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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/

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Anna David Turned Messy Addiction Into Mega-Wealth

Anna David Turned Messy Addiction Into Mega-Wealth

The Addict Whisperer, Anna David has been sober for more than 17 years and has an impressive list of accomplishments. She is a six-time New York Times bestselling author, hosts the top recovery podcast, Recover Girl, with guests ranging from Moby to Dr. Drew to our own ANT. She’s appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew and more, as well as contributing to publications like The New York Times, Time and Cosmo.  Her second chance didn’t get wasted.  Hear how she turned it into a mega-rich career that also helps others.

Anna David is the author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), and Falling For Me (HarperCollins, 2011) and the editor of the anthology Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010). Her book By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, co-written with Tom Sizemore, was a New York Times bestseller.

Anna David was the sex and relationship expert on G4’s Attack of the Show and has been featured on The Talk Hannity, Red Eye, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez Mitchell and The Insider as well as on various other programs on Fox News, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E!.

In January 2012, Anna created True Tales of Lust and Love, a storytelling show that premiered at The Mint in Los Angeles and which features female writers and comedians telling or reading stories. In August 2013, the show moved to Mbar. The show has featured Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Jen Kirkman, Jillian Lauren and Cindy Chupack, and the all-male show in June 2013 featured Paul F. Tompkins. An anthology of essays that have been performed at the show will be released in January 2014 by Counterpoint/SoftSkull.

In June 2013, Anna launched AfterPartyChat.com, a website focused on addiction and recovery. AfterPartyChat has featured exclusive interviews with Dr. Drew Pinsky and original content by Nic Sheff among others.

She created the Recover Girl podcast and the recovery storytelling show Hammer(ed) Time and speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery. Through both in person workshops and online coaching, she helps people transform their biggest messes into the message they deliver the world.

Want to write a book on your recovery story? Listen to find out how to contact Anna for help.

Twitter: @annabdavid
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annabdavid/
Instagram: @annabdavid
Websites: annadavidcoaching.com & annadavid.com

Alex Plank Actually LIKES Being Autistic

Alex Plank Actually LIKES Being Autistic

Alex Plank is the 31 year old autistic guy behind WrongPlanet.net, the incredibly popular site for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

http://wrongplanet.net/

Both Alex and Wrong Planet have been featured by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Good Morning America. Wrong Planet has more than 100,000 registered members and its discussion forums contain millions of messages. Alex graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Film and Video Studies. His areas of interest and expertise include public speaking, the Internet, writing, directing, and filmmaking. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Alex is also a consultant and actor on FX’s hit series The Bridge. Alex’s feature documentary film Shameful, which he shot in France along with Noah Trevino, is coming out soon.  

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Gerry Feltmann was “The Corpse” and Nearly Dead

Gerry Feltmann was “The Corpse” and Nearly Dead

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 & Lead You to Success

PJ Stahl Will Push Your Limits & Lead You to Success

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.

http://www.lockboxla.com/  http://www.pjstahl.com/

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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