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Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook explore modern relationships on ‘Wedlock’
Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook aren’t relationship experts, but the two comedians might just be making the best podcast about the subject.
Relationships are hard. Podcasting is easy. Maybe that’s why comedians Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook decided to use the latter to figure out the former. They started the podcast Wedlock soon after being married, and have used it to explore everything from polyamory to furries.
They may not be relationship experts, but they do know something about making an entertaining show. Cook won an Emmy for writing the web series Floaters and Braunohler, in addition to his stand out appearances on late night shows like CONAN and The Tonight Show, can be seen playing Maria Bamford’s father on the critically acclaimed Lady Dynamite this season. Besides if two people can stay together while driving a giant butt across the country, they must know something about building a successful relationship.
Yes, that’s a real thing they did.
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The podcast has been around for about three years, but only recently became available for free on iTunes. Depending on the episode, you might hear the couple visiting a zoo to learn why bonobos have so much sex, or talking to Jim Gaffigan about what it’s like raising five children. It’s definitely funny, and often educational, but what really makes it stand out is its heart. At its core the show is about two people trying to figure out not only how relationships work in general, but how everything they talk about applies to their own marriage.
A lot has changed in three years, both in the podcast and their relationship (the couple had a baby early this year), but they still managed to find some time to talk to The Daily Dot about what they’ve learned about love, marriage, and working with your spouse.
Do you ever worry doing a podcast about relationships could lead to a fight?
L: It has. A few different times. But we often fight when we work together. It’s not a rare thing to have happen. It’s ok. They aren’t bad fights.
K: Oh we fight about it all the time—but I think we learned how to fight better because of it.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.