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 friend, comedian & former “Busy Tonight” writer, Shantira Jackson, 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!
This week, Busy, Shantira & Caissie are doing their best to deal with body image issues, career issues, boob issues & dog issues. Then Busy’s bud, the hilarious creator & star of East Bound & Down & The Righteous Gemstones Danny McBride rolls up to talk about how he’s succeeding in Hollywood by...not living in Hollywood!
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This week, Busy is weighing a huge life-altering decision and talks about accidentally getting drunk during a virtual school fundraiser. Caissie and Shantira have been engaging in very different forms of self-care, plus the whole team might be planning an online magic show? Then writer and filmmaker Miranda July rolls through to talk about the pivot that happened when Covid threatened the release of her new movie Kajillionaire.
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This week, we start off the episode on a more personal note. Shantira's just unboxing her stuff in a new apartment, Caissie’s trying out a new life strategy, and Busy lands a new exciting opportunity. Then they're joined by David Letterman to talk about his career in late night TV, Caissie's personal connection to his show, and so much more!
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This week, Busy has a big announcement about a new job where she’s already gotten in trouble, then she, Shantira & Caissie discuss the art of the apology. Plus writer, actor, director and very good egg Gillian Jacobs comes through to discuss the surprising career pivot she took when her show “Community” ended. And, advice for a teacher friend who is struggling to do her best in the classroom.
Busy, Shantira & Caissie aren’t doing that great this week, if they’re being totally honest. WHO IS? But never fear, newly minted late night talk show host & hilarious person Amber Ruffin stops by to make everybody laugh!
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This week Busy escapes LA, Shantira shares another shining success & Caissie shares another disappointing failure. Then, HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show star, Ashley Nicole Black, comes through to talk about how she pivoted away from a PhD into comedy.
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Busy is the Best
The sparkliest human out there ✨
I’m so happy for any medium where I get to feel like we’re hanging out, be it your insta, show or now podcast... and I’m loving getting to know Shantira and Caissie as well!
This is it
This podcast is a game changer, I could not recommend more!!!! Busy, Caissie and Shantira are inspiration, introspective and the type of energy I hope to surround myself with as I go through life. Their conversations are both fun and impactful, they are vulnerable and straight up about life, its beauty, strangeness and uncertainty. As a recent college grad, the theme of pivoting could not resonate more, they make you feel heard and understood- they ask their guests thoughtful questions that lead into discussions that just hit home. They inspire me with their professional careers, their empathy and creative minds. This podcast is it!! It is a gem, it will make you feel connected and good- I wish we had more voices like this in media but I am so appreciative for this podcast as a young woman trying to figure it out. Thank you so much for making this!!!
Consider me influenced
First, gotta thank you, Busy, for introducing us to the emerging national treasure that is Shantira Jackson. I listen weekly and legit laugh out loud at her commentary. Let’s just also address the scatted feedback in the reviews that some of the conversation is unrelatable. Well, the truth is that some people do have to throw private school digital magic wine tasting fundraisers or want more color in their oppressively modern homes and for those, this is hilariously relatable! Also aspirational for everyone else! Let’s all just enjoy our nachos, listen to the pod and commune as a group just trying to do our best!