21st Apr, 2021

Rugby couple launch comedy podcast exploring cultural quirks

A TRANSATLANTIC couple from Rugby have released a new comedy podcast which explores the cultural quirks of their respective homelands – the UK and Argentina.

Ben Goodwin, 36, and Ben ‘Benja’ Porcel, 38 have launched their podcast to look back on their life experiences to date.

As two larger gay males – known as bears – they decided to call the podcast ‘Bear Back’.

Ben Goodwin grew up in York, before moving to Birmingham aged 18. Meanwhile, Benja was born in the Argentine city of Rosario, located 185 miles northwest of the capital, Buenos Aires.

Episode one of the podcast explores national stereotypes, focusing specifically on how Argentina is perceived in Britain and vice-versa.

In future episodes, they will discuss everything from LGBTQ culture, food and drink, citizenship, language and public transport – via The Cheeky Girls and the history of the ballpoint pen – all while they navigate their life together in the UK.

Ben Goodwin said: “Although we haven’t argued much during lockdown, we found that we quarrelled a lot about silly little things.

“It became clear that our opinions on everything from cuisine to politics were formed from the two diverse cultures we come from and which have shaped us as individuals.”

Environmental engineer Benja moved to the UK for work in 2014 and has lived in Rugby with communications manager Ben since 2019.

Benja said: “With a lot of spare time on our hands during lockdown, we decided to bottle our lively debates into a podcast to share with others and determine which culture is better!

“It’s all very light-hearted and, as well as giving people an insight into what it’s like to live as a transnational couple, we really just want to make people laugh.”

‘Bear Back’ episodes launch weekly on Fridays across all major podcast platforms. Visit https://shows.acast.com/bear-back for more information.



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