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The First Time: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of ‘My Favorite Murder’
Hardstark, in a vintage-inspired blue dress, and Kilgariff, sleek in black to match her hair, thanked the crowd of around in the classic New York venue. A longtime fan of the podcast, editor Ali Fisher reached out to Kilgariff and Hardstark in to talk about the possibility of writing a book. Since its January launch, their podcast has frequently ranked among the top podcasts on Apple, garnering 30 million monthly downloads, according to their metrics on hosting platform Art This openness translates onto the page. It kind of opened up a lot more than I thought was going to happen when we started. Snapping selfies and chatting with their fans, Hardstark and Kilgariff seem to be in constant motion.
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We caught up with our favorite podcasters to talk all things murder, podcasting and more. And staying sexy? Has that always been a priority for you in telling these stories, and how would you like to see other crime narratives change? How do you balance finding the comedy and giving the stories the weight they deserve? Do you feel any pressure to present yourselves in a certain way now that there are millions of Murderinos watching? GH: In a way it feels like we have to be more honest and vulnerable, because so much of the podcast is about our own personalities. Listeners also love your friendship dynamic and getting a glimpse into your actual lives outside of the show.
K aren Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are not your average agony aunts. Hugely popular — it pulls in more than 19 million listeners a week and has seen the women sell out venues not only across their native US but also in Australia, Ireland and the UK, where another tour is planned for later this year — My Favorite Murder stands out in an endless sea of true-crime podcasts, largely because of the easy camaraderie between its two hosts, Kilgariff, 49, a writer and former stand-up comedian, and Hardstark, 38, a host on the Cooking Channel and contributor to the popular comedy show Drunk History. My Favorite Murder was born out of a late-night conversation at a Halloween party when both women realised that they shared a similar obsession with lurid true-crime stories. We all feel anxious at times and acknowledging that only helps. As in the podcast, those serious moments nestle up against more light-hearted diversions. Kilgariff explains what life was like as a latchkey kid in the 70s one step up from trying to survive The Hunger Games. From the start they decided that no punches would be pulled either in language or tone, with both hosts prepared to speak honestly about their own issues.
The first episode was released in January Praise for the show notes how it normalizes an interest in true crime among listeners who previously considered themselves morbid or odd, discussing the sense of isolation and compartmentalization that often arises in those with outlying but healthy interests. Likewise noted is the predominance of female listeners,  which is consistent with data showing true crime fans are predominantly female. Kilgariff is best known for her work on Mr. Show and Ellen. Her stand up routine includes singing and playing guitar to original comedic songs. The show was broadcast on the Feral Audio  network until September , when it moved to Midroll Media.