My name is Alison Flierl (Alie for short). My goals remain the same as when I was five: to be a mermaid and a writer. I co-created the hit web series "TV Guide Letter Theater," have a new entertainment podcast (available on iTunes, called "2 Degrees of Alie") and I work at #Conan.
Happy Memorial Day! Coconut berry frozen cheesecake bites
*1 cup (feel free to estimate here) coconut cream
1/4 cup coconut butter
1 c. blueberries (mix of fresh and frozen if possible)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Fresh raspberries (or other berries) for topping
Mix the coconut cream and butter in a saucepan over low-medium heat, stirring until a creamy consistency is reached.
Turn off heat and add in the vanilla extract and stir.
In a mini muffin tin, fill up each spot about halfway with coconut mixture & place in freezer.
Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, mix together the lemon juice and berries until pureed.
Add the blueberry puree to the muffin tin. Leave room at the top for second layer of cream.
Top blueberry layer with remaining coconut mixture.
Top with berries and place in freezer. Let set for 15 minutes.
I let mine thaw out a bit before eating it, but to each their own.
*I am lucky enough to live near an ice cream store that creams their coconuts every Thursday. They sell their coconut cream which is decadent. If this isn’t the case for you, you can buy coconut cream or refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk and scoop out the solid part.
In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with the multi-talented and kickass Steven Ho, whose credits include: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End,” Conan,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Soundman,” and “The Departed,” just to name a few. We talk about everything from Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots to being discovered by Jet Li to the surprising weight of a ninja turtle half shell.
STEVEN HO’S BIO
Steven Ho was born in Indonesia, where his father taught at the University in Jakarta. At age four, his family immigrated to Los Angeles as political refugees. Ho began his formal martial arts training in Orange County as an adolescent, and excelled in Southern California’s very competitive karate circuit. Shortly out of high school and at his first National tournament, Ho was spotted by Jet Li and recruited into the stunt business.
Known as one of the first martial arts tricksters in open competitions (NASKA), Ho helped to popularize the 540 kick and the Hawkeye Kick in the mid-eighties and first gained worldwide recognition for his stunt work as “Donatello” in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II (1991) and III (1993), and his role as “Chan” in Mortal Kombat (1995).
As a well regarded martial artist, action director, stuntman, and fight trainer in Hollywood, Ho works on a large number of high-profile film, television, commercial, and music video projects. He has privately trained many notable clients including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco, Pierce Brosnan, Tobey Maguire, Pink, Method Man, Rachel Weisz, Gisele Bündchen, Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Bar Refaeli, Michael C. Hall, Brad Womack, Britney Spears.
As a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Conan, Ho’s popular and memorable stunt segments taught Conan the fine art of stunts and fighting.
Ho co-founded Plush Home, Inc., an all-encompassing interior design firm and furniture line, in 2003 with his wife, Nina Petronzio, American Interior Designer and Furniture Designer known for her high end Transitional Style designs. Plush Home has established itself as a top and high-end turnkey provider of home building and interior design services. It’s branded furniture line is housed in influential homes and hotels worldwide.
In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with writer/producer Andrew Weinberg whose credits include: “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Eagleheart,” “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” and “Nathan For You.” We talk about everything from affecting politics in Finland to literally hanging overhead on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to working with Chris Elliott.
ANDREW WEINBERG’S BIO
Andrew Weinberg was a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien for a combined 9+ years. Most recently, he was a co-creator/writer/executive producer of Eagleheart starring Chris Elliott, which just completed its award-eligible third season on [adult swim]. He is a graduate of both high school and college.
The Chris Farley House is the Festival’s official beneficiary again this year and will receive a percentage of all Fest show and workshop total revenue. The Chris Farley House is a state-certified residential treatment program for recovering men and women. Sober, structured living, as well as case management and counseling, are available to assist with the transition to productive independent living and employment.
In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with the very funny and talented Alison Becker. Her credits include: “Parks and Recreation,” “Mayne Street,” “The Newsroom,” “The League,” and “The Colbert Report,” just to name a few. We talk about everything from playing a detective on several versions of “Law And Order” to apple boxes to how delightful it is to work with Amy Poehler.
ALISON BECKER’S BIO
Alison Becker is a comedian who plays Shauna-Malwae Tweep on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. She can be seen as Sarah Morton in the Emmy-nominated ESPN webseries, Mayne Street, and she played Becky on the IFC improvised comedy Z Rock. Alison has also guest starred on FX’s The League, Showtime’s Californication, CBS’s Rules of Engagement, NBC’s Law and Order: SVU, and had a recurring role on Law and Order: Criminal Intent. She has appeared in sketches for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Pete Holmes Show, Human Giant, The Colbert Report, Kroll Show and Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time.Recently, Alison played opposite Will Ferrell in a Funny or Die production, playing Ron Burgundy’s girlfriend. As a VJ for Vh1 (and before that, for FUSE), Alison hosted her own weekly show. You may also remember her as one of the pranksters on MTV’s hidden camera show, Boiling Points, or from one of a million Vh1 clip shows. Still not sure where you know her from? Maybe it’s from Adult Swim’s Newsreaders, or from her recurring role on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. Or maybe it’s from The Other Guys, or from Above Average’s webseries The Morning After (which was mentioned in USA Today’s “must see” list of 2013). Or maybe you remember her from Dating Rules from my Future Self, one of the most viewed scripted webseries of all time. Or, maybe you just go to the same Starbucks… Alison has been involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for over 10 years, on four different house teams, and in many other live shows. www.alisonbecker.com Twitter and Instagram: @thealisonbecker
In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with the very talented Maggie Kiley (“Brightest Star,” “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” “We Own The Night,” “All Good Things”). I first met Maggie at the Austin Film Festival, where her directorial feature debut, “Brightest Star,” was premiering. Her feature film was inspired by her short film “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” which was a number one selling short film on iTunes. We talk about everything from her beginnings in backyard performances to taking part in AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop For Women to directing her first feature two months after giving birth to her second child.
BRIGHTEST STAR will be screening in theaters and digitally starting January 31.
MAGGIE KILEY’S BIO
Filmmaker and actress Maggie Kiley most recently directed and co-wrote the feature film BRIGHTEST STAR which was inspired by her award winning short film SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE. As a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, BRIGHTEST STAR was shot on 35mm in New York City and stars Chris Lowell, Rose McIver, Jessica Szohr, Clark Gregg and Allison Janney. BRIGHTEST STAR premiered at the Austin Film Festival and will be released theatrically and digitally in late January 2014.
Maggie was one of eight women selected to take part in American Film Institute’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and it was through her participation in this program that she made SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE. Maggie received the Student Visionary Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and the Alexis Award for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs International Shortfest. SOME BOYS DON’T LEAVE was the number one selling short film on Itunes for several weeks, has played at over 40 festivals and continues to screen both nationally and internationally. Currently, Maggie is developing her second feature, Dial-a-Prayer, to shoot in Michigan in the Spring of 2014. She is also attached to direct the film 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, based on the graphic novel from Oni Press/Closed on Mondays Entertainment.
As an actress, Maggie has appeared in film, television and on stage. She has worked extensively at Atlantic Theater Company in New York where she is one of just 40 ensemble members. Maggie received her BFA in Theater from New York University and was invited to join the critically acclaimed ensemble after graduating. Maggie has been fortunate to work with such great film and television directors as James Gray, Lesli Linka Glatter, Daisy von Scherler Mayer and Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn. She recently appeared in Andrew Jarecki’s ALL GOOD THINGS alongside Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella.
In this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with the very funny Andy Bobrow. Besides being a guy who knows how to play the tuba (yes, the tuba), Andy is also very talented when it comes to writing comedy. His TV credits include: “Community,” “Malcolm In The Middle,” “Save Me,” and “Sons of Tucson.” We talk about everything from writing ads for Nissan to performing with the Groundlings to working on “Community.”
ANDY BOBROW’S BIO
Andy Bobrow began his television writing career on the hit Fox show “Malcolm in the Middle,” and worked most recently as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed NBC cult phenomenon “Community.” Other credits include ABC’s “Samantha Who,” Fox’s “Sons of Tucson,” and several other pilots and shows now lost to the scrap heap of tv history. Andy began his writing career in advertising, and is an alumnus of the Groundling Theater Sunday Company.