Mpreg is a popular sub-genre in M/M books

Charlie David on narrating Mpreg books with Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast


Mpreg is a popular subgenre in gay romance books. Charlie David discusses narrating the popular Mpreg Omega Celibacy Club series by Angel Knots.

Will: Well, right now I am sitting across from multihyphenate, Charlie David. He does absolutely everything – writes, produces, directs. He’s an amazing narrator. And I wanted to quickly talk about one of his recent projects. Charlie, you have lent your voice to an amazing series by Angel Knots, the “Omega Celibacy Club.”

What did you think when the manuscript for that first book came across your desk?

Charlie: I was excited, nervous. A little bit shocked. A little bit taken aback because I mean, that whole universe building that’s going on around Mpreg, I didn’t know a lot about and I hadn’t narrated, you know, other work like that before.

I think learning the rules, the expectations around the sub genre were, were definitely important for me, but I was excited. I was excited because it’s so whimsical and wonderful and silly and ridiculous, but, you know, at the same time, the characters themselves, everybody they’re living their life. And what they care about and their motivations, they take very, very seriously, which is, I think, you know, imperative to a good story at the same time. So, it’s fun. Like you, like you mentioned, there are a lot of characters, and I never claimed to be a voice actor, you know, a person who can do a bunch of very nuanced, specific voices. I kind of say, I can kind of do a Southern, I can kind of do a British, I can kind of do, you know, an alpha and omega, you know, in timbre for you. But that is the challenging thing in doing voice work is how do I take this story that’s not always written with it becoming an audio book in mind, right?

Like often the writer is there, they’re just writing. Right? And then that’s our job to come in and try and make sure that there’s correct pauses, breaks, inflection, speed, timbre differences. That can be little clues to the, to the listener.

Will: Because the author is primarily thinking of the reader. But you as the narrator need to think about the listener in that particular aspect.

Charlie: And it’s not always as simple as, you know, Jake said, and then Simon replied to flag to the listener. Okay, this is who this is, who’s speaking now. Often, especially as, as you get into an exciting or dynamic scene, people are going back, you know, very quickly without those qualifiers in place.

But it’s super sexy. Like I love, I mean, all these ideas of kind of the, you know, anamorphism that goes on too, with the swelling of a penis inside, and then it stays in there and Oh my God, I need your seed and it’s going to do this and that. And then, you know, all the pregnancy stuff that, you know, these young guys are going through. It’s hilarious and wonderful. And I think it’s a fun exploration as a dude, to go through to read about and to imagine as well, because, I think we all tried to be empathetic with the women in our lives. But reading something like this just kind of helps take it to that next level where you go, Oh my gosh. Like what you do is amazing.

Mpreg Omega Celibacy Club 'Make Me Give In' by Angel Knots

Will: Exactly. Well, from what you’ve just said, I think you seem to be pretty open about the experience. I mean, before, you read Angel Knots’s work had you ever even come across any Mpreg before or was it a completely brand new concept?

Charlie: It wasn’t brand new because let’s see. I think it was about 2015 I did a film. I acted as in a film, a titled “Paternity Leave,” and it’s a comedy by Matt Riddlehoover’s the director and screenwriter of that, and in it, my boyfriend on the one night, we switched sexual positions. A drunken night and he ends up pregnant, and then it’s happening everywhere.

Then suddenly men all over the planet are getting pregnant and we’re trying to figure out what’s going on. So that was really fun and ridiculous as well. I use ridiculous in like the very highest praise, best, best context in both Angel Knots work and, and Matt Riddlehoover, because I think it’s fun. Why not go to these places that are outside the norm.

Will: Exactly. I think specifically when it came to the books and the characters in the “Omega Celibacy Club,” I have the hardest time saying celibacy.

Charlie: I can’t do it either. I tried really hard to try to live it. I tried to say it. I can’t do it.

Mpreg Omega Celibacy Club 'Make Me Let Go' by Angel Knots

Will: Exactly. I think what that particular, series has that makes it kind of special is that it has a lighthearted whimsy, but, also there is a kind of an authenticity to the way these young men are trying to make it in the world and live their lives. And, also it’s like a crazy smoking hot.

When it comes to work that has so many different elements to it, how do you tackle something like that? Do you just take it page by page?

Charlie: Yeah, I mean, definitely as I get into the subsequent books, it’s easier to do that because we have a lot of recurring characters and a lot of, you know, I kind of understand the world that’s been built, right?

But at the beginning, I definitely need to do some reading ahead and really like understand what is going on, who are these people. Even the power dynamics, right? Because a lot of gay romance is written in a much more kind of equal partner – we come to either side of the table and decide to get into this.

Not, not everything, right? I don’t want to generalize, but a lot of it is done in that way and in this alpha/Omegaverse there really is, you know, there’s, there’s the alpha, right? And what does that mean? And that it’s, it’s desired and wanted. And it can still be, you know, there can still be equality in a relationship there, but, I think it explores different nuance, in a way that, that maybe isn’t always touched on in, in other gay romance.

Will: Well, Charlie, thank you for sitting down and talking to us about this. I’m so glad that you are here at GRL and experiencing all the wonders that our wacky literary community has to offer.

Charlie: Well, thank you. Thanks for having me again. Really appreciate it. Now, I’ve got to go do my job and make sure the guys in this club are all Mpreg. 😉

OUTtvGO orders Avocado Toast the series

The web series Avocado Toast
Perrie Voss and Heidi Lynch are the creators and stars of Avocado Toast the series

Production is underway on season 1 of the new millennial/baby boomer comedy, Avocado Toast the series in Toronto, Ontario. The webseries is set to launch on the digital platform OUTtvGo.com in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India and South Africa in 2020.

WHAT’S AVOCADO TOAST the series ABOUT?

Ever wonder about your parents’ sex life? Neither did Molly and Elle until coming out and a divorce forces them to learn about their parents’ new sexcapades. When it comes to millennials and baby boomers, these nuts haven’t fallen so far from the family tree.

Avocado Toast the series was created by screenwriters and stars Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss and will be directed by Sam Coyle (Hazy Little Thing, Darkside, The Definites). OUTtvGO has picked up the Canadian digital rights along with streamers HighballTV, Tello Films (U.S), Outfilm (Poland), and Gray Zone Play (Chile). Charlie David of Border2Border Entertainment is handling global sales for the series produced by subsidiary Guts and Gall Productions Inc.

The 10 x 10-minute sex comedy series is produced by Charlie David, Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss. Executive producers are Jefferson Mappin along with Brad Danks and Philip Webb from OUTtvGo. Avocado Toast the series is funded with the participation of the Independent Production Fund (IPF) and the Bell Fund.

“A lot of insightful development has gone into Avocado Toast and it is so rewarding for both the producers and the IPF to see that many international buyers have already licensed it. The world will soon see this funny and dynamic Canadian series!” said Andra Sheffer, CEO, Independent Production Fund

“We’re delighted to work with such a talented team to bring this brand-new comedy series to OUTtv audiences across the world,” said Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv. “Avocado toast explores the awkward and embarrassing topics between millennials and their parents that are so relatable it will have audiences in stitches.”

Rounding out the principal cast with Perrie Voss (The Boys, Handmaid’s Tale, Ghostwriter) and Heidi Lynch (The Drawer Boy, Spinning Out, Covert Affairs Reign) are Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones, Black Mirror, Deep Water) Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Carter, Ready or Not), Scott Cavalheiro (Good Witch, Indian Detective, Mary Kills People, Hudson and Rex), Jefferson Mappin (Unforgiven, Warehouse 13, The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship), Andrew Moodie (Workin Moms, Orphan Black, Detention Adventure), Nelu Handa (Baroness Von Sketch Show, Workin Moms, Jann, The Beaverton), Brenda Robins (Heartland, Shoot the Messenger, Man Seeking Woman).

Avocado Toast is slated to hit screens in June 2020.

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Drag Heals season 2 casting in Toronto!

Drag Heals season 2 is casting in Toronto

#NoEliminationsJustCelebrations

Drag Heals season 2 is now casting in Toronto. The second season of Drag Heals will showcase 8 drag kings and queens who participate in a 10 class workshop with theatre director Tracey Erin Smith, founder of Soulo Theatre. The ten workshops will culminate in 2 public shows at Buddies In Bad Times cabaret theatre in Toronto.

Each week a guest coach will join Tracey Erin Smith in exploring soul-deep story sharing techniques as well as the unique talents and skills required from a drag king or queen.


We invite self-tape submissions from all genders, ages, and ethnicities. 8 participants will be selected to win this 10 class course with Tracey Erin Smith and join the cast of Drag Heals for two live performances at Buddies in Bad Times cabaret theatre.

There is no payment for participation in documentary TV series. All theatre net proceeds from the performances will be split equally between performers.

We invite all interested parties to view Drag Heals season 1 on OUTtvGo.com (free week trial available) or on Amazon Prime.

How to apply to be part of the Drag Heals season 2 cast

Please email [email protected] with a link to your self-tape (on Casting Workbook, Vimeo or YouTube).

Please include: your name, stage name, phone number, email, confirm you live in Toronto and are available for all dates in the shooting schedule below. Finally be sure to include answers to 2 of the questions found lower down in this post.

Feel free to get creative in your video. We want to see and know who you are and why you want to do this! Walk us through your drag closet, introduce us to your best friend, mother, roommate.

Applicants to Drag Heals season 2 must be available for ALL dates/times listed below:


DRAG HEALS season 2 SHOOTING SCHEDULE
Sat. Jan. 4th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Sun. Jan. 5th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Sat. Jan. 11th/20 2pm to 7pm WORKSHOP
Sun. Jan. 12th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Sat. Jan. 18th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Sun. Jan. 19th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Tues. Jan. 2st/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Sat. Jan. 25th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Sun. Jan. 26th/20 11am to 4pm WORKSHOP
Thu. Jan. 30th/20 6:30pm to 11:30pm TECH RUN
Fri. Jan. 31st/20 Doors 7pm, show 8pm PERFORMANCE
Sat. Feb. 1st/20 Doors 7pm, show 8pm PERFORMANCE

APPLICANTS – Please answer 2 of the following questions:

1) What have you survived and how have you survived it?
2) What excites you most about doing drag?
3) Who doesn’t know you do drag and why haven’t you shared with them?
4) In a perfect fantasy performance, what would you do?
5) If you’ve never done drag before, what excites you about trying it?
6) How do you think the drag king and drag queen worlds could benefit from working together?
7) What scares you about drag and the idea of doing an open-hearted course that will put you on stage in front of hundreds of people?
8) What will you bring to the others in the group?

SEEKING the following people for Drag Heals season 2

DRAG KINGS – Seeking seasoned and newbie DRAG KINGS that live in Toronto, are available for all shoot dates, are excited about bringing their drag and performance to a new level of professionalism and have a great big open heart and mind!

DRAG QUEENS – Seeking seasoned and newbie DRAG QUEENS that live in Toronto, are available for all shoot dates, are excited about bringing their drag and performance to a new level of professionalism and have a great big open heart and mind!

GENDER QUEER PERFORMERS – Seeking seasoned and newbie GENDER QUEER PERFORMERS that live in Toronto, are available for all shoot dates, are excited about bringing their drag and performance to a new level of professionalism and have a great big open heart and mind! Does your performance/look defy categories? Submit here and share why!

GUEST COACHES – Are you a seasoned pro in the fields of performance, singing, dance, make-up/hair, costuming, entertainment business, etc? We are looking for professionals to join us who will share their wisdom and experience! Tell us about yourself and what you can offer in coaching drag queens and drag kings.

Drag Heals season 2 is looking for cast!

Drag Heals season 2 further details

NETWORK: OUTtv Canada Drag Heals season 2 will air on OUTtv in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India giving participants the opportunity to raise their profile and be seen by millions around the globe.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Charlie David

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Philip Webb, Brad Danks for OUTtv Canada

HOST/COACH: Tracey Erin Smith

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Border2Border Entertainment

WATCH season 1 here to help prepare your video submission! 1 week free trial available on OUTtvGo.com or watch on Amazon Prime.