Buck Ball chooses his own religion! Buck is a fantastic storyteller from Starkville, Mississippi, and on this episode we talk a lot about stories–their role in human and religious history, their function in our every day, and how we all are natural storytellers. We also talk about sadness in comedy, originality, addiction, Inside Out, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Check out Buck at buckball.org and on Instagram @picture_me_ballin!
Jana Fisher chooses her own religion! Jana is a fellow preacher’s kid and Moth-winning storyteller. After playing her story from the live Choose Your Own Religion, she told me about her struggle discovering her queer identity while growing up in an evangelical church. We also talk about the Enneagram, covenants vs. creeds, the struggle of authenticity, the archetypical Jesus, rigid views of Christianity leading to a fragile Christianity, religion as cultural technology, and why she still goes to church!
Mareesa Stertz chooses her own religion! Mareesa is a filmmaker and creator of the new docuseries “The Healing Powers of Weed, Psychedelics and Other Mindful Practices”. She came to talk about her new series that's exploring the many ways that all these tools are creating access to healing, as well as talking to me about Kundalini yoga after teaching me my first Kundalini class. We also talk extensively about plant medicine, integration of psychedelic experiences, skepticism, strengthening our mind-body connection, emotional trauma stored physically, reframing the stories we tell ourselves, and whether the spiritual journey is even worth it.
You can check out the trailer and the first episode of her new docuseries focusing on the Weed for Warriors Project through this Facebook post.
Erica Blumfield chooses her own religion! Erica is a storyteller that originally spurned me for an OKCupid date, but since has performed on my live show and come to be a good friend. In this episode Erica told me about her spiritual journey as someone who deals with bipolar disorder. We also talk about authenticity, the Tao te Ching, heaven, and a bunch more. I also play her story from the last live Choose Your Own Religion, which you can catch the first Sunday of every month at the Clubhouse in Los Feliz!
The Rev. Ed Bacon (Oprah’s Super Soul 100, author “8 Habits of Love”) returns to the show to talk more about modern Christianity–living with grace, healthy boundaries, how to have conviction with humility, and even how to love a certain president.
Casey Whitaker (Second City!) chooses her own religion! Casey is a comedian and writer based in Los Angeles and a good friend of mine. In this episode we talk about whether God, souls, and heaven are real, and what they’re like if so! We also talk about our body image, being judgmental in comedy, guardian angel theories, and whether we’ve talked to God. Go to caseywhitaker.com for more Casey!
Devin Field chooses his own religion! Devin is a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live, a house performer at UCB, and has a Comedy Central Half Hour coming out later this year. In this episode Devin tells me about his experience with Transcendental Meditation after being raised with not much of anything. We also talk about plant medicine, militant atheism, sports as religion, biggest killers in history, mystery, psychedelics, and effective protest. Follow Devin on Twitter @thatdevinfield!
Casey McGonagle chooses his own religion! Casey is an artist and co-founder of VVVR (Visual Voice Virtual Reality), a voice controlled tool for self exploration and well being. In this episode we talk about how the intersection of art and technology can enhance the therapy of working with your own voice. We also talk about the archetypal Buddha, Christ consciousness, meditating in traffic, Soka Gakkai Buddhism, accepting suffering, and the power of mantras. Check out VVVR in action and check out the VVVR website!
Sarah Isaacson chooses her own religion! Sarah is the co-host of the Learnt Up podcast, and in this episode we talk about how she has been reconnecting with her reformed Jewish heritage and how she has come to appreciate tradition. We also talk about digital vs. analog living, our personal brands (ugh), geeks vs. dorks vs. nerds, Apocalyptic Jesus, the role of belief in Judaism, and our ancestors. Find Learnt Up on Apple Podcasts and other places they have podcasts and follow Sarah on Twitter and Instagram!
Rachel LaForce chooses her own religion! Rachel is a writer, actor and comedian from Atlanta via Chicago who has toured with the Second City Touring Company and a new friend of mine. In this episode we try to answer the question on if you can have compassion for Donal Trump. We also talk about past lives, how to really love your neighbor, the MLK Super Bowl ad, the fabric of non-religious society, and Christianity’s LGBT issues. Follow Rachel on Twitter and Instagram @rachellaforce!
Alex Hooper chooses his own religion again! Alex (Comedy Central’s Roast Battle) came back on the show for the release of his debut standup album, “Hugs. Drugs. Pugs.” We talked about our growth with becoming more comfortable with our authenticity, pug yoga, comedy as a spiritual practice, reclaiming old Christian songs, and approaching the world with love. Buy Alex’s album on iTunes or Amazon!
David Romero chooses his own religion! David is a yoga lecturer at USC as well as a sound healer, reiki healer, musician & light worker, and in this episode he told me about how his journey from being an Air Force officer to becoming a yogi! He also goes into his process of sound healing and discusses the various instruments used in a session. The second half ot the episode includes one of his sound baths! Check out David’s work and learn more about his workshops, sound baths and healings at theyogidr.com and on instagram @theyogidr!
Emily Schmidt chooses her own religion! Emily is a writer from Minnesota and we talk a lot about that grand state in this episode. Emily also tells me why the “Evangelical” Lutherans are not what their name seems and her experience with that tradition. We also talk about culture as a character, finding compassion through history, demystifying Prince, how to be useful and not sad, whether she still goes to church, the unique traits of Christianity, and the long lines of heretics that have made for better Christianity. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @emilyrschmidt!
Sharon Rose chooses her own religion! Sharon is a teacher at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and a life coach in Tempe, Arizona, and on this episode she came to talk about MAGIC! What it is and isn’t, and what we can with it. We also talked about the process of life coaching, posture, self-talk, chakdras, dancing with the ego, paradoxical spiritual teachings, spirituality of money, and Manifesting Abundance with Gratitute, Intution and Courage. Follow her on Instagram @the_soulstylist!
Kasey Koop chooses her own religion! Kasey is a writer, comedian, stripper, and host of Kasey’s FREEk Show Podcast and one of my oldest Los Angeles friends. In this episode she catches me up on what two and a half years of sobriety has been like since she was last on the show and how our attitudes towards religion have changed. We also talk about writing, masculine/feminine energy, sexuality, discipline, self-respect, standup, social media, nudist colonies, meditation, AA, tattoos, and whether happiness is the ultimate goal. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram and check out Kasey’s FREEk show Podcast!
It’s the 100th episode and Dan Prevette has returned to choose his own religion! In this Christmas episode I talked with Dan about how our new reasons for the old season after growing up the sons of Christian ministers and missionaries. We get into Christian mysticism, substances (and abuse of), whether Christ is still our savior, and the inherent rebellion in the Christmas story. Follow Dan on Instagram @danprevette and thank you for 100 episodes!
Joel Jimenez chooses his own religion! Joel is a comedian born and raised in Los Angeles and also the drummer for the Comedy Store’s Kill Tony and Regan & Watkins. In this episode he told me about an intense spiritual experience he had in high school while under the influence. We also talk about near death experiences, gratitude, being of service, and what (if anything) it would take for him to go back to church. Follow Joel on Twitter and Instagram @mostlysorry!
Katie Dahlson chooses her own religion! Katie is a storyteller and comedian who told me about her experience at an Osho meditation center on a Tuscany farm. We also talk about the Transcendalists, living off the grid, psychedelics, relationships, and the pitfalls and benefits of gurus. Follow Katie on Twitter and Insta @dahlsonator!
Erika Curry chooses her own religion! Erika is a comedian from Oklahoma, the host of “And God Created Podcast” as well as “The Scramble” at the Pack Theater in LA. Erika told me about growing up and out of the Church of Christ, a place where they don’t even allow musical instruments! We also talk about Jesus not laughing, reimagining miracles, Elisha and the Shebears, fulfillment, helping people, and our funeral music. Check her out on Twitter @gillygal!
Jonathan Blake chooses his own religion! Jonathan is a comedian in Los Angeles, and in this episode he tells me about winning the Most Christ-like award three times, his Quaker times, breathing, cycles, and his journey into Buddhism and comedy.