It's All Happening Podcast

IAH – Episode 80 – Adrienne Airhart

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.

@craydrienne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

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    Yogini D
    February 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Zach I love your podcasts. But this one was so me/me/me/me without realising it was me/me/me. Good PR for the anti-acid brigade who argue it makes people self-absorbed and self-inflated without realising it. I laughed when she talked about other people being so judgemental – as all she does is in this podcast is judge. She doesn’t realise it. So much anger! It’s like listening in on someone in therapy. But after half way through this interview got beyond tiresome.

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      Zach Leary
      March 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Can’t win ’em all now, can we? But in person, she’s not angry I assure you. More like just intense and you can tell she’s been through a lot.

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    Jason
    February 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    This was a wonderful podcast. I can relate to so many of these experiences. However, I’m struggling with a few things. For starters it is the idea of being part of a resistance yet resisting from inside of the establishment. This makes little sense to me. You both empower a power seeking man with your thoughts and words. I just don’t see this as thinking higher. I see this as insisting on being wrapped up in antiquated and dying ways. You mention people being entrenched in religion as a safety net to avoid personal progress. I feel you’ve done the same with politics. The path forward doesn’t have a name and its certainly not from within the current establishment regardless of which side you choose. As you know its all the same side. Zach, you mention being a deadhead. I’m curious if you’ve heard Jerry Garcia’s words on choosing sides?

    http://www.aquariuspapers.com/astrology/2013/03/jerry-garcia-on-what-it-takes-to-get-beyond-war.html

    The quote is within the page linked above. It explains how I feel about this matter better than I can so I’ll leave it to that. The great event that is human consciousness moves on and the man you are empowering will cause no more than slight scratch in the skin of it. Those who move us forward are not elected and not inhibited. No one voted for Isaac Newton you know. Sometimes when insisting on viewing things only through the microscope of day to day life it becomes hard to see this.

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    Tim
    February 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Hiya Zach, To quote Daniele Bolelli from his book, Not Afraid, “I am a freakishly sensitive, very emotional, non-confrontational….A happy puppy who wants nothing but peace and love”.
    I have been waking up on the wrong side of the bed (so to speak) for the better part of two decades. This is not due to a particular life trauma. It’s primarily due to a deep seeded discontent with life due to lack of direction/purpose and loneliness. I have tried Ayahuasca (13 ceremonies), LSD (1 tab twice) psilocybin (2 grams once) and marijuana edibles (a few occasions) within the last couple years which has only provided a temporary reprieve (very grateful none the less). I have a difficult time with meditation for the aforementioned reason. When I try to meditate, I tend to prefer to sleep because of the poor quality of sleep. Anyhow, if I am not mistaking, Adrienne had mentioned that she could perhaps suggest a therapeutic psychedelic which led me to question you. Is there a psychedelic that you would recommend to help clear some of the distress which resides in my subconscious? I am a pretty affable guy, Zach, especially when I have a decent sleep :). Thank you and your podcast.

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      Zach Leary
      March 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Jason – I hear you but I feel the issue you’re talking about is perhaps the most nuanced of the day. You’re right and not at the same time. For instance, if Bernie Sanders got elected it would have been a very big incremental shift forward in the right direction. Yet he’s from within the system, right? While I agree that you’re right in the sense that the “system” never leads, it follows. No question on that. But at the same time people also get hurt because of the abuses from within the system. Actual people getting hurt and lives being destroyed. So I believe it’s a parallel path – they aren’t mutually exclusive. Simultaneously create new living systems while also fixing the current one. And after all – you pay taxes so you’re complicit in it anyway. There’s no getting around that.

      Jerry was my first guru but he was wrong about a great number of things: politics and fatherhood being two.

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