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The UnDad Podcast

51 EpisodesProduced by Trent WilkieWebsite

The UnDad Podcast is a podcast about family and how you are formed by your environment. Created by Trent Wilkie, a journalist, humourist, producer, husband, and stay-at-home father of two located in Alberta, Canada. Visit him at

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Lake of the Strangers

June 25th, 2019


In celebration of Lake of the Strangers winning the Sterling Award for  Outstanding New Play (they were nominated for four awards), and in connection with Naheyawin, I've revisited my viewing of the play so many months …

I couldn't help but laugh

May 31st, 2019


If this is my eulogy then consider me dead and smiling.


This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to …

Three made up things

May 17th, 2019


Three stories I'd like to tell. A western, an eulogy, and a parable. 


This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. …

Bad Parents

May 2nd, 2019


 A collection of news stories guessed it...bad parents. AND my thoughts on some of the topics. This will probably be a recurring theme. …


April 18th, 2019


Mr. Andrew Paul came back from visiting the land of the rising sun with a series of very good questions. He thought he'd ask me them. And more!



April 1st, 2019


As a father to two kids who are under five years of age, I need to try new things. So, in this incarnation of The UnDad Podcast, I review several songs by the South Korean super boy band BTS. With the help from Twitter …


March 22nd, 2019


This is a step in the right direction. 

This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and …

Ghosts Jason Kenney

March 14th, 2019


Many moons ago, I sent out a weird messenger request to several friends. It was about ghosts. Well, today, the answers of Scott McGovern, Sam Varteniuk, and Angela Seehagen are brought to life...about ghosts! Also, I've …

Children's book reviews

March 7th, 2019


I do a lot of reading to my kids so I thought I'd go over some of my favourites (and least favourites) of out kid lit library. There is a little …

Question and Answer

February 28th, 2019


In this episode I answer questions about dreams, smells, hell, tell a tale about a really good stabber. All those who asked got answered. Take a listen!
This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast …

Grimpen and Friends

February 22nd, 2019


This was fun! I got to play video games with a moon being (Grimpen) and his friend (Chris Nelson) and I wasn't murdered nor was I consumed for nourishment by a moon being (Grimpen). Come, listen to us play a video game …


February 14th, 2019


This is a fun little episode I threw together after the family had a fun little nugget of food poisoning. Great times! Thanks to Jana O'Connor, Lou Casemore, and Samara Von Rad for their editorial input on the title bit.

A Centurion

February 7th, 2019


This was a gas. Thanks to Andred (It's a Conspiracy), Quinn (Learning to Listen), Rylan (History of Punk), Dan (Northern Nerd), and John from Fionn …

The Bryan Baeumler experience

January 26th, 2019


Bryan Baeumler will be spitting truth at the Edmonton Renovation Show this January 25-27 (@yeghomeshows). In this episode he shares some special insights into why he is how is, how he does what he does, and why chasing …

The Jenerator

January 23rd, 2019


I don't know how or why I've been this lucky...but maybe I do. Anyway. Jenny Adams is solid people. Even though she does not understand the …

Best of The UnDad Podcast

January 16th, 2019


Sorta. I lost some episodes. I collected as most as I could. This is a month in the making. Much love to all and more coming regularly.

This …

Santa is the best

December 18th, 2018


In this edition, I read a short Christmas story I wrote last year for Apocalypse Kow's awesome annual Christmas show. Also, I recorded a performance of myself during Booty Goose's 'Weird Al Karaoke', where one takes a …

Don't mess with Noreen

December 12th, 2018


In this episode I talk with Nicola Doherty of the Alberta Mamas ( about the East Coast, spoon collections, child-sized weaponry, and …

Did they make the right choice?

December 5th, 2018


In this episode I chat with former NHLer and current radio host Jason Strudwick. We cover topics ranging from adoption, hockey, parenthood, poetry, …

The Questioneer

November 28th, 2018


In this episode, Trent answers the many, many questions that his rabid fanbase* sent in to him. Some of them are funny, some sincere, and some are about corn nuts.

This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the …

No biting

November 21st, 2018


This bad boy goes off the rails in all the best ways possible. I chat with the hilariously enabling Christine Bruckmann about the new Alberta Museum, legalized marijuana, how much I hate lentils, being a crazy parent, …

Julie Rohr Part 2

November 13th, 2018


In no specific order: Julie and I talk about the 'D' word, journalism, connecting to people you can't connect to, understanding, being brought up …

Julie Rohr Part 1

November 7th, 2018


If you don't know who Julie Rohr is you are truly missing out. Currently battling a rare form of cancer, Jules is defined by her infectious smile, …

The good Witch of the true North

October 29th, 2018


I catch up with Lindsey McNeill about what it is like to be adopted as an adult, how her and her mom are writing a book about the experience, and …

I moved back

October 23rd, 2018


In this episode I catch up with Antonio Bavaro (alter drag ego Connie Lingua) and chat about Montreal, excessive nostalgia, family influence, and his newest endeavour that will spotlight the Edmonton queer and trans …

Both of those masters are served

October 16th, 2018


In this episode I interview Dave Bidini about his new book 'Midnight Light' and all things artistic and important. Stay tuned after the credits for a bonus interview.

This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the …

What if people want to bring their own dogs?

October 9th, 2018


In this episode, I speak with Ainsley Hillyard and Jezebel about sharing the stage, pooping on stage, their sci fi show 'Jezebel, at the Still …

Know what I mean jelly bean?

October 2nd, 2018


In this one, I talk to myself about the upcoming changes to the UnDad podcast. I talk Metro Shorts, Metro Cinema, Edmonton Comedy Festival, Up Late …

It's like nothing else

September 26th, 2018


Elizabeth Wilkie is not only my mechanic, she is my wife. Join us as we talk about our worries for the future, the past, and the future past. With a special cameo from Little Hell.

This episode is powered by ATB and …

Thus far in review with producer Andrew Paul

September 19th, 2018


Having Andrew Paul as a producer is like having a wizard/scientist friend that, no matter how under the influence you are, supports your crazy ideas …

Never use it as an excuse

September 11th, 2018


Mr. Owen Brierley is a delight to talk to. Join us as we chat about what it is like growing up being legally deaf, what a lawnmower parent is, and …

I have a ghost in my head and I call it Garglemax

September 5th, 2018


I got an implant that connects to a wizard class synthetic user interface. It's like 'Alexa' that only I can hear. It's for science. Everything is fine.

Who would win in a fight, Mr. Rogers or Jesus?

August 29th, 2018


Scott C. Bourgeois and I talk about our respective adoptions, what part of your body you should eat first if you were trapped on an island, all the …

Jana O'Connor PT 2

August 22nd, 2018


The second of two parts of our Jana O'Connor interview (please listen to the first one if you already haven't). To get to the point: Jana is a jewel in the crown of the Canadian arts scene. She is triple H (not the …

Jana O'Connor PT 1

August 15th, 2018


As the Etruscans put it, this one was a doozy. Join me and Jana O'Connor as we cover everything from antiquated idioms to how to butt in line at the dentist (and everything in between). We talked so long that I had to …

I think the Jedi have it all wrong

August 8th, 2018


There is some rampant nerdery as Darren Pleavin and I talk horror movies, horror feelings, invisible motorcycles, family horror, and some scary stuff …

His Dumbledore is Shit

August 2nd, 2018


Garglemax handles the heavy lifting while I talk shop with Dave Breakenridge, the Managing Editor of the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, and Edmonton Examiner. Topics covered: Helicopter parents, swearing, ADHD, Harry …

I'm still doing comedy

July 25th, 2018


Ken Valgardson answers the phone for a content over audio quality interview. We chat comedy, teaching, parenting, and child bowels. It truly is a …

We're heroes

July 18th, 2018


A rousing conversation with Elena Porter where we talk about being an actor and parent, the great Arlington Apartment fire of 2005, murder, and buying a horse. Powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast …

Porch Fire

July 11th, 2018


Laughter, a short Western novella, and Elizabeth does her best to tell the future while translating 'baby'.

'Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch

July 4th, 2018


Interviews, soundscapes, and a twisted children's fairytale that is most definitely not for children. Alternate title: The Supple People.

I love the rain

June 27th, 2018


A Richard Attenborough-esque escape into a vast wet landscape filled with drugs, nudity, and a random sense of personal responsibility.

Werewolves of Wondon

June 20th, 2018


The UnDad is away with the pagans at North Country Fair leaving Garglemax to do all the work. There is a little bit of everything, and everyone, in this glitter box.

I'm going to sing you guys a song

June 13th, 2018


Cartoonist, journalist and fatherist Chad Hukulak joins Team UnDad to talk about personal art, lying, and why one shouldn't pay for their child's …


June 6th, 2018


This is Garglemax. I hacked into the UnDad's phone and Google Home. Welcome to some random silliness.

Kathleen Smith part 2: The sleeping bag shuffle

May 30th, 2018


Part 2 of our interview with Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet). We talk about coping with masturbation, dealing with sports based emotions, and getting …

Twitter pain in the ass

May 23rd, 2018


Part one of our interview with Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet). We talk about coping with the death of a child, being an opinionated woman on social …

Deal With It

May 15th, 2018


Brent Felzien espouses his trepidation of teaching his kids about hte Internet and why it actually does take teamwork to make a dream work. Thank you …

I Slit The Sheets

May 9th, 2018


Wherein we chat with Gaia Willis and what it is like to come out to your teenage child (who doesn't really care). Thank you to Andrew Paul and the …

Space Age Dreamscape

May 2nd, 2018


I chat with Laurel Gregory about being a parent and why pot is overrated. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the …

Gandalf is my co-pilot

April 25th, 2018


I chat with Brahm Ollivierre about being a dad and why it is totally normal for a grown man to climb dangerous trees. Visit him here at

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