MikeyPod 285 | Comedian Tanael Joachim

I had the pleasure of chatting with comedian Tanael Joachim at the exact perfect moment in time. My annual holiday self pity party was in full swing and had extended itself into creative despair. TJ’s humor and perspective was just the re-boot I needed to remember that, holy shit, everything is okay. We talked about his path to comedy, the balance between being genuine as an artist and taking care of your audience, and why it’s important to love what we do. A damn fine convo.

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MikeyPod 284 | Writer/Performer Kim Katzberg

Award winning queer writer/performer Kim Katzberg and I went deep in this conversation! We talk about her latest solo show, Dad in a Box, which follows her struggle to gain access to her emotional core, while she attempts to process the just-announced impending death of her abusive father. Kim and I talked over-sharing, healing grief through making theater, and holy smokes, so much more!

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MikeyPod 283 | Director T Cooper

I’m so excited to welcome T Cooper back to the podcast this week to discuss his award winning documentary film, Man Made, which traces the lives of four transgender men as they prepare to step on the stage at the only trans bodybuilding competition in the world. T and I discuss his motivation toward making the film and the path that led him from author to director, and his experience making his first feature length film.

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MikeyPod 282 | Composer Nathalie Joachim

Nathalie Joachim

This is an exciting time for composer, performer, and flutist Nathalie Joachim! She is touring and promoting her magnificent new album Fanm d’Ayiti, which just received a Grammy nomination for best world music album. I was absolutely thrilled to talk with her on the podcast about her work, her process, and how she has learned to let go and follow the lead of the work itself while creating.

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MikeyPod 281 | Beloved Binge

Beloved Binge

Eleni and Rob, collectively known as indie pop duo Beloved Binge, combine some of my favorite qualities in an artist: originality, melody, grit, a keen awareness of the world around them, and a passion for making that world a better place with their work. I loved talking with them about their latest album Signals, their veganism, their tour, and how they balance it all together.

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MikeyPod 280 | Musician and YouTuber Jon Tedd

Jon Tedd

I first encountered Jon Tedd about 11 years ago when I went vegan and discovered him as the face of The Vegan Zombie YouTube channel. Their videos went a long way toward helping me to discove what I would be eating as a brand new vegan. A lot has changed for him since then, including the fact that he has co-founded Mockingbird Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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MikeyPod 279 | Artist Emily Rainbow Davis

Emily Rainbow Davis creates a wide variety of stuff — theater, blogs, podcasts, music, and so much more. I’ve been following her work for quite a while now, but was especially intrigued by a recent blog post about popularity and its relationship to the quality of a piece of art. There’s way more to it than that, so you just gotta check it out.

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MikeyPod 278 | Comedian Chloe Koser

Chloe Koser

Playwright/actor/comedian Chloe Koser is my guest on this week’s episode of the podcast. Chloe wrote and stars in the hilarious, lewd, and soul-baring, one-woman show Never A Boy which tells the story of Chloe coming out as a woman while maintaining a public persona as a working comedian and actor. She shares her story in a way that is equal parts touching and riotously funny.

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