Dying To Ask
So you want to start a podcast…

So you want to start a podcast…

October 11, 2019

"I've been thinking about starting a podcast." I get a lot of DMs, emails and calls that start with that sentence.  My response is usually "are you sure about that? Let me tell you a few things."

We'll start with the positive. Apple recently revealed its 2019 podcast stats. Apple podcasts feature more than 700,000 active podcasts and 29 million podcasts!  Compare that to 2018 when there were 550,000 shows and 18.5 million episodes. That's some major growth and there's a lot of money to be made. It's no wonder so many people want to start a show.  But, here's what you don't know about podcasting.  The talking part is easy and fun. The rest of it is work!  

On this Dying to Ask, Geoff and I are going to do our best to talk you out of starting a podcast. It's not that we fear the competition. We just want to spare you the pain!  We'll teach you how to come up with a concept for a show, how to figure out if you should have a co-host, and even what it takes to record  audio. Find out the one thing about podcasting that both Geoff and I hate. And then, Producer Geoff will drop a bombshell.  Seriously, never saw it coming.

Mitch Gardner / App Entrepreneur/ Tech Entrepreneur/ Pocket Points App Creator

Mitch Gardner / App Entrepreneur/ Tech Entrepreneur/ Pocket Points App Creator

October 4, 2019

This episode is straight out of the "why didn't I think of that" file.  5 years ago, Mitch Gardner was a college kid staring at his phone too much. Now, he's a tech entrepreneur whose app to get people off their phones has millions of users. How did he do it?  Two words: free stuff.  The Pocket Points app rewards users with discounts on everything from pizza to Vans shoes for staying off their phone. And, it's becoming a big deal on high school campuses where teachers are crediting the app for longer attention spans and increased learning. On this Dying to Ask, how two college guys came up with the next big thing at, wait for it, a bar. The extremely well known app their biggest investor passed on before sinking serious cash into Pocket Points. And, think you have the next thing big thing? How to make an app a reality.




Instagram: @pocketpoints


Tim Collom, Artist, Realtor, and author???

Tim Collom, Artist, Realtor, and author???

September 27, 2019


In this week's replay, we're catching up on our guest from episode 22 -- Tim Collom.

We had Tim on to talk about what it takes to market a product by marketing yourself. He's the ultimate right brain, left brain guy.

Tim is as successful a real estate agent as he is an artist. When we first talked with him, he'd just wrapped a viral online art project that raised 150-thousand dollars for fire victims.

Flash forward and he's just crossed something else off his bucket list: he's produced an art coffee table book and it's gorgeous.

On this Dying to Ask: learn the art of the hussle from a guy creating (and marketing) his projects by marketing himself.


Check out Tim's book:


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Chris Meyer, Lawyer, Filmmaker, Funeral home owner

Chris Meyer, Lawyer, Filmmaker, Funeral home owner

September 20, 2019

Lawyer. Filmmaker. Funeral home owner.  

Chris Meyer is many things. Boring, is not one of them.

His new book "Life in 20 Lessons: What a Funeral Guy Discovered about Life from Death" is like "This is my Life" meets "Tuesdays with Morrie." Meyer spent 14 years in the funeral business assisting grieving families and in one case, the soon to be departed, in planning funerals. It was a life chapter he never intended to write but he feels grateful for  given the impact the career detour had on him personally.  

On this Dying to Ask, how a guy working as a Hollywood screenwriter ended up running a funeral home, what he's learned about life from being around death for 14 years, and what he learned about failure that time he told Mel Gibson he hated his script. Get ready for some epic stories and a lot of laughing about a topic that's usually not very funny.


Buy Chris Meyer's book:


Follow Chris Meyer:


Instagram:  @chrismeyerauthor

Tamron Hall, Anchor

Tamron Hall, Anchor

September 13, 2019

Former NBC news anchor Tamron Hall is back on TV and she's calling life the way she sees it and especially how she lived it.  Tamron abruptly left NBC news after NBC brought over Megyn Kelly from Fox News to host her own hour of the Today Show at what was rumored to be a 15 to 20 million dollar a year salary.

REINVENTION.  At some point you're probably going to have to do it.  Whether it's in your professional career or your personal life. The thing is most of us don't have to reinvent on a public stage. We can figure it out in private.

Flash forward  two years and "Megyn Kelly Today" is yesterday's news.  And Tamron Hall's reinvention is hitting daytime TV with a new talk show .

She's also a first time mom at 48, newly married and reflecting on the fact that the whole "Megyn vs Kelly" thing really turned out well for her.

In this Dying to Ask:  a super frank conversation about how the worst thing in your life can turn out to be the best blessing ever and why  everything you need to know about life can be learned from the movie "Rocky."



Instagram:  @tamronhall



Darnell Abraham, “Hamilton”

Darnell Abraham, “Hamilton”

September 6, 2019

I cannot tell a lie. The actor playing George Washington in San Francisco's production of "Hamilton" may be my favorite podcast yet. Darnell Abraham grew up in Bakersfield knowing he loved entertaining people.   He found his voice, quite literally, in college.  And, what a voice.  He made a HUGE impression on a guy he met at choir camp. That guy? PRODUCER GEOFF!!!  You couldn't make this one up. Now Darnell is starring as George Washington in "Hamilton" at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco after appearing with Hamilton's creator, Lin Manuel Miranda, in "Hamilton" in Puerto Rico.

On this Dying To Ask:

-How Darnell Abraham made it to the biggest stage show of our time, only 5 years after his first audition.

-How he sets new goals and raise his personal bar after achieving a dream as big as starring in Hamilton

-What he does and doesn't do in his downtime to remain successful in his career

-What happened "this one time at choir camp" when Darnell met Producer Geoff


Where to follow:


Instagram: @dabenyc

To learn more about "Hamilton" in San Francisco:


Dr. Pimple Popper - Replay

Dr. Pimple Popper - Replay

August 30, 2019

How did you get Dr Pimple Popper as a podcast guest?  It's one of the most frequent questions I get about the Dying to Ask podcast.  The show is about how people come up with an idea and then actually pull it off. I call it "the art of the follow-through."

When we decided to start a new podcast, we knew we needed a huge name with a big social media following to promote the show.  I was approached about interviewing Dr Sandra Lee, AKA Dr Pimple Popper. The problem was that the podcast didn't have a name, a following, or a well thought out concept at that point.

But, I figured out a way to book her anyways and I'm telling the backstory of how I pulled that off and launched our show with a guest who, one year later, is still the one I'm asked the most about.

I'll also tell you some stuff that happened behind the scenes in our interview that made her one of our most surprising guests too.

Then, listen to our launch show with Dr Sandra Lee.   She's likely the best known dermatologist on the planet thanks to a YouTube channel that exploded literally and figuratively  featuring Dr Lee squeezing pimples. Dr Pimple Pimple's videos have been watched more than 2.5 billion times. That YouTube channel now has more than 5 million subscribers and self-described "popaholics" can't get enough.

In this Dying to Ask, Deirdre and Geoff find out the moment Dr Lee realized she was an online star, how she decided to go all-in on being Dr Pimple Popper and why her dad will never have to wait in line at the Apple Store ever again!

Maria Kang, No Excuse Mom - Part 2

Maria Kang, No Excuse Mom - Part 2

August 23, 2019

Maria Kang is back on the show because of something she posted on social media. Shocking, right?! But, you might be surprised by her latest viral picture.

Maria first went viral in 2013 when she became known as the "No Excuse Mom" .  She posted a smoking hot picture of herself in booty shorts, with ripped abs , and a lot of cleavage with the caption "what's your excuse?"

The internet lost its mind.  She was accused of fat shaming, mom shaming, all the shaming.  

Go back to Episode 21 to catch up on Maria's backstory.

Maria is currently making headlines with another viral picture. It's a topless picture of Maria holding up breast implants in front of her chest. Why? Well, Maria is one of the many women who've chosen to go through an explant procedure because of breast implant illness. And she published the picture to her thousands of fans with a post apologizing for contributing to promoting unreal body expectations.

Yep, the No Excuse Mom said "I'm sorry" and the internet once again lost its mind!

It's all happening at a time when a major breast implant manufacturer is going through a voluntary recall of textured breast implants because of cancer concerns.


In this Dying to Ask:

-Maria and her fellow fitness influencer Sandra Augustin join us to talk explants.

-how they made the decision to get their implants removed

-the hell they said they went through for years

-how they honestly feel about their bodies now that they've lost their cleavage

-and the inspiration behind their provocative photo shoot.


Follow Maria Kang:


Instagram: @mariakangfitness

facebook: @MariaMKang

Twitter: @mariamkang


Follow Sandra Augustin:


Instagram: @sassfitness

JenniferJolly, Tech Expert- Part 2

JenniferJolly, Tech Expert- Part 2

August 8, 2019

Would you hand over control of your brain to a total stranger? Of course not. But, you do it every time you swipe up on your smartphone.  Tech expert Jennifer Jolly is back to talk about the latest research on screen addiction.   We're breaking down why so many of us are going through "screen fatigue" and why we still won't put down our phones even though they often make us feel crummy.  Bottom line, we're addicted and if you want to make a zillion dollars, get into the "digital wellness" field.  


On this Dying to Ask:

-the science behind why we can't stop scrolling, swiping and clicking

-how tech experts like Jenn are fighting their own "screen fatigue"

-the extreme (and expensive) measures Silicon Valley tech execs are taking to unplug

-and what happened when Fitz took Jennifer on a 50k run in the mountains


mentioned in the podcast:

link to Kevin Roose's NY Times article



Follow Jennifer Jolly:

Instagram:  @jennjolly

facebook: @jenniferjollytech

Twitter: @JenniferJolly


James “Murr” Murray, Impractical Jokers

James “Murr” Murray, Impractical Jokers

August 2, 2019

The joke's on us in this episode and that's a good thing.  You know James "Murr" Murray as the lead joker on the hit show "Impractical Jokers" on TruTV.   It's described as reverse improv.  The hidden camera show features Murr and three of his childhood best friends pulling pranks .

Murr says, "the guys and I have been friends since we were 13 years old and we never grew up."

Clearly, it's working for them.

But, did you know Murr is also a NY Times best selling author? He writes science fiction. He credits the show for helping him land his book deal and has some great advice for anyone who has that creative itch.