#33 Do You Step In Or Step Away? by Jeanie Bergen

Faced with choosing between bystander or participant, screenwriter Jeanie Bergen reveals some untold moments where making that decision led to unexpected memories, connections, and outcomes. 

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#26 From Comedy to Drama to Hostels by Stephanie Coggins

TV Writer and podcast host Stephanie Coggins (Trinkets, The Magicians, Cinema Craptaculus) discusses her successful transition from comedy to drama (very hard to do in TV) before launching into her untold story of the time her comedic stay at an Italian hostel turned into a mysterious drama. Also, David reveals his true feelings about sitting next to Stephanie during a writing program.

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#15 The Celebrity Burrito That Changed My Life by Julian Kiani

Stand-Up Comedian and TV Writer Julian Kiani (Marlon, I Feel Bad) chats with David about their mutual love of John Stamos, delicious food, interning at Saturday Night Live, and his reveal of an untold chain of events that led Julian to discover a celebrity burrito that would change the course of his entire life.

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#8: Bully Me Twice? by H the Therapist

Countertransference occurs when a therapist is emotionally triggered by a client.  So, what would trigger H the Therapist?  A childhood bully.

“To protect the identity of H the Therapist, I can’t say too much about this person.  However, this episode has wonderful insight on mental health from the perspective of the professional.  Usually, I hear about mental health issues from the client’s POV.  But I got to hear from the therapist this time!  What a privilege.  I felt like I was in a free graduate school class on therapy, and I learned so much about the process from H.  Maybe, it will give you, the audience, some helpful information on therapy and mental health that you never heard before.”

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#7: The Buried Memory of a Gold Chain by Derek Dow

Actor/Director/Social Influencer/Pure Entertainer Derek Dow unearths a buried memory about dating from his college days in Chicago that involves a gold chain, and it unexpectedly impacts him during the taping of his episode.

“Derek is a born entertainer who is effortlessly engaging.   He is very much an open-book person, so to learn that Derek has ripped one page away is intriguing.  And once we started to peel the onion of his story, we both learned, unexpectedly, why Derek ripped this page out of his book of life, and I think it really shocked him.  It was like he didn’t even realize that he tore that page away from his book until now, but that missing story speaks volumes for who he is as a person.”  

(Derek’s Instagram @derekddow)

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#5: My Name, Santa Claus, and Carson Daly by Dan McCarthy

Screenwriter, television development executive, and pizza enthusiast Dan McCarthy mirrors his triple threat identity by talking about his mysterious last name, the origin of Santa Claus, and TRL era Carson Daly.

“My buddy Dan McCarthy is gonna do what Dan McCarthy is gonna do.  That’s how he rolls.  That said, Dan is quite a generous guy.  For the taping of this episode, he gave me a really expensive ice cream sandwich to eat as a snack.  He didn’t care about the price.  He just wanted me to have the experience of eating a pricy ice cream sandwich.  Dan is generous.  So generous, in fact, that he is the only guest thus far to tell three separate untold stories back-to-back-to-back.  He three-peated like the Lakers during the Shaq/Kobe era.  Swish.” 

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#4: Fifth Grade Activism by Carlos Collard

Public servant, International Host, and Foster Youth advocate Carlos Collard pinpoints the trajectory of his professional career to one incident in fifth grade involving his mother and a textbook.  

“I’ve known Carlos for a long time, and I sort of forget that he is a foster youth.  We only talk about pro wrestling.  Foster youth is a topic Carlos didn’t start talking about until the last few years, so there’s a lot of stories related to his youth that I’ve never heard before, especially this one.  And on top of that, Carlos hasn’t revealed this particular foster youth story until now.  It’s a story that certainly shatters some myths about foster youth, while also allowing us to understand how this specific experience of a fifth grade book protest was a turning point in his life.” 

(Carlos’s handles: Instagram @los_collard, Facebook @carlos.collard.1)

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#3: A Blunt 20-Year Secret by Bernie Duran, Jr.

At a mysterious location during the post-production of small indie movie Creed 2, film producer Bernie Duran, Jr. reveals his true identity as the Walter White of East LA and a secret that has lasted over two decades.

“I can’t believe Bernie, a person I know to be a legit guy, has been living a secret life for over two decades.  He is Bryan Cranston if Bryan was Latino.  Bernie’s revelation about his true identity is genius, hilarious, and quite an amazing acting performance.  It’s no surprise that Bernie was working on Creed 2 at the time of this episode’s taping, as Bernie delivers a Oscar-worthy performance.  This is the most Hollywood episode ever.” 

(Bernie’s Twitter @bernieduranjr)

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#1: Funeral Runway Fashion by Alisha Cowan

In this episode, television comedy writer Alisha Cowan (South Side) delves into her childhood in Chicago to explain her mother’s unique love of attending funerals and how it has unexpectedly defined her own adult life.  

“Alisha and I joke around a lot when we hang out, so I was going into this conversation thinking that there would be a lot of riffing.  However, once Alisha gets into her story and tries to make sense of her mother’s love of attending funerals, the conversation gets introspective and personal.  It was a surprising, but enriching experience to see Alisha determine for herself that her mother’s love of funerals was a turning point in her own life.  There is revelation, death, Chicago, and dry jokes in this episode.  It was truly American.” 

(Alisha’s Instagram @alishawiththegoodhair)

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Volume 1 Preview. Please Enjoy.

Volume One features some of the best storytellers I have the privilege of knowing, so for them to share a story that they’ve kept locked in their vaults is a treasure.  What are they holding back?  And why?  It is a true honor that this podcast is the chosen platform for these storytellers to share their untold tales.  You, the audience, is hearing the unveiling of these hidden experiences as I am for the very first time in these episodes.  The results, as you might discover, are surprising, cathartic, hilarious, scary, bittersweet, somber, heartwarming, unexplainable, relatable, and real.

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