Susie Meister interviews the hilarious comedian Heather McDonald. Best known for her hilarious impressions and roundtable banter on Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately and After Lately, Heather is a comedic force. She has two best-selling books, You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again and My Inappropriate Life. She tours the country and her stand-up is a laugh-a-second. In this interview she talks about her life as a mom while balancing a tour and television work. We also talk about aging, The Bachelor, and the virtues of day-drinking. She is non-stop laughs. Click the link below and scroll down to play the interview.
Susie Meister interviews documentary filmmaker, Greta McAnany. Her new film, Bite Size, follows four young people who are struggling with obesity. The film highlights the problems of weight and food in America, particularly among children. Bite Size looks at the challenges of kids who want to be healthy and lose weight, but have the cards stacked against them at home, school, and with friends. She discusses some of the profound moments during filming, and how making this film has affected her life and work.
Susie Meister interviews Psychic Medium, John Edward. This former host of television’s Crossing Over with John Edward, now travels the country and uses his ability to speak to the dead at live events. In this interview he talks about his feelings on Theresa Caputo, The Long Island Medium, and why he sees her “ambush” style as being harmful to the psychic industry. He also talks about the difficulties he had from critics during the run of his television show. He is candid and talks openly about his career, and why he chooses to use his ability as his life’s work.
Susie Meister interviews Jay Bakker, son of disgraced televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. After becoming some of the most famous televangelists in the world, Jay’s parents’ ministry imploded amidst sexual and financial allegations that left Jim and jail and his parents divorced. Growing up in the shadow of this scandal had a huge toll on Jay who became an addict and eventually went to rehab.
Jay Bakker is now a pastor of his own church, and takes a completely different approach to faith from his famous parents. In this interview he opens up about his own faith, why he struggles with his beliefs, and how he got clean and changed his life. He also talks about how he is often criticized (still!) by the church, and the pain he feels when his family is attacked. He also discusses his beloved mother, the late, Tammy Faye, and how their relationship evolved over the years. He is open and honest in this raw interview.
I got to interview Vani Hari aka The Food Babe, and I was thrilled and honored to talk to this activist and author. Recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People Online, Vani Hari is a food advocate and blogger. She has a massive online following and has successful convinced dozens of restaurants and food manufacturers to change the ingredients in their products. She fights against GMOs, transparent ingredient labels, and removing chemicals from our food. Her book, The Food Babe Way is a New York Times #1 Best Seller.
Since our interview, she was the subject of a scathing Gawker article about her and her blog. She has been vilified by many as a hack, fear-monger, charlatan, and worse. She takes the criticism in stride, and is clearly having an impact in the food industry. Her critics call her anti-science, but she fights back in her own article and she is more popular than ever.
In this interview, we talk about her work with the food industry, how she manages to eat clean, and what’s next for her.
Susie Meister interviews Nolan Lebovitz, who produced horror movies like Tortured, but is now a a rabbi and is making films about the Bible. His first film, Roadmap Genesis is being released this year, and we discuss why he left the horror movie genre, and turned to God. He talks about his awakening, and how he has found meaning in his Jewish faith. He talks about science vs. faith, and how he thinks the two are compatible. His film features Mike Hukabee, Alan Dershovitz, and Ken Ham and many others discussing why the book of Genesis can guide our lives and lift our culture up. Check out the documentary’s website here for more on the film and where you can see it.
Susie Meister sits down with comedian and podcaster Jenna Kim Jones to talk about her career, comedy, and religion. They discuss Jenna’s work on The Daily Show, and why she made the move to Los Angeles. She discusses her faith and how her conservative life has lost her jobs in Hollywood. We find out whether she will in fact be the next host of America’s Funniest Videos after her petition to do so went viral. She also talks about her podcast, Sorry Not Sorry, and why her husband is a great complement to her zany personality.
In this episode of The Meister Piece, I talk to one of Hollywood’s nicest guys, actor and environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr. I met him at the house of Phil Rosenthal (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond), where instead of bringing wine or food, Ed brought his own line of green cleaning products as a host gift. In the interview, we talk about simple things we all can do to help the environment, his reality show “Living With Ed,” and how his new house, which is completely off-the-grid-is coming along. He describes how he manages his busy acting schedule with his desire to eliminate his carbon footprint. He talks about his famous competition with Bill Nye the Science Guy to live a green lifestyle, and says why Bill has the upper hand. Find out what Ed keeps in his electric car and more. Check out his site here for more on his tips to living green and keep an eye on his new home.
Susie Meister interviews Dr. Kelsy Burke a professor of sociology at St. Norbert College who studies sexuality, gender, and Christianity. They discuss the backlash to Fifty Shades of Grey among evangelicals, and why they are warning Christians to avoid the film. We discuss sexuality among evangelicals, how they navigate their fantasies, and why viewing Fifty Shades of Grey is seen as sinful. We also talk about Kelsy’s research more generally and she describes the websites where Christians go to discuss their concerns, desires, and theology within the framework of their sexuality in an effort to navigate the murky waters of what’s pure/impure for their marital bed.
I will never forget when I saw the notification from Twitter, “Alex Borstein is now following you!” How could this woman, who I have idolized for years, even know who I am. I messaged her and thanked her for following me. SHE SAID SHE THOUGHT I WAS FUNNY. Now I was going to have to tweet knowing that Alex Borstein might see it. I still can’t handle it.
In this episode of The Meister Piece, I interview the hilariously funny actress, who is best known as the voice of Lois Griffin on Family Guy. Borstein, who also appeared on MADtv, is now starring in HBO’s Getting On. She talks with me about comedy, acting, and even religion. She is characteristically hilarious and up for talking about anything.