The Bitch Seat: Therapy for your misspent youth.
In this interview-style, live talk show, host Lyssa Mandel (& co-host/boyfriend Phil Casale) invites guests to present poignant/painful creations from their adolescence on stage (poetry, drawings, songs, sketches, videos...Wicca boxes...) and follows with engaging questions that cut to the heart of how all our childhood pain is the same. And it's funny. Think of it as Judy Blume meets Dr. Phil. Raucous laughter and redemption ensue. Free Gushers to chase down the pubescent demons.
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UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS:
Sunday, January 27 @ 8:30pm: Q.E.D. Astoria, NY
Featuring the adolescent treasures and stories of:
- JESSIE JOLLES (MTV, WhoHaHa, Betches)
- ILIANA INOCENCIO (Orange is the New Black, AzN PoP!)
- RALF JEAN-PIERRE (What Should Be the Fear)
Sunday, February 24 @ 8:30pm: Q.E.D. Astoria, NY (5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!)
Sunday, March 24 @ 8:30pm: Q.E.D. Astoria, NY (check back here for tix & info!)
This American Life featured a story Elna Baker told at The Bitch Seat!
LAist featured us in their weekend planner as one of the 20 best things to do in LA
A tasty feature from Comedy Cake
A TimeOut NY Critic's Pick since July 2014
The Village Voice comedy blog Cheap Laughs has featured us in their Best Indie Comedy weekly roundup three times!
LA Weekly compared Lyssa Mandel to Oprah
Sweet top pick in Brokelyn's weekend eblast
An interview with Lyssa in Los Angeles Magazine
CBS local featured us as one of the 5 best things to do in NY
Sweet review in Yay! LA Magazine
TOTALLY SWEET PAST GUESTS:
MILANA VAYNTRUB (Marvel's Squirrel Girl; This Is Us; AT&T) and her angst-istential art
MARA WILSON (Matilda, BoJack Horseman) and her high school show choir dress
ELNA BAKER (This American Life) and her diaries on body image
The Catholic high school religion journal of LAURIE KILMARTIN (Conan)
Dark high school poetry from KAREN KILGARIFF (Mr. Show; The Pete Holmes Show)
Drawings upon drawings of muscly dudes from DAVID EBERT (Master of None; MTV's Joking Off)
The basketball days of author/speaker ROB BELL (The Robcast; Love Wins)
High School mascot realness & yearbook bragging rights from BARON VAUGHN (Grace and Frankie)
Original teenage raps about nuts from comedian ZACH SHERWIN (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; Totally Biased; The Pete Holmes Show)
A handmade clay puppet from writer/comedian KEVIN AVERY (Last Week Tonight)
Moody high school travel journaling from comedian BROOKE VAN POPPELEN (Hack My Life)
The epic sticker collection of comedian APARNA NANCHERLA (Totally Biased, Conan)
A can of soup & a story from writer/comedian JOSH GONDELMAN (Last Week Tonight; Billy on the Street)
Voluptuous superhero drawings by comedian MATTEO LANE (MTV2's Guy Code & Joking Off)
Original high school choreography from comedian JO FIRESTONE (Punderdome 3000)
An original song about kangaroos from the summer camp days of comedian MYQ KAPLAN (Conan, Letterman, Last Comic Standing finalist)
Broadway-worthy Bar Mitzvah footage from comedian SETH HERZOG (Jimmy Fallon)
Some very magical drawings from comedian JULIO TORRES (Just For Laughs)
Dawson's Creek/N*Sync mashup fan fiction from writer GABY DUNN (New York Times Magazine, Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed)