#34 The Party That Mushroomed Into More by Ben Cresciman

For writer/director Ben Cresciman (Sun Choke), his untold tale was supposed to be about a teen Hollywood party filled with trippy drugs, red-eyed Russians, and fashion-forward sandals. But upon further review, the party is only the midpoint of a deeper story about dealing with life’s realities.

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#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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#28 My Last Night Alone in Jerusalem by Nikki Brown

After learning she had Jewish heritage, writer and filmmaker Nikki Brown (Up on the Glass) recalls the time she took a birthright trip to Jerusalem, where she found herself exploring the city on her last night. Alone.  And on that night, Nikki reveals an untold encounter she had with a local, and why she wants to share this story with all of the solo travelers out there.

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#27 The Line Between Affection and Aggression by Gloses Gorbaldi

Navigating one’s way around different social groups can be tough, especially in middle school.  Layout animator and cinematographer Gloses Gorbaldi tackles this notion when he shares a vivid untold moment from his childhood in Washington D.C., where his middle-school friendship with a student with intellectual disabilities tests the line between affection and aggression.

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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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#21 The Hidden Details of My Adoption by Michelle Krusiec

Actress and filmmaker Michelle Krusiec has never publicly talked about her adoption in-depth until now. Michelle reveals some hidden details that take her from a fortune teller in Taiwan to the silver screen in Hollywood with all the key family members and signs in the universe involved in between. Also, David and Michelle discuss her beloved role in Saving Face, a cult classic film particularly appreciated by the Asian American LGBTQ community and why it still matters today.

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#18 The Stranger I Met In Spain by Paloma Martinez

Filmmaker Paloma Martinez confesses her untold high school story about studying abroad in Spain and meeting a stranger in a world with no parental supervision, the perils of nightlife, and precarious chance encounters. This episode is all about assessing, anticipating, and acting on intuition.

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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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#14 My Little Boy Has An Existential Crisis by David Ngo and His Son

David’s son, a preschool kid, interviews his dad and winds up experiencing an existential crisis on-air as he tries to make sense of the fact that his dad had a life of his own before the little prince was born.

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#13: The Supernatural End of a Friendship by Lindsey Villarreal

Television drama writer and filmmaker Lindsey Villarreal (Sacred Lies) digs up a story from her high school days in Texas that involve the supernatural and the collapse of a friendship.

“Lindsey pulls no punches and brings it every time.  She tells a story that involves Texas, cholas, the supernatural, screenwriting, and a friendship she truly cherishes that no longer exists.  This story is raw, real, and ready for your ears, my friends.  There’s also a great tangent on dating via Tinder which is hilarious and sobering at the same time.”   

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#12: The Soldier That Read My Screenplays While at War by Lila McLaughlin

The release of her book, G.I. Hollywood, is a celebratory moment for author/screenwriter Lila McLaughlin, but it’s also a time to make sense of her unique relationship with the subject of her book, a war veteran, and a period in her life where she couldn’t write for several years. (Lila’s novel: G.I. Hollywood)

“As a writer, I know that a finished work is the result of a series of work-in-progress versions.  But sometimes, I forget that the author herself is the result of a life-in-progress.  Lila’s conversation was a refreshing reminder of this.  Though we were both celebrating the release of Lila’s first novel, Lila takes the conversation into a deeper space and examines her writing career from the time she couldn’t write for years until now.  It was a fantastic talk about writing and writers.  Also, we mention Suge Knight twice.” 

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#11: A Mystical Song for Grandma by Leah Benavides

Television drama writer Leah Benavides (The Arrangement) unveils her past life as a singer and the most important yet unexplainable vocal performance of her life, a song for her grandma.

“To me, and I don’t think she’ll be embarrassed by me saying this publicly, but Leah is a boss.  She’s that gritty coach that goes for the 2-point conversation at the end of the fourth quarter to win a game instead of just tying it.  So, to catch Leah in a vulnerable moment, when talking about a song for her grandma, caught me off-guard.  It was one of those moments in a conversation when you realize, “Oh snap, this is getting very personal,” and it made me appreciate Leah’s candor with her story even more.  Even in that moment though, Leah powered through the story like a pro.  This is a great conversation for anyone that loves their grandmothers and the unexplainable.” 

(Leah’s handles: Twitter @leahbenavides, Instagram @leahbenavides)

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#10: Pitching to a Priest by Kevin Del Principe

Pitching a feature movie to an executive is tough enough, but what if you had to do it to a Catholic Priest in rural Michigan?  I Animal author and filmmaker Kevin Del Principe explains.  

“Kevin is a long-time creative collaborator and friend of mine.  We both know the throes of being in and out of Hollywood at the same time.  It’s like that for a lot of creatives.  The stars in the all the magazines are really just a small minority in the huge pool of those making content.  Kevin is one of those dudes that just works to make things happen for himself, regardless of whether he is “in” or “out”.  One day, he was like, “I’m making my first feature film.”  And then roughly a year later, he’s on a plane to Michigan to shoot his film.  It’s cool for me to hear that he had quite a memorable experience during his shoot of Up On The Glass, one that involved an unexpected Catholic priest.  Kevin goes deeper into the significance of that priest in this episode.  We also joke about our old web series that forecasted Putin before the 2016 election happened.  We used to do a lot of Putin jokes, but now we’re scared to do more.” 

(Kevin’s handles: Twitter @kevdelprincipe, Facebook @kevindelprincipe, IG: @kevdel22, www.kevindelprincipe.com)

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#6: The Bolivian Ghost Motel by David Ngo

Our host David Ngo steps into the valley of the wolves with special guest Kevin Del Principe and discusses the first and last time he will stay in a Bolivian hotel 13,000 feet above sea level.

“I had done a few interviews prior to being interviewed myself by special guest Kevin Del Principe, so I kind of knew how the conservation would run to a degree.  That said, Kevin asked some really great questions and gave wonderful insight into an experience I was trying to make sense of.  Also, it’s one thing to know why you don’t tell a certain story publicly, but to actually then say it out loud definitely puts you in a vulnerable space.  I didn’t want to tell this story because it freaks me out, but I felt like I owed it to my guests because they were so open with me.  I will probably never listen to my own episode though.  It gives me goosebumps.”

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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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#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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