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Specialized ProfessionI'm Jeff Szymanski, PhD - Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation. Today is the first day of OCD Awareness Week. AMA!

Oct 9th 2017 by DrJeffSzymanski • 27 Questions • 259 Points

Hi my name is Charlie Hamilton James and I’m a National Geographic Magazine photographer. As a kid all I wanted to do was shoot for National Geographic and finally, after a lot of years, I work for them pretty much full time. Many of us who shoot for the magazine specialise in certain areas and subjects. I started out specialising in wildlife then I broadened out to cover other subjects - vultures was my favourite wildlife story. Now I tend to shoot people and animal stories - usually conservation based. I recently finished a story on wildlife poisoning in Africa which is a huge problem and an untold story. It’s pretty depressing stuff but an important story to tell. Currently I’m shooting four stories for the magazine - one on sea otters which I haven’t started yet but can’t wait to get going on - I’m a massive otter fan. Before working as a still photographer, I made wildlife films for the BBC and worked as a wildlife cameraman; but I love shooting stills far more than shooting movies.

Proof: https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/915275478289743872

EDIT

Thanks so much everyone for the questions - they were all nice ones! Have a great day. I'm taking the doodle out now to check my camera traps. See ya!

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Hi Dr. Szymanski! Are there any common myths about OCD you'd like to dispel?

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What were your thoughts while it was happening? I've heard soldiers say that they don't think about risks in the heat of the moment, but they realize how terrifying a moment was after the adrenaline goes away. Is that true? That in the moment your instincts are about survival over fear?


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There's footage of you chasing him all the way to the elevator before ( seemingly ) getting ushered away. If you had somehow made it into the elevator, what would you have asked/ how would you have reacted?

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What is your favorite thing about that amazing friend who posted your lion artwork and thus started this whole journey? :)


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Do you ever like to remind your daughters that youre a real disney princess? Do they ever ask you to sing like Anna?

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Did you have a bit of a drink before playing with the Foo Fighters the other night?


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How do you think the industry will respond to the Weinstein scandal? Do you feel you behave differently when interviewing male and female guests on WTF?

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Hi Charlie!

For years and years my dream job has always been 'National Geographic Photographer'. Seen as I'm likely to never make it, can you humour me and give me some of the downsides to doing the job that you do? :)


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We have a great blog on this topic here: https://iocdf.org/blog/2017/10/03/help-seperate-ocd-myths-from-the-facts/

That said, the most problematic myth faced by those in the OCD community is that anyone can be a "little OCD". This is perpetuated by media representations of OCD, but also the general misunderstanding of OCD as a personality quirk. The problem lies with our use of the words obsession and compulsive. In general lay language "being obsessed" means something different from experiencing an "obsession". I might be obsessed about my team winning the World Series, but this is very different from experiencing an obsession that myself or someone I care about may get sick and die. Similarly, I might be compulsive about cleaning my office, but that is different that being completely overwhelmed by anxiety and feeling the only way to get relief is to engage in behaviors that are time consuming and get in the way of valued activities.

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That is a completely apt description, when the bullets start flying the adrenaline kicks in and even though in a deep level you know you're in danger it's not something you have time to process. Once the adrenaline started to subside a few hours later, only then were we able to being to acknowledge just what happened.

Keep in mind, we had zero idea if there was a single shooter or multiple. The echo, reverb, bounce of the bullets made it extremely hard to echo-locate. I wrote a lot of this down in the first IMGUR link https://imgur.com/gallery/KKfSp but I get it if no one reads it, it's a long read.

If you watch a lot of different videos from concert goers though, you'll realize that they stayed put for 5-10 mins into the shooting inside the venue. Staying put and debating 'is that even gun fire?'. From >300 yards away, for those who haven't found themselves in that situation or at least watched body cam footage from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or other. It wouldn't necessarily being recognizable.

During the 3rd volley is when we hit the ground, where I jumped on top of the girls. There were only 2 moments in the event where I thought about dying. This was the first, and I thought to myself "Well if I'm going to die, this isn't the worst way to do it...attempting to shield friends". Later in the night we got trapped in a small hotel room and there was a surge in panic that a shooter was entering the lobby. Once trapped there, the second thought was "This is going to be a shit way to die, I don't want to die like this. Sitting ducks, fish in a barrel"


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Hahahaha I debated cramming myself into that elevator...

I would have made sure to give Richard Smith (and his apparent advisor, former Senator Saxby Chambliss) my bag of money and told them to enjoy their $7.25 million contract with the IRS! http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/equifax-irs-fraud-protection-contract-243419

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He is rather fabulous and an incredible dancer. Plus all those internet points. (Note, cnostaw is said amazing friend). Edit: He noted I spelled his username wrong. I r bad friend.


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they dont really care. and they constantly tell me NOT to sing. they are BRUTAL

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What do you reckon?


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The industry is responding to it. People are speaking out.

Do I talk differently to men than I do to women? Sometimes, but for different reasons.

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Hey EasyTigrr - never give up! Its fun and adventurous but we spend a lot of time cold, bored, tired and hungry - I certainly do when I'm shooting pictures of wildlife - oh and a lot of time needing the toilet! But i vowed I would never complain about my job so I cant say too much without breaking that vow!


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Thanks! I now have a follow up question. Do you believe changing the words of the diagnosis could be helpful? I suspect people will be ignorant and treat the topic strangely anyway but I wonder if addressing the semantics could broaden the understanding of this disorder? Kind of like how bipolar disorder used to be referred to as manic depression.

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I want to thank you for sharing your story. I signed up for reddit today, (I am an occasional lurker) only to respond to your story.

You are an incredible writer and I urge you to consider doing more of it; whatever the genre. I travelled with you on the horrific journey which you describe so poignantly. I travelled every step of way; on the edge of my seat, tears in my eyes, cheering and rallying for you, imagining how you were feeling, and what you must have been thinking. There are few author's I've read that have transported me the way your words did. My heart aches for you, for Jamie, those with you that night, and for all who are impacted by this senseless tragedy.

While I realize your trauma may never fully heal, you are well on your way, and I applaud your openness and willingness to share your emotions. The authenticity and genuineness are incredibly palpable and shine through in your writing. I couldn't help but feel connected to you, even though we are worlds apart. I laughed when you talked about boot whiskey, I caught my breath each time you hit a road block, and each time you had to assess the safety of a location - no-one should have to do that. I was incredibly touched when you suggested someone send you a bill for the lights you had to smash. You are a good and noble person. You have reminded me that life can change in an instant, and I am so sorry you had to endure the torture of that night.

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I am headed out to share Thanksgiving dinner with family, and I feel incredibly fortunate. Tonight, I will raise a glass to you, to yours, and to all those impacted. I wish you peace of mind in the days and weeks to come. I hope you consider writing more, whether on this topic or another. You have a gift.


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Did he see you?

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Oh wow that painting was the first one I bought after I moved into my own apartment! Thanks for giving my apartment some life! https://i.imgur.com/iDlzo9D.jpg


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Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Frozen 2?

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Wil you do this again when ur drunk please?


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We good?

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What was the most difficult photoshoot you ever went on?


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I'm not sure what people would think about that. I definitely think it is problematic that "obsession" and "compulsion" have very different meanings in lay language and in the context of OCD. There always seem to be myths and misconceptions about mental illness anyway though. I don't know if the community of those with bipolar illness experienced anything fundamentally different when the name was changed from manic depression. I think the larger issue is that people are not well educated about what mental illness is in general. The better we are at fighting stigma, educating and raising awareness, the better off the whole community will be.

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Thank you very much, your kind words have been a nice reprieve this morning. Jamie went to work for the first time today and I've been in our tiny apartment with our 2 dogs, been a bit tougher than I expected.

I've never done much writing, when I sat down and wrote the original story words just flew out of pure emotion and adrenaline. Didn't take time to think about the message or what was being put down. Not sure if I'll ever be able to go back into that kind of writing zone in my life. My Dad is an author though on mediation and company to company circumstances, so there's a link there with some deeper writing knowledge.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this weekend. It's cliche to say and the impact has never hit me like this week, but enjoy the ones you love and hold them tight. My family is back up north and will be doing the same for Thanksgiving this weekend.

When the time is right though, I may sit down and write again. After lots of talks with friends who were there we've been able to fill in more pieces of the puzzle. Lots of different stories, or alternate perspectives on the same event.

Jamie, Nicole, Kelsey and I went into my work briefly and sat down in our livestreaming video room. A couple coworkers were very kind to help us sit down and just talk about the situation and record it. Might hold on to that video for posterity sake or might share it with our family if they're ready. We'll see.

Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving. Slice of a piece of turkey and pumpkin pie for me please!


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At the time, I wasn't sure former CEO Richard Smith saw me because he played it so cool. But in watching video footage later, there is a moment where he looks behind him right before the hearing starts. His face is pretty priceless!

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Thank you for the support!


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I wish. but they are ALWAYS WATCHING

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of course


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Yes

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Thanks for your question - anything in the Amazon! the Amazon is such a hard place to work. It's not just dark but it's hot and full of mosquitos and it all basically looks the same. I have spent over a year in the Amazon and really only have a handful of images I'm happy with. Technically the hardest was shooting an image of a beaver under the Teton mountains in Grand Teton National Park - the image was half under water and half above - it took three weeks to get the shot. Thanks!


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Hi Dr. Szymanski!

OCD sufferer here, thanks for taking the time to do this AMA. A couple of questions:

1) It seems my biggest struggle is uncertainty, and my brain feels like it can't handle any hint of it. My obsessions lead into compulsions that search for that brief feeling of certainty. Why is uncertainty so acceptable for some and so difficult for others?

2) It took me several attempts to find a therapist that actually seemed to know what they were doing with treatment (ERP). Why do you think so few therapists are taught more about OCD in school/training?

3) What's your most memorable "obsession" that a client has told you about? Watching the documentary Unstuck, I thought the little boy talking about his biggest fear of becoming a body builder was adorable, but I can appreciate that it was his worst nightmare.

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I only just read, lower down in this thread, that you are Canadian - is that correct? BC, right? Where?

I bet today is hard, being alone, without Jamie. I wonder how she is doing at work. It seems really early to return to work, but maybe that is what is needed. Some sense of normalcy? What kind of dogs do you have? I'm home alone with my two dogs today too, but I'm not sitting with the experience you currently sit with. My husband went on the last fly fishing trip of the season this morning. I chose to stay home, he went with a few friends. We are avid fly fishers, southern Alberta, close to the BC border. Such beautiful country.

I appreciate that you might not be able to go back to that writing zone. I can't imagine you'd ever want to, but I'll say it again, it was incredibly moving to read. Interesting that your Dad is an author.

I'm glad you recorded a debrief of sorts and I hope it contributed to the healing.


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Can you give us screenshot?

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Your use of colour is simply outstanding and so vibrant. Its a breath of fresh air. Great talent and I wish you the best in your future.

Edit: my pleasure. I liked the Lion picture so much I just purchased a copy for my living room. Thank you :)


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How have you managed to look the same age for your entire career? It's really impressive.

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Would you sing a song Noel wrote you if he offered it to you for your solo album?


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So when are you and Randy Newman putting out an album together?

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What's the best shot that you missed? Either by equipment trouble or something you saw on the way to location?


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1) When you truly accept that uncertainty is a part of living then it will become easier. I'm not particularly certain of anything I do, but I choose to do it anyway. My value is to move forward and engage in the world despite my uncertainty. Now, when you have OCD the volume on your uncertainty channel is even louder. Which is why practicing behaving in the world even when you are uncertain can be one of the most important lessons you can learn (and is the core of any effective treatment for OCD). 2) Estimates are that the time between onset of OCD symptoms and effective treatment is 14-17 years! That is completely unacceptable. We currently have over 1,400 self described OCD therapists on our website. But even then you have to sift through and look at their backgrounds to ensure that they understand how to do exposure and response prevention therapy or properly prescribe OCD medication. We have an entire training program devoted to getting more therapists trained: https://iocdf.org/professionals/training-institute/

3) The obsessions aren't memorable. The intense suffering and the lengths to which people lose their lives to this disorder are. Many people think their obsession is more bizarre or rare than others. This misses the point. The core of the treatment is that we all have "weird" or "strange" thoughts. But thoughts are just thoughts. Again, this is a core of effective treatment.

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Couple pics of our dirty dogs after camping and off roading. https://imgur.com/a/5Lipt

Born and raised in Calgary, moved down to LA at 19 w/ a garbage bag of clothes, Hockey gear and an Xbox to attend college for the video game industry.

All my family is in Canada, Mom/Gram in Calgary, Sister who is due with her first child in Toronto. My Dad, aunts uncles, sister and niece/nephew are all around BC. My home base is Rosen Lake which is midway between Cranbrook and Fernie. Next to a tiny little town called Jaffray, BC.

My Dad, also an avid outdoorsman was backpacking all weekend out by Elk Lake Lodge. When we got to the stairwell to a semblence of safety is when we reached out to our family. Didn't want our parents and loved ones to see the news and then not immediately know we were safe. Couldn't really use the phone to talk because we were trying to keep as quiet as possible. So my Dad, comes down the mountain Monday since it began snowing up top and gets in his truck. Satellite radio plays the news about the shooting and he's now in pure fear and panic mode. No cell phone reception out there, the valley roads are so deep, it was clouded cover. He had 90 mins of driving down back roads before he got any cell reception. The second he did though the texts came flooding in, including mine.

He's had a hard time as well going through a similar wide range of emotions that all of us are.

I'm going to attempt to hit the gym now, not sure if iron therapy will help or if the clanging and crowds will make me 'nope' out of there immediately.

Here's our pups Chief & Dixie, Samoyeds who have been extra cuddly since we've got back. https://imgur.com/a/5Lipt

Looking forward to being back out at the cabin for Xmas, do some snowshowing, snowboarding, camp fires, skating on the lake, tobogganing and being with family. Hugs will be tighter, discussion will be longer, love will be greater.


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Thank you so much!


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good genes baby! and a high pitched voice. and staying out of the sun

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i think he needs all the songs he can get himself these days


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As soon as he wants to.

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That's a hard one as I've blocked all those moments out of my head and never want to relive them. I have spent days fuming over missed moments. I remember flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter shooting stills of it and there were four guys fishing on the edge and a huge rainbow was rising through them and I got the shot but i was shooting with a shutter speed that was too slow so the image was not sharp. It was totally my fault and I still get annoyed about that when I see the picture.


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Hi Dr. Szymanski!

I've had a couple different psychiatrists say I have scrupulosity. Just by living with it for years and learning (mostly on my own), I feel like I mostly have it under control. Yet, I still live with a pretty consistent anxiety with the occasional bad day. What should be my next steps to taking control of my life and really feeling like myself again? I haven't used any meds and have had a hard time finding good care in my area.

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Wow


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and how did he respond if he did? (sorry to piggy back u/hrtl)

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Just shelled out £70 for my new flat for this piece direct from your site. I’m going through a rough divorce right now and i hope seeing this beautiful mix of colours on such a powerful animal will help to give me strength, that some days is lacking.

Thank you, I believe this is what I needed.


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Would you confuse Dax and Zach Braff at a slight distance?

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How's your mom doing? Loved her in the documentary


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hey marc how are your cats? i hope theyre good

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Hey Charlie, I love your work! I am an aspiring wildlife photographer. I have started to amass a portfolio and Instagram following and am just now starting to work on more in depth projects such as searching for mountain lions in Western Alberta. I am wondering if you have any tips for someone who is looking to enter the wildlife photography world? Thanks!


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I mentioned ACT or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy earlier. Here is a good primer on it: https://www.amazon.com/ACT-Made-Simple-Easy-Read/dp/1572247053 I think this would suit you as what you are describing is the right path. Continue engaging in valued behavior while letting the OCD symptoms become noise in the background but not barriers to behavior.

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A friend messaged me last night, I felt it pertinent info to help put another puzzle pieces together. He's not ready yet to talk about it or write it down.

He was a bud that was the last to be confirmed alive, we were receiving phone calls and texts from his close friends and family until the early hours of the morning. We just had no way to confirm.

Anyways, without further ado.

https://imgur.com/Ej5AgSY


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Sorry thats its rough patch but thank you for the support and I hope it brings some happiness to your home!


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absolulty. or in a dark hallway

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She's doing good thanks


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All good.

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Hey thanks for your message - ok - be different. That's my suggestion. You're entering a world saturated with images of wildlife so you have to think of ways of shooting that work for you and are perhaps a little different from standard. When I first got an assignment from Nat Geo on otters I looked at everything that had been done - every image I could find on google. I wanted to know what had been done by everyone else so that I could not do the same. It's a really hard thing to do but you have to if you want to stand out. Mountain lions would be a wonderful way to go - check out Steve Winter's incredible work on them - good luck!


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Hello Dr. Jeff! Thank you for doing this.

I have been diagnosed with pure-O OCD a few years ago. I'm reminded of this condition every single day where I stress out the littlest, recurring things over and over again in my head to a point where I have a full-on breakdown accompanied with embarrassing crying and sobbing.

My question is - what is your opinion on the regular use of cannabis with patients with pure-O OCD? Have done/seen any research that proves whether it has a positive or negative effect? Thanks!

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First and foremost, thank you for your selfless act to shield your friends. Thank you for coming on here to help answer some questions. Both of these, and I imagine everything between the two events, are such brave acts. Your actions speak volumes to your character. Also, super glad you and yours are ok. Also hoping you have the resources to get psychological support to deal with the ptsd of such an event. It will be work taking to a therapist about your experience. That's a whole different subject though.

There has been a lot of information being put out surrounding these events. Information that lands on a spectrum, sometimes not being accurate. There are some reports of multiple shooters. I see you mention in this post how you could discern that different gums were used during the different vollies. Did it, at any point, sound like more than one gun at a time was firing?

Edit: just saw your reply down below saying you believed there to be multiple shooters as it was happening. That's what I wanted to know. But I'm gonna leave this post here anyway


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Did anyoneone at the time realize what you were doing?

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Do you have a video of him dancing? The internet must see.


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How do you feel about koalas? They are quite similar to the sloth

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What was going through your mind when you decided to crowd-surf with the Foo Fighters the other night?


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Hi Marc, big fan, absolutely loved your work on GLOW! Was there a scene that was your favorite to work on? And, if you were to create your own wrestling personality, who would you be?

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Hello Sir! It must be great seeing and capturing all those wonders of nature. What's the most dangerous situation involving an animal, person(s), or just the environment you've been in while on the job?


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I answered this question to someone else. I don't know of medical marijuana being researched and/or helpful. Have you seen an OCD specialist? You said you were diagnosed, have you tried treatment? If you are curious, please call our office and ask to talk with Alex who can assist you: 617-973-5801

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Thanks for posting, if you want additional more detailed info check out the imgur album.

To be honest though, I'm not a hero. I'm just some guy who was at a concert with friends who managed to get out. There are going to be thousands of stories of real heroes who went back and helped more people. The first responders were on top of their game too.

I'm just a guy that had just finished the last boot whiskey of the night before the gunfire started.


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I think everyone realized what I was doing. Luckily, free speech is (mostly) still a thing.

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Does him being walked on a slave collar by Britney count? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gb7UypwOxI (SFW btw) Edit. SFWish


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koalas get high off eucalyptus and most of them have chlamydia. these are facts

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not a lot tbh


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The scene in the abortion clinic and the scene with my daughter were the most challenging and exciting to do as an actor.

My wrestling personality... how about Captain Annoying?

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Thanks for the question - i get asked this a lot. It's weird because I haven't had very many dangerous experiences. I try never to put myself in dangerous situations with animals as i'd be being really irresponsible if I did. As for people - kind of the same. I smile a lot and treat people really fairly and as a result i've never been in a hostile situation. I'm sure it will happen at some point - and I'm not looking forward to it. Canoeing across Victoria Falls in a deflating canoe and getting pulled into the rip going over the edge while trying to avoid a crocodile in the dark, before reaching the island we were heading for and following hippo trails in the dark and climbing down the face of the falls to get a shot of a moon rainbow, in a country I was working in illegally while the secret police were looking for us - well to be honest that was pretty scary - but it was a long time ago now!


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What's the most common misconception about OCD?

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What has surprised you most about news coverage of this tragedy? What do you think they are missing/under-reporting, or conversely, what do they seem to be placing an unjustifiably high emphasis on?


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Anything happened after? Were you banned from ever attending again?

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Holy crap that's awesome. Did he get pulled out of the audience for that?


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Favorite fun fact on sloths?

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Liam who do you think would win in a fight; Paul Simon or Phil Collins?


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Hey Marc. Longtime fan. It was great meeting you at the D.C. show in May.

Do you ever worry you will run out of note-worthy guests to interview? And do you have any plans of retiring the show anytime soon, or this something you can see yourself doing well into your 70's?

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Hi Charlie. Any thoughts on Sean Penn's character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? When not taking photos of wildlife, what subjects do you like to photograph?


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People believe that individuals with OCD want to engage in these behaviors. This couldn't be the furthest from the truth. Individuals with OCD feel they have no choice but to engage in these behaviors as a way to reduce their anxiety. People who are "compulsive" like and enjoy the time they spend organizing and rearranging things. It is the difference between wanting to do something and feeling that you have to do it "or else".

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ehhh, I've been asked by a few friends similar questions. Leading into false flag territory, which correct me if I'm wrong is the idea that everything we're told by the media isn't the full picture.

Fact is we aren't told everything because the investigation is ongoing. The police/FBI won't reveal camera footage or certain details in order to not dilute their own investigation. We're on reddit, a lot of people here have done their internet sleuthing after similar atrocities and how often do they actually help and not end up with innocent people completely fucked in different capacities.

Anyways, back to the main question.

I can't wait to find out more, I read all the articles, I read all the reports, I talk to my friends who were there with me. I want more information. I think the media is reporting the information they have and any reputable media should report w/ sources.

I've seen the youtube videos, the conspiracy theories, the alternate timelines and alternate ideas of what happened. So far I haven't seen a single one that I agree with. I'll wait until I have solid video/audio or official evidence that anything else occurred that we don't know.

Even Jamies Mom came over with comfort food every night since we got home. She leans pretty far right and is more likely to watch the Alex Jones or other kind of 'far out there' media types. I understand the process, people who are looking for clues and answers are doing the same thing I am. Problem is, they're falling for the Texas Bullseye theory dilemma. A guy shoots up the side of the barn, then walks over and paints a bullseye around a tight grouping of bullets. It's drawing conclusions from incomplete data or false data.

I'll be candid and say that yes, 100% during the event I thought there were multiple shooters. Now that we have more information, I understand it wasn't the case (until proven otherwise). There's no benefit of holding back that kind of information from the public.

Then again, shit if I know. We'll just wait and see, I want everyone involved to get some sort of closure to find out why this happened.

It's a pivotal moment in life, a moment that comes around so rarely. We can point to this point in time and see everything before Route 91 massacre and then everything afterwards is post-event.


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I am fortunate to not have had any real interaction with the capitol police, before or after. One officer asked me to take my bag of money off my lap and put in on the ground, but that is it.

However, now that I am public, I would not be surprised if folks will watch me more closely. I am sure we will see soon!

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Yup! He is a die hard fan.


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they only poop once a week

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Paul Simon


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There's no shortage of interesting people to talk to and there's no end in sight for the show. For humanity, I don't know.

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Thanks for the question - loved the film by the way. What struck me about Sean Penn's role the most was that at the moment he was about to get the shot of the snow leopard he pulled away to just watch it - that really impressed me (although it was just a movie). I remember doing the same the first time I ever saw an otter underwater - a moment I'd waited my whole life for (even though I was only 17 at the time) i just thought - i need to see this rather than ruining it by shooting a picture. I watch people on safari in africa and wish for their sakes they'd do the same - but then I rarely do! I shoot tons of stuff other than wildlife these days - i particularly love photographing tourists taking selfies. thanks!


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Hi Dr. Szymanski. My 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with severe OCD last June and has just come out of 3 1\2 months of in-patient treatment at the Mental Health Centre. She has many of the main components of OCD, perfectionism, counting, evening out, hording, etc. She has made so much progress over the past few months but can get down on herself pretty quickly as we continue ERP therapy with the out patient team. Do you have any recommendations for us as parents to help support her while transitioning to home and to help prevent relapse?

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Thanks for sharing your story. On a lighter note, who were you there to see and how were the performances? I'm not into country (other than country roots rock kinda stuff, not straight country) but I'd be interested to hear what the show was like.


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So what did people say? How did they react to your getup? Did the Equifax CEO acknowledge you or at least give you an odd look?

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And now reddit famous


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Are there any Good Places scenes youve had trouble filming from laughing so much?

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What's your favourite drink?


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Maron,

What has been your most surreal experience either interviewing someone or on tour? Like an experience that had you wondering, "WTF just happened?"

Thanks in advance, can't wait for my copy of the book to arrive.

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Hey Charlie, did you go to a photography school or did you teach yourself?

Im wondering if its worth going to school for photography or nat (geo) :)


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Talk with the outpatient therapist about being involved in the treatment. Go on our website and look for online support groups on in person support groups for parents. You need support along with her. The more you are all plugged into the OCD community the better. Also encourage her to find online or in person support groups. The transition home can be very stressful as she was used to day to day support and treatment. Using the OCD community at large can help fill in the gap. Also, if possible, see if the outpatient therapist can increase frequency of sessions for a while during the transition.

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Honestly, pop radio country isn't my cup o' tea. At these festivals, they sometimes do a good shot of spreading the sub genres. I used to dig Eric Church years back but wasn't into his new stuff. I think around the time he found love, his music resonating with me more back when he was talking about the wilder side of things. I still dig his stuff though and he would probably be the person I was most stoked to see.

Saturdays lineup...when I saw it announced I told Jamie. "Saturday is all about you, we will go and see whomever you want and do whatever you want before we even go to the venue. So we hit the pool with our friends to kick off the day drinking and shake our hangovers. Then we went and saw a ton of country that... well... it's just not my favorite, I'll leave it at that to be polite.

I've been listening to a lot of Waylon Jennings today while I do this AMA, some Willie too. A lot of love songs have deeper meanings, and I tear up consistently if a song even comes close to resonating with our situation.

For the modern stuff, I dig Grangers alter ego Earl Dibbles jr., love me some Wheeler Walker Jr (even if it is a stage persona for laughs), Cadillac Three, Jackson Taylor & the Sinners. Man, if you want some great covers and un-tapped raw outlaw country music give Jackson Taylor & the Sinners a shot on youtube. I saw them live in Vegas at the Beauty Bar for my 30th a few years back and ended up connecting with them personally and partying the night away at Hogs n' Heifers.

So back to your question, the show was more radio friendly, pop country specific. The music brings us all together though, and it's one of the few times a year I'm with my extended country family group. So even on days like Saturday where I don't like the artists, it's still a great time and I have enough boot whisky to entertain myself during any lulls. :)


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I didn't catch it in person, but watching videos after the fact, I saw Richard Smith look back at me and make a pretty priceless alarmed face. But I was seated in the row right behind his advisors, and one of his PR folks was seated immediately to my right.

I caught several of them giving me dirty looks throughout. One guy in particular tried to stare me down in the beginning. (But I don't scare easily)

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The best kind of famousss


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when mindy st clair first asks me for coke, i had tears coming out of my eyes and snot out of my nose i was laughing so hard

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alcohol


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After the President of the United States left my house, I had that feeling.

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HI one-two-rule - i failed spectacularly at school and left when I was just fifteen. However a year or so later I got onto a course studying photography at Falmouth School or Art and Design in Cornwall, UK. What the course taught me was the basics of photography and that really gave me good grounding; certainly as a wildlife photographer. Too often wildlife photographers forget that they have to also be photographers and learn and practice what that means. There is no set way into Nat Geo - we all come from completely different backgrounds and disciplines. Many worked for news papers and some went to college to learn. There are also plenty of courses people go on to take their photography to the next level. I guess the Eddie Adams workshop is the most well known. There you get set assignments and you work with editors to create stories. The key thing to remember is - National Geographic photographers are all story tellers as well as being photographers and journalists. Our images need to tell the story we are telling visually. Hope that helps!


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Hi Dr. Jeff! I have well controlled OCD but find that noises really, really bother me. I've read a bit that OCD is similar to autism spectrum disorders in that both have some sensory issues for some people. Is that true? I'm finding it hard to work in an office environment with others who eat, talk on the phone, etc.

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Awesome, I'm glad you were able to enjoy the show up until the tragic incident despite the fact that all the music wasn't your thing really.

Thanks for the recommendations, I will check out some of this stuff. Honestly I tried listening to Aldean when I heard of the shooting but I can't get into that pop country stuff.

Also, glad you and your friends made it out alive. Thanks again for being part of the reddit community and for being willing to share your story.


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Lol I'd love to be inside his head during that thought process.

"I'm going to intimidate this person who is clearly more of a maniac than I am."

I think if that was me, in the moment in which I was attempting to physically intimidate a person dressed as the monopoly guy, I would be struck with a sudden overwhelming need to reevaluate my life.

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Am I a bad person for being super jealous of your good fortune and talents?


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Hi Kristen! I love The Good Place, such a great show!!

I also love reading the down-to-earth, realistic interviews you and your husband do about the reality of being in a serious/long-term relationship, with all its ups and downs. If you had one major piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

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I grew up on Manc council estate in the 90's... Oasis was very much the soundtrack to my childhood!

Putting music & football to one side, what do you miss most about Manchester?

Good work on the album btw Liam, you absolutely fuckin smashed it!


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follow-up to that: will you invite mr trump for a sequel?

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What's something you could share with us that surprised you about vultures seeing as how you probably observe them more than the average person?


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While it is true that this is the case for some individuals with autistm, you are more likely referring to misophonia. We are finding that there are a group of individuals with OCD who also have strong negative responses to certain noises. Here is a great article on it: https://iocdf.org/expert-opinions/misophonia/

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I imagine to be honest after this AMA I'll slink back into lurker status. Often I'll start writing a response to threads that I have pertinent information about, then I'll get 80% of the way through and just say 'fuck it, no one cares and no one needs to know how I feel'.

Couple other less than radio friendly artists who may be of interest who are still modern-ish.

Aaron Watson

Frank Foster

Whitey Morgan

Sturgill Simpson

Luke Combs

JB & the Moonshine band

Whiskey Myers

Blackjack Billy


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And THAT is why satire works. Him intimidating me as a plain clothes protestor would feel meaningful and important to him, but intimidating me as the Monopoly Guy fiddling with my monocle might make him reassess.

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I get massive envy as there are a lot of waaaay more talented people out there and I know I got lucky. But hopefully pushes you to do more?


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try hard. its uncomfortable, but worth it.

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My mam


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I won't invite, but if he requests it and wants to play on the same terms as President Obama, sure.

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Thanks for your question - I guess the thing that struck me the most was that when you take them away from the fighting and brutality of a carcass, they become very regal and beautiful creatures. watching them at the nest you really see this - they are very caring with their chicks. I love vultures- they're awesome. Thanks!


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Do you know of any OCD specialist psychiatrists in the U.S. who are open to doing online consults with people in Canada? I have a friend who could really benefit from specialized help but the wait for a psychiatrist is over a year here. On top of that, many of the GP's and psychiatrists around here are not well-versed in treating OCD.

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less than radio friendly

That's exactly what I'm looking for to be honest haha. I recently have been getting into Sturgill and I'm very impressed by him, I'll check out some of these other artists too, always looking to find new shit out there.

So you you like in NV/LV? Always seemed like a bizarre place to me. I'm totally shitty at playing cards so never gamble and never saw the draw but I know there's a lot to that town other than just the casinos.


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Did anyone approach you about your outfit?

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Did you ever have any moments where you thought "I need to go and get my job back"?


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How does Dax handle knowing your one true soul mate is Craig Ferguson? Can we forking get some flying cheeky monkeys around here!

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Are you enjoying the creative freedom of being on your own as opposed to being in a band?


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Have you considered going to England to do interviews? I would like to hear Charlie Brooker, Richard Ayoade, Graham Linehan, the Pythons, the League of Gentlemen guys, the Mighty Boosh guys, etc.

Also, why don't you do the live WTF shows anymore?

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Hi Charlie!

I really enjoyed watching the 'I Bought A Rainforest' programme you made a few years ago, and it raised some very interesting points. Do you still own or regularly visit your patch? More generally, what do you think the best options are for 'us' (relatively wealthy westerners) to conserve rainforests or other habitats elsewhere in the world without obstructing the development of local communities?


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Please call our office and talk with Alex our community support specialist and he can walk your through the resource directory. We do have therapists who list "teletherapy" as an option.

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I don't even gamble when I'm in Vegas more than the penny slots to grab a drink and burn some time with my girlfriend while we wait for someone or something.

Vegas is bizarre, it's like Hollywood blvd or Venice Beach. Glamorized by movies and TV but when you're actually in the middle of it, it's kind of covered in dried up piss, puke and garbage. The magic is what's inside the unique shops, bars, experience centers.

LA is bizarre, I moved here in 2004 w/ a garbage bag of clothes, an Xbox and my Hockey gear. It's home but not quite home. Home is really back out in the mountains, away from civilization at the family cabin where the nearest decent grocery store is 30 mins down country roads.

However on the flip side, no matter what you're into in cities like Las Vegas and LA. There is something for you. So that option and freedom is a big draw.


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I got a lot of questions from other folks in line, but I was fortunate enough to not get hassled by capitol police. One officer did ask me take my bag of dollar bills off my lap though!

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Not that job (not that they did not treat me well, I just was unfulfilled there). But yes, constantly dealing with self doubt, long term planning and asking myself whether its safer just to get a 9 to 5 again.


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Dax is OK with it. Hes VERY open to anything. Hes a free spirit, and also often my wingman.

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not particularly. i loved being in a band.


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I did it early on with Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Harry Deansway, Adam Bloom. I'd do it again.

The live shows are a big undertaking and were done initially as premium content. They don't really honor what we do anymore, though they are entertaining.

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Thanks - yes an important question. Glad you liked the series by the way. I just think we need to take more collective responsibility for the eco-systems that are of global importance - like the Amazon. And the more I try to understand conservation the more I realise that that means understanding the dynamics of poverty and figuring out what we can do to make peoples lives better and more productive in these sensitive areas so that chopping down forests is not the key to their survival. We get very cross in the west with poor people who chop trees down in order to survive - it makes me mad. Of course we all wood do the same in their position. Sadly the answers to these problems are very complicated and too often we say things like 'if we just changed the values of the global economy and if we just did....' the truth is we are very bad at changing - especially on a global scale. But we need to ultimately. That starts by all of us doing our bit and investing in schemes that are designed to lift people out of poverty and provide them with jobs and education and options beyond destroying globally important resources. I worked with the CREES Foundation when I made IBAR and they have some great agro-forestry programmes - getting loggers into replanting forests is a pretty good scheme. I haven't been back to the land for years by the way - last year I signed over a lease to the National Park for 99yrs. They are going to build a ranger station on it. cheers!


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Hi Jeff, Today is also PANDAS Awareness Day - is that part of OCD Awareness Week? Does the OCD Foundation help families understand PANDAS?

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How did you get a seat positioned directly behind the Equifax CEO in a way that you were also on camera without causing suspicion?

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Seems like you are doing this for the best of reasons, then. Enjoying the daily grind, while squirreling away when you can (re: long term planning).

Isn't that the fledgling artist's dream? For one day to not need "the job" to sustain your creative output?

You say luck, but talent and hard work are best buddies. In my experience with music, it is a ton of hard work to satisfy the brutal criticisms I have of my work.

My question: how do you know when you're done with unpaid works, i.e. your own creative works?


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Hey Kristen!! Huge fan.

Any chance of a Veronica Mars reboot? You and Rob seem so into it! Why not make it happen?

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Hey LG I just really want to know what song do you usually sing in the shower? x


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Hey, Marc, big fan since Thinky Pain, just had a quick question for you. Did you ever find the Beefheart?

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HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?


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Today is PANDAS Awareness Day! Thank you for bringing this up. This is absolutely part of OCD Awareness week as PANDAS and PANS are subtypes of OCD. We have information on our site here: https://kids.iocdf.org/what-is-ocd/pandas/

But we also refer people to the PANDAS Physician Network (https://www.pandasppn.org/) and the PANDAS Network (http://www.pandasnetwork.org/) for more information and resources.

PANDAS/PANS is part of our broader education and awareness campaigns. We go to conferences to exhibit and educate other professionals about it as well as making sure we highlight these conditions at our Annual OCD Conference.

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That's a big 10-4 there buddy. :)


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Oh, I absolutely caused suspicion, but luckily my actions fell within protected free speech. I knew which seat to sit in because I have watched and attended many Senate Banking hearings as a (plain-clothes) advocate.

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Its tough, sometimes something you love doesn't resonate with other people. Stuff I have found a little lacking has sometimes sold really well! I think its good to leave an artwork for a few days or longer and see it again with fresh eyes.


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we are trying!

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the birdie song


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Yeah, I got a handle on it.

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thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks


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Hey Dr Jeff! What is the best thing to do to help relieve the stress of a family member or friend dealing with OCD?

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I read your story. You kept your head and did well. Well done.

If you had the benefit of hindsight, what would you have done differently once the shooting started?


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Obvious question: how'd you do it? How did you make your way to that perfect seat without getting kicked out?

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Have you thought of creating a Youtube channel for additional revenue?

Do some time lapse videos of a creation. Or tips/tricks on creating a piece.

Just something to create additional revenue.


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Hi Kristen - long time listener, first time caller. What's it like working with Dax as a director, and how's life around the house when you're in the midst of doing a project together?

Love your work - as a dad with three daughters, I particularly love the character you created in Veronica Mars. My oldest and I binge-watched it together and we're both big fans.

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Liam, is Robbie Williams was a type of beer, what would that beer be? As you were lad


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Best advise you’ve ever gotten? Worst advise you’ve ever gotten?

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Hi Charlie, do you work with a team on site to capture photos that are so close to the animals? Agree, otters are the best. Thanks!


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What everyone wants to do is to help. And to try to help we might end up accommodating (see here for information about family accommodating behaviors in ocd: https://iocdf.org/families/). The best thing you can do is to be supportive, listen, ask questions, educate yourself, but don't participate in the symptomatic behavior. Encourage them to consider treatment. The right treatment for OCD can be quite effective!

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I've mentioned earlier, that when the third volley began and it hit home that we were under gun fire my fov narrowed. I only saw Jamie and our two close friends, then we got down on the ground for the duration of that third volley.

In hindsight, I wish I would have been able to keep more of our friends together. I wish Nicole would have been able to stay with us because we had her sister Pally. They're amazing sisters and that trauma of not knowing if your sister was left behind or dead is going to haunt them for a long time. We had a big group, I wish we would have managed to stick as a team.

However, since everything was so random. Maybe if we stopped to find others, if we went back to try and track our friends down. If, if, if...it could have ended with a bullet in one of us. So the big takeaway I feel due to the purely random firing nature, was that there really was no wrong or right decisions. I'll do my best not to dwell on my decisions because in the end every single one of us got out alive.


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Credit for the perfect seat goes to a very dedicated intern, who was first in line for the hearing at 7 AM! As for not getting kicked out, I had heard stories from other activists about what is and isn't allowed, and skirted that line as closely as I could. Fun fact: you are allowed to wear costumes, but you can't hold up signs or make a lot of noise.

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Yeah I have one! Check it out at www.youtube.com/marcallanteart


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dax writes very wuickly. he can bang out a script in 3 weeks which is insane. he will check in to a hotel in the area to write without the kids buging him all day, adn we go visit him every 2 days or so. Hes phenomenally deciscive as a director and usually very stressed so i have to take good care of him while hes working

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Bud Light


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Best advice was when I asked Paul Reiser, "How do you get started in comedy?" I asked him that when I was in college. He said, "Well. You've just got to do it."

Worst advice was "Cocaine will help."

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Hi thanks for your question. I tend to work alone or with just one assistant. But if I want to get very close to animals I work on my own as it's hard enough getting close to animals as it is - extra people just make it harder. I use remote cameras a lot - cameras I can control from a distance. BY doing that I can get my camera very close to some animals without disturbing them at all - which is a always the aim. Yes otters are the best!


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Has anyone with OCD been prescribed medicinal marijuana to help ease anxiety associated with OCD? My father has OCD very badly, and I began having obsessive behavior around the age of 16. I self medicated with marijuana and am proud to say I do not have OCD!!!! Of course, the thoughts are still there, and I can be compulsive at times, but I fully believe marijuana saved me from misery of living a life controlled by OCD. Sure, im a lazy pot head, but I'm happy and I'm not controlled by it. My father is going to be 70 and his OCD completely runs his life....it's sad to watch.

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You are so brave


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you can't hold up signs or make a lot of noise

Interesting (╭ರ_•́)

So by "a lot" does that mean "some" is ok?

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I think I upvoted you once so am I responsible for your success? And am I entitled to a reward?


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Given the option, would you like to have been cast as Janet? That role seems like it would be a ton of fun.

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There’s a short recording from 2004 of you singing a song called “Show Me Your Love”. It’s fucking great man. Are you ever going to give it a proper release? Here is a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7xPTUJzKqk


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Hi Marc,

do you find that interviewing musicians helps with your own guitar playing, and do you ever ask for pointers from your guests, or do you just leave them to it? Also; what sort of guitars are you playing these days, any new gear to talk about?

Thanks for the podcast and for doing this AMA!

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What are your top tips for taking photos that look nearly as good as yours?


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While this isn't my area of expertise, I also believe that no one is prescribing medical marijuana to treat OCD. That said, if your response to obsessions are to do nothing about them (and to not respond to them with compulsive behavior) you have already figured out what to do! Educate your father about what OCD is and what treatments are available. We have a lot of education and information on our website: www.iocdf.org

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I appreciate the sentiment but I'm not all that brave. Many heroes went back to help out. I held to my friends and stayed put. I knew I couldn't leave them but also have survivors guilt at times. Which I understand is normal, shitty part of healing.

Thanks though.


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I mean, I dropped my monocle at least ten times and crinkled those hundred dollar bills, so.

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I upvoted this comment. Enjoy that sweet sweet Karma.


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actually YES

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forgot all about that, thanks for reminding me though


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Yeah, I definitely ask for pointers and they usually give them to me. Every time I do the Conan O'Brien show, Jimmy Vivino shows me some new licks.

I've been playing a Gibson reissue of a '56 Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top.

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Light, light, light and emotion. You know so many people obsess about megapixels and cameras and lenses but its always to me about emotion and that trumps everything else. You can have a picture thats technically useless but is loaded with emotion - thats the image the editors at Nat Geo will pic. Hope that helps


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Thanks for your answers, Jeff! I assume ACT is similar to "Radical Acceptance" and will look into it :)

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What advice would you give to anyone attending a public event like this in the future?


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What kind of costumes? Because I'd go dressed as Shang Tsung and show them who the real stealer of souls is.

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I deserve sweet karma too!


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Still love watching and rewatching that Toto - Africa video you did with Dax. Who got the idea?

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If you could open for one band, who would it be?


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Hi Marc, I read the Denial of Death after your recommendation and it was great. What other seminal books would you recommend everyone reads in order to understand themselves and life in general?

p.s. Boomer Lives!

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Hey! I coincidentally just watched a show that you appeared on last night while surfing Netflix. "The Great Yellowstone Thaw" or something like that, in which you were out in Yellowstone on the Snake shooting Otters. Fantastic stuff and Kudos for hanging out in the Wyoming winter like that. I live in Jackson and can commiserate a bit.

Do you stay in the park while conducting these projects, and what have you found is the best way to stay (relatively) warm while hanging out motionless in the dead of winter?


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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT is what is called a "third wave" CBT therapy. Acceptance is definitely part of it as well as mindfulness and others. It is based on relational frame theory, a body of evidence which shows how all of us get stuck in our head trying to follow rules about how things should be rather than how things are. The goal is to encourage people to spend less time trying to control their interior experience and to spend more time engaged in valued activities - even while experiencing the unwanted thoughts and feelings.

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Typical stuff that we've all read before. Plan your exits, make a meeting point, go with friends, make sure someone knows where you are if you leave the group. So in that regard, nothing mind blowingly earth shattering for advice.

Even if I had taken every precaution I just listed though, that all flies right out the window once an event like this starts. We made our own exit, we had no meeting place, we immediately lost 80% of our group including my friends sister.

It's a fight or flight instinct that will kick in. I wrote in my long lengthy imgur post that in that venue I felt 10 foot tall and bullet proof. When I hit the ground on those girls, I was just a meatbag waiting to get hit.

Many won't attend events like this I know. Others will do our best to live the best version of our lives that we can and that will probably include big outings like this.

I guess if I can stop rambling, I'd say that if you can assess the situation make concious decisions for yourself. Don't always follow the herd, which may be easier said than done. My biggest fear while we were zig zagging out of the venue was that we were being pushed in a direction that would lead us to a new killbox. A new area where additional shooters would be waiting for us and mow us down like cattle.

So that thought, of being ushered into a new killbox lead us on a very zig zagging route. The primary goal was to get out, stay low, ensure we had all 4 with us and get away from the crowd as fast as possible. W/ ~22k people though, it's not exactly an easy task and you have almost zero data to asses if you're making the right decision. I made some shit decisions that night, but I am 100% thankful to my girls for allowing me to take charge and work together as a single unit, the 4 of us.

I've watched videos where people are squabbling with one another, do we get up, do we stay, where is the shooter, is it even a shooter situation, are people overreacting, etc. etc.

If you're with people, someone has to make a call. The most level headed calm person should be making the call.

I owe those girls my life to be honest.


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The sky is the limit, my friend! Apparently, someone once dressed as Lincoln, complete with a two-foot high hat. (I think they may get touchy if you wear a mask though - fake mustaches only)

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Upvoted.


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i decided noone looks at vaca pictures but maybe if we made a music video we would wanna rewatch it someday!

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Rolling Stones


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The Big Book

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Thanks for your question - i live in JH TOO AND LOVE IT!!! I tend to work mainly in the park and in the NF. And to stay warm - hmmm - the oxbow at -20 is not somewhere I've ever managed to stay warm - four toe warmers on each foot and they still freeze. we were doing 8 hrs without moving on The Thaw shoot - it was not nice and the otters didnt show up much that year. Thanks for the question!


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Hi Dr. Szymanski,

I suspect that I may possibly have perfectionism. I am pretty rigid about things being done in the "right way" and cannot move on until they are fixed. I can never step outside myself in the moment and realize that I may be acting irrationally. I find myself picking arguments and fights often and never being able to move on until I'm satisfied I came out the winner. Competition and "being right" seems to rule my life and my relationships. For example, I have been working on getting in shape recently. My girlfriend mentioned that she also wanted to start exercising, and I immediately viewed this as a challenge or a competition. I could not move on and asked her to please not try to get in shape at the same time I was. Does this sound like perfectionist behavior and, if so, how is the best way to receive treatment for it?

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In one of the videos posted to YouTube, I noticed one man yelling "It's just fireworks! Stop! It's just fireworks!" I sure know now to never listen to anyone who thinks they know what they're talking about. I'm sure that man has a guilty conscience right now.


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What if you are dressed as a sign?

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Just read your journey.. Really fascinating, well done and wish you the best (P.S: Could I also get some sweet karma too?)


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Despite the fact I am almost 25 years old, can you and Dax adopt me?

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What’s Alan White up to these days? Do you ever speak to him?


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Hello Marc

If you could give any piece of advice not relating to your profession, what would it be?

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Do you feel like capturing moments like these for as large an audience as National Geographic will help people care more about conservation and climate change?


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This does sound like perfectionism to me. And it is a really good thing that you are recognizing how it is getting in the way of your life. While this may or may not qualify as an OCD diagnosis (though it may), it does sound like you are seeing enough harm from it that it might be useful to see if a therapist could help. Here is an article I wrote a few years back: https://iocdf.org/expert-opinions/perfectionism/

See if it resonates.

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Yea I saw that one too, I've seen a few videos like that. People not taking cover, not understanding the incredible danger they were in even though there were bodies on the ground nearby. Maybe it was shock, it's also hard to go from enjoying a concert to completely committing your mind to the fact that you're being shot at and have a highest chance in your life thus far of dying.

There are many videos of people who stayed for many many many volleys of gunfire. In their POV, if you got up and ran you died. We all had no idea if the gunmen was on the 32nd floor or if he was on ground level and waiting for people to pop their heads up.

Pure, raw, unfiltered chaos, panic, fear and terror.


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Worth a shot.

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You get an upvote.


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sure! are you good at chores? do you like waking up early with your new siblings so we can sleep? do you play catan? these are all requirements

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not seen Whitey for ages. I'm sure he's buying and selling things


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Decide whether or not being hard on yourself is proactive or completely undermining.

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Hi - I hope so but I am also very realistic about not over exaggerating the value of what we do. I think if any organisation on earth can exact change it's National Geographic and I'm proud to work for them trying to do that. But I'm also realistic about my own impact. I guess I do some good - is hoot conservation stories that I hope will change peoples minds. The issue that we really need to fix however is that we tend to change the minds of people in the west far more than people on the ground in the countries where we tell the stories. We need to make more impact in places like south america and Africa - I have to say that Nat Geo is working on this and making real in roads. Thanks!


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What is the difference between OCD and Intuition? People often suggest I'm OCD since I have a tendency to point out when things are out of place.

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Before any of the events of that night happened, what was your evening's worst case scenario? I mean like, dropping your phone or losing your keys or whatever.


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I am betting that they will close that loophole very quickly.

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I have your achilles photo on my wall, I never knew this story and It makes it so much better! You are amazing! ----Upvote? :)


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I fit this criteria. However, I will only play Catan if I can play the blue pieces.

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What moment from your career are you proudest of?


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Hey Marc, huge fan of the podcast and your standup.

What's your least favorite city to perform when you're on a standup tour?

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Hi Charlie, while taking pictures for nature if u see a prey vs predator moment in wild are you allowed to help the prey survive?


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I think this again is that misunderstanding of what an obsession or compulsion is in general language, versus what it means clinically. If you are noticing errors and mistakes you are detail oriented. That is good! If you become so preoccupied with something being out of place that it becomes time consuming to think about and respond to then it is more likely OCD. If you are regularly critiquing others and this is getting in the way of your relationships but you feel intense anxiety when you can't correct them, then it is more likely OCD. It is about 1) do you like to engage in the behavior and 2) does engaging in the behavior get in your way.

A:

Not being able to sneak in all the Whiskey that was packed in my tight briefs and was chaffing the shit out of my balls. The girls each had a couple 3 oz. flasks in their boots. To be candid, I'm frugal. Not living off coupons that require 100 tricks and transactions to get groceries. But we aren't blingy people. My truck's side view mirror is held together by duct tape for the past 2 months after I went off roading and it popped off, held together by wires. We both drive mid 2000 era vehicles. We spend most nights in, and rarely go out on the town. So to get to my point...I'll blow a grand for an entire weekend in vegas for everything included, but hell if I'm about to attempt to get day drunk off $10-15 whisky in the venue.

So yea, that was my biggest concern walking into the venue.

Inside the venue, biggest concern was just tracking our immediate close friends down. At times, Jamie and I would split for random bathroom breaks, grab a water and a cup of ice and a coke to put our liquor in. My concern there would be that whomever had left wouldn't be able to physically get back to the group due to the crowds.

The night would have been infinitely more terrifying if we were separated when the massacre began. Absolutely heart wrenching. Random chance, is all it is.


Q:

I have heard rumors they might...

A:

Yas


Q:

you are DEFINIETLY gonna get adopted since i love people with strong opinions

A:

This is my proudest moment in my musical journey


Q:

City of Florida

A:

HI kd2135 - thanks for your question. We get asked this a lot. My answer is always no - I would never get involved in a predator v prey interaction in the wild. It's really hard sometimes to watch moments when prey animals get attacked but my job isn't to rescue them and change the dynamic of predators and prey.


Q:

It sounds like you guys were having a pretty good time up to that point. I'm glad you and your friends are safe and I hope you take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

A:

What is your favorite Monopoly game piece? Mine is the thimble!


Q:

Hey Marc, glad you’re doing well! I’ve got three of your prints in my house, including the one that started it all - Portrait if Hong Kong. Love em all!

Speaking of which, how long did it take you to paint portrait of Hong Kong?

A:

How did Anna make it to the Wreck-It Ralph 2? And will she be there for long?


Q:

Hi Liam, The new album rocks, thanks! Can’t believe ‘Come Back to Me’ wasn’t a single, what a nice surprise! If you could have been a fly on the wall for one moment in history – which moment would it be?

A:

Hey Marc, love to hear you talk with musicians, what have you been listening to lately?


Q:

Have you explored any other types of photography? If you weren't shooting wildlife, what would you be taking pictures of?

A:

Thanks, we working on it. Outpouring of support that we all are receiving has been tremendous and brought us all closer. I believe we're going to attempt to get back together sometime soon, to talk and mourn and hug one another. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


Q:

I have to go with the iron. Gotta keep this suit pressed.

A:

Thanks for the support! About two weeks! Mainly because I had to redo it twice. I didnt like the first two versions haha.


Q:

ive seen the sequence we recorded and it is FUNNY AS HELL

A:

the moment john lennon went up in a helicopter with the maharishi


Q:

I've been listening to Night of the Cookers. It's Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, live.

A:

Thanks for the question - more and more these days I shoot stories of people. I'm off shooting a story on isolated tribes in the Amazon in a few weeks. It was hard going from wildlife photography to people but I love being challenged and tend to get bored easily if I'm not. I just completed my first shoot suing studio lighting too - that was tough! thanks!


Q:

Will you be hesitant to return to Vegas now?

A:

What law do you practice?


Q:

So how much were you earning before and now after?

A:

What was your favorite of Veronica Mars's comebacks/snarky one liners? I fully admit to using some of them in real life.


Q:

What do you want for Christmas?

A:

How did you decide on the common threads to pull together from the interviews, and how difficult was it to condense? Was permission from anyone an issue, or do you already have the rights to the whole interview?

Thanks again, you were the first podcast I listened to before I went down the podcasting rabbit hole, and your interviews have meant a lot to me! (Also great episode on the Turnaround and Lovett or Leave It).


Q:

I'd like to be a wildlife photographer with an emphasis on conservation. Do you have any advice for a young professional working her way though this career? Thank you!

A:

Hesitant, sure that's natural. We don't intend on living fearful lives but we also havnt dealt with our mental well being yet. Ask me again in a week and I may have a different answer.

Our intent is to heal, then carry on and live better lives.

Hope we hit our goals.


Q:

I do policy and advocacy work, focused mostly on corporate accountability and financial reform at the moment - so I don't spend a lot of time in courtrooms. But I graduated from UCLA Law as part of their Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies programs, and I am admitted to practice law in California.

A:

Just under six figures before. Just over now.


Q:

As VM changes a tire TROY: "FLAT?" VM: "IM JUST AS GOD MADE ME"

A:

a splash of Tourettes you f*cking cunt


Q:

BM: The threads came together after re-listening to everything and pulling out the good stories. Then it was assembled like a puzzle and the themes became obvious.

Two people requested their material not be used.

A:

Thanks for the question - i guess my advice is cover subjects you are most passionate about and really understand them. If you want to shoot wildlife and conservation stories then I would start out by getting work in conservation - ideally in the media side of it and work from there. It's a really tough job to making a living in but a valuable - we need more people working in conservation so go for it - good luck!


Q:

Don't you think it's ironic that people who fight against gun control-- the vast majority of country music fans-- got slaughtered by military assault weapons that shouldn't be legal?

A:

What's an average workday like in that field?


Q:

Wow. That's impressive. For other budding artists around here, where does the bulk of your artist money come from? Is it from selling original works at galleries? Or perhaps selling prints?

A:

Was there ever a resolution with Dax's recliner in the middle of the living room?!


Q:

What’s it going to say on your tombstone?

A:

If not their names, could you share their reasons?


Q:

Hi Charlie! What is some of your "go to gear" that you take with you on every shoot?

A:

I understand the position and how some may find it ironic, I get it I really do. I won't be one to say it though. Country music fans, are easy to put into a box of white republican, gun toting, budweiser drinking hillbillies. And to a point...that's very true.

But it's the music that brings us all together, I lean left on the spectrum. I don't agree with everything a single party puts out, we should make up our own mind. But to my point, the music is a community. I was dancing arm and arm with my friend who was wearing a trump top and MAGA hat. I have my own very different political views but it isn't important, we were there together to share an experience.

People can politicize it all they want and point out ironies. I get it, it's part of a large discussion. I don't particularly want to get into that just yet, and when I do it will be a personal conversation with close friends and family. :)


Q:

Well, in August I broke a story with a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter that helped lead to renewed Wells Fargo hearings (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/business/wells-fargo-testimony.html).

Then, I worked all of last weekend writing policy reports and letters that Senators used to question the Wells Fargo CEO on Tuesday (https://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-opening-statement-at-banking-committee-hearing-on-wells-fargo).

Then on Wednesday I put on a costume, made silly faces, and broke the internet. Hard to say how that averages out! But it's a great gig.

A:

Prints all the way! Ive even noticed most galleries making a move towards limited edition prints as its often a more stable stream of sales. But its always special selling an original.


Q:

the current "resolution" is that its too heavy for me to lift and he wont move it so its STILL IN THE LIVING ROOM

A:

AS YOU WERE


Q:

BM: One person did not want the material to be used outside of a one-man show starring Billy Crystal.

The other person had a lot of lawyers and managers who did not think it was best for Donald Glover to participate at this time.

A:

My Leica M240 and my iPhone 7. I can live without the rest if I have to! thanks


Q:

How did you stay so serious? I would be laughing and giggling and get kicked out. Huge respect dude //edit after 17 hours: wow I learned a lot about different sexualities/genders today. reddit is great

A:

What do you sell an original for/how much is it to commission?


Q:

What's for dinner?

A:

Hi Liam, Love the new album. I bought it on vinyl but unfortunately couldn't get tickets to see you.

Anyway, my question is after the immediate success of As You Were, will you still be making your own tea?


Q:

Outside of Keith Richards, which guitarist had the biggest impact on you during an interview?

A:

Hey Mr. Living My Dream, have you ever gotten into underwater photography? Wildlife photography is easily my favorite hobby, and I really enjoyed the challenges I found when I took my camera underwater (especially, cold murky water). I always wondered what a real pro would think of the contrast between under and over water.


Q:

Believe me, I have been cracking up these last few days at every photo and video. But in the moment, I was on a mission. That's why they call me a professional troublemaker.

A:

Between USD500 - 6000 depending on size.


Q:

banza pasta with tomatoes and EVOO

A:

God no..


Q:

Jimmie Vaughan, which has not aired yet, and Derek Trucks.

A:

Hey how are you? love underwater photography - i tend to specialise in fresh water as I'm not a very good diver. Exploring river sis awesome though and I love it - we need more people doing it - hope you are. and you can do it with a snorkel.


Q:

Will you be using the Monopoly Man getup for future public appearances (including as a subversive protest, but also, say, in court)? Relatedly, how do you recommend others to become as badass as you?

:) <3

A:

Damn, that's actually quite cheap.

EDIT: I'm friends with a few bit of Nyc artists. Large paintings can go for 3-4K. I get that if you're not in the art scene that can be surprising, but people put weeks into a single painting and their lifetime creating their skill set.


Q:

Hey Kristen, you've got amazing chemistry with all the late night hosts, and when you covered for Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year you killed. Just wondering if you've ever thought of hosting your own show?

Also what was your reaction when you found out about the twist at the end of season 1 of The Good Place?

A:

Hey Liam, big fan here. Simple question, other than football, what's your favorite sport?


Q:

Your conversation with Martin Starr is one of my favorite wtfs. Did you ever take up his offer to meditate?

A:

Hey Charlie, Whats in your travel bag? And Why?


Q:

I wore this costume to call attention to S.J. Res. 47, a bill some Senate Republicans are trying to push through as a get-out-of-jail-free card for Equifax and Wells Fargo. Hopefully all this attention has scared them off from taking that vote, but if Mitch McConnell does another push, Monopoly Man will absolutely rise again!

Given the great support, I am also open to using Monopoly Man for other causes. And I am not limiting myself to this one character - creative activism takes many forms, and you need to fit the character to the protest.

A:

Come buy some cheap art at www.marcallante.com :P


Q:

ive thought about a show...but jimmy is a good friend and i see how its ALOT more work than many think it is so im not quite ready for that yet

A:

boxing


Q:

I've tried it a couple times, I might get back to it.

A:

My headphones - i cant travel without tons of stuff to watch on my phone - i'm a tv junky. and obviously a few cameras - iPhone, Leica and Canon or Sony - I juts bought a Rollieflex too


Q:

I loved how human a moment it was when Monopoly Man lost his/her monocle during the post-hearing interview. Your wit, confidence, your savviness showed as bright then as when you winked your railroad rich eyebrows directly into the camera. Class act, you!

A:

Just thought I'd let you know picture 5 on your full portfolio has a spelling error in the title. I imagine it should say "little steps" but it says "little steos". Fantastic art by the way!

Edit: to clarify, the error is in the title desplayed below on the mobile viewer.


Q:

Just wanna say that the good place is forking amazing and I love it so much! My question is do you think Tahani X Elanor could happen?

A:

Hey Liam, absolutely loving As You Were, Come Back To Me is a belter. That aside what I wanna know is what’s more important the shoes or the jacket?

PS. Don’t ever change, see you in Notts/Manc x


Q:

Marc and Brendan,

Thanks for the countless hours of entertainment over the years. I have to drive about 3 hours round trip a day for work, so you've definitely kept me sane during those mind numbing drives. I find myself going back and re-listening to a lot of your podcasts. I do this a lot with guests who I was not familiar with beforehand. So I was wondering, who is a guest that you weren't very familiar with, or was unsure of that really surprised you during your interview?

Thanks!

A:

I want to get closer to working with animals but most places like zoos or sanctuaries don't hire unless you have experience. What are some ways to get my foot through the door if I want to work with exotic animals? Would I have to be physically fit? (I have autoimmune health problems).


Q:

It takes a lot of eye muscle to hold that thing in!

A:

Thanks for the spot!


Q:

I sure do. Im open to it.

A:

The shoes


Q:

Huey Lewis, RuPaul, Paul Scheer.

A:

Hey thats a really tricky one for me - i have never really working with exotic animals in captive setting. I guess volunteering at animal rescue centres could be both really helpful to them and rewarding for you and then you'd get some real hands on experience to take elsewhere - good luck


Q:

Public Citizen called arbitration clauses a “get out of jail free” card for companies. What advice do you have for people who don't want to fall victim to these hidden clauses?

A:

If all the Disney princesses had a battle royale style fight to the death who would win?


Q:

You and Craig Ferguson had such an amazing chemistry together. Do you still stay in touch with him?

A:

Hey Liam! What's your absolute favourite song EVER? The one that makes you feel good everytime


Q:

Huge fan, you honestly inspired me to start standup at my local open mics and while I'm not good still it's some of the best times.

Would you ever be willing to star in another Marc themed tv/Netflix show? I love Glow but it doesn't quite fit the same roll Maron filled in my heart.

A:

Have you ever had the chance to interact with the Great Apes (excluding humans) and if so what is your most interesting story/observation?


Q:

Sadly, these ripoff clauses seem to be just about everywhere now. We even found one in the Pokemon GO terms and conditions last year! A few clauses have opt-out provisions, where you can write to the company (usually within 30 days) to waive the clauses, but that is rare.

Honestly, the most effective way to protect your right to sue big companies when they break the law is to push for federal protections like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule. That is why I am fighting S.J. Res. 47, the effort to repeal it.

A:

I reckon Mulan and Pocahontas would be standing on the heap. Unless Jasmine gets to bring Rajah. Then shit would get real.


Q:

sure do :)

A:

Imagine


Q:

Yeah, I'm open.

A:

Thanks for the question. I've only ever hung out with orang-utans but I very quickly fell in love with them. I didnt spend enough time with them to get any depth - only a few weeks. I remember one day though photographing an adult female who had a young baby called Tido - Tido was all over his mum and her elder son Thomas who was about seven was being ignored. He kept trying to climb on his mum but she shunned him and eventually moved away and Thomas sat with me looking very depressed and abandoned. I photographed him with his head in his hands. Poor wee guy! But he had to grow up and become an independent orang and his mum know it.


Q:

How much practicing did your mastery of the monocle take? Seems like it'd be kind of hard to keep in, but you handled it like a right old timey pro.

A:

For the sake of this question, are we considering Leia to be a Disney princess? Because she's force sensitive with the reflexes to match, she can use a blaster quite effectively and, if the EU is taken as Canon, she's a Jedi in her own right.


Q:

Can we see a sloth on The Good Place?

A:

Liam, please answer this important question..

''Who built the moon?''


Q:

Hey Marc, saw you in Lincoln last year.

I remember seeing that you tried to reconcile with Jon Stewart and have him on your podcast and he pretty much threw it back at you, but offered to sit down and have coffee. Now that he's off the Daily Show, have you had any other contact with him?

A:

Hey Charlie! I'm a huge fan of your work. I'm an aspiring photographer myself, and am in the "learn as much as possible" stage of my career. If I covered my own expenses, could I come volunteer as a production assistant on one of your shoots sometime?


Q:

I definitely struggled with it a bit. But the prop I had was pretty lightweight, so it wasn't that hard to hold in. You just need to exercise those eye muscles!

A:

OOOOOOoooh shiiiiiit


Q:

we debated that this season actually and Mike Schur our creator is so thoughtful he actually asked me "would you be ok if a sloth was on the show? like, we dont want you to thinkwe are making fun of you or anything"

A:

Keith


Q:

No and don't hold your breath.

A:

Hey owninobrien -thanks for your question. The truth is that these days I tend to only use assistants who live in the countries where I work and rarely sue assonant otherwise. I get hundreds of requests every year but I cant really help these days. When I worked in TV I had full time assistants but I dont anymore - they are all much better than me these days! so sorry but worth asking other photographers. cheers!


Q:

First, thank you for your activism. How long have you been doing this? Do you think this is effective or just entertaining?

A:

Hey! Congrats on taking a big risk! I'm curious about this because my girlfriend is in a similar boat. She hates office jobs, but is too nervous to do something similar. Do you have any tips on branching out and putting yourself out there?


Q:

Is Kathryn Hahn as funny as she seems? I always loved her on Parks and Recreation.

A:

How many tambourines do you have stockpiled at home and what's your preferred tambourine shape? (You were phenomenal on Saturday btw!)


Q:

Hi Marc, love the podcast. What caused you and Chris Hardwick's feud?

A:

What action did a vulture or otter take that really surprised you (e.g., out of "character" or a demonstrating a trait you didn't know they had)?


Q:

Thank you all for the support! I don't really remember a time when I wasn't an activist. When I was 13, I staged my first action outside of a Disney store to protest their labor practices. I use a variety of tactics - both traditional and non-traditional - but I think activism is most effective when it is both entertaining and informative.

A:

To be honest, I would not have given up the years of experience working for a big company. It taught me so many skills about how to run a business, to negotiate and set deadlines for myself that have proven invaluable. Creativity is obviously important but you need to balance it with some of the more logistic and administrative icky stuff that most people don't want to do. But there is nothing stopping her doing it part time now! I waited 5 years before I felt comfortable to jump ship as by that time I had a good idea of how well my art was selling etc.


Q:

Kathryn is hilarious and kind. shes truly inspiring all the time. always has a smile on her face.

A:

i have a collection of around1500-2000. Round ones and triangular


Q:

That was fictional.

A:

I once watched a lappet faced vulture break off a small twig from a bush and give it to his partner - it was very touching and amazing to watch such a huge ugly bird being so generous and sensitive.


Q:

What were the non-traditional tactics you used?

A:

My wife did something similar. Working on your passion as a side gig allows you to grow with less risk. It also gives you an idea of whether your market is there, and allows you to build momentum and get a running start before you quit. It takes a lot of work though.


Q:

The Good Place is so good, man. But, when are you finally going to guest star on iZombie? Voicework doesn't count!

A:

Hey Liam! The new album is a fuckin’ rocker! Do you ever think of doing a collab with Richard Ashcroft?


Q:

What about Kumail Nanjiani?

A:

Love your work about otters - they truly are amazing animals. Best otter-related experience so far ?


Q:

I printed out little slips of paper that said, "This item was made in a sweatshop. Learn more at [LINK]" and stuck them in the pockets of their clothing. Then I stood outside the store handing out fliers. No costumes on that one though!

A:

A LOOOOOT OF WORK. But worth it!


Q:

i wish! in truth they shoot in vancouver so its hard for me to travel there with kids and all

A:

i would love to work with Ashcroft. i love him


Q:

We talked about it on the pocast, episode 820. We're good.

A:

Swimming with them in florida - hands down the best wildlife experience I've ever had in my life. thanks!


Q:

Was there coverage of that? Any articles or photos?

A:

What would be the best piece of advice you could give to an aspiring/struggling artist?


Q:

Oh man, I just discovered The Good Place on Netflix and binged it all in one go. Love it!

What would would be in your own personal Bad Place? Mine would be a wardrobe full of shirts and blouses with one missing button.

A:

Do you prefer jam or marmalade?


Q:

Really enjoyed your talk with Bill Simmons last week, when is he going to make an appearance on WTF?

A:

I'm a budding young photography graduate, have you got any tips for breaking into the industry? And can I please please come and have work experience with you?


Q:

Nope, it was just an intrepid 13-year-old kid that got kicked out of the mall within about ten minutes!

A:

I think the most important thing for me in this whole process was not to neglect the boring admin and "back office" work. Its unfortunate but I think raw talent only goes so far... and as sad as it sounds, being able to brand and market yourself, learn the ins and outs of social media and how the art market sells is so important. When I was first starting out I picked out some emerging artists that were doing really well and I tried to figure out what they were doing to get their work good exposure and sales. So yes, paint, practice and constantly develop your art, but dont neglect that other aspect either.


Q:

Mine would be Zero caffine, Zero naps,and constantly hearing 2 songs play at the same time.

A:

marmalade


Q:

We'll find a time.

A:

I'm sorry but I cant do any work experience! however my advice - be different. There are millions of people shooting the same stuff in the same way - stand back reconsider your subject and the way you approach it and do what everyone else isn't doing - then you make your own path and find your own voice as a photographer - good luck


Q:

Any other direct actions planned? Also, the Monopoly man doesn't have a monocle and I'm interested as to whether you knew that but decided to go with the monocle anyway because so many people think he does or if it's just a good prop. I have to admit, you pulling out the monocle was quite possibly the funniest thing I've seen in months.

A:

Tell me about the cat in the picture?


Q:

Jesus, I hadn't even contemplated the evil that would be a nap ban.

A:

What's your favourite jacket? And can't wait to see u live


Q:

Marc,

I quit cigarettes about 4 years ago and have been vaping ever since. I am at that point, like you were a month ago, where I’m sick of the dependency. My question to you is: How do you create wins when quitting nicotine? What keeps you from nicotine, when all you want is a little taste!

Just got Waiting for the Punch in the mail, it’s a lovely birthday present (tomorrow’s my birthday), looking forward to reading it over and over. Thanks for making my Monday’s and Thursday’s go by just a littler faster.

Boomer Lives!

A:

I read that NG photographers take hundreds of pictures and only get selected one or two. Is that true? How long do you usually have to wait at a place to get the perfect picture sometimes?


Q:

Thanks for asking! I have been getting so many comments about the monocle. When planning the outfit, I used google images of Rich Uncle Pennybags as reference. Most of the images didn't have a monocle, but a few did, and I knew it would make a great prop.

Also, my sister gave me a monocle as a gag gift when I graduated from law school, so I HAD to use it.

A:

Waffles is the BEST. My SO and I got him from the rescue three months ago and he is now lord of the house.


Q:

RIGHT????

A:

jacket potato


Q:

Food works.

Happy Birthday!

A:

No its not true - we take thousands of photos and only get one selected! People often say - well if you take that many surely you'll get some good ones. Well the truth is I dont care how many I take to get the good ones I just want the good ones. It doesn't actually work out either that if you shoot tons you'll get good ones. It also depends on what you're shooting. Sometimes I'll take 20 photos on a shoot and others times thousands - i took 5000 photos of chickens a few weeks ago over a weekend - i had to to get the action I needed and its only by doing that that we got the shot the magazine needed. Anyway hope that helps.


Q:

In the spirit of social activism, I just wrote a petition for Hasbro to retcon the Monopoly Guy to add a monocle.

A:

Will Waffles get his own lion style painting?

More seriously though, awesome art - what percentage of originals sell and if you don't mind sharing do they make up the majority or minority of income for an artist like yourself?


Q:

Besides Settlers of Catan, what other board games are you playing?

A:

What’s the definitive Oasis lineup in your eyes?


Q:

Hi Marc, huge fan of both the podcast and the Show,

There's a house fire and you can only save one record, what do you pick?

A:

You, sir, are the true hero.


Q:

Prints are the majority. I would say originals about 30%. They are more big ticket items so I see it as a nice bonus when I sell one.

A:

we are too obsessed with catan to try anything else at the moment but i would like to try Pandemic or ticket to ride


Q:

bonehead guiggs and alan white. Obviously me and Noel

A:

I'd save my cats, because most records are replaceable. Though I do have an original pressing of Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn that I'd probably grab.


Q:

Have you had many news organizations or people reaching out to you after the fact? How widely were you recognized by people who knew you?

A:

Yeah but what about the painting of waffles


Q:

Hi Kristen! When you were dubbing Anna in Frozen, did you already know how big hit it will become?

A:

Any Chance of a second solo album? Love As You Were!


Q:

Oh hi Marc,

What unique advice would you have for a recent college grad English major who wants to avoid the mundane 9-5 day to day week at all costs?

A:

I have been doing non-stop press since Wednesday! The amount of attention has been overwhelming, but I am very happy that I seem to have made this very rough week easier for some folks. And of course I am excited that people are paying attention to S.J. Res. 47 and supporting the CFPB arbitration rule.

Strangely enough, many folks who know me personally did not recognize me in costume. Every day, I get several texts from people who just figured out it was me! I imagine some folks will only find out years from now.


Q:

Soon.

A:

no- i mean i knew it was special- but the public temperature has to be right on to make a movie succeed so you never can really know if it will be a "hit"


Q:

Yes why the hell not

A:

How do you feel about homelessness?


Q:

Do you think you will inspire more monopoly men to start making appearances?

A:

Hi! I follow your instagram and the progress pictures you post. Every now and then you post a semi-finished picture that seems quite perfect to me, but then there's always more that you post later and I'm always amazed at how much detail that can be refined. How do you determine whether a piece is finished or not? Do you ever get concerned about under/over-doing it? When's the exact moment you tell yourself it's time to stop?

Congrats on the show, and Waffles is darn cute :) p.s. speaking as a soon-to-be veterinarian ;)


Q:

What attracted you to The Good Place? Congratuwelldone on the show's success! :~)

A:

What should I name my first born child?


Q:

Hey Marc, what's your favorite Coen brothers movie?

A:

I certainly hope so! I posted a how-to guide with links to all the accessories I used here: https://queeronclearance.tumblr.com/post/166109873133/monopoly-man-top-hat-nj-novelty-7-on-amazon

(Yes, I have a queer fashion blog)


Q:

Waffles approves of this post. Thank you for following me and yes! I have that problem evaluating my own work as well. I sometimes share early stuff with friends and get opinions. Sometimes ill do little side studies to see what works. But I think generally you get a good feeling of when something is done. But just in case I sometimes leave an artwork sitting for a week or so to see it again with fresh eyes.

A:

mike schur


Q:

Sue

A:

I'm kind of a Barton Fink guy, though No Country For Old Men is right up there. Fargo is great, their tightest movie.


Q:

Is getting the utility companies really worth it?

A:

what's your favourite episode of art attack?


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Do you play video games? If so, what are some of your favorite games?

A:

How do you like your potatoes?


Q:

hey man its 5:15am here and ive been waiting just to ask you 2 things

  • do you think youll ever do a show in new zealand? (the south island to be percise) . youre my favourite stand up comedian and ive always wanted to see you live. you could come down do some shows and have a vacation

  • do you know of the band my morning jacket and could you please try get one of the members on the podcast? the singer jim james would be brilliant. your one of my heros, there my heros, so you doing a podcast with one of them would be amazing to me.

thanks man i really love your stuff. your latest special was fucking great by the way

A:

Nah. If you're a capitalist, serving the public is for suckers.


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Yes.

A:

I havnt played in a VERY long time but i used to LOVE 007 and Mario cart on N64. that was my sweet spot. Now im very into board games


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I Like them roasted

A:

I might come to New Zealand.

I know the band but I don't really listen to them. I'll give it a try.


Q:

Is Cause-play an activist twist on cosplay?

A:

What kind of training have you had, or are you self taught? Just checked out Instagram, man and I love your work.


Q:

There was a massive picture of your on the side of my bus, and I was wondering - have you ever seen an advert with your face on it in public, and how did that make you feel?

A:

Hey Liam, I noticed that in various instances you sung "There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't speak Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Spanish.../Whatever"

Do you plan to pick up a foreign language at all, and if so, which one?


Q:

Marc...love ya man!
When do you plan on returning to Iowa City for more existential conversations about Dave Matthews Band?

A:

Yes! Someone informed me of this term yesterday, and I think it is brilliant.


Q:

I am self taught! Part of the enjoyment for me is learning new things and discovering techniques. I read a lot, watch youtube videos, attend workshops etc. I just started oils a few months ago and absolutely loving it now! Thanks so much!

A:

super wierd. i dont even like mirrors that much and a larger than life billboard makes me wanna puke


Q:

i would love to speak French

A:

I like Iowa City. I don't have immediate plans, but I'd go back there to perform.


Q:

Were you worried that this “stunt” would distract from the hearing and Equifax to be become a secondary thought?

A:

How big is that cat? Can you put a banana next to him for scale? Thanks


Q:

Is Jameela Jamil that gorgeous in real life?

A:

Best meal you can cook?


Q:

How much upkeep does that gorgeous moustache require?

A:

That was definitely on my mind. I strategically tried to be most entertaining during the questions I thought were most important, in hopes that if I made it onto news shows, people would hear those questions and answers.

Fortunately, the coverage so far has been surprisingly focused on the issues! Especially my efforts around S.J. Res. 47 and the CFPB arbitration rule. So the activism was actually far more effective than I'd hoped at drawing attention to Equifax and Wells Fargo's misdeeds.


Q:

He's a big boy. When Im done answering questions ill try get a photo for science. Edit: the final link at the top has him pancaked on a chair now if that counts.

A:

yes! she is stunning. a total knockout :)


Q:

cereal

A:

Not much. I trim it when I taste it.


Q:

Is there any way to bold these companies liable in criminal court since forced arbitration keeps them out of civil court?

A:

I need this picture as well! Your art is amazing :)


Q:

Follow up to this guy's question... What gives on only giving us 5 seconds of version #218?

A:

If Ireland win here do I stay in the pub and get pissed or go the club and try and pull?


Q:

Your meaning-of-life interview with Jason Segal is something that has suck with me ever since I heard it. Of the interviews you've done, aside from Obama which was epic for being Obama, has there been any conversation that's stayed with you ever since? Or really changed your perspective on things? Also, thanks for the work you do and for the bravery in your transparency.

A:

Unfortunately, private citizens cannot bring criminal claims. Only state and federal prosecutors can charge people with crimes.

I would love to see more prosecutions of corporate crime. But as it stands now, few charges are ever brought and they mostly result in small fines for the company rather than any prison time for the executives that broke the law. If corporations are people, the rest of us are second-class citizens in comparison.


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Thank you! Should be available as one of my prints at www.society6.com/marcallante

A:

hmmm i dont rememebr 218- weve have over 800!


Q:

go to the pub

A:

Any time I talk to someone who's been around for a long time, I feel my knowledge and understanding of life and the past become deeper.


Q:

Did you learn to tie a bow tie only for this appearance?

A:

While you were working full time and selling art on the side how did you find time to actually work on your art? I think a lot of us are very emotionally drained after a long day at work. It seems you were able to continue in the evenings and on weekends. Any tips for pursuing a discipline after workin' for the man all day?


Q:

Hey Kristen. One quick question... if you and Dax were offered a spot on lip sync battle would you guys do it?

A:

Who’s got the best elbows you’ve ever seen?


Q:

Hi Marc. I look forward to the podcast twice a week. What was the moment you realized that WTF had become something special?

A:

Yes, and I am terrible at it.


Q:

I thankfully had pretty good working hours so could get back around 6.30pm. It just kind of became a daily/ weekend ritual. I enjoyed it as well! Which made it less taxing. Edit Spelling

A:

i think the show is amazing but it takes 8 hours to shoot and im pretty lazy


Q:

Debbie Gwyther.. She has 3

A:

The two-part interview with Louis CK.


Q:

How long did it take you to grow that mustache?

A:

The most important question: Where can we buy your artwork?


Q:

Eleanerd here. If The Good Place were on HBO, what would you do differently?

A:

Is there a Don’t Look Back in Anger demo with you on vocals?


Q:

Hey Marc,

Currently working in a pretty uninspiring 9-5 cube job, but your empathetic, insightful, and thought provoking interviews / conversations really add some depth to the monotony. I don’t think I’ll be doing this for long, but in the meantime it removes a lot of the dread and “time wasted feeling" of the day.

My question is if you have any similar outlets (favorite albums, podcasts, movies during travel) that get you through tedious / tough times?

Also any books you recommend?

Love the show and thanks!

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Not nearly as long as my personal information will be at risk because of the Equifax data breach.


Q:

You can head to my website www.marcallante.com or through my social media handle @marcallanteart on fb, insta, etc. Im most active on www.instagram.com/marcallanteart

However a lot of the new stuff is not being released until my show on Nov 3! Pre-sales are happening with the gallery. You can email [email protected] if interested.

Edit: You can also pop an email to [email protected] and spelling.

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OMG I LOVE ELANERD


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no but there should be

A:

I listen to music, I play music, I cook, I recommend the book Dreamland by Sam Quinones, but that's not going to get you out of anything. That's going to get you way in.


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Piggybacking a bit. When news of the breach broke, everything was saying 145 million (or whatever the number was) people, then they would parrot "Which is about half of the country". My immediate thought was, after factoring minors and people without a credit report (for reasons other than age), only about half the population has a credit report. I guess I am suggesting that everyone who has a credit report got their info stolen, the "half the population" mantra was the most reassuring way they could word "All records".

A:

maybe we kids over at r/losangeles can get a little crew to come over to your opening and celebrate with you.


Q:

Hi Kristen, I think you are really funny in The Good Place, I binged the first season in a weekend and caught up to the episodes in season 2.

My question is, what is your favourite vegetarian or vegan food? Sincerely, a fan 😊

A:

How much marching powder had gone up your nose before the Norton interview?

Got standing tickets for Birmingham in december, can't fucking wait! Legend


Q:

Hey Marc, big fan of the podcast and your show! I've just got two questions...

Do you have any favorite guests you've had on your podcast?

Fav Beatles Album?

Thanks so much for doing this!

A:

I have heard estimates that it was about 3/4 of the adult population, so very close. This is why we need serious Congressional action and agency oversight, not some mumbled apologies from Equifax executives.


Q:

Yes please! Come to the opening on Nov 3 would be great fun. PM me or send me an email at [email protected] and I can send you deets.

A:

Im really into peas- in any form. fresh, frozen, stirfried, you name it. they are a great source of everything a veg needs


Q:

i dont do cocaine before a performance smart ass. i wait until afterwards

A:

It's really hard to pick a favorite guest. I've been thinking about the Springsteen one a lot lately.

The Beatles Second Album is one of the first records I ever had and I love that album. But I'm going to go with Abbey Road.


Q:

What would you do if you had a get-out-of-jail-free card?

A:

I'd love to swing by! I bought a print of the lion during your original reddit post and it's been above my desk ever since. Keep it up!


Q:

Hey Kristen, I recently saw the video of your fellow on-set actors reacting to the major S1 reveal. Their simultaneous gasps were hilarious to witness.

My question is, when did you find out about the reveal and, how did you handle it once you found out the truth?

A:

Reading Fest or Leeds Fest?


Q:

Hey Marc,

My favorite interview of yours was the one with Paul Thomas Anderson. I think your approach in going step by step through his filmography and asking just about the perfect questions got fascinating insights to all of his movies.

My question is have you thought about going about this approach with the other directors you have on with expansive filmographies?

I know that you like to just go at it like a normal conversation, but that one really felt like you wanted the information because you were a fan of his work.

Anyway, thanks for all the pods and everything else you do, you make the day go by a bit faster on Mondays and Thursdays. Love ya.

A:

If I had one months ago, I would have crashed the inauguration in character.


Q:

Thanks so much for the support!

A:

i learned about it before i signed onto the show. before the pilot was even written. it was exciting and guilt inducing to keep that secret from my friends the whole season?


Q:

BOTH

A:

That's right, but also there weren't that many movies. With some directors who have been around a long time, you have to pick and choose. Because they're not all good. Paul's are all interesting.


Q:

Serious question: are you paid by non profits or is this on your free time? Do you have a full time career? I would like to get into activism but it's hard when you work a 9-5.

A:

I really, really want to learn to draw well. I just don't know where to start. Do you have any advice on where to start? Stories like yours are inspiring. Congratulations!


Q:

Is the la-z boy still in the middle of your family room?

A:

Hi Liam

Loving the new tunes! How does life as a modern rock n roll star compare to the rock n roll star life of the 90's?


Q:

Hey Marc, do you still hate the hat?

A:

This particular stunt was for my day job, as a Campaign Manager working to support the CFPB arbitration rule. But I also do organizing in my free time on other issues. It is very hard to balance work and activism, and jobs in this area are scarce and low-paying.

But that is one reason why I push for entertaining and creative activism! I hope folks can turn this kind of fun protest into a hobby that energizes us rather than tires us out.


Q:

Practice! As shown in the link above, basically didnt stop since I was 2. And still learning.

A:

You bet


Q:

its the exact same

A:

Hate's a strong word.


Q:

Are you friends with Lord Buckethead?

A:

What's the best way you've found to you market your work and find clients? Amazing work my friend


Q:

What would you do if life handed you some lemons?

A:

What is your favourite type of biscuit?
And what is your favourite brand of tea?

It’s gotta be hobnobs and yorkshire tea for me.


Q:

Marc - What’s a favorite joke / bit of yours that bombs but personally you still love?

A:

Someone send Lord Buckethead to a protest, and we can get acquainted.


Q:

When my art first went viral I had a HUGE jump on my social media pages and so I tried to keep the momentum going on my facebook and Instagram over the years. Unfortunately the algorithms facebook use now are absolutely brutal on organic exposure (basically I have to pay for my followers to see my work). But it is still crucially important to have a strong social presence to connect directly with clients. I also submit to art blogs, go to art events and try and be pro-active on and offline.

A:

squeeze em- and DRINK UP BABY


Q:

Rich tea - stone cold classic and yorkshire tea

A:

"If you're ever yelling at a woman, all you should be saying is, 'Why can't you be my mommy? Why are you NOT my mommy?'"

Rarely gets a laugh.


Q:

1) What kind of laws you wish more people knew about that can help them financially for the future?

2) What can be done by everyone to help the process to start scrapping the social security card and getting a identification similar to the UK?

3) This is a really huge deal and seems like everyone is brushing it aside and letting people get away with this huge leak; What is currently being done to help mitigate this damage in the long foreseeable future?

A:

Your art is really great and catchy. Do you find other people stealing your stuff to put on mugs and shit themselves?

eta: See you've already answered this. =)


Q:

is it normal to get Little Mary Sunshine stuck in my head at odd hours?

A:

What needs to happen before you place a saxophone track on your next album? Ps. Will you come to the Netherlands anytime soon? Love ya bud!


Q:

Hey Marc and Brendan. I'm a big fan of both the podcast and your comedy. Have you ever tried to book Noel Gallagher from Oasis on WTF? He is an amazing talk guest, would be a great episode. Now would be a perfect time, he is releasing is new solo record.

A:

These are great questions, but a bit outside my wheelhouse. I focus more on corporate accountability and access to the court system than credit reporting reform - hence my focus on S.J. Res. 47.

But I would check out my colleagues' work at the National Consumer Law Center and the Consumer Federation of America. They have been very active on these issues!

From what I glean though, this is a seriously endemic problem, and we need Congressional action to actually remedy the catastrophic damage done in this breach. So, again, call your Senators!


Q:

Alll the time

A:

VERY Normal. used to happen to me all the time, i even made shirts for the crew that said "YOURE LOVED BY MARY LANE" and thanks to your reminding me, it will now be in my head all day


Q:

ill need tohave shit in my ears for that to happen

A:

I like that one record.


Q:

Was it actual money in the bag? Also did you have any trouble with security?

A:

How'd you go from front page to having showings in galleries? Did someone approach you?


Q:

Hi Kirsten,

Can we work on getting some more nudity into the good place? or at least get Jason's shirt off every now and then? asking for . . . a friend?

A:

Are you going to add Europe, South America and Asia dates for your tour next year? Please fucking do, As You Were was amazing and there are so many people desperate to see you!


Q:

Hi Marc and Brendan

I'm a big fan of the podcast. I'm going to ask a super generic question, since my mind is blanking right now.

Who would you guys love to have on the podcast? (both dead and alive)

A:

It was not real money. Those were oversized hundred dollar bills my colleagues printed for their Forgo Wells activism around the Wells Fargo hearing, which took place on Tuesday. I did not have trouble going through security, though many Senate staffers gave me some odd looks!


Q:

I approached them! Leverage online presence into offline presence.

A:

im on it


Q:

I will indeed

A:

Dead: Richard Pryor

Alive: Albert Brooks


Q:

cause-played

Please tell me this is a thing. Cosplaying for a cause. Is this a movement or are you the first?

A:

Could you explain how or who you approached, what was your pitch? You're so brace following your spirit like that. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a close friend whose artist and I've been telling them to do something similar but they have no idea where to start.


Q:

Can Eleanor/Tahani be endgame?

A:

Which song do you enjoy performing live the most?


Q:

Hey Marc,

What are your thoughts on Canada and when are you moving here?

A:

Someone informed me of this term last night! I did not coin it, but I think it is brilliant. I would honored to help create a movement of cause-players.


Q:

I think I explain it somewhere else but basically a lot of research. I got a lucky break, but then I used that lucky break for leverage to work with that momentum as much as possible.

A:

YERP


Q:

Live Forever

A:

It's something I ask myself every day.

My thoughts are, what I used to think might be boring about Canada seems very relaxing to me now.


Q:

How exactly did you use that as leverage. Like were you like hey look on Reddit I got this many views that could transfer into real time visits? Then the gallery said sure?

A:

What's it like producing films with your husband?


Q:

Love the new album, you cheeky potato.

What are the chances I'll get to take a picture with you at your upcoming Colorado show?

Also, what did the Penguin say to the astronaut?

A:

Hey Marc,

When are you gonna interview somebody from Phish? Those guys are all huge Zappa fans and have battled their own demons and I bet the convo would be fucking killer

But besides pestering about dream interviews, I wanted to say thanks for letting people who don’t always know where to turn to have a place where they can feel welcome, where they can hear someone going through the same shit they’re going or have gone through. It’s not always the happiest stories but goddammit if they don’t all resonate in some way or another.

Boomer lives!


Q:

Well there were news articles, lots of consistent sales, an established audience. Its actually let me dictate terms a lot better over the years.

A:

super fun


Q:

is that you Deano?

A:

Yeah, as soon as I get done listening to everything they've ever recorded.


Q:

Where is your art for sale? The tigers done in the Hokusai style speak to me.

A:

Do you often find yourself wonder if your husband and Ryan Hansen were separated at birth?


Q:

What are the chances of seeing some Pretty Green US Stores?

A:

Hello Marc and hello Brendan, first of all I wanted to say thanks for the weekly podcasts, your twice a week treats are what made me start listening to podcasts and I am thankful. Also ironically I think I'm one of the few people who came across you first via your IFC show, which I miss.

Anyways, my question is what jazz music would you recommend to someone like me? I'm fairly young, well at least legal to drink now since the beginning of October, and have gotten into recently. I listen to most of the general and popular stuff, but I think you could send me into a path that I don't want to return from after I get lost in the awe of some great fucking music. So what's a must to listen to? Thank you for reading man, and finally Boomer Lives!


Q:

Check out my website www.marcallante.com or grab prints at www.society6.com/marcallante

A:

yes, yes i do


Q:

definitely up for bringing it to the US

A:

Get Kamasi Washington's Epic


Q:

I just noticed the Society6 website the other day and was considering buying from them. Do they pay the artists fairly?

A:

What show would you love to guest star on?


Q:

How have you celebrated John Lennons birthday?

A:

Hi Marc! huge fan of the podcast here. Who are your top 5 favourite guitar players?


Q:

Yup! They have been a huge part of my income as an artist. Love the site.

A:

GOT !!


Q:

im going out for a mexiican and will raise a glass to the man himself

A:

Peter Green, Jimmie Vaughan, Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Keith.

And Angus Young. Just thought of that one.


Q:

Hey there!

Do you ever look at your art and get captured by how beautiful the work you make is? Is that an experience you can have as the creator of art like I have as an observer?

I just saw the rhino on your Instagram, and I am very picky about the art I like but man.. That blew me away, honestly, it would be the kind of art I would buy once I am fully done with my studies, absolutely stunning!

A:

Oh wow, I made it early to your AMA! Hi Kristen! I’m a huge fan, ever since your Lucy days in Assassin’s Creed. Loving The Good Place (foreshadowing in the first season was amazing!) and can’t wait for the episode coming out soon!

My questions:

  • It seems like everyone has such great chemistry in The Good Place. What are some of the most silly outtakes that’s happpened?

  • Is there such a thing as too many sloths? If yes, how many is too many?

P.S. Anna is my favourite Disney princess.


Q:

What's currently your favourite song?

A:

Hi Marc and Brendan, this for both of you guys:

If you weren't producing the podcast, writing, acting, or doing stand-up what do you think you'd be doing for work and where would you be doing it?

That's it. Thank you for the laughs, the introspection, and the honesty in your work. Waiting for the Punch will be on my doorstep when I get home from work today!


Q:

Thank you! Um, yes and no. I think I get very critical with myself sometimes. A recent artwork I had to redo three times as I just was not happy with it and I guess I wanted to push myself more and more but I had to eventually set it aside. When I looked at it with a bit more of a fresh perspective it was not as bad as I thought haha. But I am really proud of my recent work (Rhino included!) and I think what makes me happiest is knowing I am changing and developing and hopefully getting better.

A:

LOTS of weird dancing from William Jackson Harper on the Goop Place. Ill post some videos on my instagram for ya. NEVER TOO MANY SLOTHS


Q:

Greedy Soul

A:

MM: I'd like to think I'd be a sous-chef on the way to becoming a chef, but I'd probably be working at a record store.

BM: I'd probably still be working in live television, a job I would not have given up if I didn't have the podcast.


Q:

My mom creates the most amazing art, I know that sounds cliche but really everyone who sees it is impressed and she uses a medium that's not well defined or very common. Any tips on how I could help her monetize her passion? She honestly doesn't care about money, she just likes making art that coincidentally is quite profound.

A:

Hi Mrs. Bell, I'm a huge fan of yours! Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thank you! :~)


Q:

Hey Liam, what's your current favourite clothing brand besides your own? Cheers x

A:

What has been your favorite album of 2017?

I've got to go with Villains by Queens of the Stone Age.


Q:

I answer this in another comment but basically for me it was doing a lot of research and finding my own niche markets. Thankfully people resonate quite well with what I am creating so hopefully that continues!

A:

be blunt! i love clear direction. DO this, DONT do that. quick and efficient.


Q:

Engineered Garments

A:

I've been catching up on a lot of old records and ones I didn't know about. I just got the new Replacements Live at Maxwell's in Hoboken. It's pretty great.


Q:

Have you done any paintings of Waffles? He looks like a LOT of fun, also is he a noisy cat?

A:

Hi Kristen!!! I am in LOVE with you and with the Good Place. I don't think a show has ever hurt my brain as much as this one does. Can't wait for the new episode!!My question for you is, what is the funnest thing about working with Ted Danson?

edit: here's a relevant meme that made me laugh. https://twitter.com/JoshKurp/status/914941907234586624


Q:

You ever find the guy who took your sunglasses?

A:

If you had Trump on your podcast what would your first question be?


Q:

No not yet but he will be my muse soon enough. He is awesome but has just discovered meowing and likes to talk a lot.

A:

watching him giggle when he breaks character, which is often


Q:

i did

A:

What's wrong with you?


Q:

Would you say that other people spreading your art (including professionals/people in the industry) a major factor in becoming successful?

A:

If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?


Q:

You are the Stone Cold Steve Austin of music. Who is your favourite wrestler?

Please play Gas Panic in december.

A:

Hey Marc

What's the usual process for getting a guest onto the podcast and how did you get Obama on there?

Thanks!


Q:

Major factor! I think getting exposure for your art is absolutely key.

A:

currently? hasan minhaj


Q:

big daddy. Old Skool

A:

BM: I'd say about 50% of the guests come directly to us and 50% go through the booking agency we work with.

Short answer on the process to get Obama is that the White House contacted us first. Long answer is heard on episode 614 where Marc and I explained the whole shebang. http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_614_-_the_president_was_here


Q:

Do you relate to Anna in any way?

A:

What's a good Winston o boogie tune to bang on for his birthday?


Q:

every single way. I helped shape who she was. Leading with her heart alwaya, goofy and clumsy but unafraid to take a challenge

A:

day in the life


Q:

How do you deal with your mental health when you are so busy?

A:

If you could have a lifetime supply of any beer, on tap, in your house, but you could only choose one brand, which brand would you choose?


Q:

working out, checking in, self care

A:

Guinness


Q:

Hi Kristen, is Annie really your middle name? ILY

A:

Will Eh LA get a proper release?


Q:

yes, and i was called annie until i was 16

A:

without a doubt


Q:

What would be your Bad Place torture?

Also, what advice would you give to someone who identifies with Chidi a little bit too much?

Thanks Kristen! The Good Place is my favorite show on tv by far!

A:

Hi liam, as you were is awesome, what's your favourite alcoholic drink mate?


Q:

No coffee, no naps

A:

tequila


Q:

Hi Kristen!

Are there any roles you've turned down that you wish you hadn't, or vice versa? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

A:

Alright Liam, massive fan of the new album.

My dad saw you and r kid live in 95 and said it was the best gig he’s been to. So my question is, what was your favourite or most memorable gig you have been to/performed at?


Q:

real talk: ive pretty much taken every role ive ever gotten :) i just finished a movie for Netflix called "like Father" out next year- and bad moms 2 will be out in NOV

A:

Stone roses Blackpool


Q:

Hi Kristen! Other than Crosby who is your favorite parenthood character?

A:

Do you like reading on your free time? If so, what's your favorite type of book or material to read?


Q:

Mae whitman as amber. Or truthfully, Mae Whitman as Mae Whitman. shes the greatest light bulb we have

A:

i don't read books, i only read minds


Q:

How often do you visit the mitten and where are your favorite place to go while your here?

A:

are you a breasts, legs or arse man?


Q:

about once a year and we love getting up to the lakes

A:

partial to the odd elbow


Q:

Do you want to build a snowman?

A:

Mr. Gallagher.

Who is one band that you'd love to open for?

As you were! x


Q:

always

A:

Rolling Stones


Q:

Hi, thank you so much for doing this! I saw the video you took (Spoilers) of the cast's reation to the amazing twist at the end of season one of the Good Place. My question is, what was your reaction when you were told about it? Were you just as surprised?

A:

I believe that I can rock a parka as good as you, however, I cannot decide on which coloured jeans go best with my sand coloured desert boots, black or raw denim? EDIT:spelling


Q:

i was told before the pilot was even written so i kept the secret the whole time!

A:

dark blue all the way


Q:

Kristen Bell. You beautiful son a bitch. You're so damn awesome!

If Veronica Mars and Jeannie Van Der Hooven were in a fight to the death, who would win?

A:

Massive fan here, Liam. Who's your favourite Man City player at the moment?

Thanks for all of the biblical music! x


Q:

WOOF. this is a tough one. i think we'd have to dig two graves

A:

Sergio Aguero


Q:

Hey! Huge fan of House of Lies. What is it like working with Don Cheadle?

A:

Hello LG, you was rockin at Benicassim fest chief

1, What's your favourite song off the new album?

2, Please can you add more Manchester dates for the tour? I couldn't manage a ticket


Q:

don cheadle is a king. hes smart funny and a hell of a leader. and a great friend. he has no bad qualities which is very annoying

A:

greedy soul for me


Q:

What is the thing you are most grateful about?

A:

Did you have any inspirations for the new album?


Q:

my ability to maintain an optimistic attitude

A:

id love to do an out and out punk rock Pistols album


Q:

Is there anything quirky that you ask for when on a tv or movie set from kraft services or in your trailer?

A:

Taytos or King's?


Q:

nope, im just happy i get a trailer

A:

Tayto's


Q:

Have you listened to any of Ride’s new stuff?

A:

i'm afraid not


Q:

what would be your last meal? x

A:

an egg