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?

Chelsea Skidmore Takes the World on Her Own Terms

Chelsea Skidmore Takes the World on Her Own Terms

Chelsea Skidmore is a bold, smart, and beautiful comedian who is open, honest and says what she thinks. Despite that, she had bouts of self-doubt and low self-esteem in her past along with addiction. Listen as she opens up about her infamous #MeToo moment with a Hollywood Elite and talks about her career goals.

Chelsea Skidmore is also an actress and director, known for “No Leftovers” (2017), “Leah & Chelsea Have a Sleepover” (2017) and “Sandy Wexler” (2017).

She was born and raised in New York and after wasting 6 years in college partying (at a 4-year school) she graduated from Pace University with a BA in Communications.

Chelsea is now based in Los Angeles and performs nightly at venues including The Comedy Store, Improv, Laugh Factory and Ice House in addition to touring across the country. She co-produces a monthly stand-up show at The Comedy Store in Hollywood called Home Alone and has a podcast called The Chelsea Skidmore Show.

Twitter – @xoxochelseaskye

Instagram – @chelseaskidmore

Chelsea on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6081377/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Website: https://www.chelseaskidmore.com/

Podcast link: The Chelsea Skidmore Show

Zack Tiegen Delivered Weed to Dennis Hopper

Zack Tiegen Delivered Weed to Dennis Hopper

Actor, cinematographer, and martial artist Zack Tiegen tells the story of his first job in Hollywood, which involved delivering marijuana to Dennis Hopper.

Zack is also a recovering addict who has lived all over the world. When he was in Thailand, he had a drug-induced, out of body experience and was ready to die. As he literally saw his soul leaving his body, a vision of his life purpose came to him and he took a life-saving breath. That set the tone for the rest his life: getting clean and serving others. Get ready for 1-minute gong meditation led by our guest and see how amazing you feel when you’re done.

Known as the “Wandering Nomad Actor” by his closest friends, Zack Tiegen has performed on stage and screen since he was a child; he has acted in over 25 films and television series. You know him from his roles in “The Outsider,” “Big Bad Bugs,” and “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” He plays the part of Max in the new film, “The Narcissists,” which will have its New York City premiere on January 31, 2018.

Zack trains in WingTsun Kung-fu. Due to his aggressive fighting style, he is known by his fellow students as the “buzzsaw” and the “destroyer of man.”

@ZTiegen Twitter

@ztiegen Instagram

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0853901/

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Melanie Vesey Was SHOT By Her Girlfriend!

Melanie Vesey Was SHOT By Her Girlfriend!

Melanie Vesey began dancing at the age of 5 in Michigan and is now a successful businesswoman and comedian. Between all of that, she got addicted to drugs, got kicked out of Juilliard, realized she was a lesbian, got shot by a New York City police officer, lived with a drug dealer, got sober, had a baby, moved to Los Angeles, got married…did we mention she got shot? Listen to her incredible story full of highs and lows. It’s amazing.

Melanie Vesey is an accomplished comedian, actress, filmmaker, and dancer. Trained at the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center, Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, and The Interlochen Arts Academy, she has a strong foundation for her body of work.

The highlights of her acting career include co-starring with Jim Carrey and Courtney Love in Man on the Moon directed by two-time Academy Award winner Milos Forman, working with Hal Hartley and Parker Posey in Henry Fool, and being on stage with Elizabeth Ashley and Sam Trammell in the Off-Broadway run of If Memory Serves. In addition to co-starring roles on Law and Order and Homicide, she’s been in national commercials and voice-overs.

As a comedian she got her start performing regularly at The World Famous Comedy Store. In addition to performing all over LA, she’s been seen at The Motor City Comedy Festival and is scheduled to film her comedy special Wild Animal in February of 2018.  

As a filmmaker her most recent music video, Bedroom Eyes for singer-songwriter Ryan Cassata has been viewed over 100,00 times. Her first short film Granted, co-starring James Ransone (The Wire) was part of the official selection at the FAIF International Film Festival and debuted at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Her feature-length script, The End of the Road, was one of five to be selected for the OUTFEST Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab. Her short film FAST, based on The End of the Road, had its world premiere at the OUTFEST Film Festival as a part of the 2014 Official Selection, in addition to screening at the IFFCA Film Festival and for Posture Magazine.

In 1999 Melanie faced one of the greatest challenges of her life when she was shot by her x-girlfriend, a New York City police officer. In her own way of processing the traumatic experience, she wrote and produced a one-woman show, Bullets Bounce Off.

As a former Vice President of Public Relations at a boutique record label, Melanie transitioned into opening her own PR consulting firm, PromotionalRescue.com where she helps award-winning independent artists and small business owners grow their audience and visibility through private coaching and workshops. 

She lives with her brilliant and loving family that consists of a couple of angels and a dog named Fig. 

http://www.melanievesey.com

http://promotionalrescue.com

https://www.instagram.com/melanievesey/

https://www.facebook.com/melanievesey

https://twitter.com/MelanieVesey

https://www.youtube.com/user/tammywiggles

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0895234/

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Miles Szanto’s Mother was “Joan of Narc”

Miles Szanto’s Mother was “Joan of Narc”

A working actor since age 8, Miles Szanto saw two sides of life?the privileged life of a working actor and the concrete walls of jail. His parents were addicted, then clean, then addicted, trafficking, in prison?he felt ashamed of his blood and felt unsafe, but acting saved him, and keeps saving him. The greatest lesson he is learning now is to not let external forces validate how he feels about himself; that he has worth no matter what happened in the past or what he is working on.

Miles has been working professionally as an actor since he was a child. He completed extensive training at the Australian Theatre for Young People, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy on a scholarship, Steppenwolf Theater West and was later invited to attend David Mamet & William H Macy’s prestigious Atlantic Acting School in New York City. 

He has appeared in the stage production and the Australian cast record of The Wizard of Oz and then went on to perform in the Sam Mendes production of Oliver The Musical(Cameron Macintosh Productions). In 2011 Miles acted as Eliot in Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Sydney Theatre Company production of Tusk Tusk and later as Melochior Gabor in the Oregon tour of Spring Awakening the Musical.

He has appeared in such Australian TV series as; Snobs, award-winning cable drama Love My Way(Seasons 2 & 3), European hit & AFI award-winning The Elephant Princess(Seasons 1 & 2), Dead Girls Detective Agency(pilot) and the FX series Married. He has appeared as presenter on K-Zone TV, Studio Disney and AMTV on Disney.

His film credits include Drowning(which screened at the Cannes Film Festival), Blue Monday(which he co-wrote with director Craig Boreham), Ostia: La Notte Finale, Bruno and Earlene Go To Vegas(for which he won Best Performance at the 2014 Transgender Film Festival), Western Religion, Electric Mirrors, Unravel and Teenage Kicks. For his role in Teenage Kicks, Miles was presented with the 2017 Iris Prize for Best Actor in a feature film, and award that is lovingly referred to as the gay Oscars. Miles is also becoming an accomplished filmmaker and in 2016 he wrote and directed the Huffington Post distributed docu-series ‘Facing Addiction; Across America“.

Miles Szanto IMDB

Miles Szanto on Twitter

Is that Denzel Washington or London Brown?

Is that Denzel Washington or London Brown?

Born and raised in Los Angeles, London Brown is a trained actor, dancer, comedian and impressionist (his Denzel Washington is epic).  He talks with ANT and Greg about growing up in the hood, humor saving lives, becoming famous and the death of his baby brother, which shook his world.

London Brown is one of LA’s hottest up and coming comedians. but he is also much more than that. London is also a trained actor, dancer, and impressionist. He stars on the HBO series “Ballers” as the character Reggie opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Previously he was the lead role of “D” in “The Hustle” for The Fuse Network which was created and produced by Prentice Penny.

In his first two years as a comedian, London Brown hit some of the most legendary stages. Those stages include the The Comedy Union, The Improv, The Comedy Store, and Gotham Comedy Club. He was also the winner of the first ever Robin Harris Rising Star award as well as Best International Comedian for 2013 Black Comedy awards in the UK. He has shared stages with Katt Williams, Tony Rock and Kevin Hart.

London was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Though his aspirations took him out of that troubled neighborhood, he did not come out unscathed, even in adulthood. His younger brother Wendall Lee, a 25 year old college graduate and aspiring NBA player, was murdered in 2015, killed in random drive-by shooting. The gunman was never caught.

London is also a mentor, reaching out to kids in South Central and hoping to make a positive impression on them before they get into trouble. You can find him speaking at after-school programs and spending time with members of the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Learn more about London at: http://www.iamlondonbrown.com/ 

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So much disrespect. Greg, your shoe game needs some work.

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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