Susan Earl

"it was like an explosion" - Susan Earl

Actress and comedian Susan Earl joins Samantha Baines for this lighthearted and uplifting chatty episode. The two comedians discuss wearing lots of hats (metaphorically), drinking Sex on the Beach and having to break the news of divorce to people you meet for years after the thing. Susan explains what it's like pretending to be with your ex for functions and gives top tips for being a good friend to someone going through a divorce or separation. Lots of giggles and even an idea to make 'divorce key rings' just like the ones you get on rides at a theme park, although maybe business isn't their strong point!

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Sam  00:12

Welcome to the divorce club hosted by me comedian and divorcee Samantha Baines. You might be starting a new chapter due to your divorce. Maybe you have a friend who's going through a divorce or your just plain curious. I recently got divorced age 32. And it was a bit of a whirlwind doing it so young. Yes, I still believe I'm young. Don't ruin it for me. I felt confused, free and lonely. So I decided to interview some interesting people about their divorce experiences in the hope that it would help me get out of house mainly, and maybe help you too. Don't worry. I am a comedian so it won't be all doom and gloom. Welcome to The Divorce Club. I am joined by actress, writer and comedian Susan Earl. You might have seen her in Torvill and Dean on ITV or in Perrin, Hardware or Red Dwarf. Susan, welcome to The Divorce Club.

Susan  01:09

I am so happy to be here.

Sam  01:11

Are you How does it make you feel what I say to you? You're divorced.

Susan  01:15

Oh gosh. Well actually, it sounds much better when you say you're in The Divorce Club. I like that. So feel like I'm part of a group of strong women and men maybe. But being divorced. I didn't like the sound of that so much. It just sounds very grown up and a bit serious.

Sam  01:31

Well, yeah, the reason I started this podcast was because I felt so alone when I first got divorced and I you know, was getting divorced early 30s. And I thought there's no one else like me and the more you talk about it, the more people come out of the woodwork as being divorced and I do think it's a bit of a club like we've all experienced this intense traumatic in some cases, whirlwind of a ride together. So I do think it's quite nice if we can all come together and have a little club.

Susan  02:00

Oh, I really I wish I could have listened to this club. When I was getting divorced. Cause  I took about four years of hemming and hawing and trying to figure it out. And tryna, was really interested in reading books by people that got divorced. And you know, just listen to other people's experiences. Absolutely. It makes you feel not so alone, not the weirdo in your social group. Because even though other people are considering divorce, they will not tell you that until you are the divorced person. And then everyone tells you about their want to be divorced fantasies.

Sam  02:31

And then you feel like you're responsible for all your friends marriages, because they're like, what's it like it? Mine's probably different to yours.

Susan  02:39

I know. I know. And people have misconceptions. And it's a bit like when you have children that actually can really understand it once you've had it. And I think other than that, you could try to explain it but it's different to what everyone thinks and...

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