Tag: sobriety

Sobriety is the state of being sober, which can mean either not intoxicated or being solemn. If he takes a drink, an alcoholic ends a stretch of sobriety.

Catherine Just Loves Max

Catherine Just Loves Max

Catherine Just is an award-winning photographer, artist, and mentor living in Los Angeles, California. She travels the globe capturing the Breath, Heartbeat, and Pulse of the planet with her 4×5 camera, Polaroid, Pinhole and other alternative film cameras. Her most prized creation is her son Max Harrison who happens to have Down syndrome and teaches her the most valuable tool for creativity is love.

After getting sober from a crystal meth addiction at the age of 18, Catherine has been using photography as a tool for transformation. She feels that the truth lives in-between the words as underneath the surface of our everyday lives. Photography has been a way to investigate these spaces and places that aren’t seen but are deeply felt.

She’s been sober for 30 years and sees photography and the creative process as medicine. She travels internationally with her vintage 4×5 camera, Polaroid and Pinhole cameras capturing the breath, heartbeat, and pulse of the planet. Catherine leads immersive photography retreats in Paris, Barcelona, and Oaxaca and teaches 3 online courses: Self Portraiture as Medicine, Begin Deepening and Into the Deep.

Catherine is the Founder of the Max Harrison Foundation, dedicated to her son. The foundation offers a program that teaches children with Down syndrome around the globe how to use cameras for self-expression.

Instagram @cjust

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Carnie Wilson Rebroadcast

Carnie Wilson Rebroadcast

This week we are taking a break and rebroadcasting our interview with Carnie Wilson.

Carnie Wilson is the daughter of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of his first wife, former singer Marilyn Rovell of The Honeys. She co-founded Wilson Phillips with her younger sister Wendy and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when they were in their teens. They released two albums, Wilson Phillips and Shadows, and Light, which between them sold 12 million copies. The group also charted three No. 1 singles and six top 20 hits in the United States before disbanding in 1993. Wilson married musician and music producer Robert Bonfiglio in 2000. They have two daughters: Lola Sofia Bonfiglio, born on April 22, 2005, and Luciana “Luci” Bella Bonfiglio, born on June 12, 2009. Carnie has been sober for 13 years. She is warm, wonderfully sensitive, giving, and honest. She’s quick with a laugh and some spicy language and has a twinkle in her eye.

Carnie has a new venture that she is embarking on: Love Bites by Carnie. She’s been dedicated to baking for the past 13 years and she is now following that passion! Check out her new website: https://lovebitesbycarnie.com/ We are hungry just visiting!

Have a listen and visit the show’s website at http://secondchances.tv/. Please rate us on iTunes.

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Nancy Linehan Charles Erupts, Interrupts, and Disturbs the Peace

Nancy Linehan Charles Erupts, Interrupts, and Disturbs the Peace

Nancy Linehan Charles is a fireball of funny bravery with a resume that rocks.  In her 40’s, she drank unstoppably and got sober after realizing that she was screwing up her life. She’s been sober now for 32 years. At age 49, she came to Hollywood. She has appeared in more than 70 films and television programs as well as stage productions. At age 71, she was arrested for doing Shakespeare in the street and refusing to leave. Six months ago, she had a Shakespeare line tattooed on her body. At age 75, she jumped out of an airplane. Along the way, Nancy learned to love herself unconditionally, and we love her, too.

Nancy Linehan Charles has been a professional actress and writer for three decades. She has performed on stage from off-Broadway and the Kennedy Center to regional theatres including the Meadowbrook Theatre, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, Pacific Resident Theatre and the Colony theatre in L.A., in such roles as Vivian Bearing in the Pulitzer-winning play WIT, Amanda Wingfield in GLASS MENAGERIE, the title role in MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, Albertine in TOYS IN THE ATTIC, Kate in ALL MY SONS, Linda Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, to name a few. She has twice won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and was the recipient of The Ovation Award.

In film, she can be seen as Ned Beatty’s wife in Mike Nichols’ film CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; as Max Von Sydow’s wife in Spielberg’s MINORITY REPORT, starring Tom Cruise. She has been seen on television, guest-starring on such shows as THE WEST WING, 24, CLOSE TO HOME, JOEY, DREW CAREY, SEINFELD; with recurring roles on HUFF and SIX FEET UNDER, to name a few.

Nancy Linehan Charles can also been seen in the recurring role of ‘HELEN’ in the web series “We Got Next” as well as her recurring role as ‘ELSPETH’ in the web series AVE 43 She has five adaptations of Shakespeare (for middle schoolers) published through Dramatic Publishing, and her scripts are being performed in schools all over this country and in Canada. Ms. Charles is also a Marathon runner and the mother of two fine young men: Will Rothhaar, a working actor; and Charlie Linehan, a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney.

Nominee:  Emmy Award—-2010 Best Student Film
Winner: Ovation Award–Best Featured Performance by an Actress—2003
Winner:  Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Featured Performance—2003
Winner: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance–1994

Learn more:

Website: http://nancylinehancharles.com/

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/Nancy_Linehan_Charles

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Nancy-Linehan-Charles

Twitter: @Savannah1985A

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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!


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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.

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Here’s the “ointment” bit ANT was talking about:



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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