ILYSM Ep. 43: Erica Lies and Katie Moore on getting cringey with 'Mortified: Austin'

We’re all awkward at age 13, but some people decide to revisit that time in front of a live audience, in supremely cathartic and hilarious fashion.

In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” we welcome “Mortified: Austin” producers, Erica Lies and Katie Moore, who coordinate shows that feature everyday Austinites reading from their old diaries, instant messages or even the songs they wrote to deal with their adolescent and teen emotions. How did reading your old, cringe-worthy, diary entries become a thing? Erica and Katie explain the origins and national explosion of “Mortified,” which is now a book, a podcast, a Netflix series, and course a beloved live show, which returns to the Spider House Ballroom on June 15 and 16.

What’s it like to never stop growing or to sweat uncontrollably? Austin musician Adam Sultan recently started a new podcast, “Friends with Deficits,” to talk with friends who deal with everything from multiple sclerosis to gigantism. Sultan joined Tolly and Addie to talk about what he has learned from these conversations and how they’ve helped him grapple with his own mortality.

Erica Lies is co-producer of "Mortified: Austin." She and co-producer Katie Moore talk about the show on this week's "I Love You So Much" podcast. (Contributed)

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In this week’s Webb Report, social media editor Eric Webb tells us about Spin, the new downtown ping-pong bar in the old Antone’s that started as a social club in New York City in 2007. There are now seven Spin locations around the country, including Austin.

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