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Join Amir Yassai, a self proclaimed “human unicorn” and discover what makes him aflutter, on his new podcast, The Take On, where he and his guests take on LIFE! Amir thrives by inspiring people to lean into who they are meant to be and helping them find their inner best self. Obsessed with ALL things activism, body positivity, TikTok, and Bravo, Amir is also not shy about digging in with his talented guests, while they push and motivate each other to embrace their personal authenticity. Everyone is always welcome just as they are to listen to these incredible conversations, designed to challenge the status quo and help to reinvent the way people connect and view one another. Sprinkled with Amir's humor, the podcast will engage in sometimes hard conversations but OF COURSE, will also have a kiki! This is THE TAKE ON!
More about Amir Yassai:
Amir Yassai is an LGBTQ activist and regularly hosts panels at the LA LGBT center battling transphobia, femme bashing, body shaming, and racism in the queer community. Interviewing a diverse group of people from Carson Kressley to Johnny Sibilly to Eureka O’Hara and Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race. As an actively visible Queer Muslim Amir hopes to change the way religion and sexual orientation are mutually exclusive. Amir is a self proclaimed “human unicorn.” Three words to explain Amir are Queer, Compassionate & Colorful.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 122 Ratings

Join Amir Yassai, a self proclaimed “human unicorn” and discover what makes him aflutter, on his new podcast, The Take On, where he and his guests take on LIFE! Amir thrives by inspiring people to lean into who they are meant to be and helping them find their inner best self. Obsessed with ALL things activism, body positivity, TikTok, and Bravo, Amir is also not shy about digging in with his talented guests, while they push and motivate each other to embrace their personal authenticity. Everyone is always welcome just as they are to listen to these incredible conversations, designed to challenge the status quo and help to reinvent the way people connect and view one another. Sprinkled with Amir's humor, the podcast will engage in sometimes hard conversations but OF COURSE, will also have a kiki! This is THE TAKE ON!
More about Amir Yassai:
Amir Yassai is an LGBTQ activist and regularly hosts panels at the LA LGBT center battling transphobia, femme bashing, body shaming, and racism in the queer community. Interviewing a diverse group of people from Carson Kressley to Johnny Sibilly to Eureka O’Hara and Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race. As an actively visible Queer Muslim Amir hopes to change the way religion and sexual orientation are mutually exclusive. Amir is a self proclaimed “human unicorn.” Three words to explain Amir are Queer, Compassionate & Colorful.
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Twitter: @AmirYass_


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    Tehran

    Tehran

    TEHRAN joined The Take On and we talked all things the Black Lives Matter movement, and the importance of this movement in 2020 America. Tehran has a way of cracking up anyone he is around so if you love to laugh, then this is the episode for you! Tehran has a made a name for himself as a stand up comedian and host for the Legendary Laugh Factory and as a biracial man, he has really brought together the Persian and Black community. Tehran has the charisma to carry a one name title like Madonna or Cher or Chappelle. 
    More about Tehran:
    Tehran SoParvazTehran-1½ Black, ½ Persian, and ½ Amazing; these are the ingredients that make Tehran “SoParvaz” one of the most dynamic entertainer newcomers today. Exploding on the SCENE hosting, performing, and throwing events from s Read More old out comedy shows to rock concerts his energy, excitement, and unique sense of humor have made him a formidable comedian/entertainer in his own right.
    Hosting highly rated TV and Radio programs, the 25 yr old sharp witted Law student has been compared to a mix of Dave Chappelle and Stephen Colbert meet Maz Jobrani. Tehran has the best of both worlds. Hailing from the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., Tehran was born and raised in the United States to an Iranian father and a Black-Tehran-2American mother.
    His parents chose the name Tehran as a reminder of his Persian roots and culture. Much of his clothes are custom made to proudly display the name Tehran. The nickname “SoParvaz” which is a more literal way of saying “So Fly” was added much later.
    Speaking, reading, and writing Farsi, he has great respect for his Iranian heritage as well as his American side.
    In his humor he encourages young Iranians to learn Farsi and appreciate Iranian culture. As a proud Iranian/American, Tehran has always been a leader in the community, working diligently toward a stronger, more united better tomorrow.
    Tehran is definitely NO angel. In fact he is very “sheytoon.”
    Being in trouble and getting out of it is part of his charm. From going to school to going to court, Tehran talks openly about his life exploits and lessons on stage, TV, and stage connecting to audiences of all walks of life. Putting motivation and inspiration in his humor or vice versa Tehran-3Tehran encourages younger and older audiences alike to understand each other, respect each other, learn from each other, and teach each other. Look for this charismatic newcomer on Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam, NBC Sitcom, and/or Sold-Out Show near you.
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    Instagram: @IAmTehran


    Twitter: @IAmTehran


    YouTube: IAm Tehran


    Website: www.iamtehran.com


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    • 51 min
    Bobbie Oliver

    Bobbie Oliver

    Bobbie Oliver joined The Take On and I didn't stop laughing the entire time! Bobbie has made herself a name in the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy, and she shares her tips on how to navigate this misogynistic world. We also talked all about our thoughts of Trump as President and how to navigate in a family of Trump supporters. Bobbie has an educated twist to her jokes so when you're laughing, you're also learning something. She has created her own space called Tao Comedy Studio that has created a safe space for newcomers, people of color, LGBTQIA and women to feel comfortable to do their first stand-up set. Fun Fact: I did my first stand-up set at Tao and it was such an amazing place to do a first open mic. Looking for a laugh during these crazy times? Then this is the episode for you!
    More about Bobbie:
    Los Angeles comedian Bobbie Oliver is one of America’s funniest comics. Her act is smart and irreverent, and she never shies away from personal experience or edgy material. A native of Covington, GA, the city where the Dukes of Hazzard tv series was filmed, by way of Athens, GA, the hippest little city in the South, Bobbie’s Southern charm wins over audiences wherever she performs, never catering to the stereotype of “Southern comedy.”
    Bobbie has appeared on ABC, TNN, The Style Network, WeTV and Entertainers with Byron Allen. Bobbie was called one of the “best comics in America” by the New York Post. A regular on the Los Angeles comedy scene, Bobbie has performed at The Improv, The Ice House, The Comedy Store, Jon Lovitz Club, Flappers Comedy Club and clubs across the country, including Zanies, The Punchline, Nick’s Comedy Stop, The Laughing Skull and The Riviera in Las Vegas, and has been heard on Sirius XM Comedy Radio.
    Bobbie has performed at tons of colleges (including UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, UGA, Cal Tech, GA Tech and more) and corporate events (such as NASA, IBM, City of Hope, Congressional fundraisers and more). Bobbie has won many comedy contests and festivals including the Hollywood Ha Ha Festival, LA Superbowl of Comedy and was one of the LA winners in the national World Series of Comedy. Bobbie has appeared on billboards in Hollywood and on the cover of Pasadena Weekly twice.
    Bobbie owns Tao Comedy Studio in Los Angeles and published The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause in 2013, recommended by Maria Bamford and Wendy Liebman.
    Her new comedy special Bobbie Oliver: Greatest Hits is now on Amazon Prime!
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    Instagram: @thebobbieoliver


    Twitter: @thebobbieoliver


    Website: www.bobbieoliver.net


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    • 49 min
    D'Lo

    D'Lo

    D'LO KID joined The Take On and we dive in! D'Lo has such a unique way of connecting with the audience as he does his one man show. We talk about Trans representation in the media, and how D'Lo is working to create more diversity in Hollywood. Talking to D'Lo was so refreshing and it's one of my favorite episodes so far!
    More about D'Lo:
    D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges from stand-up comedy, solo theater, plays, films and music production, to poetry and spoken word. He’s been seen on HBO, Amazon, Netflix, and CW. D'Lo is currently in development on a scripted series based on his life that is set up at BTR Media and Paul Feig’s Powderkeg Media. His next solo play To T, or not to T? will be performed at The LGBT Center in October 2019.
    His tv/film credits include co-starring in the HBO series LOOKING as Taj, on the Amazon series TRANSPARENT, the Netflix series SENSE 8 and USA’s Mr. ROBOT. In Sundance Fellow Adelina Anthony’s feature-length film BRUISING FOR BESOS he plays the supporting role of Rani. He also appears in various Buzzfeed and Fusion videos, on the web-series EASTSIDERS and DYKE CENTRAL and the Issa Rae/Project Greenlight produced MINIMUM WAGE. His is working on his own web series PRIVATE DICK. He has also been featured in The Guardian, NBC, and The Advocate. The documentary by Crescent Diamond based on D’Lo’s life/work, called Performing Girl, won the best short documentary award at Outfest 2013, and he was part of the Emmy-Nominated mini-doc series THIS IS ME produced by Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker.
    His work has been awarded grants from the City of Santa Monica, Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, Ford Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. As a writer he has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, and he is the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant LGBTQ Organizations nationally, which provide a transformative space for workshop participants to write through their personal narratives and share their truths through a public reading.
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    • 51 min
    Jane Johnsen

    Jane Johnsen

    Finally my besty, my best Judy, JANE JOHNSEN joined The Take On! What is the point of having a podcast if you can't have your hilarious friends on it?! We laughed so much SO if you don't like to laugh then don't listen to this! We talk all things from Kanye West to Real Housewives and everything in between. We get SHADY of course, so put on your sunnies today. This episode will renew your belief in comedy being a cure for everything....including Miss Rona.
    More about Jane:
    As an Entertainment Professional, Jane Johnsen parlays her extensive background in creative advertising, marketing and sales into her work as an Entertainment Host, Producer, Writer and Comedian. Passionate about building brands through creative expression, she channels her distinct POV and digital acumen into producing relatable creative work that engages broad audiences.
    Jane’s original comedy videos have gone viral with millions of views online, earning her features on both Will Ferrell’s popular comedy network Funny Or Die and Elizabeth Banks’ female-focused counterpart, WhoHaha, for which Jane works as a Creator. As an avid pop culture and entertainment fan, she shares her fresh comedic commentary on YouTube weekly both as a host for Maria Menunous' AfterBuzz TV Network and on her own show and podcast "Totally Relevant with Jane Johnsen".
    As a top young rising comedian in Los Angeles, Jane regularly performs at world famous clubs like The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv and headlines both in LA and nationally, connecting with audiences across the US at venues like the New York Comedy Club and Laugh Factory Chicago. Jane has toured Europe performing for sold out crowds in Dublin, London and Paris. She has also opened for stars like Theo Von (Netflix) and Erik Griffin (Comedy Central). Most recently, Jane became a recurring player on the Comedy Store’s widely viewed show and live stream, Roast Battle, presented and judged by Jeff Ross. She is currently undefeated.
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    • 47 min
    David Yontef

    David Yontef

    DAVID YONTEF joined The Take On and we spilled the tea all over the place! Put the blanket down for the picnic, we FOUND THE SHADE! If you love Bravo TV and want to hear from the proverbial horse himself David is your guy, not only is a reality star himself he now has a super successful podcast Behind the Velvet Rope, and he has talked to everyone from Real Housewives to Below Deck people and everyone in between. If you want to escape your own life and talk all things your fave Bravolebrities, then this episode was made fo you!
    More about David:
    David Yontef is a self-made millionaire, Reality TV Insider and Host of the Award Winning Podcast ‘Behind The Velvet Rope’. Some of David’s guests on ‘Behind The Velvet Rope’ have included but are not limited to: Tamra Judge (Real Housewives of Orange County), Heather and Terry Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County), Scheana Shay (Vanderpump Rules), Leanne Locken (Real Housewives of Dallas), Jenni Pulos (Flipping out), Sutton Stracke (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Perez Hilton among other celebrities and industry insiders. For that reason, Behind The Velvet Rope Podcast has been talked about in publications, on websites and television shows including, but not limited to: Watch What Happens Live, Bravo’s The Daily Dish, Bravo TV, Refinery 29, Reality Tea, The Blast and Showbiz CheatSheet.
    When he’s not interviewing the biggest reality TV names on his podcast, David is filming with the casts of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York and New Jersey. In fact, you can see David in over twenty episodes. Subsequently, David has become very connected to the reality TV world, specifically ‘Bravolebrities’. In fact, he’s attended over three thousand events for Bravolebrities and has amassed thousands of photos with Real Housewives and other Bravolebrities.
    In addition to appearing as a contestant on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, David has filmed countless hours on Reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives of New York, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and he was even a guest on the highly rated Dr. Phil Show. David travels the country as a speaker on topics such as the pitfalls of reality TV, the addiction of fame and adjusting to life in the public eye. In his time off, David enjoys travelling. He’s toured 55 countries and has been to all 7 continents. Also, he is an avid concert goer of 80s bands.
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    • 39 min
    Dr. Contessa Melcalfe

    Dr. Contessa Melcalfe

    DR. CONTESSA joined The Take On and no topic was off the table! We dived right into how reality TV has changed her life she since joined the cast of Married to Medicine. She blessed us with her black girl magic as we talked about what it takes to keep a family together with as demanding careers as being a doctor and reality star. Feeling uninspired? This is the episode for you because Contessa has the roadmap to living your best life. Hello Doctor. Hello Navy. Hello Wife. Hello Mother. Should I keep going? Contessa addresses the firing of Mariah Huq, and you know she is the villain of Married to Medicine. Tune in to this episode because it will elevate your blood pressure, but good thing Contessa is a doctor.
    More about Dr. Contessa:
    Contessa Metcalfe was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She grew up being involved in every activity imaginable from debutante to cheerleader to even being crowned as her high school homecoming queen. Dr. Contessa attended Xavier University where she earned her undergraduate degree and for medical school she attended St. Louis University. While in St. Louis, Contessa knew she had a calling beyond medicine along with an inner desire to do more and she decided to join the Navy as a flight surgeon. During her residency at the National Naval Medical Center, she also learned to how to fly planes. Dr. Contessa’s adventurous personality allowed her to travel the world and while on the road she fell in love and decided to settle down with her husband, Scott. Contessa now focuses on occupational and preventive medicine in addition to owning a medical concierge service called Acute Face MD where she provides VIP services for her patients. She also owns a restaurant in Atlanta, and is a real estate entrepreneur. When Dr. Metcalfe is not on the clock she enjoys riding motorcycles, traveling, and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband, Scott have three kids and she considers them her heart, soul, and by far her greatest accomplishment. Contessa lives by the motto, “Prevention is the key to healthy living.”
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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122 Ratings

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