Tranna Wintour is a spiritual, pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry, transgender comedian, singer, producer, and writer. She’s basically Barbra Streisand minus the fame, fortune, and cloned dogs. On stage, Tranna brings a unique and rare mix of wit, glamour, and depth that always leaves audiences wanting more. She’s been named by Fashion magazine as one of the queens of Canadian comedy, and CBC Comedy just placed her at the top of their list of top comedians to watch in 2019. In addition to her work as a performer, Tranna co-hosts and co-produces CBC Podcasts’ Chosen Family with her creative partner/comedy soulmate, Thomas Leblanc. Chosen Family reached the top 10 of iTunes Canada’s top comedy podcasts and was named one of Apple’s Best Podcasts of 2018. Tranna will release her debut (musical) album, Safe From Your Affection, this fall on Oscar St. Records. Upon seeing her solo show in New York City, legendary comedienne, Sandra Bernhard, proclaimed: “A star is born!”
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Montreal comedians Thomas Leblanc and Tranna Wintour shine a light on the intersection of art, community and sexuality. Join Chosen Family every other week for deep and spontaneous conversations featuring renowned artists and up-and-coming creators. Past guests include Margaret Cho, Xavier Dolan, John Cameron Mitchell, Jen Kirkman, Sandra Bernhard, and more! Live shows performed at Just For Laughs to sold-out crowds.
Chosen Family was born out of desire to have deeper conversations that are difficult to have on the comedy stage. It was born of a desire to spark discussion and connection within queer and artistic communities, but the show is open invitation to anyone interested in diving deep and having frank, open discussions.
The first season of Chosen Family was produced independently by Tranna and Thomas in collaboration with the Phi Centre, an arts organization in Montreal. For season two, Tranna and Thomas were picked up by CBC, Canada’s Broadcasting Company (like the UK’s BBC), which has allowed the duo to reach a much wider audience. For this new chapter of the show, Cristal Duhaime was brought on as producer and editor, giving the show a unique and rich sound design. Cristal is also the co-producer of CBC’s Love Me, a storytelling-based podcast about the human need for love in all its dimensions. Cristal is one of the best podcast producers in the industry and has helped taken Chosen Family to a new level by transforming it into a talk show that tells a story.
Chosen Family has reached the top 40 on Apple Canada’s overall podcast chart, and the top 5 of the comedy chart. You can subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts!
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How would your approach your guests in sharing the episode? I somewhat feel like its part of the deal but I know its not always on the guests top priority especially higher profile guest. Just was wondering how you would approach that conversation with a guest.
Hi Tranna, thanks so much for doing this AMA! You’ve clearly had some great success with your podcast and I’ve to hear your take on what’s made it successful?
Hey Tranna any tips for how to continuously come up with great episode ideas and content would be appreciated
Thanks for coming on Tranna. Do you think there’s many genres of podcast left that don’t have great shows being produced for them? If so, which ones? The true crimes of the world seem to get all the new content, but there must be so many genres still underserved!?
What is your opinion on how long you give your show before calling it a day because of no listeners
Heya Tranna in your mind what are the best reasons to get into podcasting? I feel like so many people do it to make money then realize it’s not really a way to do that. I’ve found that the best mindset to have is to treat it as an enjoyable hobby and let whatever rewards come, if they ever do. But interested in getting your take.
Tranna, what made you decide to release Chosen Family in seasons? I’m always interested in this format choice!