Tag: comedy

Comedy is the portrayal of humorous subject matter for the purposes of amusement. A comedy tries to entertain through honest depictions of life, unlike burlesque, which aims to please its audience through satire, or farce, which relies on absurdity, which, quite honestly is life in general. Right?

Terri McDonald Rises from the Ashes

Terri McDonald Rises from the Ashes

Rising from the ashes after burning her life down to the ground through substance abuse, Terri McDonald finds her calling helping those who truly need a second chance.  Rising through the ranks becoming the head of the California prison system.  Listen to this inspiring podcast and find your inner potential.

Terri McDonald is the Chief Probation Officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She is a former Assistant Sheriff for LA County Sheriff’s Department, overseeing the Custody Division. McDonald is a 24-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Her career in law enforcement began in 1988 as a Correctional Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During her tenure with the CDCR, she literally worked her way up through the ranks of the Department, working as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, including Captain at Folsom State Prison, Associate Warden, Chief Deputy Warden, Division Chief, Chief Deputy Secretary and Undersecretary.

Additionally, she oversaw the Statewide Classification Unit, Statewide Population Management Unit, assisted in revamping the correctional officer academy, oversaw and activated out-of-state prisons with California inmates. Prior to her employment with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Terri McDonald oversaw California’s state prisons, juvenile justice, gang unit, fugitive apprehension unit, victim services, rehabilitative programming and the Ombudsman’s office.

During her years with the CDCR, McDonald supervised approximately 300,000 offenders in prison and parole serving as an executive leader for roughly 60,000 employees, with an operating budget in excess of $10 billion.

Terri McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership in Law Enforcement, graduating with Honors, from the University of San Francisco. She maintains a home in Northern California and resides in Los Angeles County. Terri is single; but in a long-term committed relationship and in her free time enjoys travel, golf and camping.

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Elaine Hendrix Saves Animals

Elaine Hendrix Saves Animals

Elaine Hendrix is best known for her starring role on FX’s Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll and the Parent Trap.  She has also had many second chances.  Her biggest second chance these days is for the animals in the world who need advocates and have no voice.  She is their second chance.  This inspiring and funny podcast will make you think and challenge you.

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Elaine Hendrix spent her early years in nearby Knoxville and Morristown. At 15 she moved with her divorced mother to Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended the Northside School of Performing Arts. She started her professional career as a dancer and model but gave up dance after she was hit by a car while bicycling.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and had an agent within a month. She worked her way from commercials to TV guest shots to a starring role on the 1995 Fox revival of “Get Smart” (1995) to features. As an actress, Elaine has 124 credits to her name including “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (2015-2016), “The Parent Trap” (1998), and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (1997). She also has served multiple projects as producer, writer, or director.

Elaine is also an activist passionate about animals, health, and equal rights. She is a big believer in mind-body-spirit wellness and supports traditional as well as alternative healing methods. She champions several organizations that support various health challenges. Elaine also holds tolerance and acceptance high, supporting the ACLU, Gay Straight Alliance and the National Center for Human and Civil Rights, just to name a few. Her serious passion is for animals, though. When she’s not on a set or a stage she’s traveling the country rescuing, transporting, fostering, adopting, speaking, protesting, demonstrating, lobbying, educating, building habitats and providing care all on their behalf. She launched a multimedia resource to help pet parents at any stage of the journey with their pet called The Pet Matchmaker.

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Gerry Feltmann was “The Corpse”

Gerry Feltmann was “The Corpse”

Gerry Feltmann was on the verge of death before his second chance knocked on his door.  Known then as the “corpse”, Gerry’s amazing story will inspire and enlighten you on the triumph of the human spirit.

Gerry Feltmann is a hotelier with sbe Group in Los Angeles. He has thrived in the hospitality business, serving she Group as Assistant Operations Manager, the Ritz Carlton as Guest Recognition Manager where he was given 30K per month to make guests happy, and Andaz West Hollywood as Assistant Rooms Director. But Gerry has done so much more. He has volunteered for EBI (Education Based Incarceration) and Compton Initiative Work Day in poverty alleviation.

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PJ Stahl Will Push Your Limits

PJ Stahl Will Push Your Limits

Fitness trainer to the stars, PJ Stahl stops by the second chances podcast and talks about what it’s like believing his father faked his own death to leave his family, bullying and pushing past the limits of the mind and body.

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Elite fitness expert PJ Stahl, MA, CSCS, is the PROJECT STEEL Program Creator and Director. He is also a Reebok Master Trainer and ReebokONE Elite Ambassador. He utilizes over 20 years of experience in the industry, extensive education in kinesiology, and numerous national certifications to provide an elite level of service ranging from Elite Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Fitness Consulting, Educational Seminars/Clinics and Hosting/Appearances.

His knowledge and understanding of exercise physiology and creating results-oriented programs has made his services in demand from professional athletes (MLS, AVP, NFL, NHL, & MLB) such as David Beckham, to models, actors, performers, and musicians such as Britney Spears. 

PJ has appeared as Ruby Gettinger’s featured Personal Trainer on the number one reality hit series “Ruby, on the Style Network”. PJ has been a Fitness Consultant for Universal Pictures, Reebok, Men’s Fitness, LIVESTRONG, Tabata, 17 Fit Club, GAIAM, My Group Fit, Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, just to name a few.

Originally from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, PJ holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Business and Athletic Administration from Ball State University. While at Michigan State, PJ competed as a varsity athlete in gymnastics and diving and was an Undergraduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for over 11 different collegiate sports teams.

With PJ’s background in competing and coaching gymnastics, along with coaching professional athletes, he was naturally led to become a fitness performance coach. In 2006, PJ founded his own fitness company, PJ Stahl Fitness, to provide an elite level service with superior results. With this experience he has now opened LOCK BOX FITNESS & PERFORMANCE CENTER in Los Angeles, CA. As a Co-Owner and Head Coach at LOCK BOX he has established a successful coaching system and has set the bar for the fitness industry.

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Ritch Shydner is So Funny!

Ritch Shydner is So Funny!

Comedian and comedy writer Ritch Shydner was at the top of his game when debilitating depression took over and brought him to his spiritual and physical edge.  This powerful podcast talks to the power of the human spirit and the angels all around us.

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Ritch Shydner was born in the town of Pennsville, New Jersey. He studied business and sociology at Gettysburg College and Law at George Mason University. Shortly thereafter, he started performing stand-up comedy.

As a stand-up comedian, Ritch appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno numerous times. He performed a HBO half-hour special called One Night Stand, as well as was a guest on Comics Unleashed. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).

Shydner was featured in the 2010 documentary I Am Comic, in which he traveled around the country interviewing various comedians, a process that ultimately led to his return to stand-up by going on the stage again after 13 years of retirement.

As an actor, Shydner played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married… with Children and made guest appearances on other TV shows such as Designing Women, Roseanne and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. His film roles include Beverly Hills Cop II and Roxanne.

Shydner was a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Titus. He also wrote scripts for the sitcom Becker. Additionally, he wrote for singers Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, as well as ventriloquist David Strassman.

Shydner’s influences are Art Carney, Lenny Bruce, Red Skelton and George Carlin.

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Rocco Stowe Is On a Spiritual Path

Rocco Stowe Is On a Spiritual Path

Rocco Stowe went from having a gun in his hand in South Philly to teaching Yoga in Santa Monica. His journey from the Marine Corps to dating Margaret Cho had a few stops in rough neighborhoods. To say the least, he has thrived in the face of challenge.

Rocco Stowe: “I know I’m on a spiritual path.”

Rocco Stowe is an actor and stand-up comedian with 10 years of hard-nosed experience. He is internationally Known on the microphone by doing the Comedy ROK tour in Korea for MWR in April 2010. He started in Los Angeles in 1999, and has been booked and paid to perform with headliners including Damon Wayans, John Witherspoon, Margaret Cho, and many more.

An Italian-Irish graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Rocco is no stranger to dangerous situations. He grew up in South Philadelphia, served as an Infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps, dealt drugs, and was nearly arrested. After a pivotal moment, he left everything behind and moved to LA.

“I came out here and saw the way people are living, and they are happy, and they’re talking with some kind of care. It wasn’t so callous. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. I feel like I got a second chance from that.”

As a former Marine, Rocco is an expert at creating calm amidst the chaos. A yoga instructor at Santa Monica Power Yoga, his meditation techniques and life hacks help his students cultivate compassion, wisdom and peace.

He currently resides in Hollywood, CA, and does the LA comedy circuit. does regular spots at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, The Improv, and the Comedy Union.

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Ian Harvie Made Some Modifications

Ian Harvie Made Some Modifications

Transgendered actor, Ian Harvie opens up about transitioning from female to male at age 40, Ian opens up about transphobia, Margaret Cho, stand-up comedy and his work on the Amazon Prime’s Transparent.  Touching, spirited and funny!

Ian Harvie was born May 28, 1968, in Portland, Maine. Harvie knew he was transgender at a very early age, but didn’t have a language for his gender identity at the time. Harvie came out as queer at nineteen and as transgender at age thirty-two.

Harvie grew up on Beaver Pond in the rural mountain town of Bridgton, Maine, until the age of twelve. He has two older brothers, Rob and Jeff. Early comedy influences he has cited include The Carol Burnett Show, Flip Wilson, Rich Little, Hee Haw, Laugh-In, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, and Saturday Night Live.

Harvie began his stand-up comedy career in January 2002 at a small comedy club in Portland, Maine. Three months later he began performing at a sister club in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvie moved to Los Angeles, California, in June 2006. By November 2006 he began touring with iconic comedienne Margaret Cho as her opening act.

Cho cast Harvie as a permanent member of her off-Broadway burlesque comedy revue, Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman. In April 2007, Harvie began producing and hosting his own self-titled comedy/talk show, The Ian Harvie Show, at Los Angeles music and comedy club Largo. The show is similar in format to other late-night talk shows but with guests who are all LGBT or connected to the LGBT community.

In November 2009, Harvie began his solo headlining career. His one-man show Parts Sold Separately, which features humor about sex and gender, played the Melbourne International Comedy Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia, in April 2010. In January 2011, Harvie performed his new solo show Balls OUT with Ian Harvie at SF SketchFest in San Francisco, California. In September 2010, Harvie and fellow sober comedians Felon O’Reilly and Amy Dresner began a three-person comedy group. They traveled around the US with their collective recovery-based standup comedy show, Laughs Without Liquor: the We Are Not Saints tour.

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