Be Here For A While

Be Here For A While


Rachael O’Brien is a stand-up comic and actress. Currently Rachael can be seen on Bravo’s hit TV show Vanderpump Rules, which recently aired its new season. She has toured all over the world and this past fall she embarked on a 3-week European tour through Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium doing stand-up for the troops. She has shared the stage with comedic household names including Jeff Ross, Judd Apatow, Heather McDonald, Ron White, and Nick Kroll. "Be Here for A While" is a comedic look into the world as Rachael and her notable comedian and entertainment industry friends see it.


Tales of a 21st century girl with comedian/writer/serial dater Gabi Conti  

Comedian, Elite Daily Host, and quintessential 21st century girl Gabi Conti joins Rachael on this episode of Be Here For A While. They discuss Gabi's 2016 dating marathon (she went on 3-4 dates a week!) to her 2017 dating hiatus, with some pretty insane stories in between. One guy said he didn't like Frank Sinatra, which was her first red flag. They also talk about Gabi's comedy career and Gabi's love of Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP! Hear more from Gabi by listening to her podcast with her therapist (yes!) called Asking For A Friend.

Firecracker Annabelle Desisto on that time Rachael sparked a rage stroke and nearly killed her comedy aspirations to writing for legend Joan Rivers  

Firecracker Annabelle Desisto joins Rachael on this episode of Be Here For A While! They discuss everything from comedy to dating to working with the legendary Joan Rivers. Annabelle shares the story of her and Rachael's first meeting at a comedy show Rachael was on and Annabelle was hosting. She jokes that she had a rage stroke and questioned her comedy career after getting a glimpse of Rachael in her Louboutin's with her Chanel bag. Rachael chat with Annabelle about her current relationship status and dating in NYC and LA. Find Annabelle on social media and follow Annabelle's blog and podcast, Adderall and Compliments!

Bolognese, Booze, and Boys w/ the ultimate Italian, Jaclyn Marfuggi  

Rachael and her bestie, comedian Jaclyn Marfuggi, are ringing in the new year with stories of bolognese, booze and boys. Rachael tells Jaclyn about her New Years trip to Cabo with her friends from Vanderpump Rules and Jaclyn fills Rachael in on tales from her ultimate Italian Christmas vacation, back in Jersey. The girls discuss dating, cooking, comedy (of course) and 2016 reasons why 2016 sucked. 

Trailblazing the stand up comedy revolution in the Middle East w/ Nemr Abou Nassar  

Nemr is a Lebanese/American Stand-Up Comedian who is credited with establishing and pioneering the stand-up comedy scene throughout the Middle East where he performs in English. Nemr grew up in San Diego and then moved back with his family to Lebanon. He went on to break down barriers and unite people in a region where bombing on stage can have a completely different meaning.


On the heels of his hugely successful tour, Nemr continues his 2016 international comedy tour extending to almost every city across the U.S., and expanding to Europe and Australia making this a truly global event. In short, there is no stopping Nemr from accomplishing in America and worldwide what he did across the Middle East, bringing people together through laughter and merriment.

On being celebrity adjacent in LA, with TV exec RJ Larese  

On this episode of Be Here For A While, former ABC television executive, RJ Larese, stops by to dig into all things Television and Talent over a glass (ok, a bottle) of rose! RJ and Rachael talk extensively about the process of selling television shows, the boom of reality TV after the television writer's strike, and the struggle of "networking" in LA. RJ gives great insight into the interworkings of many of the entertainment industry positions he's held and shares some really hilarious stories from his dynamic career path.

Girls that comedy together stick together  

On this episode of Be Here For A While, comedian Dana Moon stops by to chat with Rachael about comedy, dating, and some heavy life stuff. Catch Dana on Laughs on Fox!

All about relationships with Vanderpump Rules' Brittany Cartwright  

Rachael's sweetest friend, Brittany Cartwright stops by to talk all things dating and relationships. Rachael and Brittany start off by establishing a drinking game: they'll each take one shot every time Vanderpump Rules' Jax Taylor is mentioned. We learn how Brittany and Jax's relationship evolved from their first meeting in Vegas and Brittany shares some valuable dating advice. Find Brittany on all socials at @BNCartwright!

On perseverance, hard work, and dedication in Hollywood with actor/director Nick Clifford  

Actor and director Nick Clifford -- known for his roles in Masters of Sex, Hindsight, and The Opportunist -- stops by to chat on this episode of Be Here For a While. He and Rachel discuss the pyramids of Giza, how Nick first delved into acting while at Brown University, and screwing over national SAT prep organizations (among other things). Rachel and Nick relate to each other on learning to be patient about getting gigs in Hollywood, and Nick offers up some advice on how to remain a confident and passionate actor in an unpredictable and competitive industry. You can catch Nick on the current season of Masters of Sex on Showtime.

Teardrop tattoos and Britney Spears' unintentionally hilarious instagram with comedian Jaclyn Marfuggi  

On this episode of Be Here For A While, comedian, dancer, singer, Britney Spears impersonator, hair-flipper, lover of bolognese pasta, and Rachael's bestie, Jaclyn Marfuggi is back! Rachael and Jaclyn retell the story of how Rachael broke every single safety rule while her cable was being installed (rather, not installed) by a guy with a teardrop tattoo. Their stream of consciousness covers Britney Spears' unintentionally hilarious instagram account, how Rachael avoids conflict, the downfalls of being the sole unmarried adult at family holidays, and an update on Rachael's hand injury. The girls transition into their favorite topic: Food. Finally, we learn how Jaclyn booked her upcoming movie role! 

Butter vs Ranch and other life updates with Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder  

Rachael's butter-ranch-and-wine partner in crime, Stassi Schroeder, is here for girl talk! The girls dive in with a musical improv exercise then transition into important life updates including Stassi's recent trip to Chicago (and a quick retelling of that time she broke Jax Taylor's nose) and Rachael's abrupt move and current relationship status. Then, Rachael and Stassi finally answer the ultimate question: BUTTER vs RANCH. They answer your Twitter questions (think dieting, beauty, high snacks, and more) and then get serious about relationships, friendships, and using Snapchat as a single girl. Catch Stassi on the current season of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo and her hit podcast, Straight Up With Stassi!

The art of story telling with comedian Danny Lobell  

Not many comedians can say that one of their very first first stand up performances was for Hillary Clinton... but Danny Lobell can. Rachael's Second City buddy Danny is a hilarious comic and podcast host, and he's known for his expert story telling. On this episode of Be Here For A While, he's here to tell Rachael some of his best stories about coming up in the comedy scene, growing up in NY, and making the big move to LA. 

Kicking Through The Ashes with stand up comedian Ritch Shydner  

It was nearly impossible for Rachael to become any more obsessed with the history of stand up comedy, but after today's guest, it has happened. Stand up legend Ritch Shydner is here to tell Rachael his craziest stories from the comedy club boom of the 1980's -- many of which you'll find in his new book, Kicking Through The Ashes. Rachael learns how Ritch's groundbreaking career unfolded and what set his comedy apart.

#WCW: Sabrina Danzl is in town!  

Rachael's childhood best friend from Oregon is here for a special Wednesday BONUS episode. They unintentionally explain how Rachael's delusions of grandeur began with grade school book reports and she shares one of her best delusional dating moments. 

Hollywood Improv Artistic Director Jamie Flam gives Rachael the inside scoop  

Rachael has the unique opportunity to sit down and pick the brain of one of the main gatekeepers in the LA comedy scene. In this episode of Be Here For A While, she's uncovering all the advice any up-and-coming artist is dying to know. Hollywood Improv Artistic Director Jamie Flam is here to share his intimate insight into the world of comedy -- sharing what he looks for when booking new talent, a day in the life of a booker at one of the biggest clubs in LA, and what characteristics Jamie believes make comics successful.

Industry legend Barry Katz on making it in the business  

Rachael sits down with industry legend Barry Katz who is universally known for helping launch the careers of some of the most extraordinary comedy artists int he business - including Dave Chappelle, Anthony Clark, Nick Swardson, Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Darrell Hammond, Whitney Cummings, Jay Mohn, Dane Cook, and Louie CK. Rachael soaks up all the advice Barry has to offer about finding your niche, navitaging distraction, and the different definitions of "making it" in the business. Check out Barry's very successful podcast, "Industry Standard", a one-of-a-kind weekly inspirational podcast that features an insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective, featuring behind-the-scenes A-list players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world.

Comedian/ghost aficionado Andy Kozel and Rachael dissect the paranormal world... of comedy in LA  

Comedian/radio host/ghost aficionado Andy Kozel and Rachael share the same love of grocery store samples, among other things. Andy is the host of Ghostline, a lighthearted, weekly one hour radio show, about all things paranormal. Andy shares creepy (cool) stories about his haunted apartment in Hollywood -- including how famous actor Errol Flynn lived there as a young man. They discuss hauntings on the Queen Mary, the story of the Cecil Hotel, and the Ebell Theater, among others. Rachael interviews Andy about how he got started in comedy and we learn his backstory. They bond over their love of stand up and chat about how one stays competitive as a comedian in LA today. Are you Type A or Type B? Rachael and Andy breakdown the personality types (they're both Type B) and how it reveals itself in their evolving comedy careers. We learn that Andy is a fan of Vanderpump Rules and the two end on discussing the upcoming comedy scene in Las Vegas and Rachael's military tour. 

It's all happening... with Vanderpump Rules' Scheana Shay  

It's National Taco Day and Vanderpump Rules' Scheana Shay is here for girl talk with Rachael. Rachael starts off with quickfire questions that get Scheana to reveal some info you might not know about her by watching the show, including her favorite current TV shows (spoiler: Keeping Up With The Kardashians), her go-to coffee order, and her latest Amazon purchases. Rachael and Scheana talk about addressing misconceptions on social media and her journey to Vanderpump Rules -- including growing up in LA and being a regular extra on Entourage. They end with a fun game, assigning their Vanderpump Rules castmates alternative reality shows. Another spoiler: Kristen for Catfish.

Rachael and her broken sock puppet hand are back from Charleston and excited about the Will and Grace revival  

In her latest solo podcast, Rachael recaps what it's like to live life with one hand, her experience auditioning for a Carl's Jr. commercial, and her latest trip to Charleston, South Carolina with Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroder to meet the cast of Bravo's Southern Charm. She retells the story of their trip as they explored Charleston with Southern Charm's Danni Baird, Naomie Olindo, and Craig Conover -- including spending the day on Danni's yacht and enjoying some delicious meals. Rachael geeks out over the remake of Lethal Weapon on FOX and is very enthusiastic after watching the pilot. Finally, Rachael is so excited about the Will and Grace revival (as the whole world should be). Stay tuned to Debra Messing's twitter and she'll be doing the same. 

Sh*t is getting real with Vanderpump Rules' Katie Maloney Schwartz  

Rachael's favorite newlywed Katie Maloney Schwartz is here! Before diving into the deep stuff, Rachael and Katie discuss last weekend's TV highlights -- football and The Emmys. Rachael didn't realize her friend's brother, Jimmy Kimmel, was hosting until the day of. Also, one of Katie's besties, Steph Corneliussen (from Mr. Robot) made Vogue Magazine's best dressed list! Katie dishes on married life with her Bubba, Tom Schwartz, and shares valuable relationship advice with listeners. Rachael and Katie discuss her evolution on Vanderpump Rules through each season and Katie tells a significant and very personal life-changing story that you might not already know, even if you're an avid viewer of the show. Sit back and enjoy girl talk at it's finest.

Rachael and Jackie Schimmel on how Jackie Schimmel became Jackie Schimmel  

Queen Bitch Jackie Schimmel, creator of blog turned podcast The Bitch Bible, is here to make Rachael feel better about her delusions of grandeur and reveal her life story. From working on Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Lately and After Lately to walking away from arguably the best desk job Rachael's ever heard of, we learn how Jackie made her way to her elevated podcast/bitchy blog status and her plans for the future. 

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