Melissa Stephens Takes Her Hit Podcast “Fear Based Life” to the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles

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Actor and comedian Mel Stephens brings her weekly exploration of phobias to live audiences around L.A., and discovers that fear is the tie that binds.

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Mel Stephens, host of "Fear Based Life"

We make you feel all the feels and I think that’s something we all really need right now.

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Melissa Stephen’s raw comedic podcast “Fear Based Life” explores phobias that range from a fear of snakes to the fear of death. The host will take a live version of the weekly show to the stage on Friday, June 23rd, at the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles.

“Vulnerably honest and funny,” ‘Fear Based Life’ launched last summer on Feral Audio, and was immediately recognized by Vogue as one of the best podcasts to listen to in 2016. On the show, Mel openly discusses her fears and invites fellow comedians on to do the same. Podcast guests have included Steve Agee, Baron Vaughn, and Eliza Skinner.

“Fear Based Life LIVE” goes interactive by asking guests to perform something that they’re afraid of doing through stand-up, a character, or music. They also have the option of performing something that makes them really happy. Additionally, the audience is asked to jot down fears and Stephens picks someone to interview toward the end of the show. The result is a laugh and cry fest about personal phobias, the current political climate, and any other fears that that can be improvised.

“I’m shocked that the podcast and the live show are being so well received. I thought I was just crazy. We make you feel all the feels and I think that’s something we all really need right now.”

“Fear Based Life” premieres new episodes every Tuesday on Feral Audio. It’s the only explicitly rated #1 podcast in the Religious and Spiritual category of iTunes, and listeners faithfully download the show up to five thousand times per week. The June 23rd live show will feature Nick Court, Daniel Van Kirk, Drew Droege, and more. Tickets are available here.

About Melissa Stephens:
Melissa Stephens, known as “Mel” Stephens is a Los Angeles based comedian, writer, and actor who has gone through her own spiritual breakdown and fear-based paralysis. Her acting credits include appearances on “New Girl”, “Transparent”, “Key and Peele”, and “Californication”. Mel’s earlier podcast “Vomit on the Web” was one of the first produced on Feral Audio.

About Feral Audio:
Feral Audio, one of the largest independent podcast networks in the U.S., specializes in comedic and creator-driven content. The company was founded by producer Dustin Marshall and is led by CEO Jason Smith. Podcasts include “Fear Based Life”, “My Favorite Murder”, Dan Harmon’s “Harmontown”, “The Duncan Trussell Family Hour”, the Sklar Bros.’ “Dumb People Town”, and many more. Feral Audio is a proud partner of Starburns Industries (“Anomalisa”, “Rick and Morty”).

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