It's me, your friend Busy Philipps! My creative partner Caissie St. Onge & I love making things that we believe people need & will love & we’ve had so many plans. We had plans to do a TV show that would shake up late night! And we think it kinda did! For six months. We adored our genius, scrappy creative team at “Busy Tonight” as much as we loved our audience, so when we broke the news that we’d been canceled, we vowed to get back up & make even bigger plans to invent a whole new way of doing things in the entertainment biz, to reunite our beautiful staff & change the game for everyone! An entertainment Utopia! And we were so close, then...the world changed. Now those plans are, at the very least, on hold. So, we've shifted gears, like everyone has had to, & with our friends, we're just doing our best, taking it slow & talking to fascinating friends about how *they* are doing *their* best. They’ll tell us all about those times in their lives when a setback actually led to the right thing. Maybe it was a job that didn't pan out, but opened the door to an even more perfect one, or maybe it's how they studied for years to do the thing they thought was their calling, only to fall into something else that felt like kismet. The thing is, we want to share those moments because right now EVERYBODY is having one of those moments. Maybe we'll all learn something life-changing or maybe we'll just have a conversation where we break down in tears, then laugh at ourselves for crying. Whatever happens, we can assure you, Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best!
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As Busy prepares to go off to “crying camp” she and Caissie reflect on how they did their best despite the heaviness this week has carried, but also how much lighter they both are feeling. Perhaps that’s because their guests are two of their dearest friends, the hosts of the Stay F. Homekins podcast, comedian Paul F. Tompkins and actor/writer Janie Haddad-Tompkins! PFT and Janie share some really important personal and career pivots and even though they are two of the funniest people on the planet, things get a little emotional and there is crying, in case you were worried there wouldn’t be. Then, Busy, in a moment of compulsive honesty spills the beans about which company it was that tried to charge her & Caissie to leave their parking lot after a supremely crappy meeting.
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Busy & Caissie are doing their best, but, not gonna lie, it’s been a rough several days…in our world, in our country and in Busy’s flooded basement. However, this episode’s guest appearance is rare and special. Once in a lifetime, really. This week marks 7 years since Joan Rivers has been gone and, by chance, Caissie recently found a long-lost interview she recorded with Joan, her friend and mentor and colleague, ten years ago, in 2011. In it, she discusses some pretty important pivots, which is prophetic considering this podcast wasn’t even conceived yet. Joan discusses her feud with Johnny Carson, what she really thought of Donald Trump’s Presidential aspirations at that time, who her celebrity BFFS are and who wrote the note she carried around in her bra for years. It’s pretty magical to hear from her again. (Thank you to Melissa Rivers for giving her blessing to publish this recording.)
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This week Busy arrived back in New York & was immediately faced with an impossible task. Did she succeed? You’ll find out! Caissie is doing her best to have perspective. She also reveals her recently discovered secret that can help you when you’re looking in the mirror & about to make a bad hair decision. Then iconic comedic actress Julia Duffy joins Biz & Cais to talk about how she almost didn’t go to her audition for Newhart! She discusses many career & life pivots, but also opens up about a deeply personal loss that changed her life & the life of her family more than anything else ever could. Julia honors the life of her son Daniel by sharing his story, his incredible talent & her tremendous love for him.
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This week, Biz & Cais are doing their best. But, things *could* be better. What do they have to worry about? Worms, getting needles stuck in places they’d rather not, finding out what the doctor at the end of that needle has to say, loneliness, neediness and whether or not they’ll ever be able to make a playlist on Spotify. Then, star (and writer) of Rutherford Falls on Peacock, comedian Jana Schmieding, comes thru to discuss the pivot that led her to starring in a show when she wasn’t sure she ever would. Plus, she shares what it is like to be a Native American performer being part of the representation in entertainment that has been much too long in coming. Then the women get very real and discuss what it is like trying to date while fat, AND a sexual fantasy it seems like they all 100% share!
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It’s the one year anniversary of “Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best” and Busy and Caissie are celebrating by…having some sound issues! Whatever, it’s fine. See the name of the podcast. Busy isn’t really sure what she’s doing her best at, but she knows what isn’t going so great for her right now. She does successfully guess what happened to Caissie that may have scarred her son for life, though. Then, actor Meredith Salenger stops by to talk about the new podcast she co-hosts with her husband, Patton Oswalt, plus she shares a whole bunch of pivots that she’s taken since her earliest days on camera, right up until unexpectedly becoming a wife and a mother at the same time just four years ago. Finally, Busy needs to get Gina back across the country, and she’s not sure she can get people on board with her plan.
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This week, Busy & Caissie welcome a guest co-host, their friend & American Horror Story star, Leslie Grossman! They discuss how they are each doing their best. Topics include old Hollywood tricks for dealing with farts, anti-vaxxer angst, literally taping your own mouth shut, why celebrities can’t stop bragging about not bathing, how Sarah Paulson is the best and so much more. Then, Sheena Meade, the executive director of The Clean Slate Initiative, drops by to talk about a series of moments in her life that would eventually lead her to a calling that is changing the lives of so many, for the better.
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