Comedian Iliza Shlesinger had a weird thing happen to her some years back: she basically got fooled into a relationship with a complete fraud. Now, while most people would crawl into a hole and have a good cry, Shlesinger did that, but also decided to turn her shocking situation into a feature film, “Good On Paper,” which hit the streamer on June 23.
In this episode of The Playlist Podcast, Charles Barfield, Mike DeAngelo, and Brian Farvour sat down with the hilarious Iliza Shlesinger to talk about the true story that led to the film. “When I originally told the story several years ago I was so surprised because I thought it was just a freak thing that had happened to me – meeting a sociopath – the amount of people who reached out and were like, ‘This happened to me,’” she said. “The world is replete with these types of Talented Mr. Ripley’s…”
In the discussion, the stand-up comedian also chats about cancel culture and the effect it has on comedy. “It trickles down to the most pedantic things. Everybody makes mistakes. And just because you’re not white and not a man doesn’t mean you’re absolved of these things and you’re impervious,” Shlesinger said. “What we should be looking for are patterns, not an oops…”
If you’re at all a fan of Shlesinger, this one has all of the laughs, emotion, and raw honesty that you’ve come to expect from her and more. “Good On Paper” is available now on Netflix. You can listen to the full discussion below:
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