#107 Lee Terbosic
I haven't gotten together with one of my favorite magicians, Lee Terbosic since my 100th podcast party. That was months ago, and I needed to have him on to see what he has been hiding up his sleeve (No pun intended).
Not only did he have the chance to meet AND perform magic for Michael J Fox, that alone had me in awe of him. He also has been prepping and plotting for the reopening of 52 Up Close at Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh.
I saw his show last year, and I loved it. I learned on this episode that he thought it was his worst performance of all of the shows he had done for that year. If it was, it didn't show.
Lee and I chat fluidly about our love of magic, different places around the country to catch a show, and his plans for 52 Up Close that he has cooking. Hint- He has some new tricks in store for everyone who came out to the show before, and to all who are newbies, congrats, you found the best date night in Pittsburgh. No, it isn't a sports game. ;)
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#106 Chelsea Handler
I love a person who speaks their mind freely, openly and without caring what others may think. When I conjure up an image in my mind who fits this description, it is Chelsea Handler.
On one hand, Chelsea Handler is a hilarious comedian, TV talk host, writer, producer, and general jack of all trades. Which, by the way, does NOT mean you are master of none. It has been thought this in the past, but no longer. What being a jack of all trades means (at least to me) is that you are unafraid to try.
Try something new, something different than you are are accustomed to, and doing so, gaining a fresh perspective on something you may have known little about. Chelsea Handler is stepping outside of her regularly scheduled program this year to do just that.
After a very successful career in movies and television comedy, including her late night program- Chelsea Lately, and her Netflix show, Chelsea Does. Chelsea has decided to take this year to pursue political activism.
"Like so many across the country, the presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it's clear our decisions at the ballot box will mark a defining moment for our nation," Handler wrote on Twitter.
"My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don't know enough about and gain a better understanding. I have joined forces with EMILY's List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women's rights, LGBT rights, and gun control.”
Ms. Handler is touring the country, and with the support of The Delta Foundation she is bringing her show "An Evening with Chelsea Handler" to Pittsburgh on April 4th at the Benedum Center to benefit the LGBT community.
Hosted by six-time emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, the evening is sure to have you both laughing in your seats, and opening your hearts and minds to your community around you.
It is rare to get to witness a person who is a self described "open book", but after chatting with Ms Handler for this episode, it is clear that she truly is what she says. This conversation I imagine will be much like the event on April 4th. A combination of humor, serious subjects, and at the very core creating a connection between what drives us all as humans. I find her refreshing, engaging, and loved having the chance to discuss the following topics.