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My Dad Wrote a Porno onstage, LIVE, and uncut

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click to enlarge Jamie Morton, flanked by his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine, brings his podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno to the stage. - COURTESY ROYAL ALBERT HALL
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  • Jamie Morton, flanked by his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine, brings his podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno to the stage.

The podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno features weekly readings by Jamie Morton and his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine from Belinda Blinked, the erotic three-volume saga of Belinda Blumenthal, a twentysomething businesswoman who will go to any length to snag as many international cookware clients as she can. The twist is that, as the podcast's title suggests, the series was written by Morton’s father, who goes by the pen name Rocky Flintstone. Morton, a longtime producer of British TV, was the sole recipient of preview pages of his father’s work before it was self-published on Amazon in spring 2015. Later that same year he started the podcast as a form of therapy.

"It’s almost like it’s not healthy to repress this," Morton says. "I just kind of have to confront it, and put it out into the world."

What started as sincere smut being read for a laugh around Morton’s kitchen table has turned into a literary adventure. The series' entertainment potential paired with Flintstone’s willingness to expose his work to as many people as possible led to the weekly readings being recorded and shared with the world. The podcast has had 100 million downloads; spawned a new annotated edition of Belinda Blinked with commentary from Morton, Cooper, and Levine; and attracted celebrity fans, including Elijah Wood, Daisy Ridley, and Michael Sheen, all of whom are vying to play a part in the Belinda Blinked film franchise, should it ever come to be. Now the British sensation is touring the United States for the first time.

During the live performance the trio reads a never-before-heard lost chapter by Flintstone, then asks members of the audience to perform famous scenes from past chapters and give a TED-talk-style lesson on female anatomy inspired by Flintstone’s confusion about the location of the cervix. The books include characters from countries around the world often portrayed on the podcast by Morton, who says the tour has only highlighted how terrible he is at accents.

"I like to think they're deliberately not good: in the way that my dad's writing is rubbish, my accents are rubbish," Morton says. "If I was like Meryl Streep, it just wouldn’t be the same."

Flintstone himself was unable to make it to a live show stateside, but Morton says he’s loving every minute of his rise to infamy. Through the experience Morton says he’s been proud to realize his father is "oddly progressive" for a straight man who writes porn. "A lot of the books are very kind of dated and wrong, but actually he’s a guy in his mid-60s who wrote an erotic book from the perspective of a woman," Morton says. "All of the female characters are kind of the ones in charge throughout the book, and the male characters are kind of not even really in it, they kind of come in and leave really quickly."

The live show, Morton says, is for anyone whether they’re a "Belinker" (fan of the podcast) or not, because "none of my dad’s work makes sense anyway." He says during his two weeks in the United States he's seen people become fans of the series, go all out in Belinda Blinked cosplay, and on one occasion, walk out during an educational presentation on the vagina—complete with visuals—given by Levine. Once the international tour wraps up, the trio is gearing up to read the soon-to-be-released fourth book in the series to be aired on the podcast later this year. Morton says he’s also in talks to turn his father’s erotic stories into a television show or film.

"It seems like Belinda will be in our lives for quite some time," Morton says. "I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing."

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