Cult to Comedy: Shannon Payton on Turning Trauma into Humor

Cult to Comedy: Shannon Payton on Turning Trauma into Humor

This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Shannon Payton, perhaps better known online as “Shanny Pants,” is a hilarious mother of three whose Tiktoks (etc.) have turned her into a viral queen, with her videos even appearing on TVs across the nation via The Kelly Clarkson show. It’s crazy to think that, for the first 31 years of her life, Payton was actually living something more similar to The Culty Clarkson show (we’re so sorry, we had to try), having grown up in Northern California within a community that her grandparents originally joined as a non-denominational bible study club before it turned into a fear and shame-based cult, ruled by a wacky shithead who loved “marking” (ex-communicating) anyone who questioned him, and who also forbid women from wearing pants or basically being like, humans with any rights or autonomy whatsoever. Fun!

This is one of our lighter episodes for sure, so if you want to end your year with a laugh, don’t miss out!

Shanny Pants on Kelly Clarkson

Shanny Pants on TikTok

Shanny Pants on Facebook

Shanny Pants on YouTube

Shanny Pants on everything else 


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