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The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium

By South Coast Shenanigans and Stitcher with Jemaine Clement

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A new scripted and lavishly sound-designed fantasy adventure from Stitcher, starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). In 1768, the Fortitude, helmed by Lord Joseph Banks (Clement) sets sail to find a plant known to be the very source of pleasure in the world: Heaven’s Clover. Written and directed by Duncan Sarkies. Music by Lawrence Arabia. Original artwork by Stephen Templer. To listen to Season 2, visit

Customer Reviews

Amazing, hilarious

Amazing, hilarious. Make season two free on iTunes. NOW. Right now please. I need it but I refuse to pay. Spread the love!

Hilarious But Dirty

This podcast is very funny but very adult. Only read this if you are an adult. This podcast includes swears and things I can’t explain like spiders going up prisoners butts. This is a good and funny podcast but is for adults only.

A Brilliant “Historical” Fantasy Farce

This is such an amazing show! It is by far my favorite thing on Apple Podcast. The production, sound quality and effects, voice-acting, and script are absolutely superb, with the writing being a recipe of zany yet compelling, hilarious and imaginative yet entirely engrossing and easy to picture. Truly a work of brilliance. I hope that Jemaine Clement will continue to make this sort of fantastical “historical” fiction in the future.It has been awhile since I last listened to it; however, I keep returning to it. Here is a review in hopes that you will give it a listen as well. It makes the workday so much more enjoyable.

(Very, very light “spoilers” from the first episode follow, but only those necessary to give a set-up the story. No endings, conclusions, or surprises are revealed in any way, only character motivations, which are all established early on and mostly (if not all) in the first episode of the series.)

Clement plays shallow, selfish, and dim-witted amateur botanist and aristocrat, Lord Joseph Banks, in a society where plants are not meant to be touched and admired but objectively studied and monitored, if not destroyed, by rock star-like botanists because they are far too erotic and tempting for the ordinary public to be trusted to keep its flora-engendered pleasure in check. (However, the botanists largely seem to be the only ones affected by this floral temptation.)

The story, brilliantly narrated by Jonathan Brugh, follows the duo Lord Joseph Banks (Jemaine Clement) and his intelligent and loyal valet, Sollander (Lawrence Arabia), in a setting that melds eighteenth-century sea-faring, Victorian cultural imperialism and social censure, and Lewis & Clarke-style high adventure into a ridiculous “Lord of the Rings” style quest for the solitary source of earthly pleasure itself.

Years after the disappearance of “Uncle Bertie,” a controversial and renowned botanist, his nephew, Lord Joseph Banks, stumbles across his secret botinarium hidden inside Bertie’s vast estate where he discovers that his uncle was searching for a mythological plant known as Heaven’s Clover, which is believed to be the source of all earthly pleasure. Soon after, Banks has an insightful “cheese dream” that prompts him to probe deeper into Bertie’s disappearance. After talking to a former shipmate of Bertie’s being held prisoner (incidentally, a spider named Crawly George lives inside his bum and talks to him), he learns that Bertie may still be alive; moreover, he may have found Heaven’s Clover! With this suspect information, Banks sets sail from the Gravy Islands, leaving behind the ridiculing jeers of his similarly pompous upper-crust peers, at the head of a royally-chartered expedition in order to find Uncle Bertie and the legendary clover. Battling his own personal erotic desires for all things leafy (a common peccadillo in the Islands), Banks hopes to gain fame as an amateur botanist; restore the family’s name by ridding it of the notoriety brought on by the controversy over the existence of Heaven’s Clover; and possibly destroy the very plant itself, thereby eradicating the “evil” earthly pleasure it creates, which will, in turn, suppress Joseph’s own guilty desires a la botanica erotica.

However, there are those in neighboring countries who celebrate pleasure and seek to preserve Heaven’s Clover, and they will stop at nothing to protect the legendary plant. Who will win this titanic clash of cultures involving battling botanists and monarchs across vast unexplored Boiling Seas, mysterious rocky islands, shanty town dive bars, and cheese dream prophecies, all while attempting to avoid erotic liaisons with exotic flora? No less than the very source of pleasure itself may hang in the balance!

For some reason, season two is still not available on Apple Podcasts, but you can listen to it on the Howl app by using the free trial. I will be doing this soon as I have listened to the first season several times already (it is THAT good!).