GUESTS INCLUDE KELLY MARIE TRAN,
IJEOMA OLUO, AUNJANUE ELLIS,
MARGARET CHO, TIA MOWRY, AND MORE
Mailchimp launches the third season of the hit podcast Going Through It, hosted by comedian and writer Jenny Yang. The podcast is produced by Mailchimp Presents and Pineapple Street and can be heard on their streaming platforms and wherever podcasts are available. Listen/subscribe/share the first episode featuring actress Kelly Marie Tran HERE.
As host Jenny Yang was building her comedy career, she often wondered where her sense of humor came from. Eventually, she figured it out. Behind her mom’s seemingly shy character, there were always sly, witty, and most importantly, funny comments. In this season of Going Through It, Jenny speaks to fifteen fascinating people including Kelly Marie Tran, Ijeoma Oluo, Aunjanue Ellis, Margaret Cho, Tia Mowry, and more about how their elders have, implicitly and explicitly, shaped their lives and even inspired their career superpowers. She invites her guests to share moments where advice from an elder has helped them shift course, lead them through a challenging time, or helped them find clarity.
Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned stand-up comedian, writer and actor. In 2020 she was selected as one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch” and Vulture’s “Comedians You Should Know.” Jenny recently wrapped as a co-producer / writer for HBO Max’s “Gordita Chronicles” and previously for Fox’s “Last Man Standing” and E!’s late-night talk show “Busy Tonight” with Busy Philipps. She is the creator and host of “Comedy Crossing” a hit standup comedy show held inside the Animal Crossing video game and watched live via Zoom. Since June 2020, the show has raised nearly $40,000 for #BlackLivesMatter-related causes. Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny was honored by President Obama as a “White House Champion of Change” for her leadership in “Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling” in 2016.
SEASON 3: GOING THROUGH IT
January 31—Kelly Marie Tran
When actor Kelly Marie Tran was in middle school, a simple question from her dad – an immigrant to the US from Vietnam – changed the way she understood class, race and success in America.
February 7—Chase Strangio
Trans and Immigrant Rights Activist Lorena Borjas taught Civil Rights Attorney Chase Strangio many things over their decade of working together, including how to show up and fight for trans people in New York City. Her most important lesson? There’s always something to celebrate.
February 14 Randa Jarrar
When writer Randa Jarrar started her MFA program, she thought she was taking the next step on the path to success. That is until her professor, Leslie Marmon Silko, told her to drop out.
February 21—Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Being a leader in any field is hard. Being a leader in theoretical physics as a Black woman is a unique battle. When the weight of being one of the first became too heavy, Professor Chanda Prescond-Weinstein turned to her mother, activist Margaret Prescod, for perspective.
February 28—Chani Nicholas
Chani Nicholas first learned of astrology and healing from her step-grandmother. Although they didn’t remain close, Chani still honors her influence by trusting her own inner voice.
March 7—Ijeoma Oluo
As a teenager, Ijeoma Oluo thought male attention would validate her as a person worth knowing. A late-night proclamation from a friend’s older sister snapped her back to reality.
March 14—Melissa Proctor
At 15, all Melissa Proctor wanted was a job at the local mall. Instead, advice from her mother helped her make history as the Miami Heat’s first ball girl.
March 21—Sasheer Zamata
When Sasheer Zamata enrolled at the University of Virginia, she didn’t know where she was headed. A staging of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” by the school’s brand-new theatre professor helped her find her purpose, her identity, and the confidence to try anything.
March 28—Zohran Mamdani
New York Assembly member Zohran Mamdani’s college road trip through East Africa with his dad and uncle was a blissful tour of his heritage. Then he got his report card back.
April 4—Aunjanue Ellis
The late actor Michael K. Williams and actor Aunjanue Ellis’s grandmother had one thing in common: neither needed words to tell Aunjanue how to follow her calling and be her truest self with confidence.
April 11—Franklin Leonard
When The Black List founder Franklin Leonard found himself out of his big-wig Hollywood job, he wanted to mope. His mentor, the legendary Hollywood attorney Nina Shaw, wasn’t having it.
April 18—Alexander Chee
Cultural constraints writer kept Alexander Chee’s grandmother from pursuing Chinese Calligraphy until late in life. So, Alexander created the Yi Dae Up Fellowship in her name to help give women writers of Asian descent the opportunity that she didn’t have.
April 25—Fawzia Mirza
When Fawzia Mirza was 18, her mom enlisted her for an international plot: to smuggle a few boxes of her mom’s favorite fruit, Pakistani mangoes, from Canada to the US. Now, as a queer Muslim filmmaker, she still cherishes the mango as one of the few ways they can still connect.
May 2—Tia Mowry
In a family filled with strong women, the spirit, wisdom and love of Tia Mowry’s grandmother endures.
May 9—Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho grew up watching Joan Rivers perform standup on TV. When Margaret became a comic herself, Joan supported her with words, actions, and jokes.