Pretty Much Pop #75: Our Great British Baking Show w/ Stephen Carlile

What explains the immense quarantine-time popularity in America of this quaint British reality cooking show? What do we get out of watching talented amateurs bake things? Stephen, who is famous for playing Scar in The Lion King on Broadway (and is VERY British himself), joins Erica, Brian, and Mark to consider the format, context, and appeal of the show.

Stephen dresses up to listen to his cake.

A few articles we reviewed to prepare included:

Follow Stephen on Instagram @carlile1. Visit with him online.

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