21 episodes

J. Claude Deering is a comedian and actor whose friends are much more successful than he is. Join him and his famous guests for fun and insightful conversations about career, art, and life.

Each episode of the series features interviews with huge movie stars, big TV stars, and even some bright shining Broadway stars. As well and second guest interviews with exciting up and coming comics and actors, and established producers, directors, and writers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thingsaregoinggreatforme/support

Things Are Going Great For Me with J. Claude Deering J Claude Deering

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J. Claude Deering is a comedian and actor whose friends are much more successful than he is. Join him and his famous guests for fun and insightful conversations about career, art, and life.

Each episode of the series features interviews with huge movie stars, big TV stars, and even some bright shining Broadway stars. As well and second guest interviews with exciting up and coming comics and actors, and established producers, directors, and writers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thingsaregoinggreatforme/support

    Episode 20 - Actor Shelly Bhalla (Jane the Virgin) / Actor Noah Maxwell Clarke (I May Destroy You)

    Episode 20 - Actor Shelly Bhalla (Jane the Virgin) / Actor Noah Maxwell Clarke (I May Destroy You)

    In our Season 2 finale of Things Are Going Great For Me J. Claude Deering (Twitter/Instagram) spoke with Shelly Bhalla (Jane the Virgin). Shelly is an actor who starred as Krishna Dhawan in the Peabody Award Winning, and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series, Jane the Virgin. Shelly talks about turning a small co-star role into a beloved character who recurred 29 times on the show. She also talks about playing the first gay woman of Indian descent on television, the often elusive pay pumps as a recurring guest star, and systemic problems in terms of historical pay in Hollywood for AAPI performers and women of color. And she talks about her personal life, including dealing with the grief of losing her father 20 years ago, and her volunteering with Experience Camps. In addition to her Covid-elopement style wedding in the midst of a pandemic.

    Followed by a second interview with Noah Maxwell Clarke (I May Destroy You). Noah is an English and American actor, who has recurred and guest starred on multiple British television series, including HBO’s I May Destroy You, Britannia, Top Boy, and Hard Sun. He’s also known for playing Osman Bolat on the beloved landmark British television series EastEnders. He talks about the vibe of the industry in London, UK casting directors, his Meisner training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and getting to work with the legendary Carrie Fisher. He also talks about growing up in a talented family of exceptional artists. 

    Plus Winston Carter (Twitter/Instagram) and Claude discuss the horrific death of cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, on the Rust film. In addition to safety protocols and working conditions on set.

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    • 2 hrs 2 min
    Episode 19 - Actor & Podcast Host Alyshia Ochse (True Detective) / Actor & Artistic Director Stefanie Black (IAMA Theatre Company)

    Episode 19 - Actor & Podcast Host Alyshia Ochse (True Detective) / Actor & Artistic Director Stefanie Black (IAMA Theatre Company)

    It’s multi-hyphenate day on Things Are Going Great For Me. J. Claude Deering (Twitter/Instagram) spoke with Alyshia Ochse (True Detective). Alyshia is an actor, a podcaster, an author, and an audition coach. Alyshia has over 75 titles on her resume and even more credits, including her outstanding performance in the iconic first season of True Detective, where she shared the screen with Matthew McConaughey at the height of the "McConaissance". She recently co-starred in the multiple Emmy-winning Quibi series #FreeRayshawn, with Laurence Fishburne. She talks about auditioning, book writing, and interviewing actors for her podcast That One Audition. She also talks about working on multiple projects, while maintaining her work/life balance. 

    Followed by a second interview with Stefanie Black (IAMA Theatre Company). Stefanie is an actor, writer, and feature film director, who also serves as the Artistic Director of IAMA Theatre Company (of which she is also a founding member). She talks about leading a membership based theater company, and moving an entire slate of play productions fully online as digital offerings in the midst of a global pandemic. She also talks about her multiple credits working on TV sitcoms and dramas. Including being a regular player in ShondaLand, and working with her hero, Kathy Bates.

    Plus Winston Carter (Twitter/Instagram) and Claude chat Succession and Squid Game.

    If you like any of what you hear today, do us a BIG kindness - subscribe to the show. Leave us a nice comment. Tell your aunt about us! Give us those five stars wherever you’re getting your podcasts from today. And subscribe to our Patreon for all our extras! We’ve got just ONE more episode in Season 2, premiering next Thursday! Featuring interviews with Shelly Bhalla and Noah Maxwell Clarke!


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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Episode 18 - Actor Pej Vahdat (Bones) / Actor Mapuana Makia (Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.)

    Episode 18 - Actor Pej Vahdat (Bones) / Actor Mapuana Makia (Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.)

    J. Claude Deering (Twitter/Instagram) spoke with actor Pej Vahdat (Bones). Pej is a prolific actor who starred as Dr. Arastoo Vaziri on Bones, Kelly Patel on Empire, and Kash on Showtime’s Shameless. He talks about the groundbreaking character arc of Dr. Vaziri on Bones. Struggling to get noticed early on in his career as a brown actor, and navigating an industry that often tokenizes and stereotypes Middle Eastern performers. He also talks about his stage work at Lincoln Center, his early career as a professional tennis player. And the incredible story of when he started his own agency in order to submit himself on projects.

    Followed by a second interview with Mapuana Makia (Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.). Mapuana currently stars as Dr. Noelani Nakayama on the new Disney+ series, Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. She talks about doing a network showcase at ABC, and going on to shadow direct for the showcase, in addition to co-teaching workshops for program. She also talks about working as a dialogue coach on set, growing up in Hawaii, working with teen actors, her old day jobs in bars and restaurants, and creating her own voiceover and audiobook business. 

    Plus Winston Carter (Twitter/Instagram) and Claude chat about breaking the rules in art.

    If you like any of what you hear today, do us a BIG kindness - subscribe to the show. Leave us a nice comment. Tell your aunt about us! Give us those five stars wherever you’re getting your podcasts from today. And subscribe to our Patreon for all our extras! We’ve got just TWO more episodes in Season 2, premiering every Thursday! Featuring interviews with Alyshia Ochse, Noah Maxwell Clarke, Stefanie Black, Shelly Bhalla, and more!


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    • 2 hrs 1 min
    Episode 17 - Actor Joe Tippett (Mare of Easttown) / Celebrity Barber Jonathan Castellanos (LLANOS.LA)

    Episode 17 - Actor Joe Tippett (Mare of Easttown) / Celebrity Barber Jonathan Castellanos (LLANOS.LA)

    J. Claude Deering (Twitter/Instagram) spoke with actor Joe Tippett (Mare of Easttown). Joe is an actor who starred as John Ross in the multiple Emmy Award winning HBO hit series Mare of Easttown. Joe was also in the original cast of Waitress on Broadway, and he also recurs as Hal Jackson on The Morning Show for AppleTV+. Joe talks about craft and process while working on a complicated whodunit, and finding what’s universal in the specifics of small town Pennsylvania. He also shares insights about working with multiple celebrated leading ladies such as Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, and Julianne Nicholson. And he chats sobriety, the difference between performance in TV/Film vs Theater, and booking jobs in Zoom rooms. 

    Followed by a very special interview with celebrity barber Jonathan Castellanos (LLANOS.LA). Jonathan has been featured in Nylon, and Valet Magazine. Before opening his own studio he worked as the brand ambassador for Baxter Finley. Jonathan is not only an artist, crafting hairstyles with thoughtfulness and unparalleled skill, he’s also a pop culture connoisseur. He’s both an excellent listener and a master conversationalist. During the pandemic, barbershops became particularly hard hit. When the lockdown happened, Jonathan had to retool his studio. By the time the lockdown started to lift, Jonathan had moved his business into the garage of his new home. Listen as Claude and Jonathan catch up after a year and a half, while Claude sits for an actual haircut.

    Plus, Winston Carter (Twitter/Instagram) and Claude chat about comedy schools and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

    If you like any of what you hear today, do us a BIG kindness - subscribe to the show. Leave us a nice comment. Tell your aunt about us! Give us those five stars wherever you’re getting your podcasts from today. And subscribe to our Patreon for all our extras! We’ve got just THREE more episodes in Season 2, premiering every Thursday! Featuring interviews with Alyshia Ochse, Pej Vahdat, Noah Maxwell Clarke, Stefanie Black, Mapuana Makia, Shelly Bhalla, and more!


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    • 2 hrs 25 min
    Episode 16 - Actor Sarah Levy (Schitt's Creek) / Comedian, Writer, Actor Madison Shepard (Single Drunk Female)

    Episode 16 - Actor Sarah Levy (Schitt's Creek) / Comedian, Writer, Actor Madison Shepard (Single Drunk Female)

    Schitt's Creek fans! Here’s a “Surprise-Me-Smoothie” you’re sure to love. J. Claude Deering (Twitter/Instagram) spoke with actor Sarah Levy (Schitt's Creek). Sarah is a SAG Award-winning actor for her role playing Twyla Sands in the record breaking Emmy-winning smash streaming hit, Schitt’s Creek. Sarah talks about the success of Schitt’s Creek, her beginnings auditioning in LA, and her new comedy horror series SurrealEstate on the SyFy network. She also talks about her dad’s famous Toronto production of Godspell back in 1972, and the experience of growing up as part of Hollywood and Canadian comedy royalty. 

    Followed by a second interview with comedian, writer, and actor Madison Shepard (Single Drunk Female). Madison is a comedian, writer, and actor who plays Gail on the Jenni Konner exec produced FreeForm comedy series, Single Drunk Female. She talks podcasting, her old side gig as a LYFT driver, writing for the 72nd Primetime Emmys, and her hilarious debut Comedy EP “Goodnight Silverlake Lounge”. 

    Also, Winston Carter (Twitter/Instagram) and Claude chat British culture.  

    If you like any of what you hear today, do us a BIG kindness - subscribe to the show. Leave us a nice comment. Tell your aunt about us! Give us those five stars wherever you’re getting your podcasts from today. And subscribe to our Patreon for all our extras! We’ve got NEW episodes premiering every Thursday! Featuring interviews with Joe Tippett, Alyshia Ochse, Pej Vahdat, Noah Maxwell Clarke, Stefanie Black, Mapuana Makia, Shelly Bhalla, and more!


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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 15 - Actor Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation) / Comedian & Writer Joan Haley Ford (ThunderCats Roar)

    Episode 15 - Actor Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation) / Comedian & Writer Joan Haley Ford (ThunderCats Roar)

    J. Claude Deering (Twitter/Instagram) spoke with actor Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation). Jim is an Emmy-winning actor and comedian, known to everyone as the beloved Jerry Gergich from Parks and Recreation. Also known to superfans of the show as Larry, Terry, and Garry. He talks about his come up in his Chicago days doing theater and comedy, including his theater cult hit Stumpy’s Gang, which subsequently brought him out to LA. He talks about the audition process for Parks and Rec, and some fun gossip from the Parks and Rec cast family group chat. He also talks about playing against type, and his recent Emmy win for his work on The Bold and the Beautiful.

    Followed by a second interview with comedian and writer Joan Haley Ford (ThunderCats Roar). Joan is an Emmy-nominated writer for her work on Funny or Die’s hilarious recap series, Gay of Thrones. She talks about her work at the UCB theater, including her long running sketch show Seinfeld: The Purge. She talks about the early days of Funny of Die, her writing for the animated series Thundercats Roar, and her upcoming HBO Max series, Tiny Toons Looniversity. She also talks about film school at Emerson College, inclusivity at the big comedy schools, and her all trans sketch team “Red and Yellow”, her hilarious sketches on the Twitch platform, and the virtues of the Gremlins movies.

    Also, Winston Carter (Twitter/Instagram) and Claude talk the impending IATSE Union strike.

    If you like any of what you hear today, do us a BIG kindness - subscribe to the show. Leave us a nice comment. Tell your aunt about us! Give us those five stars wherever you’re getting your podcasts from today. And subscribe to our Patreon for all our extras! We’ve got NEW episodes premiering every Thursday! Featuring interviews with Sarah Levy, Joe Tippett, Alyshia Ochse, Pej Vahdat, Madison Shepard, Mapuana Makia, Shelly Bhalla, and more!


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    • 1 hr 58 min

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