Podcast Episodes

Jamie Denbo

Comedic actress / improvisor / writer / podcaster Jamie Denbo talks about being an only child, born to Jewish parents whose lives, culture and ancestors she feels are informed by fear.  She talks about growing up in Massachusetts and feeling guilty for not having more obvious reason to explain her sadness, panic and anger, and how motherhood is helping her to recognize the familial and cultural cycles she would like to break.   Listeners may know her as Beverly of the podcasting duo Ronna & Beverly, or her many television appearances, including FX’sTerriers, ConanLate Late Show with Craig FergusonWeeds and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Phil Hendrie

The groundbreaking radio personality opens up about the childhood and adolescent pain that informs his stable of highly detailed, irreverent character voices.   He and Paul bond over sexually inappropriate mothers and distant fathers.    Whose mother acted creepier?  You decide.  It’s Ick-a-palooza!

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Dr. Jessica Zucker #1 (Voted #1 Ep of 2012)

Dr. Jessica Zucker graces the show as our first mental health expert and she does not dissapoint.  We learn helpful tips in finding the right therapist, the benefits of it, and common pitfalls.   We discuss her upcoming book about porn stars and what sex means to them.  We talk about a listener’s harrowing experience with postpartum depression.  And finally, Dr. Zucker lends a gentle hand in helping Paul to confront the most painful truth in his life; the lifelong patterns of abuse by his mentally unstable mother.   They discuss sexual abuse of boys by female babysitters.  Dr. Zucker is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in women’s health, with a focus on reproductive and maternal mental health.  Visit her website www.drjessicazucker.com.  She can be followed on Twitter @drzucker

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Sklar Brothers

We talk to the comedy duo about the drawbacks and benefits of being identical twins; how they’re alike and how they’re different.  So often this show focuses on families torn apart by dysfunction, we thought it would be nice to show that all artists don’t have to be tortured.    We talk about their unique approach to combining sports and comedy.  Listeners know them from Comedy Central Presents, Curb Your Enthusiasm, guest hosting for Jim Rome, ESPN’s Cheap Seats, and their popular podcast, Sklarbro Country.

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Morgan Murphy

Bouncing from family to family and always being the new girl at school forced her to adapt and gave her experiences to draw on as a writer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2 Broke Girls).   But a family history of mental illness, food issues, panic attacks and always being attracted to brilliant but broken men have not been so easy to adapt to.     Morgan opens up about the power of friendship and the odd comfort of dark comedic humor from some well-known friends during her catatonic stint at a mental hospital.

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Blaine Capatch

The comedian and former writing partner of Patton Oswalt (Mad TV) didn’t grow up with abuse or tragedy, but his mental and emotional battles are shared by most of us.   He thinks he’s lazy and is worried he’s missed out on the success many of his peers have achieved.   This is a nice episode for listeners who want a break from the darker episodes.  Blaine is a comic’s comic and a Renaissance man –  sensitive, thoughtful, articulate and darkly funny.   Follow him on Twitter @blainecapatch and see him in the touring Wrestling/Burlesque show Lucha VaVoom.

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Meghan P.

Hear what happened when this listener, a popular Wisconsin farm girl moved to the big city and crippling anxiety set in.  Now throw in her discovering she’s a lesbian and her mother’s dislike of gays.   Sounds like the recipe for a schizophrenic break.

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Barbara & Steve

Incestuous or inappropriate behavior by parents isn’t always easy to define.   Paul’s friend “Barbara” and her boyfriend “Steve” (both using pseudomnyms) talk about their parents, their childhoods,  and the issues they struggle with especially learning to use sex for power and manipulation instead of intimacy.

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