Your Mark Embarks (w/ Shane Hartline)


Actor/Producer/Director Shane Hartline is on the couch and sharing tales of a creative kid with a glorious VHS camcorder making home movies, taking improv classes at 13 and calling Universal Studios and Nickelodeon trying to get acting jobs! He also talks about training to be a wrestler at 15 with his supportive father who bought him a wrestling ring and may or may not have unintentionally started a wrestling school. He and Jake discuss their mutual experiences with the pro-wrestling industry and the toxic masculinity and other behaviors that pushed them away from it. They also talk about how the birth of YouTube and Wood and Steel productions and the weekly web series he coercing friends to be a part of, Shane's brilliant "Mark E. Xtreme" character, being in Rock of Ages, the Parable of the Horse that emotionally rocked Jake in the Bill Murray Stories and the way Shane feels he is tested by a higher power! 

Shane also talks about his brand new short film, Cookie - about an aspiring actress living with spasmodic dysphonia, a rare disease affecting the larynx in which Shane himself lives with.

Debunk the Hunk (w/ Michael Wayne Foster)


Actor/Model/Host Michael Wayne Foster is on the couch! Michael and Jake are long time friends and collaborators and the two talk about how they met and instantly clicked. Michael also talks about growing up a big kid in Michigan, childhood insecurities and bullying, high school radio, breaking stereotypes, his tight-knit family and zombified father/son bonding experiences, being on season 3 of "The Bachelorette," Sylvester Stallone comparing him to Ivan Drago, his experience as a high school English teacher, the power of any level of celebrity, and even Energy Vampires! Yea you heard that right. All of that plus the two also talk a bit about being creative family members and share some behind the scenes stories from projects they've collaborated on.

Dossier of DNA (w/ Paul Bianchi)


Elaborate First Mate, Paul Bianchi is on the couch this week and joining Jake for a super unique episode in which our host talks about doing one of those ever so popular Ancestry DNA kits. Jake tells a story about how the results lead him to find some truth and discover way more than he bargained for!

Here are the photos referenced in the podcast!

The photo on the right is the first image Jake saw of Jack Colletti as discussed on the podcast. The left is Jake mostly clean shaven a few years ago for reference.

The photo on the right is the first image Jake saw of Jack Colletti as discussed on the podcast. The left is Jake mostly clean shaven a few years ago for reference.


043 Netflix and Will (w/ Eddie Furth)


Comedian/Writer and Creator of Netfix's Historical Roasts w/ Jeff Ross, Eddie Furth is on the couch this week! He and Jake play get-to-know-ya as despite having all the same friends they've someone missed one another for the past decade. The extra long conversation spills out of them both as they discuss living a bow tie life, style vs fashion and Eddie's well put together badass grandmother. Eddie also shares stories of  his would be basketball coach life, having creative boundaries, lessons learned from the existence of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, being a party DJ and even how he combats living with Crohn's disease. He also provides some history to the Historical Roasts! 

Watch Historical Roasts w/ Jeff Ross right now on Netflix

042 Torque Your Dork (w/ Jackie Kashian )


Comedian & Podcast Host Jackie Kashian is on the couch! Her & Jake share a similar kinetic conversational style that finds them chatting about all sorts of stuff from the bearded youths, nerd porn, Zack Galifianakis being "patient zero," the high school reunion myth and why she's reading speeches.

She also talks about bringing personal interests into stand-up, the type of dork she truly is, getting into Dungeons & Dragons by way of her Video Game designing husband, "boy books" she may or may not have stolen as well as growing up a teenage civil war reenactor who really wanted a Union Hat!

Returning Soon!


Hey there! I have been off gallivanting fantasy lands with Dungeons & Dragon Wagon but as our current adventure winds down, I’m gearing up for Elaborate’s “Collection 2!” I have great guests lined up from the world’s of standup, film & television, pro-wrestling, politics, music and more. Be sure you’re subscribed, following, rating & reviewing! I can’t wait to get back to work and I hope you’ll join me.

041 The Twinfinity War (w/ Amy Vorpahl )


Actor/Improvisor/Writer/Host/Human Rogue and more, Amy Vorpahl is on the couch this week!Amy talks all about growing up in an ever-moving family, changing places and people every 3 years or so and how that effected her relationships with those around her. She also talks about being a surprise twin named after a "Little Women" character, the endless partnership that is also a competition between her and that twin sister, her daily talks with her highly educated mother, learning to communicate, being the loudest actress in her grade school, the impact teachers have, being an Aunt, her 200 day dating hiatus, finding herself a happy 30 something.

All of that plus her love of all things fantasy, D&D and being an OG RPG unicorn!

040 Familial Feuding Familiarities (w/ Shane Brady)

Actor/Magician/Writer and more Shane Brady joins Jake this week for an incredibly personal, specific, transparent and sometimes heart-wrenching conversation about family.

Shane talks about his dreams of being a hockey player and how they were taken from him at a young age after breaking his neck & growing up in a fractured familial situation. There's talk of untrustworthy fathers, infidelity, forced space, drug abuse and addiction issues. 

The two also share their very similar situations of consistently living as a pillar between two warring sides, growing up too fast by means of at times absentee parents, surviving the ebbs and flows of Hollywood and what its like to be handed heavy information later in live, about your early life. 

All that plus Shane talks about following young love, finding his way by seeing the faults in others, learning magic and working with his college family on the brand new critically acclaimed feature film, The Endless.

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039 Funny Pants Rants (w/ John Lehr )


The multi-talented and effortlessly funny John Lehr is on the couch this week. The co-creator & Star of incredible shows like Ten Items or Less & the Hulu Original QuickDraw is talking all about growing up in Kansas, the son of badass social activist mother and a technologically efficient yet socially inefficient father who's talents made their family rich for a whole year before some "bad business decisions" found the repo men at their home. 

He also opens up about a drug and alcohol problem that landed him in a jail cell in his twenties, the incredibly lucky clerical error that kept him out of a more serious prison sentence, getting and staying sober, becoming a caveman, and buying his first house and the fear that came along with it.

All of that plus creating an original style of Improv comedy, brain surgeries, parenting styles, the future of storytelling and comedy, what's next for and more!

038 Midnight Delirium Criterium (w/ Mo Mandel )


Actor, writer, comedian & host, Mo Mandel is on the couch this week. He talks about growing up in a small country town in Northern California that may actually be the origin of the term "boonies" as the second son of two mindfully professional yet hippie NY parents. An outcast who found himself in creative writing after a disheartening realization that "professional athlete" probably wasn't in his future as a 93lb high school baseball player who couldn't hit. He also talks about having his own column in his high school paper, making fellow camp counselors be his first stand-up audience, his ability or lack-thereof to maintain positive relationships, his parents celebrating their 50th anniversary, going to comedy college in the San Francisco comedy scene and the two wax poetic about the odd mind of mutual friend, Theo Von.

And he does all of this while being humped by Jake's dog.

Be sure to checkout Mo's fantastic podcast The Full Release which he co-hosts with his girlfriend and doctor of sexual medicine, Dr. Ashley.