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Underbelly L.A. is a podcast about the parts of Los Angeles that the lights of Hollywood don’t reach. Each episode, Hadley Meares shares a new story about the city’s dark side. This is a TableCakes podcast.
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In Burbank, there’s a cemetery named for a mythical land of the dead that today is known as the burial place of many famous aviators. It didn’t start out on the up-and-up, however. In our season two finale, Hadley recalls how Valhalla Memorial Park began as a grift, and its criminal legacy still casts a shadow today.This podcast was researched, wri…
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His name is forever associated with largest park, and indeed Griffith Park is one of the jewels of the city even today. But that legacy — and the bronze statue standing at the park’s entrance — belie a less-often told story a troubled man who shot his wife in the face.This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on…
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One Saturday in December, 1927, Los Angeles was rocked by news of the gruesome murder of a child. A citywide manhunt for the killer quickly spread across state lines, and terrified Angelenos were even more surprised when the culprit turned out to be a 19-year-old who looked more like a Hollywood leading man than a craven villain.Find out more about…
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In August of 1935, Robert S. James committed one of the worst-planned murders in the history of Los Angeles, in the process earning himself the nickname "the Rattlesnake Killer" and also revealing a history of previous suspicious deaths.Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.comUnderbelly L.A. on Twitt…
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In the second installment of our series looking into L.A. criminals who were decidedly not masterminds, Hadley examines Burmah White. Was she a bad girl? Or a good girl led astray by the worst kind of guy?Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.comUnderbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbel…
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The new season of Underbelly L.A. looks not at the city’s criminal masterminds but at the city’s criminal also-rans, who gained infamy in spite of themselves. And we’re kicking off the new run with the story of Hazel Glab, whose amusingly flawed plot for murder made her an early L.A. media star.Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official we…
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More than the host of Underbelly L.A., Hadley Meares is a journalist, historian, explorer and occasional stand-in for Amy Poehler. As she prepares for the second season of this podcast, she sat down for an interview with Underbelly L.A. producer Drew Mackie about just how a girl from North Carolina comes to love Los Angeles in all its seamy glory.G…
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One evening in 1958, an explosion shattered not only the quiet peace of the Christmas season but also perceptions about the World Knowledge Faith Love Fountain of the World, a clunkily named religious sect based in Southern California. It’s just one of the many cults to bloom in the area, and we’re closing out the first season of Underbelly L.A. wi…
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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, rootless men flooded into Los Angeles, looking for sunshine and, often, a new beginning. Many of them ended up in the downtown district known as Skid Row, and once there, they elicited both hostile and charitable reactions from better-off Angelenos. You could say the same of L.A. residents of the prese…
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Jeanne French lived big and flew high, and it’s insult to injury that her grisly murder would end up overshadowing all she did with her life. In this episode, Hadley looks into circumstances around French’s 1947 murder, the “werewolf killer” panic that gripped Los Angeles around the time she died, and the possible connections the so-called Lipstick…
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Have you heard the one about the woman in the water tank? That’s not a setup for a joke so much as an urban legend rooted in one of the most tragic establishments in Los Angeles: the Hotel Cecil. Most famous for being the backdrop for the mysterious death of tourist Elisa Lam in 2013, the Hotel Cecil’s macabre history goes back to 1929 and, as Hadl…
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One evening in 1940, nine-year-old Dorothy Lee Gordon was kidnapped as in the most insidious of ways: simply and quietly by a man whom, according to her friend, pulled up alongside them as they walked home from church and said “Get in the car, Dorothy. I’m going your way.” Weeks later, Dorothy would be found dead, and to this day, her murder has no…
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The night of February 17, 1929, left two bodies on the floor of the imposing Greystone Mansion of Beverly Hills. To this day, we don’t know the exact circumstances of Ned Doheny and his personal secretary, Hugh Plunkett, but Hadley lays out the various rumors and theories regarding what transpired on that fateful night.Find out more about Underbell…
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Celebrated in Los Angeles as both an actress and a restaurateur, Thelma Todd was found dead in the front seat of her Lincoln Phaeton on the morning of December 16, 1935. To this day, we can’t say for certain whether Todd died as a result of an accident or more sinister circumstances. In this episode, Hadley lays out the best guesses as to what real…
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What’s in the box? What’s in the box?! A hatbox is inherently suggestive of a bygone era, in which men and women wore proper hats that they would protect in transit with a container called a hatbox. In this week’s story about Winnie Ruth Judd’s 1931 arrival by train in Los Angeles, a hatbox gets used for a grossly inappropriate purpose that ends up…
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Long before Los Angeles drew tourists wanting to glimpse the good life, it attracted gawkers who wanted a look at downtown’s seedy vice-ridden backside. Our second episode focuses on the part of L.A. once known as Hell’s Half Acre, a kingdom of a red light district ruled by one Bartolo Ballerino — an irascible cuss of a man who held on to his realm…
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Underbelly L.A. kicks off its first season with a trip far into the city’s past. In 1836, one of early Los Angeles’ most prominent families, the Felizes, saw their son struck down. A manhunt resulted in mob rule and a double execution — and a permanent stain on the young city’s history books. Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official webs…
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Django is a senior writer for The Onion. Chip joined Django in Chicago to talk about the many steps it took to write for America's Finest News Source. We get to hear about the endless effort and observations that contribue to Django's writing, and the vetting process for headlines and stories at The Onion. Keep an eye out for Django in The New York…
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Act Three has hosted Emmy winners, late-night writers, and authors. Joe Toplyn is all three. Joe joins Chip to discuss his new book, "Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV". He draws from deep late night experience on Late Night with David Letterman, The Chevy Chase Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Show with David Letterman. Joe also share…
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Dan joins Chip to discuss the process for writing his web series, new work for network TV, and tapping every inch of his life to help craft shows. A rare combo of both stage animal and accomplished writer, Dan talks about his luck of working with some industry heavyweight writers and showrunners. We hope to see Dan star in a project soon too, but i…
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Selena is a New York comedian, writer, and editor. She's studied improv and sketch comedy at UCB, iO, and ImprovAsylum. She joins Chip to talk about writing her book "New Rules For Blondes", her love of glam rock, and most importantly, the process of pitching and publishing a book. We also hear about the journey of reading criticism and troll vitri…
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Dan joins Chip to discuss his book "How Not to Read" (Penguin Books), and the journey from a fun Tumblr account (Better Book Titles) to a literary agent to being published. He discusses the process of a book pitch, and the many ideas that go to publishers before one is sold. Dan also talks about the value of producing several different types of con…
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Chip joins Emily in Los Angeles to talk about her recent move from New York, and her experience in the writers room for a new show. Emily shares her experience of how she was hired, and the golden rule of being ready with your own writing samples when opportunity strikes. This is a really valuable look at her experience with veteran writers, and th…
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Chip joins an old friend, Ward Roberts, in Los Angeles to discuss the writing, direction and production of his latest film, Dust Up. The movie is rightfully billed as a kickass action comedy, and Ward explains how it stands on the shoulders of all his previous projects. He also gives us a glimpse into the beast of editing a feature, and the blood, …
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Nate joins Chip to talk about writing for The Pete Holmes Show. He shares his infamous story of quitting a hated day job, and how it helped him focus on his goals with standup and writing. It worked! Nate also emphasizes the importance of being prepared with writing samples, so you're ready to rock once a manager or lit agent finds you. Buy the new…
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Andy joins Chip to talk about his his experience in the writers' room for Ground Floor on TBS, and his standup career, which spans several cities and scenes. Clarity and appropriately aggressive confidence helped Andy craft his advice for all writers, comedians and performers: don't fuck up. Catch Andy at The San Francisco Punchline January 2-4, wh…
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Chip and Matt met at Paper or Plastik in Los Angeles to discuss Matt's many writing credits: Letterman, Ellen, The Jeselnik Offensive, Yahoo!, and countless others that would not fit in an episode title. He has worked on both coasts in a variety of roles for TV. There's never one way into the industry, and Matt has navigated several types of shows …
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Chip joins Tracey in Los Angeles to talk about her early days at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and starting as a writer's assistant at 30 Rock. Tracey joined the writing staff officially on season four of 30 Rock, and recently won the Emmy for the series finale with Tina Fey. She now writes for The Mindy Project on FOX, and we get to hear a…
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Chip joins Michael in Los Angeles to talk about his early forays into standup, sketch, and radio that compelled him to go West as a young man. Tenacity and passion have kept Michael in the business, and have led to invaluable writing experiences, including the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Listen to learn more about the journey and how writing becam…
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Josh joins Chip to talk about the early days of his comedy career in Boston, and the many writing feats he has achieved since arriving in New York. His focus on working hard to make sure he enjoys his writing drives the success of his content. Watch Josh make his late night standup debut on FXX's Totally Biased on Thursday, Oct 24 at 11pm EST!…
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Dave Hanson recently wrote and starred in "Waiting for Waiting for Godot" in The New York International Fringe Festval. Before Dave moved to NYC to rekindle his success with theater, he tried his hand in standup, sketch, acting, and late night writing for Chelsea Lately. Join Chip and Dave on his mighty journey in the arts that spans both coasts.…
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Alysa and Alison join Chip to discuss Lean Over, their parody of Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. They walk through their journey producing the book, navigating traditional and independent publishing channels and PR promotion. Mocking the COO of Facebook and her feminist anthem was a pleasure for them, as was breaking down the characters and element…
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Adam Conover from VH1's Best Week Ever joins Chip to discuss writing for the film The Exquisite Corpse Project. He shares his experience as one of five writers on the movie, a unique collaboration from former members of the sketch group Olde English. Adam talks about his time in sketch, improv and standup, and also breaks down his approach to writi…
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Frank Lesser from The Colbert Report and author of "Sad Monsters" joins Chip to discuss writing for The Colbert Report and wrangling his love of monsters into a successful book. There is never one way into the industry, and Frank discusses his lucky break following several years of hard work. We get to hear about the dynamic in The Colbert Report w…
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Eli Yudin & Carey O'Donnell created the @NotTildaSwinton Twitter account. In less than a year, it enabled them to get a manager, literary agent, and opportunities to submit to top comedy TV writing jobs. Listen to them talk about the journey, and their experience writing original pilots and spec scripts in the quest for the first writing gig.…
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Aparna Nancherla from FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell joins Chip to talk about her comedy journey from Los Angeles to New York, and the experience of her first TV writing job. She discusses the dynamic in the writers' room, the parameters of her own comedy style, and most interestingly, why a taboo word on TV goes to 11.…
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