Just A Spoonful is the podcast that is young and fully sick. This warm, funny podcast brings you long-form conversations between young disabled and chronically ill creatives talking about how they’re living and what they live for.
Created and hosted by Kaitlyn Blythe, Just A Spoonful has been charming listeners for years with wide-ranging interviews about pop culture, the creative industries, relationships, ambition and ableism.
Sharmini Kumar – Just A Spoonful
Since launching in 2014, this independently produced podcast by one very tired disabled comedian (Kaitlyn) has appeared in iTunes’ New & Noteworthy section more than once alongside the commercial heavy hitters, and made the Australian iTunes Podcast Top 100 twice (at #99) (take that, Dr Karl). Clips from the show have appeared on triple j, ABC Radio, and 4ZZZfm.
Host Kaitlyn Blythe has featured on panels about podcasting at the National Young Writers Festival and ABC’s OzPod. frankie magazine once featured Kaitlyn in their ‘Bright Young Things’ feature for creating Just A Spoonful.
Guests on the podcast have included best-selling author and screenwriter Maria Lewis (Who’s Afraid, The Rose Daughter, SBS The Feed), Paralympian/model/vlogger Robyn Lambird, author and appearance activist Carly Findlay (Say Hello, Growing Up Disabled In Australia), and so many other talented creatives from Australia and beyond, both well-known and under-the-radar.
Despite frequent hiatuses due to the host’s chronic illness (totally on-brand for JASP), this podcast has built up a loyal following and its production is supported in part by the generous members of Kaitlyn’s Patreon.
In 2021, on the International Day of People With Disability, Kaitlyn produced and hosted the podcast’s first live event, Just A Spoonful Live.
Recording live in Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre in front of a live audience, Kaitlyn interviewed screenwriter/comedian Alistair Baldwin (The Weekly, Hard Quiz) and screenwriter/author Jess Healy Walton (Get Krack!n, Stars In Their Eyes) about disabled representation on screen and behind the scenes, the comedy in being disabled, and storytelling that’s for us by us.
In order to be as accessible as possible for its target audience (chronically ill and disabled people), JASP Live took place in a fully wheelchair accessible venue with hearing loop available, live captions provided by a professional human captioner (as automated captions can often be unintelligible), and an Auslan interpreter; the event was also simultaneously streamed online for ticketed viewers, and the video livestream included captions and Auslan interpretation.
The event was supported by a City of Melbourne Arts Grant and a grant from Regional Arts Victoria’s Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative.