Nima and Michelle discuss letting go of THINGS from past relationships.
Joe Quint (www.chooseyourownreligion.com, T: @joe_quint) is a comedian and storyteller in Los Angeles from Newton, North Carolina. He hosts and produces the podcast “Choose Your Own Religion”, interviewing comedians, artists, preachers, and more about their spirituality, as well as a live storytelling show also called Choose Your Own Religion—”the Moth with religious stories”—produced at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena. He also runs the Copper Still Comedy show every Tuesday night at 8:30 at the Copper Still bar in Koreatown.
Erin Jourdan (T: @erinimus) is a writer, editor and teacher living in Los Angeles. Her writing focuses on the fantastic, often creating paracosms, or imagined worlds that have their own language, customs, and rules. She also works with the concept of blind spots, the idea that there is a limit to human perception, yet we feel more than can be quantified. She thinks of writing as "creating clothing for ghosts." Or as the German photographer Oliver Boberg stated, "I try to build set decorations for a film which is inside the people." She collects ideas, post-it notes, to-do lists, fragments, curious words, photographs, anecdotes and overheard verbal musings and spins them into the stories you see here.
T.J. Peters (tjpetersonline.com, T: @tpeters) is a humorist of little note. His screenplays have advanced in competition at the Austin Film Fest, Final Draft's Big Break, Bluecat, and others. His prose and poetry has been published by Rattle, UCLA's Journal of the Arts, No Extra Words, and is forthcoming to ELJ Publications. He considers himself an amateur falconer, but there is not evidence to support this claim.
Michelle and Nima talk about Thanksgiving heartbreak.
Rebecca Hapin (www.rebeccahalpin.com),
Mel Green (www.melgreenonline.wordpress.com)
Libby Doyne (www.libbydoyne.com),
Rebecca Halpin is an actor/director according to Facebook,, which won't let her choose just one. You can catch her as the bitchy best friend in the short film The Big O.
Mel Green has survived disco, military school and a childhood in Odessa Texas. Discovered as a stand-up comedian and improvisational performer at The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Holy City Zoo in San Francisco, he wrote on such seminal television series as SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and SCTV. His novel Marker: A true story of misery and misinformation with an Appendix of lies is available on Amazon.
Libby Doyne is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles. She is the proud recipient of the Thomas Angel Foundation Scholarship to Upright Citizens Brigade and the UCLA Writers’ Extension Program Scholarship for TV Writing. Her work has been published in The Invisible Tattoo, a collection of essays about grief, and LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny. She has a pet rabbit named Juniper.
Michelle and Nima discuss Dreams, Disappointment and giving up.
Aron Kader Raised in a typical political Mormon/Palestinian family from Utah and Washington DC Aron moved to LA to pursue a life in the arts. He has been seen and heard in many national publications and news shows for being one of the first Arab Americans on television doing stand-up comedy. He does a lot of political satire and can be considered smart because he understands the middle-east and even read a book or two. He tours N.America & the middle-east often as well as hotel ballrooms where he gets paid to entertain various Arab organizations in a blazer.
Julia Pels is an LA based stand up comedian, storyteller, producer & LGBTQ activist. She was recently featured in WhoHaHa as one of the TOP 35 LGBTQ creators in the nation. Instagram/Twitter: @Queercomedian
Christopher Rivas is a 2018 Rothschild fellow, an award-winning storyteller, published writer, social entrepreneur, film/television and theater actor. Chris’s artistic mission is to create and share powerful stories that move us forward, blend boundaries, and encourage dialogue. As a storyteller, he has developed and facilitated storytelling workshops for The WWE, Upworthy, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Hollywood Heart Foundation, SoulPancake, Safe Place for Youth, Museum of Broken Relationships, CalArts, UCLA, and many more. Born and raised in NYC. A proud graduate of CalArts and currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Expressive Arts for Global Health & Peace Building from The European Graduate School.
Michelle and Nima talk about FIGHTING FAIR, and stories include a young Jewish girl goes to a Christian church camp to save a friendship, a Hollywood story about sharing a late-night meal with a legend, and having a nervous breakdown in a foreign country.
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