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Kaleidotrope Podcast is a queer romantic comedy podcast set on a slightly magical college campus and playing around with romance tropes, particularly fanfiction tropes.
The plot centers around Drew and Harrison, two reluctant college radio co-hosts-turned-accidental-advice-givers who find themselves in the middle of the campus’s oldest mystery: Do happy endings really happen at Sidlesmith? Can you really find your trope?
And if the magic isn’t real, what does that mean for two polar opposites who find themselves falling for each other twice a week for half an hour on a suddenly popular radio show?
We are delighted to share this trailer with you, and we hope you enjoy! Kaleidotrope will premiere on June 15, and new episodes will be posted on the 15th and 30th of every month until we’re done! The series consists of nine thirty-minute-ish episodes, and is a self-contained story. No cliffhanger ahoy!
DREW: Good evening, ladies, gents, ladygents, and all your Sidlesmith troopers out there. It’s just after 8:00 and you’re listening to Kaleidotrope on 89.2 WFLUF The Fluff. I’m your beleaguered host Drew and this is–
DREW: Hi. Why don’t you just tell everyone out there listening–
HARRISON: And hearing!
DREW: –what–who you are.
HARRISON: It’s Harrison. My name is Harrison.
DREW: See, that sounds like an incoming text. Seriously?
HARRISON: Oooh, it’s advice time!
DREW: It’s not advice time.
HARRISON: So text us all your problems and we’ll give you our patented words of wisdom.
DREW: “We have to raise an egg baby with a partner and I’ve been paired with someone who doesn’t get me. What should I do?”
HARRISON: “I have a problem I’m hoping you guys can help me with. My roommate just asked me to pretend to be her girlfriend over the long weekend at her sister’s wedding.”
DREW: Oh, God. Oh, no.
DREW: She has a crush on her wide receiver.
HARRISON: That is the best trope. Oh, my God. Why don’t they make out after every stunning victory? Why are we being deprived of this as a school community?
DREW: This is a disaster.
HARRISON: Here, all you need is a meet-cute.
DOROTHEA: It’s all a lie. All of it.
DREW: You really believe that, don’t you? You think the Sidlesmith Valentine is real. Of course you do.
DOROTHEA: There is no Valentine.
DREW: You believe all that stuff about Sidlesmith putting some sort of spell over the campus.
DOROTHEA: There is no spell.
DREW: So everyone who comes here will fall in love and get their happy ending.
HARRISON: Well, yeah. Doesn’t everyone?
DOROTHEA: There is no magic at Sidlesmith.
HARRISON: You’re lying!
DREW: “Just wanted to say that our whole fake girlfriend plan is stalled because Sabrina’s sister isn’t getting married anymore. Now there’s no reason for a fake girlfriend.”
HARRISON: No reason for a fake girlfriend?! The magic is–It’s all falling apart!
DREW: “I kissed Tricia and not only is she not my soulmate, but now she’s going around telling everybody that I’m a terrible kisser and that I kiss like an anteater. What do you have to say for yourself?”
HARRISON: We’ve broken everyone!
DREW: We haven’t broken anyone.
HARRISON: You’re gloating. You never believed in the Sidlesmith magic. But people come to Sidlesmith for the romance and the magic and the possibility of true love and that’s what they get when they’re here and that’s what makes Sidlesmith so…
DREW: So pointless, if nobody’s ever making a choice, if it’s all just tropes.
DREW: What if I were to kiss you right now?
HARRISON: That’s our show!