First Day Back is a documentary podcast series about people facing and trying to overcome life’s most challenging moments. Each season, host and creator Tally Abecassis tells the story of someone attempting their own personal comeback.In 2019, First Day Back is back. On May 3rd 2017, comedian Jason Weems collapsed on stage from an asthma attack. His heart stopped beating for a full 5 minutes. Jason was lucky enough to be revived by a member of the audience. Now the Baltimore comedian is dealing with his death the only way he knows how: by making jokes about it. Jason wants to turn these jokes into a 1 hour special that he hopes will make him a household name. For the past year, Tally Abecassis and the First Day back team have been following the life and career of Jason Weems, a man who lives and died for comedy.
We follow Jason in the hours leading up to the taping of his much-anticipated special. The excitement builds as his friends and family all gather at the theater. When Jason steps onto that stage, will he have transformed his near death experience into something meaningful?
S3E5: The Countdown
There’s one month to go before Jason is set to perform his new special and the pressure is on. It’s a mad dash to sell tickets, finalize his set, and get everything in order to film and shoot the special. Will Jason make it to the special or will the pressure of putting on the show derail him?
S3E4: Pulling for Every Breath
It seems like asthma is always with Jason Weems. In this episode, Jason's constantly being confronted by health scares - on stage, at home, even with his family. But at every turn, he surprises Tally with his resiliency.
S3E3: Absolute Certainty
Twelve years into his comedy career, what keeps Jason hopeful that his big break will still happen? We get a peek inside his creative process and find out what family drama pushed him to stay in a city that isn’t great for his national career ambitions
S3E2: Almost Famous
How do you build a career in comedy? Jason takes us through his journey and how a childhood filled with health issues drove his desire to be the funniest man in the room.
S3E1: The Attack
What happens on stage to set in motion comedian Jason’s Weem’s first day back story? On May 3, 2017, Jason collapsed at a Philadelphia comedy club after suffering a near fatal asthma attack. We hear a blow-by-blow account of Jason’s night as it shifts from raucous to downright terrifying.
Thank you for making this!
Honestly I never make reviews, but couldn’t help to let you know how thankful I am for your podcast Season 1.
As I was heading back to work after 7 years off to care for my kids while they were young, I found there wasn’t any dialogue out there for me now. I was no longer a “stay at home mom” but didn’t feel like I fit in the “working mom” category because I didn’t return right back to work. A friend recommend your podcast and I was so happy to hear another person articulate all the mixed emotions I was feeling. Thank you for making me feel less alone in the new path I was embarking on.
Please come back!
Will there be another season?
Come on, you can do better...
Season 2 Episode 1
Lucy is a really bad actress. That accent is so obviously fake. She can’t even keep it going for this podcast.
So why isn’t Lucy in prison? If roles were reversed and the husband killed her, blacked out and suddenly speaks with a stupid, nonsensical inauthentic accent, he would be serving life in prison.
Pick better topics. There are far worthier and more interesting stories to tell.