Everyone who has ever lived outside of their parents’ home has a wild, or weird, or frankly horrifying sharehouse story. Or at least that’s the theory behind media personality Marty Smiley and comedian Nat Damena‘s new podcast, Housewarming.
Think of your old housemates. Like the one who slept on a mattress on the floor (or on milk crates) with a half-eaten kebab rotting next to it, which you suspect was the seed of your cockroach infestation. Or the one who used every burner on the stove to make jam at dinnertime because she was going through something. Or the one who had sex for the first time in six months with her window wide open and she was very enthusiastic, so the sound travelled all the way to the kitchen at the other end of the house.
Marty and his housemate Nat have spent the last six months pulling together those kinds of stories for their “sharehouse confessional”, Housewarming, from the depths of their own Newtown sharehouse. We’re talking dodgy landlords, the scourge of pantry moths and detailed lists of every piece of maintenance they never bothered to fix (who needs a working front light?).
Each week, they’ll be joined by a different guest to talk housemate etiquette, including comedians Becky Lucas and Cameron James, resolving all their sharehouse troubles along the way. The latest episode, and their first with a guest(!), features comedian Nina Oyama.
It’s the pod that speaks the reality of being a millennial renter – that we could end up doing this forever. Because, y’know, insecure work and the steady creep upwards of house prices.
It’s the good, the bad and the ugly (and heaps funny) of sharehouse life. Season one of Housewarming will drop every Wednesday until May.