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Second Chances interviews actors from all over the world who talk about their second chance in life after struggling with addiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willie Aames: “My life was over at 47.”

Willie Aames: “My life was over at 47.”

Willie Aames is an award-winning, platinum-selling writer, producer/director who starred in 22 network series and has a long list of credits. Despite his Hollywood successes, low self-esteem, overbearing parents and childhood stardom were only the beginning of his struggles. His career faltered. After an appearance on Celebrity Fit Club, his life completely fell apart and Willie ended up in bankruptcy, homeless and divorced. While pulling himself up by his bootstraps, Willie took an out-of-the-blue opportunity and became a 6-star cruise director. His whole life turned around. Listen to this AMAZING Hollywood story where the happy ending truly happens on a love boat.

Willie Aames was born in Newport Beach, California. He began acting in the late 1960s as a child actor and appeared in shows such as Gunsmoke, The Wonderful World of Disney, Adam-12, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. In 1971, he originated the role of Leonard Unger, the son of Felix Unger (Tony Randall), on the ABC-TV series The Odd Couple, a part that was later played by Leif Garrett. The following year, he voiced the character of Jamie Boyle in the animated series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home.

He guest-starred on various television series, and in 1977, he landed the role of Tommy Bradford in the comedy-drama Eight Is Enough. During this period, he played in a band called “Willie Aames & Paradise,” in which he was lead singer/guitarist. The group eventually landed a recording contract with CBS Custom Label. During this time, Willie appeared in his first movie role in Scavenger Hunt. After the series ended in 1981, he appeared in more film roles, including Zapped! opposite Scott Baio, and Paradise with Phoebe Cates.

Before portraying the role of Buddy Lembeck in Charles in Charge in 1984, Willie played the character of Robbie Hamlin on the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night. From 1983 to 1985, he was the voice of Hank on the cartoon Dungeons & Dragons. Willie began the role of Miles Peterson / Bibleman in the direct-to-video Christian superhero series from 1995 to 2003, before leaving due to wanting to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by Robert T. Schlipp.

For some years, Willie has been fighting his alcohol addiction. In 2008, he faced private bankruptcy and working construction jobs after investing in a failed TV show and ongoing drug abuse. He successfully managed to get clean and continue working successfully as a director, screenwriter, and cruise ship director.

After a 5-year hiatus from Hollywood, Willie returned to his roots in the acting and film-making splitting his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC with his wife.

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

Jamie Kennedy’s Movie Cherry Popped by Baz Luhrmann

Jamie Kennedy’s Movie Cherry Popped by Baz Luhrmann

Film Star and Comedian Jamie Kennedy is no stranger to struggle.  Hear his hilarious audition story with famed director Baz Luhrmann, his failures and success and the second chance that came dressed as a German Surgeon.

When Kennedy first arrived in Los Angeles, he became a professional Hollywood extra. During his first night in L.A., he was reading a Joan Rivers autobiography in a diner when the waiter explained to him that he had been in a dozen movies as an extra. Kennedy asked, “If you’ve been in so many movies, why are you a waiter?” The waiter responded, “I have to keep my day job.”

After a few years of struggling, Kennedy was unable to find an agent and worked as a host at Red Lobster. He auditioned for over 80 commercials and could not book one. He then took a job as a telemarketer, and learned that he had a talent in selling things. Kennedy then thought that if he could sell anything, “Why not sell myself?”, becoming his own agent.

Kennedy created a false persona, screen agent “Marty Power,” to attract the attention of real agents and managers over the phone, who would later book his performances. He came to prominence in the late 1990s for playing Randy Meeks in the Scream film series. His lead role as Tim Avery in Son of the Maskearned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor.

Kennedy formed a production company called Wannabe Producers, alongside Josh Etting, through which he has produced the shows The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Blowin’ Up, The Starlet, and Living with Fran. Kennedy wrote an autobiography titled, Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment. The book chronicles his life in Hollywood as he attempts to become a star. It gives background on his life and family, and quickly dives into his adventures.

A performer of stand-up comedy, he is also known for his sketch performances on his television reality show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, which became the WB Network’s highest-ranking new show in 2002, but which was cancelled in April 2004 due to falling viewership. In 2006, Jizzy Entertainment released Unwashed: The Stand-Up Special. In 2008, Kennedy released the documentary Heckler, about the plight of stand-up comics versus their often-aggressive audiences. In 2007, he appeared in Criminal Minds as a cannibal satanist serial killer.

Jamie is still a working actor in Los Angeles, having gone on to host and play in many television shows and movies.

Maury Sterling: Petrified of Life, Insane and Cutting

Maury Sterling: Petrified of Life, Insane and Cutting

Homeland star Maury Sterling drops by to talk about the 70’s, his acid-infused childhood and the second chance that brought him to stardom. This inspiring story of darkness turned to light will move you.

Maury was born and raised in Mill Valley, California. As a kid he loved spending time at Muir Beach with his dog Fred, riding his Mongoose and doing local theater. Growing up, he was fortunate enough to be exposed to a wide variety of artists and teachers; the likes of Joseph Campbell, Mickey Hart, the Gyoto Monks, his Holiness the Dalai Lhama, Peter Coyote, Lorna Strand and others. He was also fortunate to travel a great deal; Crete, France, Scotland, England, and Canada.

Maury chose to go to UCLA to get some distance from home and take a serious stab at Los Angeles. Upon graduating, Maury dove into life as a full-time professional actor.  He continued his studies at Circle in the Square in NY and ACT in San Francisco before settling back down in Los Angeles.

Over the years Maury has appeared in numerous commercials, guest spots, shorts, films and tv series.  Maury’s Film credits include Veronica Mars, Coherence, Kung Fu Panda 2, A-Team, Smokin Aces Assassins Ball, Smokin’ Aces, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Frolic,  Frankie and Johnny Get Married, The Illusion Hart’s War, Impostor, Bulletproof, and Outbreak. His TV credits include Extant, Homeland, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, the ABC Pilot Gilded Lily’s, In Plain Sight, Longmire, Private Practice, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Lie to Me, Dollhouse, Cold, Case, Close to Home, 24, ER, Criminal Minds, CSI Miami, Judging Amy, CSI, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, Angel, The Pretender, and numerous others.

In his off-time, Maury likes to spend time with his dogs, his family, riding horses, practicing kung fu, and getting away to Montana at the G-M Ranch.  He is proud to be married to the beautiful Alexis Boozer Sterling.

www.officialmaurysterling.com

Photo by Michael Tighe.