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.
Hana Michels chooses her own religion! Hana is a writer and comedian and co-host of The Hard Times Live at the Nerdmelt Theater. In this episode she tells me about growing up Jewish in the Reformed tradition. We talk about keeping kosher, rebellion, bat mitzvahs, arranged marriages, Jungian shadows, and then she makes up her own cult. Follow Hana on Twitter and Instagram @hanamichels!
Nicole Villela chooses her own religion! Nicole is an improviser on Nerdist teams like The Dam/n Breaks and Hello Horses, the host of the Cringeworthy podcast, and a co-producer of my show, Copper Still Comedy! In this episode, Nicole not only tells me about the meaning of Tarot cards, and she not only reads my Tarot, but she reads YOUR Tarot too! Follow Nicole on Twitter and Instagram @itchybrained!
Charlie Mihelich chooses his own religion! Charlie is a writer, improviser, and performer in Los Angeles who hosts Catharsis, a monthly dramatic improv show at UCB Sunset. In this episode we talk about the difference between dramatic and normal improv, the Unitarian commune he visited growing up, his youth group experiences, and what it would take for him to go back to church. Follow Charlie on Twitter @charlesmihelich!
Jen Curcio chooses her own religion! Jen is a storyteller, standup, and improviser in Los Angeles who came to tell me about her time as a Quaker and her experience coming out to religious family members. She then makes up her own beautiful, natural religion. Follow Jen on Instagram @jencurcio!
Jenny Young chooses her own religion! Jenny is a comedian in New York who also runs the YouTube series “Cooking with a Sex Addict”, and we met up in New York to talk about her conversion to Judaism as an Asian-American. She tells me why she picked her synagogue, why Judaism, and we also talk about sex and love addiction. Follow Jenny on Twitter and Instagram @heyjennyyoung and check out Cooking with a “Sex Addict” on Youtube!
Ethan Stanislawski chooses his own religion! Ethan is a standup comedian and storyteller in Los Angeles, but grew up as a conservative Jew in New York City. In this episode, Ethan talks about his problems with Judaism that he feels he’s been unable to say. We also talk about studying religion academically, commodifying tragedy, the moments we left our faith, and why Schindler’s List actually sucks. Follow Ethan on Twitter and Instagram @EthanStanComedy and check out Nightchurch at the Pack Theater!
Barbara Gray chooses her own religion! Barbara is a standup comedian from Salt Lake City and co-host of the Lady to Lady podcast, and today she came to talk about growing up around Mormons as a non-Mormon, and ended up talking about much more. We talked about whether the comedy community is a community, sex and love addiction, displacing your co-dependency, finding a church, fun egotism, pure agnostism, and Barbara invented her own religion based on the holiest of holies, Magic Mike XXL. Listen to Lady to Lady and follow her on Twitter @BabsGray and Instagram @Babs_Gray!
Max Lasser chooses his own religion! Max is a comedian from South Carolina who has a new podcast coming out called “The Calories” about weightloss. In this episode, we talked about Max growing up Jewish, going “angry atheist”, and then how psychedelics led him back to a sense of spirituality. We also talk about our bad trips, flow states, and what makes a religion a cult or not. Follow Max on Instagram@lassermax and check out The Calories in August 2017!
Aubrey Jacobowitz chooses her own religion! Aubrey is a Los Angeles comedian who grew up Jewish AND Catholic, but has since turned to Eastern philosophy. She also told me about recently choosing to be celibate, and how that has played into her polyamory. We also talked about psychedelics, attachment, and co-dependency, and I helped Aubrey create a religion of chilling out and making out. Follow Aubrey on Twitter @femmist!
Virginia Jones chooses her own religion! Virginia is a comedian from Portland, OR who came to talk about growing up Mormon. She lays out some of the weirder parts of Mormon theology, what South Park and Book of Mormon got right and wrong, and we also talk about comedy and relationships. Check out Virginia’s album “Gothic American Live!” on iTunes and follow her on Twitter @badiniadones and Instagram @badinia!
Briana Hansen chooses her own religion! Briana is a Los Angeles comedian who runs the Metaphysical Comedy Show, and on this episode we got into what exactly metaphysical contains. We also talk about astrology, her growing up Unitarian Universalist, the four paths of yoga, love languages, psychedelics, feminine and masculine energy, ceremony, and what it is about nature that we love. Check out Metaphysical Comedy on iTunes, go to brianahansen.com, and follow her @briana_comedy on instagram and @thebrianahansen on Twitter!
Jonathan Rowell chooses his own religion! Jonathan is a standup comic in Los Angeles who grew up culturally Catholic until he went to a religious school, where he became super Christian right as he was realizing he was gay. We talk about our issues with Christianity and homosexuality, death, and how losing our faith affected our approach to comedy. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonRowell!
Nat Baimel chooses his own religion! Nat is a standup comic from Cooper City, FL and came on to talk about growing up Jewish in South Florida in the Reformed tradition. We also talk about meditation, Alan Watts, cognitive dissonance, the afterlife, and what connects all religions. Check out Nat at natbaimel.com and follow him on Twitter @NatBaimel!
John Rogers chooses his own religion! John is the campus minister of University Presbyterian Church, leading Presbyterian Campus Ministry in Chapel Hill, NC, serving students of the University of North Carolina. In this episode, I talk to John about me leaving PCM back in the day, and about the challenges college campus ministries face as well as the church at large.
Lyssa Mandel chooses her own religion! Lyssa is an actor, comedian, writer, and host of “The Bitch Seat” at the Nerdmelt Showroom. In this episode we talked about psychedelics, enneagrams, manifesting, fulfillment, storytelling, community, and all other vaguely hippie things in between. Check her out at lyssamandel.com and follow her on Twitter @lyssaisaperson!
Christine Medrano chooses her own religion! Christine is a standup comedian based in Los Angeles and came to tell me about healing crystals! She has them, she uses them, and she is aware of how it can sound. I didn’t know anything about them and she was willing to share. We also talked about vision boards, affirmations, meditation, and invented a new religion. Go to christinemedrano.com, follow her on Twitter @ChrissyMeds, and follow her on Instagram @christinemed!