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 teenage pain is the same. And it's funny. Think of it as Judy Blume meets Dr. Phil. Raucous laughter and redemption ensue. Bar in the theater to chase down the pubescent demons.
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- MARA WILSON (BoJack Horseman, Welcome to Night Vale)
- MATT KNUDSEN (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Key & Peele)
- BRENT SULLIVAN (Conan, The Pete Holmes Show)
- ANGELA LEWIS (Snowfall on FX)
- 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
- Our 1/15/16 show at the NerdMelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics garnered us some great shout-outs in...
LA Weekly, LAist, Comedy Cake, The Comedy Bureau, Campus Circle, & The Go Go
- 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
- Consistent listing on the amazing NY-based culture blog the skint & LA-based comedy blog The Comedy Bureau
- 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
- TWEET: @the_bitch_seat /// FACEBOOK: The Bitch Seat
TOTALLY SWEET PAST GUESTS:
- 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 (Totally Biased; The Pete Holmes Show) (his mom was a rabbi, btw)
- 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)