5 January 2023
Introducing our new podcast: Dead Good!
Six engaging and entertaining episodes encouraging more people to think and talk about death, dying and loss
Take one amiable host who’s an award-winning comedian and writer, throw in six awesomely open fellow performers, ask them to talk about death and dying, and hey presto you’ve got Dead Good, our brand new podcast, confronting the most taboo topic head-on with a carefully crafted combination of candour and comedy.
All the guests share with Sajeela Kershi their deeply personal experiences of the death of family members as well as advice for others experiencing grief, and ways in which humour has helped them to cope, in six captivating half-hour episodes.
Listeners will find it hard not be moved by broadcaster and former Time Out editor Tim Arthur as he recalls the long illness and subsequent death of his wife, aged just 28. Equally, it’s tricky not to laugh out loud as he describes playing totally the wrong song at her funeral or when writer and actor Sudha Bhuchar tells how the hearse was double booked for her mother’s funeral.
First encounters with death, the effect of the site of a coffin, and the lengths some people go to scatter a relative’s ashes, are just some of the more serious subjects Sajeela invites Tim, Sudha and the four other guests, comedian Steve N Allen, actress Evelyn Lockley and Shobna Gulati and Lewis Schaffer to explore.
As well as finding all six episodes engaging and entertaining, we’re really hoping to encourage more people to think and talk about death, dying and loss in new and unexpected ways.
Sajeela says: “I was delighted when St Christopher’s approached me about Dead Good. Death is part of living and yet we are reluctant to talk about it. However, like many other comedians who’ve experienced bereavement I’ve also talked about it in my own work. Yes, Comedy & tragedy go hand in hand. In the darkest times laughter can be a welcome release along with the tears. What I’ve learnt from this project is that no matter what your background sharing one’s stories or experience of death and grief can be cathartic and connects us as humans. My guests may be in the public eye, but each episode is compelling and resonates.”
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