Category: Podcast

A podcast dedicated to life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedians ANT and Greg Baldwin talk to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true life stories from people who are living theirs.

Talent Agent Devin Mann Shed His Fear of Failure

Talent Agent Devin Mann Shed His Fear of Failure

Devin Mann is an agent at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, but isn’t your typical talent agent. His personal life has thrown him curve balls that would crush anyone. Having disabled twins, the grief of losing one at age 2, and divorcing his alcoholic wife were all devastating, yet Devin still learns, adapts, and shines.

Devin comes from a family of writers and grew up surrounded by politics in Washington, DC. As a student at Columbia University, he was influenced by music and got into the art scene. In 1992, Devin moved to Los Angeles to get into the film business. With no connections, he struggled and took a job selling children’s books (which he admits to being terrible at). He got his break when he was hired at Island Records, then moved on to a commercial production company, then eventually to freelance work. After considering his options, he took an inventory of his skills and decided that he was best at speaking for people who didn’t have a voice. He applied to 100 agencies landing a job as an agent in training at a small firm in West LA. Two years later, Smith, Gosnell, Nicholson & Associates hired him away as did Innovative Artists a couple of years later. At the end of his 7-year contract, he was approached by Endeavor and has been there for 12 years. Now, he is a co-chair of his department with 9 agents and 9 assistants representing over 300 people.

Devin met the love of his life via Yahoo Dating and lives in Los Angeles. They have 2 children from previous marriages.

WME (occasionally referred to as William Morris Endeavor) is one of the world’s largest talent agencies, with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, London, and Miami. The company was formed in 2009, following the merger of Endeavor and the William Morris Agency. WME represents elite artists across every entertainment sector, specifically film, television, music, theatre, advertising, literature and digital media. It also advises top consumer brands and provides clients with unique marketing solutions across social media, mobile and gaming platforms.

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Mara Shapshay’s Life Was Saved by Carrie Fisher

Mara Shapshay’s Life Was Saved by Carrie Fisher

Mara Shapshay is a cute little Prada-wearing Jewish girl who is a mental health advocate who bakes nut-job nutter-butters and schizophrenic snickerer-doodles. Oh, and she is a comedian. In 2005, Mara hit a bottom and checked into rehab. Upon leaving rehab Mara was fired from her job, going through a divorce and was homeless. Carrie Fisher took Mara in. In 2008, Mara became a stand-up comic performing regularly at The Comedy Store, Improv, and the Laugh Factory. Mara is also a producer/host of two successful comedy/variety shows. Mara’s story is a beautiful transformation from rock-bottom to Hollywood-top.

Mara Shapshay is an award winning writer, mental health awareness activist, baker and comedian. Mara received her BFA in directing from NYU – Tisch School of the Arts. Her short documentary, The Sound of Silence, was showcased in the NYU Film Festival. Mara received her MFA in screenwriting from AFI. Her Script, Brooklyn Beauty, was a finalist in the script of the year contest garnering Mara a manager and development deal. She’s worked on the following sitcoms: FRIENDS, South Park, That’s My Bush, Jesse, Veronica’s Closet, Ladies Man and Inside Schwartz.

In 2005, Mara hit a bottom and checked into rehab. Upon leaving rehab Mara was fired from her job, going through a divorce and was homeless. Carrie Fisher took Mara in. While living with Princess Leia, Mara wrote the novel, Junky American Princess. She also started writing for The Huffington Post, The Jewish Journal, The Hollywood Journal, The Fix.com, Glamour Magazine and LA Magazine.

In 2008, Mara became a stand-up comic. She performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Improv, Laugh Factory and many other venues. Mara is also a producer/host of two successful comedy/variety shows. She can also be seen in an episode of Season 6’s Kathy Griffin’s – Life on the D-List.

As a result of being on the Jenny Craig diet, in 2012, Mara was rushed to the ER for emergency gallbladder surgery. On June 3rd, 2013, Mara’s lawsuit against Jenny Craig went public. She was on TMZ, People Magazine, USA Today, The Today Show, the LBN Report…Mara soon realized that her battle was not with Jenny Craig, her battle was with food. She sought help for her food compulsions, dropped the lawsuit and created the popular blog, The Self Worth Diet. The blog’s purpose is to shine a light on the dieting industry as well as help others with their food/body image issues.

When Carrie Fisher died in 2016, Mara decided to write an article for LA Magazine about their relationship. The article resulted in Mara working for mental health organizations, continuing on Carrie’s work. Mara decided to marry her love of baking (she’s been baking since 8 years old), mental health awareness activism and stand-up comedy to create the upcoming web series and baking company called, Stand-Up Kitchen – Baked Goods To Benefit the Half Baked (a portion of the proceeds will go to mental health organizations) Soon everyone will be able to enjoy her bi-polar brownies, paranoid pop tarts, panic attack pretzels, etc. She will also literally be performing stand up while baking mental health baked goods in the web-series!

http://marashapshay.com/

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Greg Behrendt Took Pet Meds

Greg Behrendt Took Pet Meds

Greg Behrendt doses out pearls of wisdom about raising girls, prejudice, politics, mental illness, depression, women, relationships, cancer, relapse (taking the dog’s pills), and joining the opioid crisis. Through all his dark thoughts, trials and challenges, clarity finally came with his cancer diagnosis. He is now living in the moment and helping other people. His favorite saying in recovery is, “Bring the problem here, take the solution home,” which he tries to practice each day. Mantastic, Greg Behrendt. Mantastic.

Greg Behrendt is an American comedian and author. His work as a script consultant to the HBO sitcom Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, paved the way for co-authoring of the New York Times bestseller He’s Just Not That into You (2004), later adapted into a film by the same name. Apart from that he also hosted two short-lived television shows, The Greg Behrendt Show (2006) and Greg Behrendt’s Wake Up Call (2009). Greg is also known for his podcast Walking the Room with his friend Dave Anthony and his surf/rockabilly instrumental band, The Reigning Monarchs.

Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of Oregon in 1991, though initially, he had enrolled to be a business major and to play rugby. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco, where he joined an improvisational troupe and met fellow comic Margaret Cho. In his early years, he performed comedy and improv in San Francisco and was a member of the improv troupe Crash and Burn. He came up as a performer alongside such comics as David Cross and Patton Oswalt.

Greg is married to Amiira Ruotola. They have two daughters, Mighty Luna and Bella True. He is a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor.

Sponsored by Chapelure Media http://chapeluremedia.com and Dimensions Recovery Centers http://dimensionsrecovery.com

Here’s the “ointment” bit ANT was talking about:

http://www.gregorybehrendt.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1021163/

Bobby Lee is a Provoked Panda

Bobby Lee is a Provoked Panda

This podcast is offensive (and also very funny). We will get letters and they will be scathing because unforgivable things are said and no apologies are made. But this is the kind of irreverent comedy that Bobby Lee is known for. From Down syndrome to winning homosexual chicken, no one and nothing is safe.

Bobby Lee is an actor and stand-up comedian known for MADtv (1995), Paul (2011) and Pineapple Express (2008).

He began taking meth and marijuana around 12, and went through three drug rehab attempts, ending his meth abuse around age 17. At 18, Bobby moved out of his parents’ home and took jobs in restaurants and coffee shops in the San Diego area, while also attending Palomar College for a brief period. In 1994 the coffee shop for which he was working closed. “I just went next door to get a job,” he said, “which was The Comedy Store in San Diego”. After a few months of working odd jobs at the club he decided to try stand-up during one of their amateur nights. Within a year of doing regular comedy sets he got offers to open for both Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia. Bobby also went on to work regularly at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Bobby has admitted in several interviews that his parents had hoped he would continue on with the family business and were less-than supportive of his comedic pursuits at first. During a podcast interview conducted by fellow actor and comedian Joe Rogan on February 1, 2011, Bobby stated that during the first few years he did stand-up his parents barely spoke to him, however after his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno his father called him and apologized for not supporting his comedy career.

Bobby’s parents currently live in Phoenix, Arizona. Bobby is known to have included his family in some of his work: His younger brother has appeared in several non-speaking roles on Mad TV and his entire family has appeared in a skit on the show. Bobby also pitched a sitcom to Comedy Central in 2007 about a Korean family which was to star his very own family. He is currently working on a new show and hosts a weekly podcast, TigerBelly with his girlfriend, Khalyla. He is on a comedy tour around the US now.

https://bobbyleelive.com Social: @bobbyleelive

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Elissa Rosenthal Died and was Brought Back to Life

Elissa Rosenthal Died and was Brought Back to Life

Elissa Rosenthal is an actress and writer, known for 5am (2013), Live Nude Girls (2014) and The Tommy O Show Starring America (2011). She grew up in Long Island, New York, graduated the Second City Conservatory at age 19, and performed with Second City for 7 years. For 5 years she toured as a stand-up comedian and In the midst of that pursuit, she struggled with addiction. Listen as she talks about her family, her death, and sings lullabies as Christina and Britney!

Elissa is a well known Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears impersonator on the Internet and also goes by the name Elissa Staci. Here is one of her videos. (Warning: adult content, but really, what on this podcast isn’t explicit…)


See more at https://www.youtube.com/user/ElissaRosenthal and Tweet to her at @Elissarrr

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Alyshia Ochse and the One Night Stand from Hell

Alyshia Ochse and the One Night Stand from Hell

Alyshia Ochse is a Southern girl in Sunny SoCal. She is an actress, a writer, and a podcaster, and spills the beans about her life and moving to Hollywood. Listen to stories of Paris Hilton slapping her mom, wearing fairy costumes, getting fired, getting un-engaged and getting it on. Alyshia is our first guest who got a second chance with herself, finding empowerment and learning to love. This beautiful guest has a beautiful spirit. Listen to this podcast and hers, “That One Audition.”

Alyshia Ochse grew up in Northern Kentucky, where she spent her tomboy childhood playing sports and secretly writing poetry. As a true Scorpio, she enjoyed observing the spirited vulnerabilities and mysteries of human beings. A gifted soccer player, Alyshia competed at the state level starting at an early age collecting numerous championship titles with her traveling team. A bad knee injury in her senior year of high school abruptly ended her athletic career. With her athletic aspirations stripped, and the tragic death of her best friend, her identity was in question. Until she found pen and paper.

She journaled every chance she had and started writing intense poetry that helped her understand the world around her and her place in it. Writing was a gateway for her —a way to stand out authentically. Her poetry won contests and was published in books. Written creative expression eventually led her to explore the big screen. It was through acting that she was able to tap deeply into her truth: her ability to embody and see herself in others.

These days, Alyshia is best known as “Lucy” opposite Academy Award Winner, Matthew McConaughey, from the critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated True Detective, as well as her roles in Satisfaction, How I Met Your Mother, Hart of Dixie, General Hospital and Life Sentence. Alyshia’s other credits include roles in such movies as The Other Woman, Parker, Marauders, and the highly anticipated indie film, She’s in Portland.

Though a southern girl at heart, Alyshia has embraced the gorgeous California sun, where she resides with her Mediterranean chef Husband and their cheeky little girl. When she’s not acting, Alyshia spends her time hosting the podcast That One Audition and championing female driven content.

Links to use for the show, That One Audition, on Twitter and IG @thatoneaudition.

Facebook, IG, Twitter @alyshiaochse

Book available at www.alyshiaochse.com (trying to drive traffic here for the downloads) and Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Life-Letters-your-soul-journey/dp/0986246808).

Life Sentence Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in3OecHvWXQ&t=41s

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Tony Tripoli Gets Seriously Schooled by Joan Rivers

Tony Tripoli Gets Seriously Schooled by Joan Rivers

Tony Tripoli is a hilarious gay comedian. He talks about TV, lesbians, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, gay cruises, coming out, dating, and musicals. (Warning: you’re going to be Googling images of Charlie’s Angels.) Tony knew he was gay at age 4 and came out of the closet at 18. From breakups over breath mints to jealousy and stolen passwords, Tony has been through some serious heartbreak. After 9 long years, he’s back in the dating pool and letting himself love again. It’s all gay banter all the time!

Tony Tripoli spent 4 incredible years as a regular opening act for JOAN RIVERS, and his hilarious stand-up can be seen all around the U.S., and on gay cruises.

For over 4 years Tony was Head Writer/Senior Producer on E!‘s hit show, “FASHION POLICE.” He was also a Producer/Cast Member on “JOAN AND MELISSA: Joan Knows Best” on WEtv, as well as the online phenomenon, “IN BED WITH JOAN.” Previously, He was the only male writer on STYLE’S first scripted comedy, “The Dish”. (“The Soup” for gals and gays…He was in heaven.)

Tony played the Indian from the Village People on an episode of “Frank TV”, which he considers his most offensive race-related joke EVER. He also appears as a talking head on clip shows like “50 Super Epic TV Moments”, “TV Guide’s 25 Sexiest Couples”, “TV Guide’s 25 Most Hilarious Commercials”, and others that you have seen playing with the sound off in mid-level nails salons across the country. Before that, Tony appeared on BRAVO’s EMMY WINNING hit show, “Kathy Griffin: my life on the D-list”, as Kathy’s main gay; a role he beat out half of West Hollywood to get.

Tony grew up in Phoenix, Arizona; and while he wouldn’t relive a single minute of his childhood for any amount of money, it will always be home…He began singing at the age of two, and toured the U.S. and Taiwan with the Phoenix Boys’ Choir. He moved to Los Angeles in 1989, attended the acclaimed American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and upon graduation, put his degree to great use by moving to Japan to play Prince Charming in parades at Tokyo Disneyland. Tony has sung on NBC’s “Must-See TV”, worked as a Chippendale dancer, and, in a real moment of pride, sang Cole Porter songs for the American Plumber’s Association, on stage with a dozen toilets.

From 2001 to 2005, he owned the Studio City location of MY GYM Children’s Fitness Centers, teaching gymnastics to kids from 3 months to 12 years of age. In 2005, he sold the business and went into comedy, thereby beginning his quest to become “THE GAY OPRAH.”

http://www.tonytripoli.com

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTripoli

Twitter & Instagram: @TonyTripoli

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