This episode is all about you! Liz and Sarah answer all of your pressing questions. How does Liz live with two first and last names? Where do sets go when no one’s using them? How does Sarah manage her healthy lifestyle without obsessing? And more! Plus, their Assistant Mary offers advice on how to make friends in Los Angeles. (Insider Tip: start with finding an acquaintance.) Then this week’s Hollywood Hack comes from listener Matt: Portrait Mode, the metaphor.
Podcast Power! Liz and Sarah go behind the podcast curtain and talk to Panoply’s Director of Nonfiction Programming and By the Book co-host Kristen Meinzer about what it takes to grow a successful podcast. Pro Tip: treat it like a college thesis. They also introduce their new Assistant, Mary Mehrkens! What makes her Happier in Hollywood? Supporting her peers instead of stabbing them in the back. This week’s Hollywood Hack: personalized stationery. Finally, Liz has a VEEP celebrity sighting.
Assistant extravaganza! We talk to our former assistant, Elysse Applebaum, about her super intense Writer’s Group— there’s an admissions process. We also sit down with our very first assistant, Tony Dodds (now a successful sitcom writer) to talk about what it takes to be not just a good assistant, but a GREAT one. Tony also provides this week’s Hollywood Hack: using the PDF Reader to prepare a pitch. Finally, a celebrity sighting: Mandy Moore!
No assholes! Liz and Sarah talk to ABC’s Agents of Shield Executive Producer, Maurissa Tancharoen, about her “no asshole policy” — and about being a high-powered, ass-kicking writer/producer, boss, and mom all while living with Lupus. One way she copes — embracing the Spoon Theory. Then Liz has a Hit this week — reading books to Jack’s class at school — and Sarah has an exercise-related Bomb. Finally, this week’s Hollywood Hack will up your parenting game: create a kid bag for the car.
This episode is all about change! Liz and Sarah discuss big changes in their professional lives and how they’re managing to stay (more or less) calm despite the chaos. They also reveal the changes they plan to make in 2018. Yes, it’s New Year’s Resolution time! Then, this week’s Hollywood Hack will up your selfie game: the Lumee. Finally, Sarah dishes on her bowling alley celebrity sighting.
Sarah and Liz talk to former L.A. gang members Richard Cabral and Jose Arellano about their new podcast “Without Your Permission.” Richard (who’s now an Emmy-nominated actor) and Jose share how they survived traumatic childhoods, gang life, and years in prison, and then came out the other side through faith, hard work, and the help of the organization Homeboy Industries. Also, Liz responds to a listener who wants to know why she uses bad language on “Happier In Hollywood,” but NOT on “Happier With Gretchen Rubin.” Plus, this week’s Hollywood Hack, which comes from Sarah’s Swedish high school boyfriend: the neti pot. Finally, Liz and Sarah reveal their latest Celebrity Sighting (which has a 90210 zip code).