Comedian Eddie Brill worked at the Late Show with David Letterman for 17 years as the warm-up comedian and stand-up comedy booker. He has been on dozens of TV shows and in films, and along with Dennis Leary, Chris Phillips and Adam Roth he founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop. Today, Eddie talks with Susie Meister about his career in comedy, how he develops his act, and which comedians he likes today. We discuss his controversial departure from The Late Show after he gave an interview to the New York Times in which he allegedly claimed women comics were less authentic than their male counterparts. He denies saying this and explains his position on the age-old question about whether women are funny.
Dr. Adi Jaffe is an addiction specialist who received his PhD from UCLA and recently conducted a TEDx Talk on addiction. His views about treating addiction are unconventional and are born out of his own experience with addiction. He woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed with a police officer sitting next to him, he went to jail, but eventually got a PhD and opened up a rehabilitation center. In our interview we discuss his background and why he doesn’t accept the labels we use when talking about addiction and why it’s not an all-or-nothing game. He believes in moderation management, and that people can choose to regulate their use of alcohol, for example, rather than abstain completely. He hopes this approach will have more success than the typical 12-step recovery programs.
Watch his TEDx Talk “Rebranding Our Shame” here:
Yael Melamede talks to Meister Piece host, Susie Meister about her new documentary, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies. After being the first Israeli to produce an Oscar-winning film, INOCENTE, Melamede finished her next film about the nature of lying. In this film, she and Dan Ariely explore why humans lie and how this fits into the broader cultural context of life. She discusses her film, and why such a universal experience is still mysterious in its motivations and consequences. (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies is a fantastic documentary that is entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring. Click the link below to listen:
Dr. David Perlmutter discusses his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect the Brain. He talks about how the bacteria in our gut and the food that we eat can help prevent and treat neurological disorders like depression, autism, ADHD, dementia, and more. He navigates the difficult waters of GMOs, immunizations, and other tricky topics, and how we can stay well and heal our bodies. Click the link below to listen:
Leigh Ann Henion: Best-Selling Author, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search For Wonder in the Natural World
Best-selling author Leigh Ann Henion talks with Susie Meister about her book, Phenomenal: A Hestitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World. In her book, Henion describes the crippling clausterphobia she felt upon becoming a mom. She felt stuck in her circumstances and desperately wanted to experience adventure and beauty in the form of the world’s natural phenomena. She describes how doing so is not just acceptable, but essential for her to be the best parent and person possible. She discusses the common experiences of women who feel lost in motherhood and want to invigorate their spirits, and why she believes they should. Click below to listen:
Mike Rinder stops by the Meister Piece to discuss his days as the spokesperson for the Church of Scientology. He is no longer a member of the organization and recently appeared in the hit HBO documentary, Going Clear, about the Church. In this interview we discuss the beliefs, structure, and future of Scientology and why it is so secretive. Rinder grew up in the church and was disconnected by his wife and children when he left the church. They are no longer allowed to speak to him, and he has started a new life where he spreads the word about the danger and abuses of the Church. Click the link below to hear him discuss his experiences in Scientology:
Most people know Adam Richman from his hit Travel Channel series, Man vs. Food. He has since hosted several shows including Man Finds Food and Food Fighters. He now has a book about his passion for food and the stories surrounding it called Straight Up Tasty. In this interview he talks about how he architected his career, his love for travel and international cuisine, and more. We discuss how he lost so much weight and the challenges and rewards of being in the public eye. Whether he is posing nude to show off his new physique or battle critics who claimed he went vegan, he handles celebrity with grace. He is charming, thoughtful, and smart, and it was great fun talking with him. Check out his projects and order his book here. Click the link below to listen to the interview.
This episode features funny girl and multi-hyphenate, Alison Rosen. Best known for her work as the newsgirl on Adam Carolla’s podcast, but around for years as a writer, journalist, and entertainer. She currently hosts the Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend podcast. She talks at length about her Jewish background, and how she didn’t even know she was Jewish until she was in her twenties. She discusses the feelings of betrayal she felt towards her parents from keeping it from her, and what she considers herself now. We also talk about her candid approach she has taken regarding her fertility struggles.
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This week Susie sits down with the hilarious comedian, Tammy Pescatelli. She is known for her appearance on Last Comic Standing and the Dirty Sexy Funny comedy tour with Jenny McCarthy. Her philosophy is to find the funny in everything (which is also the name of her comedy special), and she does just that. We talk about how she handled pregnancy while doing stand-up comedy, being hit with a wine glass while performing, and how she comes up with her hilarious material. She is an inspiration for me as she believes in making the best of everything. She is a gem, and I love her–now you will too. Check out her website here.
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This episode features legendary comedian, Harland Williams. He has been in the entertainment business for years, and is still touring the country. He also hosts a wonderful podcast, The Harland Highway, which is so fun and inventive. We talk about how he went from being a park ranger to doing stand-up comedy and acting. We discuss religion, spirituality, and nature, and how he finds peace. Harland is known for being one of the nicest (and silliest) guys in the business, and that comes across during our chat. He is sincere, yet fun, and has a fascinating take on the world. Visit his website here.
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