nice to hear two gay best friends telling you how to do it."

Goodwin and Scanlon keep listeners abreast of the latest trending topics with their Gay News segment, and address Topics You Wish Were in the Gay Media, like what to do in case you've "accidentally slept with your entire pickleball team."

Other fan favorites include dating advice with Ask a Dyke, real life stories on actually bad dates you don't want to happen to you on their Bumble Fumbles segment, and questions queer women secretly ponder, such as "Is wearing flannel while straight queer-bating?" Every episode packs in tons of fun topics and keeps the listeners in stitches. Their surprise special guests have included Margaret Cho, Mae Martin, and E.R. Fightmaster.

Goodwin put it best. "Let queer people be silly and full of joy even when June ends. The other months are super gay too!"

As Scanlon told Xtramagazine.com, "When I was coming out, all I wanted to do was be in queer spaces, but the spaces I found all had this kind of sensual, serious energy. I'm not a serious lesbian, and I've never been a serious lesbian. All I ever wanted my whole young queer life was to be with queer people and be silly. All we want to do is laugh with our gay friends. If you know queer women, you know that we are the funniest, most lively, most caring people that you'll ever get to meet. I always wanted to see that represented. We just want to let lesbians laugh."

And on being able to do this with her best friend? Goodwin said, "We get back to our hotel after a long day of doing weird stuff and decompress with each other, laughing all night long. It's like summer camp every single night."

Their brand of non-stop comedy seeks to spread real joy while dispensing helpful information to the queer world.

"Oh my god. It is honestly the dream."


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