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How long have you been sober? Many of our guests have gotten sober through programs like AA or have done it on their own.

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

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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.

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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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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