In so many ways todays comedians are really the philosophers of the day. The medium allows these great minds to tackle tricky, touchy and controversial subjects in a way that can’t be done without humor to offset peoples preconceived notions or the dreaded political correctness. Adrienne Airhart is no exception to this art – she came by the kitchen table to talk about her life as a comedian, how psychedelics are influencing her work and how a difficult and traumatic early life led to a breakthrough in becoming an incredibly strong woman. I really enjoyed getting into her mind and thought waves, I hope you do too!
Intro Rant: Death. Yes, death.
Adrienne Airhart is a comedian, writer and “cannabis professional.” My degree is in linguistics, with an emphasis on the history of the English language. By night I am a stand up comedian, a presence which bleeds into much of my creative writing, as humor is the tie that brings compassion and education into interesting text. My favorite topics involve cannabis and general “woke-ness”, ranging from environmental issues, cultural divides, psychedelics, and learning how to survive a scary political climate.
Come celebrate the divine within you this Friday night at the Yoga Center of Madrid. It will be maha shivaratri – the most auspicious time to sing for Shiva.
Coming to you from Los Angeles, Zach will help guide you into singing these ancient sacred mantras that help to unlock the true love within. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Yoga Center of Madrid. There is no ticket price but donations are accepted.
Kelly MacLean joins IAH this week on a thoughtfully inspiring and comedically enlightened episode of the podcast. Kelly is not only an observant and socially biting comedian but she also grew up a Buddhist and maintains a pretty serious practice well into her adult life. Through the premature death of her brother she learned to put life, the spirit world and all it’s amazement into perspective like few can ever do in life. We talked about death, bardos, comedy and a lot more in this hour. Enjoy the show!
Intro Rant: going within and the rise of consumer spending
Kelly MacLean is an American stand up comic, podcaster, writer and actress. She is an alumnus of The Groundlings in Los Angeles and winner of Jimmy Kimmel Live’s ‘Funniest College Kid in America’ contest.
Her podcast: The Tao Of Comedy
This episode grew out of my desire to take a focussed look at race in America. Through all the chaos of the talking heads, Obamas mixed departure and Trump’s inexplicable rise it felt like a good time to examine this crucial issue in a way that felt more human and community based. I turned to two of the wisest and most insightful men I know to help unpack the discussion into areas that are impossible to do on my own. Roland Poindexter and Tony Moss joined me Katonah Studios in Marina Del Rey for an hour “panel” like format of the podcast. So much can be said here but this interview reminded me more than ever that unless we’re going to meet on the road of understanding, tolerance and love that we’re going to stay mired in the weeds of insanity.
Intro Rant: a reading of a crucial Obama speech from 2008
Roland Poindexter is a creative executive with over 20 years experience in television programming. Over the course of his career he has produced over 1,000 hours of television and his shows have earned more than 30 Emmy Awards. Currently, Poindexter is Vice President, Television Development for 20th Century Fox Animation. In this position, he overseas the development & production of television series, specials and web based short form content based of animated theatrical franchises, including “Ice Age” & “Rio” and live action theatrical franchises like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Previously Poindexter served as Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon, supervising annually over 200 hours of original production for the #1 kids cable network including such favorites as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” DreamWorks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar” & “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,“ and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Tony Moss returns to IAH, from…
“I am a artist, recording artist, and event producer influenced by 20 years of entheogenic study. My work is a synthesis of my interests in art, spirituality, and science, with passionate emphasis & interest in the evolution of human consciousness and greater under-standing and reverance for nature.
I’ve been called a mystic and a rationalist.
I marvel at the very presence of our being. I see “God” in evolution. I see God in everything.”
It is said that 65% of the jobs that the elementary school children of today will work in have not yet been created. 65%. That’s not a typo. And this is according to this U.S. Department of Labor report.
This is because we are evolving and mutating in such rapid time that the future is tricky if not impossible to predict. A currently undefined new industry could (and will) dominate the landscape in 10 years? You bet. See: Uber.
It’s great that we’re able to innovate and create new solutions for temporary problems. We are getting better and better at that. However, at the same, how we’re also going to address our bullshit is also tricky if not impossible to predict. In fact it’s muddy. No one has a real answer to it and those who once did are now scared silent. The election of the dreaded, dumb but clever Orange Man has cast a shadow over our culture that has never before seen the light of day. This is an all new riddle wrapped inside an enigma that is stuck in the damn vending machine.
The good news is that something beautiful is starting to take shape in the very mud that we’re temporarily stuck in. Much like the glorious lotus of the spiritual world. And I know this isn’t just my echo chamber reaffirming my liberal hippie ideals. Something IS happening and a discussion is starting to form that is appearing from all sides of the spectrum. Our collective misfire and dumbing down of the world has reached a tipping point.
For now, all the big solutions and collective ideas aside, let’s talk about our own selves first.
The inter-personal key to success is to live within this mystery and to embrace it. Even if it seems dark and offensive. Don’t shun it. Look at it as a beautiful wave of energy that everyone one of us gets to be part of. It will ebb and flow. And when it ebbs, the key is to step into that unknown bubble and find your own reality that works for you. Be authentic. Don’t let anyone decide what is best for you. Similarity don’t let anyone decide what isn’t best for you.
Naturally, it’s great to get inspired and to take cues from paths previously explored but the choice to morph and adapt that path into your own life is what makes authenticity such an important vehicle for happiness.
Since so many options for realizing our dharma and living in our own happiness are so widely available the only real requirement for any of them is to grab a hold with a grip that is entirely your own, that has is firm entrenched with your own stamp of uniqueness. That’s the wonderful thing about the technological realities of today combined with the non-dogmatic approaches to the many spiritual paths available. They can be blended to fit your personality in a way that also gives you the freedom to leave behind what isn’t serving you. It’s not a take it or leave it proposition. The only real requirement is sincerity. After that you’re free to exist as you wish. The previous gate holders of “the” church or “the” media don’t have to be a part of your trip anymore. It’s up to you.
Robert Anton Wilson once said “Reality is whatever you can get away with.”
We are all DEVO! This episode stops by the famous Mutato Studios on the Sunset Strip to sit down with the legendary Mark Mothersbaugh. For over an hour I took part in one of the most brilliant, though provoking, inspiring and wacky conversations that I’ve ever been a part of. First and foremost, I’m a fan of Mark’s and of DEVO. They were one of the most influential bands of my youth through their ahead of their time use of multi media and music. Mark was so generous with his telling of the story behind the de-evolutionary roots of the band as well as his journey into being a soundtrack composer. Mark’s view of how technology, media, culture and music fits into one cohesive narrative is unparalleled. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Midi-Controlled Bird Sound Contraption (as heard at the end of the show):
Mark Mothersbaugh is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author and visual artist.
Mothersbaugh’s music career spans more than 40 years. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder, lead singer and keyboardist of the new wave band Devo, which released a Top 20 hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”. The band has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. Mothersbaugh is one of the main composers of Devo’s music and made major lyrical contributions to the band’s songs. He is one of only two members (along with bass player Gerald Casale) who have been with Devo throughout its entire history.
In addition to his work with Devo, Mothersbaugh has made music for television series, films and video games via his production company, Mutato Muzika, most notably as the composer for the popular long-running animated series Rugrats for its entire 13-year run, as well as all three theatrical films. He also has had a solo career which has included four studio albums: Muzik for Insomniaks, Muzik for the Gallery, Joyeux Mutato and The Most Powerful Healing Muzik in the Entire World. In 2004, he was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the BMI Film and TV Awards for his significant contributions to film and television music. Additionally, Mothersbaugh was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kent State University in 2008.
Part two of my cross-podcast swap with Douglas Rushkoff is up over at TeamHuman.fm – head on over there to check it out!
And I’m also the guest on a new episode of Third Eye Drops with Michael Phillip. I’m really proud of this one and of the many podcasts I’ve done I felt like this one flowed really really well. Dig it.