Emery Emery is an American comedian, film editor and producer and outspoken atheist, known for his contribution to numerous comedy-related films and TV shows, his two Podcasts, Skeptically Yours and the award-winning Ardent Atheist.
I'm joined this week by the ever enthusiastic, Emery Emery. Emery is the host of two podcasts: "Skeptically Yours" (along with the lovely Heather Henderson), and "Ardent Atheists". Emery and I have been friends for a few years and I've been a guest on both of his podcasts in the past. Emery is a passionate Atheist. Being my hippie, spiritual self, there have certainly been times we don't firmly agree on things. However, what I love about Emery is that he is always open to discussion on those topics. We can give each other shit about our ideas but still be friends and share our differing perspectives and learn from one another (or just disagree and move on.) This episode is all about atheism, although we do go on some random tangents about other important topics as you'll see. Or hear rather. I hope you enjoy it! As always, feedback is welcome! Thanks for putting up with my irregular releasing. My schedule is a bit hectic right now but I promise I haven't forgotten all my fellow idiots :) Subscribe to Ignorance is #Blessed Follow Emery on Twitter! Follow JMS on Twitter! Follow the podcast on Twitter! Ignorance is #Blessed is on IG! Follow JMS on Instagram! Follow JMS on Facebook! Logo designed by: Tony CelanoSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/ignorance-is-blessed1719/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
On today's show, Heather Henderson and Emery Emery, who together host both the award-winning Ardent Atheist podcast as well as the podcast, Skeptically Yours. I've known Heather since back in the early 2000s, when she was part of the Philly-based burlesque troupe The Peek-a-Boo Revue, who specialized comedy and satire along with classic strip routines. Heather was a memorable performer with the troop, but I knew that her experiences as a performer went back to the 90s, with a stint as a dancer on the very popular locally-produced shows Dancing on Air and Dance Party U.S.A., which like their Philly-launched forerunner American Bandstand featured teens dancing in a studio set to the latest pop and dance hits. Heather also acted, appearing in Mannequin 2 and Annapolis as well as singing with the r&b group Soulamite. In 2010, Heather relocated to Los Angeles where she continued as a burlesque performer and also met her partner comedian Emery Emery, who toured extensively as a stand-up and has worked as an editor and producer of many stand-up projects, including editing the hit stand-up doc, The Aristocrats. Together they launched the Ardent Atheist podcast in 2011 and soon after Skeptically Yours. Heather is also a member of Penn Jillette's No God band, and is currently studying film production at the Art Institute in Los Angeles.
I caught up with Heather and Emery on their trip back east as they were attending the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference where they recorded an episode of The Ardent Atheist and caught up with old friends. Over the course of our talk we discuss Heather's growing up in Camden, her “baby Heather” phase, Philly pungency, L.A. sun, Jews for Jesus, Mother Theresa, modern attention spans, Penn Jillette, the death of Prince and more.