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Real Conversations with Imaginary People

Welcome to Project Woo Woo where comedian/yogi Lisa Orkin pretends to interview her favorite people from the world of self-help, spirituality, wellness, literature, and philosophy dead or alive with the help of showbiz friends who just happen to be world-class actors and comedians.

Nov 12, 2019

Who is Donna Jo Thorndale:

Donna Jo Thorndale is a Los Angeles-based actress and writer. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, she hails from a long line of sassy joke-tellers. Her love of improvisation, food, music, and social justice led her to create Chef Jewell Rae Jeffers, a Southern Celebrity Chef out to solve America’s political and social problems the old-fashioned way, with food. As Chef Jewell Rae, she toured her improvised show to Chicago, and NYC, and “All Cake, No File: The Johnny Cash Prison Tribute Cooking Show” played in CA State Prisons and enjoyed an 8-week run at The Actors’ Gang, where she had the best job of her life, teaching for over a decade in their Prison Project and Education Department. She is a graduate of bang.improv studios and The Second City. Theatre chops include Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Actors’ Gang. TV brags are with her comedy heroes – Marc Maron (The Maron Show) and Tig Nataro (One Mississippi). She writes about the intersections of freedom/self-expression as related to punk rock/kids, food/politics, and cooking/meditation. Recent essays and poems appear in the feminist anthology Feckless Cunt and the upcoming Is It Hot In Here or Is It Just Me?


Who is Danielle LaPorte:

Besides being one of Lisa's inspirations for Project Woo Woo, Danielle LaPorte is a bestselling Canadian author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and blogger. Born in Windsor, Ontario,Danielle and is the author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another.The Fire Starter Sessionsand The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to everyday. Danielle also has a thought brilliant, provoking, and inspiring podcast, With Love Danielle.    

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