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62 minutes | a month ago
Episode 99: Bon Voyage Ryan Leslie Fisher
We're back with a new episode! Join Eric and Doug and superstar guest co-hosts Georgie Leahy and Brandon Rogers for a sendoff to our ace producer Ryan Leslie Fisher. Ryan is leaving us for an indefinite period for career opportunities in Vancouver, Canada. Yes, friends, it's come to that. Ryan has been an invaluable, often behind-the-scenes component of This Is Happening! and we will miss him tremendously. But Ryan is multi-talented and his diverse skills were bound to pull him away from our little operation eventually. We wish Ryan every success while eagerly awaiting his return. The gang also commiserates about COVID and looks forward to the end of 2020. You can follow Ryan's continuing adventures on Instagram: @ryanlesliefisher, @enemiesofdorothy, and @singingdandy, on Twitter @rylesfish, and on his sketch comedy YouTube channel Enemies of Dorothy. Connect with This Is Happening!: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
65 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 98: Guy Shalem
We're back with a brand new episode. Join Eric and Doug as we sit down with innovative filmmaker Guy Shalem. Guy tells us about moving from his native Israel for a career in Hollywood. Guy is an accomplished writer, director, and producer. We discuss making improv comedy show LOVESPRING INTERNATIONAL for Lifetime with producer Eric McCormack and featuring Jane Lynch and Wendy McLendon-Covey. Guy is currently producing reality television and working on a feature length version of his popular autobiographical short film RONNY & I (shot on an iPhone). A great cook, generous host, and entertaining raconteur, Guy is a pleasure. Enjoy! For more about Guy Shalem: Website: www.guyshalem.com Instagram: @guy_shalem Twitter: @guyshalem Stay connected with This Is Happening! Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
61 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 97: Billy Burgess
We're back with a brand new episode. Join Eric and Doug as we chat with veteran reality television producer Billy Burgess! Billy gives us the inside scoop, behind the scenes of making reality television shows. Billy has worked on Little Women: LA, Chrisley Knows Best, The Bachelor, Island Hunters, Cupcake Wars, and many more. He also worked at MTV and shares stories about Michael Jackson. Billy is smart, funny, and super charming. Enjoy! You can follow Billy's adventures on his Instagram @billy_burgess. You can find This Is Happening! wherever you listen to podcasts, including the Apple Podcast App, Spotify, SoundCloud, Listen Notes, and iHeartRadio. Stay up to date with the pod: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthePodcast We love hearing from listeners. You can email us at email@example.com.
64 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 96: The Quarantine Episode!
We're back! Like so much that we had grown accustomed to, recordings of This Is Happening! have been disrupted by Covid-19. But we're still here and look forward to resuming regularly recording and releasing episodes asap. In the meantime, catch up with Eric, Doug, Ryan and fave guest co-host Georgie as we convene on Skype from our respective bunkers. We trade quarantine stories as we virtually connect. We send our love to everyone and hope that you are staying safe. Connect with This Is Happening!: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthepodcast Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
61 minutes | a year ago
Episode 92: Brandon Rogers
Check out a brand new episode of This Is Happening! This week, Eric, Doug, Ryan and fave guest cohost Georgie Leahy have a blast talking to maverick content creator Brandon Rogers! Brandon has attracted millions of devoted fans with his hilarious, outrageous videos on his YouTube channel featuring a regular cast of characters, many played by Brandon himself. Brandon's most recent series, the epic time travel comedy BLAME THE HERO (featuring Georgie and Eric), won Streamy awards for Best Scripted Series and Best Acting (Brandon Rogers). You can see Brandon's stand-up live! Next up is February 19 at Flappers in Burbank, CA. Check out www.brandonrogerslive.com for more dates! Brandon is a visionary talent and exceptionally great guy! Enjoy! Follow Brandon: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hotbananastud Instagram: @brandonbored Twitter: @BrandonLOVESYOU Keep up with the pod: Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
63 minutes | a year ago
Episode 88: Trixie Little
This week, Eric, Ryan and fab guest co-host Georgie Leahy sit down with sensational burlesque and circus-cabaret legend Trixie Little! An innovative and sensational performer, Trixie combines acrobatics, striptease and humor in her outrageous, boundary-pushing shows around the world. She was crowned the Reigning Queen of Burlesque by the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The fantastic documentary US NAKED: TRIXIE AND MONKEY chronicles her collaboration on and offscreen with former partner The Evil Hate Monkey with whom she performed for years to international acclaim. Trixie is now taking Los Angeles by storm and can currently be seen in "Carnivale Cabaret" on November 27, December 9, 23, and 30 at The Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St. in Hollywood . Trixie and superstar actor, writer, producer Ryan Leslie Fisher recently formed The Cabaret Collective. Check out their first show "The Gorgeous Trash Thanksgiving Show: You're Welcome!" at 8pm on Thanksgiving night at the Down 'n' Out Bar at 501 S. Spring St. in DTLA. Trixie is as delightful as she is gorgeous and talented. Enjoy! For all things Trixie Little, go to: Website: www.trixielittle.com Instagram and Twitter: @trixielittle Stay up to date with This Is Happening!: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
60 minutes | a year ago
Episode 85- This is Happening: Michael Reisz
On this brand new episode, Eric and Doug catch up with their good friend Michael Reisz, a prolific writer and producer of such television shows as the reboot of CHARMED, SHADOWHUNTERS, IN PLAIN SIGHT, PRIVILEGED, BOSTON LEGAL, and Universal's recent hit film TRUTH OR DARE. Michael left a promising career as a lawyer to pursue acting and ultimately had a successful career as a voice actor, including many iterations of DIGIMON. Michael recounts his career evolution and shares things he's learned along the way. Michael is a kind and talented soul with a fascinating journey to share. Enjoy! To stay up to date with This Is Happening!, follow us: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthepodcast
29 minutes | a year ago
Episode 84: Nick Drobac - Green EnviroTech
This week on This Is Happening!, we're changing it up and looking at innovative ways to address an environmental crisis - the massive accumulation of plastic products in our oceans. Eric Morris and special guest cohost Georgie Leahy sit down with Nick Drobac, Vice President of Business Development for Green EnviroTech, a company dedicated to addressing this environmental crisis with technology which converts plastic waste in the ocean into high grade oil which can be re-introduced back into the global supply chain. Prior to joining Green EnviroTech, Nick co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Clean Oceans Project, an environmental non-profit dedicated to pollution remediation in the ocean. Co-founder Jim Holm is continuing this mission with Clean Oceans International, which develops practical social solutions to pollution through innovation, education, and direct action. You can learn more about the vital work of Clean Oceans International and how you can help at their website: www.cleanoceansinternational.org. Nick then applied his expertise in this field by joining the impressive team behind Green EnviroTech, a for-profit venture taking an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to an urgent global environmental problem. Nick tells us about Green EnviroTech's progress and how it's developing an attractive investment for people inclined to get active in this field. For more information about Green EnviroTech's work, go to: www.greenenvirotech.com. And you can contact Nick directly at email@example.com. Nick can answer questions about the status of GreenEnvirotech's business plan and discuss ways to get involved. The urgent need for action and innovative solutions to address climate change and pollution that's destructively transforming our planet has never been clearer. We need more people like Nick and more companies like GreenEnvirotech. Hope you enjoy learning more about this issue and what you can do about it. Stay up to date with This Is Happening!: Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Twitter: @TIHthepodcast
65 minutes | a year ago
Episode 80: Julian Fleisher
Check out a brand new episode of This Is Happening! This week Eric and special guest co-host Georgie Leahy are on the road in New York and have the pleasure of sitting down with mega-talented multi-hyphenate Julian Fleisher. Julian is a prodigiously talented singer-songwriter-bandleader-actor-writer who lives and creates in New York. Julian leads an aptly named ensemble Rather Big Band, with whom he performs at venues large and small around the world - especially in NYC where he is a regular at Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Symphony Space, and more. Julian also hosts popular podcasts The Naked American Songbook and Julian Fleisher's Guilty Pleasures. Julian also regularly produces for and/or performs with such cabaret luminaries as Molly Ringwald, Martha Plimpton, Isaac Mizrahi, Jennifer Holiday, Lauren Graham, Rufus Wainwright, Bridget Everett, Paul Schaefer, and Justin Vivian Bond. In his NYC apartment, with the sounds of the city perceptible, Julian tells us about his journey from Baltimore to NYC and how he has forged a varied and multifaceted career following his talents and passions where they lead. Presently working on a new musical, Julian recently announced new shows: Aug 30-Sep 1: Three For Nothing: Julian Fleisher with Pete Smith on Guitar, Franklin Stage Company, Franklin, NY (reservations are free) https://franklinstagecompany.org/events/julian-fleisher-and-friends/ Oct 1: Julian Fleisher and his Rather Big Band: Love On Top, Joe's Pub, NYC: https://joespub.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2019/Julian-Fleisher/?SiteTheme=JoesPub For all things Julian Fleisher: Website: https://www.julianfleisher.com Podcast: The Naked American Songbook by WNYC Studios: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-naked-american-songbook/id1047686759?mt=2 Twitter: @JulianFlei Instagram: @julianflei Facebook: @Julian Fleisher And stay up to date with This Is Happening!: Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
61 minutes | a year ago
Episode 79: The Perry Twins and Quinn Coleman
After a short break, This Is Happening! is back with all new episodes! This week, Eric and Doug sit down with the Perry Twins and Quinn Coleman! The Perry Twins are Los Angeles-based DJ duo - identical twins Derek and Doug Perry. In addition to DJ'ing around the world, The Perry Twins write, produce, and remix songs that have topped Billboard's Dance Chart, often with their longtime collaborator Quinn Coleman. The Perry Twins have written and produced Number One Dance Hits with such artists as Jania, Niki Harris, and Harper Starling and they regularly hit the charts with remixes they produce for everyone from Rihanna to Janet Jackson to Justin Bieber to Jennifer Lopez. In this episode, we trace The Perry Twins path from growing up as identical twins to becoming successful DJ's and recording artists. And we dive into Quinn's fascinating journey from solo artist to successful songwriter, while also thriving as a film distribution and production executive. Quinn Coleman and The Perry Twins have a fun and breezy rapport and we enjoy some of their hits along the way. Enjoy! For all things The Perry Twins: Website: www.theperrytwins.com Instagram: @theperrytwins Twitter: @PerryTwins Facebook: @The Perry Twins Follow Quinn Coleman: Instagram: @qcoleman Stay up to date with This Is Happening! Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Twitter: @TIHthePodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod See The Perry Twins: August 23: Eagle LA, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 31: Chapel at The Abbey, West Hollywood, CA September 7: Precinct, DTLA, CA September 15: Circuit Sundays, San Francisco, CA
73 minutes | a year ago
Episode 78: John Morris
Check out this EXTRA special episode of This Is Happening! Co-hosts Eric Morris, Doug Budin, and Georgie Leahy interview John Morris about his incredible career producing rock concerts beginning with the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, opening the Fillmore East with Bill Graham, heading up production at Woodstock, opening the Rainbow Theater in London, and more! Full disclosure, John is Eric's uncle and we talk about the new documentary CREATING WOODSTOCK on which they collaborated with director Mick Richards and which comes out in August to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. Check out www.creatingwoodstock.com for more info about the film. John has led a fascinating life and tells great stories about managing the Fillmore East - including helping Jimi Hendrix with a wardrobe malfunction onstage, plying Janis Joplin with Southern Comfort when she was freaking out about having to follow an electrifying set by BB King at her first NYC show, pranking Jim Morrison by stranding him in the rafters as payback for the Doors playing a show for a rival concert promoter, and much more. John also talks about how he got involved in putting Woodstock together and how it became "a free concert from now on" as he announced from the stage in August 1969. John regales us with other adventures including the Grateful Dead spiking his Coca Cola can with acid at a Central Park concert and seeing Eric Clapton return to performing supporting Leon Russell at London's Rainbow Theater after a few years away. And he talks about shifting out of producing rock concerts and into producing art shows, including: Objects of Art at El Museo in Santa Fe August 8-11: www.objectsorartsantafe.com and The Antique American India Art Show Santa Fe at El Museo August 13-16: www.antiqueindianartshow.com If you're near New York, you can see John speaking about Woodstock following a screening of CREATING WOODSTOCK at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - on the site of Yasgur's Farm, the site of the original Woodstock festival. https://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/producing-woodstock-panel-and-film-the-people-who-created-the-festival Or if you're in Los Angeles, CREATING WOODSTOCK is screening at the Grammy Museum in DTLA on August 12 followed by a panel including John, along with Woodstock producer Joel Rosenman, artist coordinator Bill Belmont, and CREATING WOODSTOCK's director Mick Richards and producer Eric Morris. https:/www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/creating-woodstock Enjoy!
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 77: Christine M. Torres
Check out a brand new episode of This Is Happening! At the Nantucket Film Festival with special guest cohosts Georgie Leahy and Roberta Marie Munroe, we sat down with writer/producer Christine M. Torres whose short film CLARK played in the festival's Laugh Out Loud shorts program. Directed by her brother Nelson Torres and produced by Christine, CLARK is smart, charming, and funny. It’s an ingenious and somewhat disturbing spin on the origin story of the famous superhero named Clark. Christine is incredibly accomplished and has led a fascinating life. A former prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, Christine went on to write for Law & Order: SVU and produce numerous short films. She continues to write and is preparing to direct her first film. Christine is dauntingly smart, disarmingly charming, and fun. Enjoy! For more about Christine, check out her website: www.christinetorres.com You can find This Is Happening! wherever you listen to podcasts including Apple's Podcast App and SoundCloud. Stay up to date with the pod. Follow us @ Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 76: Kit Williamson and John Halbach
Check out a brand new episode of This Is Happening! Eric Morris and special guest cohost Georgie Leahy sit down in NYC with the charming and talented Kit Williamson and John Halbach of the popular and provocative web series EASTSIDERS which is about to launch its 4th season. Created by Williamson, who wrote and directed the first 3 seasons, and produced by and starring Williamson and Halbach, EASTSIDERS takes an honest look at queer relationships through the lens of a group of friends in Silverlake, on the east side of Los Angeles. Williamson, Halbach and their cast don't hold back in this multi-season portrayal of people navigating life, love, careers, betrayal, and friendship. Williamson's hilarious and honest writing has attracted an amazing cast which has included Constance Woo, Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, Willam Belli, Tuc Watkins, Drew Droeghe, and Wilson Cruz. The 4th and final season of EASTSIDERS, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, is debuting at film festivals including at Outfest in Los Angeles on July 20 - go to www.outfest.org for more info and tickets. Kit and John open up about their journey in making EASTSIDERS and what it's like to be saying goodbye to it. We talk about their commitment to telling queer stories and what's next for them. They are as charming as they are talented. Enjoy! For more on EASTSIDERS, go to www.eastsiderstheseries.com. Stay up to date with the podcast: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthepodcast
47 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 75: Justin Vivian Bond
To celebrate America's independence and the freedoms we enjoy and many that we still have to fight for, This Is Happening! brings you an extra special episode. During a recent whirlwind road trip, Eric and special guest cohost Georgie Leahy sat down with legendary singer-songwriter and performance artist Justin Vivian Bond. A trans-genre artist, Mx Bond has performed all over the world from San Francisco to East Village Bars to Carnegie Hall to Paris, London and beyond. V grew up in Maryland and began performing in DC before making a mark in the San Francisco cabaret scene, where V met longtime collaborator Kenny Mellman with whom V developed Kiki and Herb, a durable, hilarious, and transgressive act which they took to New York and all over the world, winning and Obie, a Tony nomination for their Broadway run, and more. Mx Bond has appeared in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? with Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, John Cameron Mitchell's SHORTBUS, Hulu's DIFFICULT PEOPLE, Netflix's THE GET DOWN, ABC's UGLY BETTY, and more. Albums include Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells. Mx Bond regularly performs at Joe's Pub in New York, most recently in Justin Vivian Bond Is Your Auntie Glam in Gay for the Gods! In December, V will appear in Olga Neuwirth's new opera ORLANDO at the renowned Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna. Join us for a super fun kiki (if you will) with this brilliant and fascinating artist blazing a beautiful trail. For everything Justin Vivian Bond, go to website: www.justinvivianbond.com Instagram: @mxviv Facebook: @Justin Vivian Bond Twitter: @mxjustinVbond Stay up to date with the podcast: Instagram: @thisishappeningthepodcast Facebook: @thisishappeningpod Twitter: @TIHthePodcast
62 minutes | 2 years ago
This week we spotlight our co-host and co-creator of This Is Happening! - the multitalented and impossibly charming Nathan Streifel! Nathan is stepping away from the podcast as a regular co-host, so new co-host Doug Budin and Eric chat with Nathan about his creative journey and how he became so amazing! Listeners of the podcast will have picked up little nuggets about Nathan along the way, but join us for a deep dive into the boundless charm of Nathan Streifel. Actor, writer, singer, podcast legend - Nathan is delightful and gives good podcast guest. Enjoy!
79 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 66: Tony Soto Comes Back!
We have our first ever repeat guest! None other than Silverlake Icon Tony Soto! Join us as we chat it up and spill more tea with one of our faves!!
77 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 65: Freckle
The one, the only, FRECKLE!!!
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 63: Darren Vigil Gray
This Is Happening! wraps up a magical trip to Santa Fe with a visit to the studio of prodigiously talented painter Darren Vigil Gray. Darren takes Nathan, Eric and special guest co-host Georgie Leahy I’m a tour of his workspace as he discusses his evolution as an artist. Darren grew up on the Jicarilla Apache ReservatIon in northern New Mexico, studied art and honed a style informed by abstract expressionism and the diverse dreamscape of his own imagination. Gray’s dramatic, evocative canvasses have earned him a reputation as “the Golden Boy of the third generation of Native American painters.” Gray’s work has been extensively shown in museums and galleries and is sought by collectors. Darren is also an accomplished musician and tells us about first meeting an idol turned friend Robbie Robertson of The Band. Darren is as charming and kind as he is talented. Enjoy!
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 62: Monique de Nys and Kellogg Johnson
This Is Happening! continues our road trip to the Land of Enchantment. This week, again joined by special guest co-host, fab Brit phenom Georgie Leahy, Nathan and Eric get artistic by visiting the home studios of accomplished Santa Fe-based artists Monique de Nys and Kellogg Johnson! Born in Holland, Monique made her way to Santa Fe where she forges sculptural magic in multiple media. Much of Monique's work makes use of bones and skeletons, mingled with bronze, glass, metal, and leather. Monique conjures haunting, sometimes dark and disturbing imagery, which provocatively contrasts her warm and generous spirit. Check out Monique's work on her website: http://moniquedenys.com/Home.html Kellogg Johnson creates large scale sculptures in ceramic and bronze using distinct kilns. We had the privilege of seeing some of his works in progress as Kellogg gave us a tour of his studio. Kellogg's works has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country. And he is a highly sought after teacher, presently inspiring the next generation of artists at Santa Fe Community College. Check out Kellogg's art on his website: http://www.kelloggjohnson.com/ Kellogg and Monique are both amazing artists and equally amazing people. Enjoy!
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 59: Amin El Gamal
This week @nathanstreifel and @itsericmorris sit down with the amazingly talented (and gorgeous) actor Amin El Gamal! @feistypharaoh has appeared on @prisonbreak , @transparentamazon , @shameless , HBO’s The Newsroom and many more. Amin tells us about coming out and how that has impacted him as an actor and a Muslim. Amin is smart, funny, and enchanting! Sit back, relax, and enjoy! For more about Amin El Gamal: Website: www.aminelgamal.com Instagram: @feistypharoah Twitter: @aminelgamal Be sure to stay up to date with This Is Happening! by following us: Instagram and SoundCloud: @thisishappeningthepodcast Twitter: @TIHthepodcast Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisishappeningpod
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