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"Extremely sharp satire."

Forbes 

Mega is a completely improvised podcast satirizing the world of a fictional mega church. Each week, hosts Holly Laurent and Greg Hess are joined by a guest who plays a character inside the colorful world of Twin Hills Community Church — a “mega church with a tiny family feel.”

Past episodes have included such guests as: Cecily Strong (SNL), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Louie Anderson (Baskets), Rory Scovel (Pen Pals podcast), The Sklar Brothers (Dumb People Town podcast), Nate Dales (Letterkenny), Jen Hatmaker (For the Love podcast) and Brit Prawat (Crime Junkie podcast). 

"A masterclass of weirdness...

joyfully disturbing." 

The Guardian

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

Producer

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