Well, I like to keep up with everything modern, you know. All the current shows and programs and trends, all the streaming entertainments and Instagram stories and Tiktoks and MySpace Vines, or whatever they’re always cooking up to make us all feel overwhelmed by content. And it’s—big surprise—exhausting.
So imagine my relief when I discovered Let’s Talk to Lucy, a leisurely radio series that began in the mid-60s and was recently rediscovered and released on SiriusXM. It’s also now a once-a-week podcast (there are over 200 of them, apparently, so have a good four years of listening, y’all). Finally: I’m keeping up with all the hot new releases from 1964!
It’s pretty straightforward: Lucille Ball sits down with a show business friend or two per episode and talks to them about, oh whatever. Sometimes it’s about their kids. Sometimes it’s about HER kids. Sometimes it’s about Danny Kaye taking Chinese cooking classes (which transitions into Lucy talking about “plain American food” REPEATEDLY, and that apparently means pot roast and gravy and steak and potatoes thankyouverymuch, until Danny Kaye points out that the French have those too, to which Lucy replies, “They add wine and sauce!”).
Now that I think about it, it’s all just 100% nuts.
In addition to nuts, it’s interesting that she’s completely unvarnished in this—she admits in the very first episode that she’s always played a character and looks forward to showing America the unwritten Lucy. The result is sometimes surprising—she’s funny, but she’s got an edge. She’s occasionally a little … meaner … than Lucy Ricardo ever was (talking to a Copacabana showgirl who is also a mother, she casually drops, “You certainly are not the usual type of Vegas showgirl … according to what I’ve heard”) and it’s delightful every single time.
You’re only about a month behind, so you can catch up quickly (not that there’s a plot, but there’s so much chitchat about her son Desi’s “combo” that I can’t help but hope we get a weekly update about it … from over fifty years ago). It’s on SiriusXM and wherever you get your podcasts.
Anyway, you already love Lucy. Just listen to it.