Recent Episodes

Movie Heaven with Shakira Ja'nai Paye

Feb. 5, 2023

Sharika Paye (Shakira Paye, House Party) tears tickets at Twin Hills movieplex. Shakira Paye: @shakirapaye Sign up today at and use code MEGA to get a 100% grass-fed chuck roast and a whole chicken FREE i…

Sects On The Beach with Travis Cox

Jan. 29, 2023

Trevor Fox (Travis Cox, Stormchaser improv) creates Christ centered cocktails. Travis Cox: @travislcox -- SHOW INFORMATION Mega HQ Get ad free + bonus content with MEGA PREMIUM Support Us on Patreon Instagram: @MegaThePodcas…

MEGA Mailbag!

Jan. 22, 2023

Halle and Gray (Grey? Gráe?) respond to your letters. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit today to get 10% off your first month. -- SHOW INFORMATION Mega HQ Get ad free + bonus content with MEG…

A Bare Bottom Market with Jena Friedman

Jan. 15, 2023

Brenna Zeesman (Jena Friedman, Conan) went from finance to Super PACs and never looked back. Jena Friedman: @jenafriedman -- SHOW INFORMATION Mega HQ Get ad free + bonus content with MEGA PREMIUM Support Us on Patreon Instag…

Mega Mini with Umwelt

Jan. 8, 2023

A brand new behind-the-scenes episode to kick the year off right. This midweek "mini" podcast is usually reserved for Patreon members only. Please enjoy, and hey, consider joining Patreon. Supporting the arts is good for the…

Awesome Pod Tour, Live Recording (Austin, 2022) feat. Jen Hatmaker & Duncan Trussell

Jan. 1, 2023

A recording of our live show at The Creek and the Cave (September, 2022) Featuring Duncan Trussell, Jen Hatmaker & Edgar Blackmon. Save 10% off your first month at -- SHOW INFORMATION Support Us on Patreo…

About the Hosts

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Holly Laurent

is the creator and cohost of MEGA, and co-host and producer of It's a Wonderful Lie (audiochuck).

Formerly, Holly was a featured contributor and writer on the nationally syndicated radio variety show Live From Here (NPR) and the Onion News Network. She is an alumnus of the Second City main stage in Chicago where she wrote and performed three critically acclaimed revues. She toured with the Second City national touring company and was a featured performer at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Holly holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College and is a founding member of the longstanding improv group The Reckoning.

Her film and television credits include A.P. Bio (NBC), All Rise (CBS All Access), Tacoma FD (truTV), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Food: The Source of Life (Adult Swim), Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Barely Famous (VH1), Funny or Die: Exclusives and The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS).

Holly’s film Brought to You by Satan, which she wrote and directed, premiered in festivals in 2020. Her writing has been featured in Defenestration Magazine and Mayday Magazine. Her essay, Villain, was Nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize.

Holly is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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Greg Hess

is a writer and performer in Los Angeles.

He is a founding member of critically acclaimed ensembles Cook County Social Club and the Improvised Shakespeare Company, and performs regularly at the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Largo at the Coronet.

Greg has developed original pilots for Showtime, Pop, Warner Bros., Adult Swim, and Comedy Central. His humor writing has been published in the New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs, and the American Bystander. He is a former writer and performer on the nationally syndicated public radio show Live From Here (APM).

Film/TV credits include: Yesterday (Dir. Danny Boyle), Playing House (USA), Adam Ruins Everything (Tru), Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Tacoma FD (Tru), LA to Vegas (Fox), and Food the Source of Life (Adult Swim) which he created.

He cohosts and produces It’s a Wonderful Lie which reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy charts.

Greg is represented by ICM Partners and Kirsten Ames Management.

Katie Johnston-Smith


Katie Johnston-Smith (mega church survivor) is a podcast, film, video, and live event producer based in Chicago, IL.

Makenzie Mizell


Makenzie Mizell (rhymes with “gazelle”) is a freelance podcast producer and the founder & CEO of Period Podcast Network, a feminist collective.