Retrospective: Ophira Eisenberg

Photo by  Anya Garrett

Photo by Anya Garrett

The only upshot of age is you get to the point where you’re too exhasuted for a strategy that isn’t just organic. So you just go, I’m gonna be Me, and if it works out, great.
— Ophira Eisenberg

In this episode of Retrospective, I talk with my friend Ophira Eisenberg right before her new memoir releases nationwide. You may have heard her on NPR, seen her stand-up comedy recently onThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson or had the pleasure of seeing her live onstage.


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We chat over tea and a latte and talk about:

  • translating story and humor from stage to page
  • dealing with "What will 'they' think?"
  • and how she combines hard work with navigating the opportunities that follow

Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy is now available on Amazon.

For Ophira's storytelling wisdom, check out the Telling Your Story multimedia course.

Ophira Eisenberg is a stand-up comedian, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, and a writer. She has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, E!, and the TV Guide Network. She is also a regular host and storyteller with The Moth. Find her online at

Retrospective: Comedian and Host Andy Ross


"I'm not very good at envisioning things for myself because I'm always . . . I'm always writing the fantasy in my head a little too perfectly. You know, I'm always winning the lottery in my head when it comes to careers, and having opportunities present themselves and people discover me. And that's not the way it works. You have to build. You have to create your own opportunities. And, ten years ago I wouldn't have understood that, really, and it's not until the last three years or two years that I've realized that the hard work of creating your own opportunities is satisfying in and of itself." --Andy Ross

Andy Ross (aka The World's Greatest Wedding Dancer) is the creator and host of Real Characters, a showcase of New York's best storytellers, writers and comedians whose recent guests include Rachel Dratch, Kate McKinnon and Paul Simms

In this episode, hear host and comedian Andy Ross on:

  • confidence: creative and personal
  • following his path and being far from home
  • the evolution of a live show
  • the difference between curating and creating
  • and what's inspiring him now.

You can find Real Characters at McNally Jackson bookstore in Soho on the 3rd Wednesday of every month or watch videos from previous shows on its website. Also, be SURE to check out some of Andy's videos here.


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