Light Hustler: Looking for Light in All the Dark Places
AfterPartyPod: Jerry Stahl

Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl is, bar none, this generation's king of junkie lit. Dark and hilarious, Permanent Midnight was an insta-classic that was made into a movie with Ben Stiller as the lead and Stahl has followed it with a succession of other nihilistic novels—including his latest, Happy Mutant Baby Pills. He and TheAfterPartyGroup's Anna David have known each other since Stahl blurbed her first book in 2005. Here they discuss heroin, sobriety, swearing, life coaches, meditation, yoga, writing and so much more.

Direct download: Stahl_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm PST

AfterPartyPod: D.H. Peligro

Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro has been to rehab 31 times. He's also been in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, lived with a whole bunch of crazy addicts in San Francisco and LA, stayed half-awake through an operation when he had a liter of pus extracted from his leg and lived to tell the tale. He and AfterPartyChat's Anna David talk about his newfound sobriety (he was a few days from checking out of a treatment center the day of the interview), his brushes with death, the way his trauma caught up to him and his new book, Dreadknaught: King of Afropunk

Direct download: DH_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Michael Des Barres

Musician and actor Michael Des Barres has had many lives: he's been in bands with John Taylor and Steve Jones, performed at Live Aid, co-written hit songs ("Obsession," which Animotion made famous, and which Des Barres admits is about cocaine), had memorable appearances on TV shows from WKRP in Cincinnati through Melrose Place and Nip/Tuck (as well as many in between and since) and is now, at 65, hosting The Michael Des Barres Show for TRadioV. He and AfterPartyChat's Anna David met over a decade ago, before she was sober—when he called the fact that she was doing cocaine "so very 80's." Here they discuss Michael's childhood in an English boarding school, his time doing drugs (with several shout outs to Quaaludes) and the fact that he's been sober since 1981. Also in there: singing! Reminiscing about the date they once had! And more.

Direct download: mdb_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Jake Fogelnest

Comedian Jake Fogelnest was more successful at 14 than many of us will ever be: his public access TV show, Squirt TV, had a cult following that included The Beastie Boys, the guys from They Might Be Giants and many more; within a few weeks, he was fielding calls from superstars who were declaring themselves fans. While Squirt TV went to MTV and Fogelnest has gone on to have a busy career that includes multiple Sirius radio shows, a podcast (The Fogelnest Files), TV writing gigs and much more, he also became addicted young and struggled to find sobriety. Here, he and AfterPartyChat's Anna David discuss how finding success at a young age can contribute to addiction, his amazing Twitter joke about Banksy and the most important topic of all: cats.

Direct download: Folgenest_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am PST

AfterPartyPod: Josh Leonard

Actor and director Josh Leonard (though he'd introduce himself to you as Joshua) launched into the spotlight as one of the stars of The Blair Witch Project. After a bit of a wayward youth (getting in trouble for having alcohol and Playboys at school, time spent in a boys home and legal emancipation) followed by a bit of a wayward next-phase-in-life (culminating in heroin addiction), Leonard was only a few months into sobriety when the indie movie he'd made in two weeks became the Next Big Thing. In the years since, he's done time on many a TV series (including Hung and The United States of Tara) before 2009's Humpday put him back in the indie spotlight. Also a successful director, Leonard has done both music videos (Morcheeba, Fitz and the Tantrums) as well as feature films (2011's The Lie). He's also maintained not only his sobriety but also his humility, which wasn't so easy in the beginning (stick around for the white limo story, which comes hear the end). Here he and AfterPartyChat's Anna David talk about how as kid, he used to try to work through recess to avoid getting his ass kicked, the letter he wrote that helped his brother get sober and whether crying out of gratitude is "girly" or not.

Direct download: Josh_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Carrie White

Author Carrie White has lived many lives. The first female hairdresser to the stars, White tended to the tresses of everyone from Ann Margaret and Elvis to Sharon Tate and Elizabeth Taylor. And she did it all on rollerskates (it was the 70s, people). But her high-flying life—which included three husbands and five children—was masking a crippling drug addiction which eventually left her curled up in the fetal position outside her dealer's door. Now sober for multiple decades, White built her hairdressing business back up and published a best-selling memoir, Upper Cut, about the entire thing. Here she talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about bottoming out, coming back, and how getting sober but continuing to smoke is like switching seats on the Titanic. 

Direct download: Carrie_Pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Jennifer Gimenez

Actress and reality star Jennifer Gimenez first worked as a teenage model before acting alongside Johnny Depp in Blow and Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing. But many first came to know her when she was the house manager on Sober House—a job she got after she went from being one of Dr. Drew's nightmare clients to one of his miracles. Here she and AfterPartyChat's Anna David talk about the drug dealer they used to share, how they first got sober together back in the early 2000s and whether or not Gimenez would use her real name if she was a drug dealer.

Direct download: Gimenez_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Danielle Stewart

Comedian Danielle Stewart will say anything any time, anywhere. And so her conversation with AfterPartyChat's Anna David covered addiction, yes, but also jealousy, hope, Facebook, sex addiction and more. Arguably NSFW or the conservative.

Direct download: danielle_final_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

AfterPartyPod: John DeVore

Writer and editor John DeVore was a great drunk, as AfterPartyChat's Anna David well knows, since she logged many (sober) hours with him while he was still boozing and the two were living in New York. Now sober over three years and settled in Los Angeles, he and David discussed the difference between drunks and alcoholics, how he once saw how bored she looked at a party and what a really famous architect had to say about LA—among many other glorious topics. Follow John Devore on Twitter here.

Direct download: devore_final_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Paul Gilmartin

Comedian and Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast host Paul Gilmartin is, to some, the affable longtime co-host of TBS' Dinner and a Movie. But to others, all that he's done in comedy (which includes Comedy Central specials and spots on Politically Incorrect and The Craig Ferguson Show) pales in comparison to the amazing feat he's accomplished in getting his guests to address distressing issues like depression, addiction and abuse on his much-lauded podcast. He talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David here about addiction, abuse and the relationship between the two. Check out the site for The Mental Illness Happy Hour here.

Direct download: Gilmartin_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Claudia Lonow

Prolific television producer and former actress Claudia Lonow has been the force behind Rude Awakening, How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) and more. She's also 28 years sober and met with AfterPartyChat's Anna David back when David wanted to be a TV writer and had cocaine drip going down the back of her throat. The two discuss that meeting, David's potentially disturbing obsession with her, losing everything in sobriety, why even one night can set off a relapse and much more. Follow Claudia on Twitter here.

Direct download: Claudia_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Jeff Kober

Actor and meditation teacher Jeff Kober has been in every TV show you've ever seen (China Beach, Star Trek, Law and Order, Sons of Anarchy and trust us, that's only the beginning) and is one of LA's most revered meditation teachers. Here he talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about huffing ether, detoxing in a San Diego hotel room and realizing the big movie role wasn't going to change anything. Sign up for Kober's Meditation Thought For The Day on his site.

Direct download: kober_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am PST

AfterPartyPod: Nic Sheff

Best-selling author of Tweak, staff writer for The Killing and the beautiful boy of his father David Sheff's best-selling book, Nic Sheff has written and spoken openly about his struggles with meth addiciton and where that took him: to homelessness, sex work, near arm amputation and, finally, a meth-induced psychosis that ultimately led him to sobriety. Here he talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about those experiences and they also discuss working together and their plan to speak at colleges about addiction and sobriety. Follow Nic on Twitter here.

 

Direct download: Nic_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28am PST

AfterPartyPod: Craig Shoemaker

Comedian Craig Shoemaker talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about his 20+ years of sobriety, forgiveness, his penchant for being nude and the healing energy work he does. Spoiler alert: they almost have a fight!

Direct download: final_shoemaker_pod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Sam Lansky

Writer Sam Lansky has managed to pack seven rehabs, five years of sobriety and thousands of brilliant words into his 24 years and here he tells AfterPartyChat's Anna David all about it.

Direct download: lansky_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12am PST

AfterPartyPod: Alexis Neiers

Bling Ring member (Emma Watson played her in the Sofia Coppola movie) and reality TV star Alexis Neiers talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about getting sober, getting married, having a baby and becoming a sober advocate and role model.

Direct download: Alexis_N_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am PST

AfterPartyPod: Greg Behrendt

Comedian, best-selling author, musician and Walking The Room podcast co-host Greg Behrendt talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about addiction, relapse and how sobriety helps you give relationship advice.

Direct download: behrendt_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Jimmy Pardo

Comedian and Never Not Funny host Jimmy Pardo talks to Anna David about drinking too much, gossiping about other people and the would-be spin-off show they never had.

Direct download: Pardo_podcast.mp3
Category:Addiction -- posted at: 8:33pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Pat O'Brien

Radio and TV personality, sportscaster, author and sober alcoholic Pat O'Brien talks to AfterPartyChat's Anna David about the bottles of wine that got him to change his ways, whether or not cocaine addiction can cause tinting in the whites of your eyes and his plans to go back to school to get certified to become a drug and alcohol counselor.

Direct download: pob_podcast_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm PST

AfterPartyPod: Carlos Herrera

Comedian Carlos Herrera joins AfterPartyChat's Anna David and Laura House to discuss addiction, quitting smoking, whether or not Favoriting someone's tweets is manipulative and much more.

 

Direct download: AfterParty_Podcast_mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm PST

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