Poop Talk

Poop. Everybody does it; polite people don’t talk about it. Poop Talk features very few polite people. Make no mistake, Poop Talk is a documentary but it will not enlighten you or educate you. Instead it assembles dozens of your favourite comedians and asks them to relate their best bits about poop. Whether or not this documentary will entertain you depends entirely on your tolerance for scatological humour.

Personally, I have likely never laughed at a poop joke. I believe there’s a reason that we build sacred rooms in our homes devoted to just one thing: pooping. Bodily functions are private. Why bother doing them behind closed doors if we then fling the door open and MV5BMTA5ODIxN2ItMTE0My00NjZkLWEyNjEtZTcxNzVhMzQwMzQwXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjMyOTQ5OTA@._V1_proudly boast about our most disgusting feats? Having recently spent quite a lot of time with nephews aged 3,4, and 6, the phrase “no toilet talk” has left my lips more times than I can count. And now I realize I’m happy to do my part in teaching the future generation what’s appropriate to talk about in public and what’s not if it means no one has to sit through such a “frank” documentary every again.

Nicole Byer, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Coddry, Pete Holmes, Aisha Tyler, the Sklar Brothers, Nick Swardson, Paul Scheer, and Kumail Nanjiani are among the film’s culprits. Each brings a poop story to the table: airplane poops, public restrooms, bidets, sullied pants, ruined Passovers. Nothing is off-limits for this documentary, though it exists in a world where poop is still probably our favourite taboo. We may all be responsible for approximately 365 pounds of it per year, but most of us prefer to do it behind closed doors. Comedians, however, are not normal people. Emancipated from shame, they lay bare their most intimate poop details, and you can choose whether or not to laugh and commiserate. Eric Stonestreet is a notable exception: his list of places he won’t poop is extensive, and almost as long as mine. Thank you, sir, for being the single voice of reason.

Using almost exclusively talking head interviews, director Aaron Feldman keeps things simple and straight-forward, and never in my life have I been more grateful for a lack of illustrative graphics. I was one cutesy animation away from losing my shit. If we truly  must do this, then let’s get in and get out as quickly as possible. A tight 75 minute running time is a blessing. The film’s philosophy is elemental: the more we share openly about these things, the more united we’ll be in our human experience. Around the globe and across all cultures, everybody poops. And some rare specimens have learned to turn shit into comedy gold.

 

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26 thoughts on “Poop Talk

  1. mydangblog

    I’m not a fan of toilet humour, although I do like toilets. For my post last week, I was looking at pictures of bathroom stalls, and I found a website that is literally just photos of different kinds of stalls with a critique of each one. Genius, or someone with too much time on their hands?

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  2. peggyatthemovies

    I saw this open at a theatre by me and while I laughed whole-heartedly at the title and shared it to a few friends pages who like to do fun things like pour chili in the toliet before a party etc.. so everyone freaks out, I wasn’t sure if this would be the movie for me.. But after reading the so profound statement of “I was one cutesy animation away from losing my shit.” i think I just might.. 🙂

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  3. Carrie Rubin

    I read about this film in a magazine, and I thought, “Really?” Not sure I’d want to be putting my “business” out there for everyone to know about. Not sure if those comedians are brave or foolish. 😝

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  4. Sarca

    Well, toilet humour has always been in my life. I admit: to me farts are funny, poo is funny. My mother never thought so though and fought tooth and nail to have us kids stop plop plop plopping our way through childhood. Sorry Ma, didn’t work. Now I am married into a family who thinks toilet humour is hilarious. Lord have mercy lol
    I admit though, it does have its time and place. Work – no toilet. Rec room – go for it.

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  5. Widdershins

    What a strange culture this Western one is … blood and gore and violence is acceptable everywhere … but a little bit of body excreta and they clam up tighter than an evangelical preachers bank account.

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  6. Tales from the Neon Beach

    Ive heard about this documentary once before so might give it a whirl, I for one dont like going for a number 2 in public bathrooms. Last place I worked had like one divider between two toilets and people would go in for a chat why they are on the toilet, scary. Great post.

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  7. floatinggold

    Thank you for saving us from this “documentary”. While I do not think that pooping should be taboo per se, I am not sure what the sudden worship of poop is all about. Poop emoji. Poop accessories. Poop cafes in Asia. I mean, WHY?! It’s not something I’m embarrassed of, but it just isn’t tactful to talk about these things. I feel emancipated enough without having to indulge in such idiocy.

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  8. Liz A.

    Yeah, this is a hard pass. There have been so many times when a student had gone “to the restroom” for way too long, so I’d ask where he’d been. (Because, clearly, he hadn’t gone to the restroom if he was out of class for 20 minutes.) And he’ll regale me with poop tales. Which I so don’t need. (And yes, it’s always a boy who comes back with such tales.)

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    1. Jay Post author

      Oh I knew it would be!

      My high school chemistry teacher told a class that girls don’t poop, and all the boys found it entirely believable.

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  9. Brittani

    I agree with keeping the bathroom talk private. I was recently talking to my husband about how I never want to be that couple that sees each other shit. Nope, No thanks lol.

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